The Daily Lamp – The Peel Light, from Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto

Today’s Daily Lamp rocks harder than others I almost picked for today.  Meet the Peel Light from Japanese designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto:


From Naoki Ono’s product page on the Peel Light:

A wall light that looks as if a corner of a wall were peeling and light was leaking therefrom. OLED is used to make the light source as thin as possible and the electric cable is let to stay along a corner of walls so that it doesn’t stand out. It can be fixed to the wall with a hook.

Category : Wall light
Material : OLED, PMMA
Dimensions : H430 W335 D63 mm
Year : 2012

I love this thing!  Now I want one in all four corners of my studio, each with independent color control and intensity!




Therefrom indeed.  Therefrom indeed.

The Daily Lamp – HullOled from TSG Essempio, OLED by Philips

This is a Daily Lamp that really kinda blows my mind!


Meet the HullOled from TSG Essempio, a Dutch firm that just totally blew my mind with their awesome design for an OLED chandelier of sorts, all based on the skeleton of a ship’s hull!  This thing is great:


The HullOled is sporting ten of Philips’ LumiBlade OLED panels, which, in this configuration, are just unbelievably cool!  Not that they’re not awesome on their own, but this design is just stunning.





My favorite Daily Lamp so far this week!

Thanks, Yanko!

Zeiss OLED Cinemizer Glasses

I just found this crazy article on Engadget about the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer glasses.  Have you seen these things?

(This image opens up HUGE if you want detail…)

So these are OLED, HD glasses with some pretty interesting specs.  They’re only pre-ordering now, but they’re pre-ordering for 649 Euro.  That’s about 851.55 USD.  I’m guessing that they’re gonna be about 850 bucks cool.

A video demo of the Zeiss Cinemizers:

From the pre-order site – for $850+ you get:

Cinemizer OLED with battery
Cinemizer HDMI adapter – 720p / 1080p (2D / 3D)
Nose pads plus 2 matching items
USB cable
AV video cable
Quick Guide and safety handling
Travel case
HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable Adapter

Some tech specs on the Cinemizers:

HDMI: 720p, 1080p and 3D (Frame Packing)
video-capable iPod and iPhone models (component, composite)
AV-in: yellow RCA cable (composite video, PAL / NTSC)

Diopter adjustment:
each eye separately adjustable from -5 to +2 diopters
the lens supporting a pupil distance of 59 – 69mm

Screen resolution:
High resolution 870 x 500 OLED display for each eye

(FOV engl.: Field of View):
30 degrees – equivalent to a 40-inch (102 cm) large image in 2 meters distance
16:9 widescreen

Power supply:
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB charging
voltage : 5 V, current consumption: 450mA

Light source:
LED class 1

Battery life:
Battery life of up to 6 hours when fully charged Battery charge time 2.5 hours

battery box 80 g weight on the nose 80 g glasses total about
120 g package approx 1000 g

Mini-USB for charging the internal battery
3.5 mm audio jack for external stereo-headphone jack
3.5 mm AV (4-pin) for connecting external video sources

environmental conditions:
Operation at 5 ° C to 35 ° C storage and transport at -20 ° C to 60 ° C
humidity 10-90%, noncondensing

I always get such a kick out of product marketing imagery.  For example, I like to call this next one “Hey sweetheart, we’re gonna yank out several of your teeth now, here’s some Cinemizers to help you ignore the fact that you have a dentist standing on your shoulders trying to yank your toofs out!”

Very cool.

Thanks for the original article, Engadget!


Sarah Fox’s OLED Lighting Survey – Help Her Out, Everybody!

Good morning everyone!

So, it’s about that time of the morning where you’re probably on your Nth cup of coffee and are in need of another.  Well, that’s how it is for me, anyway!  Instead of doing that stupid Facebook survey to find out how many crazy Siberian monkeys are playing Cribbage on that northbound train into Manhattan, do a reader a favor and take her OLED Lighting in Architecture and Interior Design Survey!

Sarah Fox is almost finished with her MSc in Light and Lighting at University College in London, and she is conducting the survey for her thesis research .  Help her out, won’tcha?

While you’re at it, check out Sarah’s portfolio.  Good stuff, Sarah!

Wow, That’s An UNSMASHABLE AMOLED Display!

Ok, whoa.  Check out this video first – whoever that is in the video just put a mallet to that AMOLED display!

That’s Samsung’s AMOLED display – the one being shown there is their prototype.  It’s 2.8 inches, has a resolution of 166ppi, weighs a shade under 0.29g, and is 20 microns thin.  Holy crap, Samsung!  Apparently it’s smashproof, and you can bend it without seeing any display change.

AMOLEDs are pretty interesting – AMOLED means active matrix organic light emitting diode.  From my favorite OLED news site, OLED-INFO:

Active matrix (AM) OLED displays stack cathode, organic, and anode layers on top of another layer – or substrate – that contains circuitry. The pixels are defined by the deposition of the organic material in a continuous, discrete “dot” pattern. Each pixel is activated directly: A corresponding circuit delivers voltage to the cathode and anode materials, stimulating the middle organic layer. AM OLED pixels turn on and off more than three times faster than the speed of conventional motion picture film – making these displays ideal for fluid, full-motion video.

This type of stacking of the molecules creates something that is actually pretty impressive – a display that has a higher perceived luminance (meaning it does actually appear brighter) compared to current technology, and the viewing angle is WAY better than current gear.

Check out this video on Samsung’s Super AMOLED – it’s a GREAT explanation on the topic!

Thanks, OLED-INFO!

