Items tagged with LED

As the cost of LED lighting has decreased over the years, it has found greater acceptance in a number of industries. From home lighting to vehicle headlights to backlighting for display screens, LED technology is encroaching to many aspects of our daily lives. That is especially true in the enthusiast PC community where LED lighting is used to give our PCs and peripherals a “personal touch” with vivid color effects. Razer is looking to take this use of RGB LED lighting to the next level with the unveiling of the Razer Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK). Chroma HDK will over “all-in-one color customization” that will allow fine-tuned control of individual LEDs, covering a range of 16.8 million... Read more...
Can you remember a time when Corsair didn't make gaming keyboards? In recent years, it's almost hard to, as the company has released a countless number of models and has become a vendor known for quality design. That's important, as when these peripherals cost $100 or more, it's nice to know that they'll last. Building on its reputation for quality, Corsair has just announced a brand-new series called "LUX". As the name might suggest, this could be considered a 'luxury' range, although the prices are in line with the RAPIDFIRE series.  At quick glance, the most noticeable upgrade with the LUX series over the previous ones is that the keycaps have been optimized for LED passthrough. Each... Read more...
Samsung will soon introduce Smart Glow, an alternative to notification LED’s found on many Android devices. Smart Glow is an illuminated ring around the camera lens which lights up for notifications. The main purpose of the feature is to provide at-a-glance notifications. Android phones often come with a separate notification LED on the front of the handset that alerts users to missed messages and calls. Most other notifications usually appear on the display screen. Users will be able to change the color of Smart Glow to display usage alerts, battery status, and other options. Users will simply go their app screen and tap Smart Glow to make the change. The colors of the Smart Glow may vary depending... Read more...
We're seeing some exciting developments in the realm of virtual reality, though one of the persisting challenges is nausea. It doesn't affect everyone, but it affects enough people that it's a point of focus when developing VR hardware and software. Microsoft believes it's come up with a relatively cheap and easy solution, one that uses an array of LEDs to extend a headset's horizontal field of view. Humans have a natural horizontal field of view of more than 180 degrees, much higher than what's offered by augmented reality and VR headsets like Microsoft's own HoloLens (100 degrees) and the Oculus Rift (120 degrees). According to Microsoft, the comparatively small field of view offered by today's... Read more...
It’s definitely not as creepy as Tony The Toilet Buddy from Better Call Saul, this latest Kickstarter project is definitely puts the “whiz” in gee-whiz. GlowBowl is an LED-light for your toilet that seems to be aimed at males, because females probably won’t have a use for such a product (and probably think it’s too childish to boot), that bathes your toilet water in seven selectable colors. The GlowBowl simply attaches to your toilet bowl like any garden variety toilet fresher and serves as a night light so you don’t have to sear your retinas with the fancy pants LED lighting in your overhead bathroom fixtures during late night pee runs. And if you simply can’t settle on one single color for... Read more...
Chocolate and peanut butter, football and cheerleaders...light bulbs and wireless stereo speakers?  Sony today is announcing the May 23 release in Japan of its LSPX-100E26J, a LED light bulb through which audio can be played. The company's press release pegs the new product as being a part of their "Life Space UX" product group, showcasing devices that "take advantage of space itself to create a new experience, aiming to do so by fusion of light and sound" (roughly translated from the Japanese).   "How many _______ does it take to screw in a music-spewing light bulb?" In an installation example that is certain to get audiophile fingers a-tinglin' and toes a-tappin' (salivation... Read more...
Philips took at aim at the consumer LED lighting market last week with low-cost, 60W LED bulbs that will be available at Home Depot in May. Priced at $4.97 for a twin-pack, there’s really no reason for homeowners to pass up on the chance to lay their hands on an economical and efficient way of lighting every room in the house. Durham, NC-based Cree, however, is going in a different direction with the introduction of a new LED product line that is geared towards office environments. The new lighting fixtures use Cree WaveMax Technology which provides a “revolutionary combination of control, uniformity and efficiency.” The new fixtures are able to achieve 90 percent optical efficiency and more... Read more...
