Posted in Optics

Hurley Presents Dalek: “Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz”

What’s better than using light as a medium for art? Using light as a medium for 3D, interactive art!

James Marshall aka “Dalek” along with Hurley is excited to present two art exhibitions titled “PSYCH OPTIC BLACK LIGHT FUZZ.” The first opening will be held on Tuesday, January 11th at 225 Forest in Laguna Beach; and next on Saturday, January 15th at The Hurley Gallery Space in Costa Mesa. The conceptual installations feature a fluorescent, multi-dimensional sculpture that becomes a free form interactive optical illusion.

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Posted in electronic imaging and displays, engineering, Illumination, Optics

An LED umbrella to brighten your rainy day, from Sockmaster!

Perfect for the gray, rainy winters I’m about to head home to:

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I bet this would also work well for treating seasonal affective disorder, if it were installed with LEDs that emitted the right light frequency waves: sign me up, I feel more cheerful already!

This awesome LED umbrella design, by sockmaster, will light up your nighttime stroll while keeping you dry. It even has an adjustable dimmer!

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Posted in communication and networking, electronic imaging and displays, engineering, Optics

Timing the traffic lights

Courtesy of Holy Kaw, a stoplight that lets you know how much time you have to make the light before it changes. This is a great use of creative visualization for safety and tapping into human behavior.

From Yanko Design, (Designer: Thanva Tivawong) the Sands Of Traffic Times!

The Sand Glass is a new look at traffic lights. Surely people must be frustrated with the current design, which is why we have seen THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS recently. Make this the fourth dimension using the sand-hour-glass as its model. LED lights trickle down to make an obvious statement, regarding the time left for the lights to change. Easy and intuitive.

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Posted in electronic imaging and displays, museum

Ansel Adams, Street Photographer: 1940s Los Angeles – The Picture Show: NPR

Ansel Adams was an amazing photographer, who treated it as both an art and a science, exploring light and light-room techniques that are now taught in basic photography 101 classes. Definitely a huge influence on “nature photography.” It turns out he also studied the urban landscape, and the people that lived within…

Although well-respected by the 1930s, the famous landscape photographer could not have sustained his Sierra series, for example, if it were not supplemented by commercial work. According to the Ansel Adams Gallery: “Clients ran the gamut, including the Yosemite concessionaire … Kodak, Zeiss, IBM, AT&T, a small women’s college, a dried fruit company, and Life, Fortune … in short, everything from portraits to catalogues to Coloramas.”

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Posted in communication and networking, design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays, Illumination

Thought-controlled lights at winter games

From Wired:

Along with the figure skating, ice hockey and snowboarding, another event will compete for attention at the Winter Olympics in Canada this month.

A Canadian company has created what it calls the “largest thought-controlled computing installation.” It’s an experiment that lets visitors to the Olympics use their brainwaves to control the lights at three major landmarks in Canada, including Niagara Falls.

“When people put on the headsets and find themselves increasing the brightness of the lights by just thinking about it, you can almost see their brains explode,” says Trevor Coleman, chief operating officer for InteraXon, the company that has created this installation.

As consumers get more comfortable with going beyond the keyboard and the mouse to interact with their computers, companies are looking for alternate ways to make the experience better. Already, touch and voice recognition have become a major part of the user interface in smartphones, and harnessing brainwaves or other biological data is slowly emerging as a third option, especially in gaming. Companies such as NeuroSky offer headphones that promise to translate the gamer’s brainwaves into action on screen. A biometrics company called Innerscope is helping Wired host a geeked-out Super Bowl party. And even Microsoft is working on alternate forms of input; its Project Natal promises to add gesture recognition to Xbox 360 games later this year.

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Posted in biology, chemistry, Illumination

Natural beauty: glow-in-the-dark mushrooms

This story came out back in October, and I’ve been hanging onto it until now because, well, it’s not like the mushrooms are prettier in the dark. They’re just bioluminescent. Lots of things can do that. But, it’s natural beauty, and it turns out the scientists were inspired by artists in naming this thing, so there you go.

As if teensy night-lights were dangling from tree trunks and branches, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms illuminate the forests across the globe. Now, scientists have discovered several species of such radiant ‘shrooms.

The freaky findings, reported today in the journal Mycologia, increases the number of aglow mushroom species from 64 to 71, shedding light on the evolution of luminescence in nature.

The newly identified mushrooms, which emit a bright, yellowish-green light 24 hours a day, were found in Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia and Puerto Rico. They include four species new to science and three new reports of luminescence in known species.

Found on sticks in an Atlantic forest habitat, Mycena luxaeterna is tiny, each cap spanning 0.3 inches (8mm) in diameter, with jelly-like stems. (The species’ name, which means “eternal light,” was inspired by Mozart’s “Requiem.”) One psychedelic-looking mushroom, called Mycena silvaelucens, was found on the bark of a standing tree at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Borneo, Malaysia. Each mushroom cap measuries just over a half inch (18 mm) in diameter. So-called Mycena luxarboricola was collected from the bark of a living tree in an old growth Atlantic forest in Paraná, Brazil. Each cap measures less than 0.2 inches (5 mm) in diameter. (The species’ name, which means “perpetual light,” was also inspired by Mozart’s “Requiem.”)

Posted in electronic imaging and displays, Illumination, Optics

Word Clock

A cool, if perhaps slightly involved, DIY: A clock that shows the time using words, not numbers. Great for the numeriphobe in your life!

This is actually a pretty cool piece of art and technology.

MAKE subscriber Doug took up the challenge to re-make the word clock he saw here a few weeks ago, and wrote in to share his project with us. He built the front panel using an etched PCB (no laser cutter required!), and constructed a circuit board to illuminate the proper display sections using LEDs. Instructions and board layouts are available on his Instructable.