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Cree launches new, cheaper, plastic '4Flow' 60W and 40W equivalent LED bulbs
October 28, 2014
At long last, Cree is capitalizing on the phase-out of incandescent bulbs by releasing a new low-price ($8) LED bulb that, near as dammit, has the same silhouette as the standard A19 incandescent bulb that you bought at Walmart last week. This new Cree bulb doesn't just look different, however - this is a brand-new third-generation design that replaces the coated glass casing with shatter-proof plastic, and does away with the external heatsink entirely. Instead of the heatsink there's a new cooling system called 4Flow Filament Design which uses plain ol' convection to keep the LEDs cool. Curiously, the new bulbs come with a 3-year warranty instead of the 10-year warranty that Cree previously offered on its LED lights. This morning, Cree announced four new bulbs based on the 4Flow design - 60W-equivalent soft white (2700K) and daylight (5000K), and the same again in a 40W-equivalent design. All four bulbs take on the standard A19 silhouette, made famous by incandescent bulbs throughout the ages. The most important bulb - the 60W-equivalent soft white - is priced at $8 and available exclusively from The Home Depot. All four bulbs are available to buy online today, and will be with you at the start of November.

With LG Out, Plasma HDTVs Are Dead
October 28, 2014
I have some bad news, cinephiles: Plasma is dead. It won't see a resurgence. It's not pining for the fjords. It's passed on. It's ceased to be. It's expired and gone on to meet its maker. Actually, it already met its maker and its maker looked at it and said, "Well, this technology's rubbish now, let's bin it." I guess the parrot sketch doesn't always hold up. LG was one of the two remaining pillars of plasma screens in the market after Panasonic shut down production last year. Now LG is leaving plasma as well, according to Reuters. Sony abandoned plasma years ago. Toshiba, Vizio, and JVC don't make plasma screens anymore. Chinese manufacturers like TCL and Hisense, meanwhile, haven't given plasma so much as a glance.

WowWee MiP
October 28, 2014
MiP is a robot with emotions and it wants to play with you. At least, that's what WowWee is trying to convince you of with the toy's many audio responses and interactive games. MiP (short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum) actively interacts with you while rolling around on its two rubber wheels. This lovable robotic buddy will move around, spin-dance to music, and express its own emotions with shouts and groans. At $99.99, it's a reasonable price to pay for an autonomous robot with fun interactive capabilities. Design MiP is a vaguely humanoid-looking robot sitting on vaguely Segway-like parallel wheels. It sports a slim look with its small, spherical head, adjustable arms, and a trim lower body. The robot is available in white and black versions, with stripes of the opposite color accenting it and evoking the appearance of Eve from Wall-E. MiP stands only nine inches tall, but within that small frame it packs a microphone on its head, an IR sensor on its forehead, LED eyes, IR transmitters in the pupils, an LED mode indicator on its stomach, and a speaker on its rear. MiP comes with a circular plastic tray that attaches to its stomach, and a display stand to prop it up when it's turned off.

Party Guests Rave About LED Art Glass.
October 28, 2014
  Pompano Beach, Florida (PRWEB) October 28, 2014         When Bill and Stephanie threw a party shortly after their new LED art glass sculpture became the focal point of their home, "everyone raved about the glass," Stephanie said.         The homeowners entertain mainly in the bar, kitchen and living room areas of their Florida Keys home. Three plain glass windows separated the two areas but added nothing to the interior design of the home. It is the perfect spot for the LED art glass to light up, change colors and be enjoyed from both sides.           Glass artist Peter Edward Jurgens of Krystal Glass Company created the LED art glass of a swordfish swimming underwater on a 100" long piece of etched and carved glass illuminated with multicolored LED lights. He replaced the old interior windows that separated the entertainment areas. The homeowners and their guests can enjoy the enormous LED art glass sculpture from any of the living areas of the home. The glass around the swordfish design was left clear so you can see through it whether in the bar area or the kitchen and living room on the other side.

HERNON Manufacturing Announces AVA Automotive as New Distributor.
October 27, 2014
  Sanford, Fl (PRWEB) October 27, 2014         HERNON Manufacturing, Inc., the innovator in adhesives, sealants and dispensing equipment is pleased to announce its newest edition to its team of distributors, a Turkish company, named AVA Automotive.

Zvox SoundBase 570
October 22, 2014
If you want to add quality sound to your HDTV, you have a few options. You can get a separate set of speakers to arrange around your screen and living room. You can get a soundbar to place in front your HDTV. Or you can get a speaker slab that serves as an unobtrusive stand for your screen while providing the power and clarity you need. The Zvox SoundBase 570 is one such slab, and while it's not quite as thin or invisible as some others we've seen, its sound quality more than makes up for it, earning our Editors' Choice award. The $399.99 speaker system puts out excellent audio for movies and music without the need of a separate subwoofer, and sports built-in Bluetooth on top of the usual wired inputs. It's a scaled-up, wireless-capable successor to the Zvox SoundBase 555, which itself was one of the first speaker slabs to come out.

Vizio M322i-B1
October 22, 2014
Small HDTVs don't have to boast small feature sets. Vizio's M-series of LED-backlit 1080p screens boast generous online services through Vizio Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus) and well-designed and functional remotes. Unfortunately, for all of its features, the $299.99 32-inch M322i-B1 we tested doesn't satisfy where it counts: picture quality. It also doesn't present a very good deal; $300 might seem inexpensive for an HDTV, but for $330 you can pick up the 40-inch version of the Editors' Choice TCL FS4610R Roku TV which boasts a superior picture and just as much connectivity. Design Vizio's M322i HDTV has a thin, quarter-inch black plastic bezel surrounded by a silver-gray plastic band. Apart from the small silver-gray plastic tag with the Vizio logo protruding from the bottom right, the M322i's front is featureless.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
October 22, 2014
Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus 2 performs about as well as our previous Editors' Choices, the Adonit Jot Touch and Adobe's Ink and Slide combo. Yet, it's a little more comfortable, and it's not as easy to accidentally press the shortcut buttons, either, which are minor, but important factors to consider. For $40 less than the Jot Touch and $120 less than the Ink and Slide, combined with an impressive library of compatible apps, the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is our new Editors' Choice for iPad styli. Design and Features Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is a 5.6-inch stylus with a 0.4-inch diameter at its thinnest point at the top. It tapers down to about a 0.8-inch diameter at the grip, which makes it very comfortable to use. The top half of the stylus is made of a dark gray-colored plastic, while the bottom half is a slightly rubberized black plastic, with a chrome ring towards the tip to accent the design. At 0.7 ounces, it's exactly the same weight as Adonit's Jot Touch, but the Adonit is a bit top-heavy compared with the Wacom, which feels more balanced and adds to its comfort.

'The Indian growth in LED lighting should reflect global growth'
October 16, 2014
Venugopal Koka, Director of Electrical and Lighting Marketing for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. Through its global Innovative Plastics business, SABIC offers LED makers an extensive portfolio of speciality resins and compounds. SABIC's technology centre in Bengaluru offers capabilities for the lighting industry. Venugopal Koka spoke to Debdeep Chakraborty on the Indian LED lighting market.

New Products
October 01, 2014
High resolution image capture The LED IC200 intraoral camera features an image res olution of768x494 pixels for high-quality images, as well as eight LED lights for uniform illumination and observation of distal areas. Other features include touchcapture acquisition, direct USB plug-in, an ergonomic design and open-architecture workflow.


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