Making the swap to LED lights

February 6, 2017

Unfortunately, LED lights have been swept up into the whole ‘smart home’ mess, with app-controlled dimming and hue adjustments, making them both costlier and more complex than they need to be. So for most they’ve always been filed away alongside things like ZigBee, SmartThings, and AllJoyn. But what about the simple LED light bulb, the one that just plugs into the place of ye olde incandescents and does only one…


Tridonic expands into North America to serve smart IoT solutions

Tridonic, a global provider of smart and efficient lighting solutions, is opening a new office in Highland, New York to serve the North American market with smart solutions also for IoT applications. The company headquartered in Dornbirn, Austria is bringing new products designed specifically for North America onto the market, including its high-quality solid-state lighting (SSL) modules, electronic LED Drivers and controls. Tridonic will also be launching its new digital…

January 25, 2017

Go to sleep with one, wake up with another

November 21, 2016

Author: Daisy Stapley-Bunten According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report sleeping problems occasionally. Sleep disorders and problems have many underlying causes, from stress, health conditions, to medications. But a prominent cause of sleep difficulties can be blamed on exposure to TVs, smartphones, tablets and computers, which have an effect on sleeping patterns. Multiple studies…


New approach to home security lets you be everywhere at once

September 20, 2016

A New York-based engineering product design company called Canary has released a brand new solution for home security. The Canary Flex is the first indoor and outdoor, weatherproof, HD security camera that can be used both wire-free or plugged in. The camera records HD video with its 147-degree wide-angle lens  and audio with automatic night vision and a wide-angle lens. The viewing radius ensures your living room, nursery, backyard or porch is…


Sanbot is a personal humanoid robot with its head in the cloud

September 7, 2016

This week at the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, a China-based AI company called Qihan Technology introduced a new kind of humanoid robot. I know you’ve probably seen quite a few in-home robots in the news these days, but Qihan wanted to show off some of its new robot’s interesting capabilities. The company debuted the robot with the intentions of selling it as a service, instead of a plain, old personal robot. The Sanbot…


New system powerlessly switches windows from transparent to opaque

August 16, 2016

It wasn’t long ago we told you about the recent Harvard University researchers who created windows that transformed from transparent to opaque with just the flick of a switch, but now a team from MIT has taken that idea one step further. The researchers developed a new way of making windows switch from transparent to opaque — with no power. The new technology could potentially save energy by blocking sunlight on…


How switching to solar-LED lighting could create 2 million jobs worldwide

Fuel-based lighting comes with risks. (Image via Mills)
July 19, 2016

As many people who live in impoverished regions around the world start shifting away from fuel-based lighting, like candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns, to solar-LED systems, this trend comes with more than just environmental benefits. A new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that it also sparks economic development as well, with the potential to create 2 million new jobs. Evan Mills, the Berkeley Lab researcher who has been…


Video of the Day: What an illuminated 20,000-Watt light bulb looks like

July 19, 2016

A YouTuber and electrical engineer by the name Photonicinduction has given tech enthusiasts a treat in his latest video. Photonicinduction manages to light up a 20,000-Watt light bulb — a bulb that could cost nearly $3,000. The hobbyist plugs his light bulb into a machine that can control the current and when he lets it all go, it looks almost like a fire. To give you an idea of how powerful a 20,000-Watt…


How recycled smartphones can power your home

April 19, 2016

While smartphones these days don’t last very long, the lithium ion batteries within them can last for about five years. This means that anyone who throws out their smartphone in less than five years is generating e-waste and throwing away a perfectly good battery. Researchers from Kyung Hee University in Seoul have proposed a plan for transforming unused lithium ion batteries into energy storage units for solar-powered LED lamps. Boucar Diouf, a professor in…