Sony Develops A Rollable LED Display

That’s totally right. I just found this video of Sony’s rollable OLED display technology in action. A step in the direction of weird and awesome.

Rock Yourself Some Light – The Murakami Rocking Chair


I am 31 – but I love rocking chairs.  That’s not to insinuate that only old people rock, don’t get me wrong.  When I was a kid, my parents had one of those old, heavy, thick rocking chairs that you could literally rock yourself to sleep in, and the slight reclining shape of the chair makes life that much more sweet.  Rochus Jacob has produced a design for a rocking chair that not only lets you rock comfortably, but also allows you generate energy with your rocking motion that is then released via the integrated lighting fixture above the chair.  It’s called the Murakami Rocking Chair.

The light fixture mounted on the chair is a reading lamp of sorts, made out of an OLED source.  The dynamic energy generation technology is built into the skids of the chair, along with a battery pack that collects the energy when you’re rocking in the daylight.


The designer recently had this to say about the design:

I was looking for opportunities to generate energy through activities we naturally do. The final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. Complexity is covered by simplicity. Advanced nano-dynamo technology which is built in to the skids of the chair and more efficient light sources such as the newly developed OLED generation makes it possible to build a rocking chair with a reading lamp running on electricity generated from the rocking motion. During daylight the energy gets stored in a battery pack. The construction of the flat and bendable organic light emitting diodes allows new form factors such as using the traditional shape of a lamp but instead of having a light bulb the lampshade himself turns out to be the light source. To have a drastic reduction of consumption the big challenge will be to make consuming less feel like getting more.


Thanks to HomeTone, Designboom, and No. 18htn!

Art Lebedev’s Optimux Maximus Programmable OLED Keyboard



I have written about a few really cool devices and gadgets to come out of Art Lebedev’s studio in past months.  My friend Tatiana from the KTH program just recently told me about an Art Lebedev Studio design called Optimus Maximus – a programmable, fully customizable OLED keyboard that gives you the ability to have kazillions of keyboard layouts at the touch of your finger.  Video on a key, images on a key, text on a key – whatever you can dream up.

Want to have a Photoshop shortcuts keyboard?


How about an Asian keyboard?  Cyrillic?  Greek?  Arabic?  How about a magical new language that you invented from pictures of a sumo wrestler from thin to fat to thin, or a series of photographs of various stages of a Cheeto in digestion?



Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard is pretty awesome.  I can imagine what my HogPC keyboard layout would be, and how many different layouts I would have on that thing in the first day – AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, Illustrator, all of the Office products that I use regularly – the ability to switch from one layout to another easily makes my designer mouth water.

The Optimus Maximus keyboard also comes with a manager/creator software that allows you to customize your layout and save them as formatted files – resolution is 48X48 pixels at 10 frames per second (if you’re doing video).  The keyboard itself has an SD slot on the rear for storing layout files, two USB ports, a mount for a K-lock, USB power and DC power inputs:


How much would you think a virtually unlimited collection of keyboard layouts cost?  Well, it’s about 44,000 Rubles, $1692.31 USD, or €1257.14 Euro.  But it is pretty awesome.  Someday I will be able to afford one.


I Guess We’re Going to Spend $3 Mil On OLEDs for Military Equipment

A company called eMagin has gotten more millions to work on some OLED technology.  It’s not going into illumination for buildings, medical technology, or anything like that – it’s going to make some new night vision goggles for the military.  Oh well, I guess we’ll advance the OLED technology somehow.  We borrow all kinds of technology from the military, so I suppose getting OLED research kicking by pouring cash into military spending is better than not spending the money on OLEDs at all, right?


Here’s a press release from Mid-Hudson News on the story:

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Hall says the House approved of $3 million in additional funding for development of next-generation night vision goggles for American troops.  The money has been placed in the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill, which now must win Senate approval.

The technology is being developed by eMagin Corporation in the IBM East Fishkill campus.

The project has previously received $2.4 million, which Hall secured in 2007.

eMagin Corporation will use the federal money to continue to develop Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, towards the goal of a more powerful OLED micro-display device to replace currently used night vision goggles that require bulky equipment.

“eMagin is developing technology that will provide radically better night vision equipment for our troops. This is cutting-edge defense technology that will be made right here in the Hudson Valley,” said Hall. “Continuing federal assistance to this project will provide lifesaving new equipment to our troops overseas, while helping create and maintain high tech jobs in the region.”

Is there any way to create some high tech jobs in the region in something other than military technology? Anyone?  Congressman Hall, just out of curiosity, do you stand to benefit from this at all, besides your district getting some gigs?  I’m just curious.  I mean, besides – politics is always about the people, right?

Thanks for the heads up on this, OLED-Info.

HILARIOUS Ad for the NKK OLED Switch

NKK SmartSwitch

One of my most trusted OLED sources posted a video from NKK switches about their fully programmable OLED SmartSwitch a few weeks ago – I’m just now getting to see it.  Specs on the switch from OLED-Info:

The OLED SmartSwitch and SmartDisplay are programmable pushbutton switches and displays that feature a programmable and changeable OLED module with 65,536 colors in 16 bit mode, and 256 colors in 8 bit mode. Both devices are capable of displaying full-motion video.

The OLED SmartSwitch and SmartDisplay are emissive devices operated by commands and data supplied via the SPI communications protocol. The switch is capable of 64RGB x 48 pixel resolution and the display 52RGB x 36. The wide viewing area of the switch is 15.5mm x 11.6mm (horizontal x vertical) and the display is 12.9mm x 9.9mm (horizontal x vertical).

I also found a product video on the OLED SmartSwitch on the NKK website, but it’s a little less hilarious: