Posts Tagged ‘LED’
  • Skate long into the night with the Photon Light LED Skateboard.
    by Mike
    Posted February 15th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Yet again, another nifty gadget that society didn't have when I was a kid. Gee, I'm beginning to think I really missed out... The Photon Light Board is quite possibly the coolest skateboarding oriented product I've ever seen. Skateboarding in general is a lot of fun. When I was a wee lad, I admit that I spent a fair share of my time rolling around on anywhere from 1 to 4 wheels at any given point. Even tough that was no more than a decade ago, things haven't really changed. A skateboard ...
  • Dell releases new 27″ U2711 monitor for pixel loving nerds.
    by Mike
    Posted February 11th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Have an unsatiable hunger for as many pixels as your eyes can suck in? Well aren't you in luck. Today Dell took it upon themselves to introoduce the world to their latest creation -- the 27" U2711. The price of $1,099 may set you off, but there's plenty to be had. For that price, Dell will give you an 80,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio, HDMI 1.3, DHCP support, and a full 2,560 x 1,440 resolution displayed in 16:9 glory. The big downside however is the CCFL backlight being used instead of the...
  • Bathe your iPod in soft cotton, plastic, and LED lighting.
    by Mike
    Posted February 9th, 2010 at 10:44 pm
    The iPod by far has the largest selection of accessories of any major gadget. Anything from simple silicon cases to little "iPad Beanbag chairs" show that the whole accessory market has gotten out of control. Out of control in the sense that more and more accessories are being pumped out, with few of the multitude of accessories actually being any good. Besides, if you're going to go cheap, why not just build you own case? The fine folks at Instructables have a nifty little how-to on making...
  • The USB Econo-hub special: A glow in the dark, plastic eagle.
    by Mike
    Posted February 9th, 2010 at 12:36 am
    What would you say if I gave you a USB hub that was made out of cheap plastic, a crystal eagle, and featured gimmicky blue LED's? You'd probably laugh and hopefully take the joke in good stride. There is of course the ever persistent danger that you'd take that econo-hub and chuck it right back at my face. Seeing as how it costs next to nothing, the loss after it fell to the ground and shattered would be relatively painless. The fake crystal shards in my face however, would not be. On the b...
  • Stay dry, see where you’re going, and look like a nerd: The Twilight Umbrella.
    by Mike
    Posted February 5th, 2010 at 10:52 am
    It's not that I necessarily seek things to blow my money on, those "things" just seem to find me well enough on their own. One such gadget that is pretty damn cool and functional is the "Twilight Umbrella". It's obvious to see that the Twilight Umbrella is basically a normal umbrella with some fiber optic lights on the outside of it that glow. Gimmicky? To some, yes. I'm pretty easy to please though, so consider me a happy camper if one of these arrived at my door step. If you're feeling t...
  • Is a taxiderm-ified mouse flash drive with light up LED eyeballs simply odd or downright disturbing?
    by Mike
    Posted January 27th, 2010 at 8:24 am
    I've seen some strange novelty flash drives before in my relatively short time span spent on this planet so far. But I think the title of "world's weirdest" or "world's most disturbing" flash drive has been one-upped by the Taxidermy Flash Drive Mouse w/ light up LED eyes. Yes, you read that right, an actual mouse carcass all hardened up and stuffed chock full of wonderful flash storage and light up LED eyes to boot. I have to ask, at what point does the cool or funny aspect of a novelty fl...
  • Allspark Xbox 360 mod — Gamer tested, Pharaoh approved.
    by Mike
    Posted January 21st, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    Because the world isn't already chock full of custom 360 cases... Aw hell, who am I kidding? This "Allspark" Xbox 360 modded case designed and created by Flickr user givintats is just plane awesome wouldn't you say? The skeleton consists of plywood with carved and molded clay on top. Add a nice coating of chrome and you wind up with the gleaming box of archaeological awesomeness sitting before your very eyes. As for the inner glow, owners of such a 'box can switch between blue or red. ...
  • Visiting Times Square for New Years? Why not self handedly power that dropping ball?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    As much as I'd love to, I simply won't be in Times Square for the big ball drop into 2010. But just because I'm not there doesn't mean I'm missing out. Some would argue that staying home (or at least indoors) is a much better experience as you get the benefit of countless camera angles, more coverage of the event, and of course a surrounding air temperature above freezing. The latter of which is a big one for me seeing as how I hate the cold. Since most party goers will start arriving late...
