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Humanscale Element LED task light is green and expensive

Posted in LED by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

I never really put much thought into the chair or desk that I used when I first started writing full time. After sitting in front of a computer screen typing for hours and hours each day you quickly come to realize that a comfortable chair and an ergonomic desk are money well spent. Humanscale makes all sorts of ergonomic chairs and gear for office workers.

The company has announced an interesting a green new task light called the Element. The light uses MCX LED technology with a single multi-chip LED that can produce a large light footprint. By using a single LED rather than multiple LEDs, Humanscale was able to eliminate shadows on the desktop.

Flexible hands-free book light

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2009

Flexible hands-free book lightDespite the image above, what we have here is not a lamp designed to highlight boobs. Though that would be cool too. It’s a reading light that actually looks somewhat useful. It features 2 super-flexible arms along with two high-intensity LEDs on each end.

So it will highlight your boobs as if they were in a high-end gallery and let you see what you are reading. It will cost you $14.95 and makes a great gift for the reader in your life who hasn’t gone all Kindle.

LED Bike Light uses an Accelerometer to sense when you brake

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

LED Bike Light uses an Accelerometer to sense when you brakeBiking can be dangerous. Drivers don’t know when you are going to hit the brakes or make a sudden turn. It would be much safer if you had a brake light. The Spooklight has a wireless handlebar touchpad and an accelerometer that lights up your brake light when you slow down.

Just like how a car works. The LEDs are super bright, and the lithium polymer battery will keep it working for about 60 hours. The Spooklight easily comes off the bike and charges via USB. And yes it will also charge your gadgets while you’re on the go.

LED Dragonfly streetlamp with a built in camera

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2009

LED Dragonfly streetlamp with a built in cameraWhen was the last time you saw a streetlamp as unique as this one? It’s cool just the way it is, but when you realize that all four wings have LEDs in them, you see it’s true potential. Not just as art, but as a crime prevention tool as well thanks to an attached camera.

It lights up the night streets and keeps a watchful eye on those below. There’s also a sea gull and butterfly as well. They were developed by a Korean company and can be found across Seoul and soon in Tokyo as well.

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlight

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlightThis flashlight is shaped like a typical underwater mine and it’s this shape that makes it so radical in design. The golf-ball-sized flashlight has a single powerful LED, with twelve points tipped with neodymium magnets.

That means it will stick to any steel surface, letting you light up more of the room. Great flashlight for lighting up tight spaces. And at only $9, you have to get one. You’ll never have to clutch your flashlight in your teeth again.

The Steam Iron gets an LED facelift

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

The Steam Iron gets an LED faceliftThe iron is one of the few gadgets that has remained largely the same over time. Even this Steam Iron with LED concept doesn’t change it all that much. It features LED lighting that lets you know the temperature, with red presumably meaning that it’s hot and ready.

There’s also a soft silicone lining to prevent you from burning yourself accidentally, which is of course a big plus for you and the emergency room staff. Sure, it won’t iron your clothes all by itself while you play Xbox, but it’s an improvement. I mean, what else are you going to do to upgrade the old iron?

Frog shows off LED light bulbs

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

Frog shows off LED light bulbsFrog Design has been busy re-inventing the light bulb, while Edison mumbles and rolls over in his grave. Frog is the legendary firm that has designed some of the first Apple computers, Sony TVs, and a whole lot of other neat stuff that you probably love.

Now they’ve upgraded the LED bulb in a form that those consumers who hate change, may just embrace. They apparently have a 30-year lifespan, better color rendering and no harmful pollutants like compact fluorescents. It’s a great idea that would convert tons of consumers who prefer baby steps or simply prefer the old style bulb look.

DIY LED birthday candles that blow out

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2008

DIY LED Birthday Candles that blow out
The old birthday candle hasn’t had an upgrade since trick candles hit the scene, making fools of young and old alike. Instructables has a new hi-tech version that shouldn’t make you blow too hard.

This high tech cake is all candles and no icing. A no bake, just make kind of cake the likes Betty Crocker never dreamed of. If you want to do it yourself it’s just five easy steps. Impress and amaze your tech ignorant friends and family as they blow out the colored LEDs. Video below.

A USB LED waterfall for your desk

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2008

A USB LED waterfall for your desk
I know, you’re always looking for a way to jazz up your cubicle. If only there was a way to have a trippy LED waterfall nearby to calm you and distract you from your work with it’s hypnotic lights. Maybe remind you of that time you had the bad colored M & M’s. Today is your lucky day.

