These lights defy description, and I love that. They aren't traditional sculptures, they aren't quite lamps, or steampunk, or modern. They are all of that in one. They are incredible, handcrafted art each made of up to 200 individual steel and brass parts. They are "Machine Lights."
Not so hot on the heels of the Philips L-Prize bulb comes this funky piece of hardware from General Electric, which knows a thing (or two) about electricity. It's a 27 watt LED bulb that produces as much (or more) light as a 100 watt incandescent bulb, and the coolest feature is how it keeps itself, uh, cool: silent puffs of high-velocity air.
Over the past year, we've enjoyed getting to know Philips and its increasingly wacky design concepts. But hard on the heels of the totally serious L Prize Bulb comes FreeStreet, an innovative outdoor lighting solution that has (or should have) a place in every single city.
Philips was the only entry in the Department of Energy's L Prize for designing a super-efficient light bulb, so I guess it's not really surprising that the company managed to win. But, Philips did manage to meet the DoE's stringent efficient criteria with its new bulb, and the result of their efforts is officially going to be on sale as of this Sunday.
Did you know that whenever you blink, part of your brain temporarily shuts off? This is a fantastic idea that our brains have had, and an even more fantastic idea is to rig up all of our home electronics to work the same way.
Want to fool your friends? Screw one of these light bulbs into a lamp, connect your iPhone to the dock, hit play and watch everyone try and figure out where the music is coming from.
Each one of those lovely blue pixels in the picture above is in fact a little chamber containing thousands of bacteria, which turn themselves on and off in unison to create a living fluorescent display. It's not an infectious disease, it's a biopixel! Or, well, I guess maybe it's both.
Philips certainly has some crazy ideas about how we're going to live in the future, and one of them involves using huge wall-mounted vats of bioluminescent bacteria to provide soft green light at night.
These designer LED light bulbs are so striking that you can almost forgive them for not being powered by lasers. Almost.
We all take electricity for granted. We're doing it right now, as I'm typing this on my computer and you're reading it on yours. But forget about electricity; much of the developing world doesn't even have a reliable source of light after sunset. The LuminAID could help change that.