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Switching off the lights can be as simple as a high five

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

Having problems with your lights? Need a hand? Well, designer Da Deng is here to help, literally giving you a hand with the high five switch. This switch is shaped like a hand and even has a skin-like texture. All you need to do is high five it like it is your bestest buddy and the lights will go off or on.

It’s called the Bye-5 switch. Make sure you use it when exiting the room. It should be noted that it will do the high five, but not to the side and also not down low, you’re too slow.

Flexible crosswalk lights that wrap around trees

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

Crosswalk signs on metal posts are fine, but here’s something that makes much more sense. This flexible LED crosswalk light that can be fastened around a tree, killing two birds with one stone. And it encourages trees in cities, which is always good.

It’s called the “Wearable Signal,” and comes from Korean designers, Gisung Han, Hwanju Jeon, and Jaemin Lee. They see it as an eco-friendly way to manage street traffic. They can be wrapped around any cylindrical pole, but trees are obviously best.

LiteLocker hides your Christmas lights

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Christmas lights are cool, but they are a pain since you need to take them down again when the season is over. The LiteLocker will help make it less of a chore. The idea is that it will fold up and hide the lights behind a protective cover once the Christmas season is over.

That not only keeps them out of sight, but you also won’t need to go through the hassle of putting them all away. It’s available in 4-foot lengths and will ship with all of the necessary wiring, sockets and light bulbs to get you started.

LED light bulbs are under $20 at Home Depot

Posted in Green Gadget by Shane McGlaun on May 11th, 2010

There are many ways for geeks to go green. You can get a surge protector that lets you turn your gear off when not in use to prevent vampire power for instance. You can also move to LED backlit monitors and notebooks.

One thing that you can do in your entire home is go to LED light bulbs. LED bulbs consumer a lot less power, but they are typically really expensive. I have seen some that are $50 or more each. Home Depot has a new line of LED bulbs that fit normal fixtures called EcoSmart.

Gummi Lights are colorful, not chewy

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Gummi Lights are colorful, not chewyDo you have an unnatural love of chewy gummy bears? Then why not use them as a lighting source. These Gummi Lights come in a wide variety of colors, are not chewy and have no flavor at all. Your choice of red, orange, yellow, clear, green, blue, purple and pink.

Each Gummi Light is lit up by small LED bulbs, making them look ghostly as if the souls of the dead Gummis that you have eaten are now haunting you. These scary fake candy bears stand 7″ tall. Individually the Gummi Lights will cost about $125, while a set of five is $500.

Sony Ericsson T707

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Sony Ericsson T707 to be endorsed by Maria SharapovaThe Sony Ericsson T707 is finally out and about and comes packed with cool light effects and gesture controls. The phone lights up when you get a call and you can personalize the light settings to each of your friends, so you know whose calling.

The T707 features a 2.2-inch, 262k color TFT (240×320 pixels) scratch-resistant display, 3.2 megapixel camera with 3.2x digital zoom, geo tagging, video recording and video light, media player with MP3/AAc support, stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Exchange ActiveSync and Google Maps.

Solar Driveway Markers keep you from driving into your living room

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Solar Driveway MarkersSometimes you can’t see where you are going, while driving. This might be due to alcohol, snow or even fog. Most likely alcohol. These Solar Driveway Markers sure would come in handy so you don’t end up parking in your living room.

They’re 1 meter tall, stick into the ground and are recharged by the sun so that they may blink red for 8 hours. That way when you come home you’ll know where or where not to park. Buy a whole bunch and put on a light show, or use it to actually confuse people, then sit back and watch the comedy.


Neon Pac-Man lights

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Neon Pac-Man lightsThese geek-a-licious neon Pac-Man lights let you turn your dark abode into the classic video game. Well, almost. Your room would be missing all of the dots and power pellets. But still, it’s as close as you’re gonna get to bringing Pac-Man out of the arcade cabinet and into your home.

They look awesome and you get the original Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde and Pac-Man. At 9 inches tall, they’re a nice size too. The full set is available right now on ebay.

