Another Android-based TV from Korea

Android 55″ LCD TV

Korean company NCPG announced its new line of LED HDTVs based on Android 1.5. The TVs will equiped with an ARM 833MHz Cortex 8A processor, USB port, HDMI, S-Video port, D-Sub, DVI and Component inputs, Ethernet port (not sure about WiFi).

The line will be includes 42″, 47″ and 55″ models. There is no any other information about price, availability or tech spec.

DIY: LED Door Lock Status Indicator

LED Door Lock Status Indicator Hack

Cool solution to show the status of door lock is given by Martin Howell. He uses a standard micro switch, mounted on to an aluminium plate which is screwed to the inside of the opening in the door frame where the lock tongue goes in, two LED lights and CAT5 wiring for each switch. The wires come from the ‘engine room’ where server and all network stuff are located and carrier power from a central 12v power supply to the LEDs. Using CAT5 he receives the status of each lock to the central place. It’s passed to the HomeSeer server via Ocelot. As result the status of the door lock can be viewed from touchscreen panel or system will say about it via SONOS players using text-to-speech software.

Simple and cheap solution but it’ll help you to make your house more secure. Sure such approach can be used for new house with more then one door (my friend has three plus garage). There is a possibility to install door/window sensors but they can indicate open the door or window or not. The status of the lock is unknown in that case. You can use “smart” locks such Schlage LiNK but it’s too expensive than the Martin’s solution.

Smartbulbs from Sharp

Sharp LED bulb

Sharp is going to release its new series of LED bulbs in Japan next moth. It includes 7 different shades and and remote control. The 560-lumen bulb has a classic design and provides very natural white light with desire shade. It consumes very little energy, about 4.1 or 7.5 watts, and provides about 4 – 5 years of constant use. Finally it’s completely quiet and lights up immediately to maximum brightness.

The Sharp LED bulb is priced at $40 for the non-adjustable model and at $82 for the ones the color can be adjusted via remote control.

[via Unplggd]

Super thin and green HDTVs at CES 2009

Here is a few models of super thin Full HD TVs demonstrated on CES 2009. The first one is Panasonic’s 0.33-inch thick Neo Eco Plasma. Additionally to its amazing thickness it utilizes 50% less energy than previous Panasonic models.

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LED Dimmer by Lutron

LED Dimmer by Lutron

Lutron presented its new Vierti LED Dimmer. It allows to adjust lighting levels at the touch of a finger. The control element looks like a single vertical bar of light divided into two sections. The small bottom section can be pressed to turn the light on and off, while the long top section controls the light’s intensity. The Vierti looks clean and intuitive with LED lights which provide an interactive display visually indicated the light’s current setting.

Vierti is available with LED lights in blue, white and green with wall plates in a selection of finishes. So, it brings precise control and a wonderful technical style to your modern house.

[via Trendir]