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Nokero’s Solar Light Bulb – Light Sources for 1.6 Billion People

A company called Nokero has developed a very interesting product – a solar powered light bulb that is low cost, lasts for two years, is rainproof, and is made for outdoor usage and impoverished areas.  Charging it in the sun gives you about 4 hours of light – the idea behind the N-100 solar lamp is to replace the toxic and expensive uses of kerosene lamps in poor areas.  This is a very useful little light bulb – imagine having these in places like Haiti or Indonesia after the tsunami.

Check out this video, some images of the lamp, and some data – I am excited to hear more from this company!

About the N100 bulb:

  • Diameter: 70mm (2.76 inches)
  • Height: 125mm (4.92 inches)
  • Bulb Type: LEDs (5 count)
  • Power Source: Solar Panels
  • Battery: Replaceable NiMH
  • Battery Capacity: B45mAh
  • Battery Voltage: 1.2
  • Battery Life: about 2 years
  • Weather Resistant: Rainproof
  • Fully-Charged usage: more than 4 hours
  • Usage per 1 charge: more than 2 hours
  • Attachment: Safety Clip

RSC’s Lightlock – Stop Moving Lights from Moving Everything Else

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Have you seen this device or heard anything about it?  You’re looking at the RSC Lightlock – a device that uses physics to stop moving lights from wiggling the heck out of whatever they’re attached to – truss, battens, etc.  The Lightlock was developed with the intent of slowing the swing of trapeze-style hangers, and boy does it work – check out this test video of the Lightlock in action, and then it gets powered off.  Watch the difference:

Amazing.  From the RSC Lightlock website:

The main benefits of RSC Lightlock, the RSC’s lighting invention, are:

Creativity
The device enables the creative benefits of moving lights to be used in a broader variety of theatre, TV and film situations as it removes the need for heavy duty mounting infrastructure.

Flexibility
Use of lightweight rigging means that the moving light can be situated virtually anywhere and the halting of movement ensures that there are no ‘out of action’ moving lights.

Quiet Operation
The RSC Lightlock emits low noise levels, which allows its use during live performances.

Health and Safety
The RSC Lightlock reduces the need for bridges or trusses and therefore reduces the need for working at height when maintaining or adjusting a light.

Cost efficiency
Moving lights can be maintained at ground level by lowering the rig to where staff can safely maintain or adjust them. Avoiding working at height results in significant time savings for the entertainment industry.

Environmental
A lighting designer can choose to create the same design with a smaller rig, resulting in a cost saving and environmental benefit.

There’s a decent FAQ on the Lightlock website – I recommend checking it out if you want more information about the device. iSquint tells that Total Structures/Total Solutions will be manufacturing the device, which won a PLASA 2008 Award for Innovation. It’s not surprising that it was recognized for innovating – that thing is amazing.

As a special treat, here’s Patrick Stewart to present the Lightlock:

Thanks Erich and iSquint!

WYSIWYG Wins A PLASA 2009 Award for Innovation!

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Our beloved WYSIWYG won a PLASA Award for Innovation at Earl’s Court in London this last weekend – a well-deserved win for both Cast Lighting (and everyone who busts their rears there) and all of us WYSIWYG users.  WYSIWYG Release 24 has amazing real-time viz.  Amazing.  Render-quality amazing.  I am a fan after all, but I’ve used so many software suites over the years (from MiniCAD to Vectorworks to AutoCAD to SoftPlot to AGI32 to DiaLUX to Sketchup to you name it, I think I’ve used it), and as a lighting designer in no matter what genre of lighting, I still love my WYSIWYG.

From the PLASA Show website:

Cast Group of Companies, for the WYSIWYG R24. The plethora of LED display technology caused Cast to re-evaluate its design and visualisation software which has led to a significant redesign of the graphics engine and fixture attributes. It now allows the full visualisation of modern display technology including video and LED screens and their content.

From Entertainment Technology News:

From among 62 products entered, last night CAST Software walked away with a coveted PLASA09 Award for Innovation at Earls Court in London. The Award “recognises products which advance the industry by demonstrating a new style of thinking, improving technical practice, or taking a key step forward in terms of safety,” according to the Professional Lighting And Sound Association.

The Award was presented by Adam Afriyie MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills and was judged by a panel of eight independent judges drawn from across the industry. In making the Award, the judges explained: “the plethora of LED display technology caused CAST to re-evaluate its design and visualisation software which has led to a significant redesign of the graphics engine and fixture attributes. It now allows the full visualisation of modern display technology including video and LED screens and their content.”

Bruce Freeman, chairman of CAST Software and Gil Densham, president, accepted the Award at which time Freeman said, “WYSIWYG R24 is a total bottom-up rethink that delivers advances so revolutionary that they are ahead of the leading-edge! To assure that the system demands of the new features and visualisation in R24 are met with the same WYSIWYG speed and dependability, CAST designed and built a brand new proprietary engine. Now production professionals can model all the hottest new LED fixtures on a per diode basis and display them running in realtime. R24’s new visualisation incorporates the inverse square law feature and volumetric beams so WYSIWYG’s realtime Shaded View is really virtually real!”

Congratulations, Cast!