Are you the type that hates it when complete strangers bother you for the time? Yanko Designs' LED Array watch is your ticket to getting back at them.
Just flip your wrist and flash your watch at the next person who asks for the time, and then try not to smile when you see a pained look cross their face as they try to figure out what they're looking at. It's actually pretty simple to tell time on the LED Array watch, but only if you know the trick.
There are three rows of LEDs, the top tells the hour and the middle and bottom rows tell the minutes. If it's 2:38PM, for example, two LEDs light up on the top, three in the middle, and eight on the bottom.
Here's something a little different - a new HDTV that isn't 3D capable. We'll let you decide whether that's a good or bad thing, but what Westinghouse's new 46-inch LD-4655 LED HDTV does have going for it is a thin profile.
"Our new LD-4655 hits a perfect sweet spot for home theater lovers," says Rey Roque, Westinghouse's VP of Marketing. "Its low profile lets it stand or mount seamlessly in any sized room, but at the same time, its generous 46-inch screen gives consumers the big picture feel that's so vital to a true home theater experience. It's very exciting for us be to able to offer this kind of styling and performance at such an accessible price point."
Roque says the LD-4655 will go on sale later this month for $900. That buys you a 46-inch panel in a super thin form factor measuring 1.7 inches for the screen and just over 2 inches for its high-gloss black bezel. Other features include edge-lit LED technology, 120Hz refresh rate, 6.5ms response time, audio chip and tuning by Yamaha, and low energy consumption (80W normal, 1W in standby).
Nothing says "I love you" and "I'm a geek" like the Heart Spark heart-shaped pendant. Give one of these to a girl you're interested in, and if she doesn't make a mad dash for the door, well, she's a keeper.
The Heart Spark isn't just a litmus test for potential mates. It's a little slice of silicon with LEDs attached that flash to the wearer's heartbeat. It does this by reading a wireless feed from a polar chest strap with transmitter (sold separately, of course), or you can set it to "Fake Mode" and have it maintain a steady 75 beats per minute.
Powering the device is a standard CR2032 battery, albeit it only provides around 8 hours of run time. Still, even without the flashing LEDs, it's a neat looking pendant.
Vizio's latest 3D display trades in those heavy active shutter glasses for polarized specs, which are both lighter and cheaper to produce. They're the same kind you get at the movie theater, so if you pocket a pair rather than tossing it into the recycle bin on your way out of the theater, they should work with Vizio's new 65-inch XVT Series Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV.
Four sets of eye-gear come with the display, and according to Vizio, its 3D tech is up to 50 percent brighter than conventional active 3D systems, has one half of the visual crosstalk distortion, handles fast action motion without annoying blur, has a wider horizontal viewing angle, and isn't affected by eye-strain inducing flicker.
Vizio's display also ships with a handful of Internet apps baked in, including Amazon Video On Demand, Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, and Yahoo TV Widgets, with more apps available.
The answer to our question is "both." Joby, a company you may recognize as the designer of the Gorillapod line of camera tripods, launched its Gorillatorch Switchback, a combination lantern/headlamp that uses LED lighting.
"We wanted to create a lighting product that encourages strong social interaction in the same way that a campfire does," says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones, "Our deep research into the needs of skiing, surfing and climbing guides as well as extreme backpackers inspired us to create an entirely new product that combines a lightweight headlamp with a social lantern utilizing the same LED lighting engine. Our friends on the mountain told us their existing solutions didn’t work, so this piece of revolutionary design is for them and many others."
The Gorillatorch Switchback comes with 5 LEDS (including a 130-lumen CREE XLamp XP-G LED spotlight), 6 brightness settings, and an adjustable dimmer switch.
Joby says the device is powerful enough to illuminate an 8-person family tent or even a small cabin, and when switched to headlamp mode, can illuminate a trail up to 60 feet ahead.
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) are exploring ways to image cancerous lesions using LEDs, according to a report in Science Daily.
