24 June 2007
28/06/07 12:19 Filed in: Lighting
The Mathmos Aduki Ni is a compact, portable, fully rechargable colour changing light.
When turned on this chrome bean comes alive, illuminating the metallic surface and gently morphing through a spectrum of colours.
The Aduki Ni has a built in rechargable battery and lasts about 6 hours without a lead. It is splash proof and can be used indoors or outdoors. It also comes with a cord allowing you to hang Aduki Ni anywhere in the house or garden.
You can set the Aduki Ni to change colours automatically or pause it on your favourite colour.
28/06/07 11:28 Filed in: LED strings
Looking for the geekiest way to show off your holiday spirit, or just looking for the next hackable gizmo? These new light strings, called Triklits let you accomplish either.
The secret to these color changing lights is that each orb on the string contains a red-green-blue LED. They come with an external controller that can generate 30 unique light patterns, but the real beauty of these is the USB interface option, which allows you to control the light colors of ut and sequencing from your PC. Software drivers and code samples are provided on the Triklits’ web site. Each string of lights has 24 orbs, and multiple strings can be connected and synchronized.
While not cheap at $100 per string, they are still very cool looking in action:
28/06/07 10:27 Filed in: Clothing
28/06/07 10:23 Filed in: DIY Projects
$16.95 will get your fiber optic craft dreams started. click the pic to get all you need to get started lighting your Clothes, Models, Hats, Flowers and more. Perfect the beginning hobbyist. Kit comes with 1 Dual LED Blinker with R/B (9v battery not included), 1 ft of EG50 Endglow cable, Tubing, 2 ft of LG62, Penlight & Boot, Directional Lens, Foam Star Map, and easy to read instructions for ages 10 to 80
28/06/07 10:04 Filed in: Lighting
Mini Fiber Blue lamp. When I was young and saw these in the record store and Spencer's Gifts, I fell in love with their weird tackiness. The originals were about $100... and now progres has shrunk the size and the price. A mere $5.95 will get you this 10" marvel of science.
27/06/07 12:08 Filed in: Art
Tensor is a 10'x8' panel of 64,800 red, green and blue LEDs, divided into 4.5 inch square groups. It could be called a "video wall", with a resolution of 27x20 pixels. But Tensor's most memorable attribute is its intimidating brightness.
Tensor consumes ten kilowatts of electricity. Of that, around a thousand watts - none of which is infrared - comes out the front as light. Standing close by, the visible light striking one's face actually feels warm. No surroundings can be seen; it is all obscured by the dazzling brightness. It is an intimate experience of the nature of light as an almost tangible thing.
The patterns Tensor displays are animated at full video speed (30+ frames per second). Many of the pictures on this page show Tensor running software, written by Bayard Wenzel, which colorizes and renders parametrized complex functions and two dimensional fractals.
26/06/07 12:19 Filed in: DIY Projects
Wear your own special effects! Learn a glow-in-the-dark clothing technique that mimics the look of fire, using electroluminescent (EL) wire and a combination of reflective and transparent fabrics.
The main function of this dress is for safety and visibility in dark environments, but also it is functional if you love fire and want to look like it.
This demo is based on a presentation about the dress pattern and process from Maker Faire 2007. The presentation was recorded and posted by ArtFuture on the ArtFuture YouTube Group, in 9 segments: here are the videos, with notes, pictures and links... thanks to instructables for providing a good venue for making the presentation & videos complete.
26/06/07 12:00 Filed in: Art
Click the pic to see a gallery of UV Ink Tattoos.
Blacklight reactive ink is a great way to have a tattoo that no one can see but under the blacklight or to add a little something special to trip out your friends.
Really how safe is Chameleon Blacklight Tattoo Ink?
Given its extensive testing of FDA approval, with absolutely no adverse reactions to it in over ten years, it is all in the proof, this ink is most likely the safest ink on the market.
26/06/07 07:40 Filed in: LED strings
25/06/07 12:14 Filed in: Art
Starlight consists of modular grids that have LEDs hanging down from them. Each grid has a vibrating motor that shakes the LEDs making trails of light that hovered above the viewer. Additionally, glasses with a star prism effects are given to viewers, causing the LED stars to wiggle and shake.
25/06/07 12:05 Filed in: Jewelry
The Fuze necklace is a geeky fashionista's dream because it's made by combining the beauty of quartz crystal with the ubercoolness of glowing LEDs.
Each Fuze crystal is hand selected, shaped, and polished to ensure a unique and beautiful gem to adorn your neck. The crystal has an embedded LED that gradually cycles through a range of colors to create a totally unique fashion accessory. The glowing crystal is powered by small batteries in the ingenious magnetic clasp, and if you choose, you can wear it turned off for a simpler statement.
25/06/07 11:44 Filed in: LED strings
Forever Bright - LED Christmas Lights
- No transformers. They plug right into a 110VAC receptacle with an ordinary fused Christmas light plug.
- End-to-end connectivity. These have a plug at both ends for more decorating versatility; you can plug additional sets onto the end of the string, rather than having to start each one at an outlet like other LED Christmas sets would have you do.
-Compatible with your existing miniature Christmas light sets.
- Sets can be ordered in any solid color, including white and blue.
- A multicolor set is available which includes blue, something not found in other LED light sets.
- UL Listed flameproof bulbs - should something set one of the LED bulbs on fire (say, a broken bulb from another light set or a child playing with matches or a cigarette lighter), it extinguishes by itself.
- Rated for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Lights come with a 5 year warranty.
24/06/07 13:57 Filed in: DIY Projects
24/06/07 13:53 Filed in: Extreme Glow
A Toyota MR2 painted with Glow In The Dark Paint.
24/06/07 13:49 Filed in: Housewares
Super-luminous Glow-in-the-Dark Pebbles (set of 100 assorted shapes) make a great complement to your garden, and are a fun way to highlight paths and plantings.
24/06/07 13:43 Filed in: Toys
The Space Store has a couple variations of Stars you can stick on the ceiling, and a few other glow goodies as well.
24/06/07 13:12 Filed in: DIY Projects
How Make Glowing Printer Ink - video powered by Metacafe
Check out this quick 88 second tutorial on how to make your own glowing ink for your inkjet printer.
24/06/07 12:19 Filed in: Clothing
24/06/07 12:12 Filed in: Art
If you're the type that likes to call attention to yourself, and happen to need to lower the apparent room temperature at the same time, we can think of no better way than with this LED fan. With 42 LEDs mounted on the blades, the LED Art Fan spins and flickers at a brazillian* RPM to create beautiful persistence of vision images. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so make sure you behold the video above.
Unbelievable bright images 5 megs of memory holds up to 128 individual frames. You can animate, spin, slide, flash and dissolve to your heart's delight. All the while, enjoying the cool breeze from a chromed-up art-deco desktop fan.
Show off your m4d 4rT 5k1Llz using the included software. Import animated GIF files, or draw your own frames. If you've got a logo you want to display, have at it!
The LED Art fan works with Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and requires a serial port. Make sure you read the manual. As highly programmable as this fan is, you don't want to miss a step and end up with something less than cool.
24/06/07 11:50 Filed in: Toys
What's that eerie glow coming from the tub? A radioactive ghost? Toxic waste? No, silly, it's the Glow Devil Duckie. No bath is safe from the hypnotic charm of this 4-1/2" long bathtub buddy. He floats tranquilly amongst the bubbles, emitting a soothing glow, as you soak your troubles away. Squeeze the duck and he'll give you a shrill squeak. Includes lyrics to the Glow Devil Duckie song, that you won't find on the next Sesame Street album.