Real laser beams don’t behave like they do in science fiction. Instead of firing in short blasts, they appear as a single coherent beam of light. The Action Lab shows a simple way to achieve the sci-fi effect in camera using a spinning fan blade and by taking advantage of a digital camera’s rolling shutter effect.
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Canadian camouflage experts Hyperstealth Biotechnology has recently applied for patents on their technology which can bend light around an object to make it vanish from sight when placed in its sweet spot. The paper-thin screen could be used to hide military targets from ground-level threats. More on Vimeo.
If you thought the only way to bend a beam of light was with mirrors, you’d be wrong. MEL Chemistry shows off a few simple experiments you can do with a laser pointer and household items like oil, water, and salt, that demonstrate the nature of reflection and refraction. More here.
Improve your visibility and personal safety at night with these weather-resistant LED tags which clip onto clothes, bags, and shoes using magnets. Each one has four bright LEDs which can light up in solid or flashing modes, and runs for up to 70 hours between battery changes.
Transform any room into a tranquil spot for relaxation with this bright LED projector, which beams a moving wave of colorful patterns onto your ceiling. It offers 7 color modes, adjustable projection angle, and has a built-in speaker and MP3 player. Requires a USB power source.
A visually striking music video created by director Filip Sterckx and director of photography Filip Sterckx, in which the only source of light is a light bulb being swung about on a cord. By layering multiple frames in After Effects, they achieved a spellbinding result.
This prop chandelier measures about 6′ in diameter, yet weighs just 12.5 lb thanks to its zip-tie-together PVC construction. Comes with a dozen LED flicker candles. If you’re feeling crafty, you could build your own based on designer David Andora’s Instructables version.
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