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Smart windows can be tuned for privacy, while still letting the light shine through

By - June 10, 2015 9 Pictures

The glass panels that let light into our homes and offices have been seen as huge windows of opportunity for engineers in recent times. If the amount of light pouring through can be managed throughout the day, it could lessen reliance on energy-sapping air conditioner units, for instance. This has led to a number of examples of smart facades that keep interior spaces from overheating, and some that even harvest energy for lights and ventilation. But a new tunable window-tinting technology is claimed to do things the smart glass before it cannot, by allowing users control over brightness, color temperature and opacity.

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Dyson's LED lamp promises to burn brightly for 37 years

By - June 9, 2015 6 Pictures

Some notable advances have taken place in the world of LED lighting of late. From Ikea's flexible lighting tiles to Phillips' $5 bulbs, those looking to switch off their incandescent globes for good have plenty of practical and quirky options to choose from. But, just as it did with vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and air purifiers, Dyson has arrived and is promising a superior solution. Inventor Jake Dyson says the company has built the first light that cools LEDs properly, enabling them to last 37 years.

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