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LA's New Streetlamps Will Keep Mobile Phone Service Running After An Earthquake

Cities beefing up their smart infrastructure have tapped the ubiquitous streetlamp to track traffic data and measure pollution. Now, in Los Angeles, some streetlights will help keep the communications network intact after an emergency.

Disney Found A Way To Make LED Lights Talk To Each Other

Wifi networks aren’t ubiquitous yet, and other wireless communication protocols like Bluetooth can suck battery life. So researchers at Disney have come up with an alternative way for devices to talk to each other using LEDs blinking faster than the human eye can see.

Watch Liquid Nitrogen Change The Colour Of Lasers And LEDs

When you drop lasers and LEDs into liquid nitrogen, the lights cool down and start turning one colour into another. In the GIF above you’ll see it start from a urine yellow to a Mountain Dew colour and then to a radiator fluid green and finally some super alien blood goo substance. It’s great!

Awesome LED Black Hole Water Slide Is Like Flying Through A Wormhole

The coolest water slide in the world and perhaps the universe is this black hole water slide in Bremerhaven, Germany’s Bad 1 Water Park. The slide starts off completely dark and then lights up with colourful LEDs throughout the journey that make it seem as if you’re travelling through some trippy wormhole or teleportation tunnel or something.

FourSevens X3R Flashlight: 2000 Lumens Of Power

The MMU-X3R is FourSevens’ brightest handheld flashlight yet. At 2,000 lumens, it’s brighter than my car’s high beams and is small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. But, is it the right light for you?

Sony's New LED Bulb Is Also A Bluetooth Speaker

As David Bowie well knows, sound and vision are a wonderful pairing. Now, Sony is following in his footsteps: its latest LED bulb is also a Bluetooth speaker.

I Want This LED Light Strip That Blinks When Your Train Is Late

At this point, there are heaps of apps that let us know when our trains are running late. But apps aren’t nearly as pretty as an LED light strip set up to blink when something’s wrong with your commute.

These Street Lights Can Now Be Dimmed And Controlled Like Phillips Hue

Los Angeles recently converted 140,000 of its street lights to energy-efficient LEDs — the largest such upgrade in the world. Now a new partnership with lighting giant Philips will allow the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting to wirelessly manage all those street lamps, similar to the way its Hue system allows you to control the mood lighting in your home.

The Very American History Of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.

Watching These Cyclists Spin Around In Light Suits Is So Mesmerising

It’s like a trippy and visually spectacular 3D kaleidoscope or something. The cyclists are wearing a LED light suit that can change colours and the flash-rate and the luminosity so that they can look completely different while they spin around in carefully choreographed moves.

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