A couple of years ago, we featured a teenager who invented a flashlight that runs on body heat. The Lumen flashlight is the exact same idea, albeit one that will be mass produced.
Lumen uses a 5mm Cree LED that produces 3000 microcandela of light.
One of the advantages of LED bulbs over incandescent ones is that they generate significantly less heat. Product designer David Graas capitalized on that benefit by creating lamps with 3D printed “bulbshades”, which are diffusers that sit directly on the LED bulb.
David’s newest bulbshade design features inverted Art Deco skyscrapers, hence their name Stalaclights.
While I appreciate the novelty of Stalaclights, I actually think that they’re more pleasing to look at when they’re upright.
eBay seller andyshinkage came up with a simple but brilliant way to turn used skateboard decks into wall lights. He makes custom bulb mounts that fit where the trucks used to be so he can place 12W LED bulbs right where the wheels would go.
Head to eBay to bid on andyshinkage’s wares.
Back in 2012 we checked out Pinokio, an attempt at making a real version of Pixar’s mascot Luxo Jr. Anodos’ upcoming robotic lamp also appears to have a playful personality, although its name and appearance make it much more creepy.
Anodos hasn’t said much about the RAL 9000, but according to Engadget it has six cameras and other sensors that help it detect when someone’s nearby or when it’s no longer being used.
Thanks to their RGB LEDs, Hand make’s Millennium Falcon and AT-AT lamps can shine in your favorite lightsaber color. Well, probably not the obscure ones like brown or bronze.
The lamps’ LEDs shine through the acrylic sheets, illuminating the carved design.
You probably remember Lite-Brite from when you were a kid. The toy used translucent plastic pegs stuck into a backlit plastic plate. You could arranging the pegs in different patterns form colorful pictures. It was a classic kid’s toy.
There are times when a honk is not enough. MotorMood is a stick-on rear light for cars. Using its infrared remote control, you can flash it momentarily to reveal a smiley face and acknowledge a fellow motorist’s good deed.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a reverse MotorMood – something that let you scold or piss off fellow motorists – would sell like hotcakes, but that’s exactly why devices like this should exist.
Photographers looking for an affordable and portable lighting solution should check out the Relio. It’s a microUSB-powered LED light with a high color rendering index (CRI) in a very small package.
Relio’s outputs over 200lm of light with a CRI rating between 90 to 96.
Etsy shop Illumi-Nation makes plexiglass visors with futuristic laser-etched patterns that pop up when the built-in LEDs are powered up. Most of the visors have elaborate patterns, like the Iron Man-inspired one you see below, but the shop also has visors that don’t have any etching.
Console cowboys, riggers and laughing men can jack into Illumi-Nation’s Etsy shop to order the visors.
Custom lighting maker Luke Kelly came up with a clever way to turn anything that makes light shine through into a decorative lamp. Luke’s Baselamp is a dimmable LED light pointed upwards. Just place a transparent or translucent object over the LED and you have a one-of-a-kind lamp.
Baselamp has a walnut or bamboo case, a 4W LG LED light, a polycarbonate diffuser, a touch-sensitive dimmer switch and an aluminum heatsink.
If you don’t have patience for overly dramatic product pitches, skip the video.
Pledge at least $99 (USD) on Kickstarter to receive a Baselamp as a reward.
Engineering student/maker/currently selected character Daniel Harari can make his feelings unequivocal with his DIY The Sims Plumbob. The battery-powered accessory has RGB lights that he controls with an Android app via Bluetooth. I think he’s in a good mood.
Daniel used Thingiverse user Jigsawnz’ 3D model for the Plumbob itself.
Product designer Sam Granger has been into photography ever since he was a child. He says he’s disappointed by existing lighting equipment on the market because it’s cumbersome and expensive. So he designed the Adaptalux, a portable, modular and relatively affordable lighting rig for macro and product photography.
Adaptalux has three main parts: the control pod, the lighting arms and the effects.
The control pod powers and controls up to five lighting arms at once.
LEGO is an awesome system for building just about anything, but the one thing it lacks is illumination. Your LEGO cars don’t have headlights, LEGO homes don’t have interior or patio lights and so on. Well, Build Upons ca change all of that.
Japanese company No New Folk are working on Orphe, a pair of shoes for performers. Each shoe has 100 individually controlled LEDs, an ARM Cortex microprocessor, a Bluetooth chip and a motion sensor that can be used to control another device with the wearer’s movements.
No New Folk will release a complementary iOS app so you can customize Orphe’s LEDs.