This is opulence. Suddenly, there is extra light blasting from behind my TV screen, making a day-glow title sequence positively atomic. The DreamScreen, a backlighting system that's designed to make your TV viewing more immersive, is a luxury that I absolutely don't need. In theory, the supplementary lights change colour based on the pixels on the TV screen for an "immersive theatre experience." In practice, it's an overstimulating, distracting, nauseating novelty, and I can't get enough of this shit.
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If you find yourself having to fix a plumbing leak in the middle of the night, the last thing you want is your work light falling over in the middle of the job. So Ridgid's new task light, which looks like a floating buoy, features a rounded, weighted base ensuring that even if it does get knocked over, it will automatically stand back up again.
Video: Bicycles with lights ringing their back wheels and expert visual editing basically turns regular mountain biking into light cycles on The Grid in Tron. It's already a cool effect in real time because the lights start spiralling with the wheels, but reaches another level of awesomeness with some editing in post-production because the frames get stitched up to look as if the light were leaving colourful trails in nature. I wish this actually happened in real life.
Before the idea of a 'smart home' came long, people had to actually walk over to a switch to turn lights on and off -- it was barbaric. Now you can illuminate your entire house with just a few taps on a smartphone app, but Philips wants to make life even easier than that with a new motion sensor that automatically turns its Hue lights on and off for you.
Video: You could get on this water slide completely sober and emerge feeling like you went on the wildest acid trip ever. The Aqua Racer slide on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship packs multiple levels that offer visual stimulation in so many ways. The slide's colourful, twirly LEDs make it feel like you're in a space tunnel on drugs -- while the brief moments of darkness make you feel like you've hit the end of the universe (on drugs too, of course).
The interior of a Cambridge chapel comes alive with light in an eye-popping immersive project art installation. It's the creation of artist Miguel Chevalier and the installation was commissioned by the University of Cambridge for a fundraiser last month -- the first time the university has invited an artist to do such a project in its famed King's College Chapel.
Video: Wow. PlayMID's Porta Estel·lar is a trully stunning visual light show inside an old aeroplane fuselage. It mimics the concept of interstellar travel, "from departure and takeoff to the sighting of comets, planets, galaxies and alien worlds, until finally returning safe to earth". Watch it, it's a total trip (in every sense of the word).
Video: Doing things at night is always a little more edgy, a little more scary, and a lot more fun. Doing things at night while lighting up entire forests in the Pacific Northwest and moonscapes in Utah in different colours is all of that night fun with a giant load of awesome added in. It looks like a completely different world.
To show off the world's most precise drone system, PRENAV made this video demonstrating how exact its drones can be. The drone basically plots points in the air and then becomes a dancing array of light that's oh-so-fun to watch. The PRENAV system supposedly lets drones write letters and draw shapes in the sky too, but I'm totally cool with watching the lights.
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.
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 maze that Pac-Man has to navigate in his quest to gobble up all those pellets is nothing compared to the laundry-covered floor that most of us have to tip-toe through on our way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And while the ghosts in Pac-Man serve as a hindrance, this colour-changing pixelated lamp will actually help you get around in the dark.