What the scientists hope is that LEDs will advance a techniques for treating cancer called photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT involves injecting photosensitizing chemicals that absorb light into a tumor, which is then exposed to light. The chemicals generate oxygen radicals from the light energy, wiping out cancer cells in the process.
Towards that end, UC Irvine has designed a new device with an array of five different colors of LEDs that light up the skin with distinct intensity patterns. The resulting images reveal the biochemistry of the tissue.
"Through this imaging modality, it is now possible to assess how the therapeutic light will travel throughout the affected tissue, quantify the drug present within the lesion, and monitor its efficacy during treatment," says Rolf Saager, who works in the lab of Anthony Durkin a the Beckman Laser Institute at UC Irvine.
The hope is that this imaging technique will draw out a better map for targeting and optimizing photodynamic therapy for basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer.
Long gone are the days of bulky CRT monitors in mainstream use, a point which is underscored by the introduction of NEC's new 23-inch MultiSync EX231W LED-backlit monitor.
The EX231W sports a slim bezel measuring just 14.6mm wide and is comparatively light at 9.3 pounds, including stand. Specs include a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 25,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic).
There are a couple of features not found on most monitors, such as a USB pass-through on top of the monitor, and a human sensor on the front that detects activity. This latter feature, NEC says, reduces power consumption by up to 95 percent.
NEC says the EX231W will sell for around $340 in November. Full press release after the jump.
Excuse us for being punny, but according to Royal Philips Electronics, LED lighting has a bright future ahead of it. By the end of 2010, Philips reckons LEDs will account for over 5 percent of the global lighting market, more than doubling its 2 percent reach in 2009. That would make LED lighting a $4 billion business.
That figure will seem like chump change once 2015 rolls around, assuming Philips' crystal ball is even semi-accurate. By 2015, Philips predicts LEDs will account for half of the total lighting industry.
At that point, LED lighting will be a $100 billion business, and that doesn't even include LEDs in automobile applications. Architectural lighting drives almost a third of the LED lighting business, though with government promotions and free-falling prices, LEDs have begun replacing traditional light bulbs. In Japan, for example, LED light bulbs now account for 62 percent of the total sales of light bulbs.
LED backlit displays still command a premium over typical LCD panels, but things are steadily improving. Enter Samsung, which just announced its new line of affordable 31 series LED monitors.
"The 31 series LED monitors fit the needs of consumers looking to upgrade to an LED monitor on a budget, especially this holiday season," said young Bae, director of display marketing, Samsung Enterprise Business Division. "This line of monitors, designed with students and small and home office users in mind, stays true to Samsung's legacy of sleek design and superior LED performance."
So far the 31 series consists of four models, including the 20-inch BX2031, 21.5-inch BX2231, 23-inch BX2331, and 24-inch BX2431. Save for the BX2031, each one sports an ultra-slim 19mm design, Full HD 1920x1080, 2ms response time, 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 2 HDMI inputs. The BX2031 differs in that it carries a 1600x900 resolution, 5ms response time, and VGA and DVI-D inputs (no HDMI).
The 31 series will ship later this month for $169 (BX2031), $199 (BX2231), $239 (BX2331), and $279 (BX2431).
The last time we spent any quality time with a Gateway monitor was when the company burst into the 30-inch panel scene with its awesome XHD3000 (see our review here). It was an incredible display, albeit long since discontinued.
Gateway didn't exit the monitor scene, it just isn't producing ginormous displays. Gateway is, however, launching three new ultra-slim LED monitors -- the 21.5-inch FHX2152L, 24-inch FHX2402L, and 23-inch FHD2303L.
"These new Gateway monitors give consumers a choice in style and functionality when choosing a monitor for their home or office," said Irene Chan, senior product marketing manager for peripherals, Acer America. "All three models offer advanced display technology that meets a wide variety of viewing needs combined with the power-saving features and an eco-friendly design that are important to today's consumers."
All three monitors sport a 1920x1080 resolution and, for what it's worth, a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Both FHX models feature a 2ms response time, while the FHD is rated at 5ms.
The FHD2303L ($250), FHX2402L ($250) and FHX2152L ($190) will ship later this month.