An LED Surgical Headlight Camera System?

A good friend and emergency room doctor asked me one time – “can you design an LED high-output head-mounted fixture that I can use in the ER to look into areas of the body?”  My friend’s question came out of the fact that apparently the existing head-mounted illuminators used in hospitals and doctor’s offices across the world are not necessarily the most convenient of apparatus to use.  Most of them are also not made of LED sources, like this one:

Doesn’t this seem like a perfect opportunity for a high output cold white LED?

As I look at this image above that I got via a trade publication in the medical industry, I have to wonder what a high power source like Xenon is doing being used in an application like this when LED tech could easily be utilized.  LEDs are also being used in several facets of the medical industry, including some of the large medical tasklights found in operating rooms and examination rooms.

Looking at this design, I had to ask myself why an S-video connection and composite is being used to send camera data instead of something digital like DVI or HDMI.  Obviously there is no audio in this setup nor would there need to be.  My concern is detail – if you’re looking at parts of the body that need examining after the fact, wouldn’t the best idea be to have your device outputting something HD?  I’m probably looking at this medical technology and wondering how I could incorporate it into entertainment lighting or some effed up fascination like that.

My guess is that an LED source would make the cost of this device a hell of a lot less expensive, too.  It would certainly last a lot longer!

Don’t worry, Welch Allyn, I’m not picking on you!

Barcelona Does Something with Civil Lighting That All Municipalities Should Do

Barcelona, Spain has added some intelligent planning to some of their street lighting – they’ve added sensors and detectors to sense the presence of people passing through an area.  Coupled with LED sources for illumination, the city of Barcelona shuts off lighting to certain sections of the city when not being traversed at that specific second.  The city is expected to save 30% on civil lighting costs.

The Good website posted a video about this project – check it out below:

Luxim’s Light Emitting Plasma + A Hydrogen Fuel Cell = Win

More news out of our favorite high output lamp technology from Luxim – a hydrogen fuel cell paired with Luxim’s Light-Emitting Plasma technology made its appearance at a celebrity gathering lately, debuting the first mobile fuel cell powered entertainment lighting application.

Check out the press release:

FUEL CELL-POWERED MOBILE LIGHTING SYSTEM FEATURING LUXIM’S LIGHT EMITTING PLASMA TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED AT ACADEMY AWARDS®

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Mar. 23, 2010—At the Academy Awards® ceremony held earlier this month, a new mobile lighting system incorporating Light Emitting Plasma™ (LEP) from LUXIM and a clean hydrogen fuel cell was deployed at the celebrity gathering, infusing the festivities with a brighter, cleaner sparkle.  The novel mobile unit was recently developed by a team of collaborators as a more efficient alternative to traditional technologies powered by diesel fuel generators.  In addition to LUXIM, the team consisted of Sandia National LaboratoriesThe Boeing Company, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Altergy SystemsMultiquip Inc., and others.

The use of the new system marks a major departure for this kind of high-intensity entertainment lighting application.  Up to now, mobile lighting units were powered by diesel fuel generators that produce carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot, making them less than ideal for the environment.  Before this technology arrived, mobile lighting units typically consumed 4.4 kilowatts.  The LEP system consumes only about 2.3 kilowatts for the same light output, a reduced power requirement that saves energy and increases the system duration (operational time between refills).

Said Geoff Browne, LUXIM’s Vice President of Sales, “It’s a thrill to see our technology deployed at such a high-profile venue.  The fuel cell mobile system featuring LEP is an especially good fit for the entertainment industry.  It meets film production sound levels, maintains zero exhaust emissions and can be used for indoor and outdoor film shoots.  But beyond the novelty of deployment at a highly visible Hollywood entertainment event, LEP is gaining steady adoption in multiple other important commercial venues like street and area, and general lighting.   It’s simply the most powerful, efficient and cleanest light source for new-generation high-intensity applications.”

LUXIM is the world leader in Light Emitting Plasma technology, having shipped more than 50,000 products under its LiFi™ brand.  These products are used in applications as varied as projection display, medical instruments and entertainment lighting.  In each application the technology has brought dramatic improvements in efficiency, life and color quality.  LUXIM is now bringing the benefits of Light Emitting Plasma technology to the area lighting market with the goal of playing a meaningful role in reducing the planet’s energy consumption and abating climate change.

LIFI and LEP are trademarks of LUXIM.  Other names used in this press release are trademarks of the parties indicated.

To learn more about LUXIM and LiFi, please visit www.luxim.com.

