Mid-range smartbulb features great app and equally great light
It's turning into a battle of bulbs here, as we're back to check out our third LED smartbulb. It's turning into a bit of a Goldilocks situation, with some bulbs being priced well but feature-starved, with others being feature-packed but far too costly. Today, we check out Bolt, a smartbulb by Misfit, that promises to give you lots features without the high-end price of some of the other smartbulbs.
LED smartbulb features bright, clean light at a steep cost
LED bulbs are in vogue these days, cited as being cheap to run, long lasting, bright, and less annoying than compact fluorescent lights. We couldn't imagine life without them at this point. Smart LEDs are starting to become more popular, and while we weren't sold at first, we're coming around to them. Today, we check out another contender in the smartbulb arena, A21 Ilumi Smartbulb, a feature-heavy Bluetooth lightbulb that works with your iPhone.
Bluetooth enabled LED bulbs create fantastic scenes in your home
If you're like most people, you don't think too much about the light bulbs that hang out in the sockets in your house. Maybe you've got a preference, but most of us are happy as long as they work and illuminate the area adequately. Still, innovation is generally a good thing, which is why we were so excited to try out the Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb, an LED bulb that utilizes Bluetooth to give users nearly-endless lighting options.
Wi-Fi mobile bridge, trio of adjustable LED lightbulbs included in pledge
Saffron, a small LED lighting company based out of Utah, is holding a Kickstarter crowd funding process for an app-enabled LED Light Bulb that will automatically adjust color temperature throughout the day to improve sleep. The new Silk Light brings the sun inside of the home by automatically adjusting its color temperature throughout the day. It connects to a smartphone via a Wi-Fi controlled bridge to easily sync with the local time zone, but it can also follow user-customized schedules for more flexibility.
Pixel splitting technology brings near 8k resolution
During its morning press conference at CES, Sharp unveiled its new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV. The new TV uses a combination of the company's pixel splitting and Quattron technologies to pack 66 million subpixels into a single 80-inch panel. By splitting pixels in half vertically, and allowing each subpixel to create its own color value, Sharp claims the display can reach a resolution that begins to approach 8K (7680 x 4320). The company, however, did not give an exact resolution that the panel can display.
Smart LED Bluetooth bulb functionally sound, limited by smartphone application
With more technology comes devices that we never really considered using in the home. From controlling thermostats with smartphones, to home security cameras that inform users their residence is safe, such devices are becoming commonplace. But what if a consumer is looking for something a little less invasive to get started in smart technologies? Perhaps a light bulb, like the Tabu Lumen TL800 Bluetooth LED, could prove to be a good stepping stone. But with a small selection of bulbs on the market, is it the correct purchase to make? Find out in our review.
Replacing instore lighting as part of green initiative
Furniture retailer Ikea is to sell only LED-based energy-saving lighting by 2016. The switch away from incandescent bulbs and halogen lights to LED lighting will make it the first US home furnishing retailer to do so, and will start the move to the greener light sources by replacing over a million in-store lights with the LED bulbs.
Deals on HDTVs, iPods, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, iPods, and more. Tigerdirect.com today has lowered the cost of the refurbished LG 47-inch Widescreen 3D LED HDTV, complete with four built-in HDMI ports, maximum image resolution of 1029 x 1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Currently featured at DealNN, the HDTV has now dropped to $679.99 after rebate, and offers savings of up to $720.
Deals on HDTVs, headphones, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, headphones, and more. Tigerdirect.com recently lowered the cost of the LG 42-inch LED HDTV, with a maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080, built-in HDMI and USB ports, 6ms response time, and 16:9 aspect ratio. Currently featured at DealNN, the HDTV is now priced at $579.99 and offers savings of up to $220.
Price drops, surplus capacity to take down half China's LED industry
A slump in global display demand and reductions in subsidies from the Chinese government will combine to force about half of all Chinese LED manufacturers out of business, according to an analysis out from Reuters. The industry is said to be oversupplied already, and trends in the global economy are expected to prove to be too much for smaller companies to survive in the coming months. The past year has reportedly seen hundreds of small Chinese LED lighting makers shuttered, while the rest of the industry is said to be operating at 50 percent capacity due to low demand.