Incandescent bulbs may be a 19th century invention, but some people swear by the bulbs due to the pleasant light they give off (despite the drain they put on your energy bill). For a time, CFLs were seen as the next logical step as a replacement for incandescent bulbs in residential homes, but LED technology is quickly dropping in price and more and more people are starting to embrace the extremely efficient bulbs. Philips is hoping to capitalize on the efficiency revolution with a new family of LED bulbs that will be available starting in early May. The new Everyday LED bulb is equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb, but only sips 8.5 watts and puts out 800 lumens. The A19 bulb clocks in at 2700K... Read more...
There are plenty of ways to bling out your PC with an LED light show. You can install LED fans, cold cathode tubes, LED strips, and a few other options. Still not enough? Than perhaps you'll be interested to know that NVIDIA, for the first time ever, has begun selling GeForce GTX SLI LED bridges in 2-Way, 2-Way Spaced, and 3-Way Spaced configurations. You may have seen these same LED bridges in configured systems that were showcased during NVIDA's 24-hour PC gaming event called GAME24. Now's your chance to own one. The bridges are designed for GeForce GTX cards with SLI support -- specifically, GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX Titan, and GTX Titan Black, along with NVIDIA's recently... Read more...
LG is developing smart lighting solutions. Its first release to that effect is an LED smart light bulb, and it actually sounds like a somewhat compelling product instead of some eyeroll-inducing googah for the geek elite. The bulbs come packing Bluetooth and WiFi technology and works with devices running Android 4.3 and higher as well iOS 6.0 and newer. There are several simple but attractive features such as the ability to switch to soft lighting, generally adjust the light’s brightness, and having the light slowly come on and gently wake you in the morning instead of relying on a loud alarm clock. There’s also a party mode wherein the light bulb will flash in time to the music,... Read more...
In case you didn't get the memo, the 4K Ultra HD revolution has begun. Services like YouTube and Netflix are already serving up 4K streams, while hardware makers like Dell are stepping to the plate with displays that can playback 4K video in all its native glory. The latter is what we have here for review -- a Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q monitor with a 31.5-inch IGZO panel. With its 3840x2160 resolution, there's a massive number of pixels to play with on the UP3214Q, especially for multitasking chores, content creators who routinely work with large images or videos, and power users in general. Even gamers can get in on the action, though the refresh rate maxes out at 60Hz (via DisplayPort 1.2) and... Read more...
In case you didn't get the memo, the 4K Ultra HD revolution has begun. What's been remarkable about the ongoing transition from Full HD 1080p to 4K Ultra HD is that hardware makers and content creators didn't get stuck in a 'chicken and egg' scenario. Typically when new technology emerges, hardware makers wait for software developers to come out with content that can take advantage of the new capabilities, while software developers are reluctant to code for new hardware until there's a big enough userbase to justify the investment. In this case, we're talking about monitor manufacturers and 4K video producers, both of which have been willing to take a leap of faith. On the content side,... Read more...
Philips is developing an intelligent lighting system for supermarkets that communicate with your smartphone to guide you through the store, give you deals on products, show you recipes relevant to the items you’re trying to find, and more. In addition to offering efficient LED lighting that the company says will require no special infrastructure changes, the light fixtures act as a positioning grid. “Each fixture is identifiable and able to communicate its position to an app on a shopper’s smart device,” reads a Philips press release. “This enables the shopper to get information related to his position in the store as they move around the store and location-based... Read more...
When Microsoft launched Windows 8, the company gambled on consumers welcoming touch on the desktop, just as they had on mobile handheld devices, namely tablets and smartphones. It remains to be seen if that gamble will pay off, but in the meantime, peripheral makers and other hardware partners have stepped up with products built to take advantage of Windows 8's touch friendly interface. That includes Dell, which sent us its 27-inch P2714T Touch Monitor to test drive. The P2714T brings support for 10 points of multi-touch input, so if you want to get up close and friendly with two hands, it won't wig out on you. Multi-touch support also means you and a friend can play touch-oriented games, and... Read more...
