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  1. This illuminated arch rises up out of the water and surrounds a foot bridge in Austin, Texas East Side Collective, a co-working design studio featuring co-founder Tim Derrington and member Wilson Hanks, along with Drophouse Design have recently worked together to create a temporary installation as part of the Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show“, in Austin, Texas. “Deep Curiosity” is an illuminated arch that rises up out of the water and surrounds a foot bridge over the Waller Creek to create the illusion of a never ending circle that inspires imaginative thought and an appreciation for both the natural and man-made elements found in and around the same area. The light installation is made from strips of curved steel that have been welded and formed into a curved arch. The arch is made up of sections that were constructed in a warehouse and were later assembled on site in the water and above the bridge. The partially submerged circular form combines reality with the power of illusion to encourage people to think about and appreciate the complexity of the creek and celebrate the possibility of future perfection in the Waller Creek area. Original: contemporist
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. RGB Shades: Programmable LED Glasses What are RGB LED Shades? They're programmable shutter shade sunglasses with an array of 68 full-color LED pixels on the front. The LEDs can show different colors by mixing levels of Red, Green, and Blue...just like the screen you're using to read this. Although the LEDs are very bright from the outside, they're almost invisible from the inside; you can see out just fine. A programmable microcontroller (Arduino-compatible) chooses the color of each pixel to display a wide range of colorful animations.
  14. 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
  15. JARDINS DO PALACIO Cristal 30 vertical light tubes were place along the margin of the lake and different light composition were pre-program. The result was a set of different light/shadow animated sequences that interact with the natural elements of the surrounding space. Source: lednews.lighting
  16. Ken Burns Bridge Located over a lake that teems with swimmers and boaters during the summer, the Ken Burns Bridge can be viewed by motorists, boaters, swimmers and residents around the lake. Elegant, curved arches are enhanced with color-changing light below deck, while above deck, four 50' tall sail-shaped gateways become color-changing nighttime icons, celebrating holidays, seasons, sports victories and special events. The bridge opened to great acclaim, winning the hearts of residents and becoming a local landmark. In addition to the pre-programmed events, the lighting has been used to express solidarity with France after the terrorist attacks there and to mourn Prince's untimely death. Transparent during the day and visible from all angles at night, the gateway sails welcome motorists and pedestrians to the City of Worcester and Town of Shrewsbury. By way of a custom user interface and pre-programmed events, the owner can create both static and kinetic color-changing events. Source: lednews.lighting
  17. Brainrave is an interactive audiovisual installation BRAINRAVE BY LATE INTERACTIVE Brainrave is an interactive audiovisual installation which lets you control generative music and visuals using your brain alone. Boasting almost 4,000 addressable RGB LEDs, Brainrave seeks to demystify Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and make something that seems like science fiction become science fact. When you wear the EEG headset, an algorithm processes the raw EEG waves into meaningful data, in this case the level of concentration/relaxation. The installation includes a concentration meter in the form of an LED ring which helps you control your concentration better. In order to raise the concentration level, you can focus on the meter, perform complex mathematics in your head or simply focus really hard on one thought. On the other hand, relaxation can be achieved by closing your eyes, letting your muscles loose and zoning out the surrounding environment. This attention level extracted from the headset is then used to manipulate and generate music and visuals through software programmed specifically for this installation. The resulting music is then blasted from a PA system and the visuals are displayed onto the huge array of LEDs for everyone to enjoy... that is until you take off the headset. Brainrave is suited for all audiences. We aim to tour music, light, science and art festivals with it as well as schools and hospitals. Brainrave was originally commissioned by Science in the City, Malta in September 2016. Source: lednews.lighting