Deals on monitors, speaker systems, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted monitors, speaker systems, and more. Staples.com has recently lowered the cost of the HP 23-inch LED Monitor, complete with 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time, one year warranty, and maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080. Currently featured at DealNN, the monitor is now available for the discounted price of $159.98 and offers savings of up to $70.
Full HD, SRS Premium sound, HDMI 1.4 input
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, ViewSonic introduced a 24-inch, 3D LCD display, the ViewSonic V3D245wm-LED. ViewSonic claims it is the first 24-inch smart monitor with an integrated 3D emitter. The V3D245wm-LED has full 1080p HD playback at 120 MHz refresh rate. The monitor includes integrated SRS Premium surround sound speakers and one HDMI 1.4 input. ViewSonic claims it has a dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 and a peak response time of 2ms.
High-quality, wide-viewing angles, coming soon
LG has introduced a new line of IPS Series 6 displays at a Japanese press conference this week. The two new models introduced include the 21.5-inch IPS226V and the 23-inch IPS236V. LG put the displays side-by-side with TN and VA panels and the difference in picture quality was striking.
Framework includes several new camera functions
Apple's fourth-generation iPhone may integrate a camera flash module for capturing pictures in low-light conditions. Developers reportedly noticed a variety of new camera functions contained in the framework of the iPhone 4.0 beta released earlier on Thursday, according to AppleInsider. The code includes functions labeled AVCaptureDevice.hasFlash, AVCaptureDevice.flashMode, and AVCaptureDevice.hasTorch.
Nanosilicon LED prototype
A prototype of a light emitting device developed by Matsushita Electric Works (Panasonic) and a Japanese University engineering department that is more efficient and smaller than conventional LEDs was unveiled today. Unlike fluorescent lamps, such as CCFLs used in HDTVs, the device does not require mercury, using a 5nm or smaller nanosilicon device to create a ballistic electron discharge into xenon gas. With further development, the nanosilicon LED could be used in future notebook, computer and HDTV screens, extending battery life in portable devices thanks to its efficiency.
MacBook Air grows LED LCDs
The MacBook Air, with its use of an LED-lit display, is supposedly spurring adoption of the technology all throughout the industry, due to its energy conservation and even lighting. According to Macworld, Apple's slender ultraportable – due to its aesthetic appeal – is spurring an almost exponential rise in LED use in devices ranging from laptops and desktop LCD monitors, to LCD televisions.
WiebeTech has announced the RTX200H-QR, a new RAID hard drive solution featuring RAID 0/1 for two drives in TrayFree bays. The TrayFree technology doesn't force the user to install hard drives into trays -- you can imply slide in a SATA drive and shut the door. The RTX200H-QR is compatible with four different interfaces: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 (via included converter cable) and USB2. The new new metal bays also have two LEDs for power and access. Bays are lockable for added security. Hardware RAID 1 offers best possible protection of data by mirroring the drives in real time. Hot-swappable bays allow the user to remove and replace failed drives without shutting down the system. The new unit is priced at $500.
JBL iPod, iPhone docks
JBL today unveiled a slew of music docks designed for Apple's iPod and iPhone. The company revealed no less than six different docking stations with built-in speakers due to ship at various times between now and Winter of 2008. The company's new offerings include the JBL On Time 200ID, JBL On Stage IIIP, On Time 400IHD, On Stage 200ID and On Stage 400ID, and JBL Duet 200. The company also announced that it is offering its JBL On Stage Micro in new color variations.
LED life extension tech
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan has demonstrated a new invention, one which may potentially extend the useful life of LCD monitors and TVs. An increasing number of displays are using LED backlighting to provide greater brightness and contrast, but the ITRI notes that after 1,000 hours of use, current backlights almost invariably begin dimming. To counter this, the new system monitors the backlight, and makes adjustments as necessary with the goal of preserving color richness.
Fujitsu LOOX R70
Fujitsu this morning became the first computer maker to announce a notebook based on Intel's upcoming mobile Penryn processor architecture. The 12.1-inch LOOX R70 will use a consciously unnamed Core 2 Duo processor that will both improve speed and help optimize battery life to extreme levels: a stock battery will let the system run for as much as 9.7 hours, by Fujitsu's reckoning. The use of a thin, LED-backlit screen will also reduce its weight to 2.8 pounds despite the inclusion of a DVD burner.