When Microsoft launched Windows 8, the company gambled on consumers welcoming touch on the desktop, just as they had on mobile handheld devices, namely tablets and smartphones. It remains to be seen if that gamble will pay off, but in the meantime, peripheral makers and other hardware partners have stepped up with products built to take advantage of Windows 8's touch friendly interface. That includes Dell, which sent us its 27-inch P2714T Touch Monitor to test drive. The P2714T brings support for 10 points of multi-touch input, so if you want to get up close and friendly with two hands, it won't wig out on you. Multi-touch support also means you and a friend can play touch-oriented... Read more...
We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that tend to excite us. Panel makers seemed to stopped pushing the envelope once they developed 30-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screens, and for the longest time, that's where the high-end has sector been stuck, as if caught in quicksand with no rope in sight, or so we thought. Out of all the monitor manufacturers out there, it was ASUS that showed up to the... Read more...
We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that tend to excite us. Panel makers seemed to stopped pushing the envelope once they developed 30-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screens, and for the longest time, that's where the high-end has sector been stuck, as if caught in quicksand with no rope in sight, or so we thought. Out of all the monitor manufacturers out there, it was ASUS that showed up to... Read more...
Ask any person who owns a dual-monitor setup and they'll all tell you they couldn't fathom going back to a single display. Maybe you're one of those people, and if so, you know exactly the feeling we're talking about. But what if you could enjoy all the benefits of a dual-monitor configuration from a single monitor? Would you be game to reclaiming some desk space by trading in two panels for a single display? AOC aims to answer that question with its new 29-inch Q2963PM display. Armed with an UltraWide In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, this LED-backlit monitor boasts a 2560x1080 resolution with 21:9 aspect ratio, providing viewers with an extra-long panoramic view... AOC Q29630 29" UltraWide IPS... Read more...
Ask any person who owns a dual-monitor setup and they'll all tell you they couldn't fathom going back to a single display. Maybe you're one of those people, and if so, you know exactly the feeling we're talking about. But what if you could enjoy all the benefits of a dual-monitor configuration from a single monitor? Would you be game to reclaiming some desk space by trading in two panels for a single display? AOC aims to answer that question with its new 29-inch Q2963PM display. Armed with an UltraWide In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, this LED-backlit monitor boasts a 2560x1080 resolution with 21:9 aspect ratio, providing viewers with an extra long panoramic view. It's a cinematic screen, and... Read more...
Are you the sort of drinker who simply doesn't know when to stop? Sometimes, even the best of us can fall into the trap. When you're having a good time, the hours just fly by, and so do the drinks - only to catch up to you as soon as the fun stops and it's time for bed. You close your eyes, the room is spinning, and you swear that you're never going to drink again. Would you like to avoid situations like these? If so, then "Smart Ice Cubes" might be right up your alley. The creation of smart ice cubes began when MIT researcher Dhairya Dand blacked-out after a couple of drinks and woke up in the hospital the next day - yes, not the simple blackout where you wake up in someone else's car in an... Read more...
Remember when mobile hotspots were clunky little black boxes that just had one or two LED notification lights? Those days are gone. These days, hotspots are just as whiz-bang as any other modern gadget, and AT&T is about to pick up perhaps the most innovative one to date. The company announced today that it will carry Sierra Wireless' Unite, a 4G LTE-capable hotspot that has a unique 2.4" touchscreen and can support up to 10 connections at once. Customers can also manage connected devices, change network and device settings and block unwanted devices from joining the network – directly from the screen. Customers can choose one of AT&T's existing individual or family plans or select... Read more...
If you’re worried about finding room in your house for LG’s monstrous 84-inch Ultra HD LED TV, don’t be; anyone who’s wealthy enough to drop $19,999.99 on a television probably has space for it somewhere. Indeed, LG has announced the 84-inch LG 84LM9600, and it’s most important feature (seriously, being 84 inches isn’t actually the coolest part) is that it’s an Ultra HD television, which offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution. That’s four times the resolution of 1080p HD. The TV also features Smart TV, which includes over 1,000 apps and access to premium content services, as well as LG Cinema 3D technology and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Without the stand,... Read more...
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