Apple has now added a 24-inch Cinema Display to accompany their 20, 23 and 30 inch versions. The difference here is that the new version adds an LED backlight and built-in iSight with mic, 1920×1200 resolution, built-in stereo speakers, plus 3 port usb hub. The cable also has a Mag Safe connector, USB, and mini Display Port that will run off the monitor. It will be available in November for the price of $899.
Researchers at Boston University believe they can combine LED bulbs with wireless networking technology. The technology will be able to communicate data using light at speeds up to 10Mbps, and can even be adapted to existing power lines. Interestingly, the bulbs will use the same diode for lighting the room and providing the network connection, flickering “like tremendously fast signal lights.” They seem pretty lit up about it.
The researchers are working on the project in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of New Mexico, thanks to a $18.5m grant from the US National Science Foundation. The researchers don’t have full working models yet, but they believe it’s totally workable. I have to wonder if this would have any adverse effects on humans, especially those who are light sensitive and prone to seizures.
River has updated their already bizarre Mickey Mouse MP3 players with something new. This version has hypnotizing eyes and may need a good exorcism. Glowing LED demon eyes no doubt make it easier to take over the world. It also has 2GB of storage for your soul, even MP3 or WMA files. If your kid’s head turns all the way around and he/she can’t stop watching Disney movies, don’t complain to us.
Some guy(Presumably Disco Stu from Springfield) made himself a retro, light-tastic PSP that suggests that Disco is either coming back or that the timeline has been altered and Sony has now created the PSP in 1977. The flashing Disco lights will definitely distract you from any game and get the attention of gamer ravers. The whole system consists of 30 LEDs all linked to the sound output and set to pulse in time with the music. I wonder if the modder heard whispers that said, “If you build it they will come”. They, being the Bee Gees. Video below.
Tired of creating masterpieces on your etch-a-sketch? Maybe you’ve thought about moving up to Lite-Brite art, but it wasn’t quite doing it for you. Well my friends, this is Lite-Brite on steroids, mixed with some ectstacy. It’s Bandai’s Luminodot. Essentially an updated Lite-Brite with over twice the resolution (resolution being pegs) of the original. Just like th original, you get several design templates with the kit. There’s even an online template generator that will render your very own designs to PDF.
The kit also gives you 1,600 pegs in twelve colors, which will fill about half the Luminodot’s 70 x 50, 3,500 peg display. Don’t worry, you can order more if your kid and your pets eat them. It has the typical LED backlighting you would expect, but interestingly it also features twenty-five preprogrammed animated sequences. Wait for it…. Currently it’s only available in Japan. Yeah I know. I hate typing that as much as you hate reading it. Check out a video below.
Frog 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.
The short video clip below starts off like it might be some kind of creepy videodrome clip featuring that one chick from Sex and the City, but it’s not and it’s not that chick. Before you know it, shows off a modded iPhone with a glowing apple logo that can serve as a nice bright flashlight.
That’s because some Russians have replaced the Apple logo on the back of an original iPhone with a glowing version. There isn’t much detail, but apparently they swapped out the aluminum logo for a glowing one. Apparently, custom software allows the user to select the brightness of the effect independently of the screen brightness.
The Luxeed multi-color LED keyboard is pretty awesome looking, but it’s been impossible to get outside Korea until now. Thanks to the folks over at ThinkGeek, you can bring one home. The keyboard is powered by 430 individual colored LEDs, which can all be sequenced using the included Windows software.
You can make any of your own colorful keyboard creations and it’s available in a black or white for $199.99 each. If you want a numeric keypad, it will cost an additional $34.99 to get one with no LEDs. It’s not the Optimus Maximus, but should make typing fun again. Check out a video below.
Here’s a neat large LED clock that also doubles as a bookshelf and holds your stuff. Pretty nifty space saving idea. The area not taken up by shelf space contains LED strips that act as a clock. And when you look for the time, you’ll always see your stuff. Whether it’s your prize Spiderman statue, porn award or even your mint condition Ewok village, it will be displayed in style. I think Lucas in Carbonite would look swell above this thing.
ZTC released the ZT598, a dual input phone with the touch display hiding behind the number pad, which flips open. Another strange but interesting feature are the 7 LEDs on both sides, which blink along with your music, attracting you like shiny bright consumer bait.
The ZT598 features a 2.8-inch display, 0.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, dual SIM slots, microSD slot and integrated music player and is available for $134. It also has a very moving message on it’s face, “Enjoy your life”. Maybe I don’t want to enjoy my life. Maybe, just maybe, I was enjoying my life, but don’t like to be told what to do. Maybe I only enjoy Life cereal. What’s it to ya?
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.
The truth is out there. I’m still waiting for Mulder and Scully’s official word on Crop circles, but at least some recent UFO reports can be blamed on this extremely bright disc. This thing is the brainchild of artist Peter Coffin and it was made in collaboration with London-based Cinimod Studio.
It measures in at 7-meters and is constructed of aluminum covered with 3,000 super bright programmable LEDs. It isn’t just pretty, it has more going for it. Like an on-board 6kw generator for power. How is it controlled? Remotely via SMS. Below is a video showing the craft flying off the coast of Sopot, Poland on July 4th.
Remember that stealth aircraft mouse we told you about last year? It’s just zipped back into our skies with new color options. I still think it’s coolest in black. Anyway I know that many of you spend your days reliving scenes from Top Gun.
What better way to keep your friendlies and boogies straight then by having more colors? This way you can keep track of Jester and Maverick and whatever the hell other names they used in that 80′s movie. It beats the plain old mouse you’re using now right? Go get one for $18. And try to get that “Ride into the danger zone” song out of your head.
C’mon guys. We all love lightsabers, but there are limits to even your dorkiness right? Probably not. I can practically hear you just drooling over these trinkets and mouthing a firm OMG. Basically your DS stylus can now be replaced with Star Wars lightsabers. It will make it look like a tiny Jedi is attacking your touch screen.
They’re officially licensed and everything. And especially appropriate when playing Star Wars games. It should be noted that they are too big to fit in the DS stylus slot. But who cares, you’ll be too busy geeking it up. Get a 3-pack of the standard ones for $7.99, or you can splurge and spend $16.99 on a pair that actually light up with LED blades.
The Wii has changed the face of gaming with it’s interactive motion controls. So much so, that every other console has begun work on their own version. Just as the Wii has changed gaming, gamers are constantly changing the Wii console itself, giving it all kinds of personalities. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.