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Diesel LED watch with mirror display

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

Diesel LED watch with mirror display
After seeing so many watches with displays that are hard to read, it’s always a beautiful thing to find a sci-Fi stylish watch that is completely readable. This new watch from Diesel sports a dot-matrix screen behind a mirror surface, creating a look that’s both futuristic and stylish.

It can even be programmed to scroll messages up to 20 characters long if you have something you’d like to broadcast from your wrist. It’s available with either a mirrored patent strap or a black leather strap. Simple and futuristic for $170.

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.

LED CPR flashlight: Never leave home without it

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

LED CPR flashlight: Never leave home without itIn an emergency situation, you want to be prepared. But not everyone has life-saving knowledge. Let’s say someone has drowned, but you never learned CPR so you can’t raise the dead. That’s where this product combo could really come in handy.

It’s an LED flashlight that walks, or rather talks you through the basic steps of CPR. The whole thing measures only 4 inches, with push-button on/off and CPR read-off features. It covers adult, child and baby instructions. I hope it talks fast enough that it’s not completely useless. Great idea.

Sony introduces sweet new XBR HDTV line

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony XBR HDTVWhen it comes to LCD HDTVs Sony has some of the most popular sets on the market in its Bravia line. While LCD TVs and LCDs on notebooks share some of the same tech, notebook LCDs have been using LED backlighting for better picture quality and thinner profiles for a while now. The LED tech hasn’t been seen much in HDTVs until now.

Sony introduced seven new XBR HDTV models including models using TRILUMINOS LED backlighting and local dimming to provide better black levels and contrast. The TRILUMINOS LED system uses clusters of red, blue and green LEDs to produce improved color. The new models include screen sizes from 19 to 70-inches.

2,400 LED Pong table for gaming & dining

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2008

2,400 LED Pong table for gaming & dining
Pong has taken many strange twists and turns through our culture since the 70s and has somehow endured, despite it’s simple nature. Well, it’s back again and this time the game takes place on a table, allowing you to play and then dine. Or dine and then play a game for dessert. It’s from the mind of Moritz Waldemeyer. The table uses 2400 LEDs for display and has 2 trackpads.

Turned on, the trackpads let users control the paddles. Turn it off and it’s just a plain table again. It was part of MOMA’s Elastic Mind exhibit. I for one would love to see it go into production, but somehow I doubt it will. For one thing, it would force you to clear the table everytime you want a game and that’s just a bit too much if you love Pong and dining.

See what you’re screwing in the dark

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2008

See what you’re screwing in the dark
Sometimes the most frustrating problems have the simplest solutions. If you’ve ever needed to get out the screwdriver and fix something in the dark, then you know what a pain that can be. Even when you have light, you might not have it in the small area you are working in. That’s where this screwdriver comes in handy, offering a simple solution.

This collar will shed some light on your work, making your job easier. Just simply slip it over the business end of your screwdriver, rotate the ring, and you’ve got three powerful LEDs to see by. Only $14.95

LED watch made from real crystals

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

LED watch made from real crystals
This is inspired by the Swarovsky Signity watches, and this timepiece by designer Ilya Yakovlev has a surface made from real crystals that are backlit by LEDs.

One interesting feature is that you can increase the luminosity and change the colors to suit your mood. As far as I can tell, it’s a concept that we probably won’t see for a long time yet, but it is interesting. I think it probably would need more functions aside from just being a watch. They should look great in the dark.

Senslux LED desk lamps fight acne with style

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Senslux LED desk lamps fight acne with style
Here’s a trio of nice lamps with a sort of retro-modern look, from Senslux. They are eco-friendly and energy saving. The company’s goal is to “contribute to make human-being and the world happier and healthier”.

They come in three different models including a full spectrum LED desk lamp ‘SF-1500’, a lamp that will treat your acne and another LED desk lamp, the ‘SG-1500’. That’s about it for details right now. You’ll want to check out the acne fighting lamp if you have some skin issues and also happen to need new lighting.

Pioneer headlight shoes rock LEDs & kinetic energy

Posted in Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Pioneer headlight shoes rock LEDs & kinetic energy
Here’s another thing that we were promised in the then “future”. Shoes with headlights. These funky looking Pioneer shoes are from designers Feijun Chen & Bin Zhao. Not only will they illuminate your path, but the batteries are charged by the kinetic energy of your steps. The LEDs are bright enough to light up an area about five feet in front of you, so you can make like a spirit and perpetually head toward said light.

There’s also a green tail light in back. Great idea for safety reasons alone. For one thing cars will see you clearly and thus avoid killing you, for another it might help you avoid obstacles in your path that might otherwise plant your face in the dirt.

Turn signal jacket for cyclists

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2008

Turn signal jacket for cyclistsTurn signal gadgets for cyclists is nothing new, but you don’t often see them in clothing. Ph.D student Leah Buechley on the other hand, has designed several items of electronic clothing, but her signal jacket for cyclists really stands out.

LEDs are embedded in an arrow formation and they flash to indicate that you are about to turn left or right. That’s a good idea since it will warn motorists, and prevent you from becoming roadkill, which we know some rednecks eat. The LEDs are powered by the round device in the center of the jacket, which is a small, sewable computer chip that Leah also designed herself. She obviously needs to be working with clothing manufacturers.