Phone controlled street lights save energy

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

On Call Street Lights save energySomething interesting is happening in Germany and for once it has nothing to do with David Hasselhoff. It has to do with the fact that municipal budgets are tight. Many towns throughout the world are turning off street lights at night to save money. Saving money and electricity is awesome. But we need light when we need light. Like when old ladies are walking home.

So some German towns seem to have found a solution. Their lighting grids have been modified with a system called Dial4Light. That means that residents can use their cellphones to turn on the lights street by street. When 15 minutes passes, a timer turns the street dark again. That means less wasted energy and residents still have light.

Yoda Christmas lights to rock your geek tree

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Yoda Christmas lights to rock your geek treeThese Yoda Christmas Lights are awesome. Hang them on your tree, in your cubicle, over your bed, on your patio, hell decorate your fake lightsaber. This string of Jedi Master Christmas lights is available just in time for the holidays. Only $29.95 for 10 light-up Yodas on a 10-foot UL listed cord.

The only way it gets better is if they talked. “Naughty or nice be you?” “Judge me by my Christmas lights do you?” Your tree will suddenly be filled with ancient Jedi wisdom. And just like the movies, none of these 10 light up Yodas will tell you that Leia is your sister until you’ve already kissed her. Wise, but useless.

Art Lebedev dreams up Luxofor traffic lights

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

Art Lebedev dreams up Luxofor traffic lightsArt Lebedev Studios has introduced it’s Luxofor traffic light prototype, with square lenses that are lit up by superbright diodes to make it them more visible to drivers and pedestrians. As usual, a million of you have slapped your head and asked “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The square light fills up the same space taken up by a round lens more completely. It’s just a concept right now, but the Art Lebedev team wants to cooperation with road safety councils and local authorities to improve and design road markings and signs. What will the team think of next?


Disco PSP distracts from games

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Disco PSP distracts from gamesSome guy(Presumably Disco Stu from Springfield) made himself a retro, light-tastic PSP that suggests that Disco is either coming back or that the timeline has been altered and Sony has now created the PSP in 1977. The flashing Disco lights will definitely distract you from any game and get the attention of gamer ravers. The whole system consists of 30 LEDs all linked to the sound output and set to pulse in time with the music. I wonder if the modder heard whispers that said, “If you build it they will come”. They, being the Bee Gees. Video below.

USB Halloween Lights for the geeky

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2008

USB Halloween Lights for the geekyFall isn’t officially here yet, but people are beginning to decorate and think about the upcoming Halloween. If you like to decorate the office with all kinds of geeky paraphernalia, these new USB powered pumpkin lights fom Brando may be perfect for you. The string of lights is completely powered by USB and has eight little pumpkins all in a row.

If you go overboard and want to light up the whole place, you’ll want a nice USB hub with many ports. The lights flash and they work with any computer that has a USB port. Each string will cost you $13. Now all you need are some USB witches and scarecrows. These are kinda creepy and kinda geeky.

Illuminating Table is like an open wormhole in your home

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

Illuminating Table is like an open wormhole in your home
The only way this table could possibly get any better would be if it were black. That way it would actually look like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you forget about the legs anyway. Cinimod Studio’s Illuminating Table combines three dimensional arrays of interactive color movement controlled in real time by its environment.

You won’t have to use illegal substances to see pretty colors anymore, though I suppose if you do, you’ll just see more, maybe even freak out thinking you’re trapped inside the thing. Me, being the geek that I am, would put Star Trek ships on the table and pretend they’re getting sucked into a wormhole. Oh, and you could lay on it and thrash around, recreating several classic Sci-Fi scenes. Like Buck Rogers getting sucked into the future for instance.

Mr P Lamp gets turned on by his winky

Posted in Lamps by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

Mr. P LampThe little Mr P lamp has a bulb inside which lights up his head enough to illuminate your desk. It also comes with a directional lampshade to cut down on the glare which should immediately bring your attention to a small but noticeable protrusion on the front of Mr P. Regardless of what you might think this is for, it is actually the light switch and by flicking it you turn Mr P on, or the light inside him anyway. You might find Mr P and his winky cute but to get this setup you’ll need to shell out just under $100 for this 14-inch tall guy.


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