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— Home Entertainment

Ambilight and hue LED bulb combine for uber-immersive TV

TP Vision has announced an upgrade to its Ambilight TV backlighting system designed to work alongside (well, underneath) Philips' hue color-change LED light bulbs, effectively allowing Ambilight effects to fill the entire room. The new system, dubbed Ambilight 4-sided XL, is included on Philips' new 60-in Elevation TV. Its 94 LEDs cover all four sides of the display, and will adapt to match the predominant color of the on-screen action – as will any connected hue bulbs. Read More
— Mobile Technology Review

Review: Waka Waka Power solar lamp and device charger

Introduced early last year, the Waka Waka lamp is a solar-powered LED light designed for use both in first-world campsites and third-world homes. Towards the end of the year, the Waka Waka Foundation followed up on the lamp’s success with a similar product, known as Waka Waka Power. It not only provides light, but can also be used to charge up your electronic gadgets. We recently had a chance to try one out ... during sunny breaks in an otherwise very wet and cloudy June. Read More

King Edison combines a chandelier and a light bulb

Chandeliers can be pretty classy if they’re done right, but they can also take up a lot of space and gather a lot of dust. What someone should do is make a tiny chandelier, and encase it in a light bulb-like globe. Well, wouldn’t ya know it, that’s just what UK designers Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia did – and you can buy one, if you’ve got the cash. Read More
— Around The Home

Sonte Film controls a window's opacity with a smartphone

Smart glass has become a popular fixture in homes and offices for its ability to change between transparent and opaque, depending on whether an electric current is applied. It's a handy invention, but also tends to be expensive to install and offers only limited control. Sonte is hoping to change that with an affordable window film that connects wirelessly to a smartphone app to instantly turn any section of glass from clear to solid at the press of a button. Read More
— Around The Home

Photo gallery: Highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week

A patch of central London is festooned with pink this week, which can only mean Clerkenwell Design Week is in session once more. Lovely old buildings such as the Farmiloe Building, House of Detention and the Museum of the Order of St. John have opened their doors to designers and design enthusiasts on the lookout for inspiration. Armed with a camera, Gizmag went exploring, and was pleased to see one or two favorites among the novelties. Read More

Switch Candle: A self-lighting tealight lamp

A naked flame may be dangerous in the wrong hands but it can also be beautiful and calming, a giver of heat and light, and the perfect mood setter for a quiet evening in. Candles offer an easy and relatively safe way of experiencing a continuous naked flame, it's just a shame you have to light them and extinguish them, and that they cannot be dimmed as you would an electric light bulb. Or perhaps they can. Read More
— Good Thinking

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
— Architecture

Appartement Spectral: Interior design so wrong it's right

Here's an interesting piece of interior design. Challenged by a client to refurbish a tiny studio apartment in Paris, architect Betillon/Dorval‐Bory was asked to pay special attention to lighting due to the limited daylight available in some parts of the apartment. Its response was unusual, to say the least. High-performance lighting was installed at one end and, in one sense, deliberately awful lighting at the other. Named Appartement Spectral, the design breaks every rule in the book, yet the effect is striking – and it's all down to street lighting. Read More