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#GaffDressChallenge is Getting Down to Business

Have you been watching Twitter lately for news on the #GaffDressChallenge?  The 2010 Gaff Dress Challlenge is coming to a convention in Kansas City (March 31-April 3), and it is going to be crazy.  CRAZY, I say.  BMI Supply‘s booth on the expo floor (booth 1010) is where the action will be going down.

Here’s what we got so far – both of the competitors for the 2010 Challenge are bringing it:

Game ON.

Austin’s Solar Sunflowers

A while ago I wrote about the Solar Sunflowers that are installed on the rear end of a retail park in Austin.  They’re large beautiful structures that you can see on I-35 as you drive by a certain Home Depot.  Here’s the aerial view:

I have always wanted to see these things up close and personal, so when Leia and I were driving down I-35 to hook up with some friends for SXSW we sort of spotted them from the highway.  It’s pretty fantastic to see something like this after you’ve researched it – the experience was awesome.  It’s also nice to be able to have a light nerd freakout around my wife.

The photovoltaics for these units are built into the structure of each of the 15 flowers; they in themselves are functioning art.  During the day, the sun shines through the PV material, which has some blue poly edges that create beautiful blue light in the shadows.  At night the sunflowers’ stamen-like LED arrays illuminate the face of the PV panel with deep blue light.  Beautiful!

Austin’s Solar Sunflower Garden, off off I-35 – JimOnLight.com from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

High End Systems Rocks the Face Off of Pure Volume at SXSW 2010

I was chilling with my wife and Josh Benton (you know, the guy who runs the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard) during the “Fray Cafe” event at the Red Eyed Fly at SXSW last weekend.  In comes Adam DeWitt (@xedmada) to have a beer because I posted my status on GoWalla, and all of the sudden I was on the way over to the Pure Volume venue in Austin to meet up with Craig Burross from High End Systems.

That’s like a freaking lighting nerd’s dream.  So, I walk into Pure Volume with Adam, and there is truss everywhere.  The venue has a very low ceiling, so Craig Burross and his team had installed some very interesting configurations in the club.  I was very impressed.  High End Systems, I heart you so much.

Cameron Gordon was busking as the lighting director at the venue.  Nice work, Cameron!

I know the fixture counts I have won’t be accurate – but it was a Hog III and wing, 12 ShowPix, 6 ShowGuns, and 6 Cyberlight 2’s.  Oh, and a bunch of DL3’s.  The Cyberlight 2.0 is a <expletive> fantastic fixture.  The industry needs a great scanner – Cyber 2.0 is where my money is going.  That fixture has been awesome since it was first released.  You and your huge creative brain, Richard Belliveau!

I made a little video of some of the lighting inside Pure Volume – check it out!

Jim Hutchison’s 20×2 Presentation at SXSW 2010

I have missed my blog.  I have been so incredibly busy working on a secret project to be released soon, working for CAST Software, and researching posts for JimOnLight.com.  I don’t remember being this busy, even when I was trying to light a show and write my Master’s thesis.  I hope that everyone is doing great, and that your 2010 has been stellar thus far!

This last weekend I went down to South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX – I presented at the tenth anniversary show for 20×2 – twenty speakers had two minutes to answer one question.  This year’s question was “Who Loves Ya Baby?” and there were twenty absolutely excellent presentations.  Kevin Newsum, Jeff Rider, Mark Couvillion, and Mike Stephens as MC really put on an awesome show to a standing room only house.  Gentlemen, thanks for inviting me!

I made a video presentation, rented some LED wash fixtures, pointed them up at the ceiling, and lit up the club with colored light, busking along to the presentation.  I’ve included two videos below – the first video is the actual video presentation, and the second video is of the performance itself.  Watch the first video to see the content, because the performance video is a little blossomy with the white contrast.

I hope you enjoy the videos!  That was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in the last few years!

The video presentation:

The performance video:

SXSW This Weekend – Who’s Going?

What’s up, everybody?  Throw your hands in the ay-aa if you’re working long we-eeks:

[waving]

The major question:
Who is going to be in Austin this weekend, who is going to be hanging out at SXSW, and what time are we getting together and what night?!  It’s hopefully gonna be a whirlwind weekend full of win.

If you’re in Austin this weekend and want to try and meet up, I’m gonna be trying to keep up with my tour of the town on Gowalla and at @jimonlight on Twitter.  Spontaneous moments of drinking and revelry are always and often appreciated.

On Monday, March 14 – 20×2!  I’m pretty excited about my presentation.  I’ll be posting it after the night is over.  So much anticipation!