If you listen to environmentalists and home building experts, the future of lighting lies in LEDs (Sorry to break it to you, CFL bulbs). But could LEDs also hold the key to the future of wireless home networking? Yeah, it sounds weird, but scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications in Berlin got the bright idea to try and create a WLAN using nothing more than standard LED bulbs and "a few additional components." And you know what? It worked, and it worked well.
A man needs a place of his own, and when Thom Davis found using the family computer for his gaming pursuits to be less than ideal, he set about building the Seizure, the ultimate form-follows-function gaming rig. His goal was to create a rig that was gaming friendly, had no exposed wires, and looked good in the living room. We think he succeeded on all three counts.
While building the Seizure, Thom discovered that connector manufacturers definitely tend to think “inside the box,” and typically don’t make cables suitable for such a large rig, but with the assistance of a local electronics supply store, he was able to create the 6-foot cables he needed to complete the job.
LEDs are making inroads into LCD displays and are replacing CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps) and are expected to reach 8% of the market by 2011 reports digitimes.com They go on to say that increases in demand and falling prices are leading to makers to try more innovative technologies. 8% seems to be far less than the "predominate" place that Insight Media suggested in an earlier report on LEDs in LCDs by Paul Lilly. It is possible that digitimes.com's source, Displaybank, is underestimating demand, or Insight Media is overestimating demand. It is clear however, that LCD manufacturers will need to make the switch sometime, and it's customer demand that will drive it. Just how much do you want a lighter, thinner. brighter LCD?