If the sound of running water doesn’t have you running for the bathroom every half hour, there are other ways to waste time. You could put small action figures in it and pretend they’re beaming back to the Enterprise. It’s powered by USB or 3 AA batteries. You’ll also get colorful glass pebbles included. Only $24.

Cell Phone concept: no screen, heavy on LED

Posted in Concepts,LED,Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2008

Look Ma, no screen.
This new cell phone concept by designer Tao Ma looks pretty sexy. It not only cuts cost and weight, but it also boosts battery life by getting rid of the display or touch screen completely. Instead, all functions and displays use LEDs below the translucent surface.

For instance, while in phone mode, the keypad would be displayed. Other arrangements of lights and shapes are displayed during gaming, SMS and other modes, depending on what you are doing. It accomplishes this thanks to a net of touch sensors behind the keys. The concept relies on two AAA batteries recharged via USB.

Star Wars LED Lightsaber lamps

Posted in Lamps,LED,Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2008

The lamp of a JediThese Star Wars lightsaber lamps are just the thing for geek lighting in your humble abode. Plus, I would think they would be easy to grab should a Sith Lord or agent of the Empire suddenly attack you in the middle of the night.

They won’t light up a whole room or anything, running on just AAA batteries, but they will emit a subtle LED glow. Just enough for visitors to sense a minor tremor of coolness in the force. They come in your choice of Jedi green and Sith red.

Contests

Win a Baylis Eco Lantern or Magic Torch

Posted in Contests,Lamps,LED by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Win a Baylis Eco Lantern or Magic TorchWith the beginning of a new year, we have several exciting new things in store for you, our valuable readers. This is one of them. We will be featuring several contests and giveaways, so tell your friends, alert the neighbors and most of all keep a close eye on the site and come back often. Whenever we can, we will be sending cool stuff your way. So don’t miss out! You might even want to comment and let us know what you think about getting free stuff.

This time around we have something for you from our friends at Baylis. We have 5 My Magic Torches w/ phone charger. And we have 2 LED Eco Lanterns. These are some very handy gadgets and the winners will be very happy campers.

LED mouse pad performs a light show

Posted in LED,Mouse by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2007

xRaider gaming mouse pad

If you are looking for a way to jazz up your desktop, or if you’re like me and love anything with futuristic glowing lights, these LED mouse pads from Flexiglow will bring a bright colorful illumination to your life. The xRaider gaming mouse pad plugs into your USB port and it isn’t shy about showing off. Comes in red, green and blue to suit your current mood.

Each pad has an etched plastic border which produces a bright glow along the edge around the pad. You can adjust the intensity of the light via a dimmer switch on the USB cable and make it just right for your environment. You can find them at Amazon, from about $19 to $26, depending on the seller. I might be picking one up myself.

Tell time with your Oberon

Posted in LED,Watches by Chetz on December 17th, 2007

Oberon watch tells time with LED lightsIn William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” the name of the King of the Fairies was Oberon. He is also the King of the Shadows so something dark might be befitting of a name worthy of this deity which is precisely what the makers of the latest new watch design from Tokyoflash were probably thinking. Like most of the watches offered by these fellows the Oberon dispenses with the tradition two hands and minutes/hours number divisions in favor of patterned LED lights. When you read the time on the Oberon you start by looking at the outer ring of LEDs to determine the hour, the second ring of lights determines what minute it is and the third inner ring is devoted for grouping minutes into blocks of ten. It might sound complicated but picking it up is fairly simple and only takes a few glances at your watch. The watch will also tell you what date it is, all you need do is press a button and you can do that by LED lights too.

Season’s Readings

Posted in LED by Chetz on December 14th, 2007

Geeks have Christmas trees too not just because we enjoy the holidays but it also helps us get more presents to be placed underneath the holiday tree. You may want to share some of your passions with guests by having unusual Christmas ornaments adorned on your tree. Maybe you have a Star Trek ornament, or maybe there is an Elvis Presley ornament that rocks when you switch it on. In any case there is more ways to display your hobbies and likes than ever before during this holiday season.

One of the cooler things that the Brick has spotted this year is a LED ornament called Season’s Readings. The idea is pretty simple, it’s a Christmas ornament that has a LED band around its mid-section where words scroll along. You can select 8 different holiday themed messages such as “Merry Christmas”, “Happy New Year”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Joy to the World”, “Peace on Earth”, “Seasons Greeting”, “Home For Xmas” and the non-denomic “Happy Holidays”. All it requires are 4 AA batteries and $14.95 of your hard earned cash.