  • Most clever nightlight of the decade: The LED Milk Glass.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 7:01 am
    I don't know about you, but when I went to bed in my younger years, a glass of milk usually adorned the table next to me. Did it actually help me sleep as dear mother would always say? That's debatable. Frankly, if I woke up in the middle of the night thirsty, the last thing I wanted to do was venture through the house for a drink. A quick slurp from some milk right beside me was perfect. With that said, many young children have a pairing of things in their bedroom -- milk and a nightligh...
  • LED shortcoming: Traffic lights in Chicago not hot enough to melt snow build up. Accidents on the rise.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 8:52 am
    Energy efficient traffic lights seem like one of the best ways to save local governments significant amounts of money of the course of 5, 10, or more years. The lights which often use LED technology are much less demanding on the power grid which in turn means more money for other things. But there's one side effect many have overlooked. Heat output. Remember, the higher the heat output of a light, the more energy is being wasted. That's all fie and dandy for indoor lighting or lighting ...
  • Followup: Iron Samurai Watch now up for sale — $15
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    We originally looked at the Iron Samurai several months back when a price was still nothing but a mere dream. Try as I might, I can't find that post anywhere to link back to. Believe me, I tried -- really hard. But we really don't need to go drumming up the past now do we. No. Instead, all we really wanted to know then was the price which now happens to be $15 from ChinaVision. I'm both excited and disappointed. Excited because it's not $1k plus dollars that I though such a novelty watch ...
  • 2880 x 900 curved display by Ostendo beckons your visual cortex
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Anyone thinking their multi-monitor setup is "the king" needs to get familiar with the 2880 x 900 43" monster from Ostendo. As you can see above, (careful, close your mouths...) the screen is very large, curved, and all around a technological beautiful thing to look at. I mean I wouldn't mind staring at it's clean glass surface for hours on end. To put the sheer width of the 32:10 screen in perspective: 180% wider than 16:9 240% wider than 4:3 Those thinking that Ostendo is playing on t...
  • Blinking LED ads to thrust us into the 9th circle of advertising hell
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Using something as simple as blinking LED lights has incredible possibilities for fast and easy transmission of information and data. Now if someone in the gadget world such as manufacturers and 3rd parties can create apps and services to allow end users to interact with one another, this technology could really take off. Geeky dreams and hopes aside, one industry that is looking to employ such technologies is one that we could stand to lose a bit of interaction with -- advertisers. Advert...
  • Philips and the “LED Pro” TV
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    Being a tech guru isn't for the faint of heart. Many will call us lazy, good for nothing, society sapping individuals because all we care about is personal gratification. To some extent, they're true. But we lovers of the gadget are so much deeper than that. I mean, we're not dumb by any stretch. A perfect example is captured in all of the cryptic phrases and labels manufacturers conjur up. Things such as 1080p, WUXGA, HDMI, etc. mean absolutely nothing to the normal human. But as technol...
  • LED Tattoos the way of the future?
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 11:12 am
    Tattoos haven't changed much over the decades. It's still essentially the same basic concept: A needle moving in and our of your skin with some sort of ink or dye on the tip. Other forms of body modifications such as piercings and implanting metallic objects ahve added a twist to the whole process, but a "tattoo" is still the same. Rebels and body artists of tomorrow will find LED tattoos the next big craze. The idea may seem crazy at first, but it's really not that complex. Simple sil...
  • Hi-Tec Art to debut “stick in” LED game. Put your soldering irons away…
    by Mike
    Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Remember that old light up game/toy we had as kids where you stuck in different colored plastic pegs into peg holes and the light inside would make them glow? Now fast forward 25 years and things have become a tad more high tech. That old toy that once provided hours of artistic enjoyment is getting a refresh, albeit this time a new and emerging Florida based company, "Hi-Tec" is responsible. The biggest change to this basic toy concept is that that the "pegs" are actually individual LED's ...
  • PURL: Filling your tires and illuminating your path [Concept]
    by Mike
    Posted November 2nd, 2009 at 7:45 am
    Cyclists know that space is at a premium. If you're on a long trip, carrying excess, unneeded baggage slows you down and tires you out quicker. Why go through the hassle? One tool any cyclist wants to have at all times is that of a tire pump. Keeping your bike tires properly inflated can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day. A second tool essential to the road warriors bag-o-tools is a light. Many riders take to the roads at night. As such, their bodies and machines aren...
  • Make your own Steampunk Pumpkin
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 7:38 am
    You know, every time I stumble upon another steampunk-ified object I start to think "oh my god...again?" with a few exceptions here and there for truly impressive and unique ideas. Taking something as ordinary as a pumpkin is different from normal gadget/electronic versions of steampunk'd devices we've seen a lot of lately. But, in the spirit of Halloween and having a little fun, I decided to share this Steampunk Pumpkin with you. I admit, this metal clad pumpkin is actually pretty cool. I...
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