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  1. Pavement lights guide 'smartphone zombies' Pavement lights have been installed at a pedestrian crossing in a Netherlands town to help smartphone users cross the road safely. The light strips are designed to catch the eye of people looking down at their device, and change colour to match traffic signals. It's not a difficult scenario to imagine: A group of pedestrians stand on a street corner, waiting for the crosswalk light to turn green. At least a few, if not all, are staring down at their smartphones. For whatever reason — whether scrolling through Instagram or engrossed in a game of Cooking Fever — they're not fully attuned to the traffic light ahead. A particularly oblivious walker might even step into oncoming traffic. “Smartphone zombies,” as the Verge described them, have become a real concern — and one Dutch municipality wants to stem the problem before it gets worse. Now officials in Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam in the western Netherlands, are piloting a program that they think may help protect such distracted pedestrians. At a handful of intersections around town, illuminated LED strips of light (called "+Lichtlijn,” or light lines) have been installed into the pavement. The “light lines” can change color and are synced with their corresponding traffic lights; as soon as the normal crossing light turns red or green, so, too, does the one in the ground. The idea, officials said, is that people on their phones are going to be staring toward their feet anyway. Why not make it more likely that they will still be able to see the traffic light in their immediate peripheral vision? “The lure of social media, games, WhatsApp and music is great, and it comes at the expense of paying attention to traffic,” town alderman Kees Oskam said in a statement. “As a government, we probably can't reverse this trend, but we can anticipate problems.” The project has attracted criticism from Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN), a group that advocates for road safety in the Netherlands. “What you are doing is rewarding bad behavior,” a spokesman for the group told DutchNews.nl about the light lines. Nevertheless, schools in Bodegraven-Reeuwijk that are near the test light lines are reportedly excited about the pilot program, hoping it will increase safety. HIG Traffic Systems, which developed the light lines, hopes other cities in the Netherlands will be interested in the system as well, according to Omroep West. In the United States, “distracted walking” has becoming an increasingly serious problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2015, up from 4,884 the year before. Nearly three-quarters of those deaths take place at “non-intersections,” while 19 percent occur at places where pedestrians are meant to be, including crosswalks and sidewalks. In 2015, for the first time, the National Safety Council included in an annual report statistics about distracted-walking incidents involving cellphones. The group found that distracted walking was responsible for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011. The council's list of pedestrian safety tips includes such age-old advice as “Look left, right and left again before crossing the street” but also now warns never to use a cellphone or other electronic device while walking. Original: washingtonpost
  2. LED Taxi As part of the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, we integrated 50,000 LED pixels into five iconic London cabs which transported the Spice Girls around the stadium. Manufactured in under three weeks, each car included a staircase for access to the performance area on the taxi’s roof. A pneumatically deployed handrail was also used for stability while the cars traveled. BATTERY-POWERED AND SWITCHED ON BY THE CAB DRIVERS WHEN THEY RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS VIA AN EARPIECE, THESE PIXELS WERE PROGRAMMED WITH COLOURS AND PATTERNS THAT REFLECTED EACH OF THE SPICE GIRLS’ RADIANT PERSONALITIES.
  3. High on the list of technologies that delivered such a memorable and moving London 2012 opening ceremony were the ‘pixels’ that turned the Olympic Stadium seating into a giant video screen.We were directly brought in by TAIT Technologies to work on this with their direction. We used 37 Ai Media Servers and 4 Sapphire-Midi Controllers to control the video on the 70,500 pixel tablets situated within the audience seating, as well as to control all LED & projection screens throughout the stadium. The ‘landscape screen’ is recognised by the Guinness World Book of Records as the ‘World’s Largest LED Screen‘. Immersive had a long-standing ambition of representing UK design in the 2012 Olympic games. We had always liked the idea of creating an ‘immersive’ video screen and soon were approached by the only company in the world who could manufacture such a dream – Tait Technologies. They had technically researched such an idea and already developed the installation into the form of tablet batons that each had 9 LED pixels in a 3×3 array. Each seat was equipped a tablet. All 70,500 of them were manufactured by Tait Technologies. The tablets measure 134mm square, and the pixel pitch is 50mm. Each pixel is individually programmable. The viewing angles are 180º both horizontally and vertically. We supplied bespoke templates that made animating on the warped screen possible to the animation teams working for ceremony director, Danny Boyle. We controlled all of the LED batons and mapped all content to the unique fixtures with our custom-made media server, Ai, which was the main media server used by the London 2012 ceremonies. “We chose Ai because of Avolites’ substantial and long history in the field of entertainment; and quite simply this is one of the only server systems that can handle mapping on such huge scale. The Olympics was a one-shot event – it had to be perfect – and the strength of the company reputation is reassuring to all those involved. Managing this volume of mapping is easy with the Ai software.” – Frederic Opsomer, CEO of Tait Technologies We used 37 Ai Media Servers and 4 Sapphire-Midi Controllers, all were operated live by Immersive and Avolites Media technical staff. We controlled Installations including: 70,000 Audience LED Pixels, x5 Spice Girls London Taxis, x4 Freddy Mercury moving Projection Screens, x4 Stadium 30m Audience LED Screens, Coldplay Live Stage projection plus all Stadium IMAG screens. For the closing ceremony dance party highly anticipated Spice Girl’s reunion preformance, 5 of London’s famous Black Taxi’s were fitted on the exterior with LED by Tait and equipped on the interior with five mobile Ai servers to control the videos. Special thanks to Dave Green, Trey Harrison, Mark Calvert, JB Toby, and Martin Harvey. Source: immersive.international
  4. Gorgeous Heng Balance Lamp boasts unique magnetic switch mechanism Li Zanwen won the Red Dot Award 2016 for the HENG. The two balls in the wooden frames serve as switches of the lamps. As we raise the the lower ball, the two balls would be drawn together magnetically. They would float in the air and when they reach a balance, the light would be turned on. This new way of interaction brings joy to our monotonous life. It's a new and interactive way to brighten up your room!
