Category Archives: LEDS

Dual Function LEDs & Multifunctional Displays

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers have made dual-function nanorod LEDs that could double as multifunctional displays. The researchers are also working with Dow Electronic Materials in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The LEDs are made of tiny nanorods arrayed in a thin film. They could enable new interactive functions and multitasking devices. The researchers report their advances in the February issue of the journal Science. According to Moonsub Shim, Professor of materials Read more [...]

Controlling RGB LEDs via the Raspberry Pi

Digital gates are great for switching LEDs on or off. Micro-controllers are even better and so are single board computers. That is because they contain several gates to control the LEDs. To top it all, you can program single board computers such as the RBPi or Raspberry Pi to control several LEDs individually to run at different on/off cycles. Additionally, multiple color LEDs are available, such as RGB LEDs, with which you can generate any combination of the basic red, green and blue colors. Although Read more [...]

Quadriplegics Can Control Exoskeletons with Their Brain

Artificial limbs help people who have lost a part of their arms or legs to regain partial functionality of their extremities. However, for those who have lost control of a major part of their bodies and thus rendered quadriplegic, artificial limbs are not of much use. For addressing such and other whole-body disabilities, exoskeletons are showing great promise. Scientists working at the Technische Universitat Berlin and Korea University are creating such lower-limb exoskeletons. The control system Read more [...]

LED Light Guides Equal OLED Performance

The visual impact of OLED panels is hard to resist. Their luminosity is seductively stylish and sleek. Fashion-forward lighting designers prefer the eerily-even silky glow of the OLEDs, even though these are more expensive, have a short lifetime and can be damaged more easily than other light emitting panels. Now GLT or Global Lighting Technologies, with their edge-lit LED-based light guide technology, is about to turn the tables on OLEDs. The latest product from GLT, a 4x4 inch LED-based light Read more [...]

LED myths and truths

People tend to make up myths about things not understood properly. For example, we have been using incandescent bulbs for over 100 years now, and some think they offer the best illumination possible. Studies related to energy consumption and investigations into the spectral light distribution have debunked this myth about incandescent lamps being superior. People are readily moving over to fluorescent types and lately, to LED types for meeting their illumination requirements. However, the fear of Read more [...]

Why is Li-Fi better than Wi-Fi?

Imagine wandering through an art gallery with your PDA. As you reach an interesting canvas, your PDA starts downloading information about the painting. When you move to another, your PDA displays content relative to the current piece of art. This is called content fencing – tailoring information to specific locations so that users receive information relevant to their current location. Content fencing is impossible to achieve with Wi-Fi – radio waves have a far greater spreading power. However, Read more [...]

Connecting to the web via LEDs: Li-Fi

Connecting to the Internet is best done through copper wire or high-speed wireless connections. Not many are aware of an additional method – using light beams. This is accomplished not by the usual optical fiber stuff, but by using LEDs. Communication with lights is nothing new - it has been done before. The Scottish scientist, Sir Alexander Graham Bell had invented an arsenal of instruments for communication and these included Photophones. The first instruments to use light for communication Read more [...]

Choose the color of your led

To indicate the hue of a specific type of light source, the standard procedure is to measure its color temperature in degrees Kelvin. For example, for suggesting realistic colors of lights in a 3D scene, you can use a Color Temperature chart. Typically, the white balance of a video camera or a film stock is used as the base for relating visible colors. For this, two settings are used most commonly. The first is the indoor color balance, set at 3200K and the other is the daylight color balance, set Read more [...]

Is there anything better than OLEDs?

Almost everyone uses a smartphone today and the displays are getting ever bigger. Larger screens are a pleasure to watch, but difficult to put inside a pocket. Therefore, Qibing Pei, a professor of materials science, is researching highly flexible and stretchable OLED displays that could allow a small elastic OLED smartphone to fit easily into one's pocket and the screen could be expanded when viewing. That would certainly be a great help if successful, but in the meantime, there is something else, Read more [...]

Battle the Sun with a 21W LED and a Raspberry Pi

Lighting up an LED or an array of LEDs and controlling their brightness is a simple affair with the tiny credit card sized single board computer popularly known as the Raspberry Pi or the RBPi. The RBPi runs a full version of Linux and you can use it to drive an array of bright LEDs with it. If you construct it like Jeremy Blum did - he put up the LEDs on his graduation mortar board and wore the RBPi on his wrist on his graduation day - you can be sure of getting a lot of excited remarks from friends Read more [...]