It was only a matter of time before Walmart would try to take command of the LED light bulb market by drastically undercutting the competition. That's now happened; the massive retailer has unveiled a new line of LED bulbs under its in-house Great Value brand. The light bulbs, immediately available from all US stores and soon at Walmart.com, start at under $9 — priced even lower than Cree's $13 breakthrough bulb. Walmart isn't new to selling LED light bulbs, but this is its most aggressive push yet to make them affordable for shoppers. In all, the Great Value line includes 26 different bulb types, the cheapest of which costs only $8.88.
By proving that something as mundane as a thermostat doesn't have to be
mundane, Nest helped inspire a generation of home-automation products
that are now arriving in force. Other distinguished alumni of the
consumer-electronics business are joining the fray, including
industrial-design guru Yves Béhar, known for fashionable gizmos like the
Jawbone headset. He's one of the minds behind August, a front-door lock
that lets you use your phone as a key without so much as bothering to
remove it from your pocket.
Time (sub required) with graphic below of 1) Canary, a security system 2) Smartthings, with lost key finder and other apps 3) August described above and 4) Phillips Hue, a smart LED bulb
“On Feb. 7, Deepak Chopra showed up at the Silicon Valley offices of German software giant SAP (SAP), causing quite a stir. Hundreds of people packed SAP’s cafeteria and an overflow room to listen to the New Age guru. Chopra, wearing a black suit with red sneakers, advised workers to sleep more, eat right, and meditate on their place in the world. And, if anyone needed help, Chopra recommended his line of consciousness-altering Dream Weaver glasses. “I got the idea for these during my first LSD experience at the age of 17,” Chopra told the SAP employees.”
That would have been in 1963, btw.
Whether you believe Chopra is such a far looking technology visionary, or needs hallucinogenics (btw he clarified on Conan his LSD use was during medical school) his device uses light and sound pulses at specified frequencies. “Behind your closed eyelids you will see a complex kaleidoscope of color, multidimensional layers of fractals and a variety of dream-like imagery”
It is supposed to help the user relax and reach trances states as in “Gregorian chanting, Hebrew davening, Tibetan prayer bowls, Native American drum circles and rain chants, Sufi chants and Whirling dervishes, and African trance dancing.”
That may be too “far out” for many users but here is Chopra describing the product
Like graphene, itself a 2-D form of graphite, molybdenum disulfide has been used for many years as an industrial lubricant. But it had never been seen as a 2-D platform for electronic devices until last year, when scientists at the Swiss university EPFL produced a transistor on the material.
In the future, it could also enable entirely new kinds of devices. The material could be used, in combination with other 2-D materials, to make light-emitting devices. Instead of producing a point source of light from one bulb, an entire wall could be made to glow, producing softer, less glaring light. Similarly, the antenna and other circuitry of a cellphone might be woven into fabric, providing a much more sensitive antenna that needs less power and could be incorporated into clothing, Palacios says.
The material is so thin that it’s completely transparent, and it can be deposited on virtually any other material. For example, MoS2 could be applied to glass, producing displays built into a pair of eyeglasses or the window of a house or office.
The Tampa Bay Times Forum where the convention will be held starting August 27 is home to the NHL hockey Lightings and the Arena Football Storm teams. The Storm had its last home game July 14, and since then the build out for the convention has been in full swing. The video below shows the first 2 weeks of the convention buildout – so less than half of the total planned effort. Compare that to the fact that the roadies spend just 2-3 days to get an arena ready for a major concert and you can see the magnitude of the effort.
the foot-candle power of lighting has doubled, enhancing high-definition television broadcasts. There also are continuous LED displays on two levels with 1.7 million square pixels that surround the entire playing area
a massive faux pipe organ, which is entirely digital with five keyboards and 260 speakers. Computer controls also can use theatrical lighting to continuously alter the coloring of the pipes to enhance the experience
two separate Tesla coils that hang down from the rafters at opposite ends of the Times Forum. Each coil throws a 25-foot arc of artificial lightning in two directions
If you have been to Chicago, the lighted bridges and the Wrigley Building on the river stand out, especially at night. Artist Tracey Dear takes credit for the lights and is about to bring similar magic with LED arrays to five downtown Tampa bridges on the Hillsborough river in time for the Republican convention August 27-30 (and beyond)
The project is called “Aqua Luces” –Spanish for Water Lights.
Social media will be significantly more prominent at the London Games – it has grown exponentially since Beijing 4 years ago. The Olympics will also benefit from social media learnings from the last two Super Bowls and other popular sporting events. And it will be massive in scale – it is anticipated 200 millions Olympics related tweets will be sent during the fortnight or so. NBC plans to upload Olympics news, polls and photos to Facebook, and BBC is planning to provide live streams of events on the social network.
But it will also be much more complicated for marketers. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has several policy guidelines including “Provide the facts and take a journalistic approach to avoid violating restrictions.”
Beyond social media, Business Review Europe describes the debut of Near Field Communications at the Games. Panasonic, a Games sponsor, is making a hardware splash with the “largest audio-visual display ever. A mere:
I have enjoyed stretching my feet and pouring a drink and noshing on some nuts from a self-serve bar on a Virgin Atlantic flight, but this Co.Design article shows a much more ambitious setting
"The atmosphere is meant to focus on the “immaterial” in which every surface reflects light like a JJ Abrams film, from the polished aluminum stools to the space’s champagne lacquered finish. It’s a mix of plastic, stone, and metal--all punctuated by color-changing LEDs to set the mood--combining to create an ethereal bar experience that might only make sense at 30,000 feet."