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Duo Gives Daft Punk’s Helmets A Technological Upgrade

Does anyone really know what the members of Daft Punk look like? The electronic group has masked their identities with iconic robot helmets in concerts and promotional materials since the late 1990’s. While the band has updated their helmets every few years, two fans have taken the design to the next level. LoveProps, a prop-making duo, recently posted a video online showcasing their updated model based on Daft Punk member Guy-Manuel’s headdress. The new helmet takes design elements from the band’s Discovery album and current…

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World’s First Graphene Light Bulb To Go on Sale This Year

Developers say that the world’s first graphene light bulb will be ready to go on sale later this year. This represents the first commercially-viable consumer product to use the supermaterial and paves the way for an exciting future. Researchers at Manchester University coated a filament-shaped LED with graphene, a material that was discovered by researchers at the same institution. The new bulb is said to create light that is brighter than a conventional LED, yet uses 10 percent less energy and lasts longer as well.…

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Get Your Hands On A Smarter and Modern Jump Rope

{{unknown}}Jumping rope is excellent cardio, and if you have even just a little space, you can do it at home. And what was always a pretty efficient workout, in terms of cost and ease of access, just got even more efficient. Smart Rope is an LED jump rope that counts your jumps and syncs with your smartphone so you can track your progress. What’s even more impressive is its ability to display your rotations right in front of your eyes as you jump. https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1580155/video-503121-h264_high.mp4 This…

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Nuenen is Home to the World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path

Just as the sun set in the Dutch town of Nuenen on Wednesday night, cyclists could ride along a bike path that has been in the works for two years.

This bike path, which is a collaboration between Dutch designer Dan Roosegaarde and construction company Heijmans, isn’t an ordinary bike path – it is coated in paint that emits light, and embedded with solar-powered LEDs.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bike path was commissioned as a tribute to Van Gogh by his hometown of Nuenen. It charges all day, which keeps it lit up all night. If it goes out, or if clouds get in the way of its charge, a back-up power source keeps it running.

This is only the beginning for Roosegaarde and Heijmans. Their team is working on applying the same technology to highways, too, and they just unveiled the prototype for that project.

Featured image source: studioroosegaarde.com

Noble Peace Prize Awarded to LED Inventors!

Just as we wrote about how LED light is paving the way, the trio of Japanese scientists who were considered pivotal in this invention were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics. Honored for inventing the efficient blue light-emitting diodes which have enabled energy-saving white light sources that can last up to 100,000 hours, the prize was awarded to Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hioshi Amano of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamara a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This…

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LED lightbulbs with Edison-era looks

LED light-bulbs are the lighting of the future (and the now for that matter.) A problem for LED lighting so far is that there hasn’t been a really stylish design to the bulbs and the light that they produce. This is a significant problem because LED light-bulbs use 80 percent less energy than halogen and incandescent lights, and half as much as fluorescent bulbs. The creation of a stylish LED bulb could be just the thing to further cut energy use without sacrificing modern design.…

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