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Telecommunications

Fujitsu tech enables LED-lit objects to transmit data to smartphones

Currently, if you want to know more about an item displayed in front of you, one of the most common methods of doing so involves scanning its QR code ... if it has one. The problem with those codes, along with things like RFID and NFC tags, is that they detract from the appearance of the item. Fujitsu Laboratories, however, has developed an alternative system. It uses the light shining on the object to convey data. Read More

Electronics

Cheap, ultra low-power light source runs on just 0.1 Watts

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new low-cost flat panel light source that could pioneer a new generation of brighter, cheaper and greener lighting devices to rival LEDs. The device uses arrays of highly conductive carbon nanotubes to deliver evenly-distributed illumination with high efficiency and a power consumption as low as 0.1 Watts – about 100 times lower than that of light-emitting diodes. Read More

Good Thinking

Footballers' pounding feet power community soccer pitch lights

Just over three years ago, a UK company looking to harvest the kinetic energy of pedestrians received its very installation order. Since then we've seen Pavegen's tiles turn to the crowd for school installs and being laid at the Paris Marathon. Now the firm has partnered with Shell for its biggest undertaking so far – to give a run-down community soccer field in a Rio de Janeiro favela an off-grid power supply which benefits the whole community.Read More

Architecture

Wembley Stadium arch to become interactive lighting display

Earlier this year, mobile operator EE announced a partnership with the home of the England national soccer team, Wembley Stadium. The six-year deal includes the installation of "state-of-the-art technologies" at the stadium. Amongst these is an LED lighting system that will illuminate the stadium's arch based on fan sentiment on social media.Read More

Drones

Disney may use the magic of drones in future theme park shows

The weird and wonderful world of Disney may be about to get a little more weird and wonderful, depending on how you feel about drones. The Walt Disney Company has filed three patents suggesting it may intend to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to control giant marionettes, replace fireworks and suspend floating displays in its future theme park shows. Read More

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