Mercedes-Benz Digital Light LED headlights display messages on the road

With more than one million micromirrors per headlight, Mercedes-Benz Digital Light HD headlights do much more than just illuminate the highway.

Drivers can project messages on the road in front of a car equipped with the new headlights. The lights can also project navigation guides and road conditions or traffic warning symbols.

Digital Light onboard computers control the HD headlights, which are available in limited quantity for Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedans. The car shown in the images and video that accompany this article is the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4Matic, which has a $168,600 U.S. starting list price.

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New 3D printing technology will put electronics into just about everything

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3D printed LED

Electronics, like antennas and batteries can be 3D printed. But LED’s and semiconductors have been elusive. You would need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they’ll fit. A team of Princeton researchers recently solved this problem, however.

 

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India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

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India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency.

Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure is aimed at households and energy efficiency.

 

 

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New LED light technology sheds light on the future of food

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LED growing lights, delivering sunlight whatever the weather.

This century, the challenges of growing enough food to feed the world have grown more severe. We need to feed more people with limited agricultural land and resources. We need to make better use of land, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population. And we need to incorporate zero-waste and low-energy technologies into the task of food production. (Video)

 

 

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Philips intelligent store lighting can track shoppers

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Philips has announced that it is piloting a system in which LED store lamps track shoppers. Shoppers would first have to download the store’s app. Once they do, every lamp in the store is able to communicate with the shoppers’ phones using pulses of light the human eye can’t detect. The lamps know whether someone is in the produce section or the peanut butter aisle… and in response, the app can call up killer deals on bananas or jelly, depending.

 

 

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Lighting controls market will grow $5.3 billion by 2020

A room at the Volkswagen research and design facility uses an LED lighting control system.

The lighting controls market has taken off.  Commercial networked lighting systems will grow from $1.7 billion in 2012 to more than $5.3 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Navigant Research.

 

 

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World’s first car with voice-activated LED projection dashboard

Dashboards have played an integral role in how we interact with our cars, at least since the 1980’s. The switches, knobs and dedicated displays housed below (and sometimes on) our windshields keep us tuned in to the world around us. (Pics)

 

 

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AlgaeBulb lights up with green algae

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Designer Gyula Bodonyi has harnessed the power of green algae in a light bulb. Algae projects have already been seen powering power entire buildings, but Bodonyi’s concept brings green power to the public on a more user-friendly scale. With the Algaebulb, algae powers a single LED activated by a tiny air pump and hydrophobic material able to create a teeny-tiny power house for light. (photos)

 

 

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