FIPEL Technology: a more efficient plastic-based lightbulb

Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office or residence hall. Wake Forest scientists have used nanotechnology to develop a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.

A more efficient efficient plastic lightbulb is being developed.

A more efficient plastic light bulb is set to start production next year.

The plastic bulbs are the invention of Doctor David Carroll, a Wake Forest University professor of physics. His bulbs use three layers of white emitting polymer and nanomaterials that light up as an electric current flows through.

He says the light spectrum of common fluorescent bulbs is unnatural, telling the BBC: “They have a bluish, harsh tint to them, it is not really accommodating to the human eye; people complain of headaches and the reason is the spectral content of that light doesn’t match the Sun.” He says “our device can match the solar spectrum perfectly.”

Another new light bulb that is designed to last for over 20 years is the light emitting diode, or LED light. LED lights for use at home can cost between 20  and 60 dollars a piece.

They use up to 90 percent less energy that incandescent bulbs but produce the same amount of light.

The LED bulbs will reportedly work for over 20 years based on approximately 3 hours of daily use

Traffic light lets you play pong

A very modern traffic light in central Germany that allows you to play a game of pong with someone on the other side of the street while waiting for the light to change. An amazing invention and experiment in social interaction.

Quadrotor Show: Meet your creator

A troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saacthi & Saatchi

New Directors’ Showcase 2012.
Credits: Event concept created by Jonathan Santana & Xander Smith, Saatchi & Saatchi
Producer: Juliette Larthe
Show Directors: Marshmallow Laser Feast Memo Akten, Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel
Quadrotor Design & Development: KMel Robotics
Sound Design: Oneohtrix Point Never
Production Supervisor: Holly Restieaux
Marshmallow Laser Feast team Raffael Ziegler, Rob Pybus, Devin Matthews, James Medcraft
Typography & Design: Farrow Design
Set Design: Sam & Arthur
Thanks to Vicon for the tracking system and also to Francois Wunshcel, Johnny Milmer, Andreas Muller, Marek Bereza, Erik Sjodin and the openFrameworks community.
The New Directors’ Showcase 2012 Brought to you by Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide
Filmed by: James Medcraft, Sandra Ciampone,Mike Tombeur student project: Ambilight for HTPC

Three Belgian ICT students (ikdoeict) from KaHo Sint-Lieven (Ghent, Belgium) created this very cool project!

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Philips Solar Street Lighting

NXP Semiconductors has developed an innovative, sustainable and highly efficient solar-powered street lighting solution, together with Philips Lighting. The groundbreaking Solar Gen2 solution, demonstrated by NXP at CES 2012, could have a major impact on energy consumption in urban areas at night. By charging street lamps during daylight hours, the new solar-powered solution from Philips Lighting and NXP can supplement the capacity of the conventional electricity grid, saving money and reducing CO2 emissions.…

The key to the breakthrough lies in the combination of new High Brightness LEDs and unique patented optics from Philips Lighting, together with NXP’s MPT61x range of configurable ICs for Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), which can deliver 98% power conversion efficiency in solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

NXP MPT612 Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) IC: