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The vast range of Wi-Fi-enabled devices available today means that anyone could have several personal electronic devices all trying to connect to a network simultaneously. Multiply this by many hundreds of people in a busy public place with Wi-Fi connectivity and this often means that available bandwidth is greatly reduced. To help address this problem, researchers at Oregon State University claim to have invented a new system called WiFO that incorporates infrared LEDs to boost the available Wi-Fi bandwidth by as much as ten times. Read More

If you've previously been put off LED bulbs by the price, now may be the time to reconsider. Philips, in partnership with The Home Depot, has announced that it will sell an A19 60-W LED equivalent bulb for just US$4.97. The firm says it's the most affordable LED bulb on the market. Read More

As its name suggests, Brick Lamp is a lamp shaped like a brick. This is minimalism brought to bear on the world of lighting, with Brick Lamp featuring "no switch, no shade, and no wires." Read More
Philips has announced that it plans to make 110,000 LED street lights in Los Angeles connected. The company will bring the lights online using new plug-and-play CityTouch technology. It is said to be quick and easy to install, and will allow the city's lights to be monitored and controlled via the web. Read More
A building in Nanjing, China, has become a colorful addition to the city's skyline. The International Youth Culture Centre features an LED system from Philips that has 700,000 nodes and a palette of 16 million colors. Despite this, it reportedly costs less than €114 (US$122) per day to light. Read More
Exercising in the dark is something that many of us are forced to do by our perpetually hectic lifestyles. However, that does inevitably mean encountering extra dangers en route, such as uneven pavements and impatient drivers. The 270-degree Shoe Lights from Night Runner are designed to allow you to exercise more safely at night. Read More
By applying 120 year old radio frequency antenna theory to the much newer field of photonics, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory claim to have produced a prototype optical antenna that increases the intensity of emission from a nanorod light source by more than 115 times. This technique may offer the opportunity to replace power-hungry lasers in short-range optical communications devices with enhanced low-power LEDs. Read More
Researchers from the University of Manchester and University of Sheffield have developed a new prototype semi-transparent, graphene-based LED device that could form the basis of flexible screens for use in the next-generation of mobile phones, tablets and televisions. The incredibly thin display was created using sandwiched "heterostructures", is only 10-40 atoms thick and emits a sheet of light across its entire surface. Read More
A toolbox isn't something you'd ever think of as being "cool." After all, it's designed to be a simple repository for your tools, nothing more, nothing less. Unless, that is, we're talking about Coolbox, a toolbox with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Read More

When the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face on Sunday, it will also showcase new technology as the first Superbowl game played under LED lighting. According to the makers, the new high-performance LED stadium lights built by Cree and Ephesus Lighting will provide better lighting for less energy. Read More