These Light-Emitting Fibers Could Make Fabrics That Glow

A team of researchers has developed a new light-emitting fiber than could be woven into fabrics, providing flexible smart fabrics than can illuminate themselves. » 3/24/15 8:00am 3/24/15 8:00am

Big Hero 6 Baymax Lamp Illuminates With Light, Not Medical Advice

Despite being completely vulnerable to attacks from safety pins, the Baymax robot from last year's Big Hero 6 was just about the best sidekick a kid could have—mostly because it was skilled at treating skinned knees and other injuries. This LED lamp version of Baymax isn't quite as talented, but it can ensure a kid… » 3/11/15 1:47pm 3/11/15 1:47pm

The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75 Percent Less Power

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take center stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs. » 2/01/15 12:00pm 2/01/15 12:00pm

Modern Conveniences Make This Retro Flashlight New Again

Whether you're mining for gold deep in the heart of Alaska, or trying to find your way downstairs to replace a blown fuse, this retro-styled lantern from Barebones will light the way without needing a single drop of kerosene. Because instead of a flame, it uses a three Cree LED bulbs powered by a rechargeable battery. » 1/30/15 5:00pm 1/30/15 5:00pm

You Can Remotely Control This LED Camping Lantern With a Smartphone

Is there anything worse than entombing yourself in a warm sleeping bag only to realize you'll need to face the cold of night again to turn off the lantern in your tent? For those who like their camping on the comfier side, Brunton's new Lightwave Amp can be controlled remotely using a Bluetooth connection to an app on… » 1/26/15 7:00pm 1/26/15 7:00pm

Misfit's Bolt Is a Color-Changing Wireless LED Bulb For Just $50

LED bulbs are not only long-lasting and energy-efficient, with a clever combination of red, green, and blue diodes they can also be tinted to almost any color letting you set the perfect mood in a room. But color-changing bulbs tend to be expensive, so with its new Bolt, Misfit stripped away unnecessary features to… » 1/06/15 11:00am 1/06/15 11:00am

The World's First Inflatable Flashlight Never Needs New Batteries

There's no point in keeping a stash of emergency flashlights around your home if the batteries inside them just end up getting stolen for TV remotes and the kids' toys. So the folks who created the original LUCI, a dirt-cheap inflatable solar-powered rechargeable lantern, have tweaked its design for the new Luci EMRG » 1/05/15 2:19pm 1/05/15 2:19pm

This Coat Lets You Signal Your Turn With Flashing LEDs

This is the Visijax wearable, or, to put it another way: a coat. But it's got a trick quite literally up it's sleeve, in the form of embedded LEDs that flash when the rider raises his arm to signal a turn. » 1/05/15 7:55am 1/05/15 7:55am

People Might Actually Care Who You Are Thanks To This DIY LED Nametag

The next time you're at a conference and forced to wear a humiliating nametag, swap that sharpied sticker for this LED badge you build yourself. The soft glow of its 50 red LEDs is sure to have your fellow attendees actually caring what your name is, what you do, and if you're willing to make one for them, too. » 12/04/14 9:26am 12/04/14 9:26am

Radar-Enabled Light Bulbs Automatically Detect When the Elderly Fall

Even when the elderly are being tended to by a caregiver, it's almost impossible to keep an eye on them 100 percent of the time. So a Japanese company has developed a pair of LED light bulbs featuring built-in laser-based radar to track the movements of someone in its vicinity, and automatically send alerts when they… » 11/11/14 12:43pm 11/11/14 12:43pm

How Cathedrals' New Video Makes Light Dance to the Music

This is the video for the Cathedrals' song "Unbound." It's lovely! And the way the light cubes in the background pair up with the music is no accident—there's some really cool tech behind it. » 10/23/14 1:58pm 10/23/14 1:58pm

Skiing in light suits looks like the most spectacular thing

Skiing? Fun. Night skiing? Even more fun. Night skiing in impossible bright light suits that transform your body into a glowing orb as you fly down the mountain? That has to be the most fun you can have. And if it's not, it's definitely the coolest looking way to ski down a mountain. » 10/16/14 11:28pm 10/16/14 11:28pm

The Sistine Chapel Will Soon Be Lit Up With 7,000 Bright LEDs

Though talented with a brush, the Renaissance masters didn't know much about art preservation. So over the years their paintings faded with exposure to sunlight. Even Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was subjected to sun damage until the Vatican sealed off its windows in the 1980s. But… » 10/09/14 1:18pm 10/09/14 1:18pm

Inventors of the Blue LED Inside Nearly Every Device You Own Win Nobel

There's pretty good chance you have a piece of this year's physics Nobel prize-winning invention in your pocket. The blue light-emitting diode (LED) is found in the screens of millions of phones as well as our bright, new energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Today, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three… » 10/07/14 12:30pm 10/07/14 12:30pm

A Built-In Color Picker Lets You Tint This Lamp To Any Shade You Want

Now that a trio of red, blue, and green LEDs can reproduce almost any color you can imagine, tinted mood lighting has become a hot trend. But why settle for manually dialing in a specific shade when this ColorUp lamp includes a built-in color picker that can sample and reproduce any color you so desire? » 10/07/14 9:52am 10/07/14 9:52am

Just Add Water and This Tiny Emergency Flashlight Glows For 72 Hours

Because batteries have a limited shelf life, that flashlight you've been saving for an emergency might not actually work when you need it to. So instead of stocking up on candles, grab a couple of these tiny emergency lights from Eton that simply need you to add water to keep them lit for three full days. » 10/02/14 10:46am 10/02/14 10:46am

New LEDs Promise to Make Your Smartphone Screen 400 Percent Clearer

The most advanced LED screens look amazing compared to what was on the market even a couple of years ago. But a Princeton engineer found a cheap new way of making LEDs not only brighter and more efficient, but also five times as clear. It even makes them last longer. » 9/26/14 2:23pm 9/26/14 2:23pm

This Smart Lightbulb Adjusts to Your Behavior

In the home of the future, there will be no light switches, but the light will always be perfect, syncing itself with the sun and adjusting to your circadian rhythm. The smart home vision for future of lighting is energy efficient and completely responsive. And according to Stack, that future is now. » 9/10/14 11:50am 9/10/14 11:50am

Set This Flashing USB Dongle to Notify You of Just About Anything

We live in an auditory landscape populated by dings, blips, and jangling—constant reminders of the probably-dire messages you're missing on your phone or computer. If you're like me, your stomach drops a little bit each time you hear those familiar bleeps. Which is why Blink1, a notification device that gives you a… » 9/04/14 5:00pm 9/04/14 5:00pm