Posts Tagged ‘LED’
There is a legend that during the Second Punic War a large Roman fleet under the command of Claudius Marcellus was burned by Archimedes using nothing more than mirrors to reflect the rays of the sun. Whether this is true or not has been left open to debate.
Not Point Source Power has introduced the VOTO, a low-cost biomass-fueled cellphone charger and LED light. This won’t start a fire exactly, but it will use the heat from a cooking stove at a camp site to charge the battery and in turn juice up the phone. We think Archimedes would approve! Video after the jump
The Doppleganger gloves aren’t lightweight and in fact these probably weigh more than most cycling gloves. But these aren’t even gloves at all. The Doppleganger LED Turn Signal accessory actually attaches to your current gloves and provides a little light on the hands. These provide an indicator that can help cars see your arm movements at night when you signal you are stopping or turning.
The Japanese made glove accessories are powered by a watch batter that can provide up to 120 hours of light in the flashing mode. Light on!
Doppleganger LED Turn Signal Official Website
Gerber has just introduced a new lineup of keychain and pocket-friendly tools that include a zip blade, driver with Phillips and flat head options, a hex diver, an LED light and bottle opener, a hook knife and even a black pocket knife. We don’t expect most of these to be friendly with TSA but they could just the thing when you need to fix something and don’t have access to the tool box.
Gerber Gear Official Website
The Firefly is an apt name for the other recumbent design we came across recently. This one from Geospace Studio is similar to the City Speeder, but features three wheels to add stability. Its fabric LED-lit dome will also keep the rider protected from the elements and ensure he/she can be seen (possibly from space). Dare we call this one the night rider? Video after the jump
Dora the Explorer would probably be inspired by Balazs Ficzer’s DORA helmet, which while still only a concept could be the future of helmets. It features front and rear LED lights as well as turn signals. The video below shows some other things that the DORA – the helmet not the cartoon girl – might be able to do. Video after the jump
Expensive bikes are just magnets for thieves. One solution is to never, ever leave a bike unattended. That isn’t always possible, but fortunately there are those inventors and innovators who are looking at ways to keep our bikes safe.
One such example is the BikeWatch, which is being developed through Indiegogo. This concept device combines an LED light, an alarm and a cable lock. This ensures that riders have a small but durable cable lock for those times when a bike needs to be left for just a minute. If the cable is cut an alarm will sound for 10 minutes at a far more than annoying 105 dB. Attempts to remove the BikeWatch from the bike will get various “warning” alarms as well.
The system also provides a rear “blinky” light that can run for up to 24 hours of continued use. The entire BikeWatch is housed in an IP53 water-resistant housing. The BikeWatch sounds like a good way to protect the bike when a rider can’t actually watch it. Video after the jump
We’ve seen many bicycle stems that claim to be lightweight but there is one new stem that promises to lite it up instead. The StemLite is – as the name suggests – a handlebar stem with a built-in light. This ensures that riders will have a light, which can’t easily be stolen or lost. It also frees riders of needing to worry about a handlebar mounted system, not to mention the bulky battery pack.
Credit this innovation to the advances in LED technology. The StemLite utilizes 10 Nichia LEDs that combined can cast about 500 lumens on high mode. If that’s too much there is also a 300 lumen low mode, and even a flashing mode. The system is powered by just three AA batteries, with up to 12 hours per charge on high and 21 hours on low. The developers are now raising funds to bring out the StemLite via a Kickstarter project.
We’ve said it before, but this sounds like a bright idea. Video after the jump
Imagine if playing a game could not only burn calories but create energy? This is sort of the idea behind the Soccket Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball, which is made of a durable, deflation-proof, water-proof EVA foam that also houses an internal engine that can harness the kinetic energy from movement and store it on a battery. From a little bit of kicking around it can reportedly be used to power an LED lamp for more than three days. Read the rest of this entry »
Having a light jacket on a cool day is never a bad idea, but having a jacket that can light up is a great idea for those who run or cycle after dark. The Badger 360° LED Jacket incorporates small LED technology to help illuminate the jacket to ensure that wearer’s can be seen.
The creators – who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop the jacket – have embedded it with LED string that is low current, waterproof and flexible. In addition this jacket is made of polyester material that can help wick away moisture, while providing multiple pockets for mobile phone, ID and other can’t leave at home ideas. The hood of the jacket can be tucked away when not in use. And since batteries do run down, there are even reflective stripes along the zipper.
Best of this jacket is even waterproof – and once you remove the battery – it can be submerged in water to be washed. Video after the jump
LED isn’t just for flat panel TV sets. UCO has introduced its new Clarus LED Lantern, a collapsible, rugged and waterproof light that can provide up to 150 lumens of diffused white light. With up to 70 hours of run time it can be used as a lantern or a flashlight, making it the one light that can do multiple jobs while out in the wilds.
UCO Official Website
One problem with handlebar mounted lights is that they can be easily stolen or forgotten if you don’t leave them on the handlebars – and in either case if they’re not on the handlebars they’re not doing much good. This clearly was the inspiration behind the Innos LED handlebars that feature the lights inside the bars!
Designed with commuters in mind the company has introduced a flat bar that features the lighting and battery system completely inside the bars. This waterproof system offers six LEDs that provide 42 lumens that can run for up to five hours from 3AA batteries. This system can can’t be stolen – at least unless someone takes the handlebars or the bike itself!
Innos LED Official Website
We’ve seen a variety of Swiss Army products from Victorinox, the company behind those multifunction devices and gizmos. One thing that the Swiss Army Knife doesn’t offer is a way to see in the dark, but that’s where the Night Vision watch comes in. This time piece features a series of integrated LED lights that enhance the ability to see the timepiece but also can be used as a flashlight and as a strobe that can be used as an emergency distress signal. The watch also has a red pilot light designed to help find it in the dark. Originally launched back in 2003 the Night Vision has gotten a makeover this fall. Video after the jump
There is a certain irony in that many bicycle lights are located far higher than those on an automobile, which means that it isn’t able to illuminate the road as well. But Kent Frankovich and Adam Pettler had a revolutionary idea: mount the bike light on the wheel, which in turn put it closer to the ground.
The pair launched a Kickstarter campaign, with the goal to reach $43,500 and eventually raised more than $215,000, and the end result is that cyclists can now buy the new Revolights. Video after the jump