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Panasonic to distribute 100,000 solar lantern/chargers to the developing world

We live in an age where people in the developed world are so dependent on electricity that if it wasn't available a whole civilization would collapse in a week. It’s therefore ironic that 1.32 billion people around the world are still without what most people have come to see as a basic necessity. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Panasonic Corporation plans to distribute 100,000 solar lanterns that the company has developed that can not only provide light, but also charge mobile phones and other small devices.Read More

Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp lights up empty bottles

Whatever your tipple of choice is, from water and pop to whiskey and rum, they all come in bottles, though the aesthetic appeal of these bottles differs greatly depending on the brand. The Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp gives new life to these empty bottles by turning them into a base for a table lamp.Read More

Around The Home Review

Review: Black Diamond III Bluetooth speaker

I think it's fair to say that if you want a Bluetooth loudspeaker to stream music from your phone or player, the marketplace is somewhat generous with its choices. To stand out and be noticed, manufacturers need to add something extra to the pot – such as being able to change shape like the novel Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System or really feeling the beat with the ONBEAT-X1 portable speaker. Taiwan's Yantouch has taken a decidedly more visually-stimulating route with its third-generation Black Diamond speaker, and Gizmag spent the last few weeks being mesmerized by its stunning light show.Read More

Around The Home

Lumio LED light looks more like a hardback book

Tempting as it many be, I'll spare you the cornball introduction about turning to a book for illumination… literally. Quite simply, Lumio is a cordless LED light disguised as a hardback book. With the inclusion of "industrial grade" neodymium magnets built into the real wood covers, it can be attached to "multiple surfaces" such as your fridge and … er … Read More

Concept lamp blows bubbles for lampshades

The counterpoint is obvious – the most fleeting of "lampshades" married to that most long-living of light sources: the LED. The Surface Tension Lamp by FRONT continuously blows soap bubbles which, as they inflate and eventually burst, creates a dynamic lit environment.Read More

Electronics

"BITE ME" LED desk lamp makes a colorful end-of-life snack

When it comes to a light meal, Victor Vetterlein's "BITE ME" desk lamp has got you covered. The body of the brightly colored creation is made from bio-plastic that can be safely consumed at the end of its useful life. If eating lamps doesn't start your digestive juices flowing, the frame can also be thrown in the compost. Either way, the rather attractive electronics strip can be peeled away from the body and re-used elsewhere. Read More

Robotics

Pinokio lamp is the real-life counterpart to Pixar's Luxo Jr

Luxo Jr, the adorable little lamp that appears in the Disney Pixar logo, illustrates how animators can breathe life into mundane inanimate objects. Now, robotics technology allows us to do the same thing in real life, as shown by a trio from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Using a combination of readily available robotics and automated manufacturing technology, mixed with open-source software, they were able to grace a desk lamp with a little personality.Read More

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