Photokina 2014 highlights

Lighting

A complex optical system creates an almost 3D sensation of distance and space between the ...

For residents living in the north, where sunlight can be a rare commodity during the winter, a psychological condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real problem. Light therapy is one way to shake off the winter blues, and although artificial lighting solutions do exist, they are generally available as simple variations on traditional desk lamps. An Italian designer has developed CoeLux, a unique system that delivers artificial light through an intelligent false skylight.  Read More

Nova provides more lighting options than the iPhone's built-in flash

Last September, we first heard about Nova – a wireless external flash designed for use with the iPhone. At the time, its creators were raising production funds on Kickstarter. As of today, however, it's available for purchase.  Read More

The all-new Audi R8 LMX is one of the first car designs in the world to use laser high bea...

Audi has revealed the all-new R8 LMX, the most powerful road-going variant of its super sports car. More interesting than its extra 20 ponies is the set of laser eyes staring at the road ahead. The R8 LMX edges out the BMW i8 to the title of world's first production car equipped with standard laser lighting.  Read More

The Cree T8 is an LED tube designed to replace conventional fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent lights aren't on the top of many people’s favorites list. Ever since they were introduced at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, they've been notorious for their cold, bluish light that is the definition of “uncomplimentary” and accompanied by flickering and a telltale buzz. Cree, Inc. is aiming to relegate fluorescent tubes to the pages of history with its new T8 series of LED tubes that promise LED-level energy savings and greatly improved light quality.  Read More

The Glowdeck combined wireless charging surface, Bluetooth speaker and mood light has rela...

Last August, Justin Kaufman hit Kickstarter to try and get his intriguing wireless phone charger and Bluetooth speaker system into the hands of mobile music lovers. Sadly, the campaign was not successful. But rather than give up, Glowdeck's creator went back to the drawing board and tweaked the design before trying again. A revamped device has hit the popular crowdfunding portal again, and this time managed to blow past its funding goal in just 3 days. So what's different this time around?  Read More

The new Philips clear LED bulb

It's no secret that LED bulbs are far more efficient than traditional incandescent lights. One drawback, though, is a different look than the bulbs that people are accustomed to. Philips has just launched a new clear LED bulb that features the traditional light bulb shape and look, but with the efficiency benefits of modern offerings.  Read More

Philips has unveiled its OneSpace lighting panel

In his 1964 New York Times article predicting the technologies of the future, Isaac Asimov wrote, "By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use." Lighting panels are indeed used to make ceilings and walls glow as he guessed. The Philips OneSpace is the latest such example of Asimov's projections coming to fruition.  Read More

Green Spirit Creations saw an opportunity to create environmentally-friendly products usin...

UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, its stylish household lamps are made from 100 percent recycled cardboard (bulbs, wiring and switches aside).  Read More

Gallium nitride transistors enabled the compact design of this 2090 lumen retrofit LED lam...

Although known for long life and low energy consumption, the LED uses a DC power supply, or driver, to overcome its sensitivity to current fluctuations, and it’s the high-frequency, high-speed switching transistors in this driver that’s made the LED so costly for use in large-scale commercial applications dominated by fluorescent and incandescent lighting. But that’s about to change. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a new, more economical means of making the high-performance gallium nitride transistors needed for the LED’s high-efficiency driver.  Read More

The Lightie is a solar-powered light designed shaped to fit right into the neck of a stand...

South African designer and social entrepreneur Michael Suttner recently unveiled the Lightie: a portable solar-powered light that fits into a standard soda bottle. The low cost and durable device is designed to provide sustainable, safe, and affordable lighting to people in developing nations – and anyone else with a low income.  Read More

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