  5. Osram LED pillars provide the basis for Smart City networking Modern LED City Light pillars equipped with the Street Light Control system and Einstone technology from Osram were installed in a city-wide intelligent network to form the basis for the Wipperfürth Smart City project. Luminaires transmit information via Bluetooth signal that is then recorded and processed by the new WippApp. Smartphone users that have downloaded the app can access a diversity of information such as offers from retailers, information about companies and much more. The town of Wipperfürth began to upgrade its complete road lighting across several construction stages to energy-efficient LED technology in 2010. Now the Hanseatic town in "Bergisches Land" has created a further pioneering project together with Osram. In addition to further LED modernisation, the project also aims at intelligently networking the urban road lighting. The photometric base unit for intelligent LED road lighting is modern City Light pillars from Siteco equipped with the efficient 540 Plus LED module. To make the nocturnal appearance of the town even more appealing, the pillars have a supplementary linear RGB module that can be individually controlled with the Street Light Control software. This enables specific coloured light scenarios to be created in the city centre. The complete software infrastructure is stored in a cloud. An Osram Einstone transmitter is also integrated in the lower area of the luminaire’s top unit. This emits a Bluetooth signal that is received by smartphones and can be used with a corresponding app. Einstone technology enables site-related services by linking it with the Wipperfürth app, and users of the app can simply and conveniently access location-specific special features, the offers of associated retailers and general information. "Street luminaires offer the ideal infrastructure for this because they’re distributed throughout a town or city in a tight grid," said Andreas Pickelein, Project Manager, Osram Lighting Solutions. "Power is also available. When the luminaires light up the road at night the Einstone battery recharges, enabling the device to have sufficient operating voltage during the day" he added. The extensive range of Smart City functions for urban lighting can also be expanded, for example by integrating environment sensors or sensors helping users when searching for parking spaces. Source: osram-group
  6. LEDs light up a homemade ice rink In 2016, a homeowner from Minnesota in the USA attempted to freeze waterproof LED lights in a backyard ice rink. The man who created the ice rink actually owns a flooring business and decided to convert his backyard tennis court into an ice rink during the winter. (Source) His wife pitched him the idea that it should have LED lights in the flooring. The man then went on to find LED lights and created an ice rink that illuminates different colours while skating. You can see a video of the ice rink below.
  7. Gorgeous Heng Balance Lamp boasts unique magnetic switch mechanism Li Zanwen won the Red Dot Award 2016 for the HENG. The two balls in the wooden frames serve as switches of the lamps. As we raise the the lower ball, the two balls would be drawn together magnetically. They would float in the air and when they reach a balance, the light would be turned on. This new way of interaction brings joy to our monotonous life. It's a new and interactive way to brighten up your room! More info: kickstarter
  8. The Wooden Light Bulbs I've been always fascinated with the warmth of wood and the brightness of light. The combination of those two can give only a beautiful effect. Here is a video showing the building process step by step. More info: instructables
  9. Rustic Live Edge Log Slice Lazy Susan with LED Lighting Doing some work on the raw log slices and adding a bearing and some led lighting gives the nice mix of rustic meets modern to make a Rustic Live Edge Log Slice Lazy Susan with LEDs! More info: instructables
  10. DIY LED Desk Lamp This cool desk lamp is made with LED strip lights and maple. It features a very simple design where the wood is really in focus and has a remote control that attaches to the back of the lamp. This lamp would be great in a lot of different settings, and of course you could use whatever wood you have on hand. More info: instructables
  11. Smart Bluetooth LED glasses EASE OF USE Download the CHEMION app to your iOS or Android device and turn on your glasses. Look for the pairing code in the app and you’re in! That’s just about all there is to pairing these guys. Once you have them paired you can control many features from the app or just use the power button to scroll through the presets on the glasses. The presets include hearts, waves, fireworks, GO!!! and a crazy triangle pattern. When you dig deeper into the app you’ll find you can make custom text, use the EQ, create drawings (tricky to do) and explore other users’ presets. Text mode is probably the easiest, just type in the text you want to appear on the glasses and tap it when done. The text will automatically transfer over to the glasses from the app. The EQ feature uses the mic on your phone to listen to the noise around you and show an LED EQ on the glasses, this is great where you have music at a party. The creator mode has you drawing things across a grid of pixels which represent the LEDs, which is a bit harder to master but could be fun if you do. Once you have something programmed in you do not have to have your phone on for it to work. Just program it and put your phone away. If you want to change things up, you will have to pull out the phone and enter new parameters. Overall, using the glasses isn’t hard at all, once you have them paired and you dig into the app for a bit, it all comes together quickly. Source: chemi-on
  12. More information: Macetech LED Matrix Shades: http://www.macetech.com/blog/node/128 Macetech RGB Shades: http://www.macetech.com/blog/node/127 https://learn.adafruit.com/ledshades?view=all https://learn.adafruit.com/celebration-spectacles?view=all http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Teach-an-LED-Goggles-Workshop/?ALLSTEPS