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.
In the future, everything levitates. Why? Because levitation is damn cool, that's why. You don't need a time machine, though: this is a levitating lamp that you can go buy right now to impress your friends and utterly confuse your enemies.
Researchers at Sandia National Labs have mixed four different diode lasers to produce a warm, bright white light that they say is just as good as incandescents and better than LEDs. Laser light bulbs, here we come!
So, you want a lamp that's got a bit more character than your standard-issue lighting source. Well, it doesn't get much more unique than this stunning Nuke Lamp.
If you agree that the double helix is sadly absent from modern design, then look no further than Karim Rashid's DNA lighting. Created for the Italian manufacturing firm SLIDE, these spiral LEDs remind us that lighting can be fun.
They may make you want to gouge your eyes out with a pointed stick, but flickering office lights are learning how to transmit data like a Wi-Fi network, while saving you money at the same time.
Lighting on footwear is typically limited to those blinking LEDs on little kids' sneakers. But these illuminated high heels are a different — and much more chic — animal.