  18. CLUSTER it's a real-time interactive Light and Sound installation made by Playmodes Studio Cluster is an immersive audiovisual site-specific installation that explores relationships between space, time and perception. Geometric schematization of architecture using light instruments transforms the space into a container for the abstract language of light and sound. The audiovisual discourse generated in real time using software created by Playmodes, researches the possibilities of formal clusters of oscillators applied to the control of light, sound and atonality to the limits of synaesthetic perception. Source: lednews.lighting
  19. Audiovisual installation ‘After the Storm’ The rumbling sounds of approaching thunder introduce Storm. This immersive audiovisual installation recreates the thrill and excitement of watching a storm as it moves from dark and foreboding to booming explosions of light as the gale approaches. Commissioned for Newcastle Gateshead Initiative's Enchanted Parks 2016, Storm is Output Arts' most ambitious audiovisual installation to date: constructed from 108 separate triangular panels with a total of 4320 LEDs, 335 metres of cabling and a dozen computers. The event saw 30,000 visitors across six nights. Storm uses a recording of a thunderstorm from the British Library Sound Archive, contributed by wildlife sound recordist Simon Elliot; Output Arts are grateful for his kind assistance. Source: lednews.lighting
  20. The rumbling sounds of approaching thunder introduce Storm. This immersive audiovisual installation recreates the thrill and excitement of watching a storm as it moves from dark and foreboding to booming explosions of light as the gale approaches. Commissioned for Newcastle Gateshead Initiative's Enchanted Parks 2016, Storm is Output Arts' most ambitious audiovisual installation to date: constructed from 108 separate triangular panels with a total of 4320 LEDs, 335 metres of cabling and a dozen computers. The event saw 30,000 visitors across six nights. Storm uses a recording of a thunderstorm from the British Library Sound Archive, contributed by wildlife sound recordist Simon Elliot; Output Arts are grateful for his kind assistance. Source: artputouts
  21. Turn your LED floor into a tool for informing and inspiring people Luminous carpets – invisible integration of LED lighting in carpets and vinyl flooring. Invisible integration of LED lighting in carpets and vinyl flooring that come to life with moving messages or images to greet and guide visitors and guests. Luminous carpets are easily connected to your electrical and IT infrastructure to run pre-programmed displays. Or you can simply use your tablet or smartphone to create these special messages. Furthermore, luminous carpets can be connected to the fire alarm system so that, in case of a fire, it will show you the safest way out of the building. Luminous carpets – wayfinding in the floor Click here to see film about Luminous carpets One simple installation. Infinite ways to make an impression Want to make your mark on visitors and guests? Luminous Carpets let you welcome, attract and guide them in ways they have never seen before. Touch your tablet, and lights under your feet brightly display graphics and words. Touch your smartphone, and dynamic moving images show a personal welcome to your expected guest. Your floor becomes a tool for informing and inspiring people. Luminous Carpets integrate cutting-edge LED lights and high performance carpets. They will: Welcome visitors to your office, with a personal message Enhance your brand, providing the right information in an innovative way Draw in crowds at tradeshows, with eye-catching floor displays Greet and guide hotel guests, making them feel welcome Go hand in hand with the aesthetics of your building, with high-quality carpet material that looks good even when the lights are off. Fresh technology that helps you stand out from the crowd Luminous Carpets give you the power to create truly memorable experiences in your building. Combining luxurious carpets with cutting-edge LEDs, the technology connects easily with your electrical and IT systems. With one simple setup, you can display personal messages or subtle signage - whenever and wherever you want. Luminous Carpets can be easily integrated with other connected lighting and internet-related technology. By interacting with your visitors in new and inspiring ways, you will create a lasting impression on everyone who enters your building. Where can you use Luminous Carpets? The materials we use are so resilient, and the LED units so robust, that Luminous Carpets can be used almost anywhere in your building. For example, you can… Show personalized greetings in hotel rooms Display attention-grabbing signs and animations at tradeshows Direct visitors towards your front desk in lobby areas Display live information feeds in waiting areas, e.g. news headlines Use hallways floors to direct people to toilets, exits and meeting rooms. During an emergency, the lights can help people to find an alternative escape route. More information: https://www.luminous-carpets.com