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Drone Attacks Hack Smart Lightbulbs

 

Hackers have recently used a drone to target a set of Philips light bulbs in an office tower, infecting the bulbs with a virus that let the attackers turn the lights on and off, and flash an “SOS” message in Morse code.

 

The attack relied on a weakness in a common wireless radio protocol called ZigBee that Philips (PHG, -0.85%) uses to make its Hue light bulbs part of an online network. The revelation comes at a time of growing concern over how the so-called Internet of things, in which ordinary devices are controlled via an online network, can turn hostile. ZigBee contains a flaw that can allow hackers to infect a lightbulb with a virus, which then spreads to other bulbs in the network. A video (shown above) of a drone with a USB stick hovers near Philips light bulbs in order to take control of them, and forces them to blink on and off.

 

Philips was alerted to the vulnerability and a patch was issued, but future hacking in this digital age of “smart” items is simply inevitable.

 

sources: fortune, theverge

Pantone Presents Prince’s Purple

 

The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute, recently announced the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince. The purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture.

 

Prince’s association with the color purple was galvanized in 1984 with the release of the film Purple Rain, along with its Academy Award-winning soundtrack featuring the eponymous song. While the spectrum of the color purple will still be used in respect to the “Purple One,” Love Symbol #2, will be the official color across the brand he left behind.

 

The ‘Purple One’ made a statement and challenged cultural norms through both his well-known music and personal style. In addition to the Oscar, Prince won seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Purple Rain. Both “Purple Rain” and “1999” were entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the very first year he was eligible.

 

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

 

sources: pantone, wikimedia

Thousands of Rome’s historical images digitized

 

A team including Stanford researchers digitized thousands of pieces from 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani’s collection to help scholars across the world study Rome’s transformation over the centuries.

 

The exhibit, which recently went online, consists of almost 4,000 digitized drawings, prints, photographs and sketches of historic Rome from the 16th to 20th centuries. The pieces were collected by renowned Roman archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani, who sought to document the entire history of Rome’s archeology up to the end of the 19th century.

 

After Lanciani’s death in 1929, his library, which contains more than 21,000 items, was sold to the Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (Italy’s National Institute of Archaeology and Art History) in Rome. Before now, reviewing the archive was much more difficult. It required a visit to the historic 15th-century Palazzo Venezia in central Rome. Lanciani’s collection is on the fourth floor and in its own dedicated room, which is open for only a few hours during weekdays. Only one folder from the collection can be viewed at a time.

 

Supported by a 2015 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the team partnered with Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the National Institute to scan and create high-resolution images of each of the thousands of materials in the collection. Each digital object was categorized and tied to a descriptive set of data, so it could be properly stored and searched online. The digital images and all associated descriptions are now permanently preserved in the Stanford Digital Repository.

 

 

 

 

 

source: stanford

From Zigong City to Milwaukee

 

Milwaukee’s China Lights 2017 festival will feature nearly 50 handmade, brilliantly lighted, giant-sized lantern displays. Each themed lantern display will be made up of more than 1,000 components. Some of the exhibits will include animation. Lanterns will range in size from about three feet to three stories high. The celebration will include two stages for Chinese folk-culture performances, two dining areas, and six new food vendors with a variety of Asian and Western menu options.

 

As part of China’s five-year economic plan, in 2015 the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce developed a campaign to spread Chinese traditional culture and promote cultural exchange. The custom of lighting lanterns has occurred for thousands of years, and Zigong City now boasts 380 lantern-making companies with 80,000 lantern artisans. More than 100,000 visitors are expected September 22 – October 22 at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, WI. (Photos shown are from last year’s 2016 festival.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: urbanmilwaukee

Niagara Upgrades to LED

 

The nighttime illumination of Niagara Falls recently unveiled LED lighting upgrade that replaces a 20-year-old halogen system.

 

As noted by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, the LED enhancement — price tag: $4 million or about $3.1 million USD — will reduce related energy costs by as much as 60 percent (the new lights consume 52 killowatts of energy compared to the 126 kW used by the halogens) while illuminating the falls with a vastly larger spectrum of colors that are noticeably richer and more robust. As for the intensity and quality of the kaleidoscopic light itself, the LED luminaires shine anywhere from three to 14 times brighter than their incandescent predecessors depending on the color being projected. Compared to the previous bulbs, which sported a 1,900-hour lifespan, the LEDs will shine bright for up to 25 years.

 

The new lighting system will consist of 1400 individual luminaires broken into 350 zones of control across both falls. Each individual control zone is equipped with separate Red, Green, Blue and White LED luminaires (RGBW). When used together these separate colored RGBW luminaires will mix on the falls to create endless color combinations. The use of White LED’s in the color mixing scheme will allow one to move between deeply saturated colors to subtle hues of color to allow for more natural looking effects.

 

Over 185,000 feet of conductors will connect the 1400 individual luminaires to five 10 feet tall racks of individually addressed controllable drivers. The remote mounted drivers are indoors and easily accessible reducing the need for servicing drivers that would otherwise be internal to the luminaires out in the field.

 

 

sources: mnn, wikipedia

What is the floor saying today?

 

Philips Lighting and Tarkett recently introduced the launch of Luminous vinyl flooring. The vinyl tiles are embedded with cutting-edge LED technology that enables retailers to advertise, interact with customers and guide them through any store or building. The expressive flooring, principally aimed at retail and hospitality environments, enables the broadcast of luminous messages, animations and adverts on the vinyl floor to provide unique customer experiences and help drive sales.

 

“Increasingly light is being embedded into floors, walls and ceilings. This latest innovation with Tarkett extends this trend and offers new ways to engage shoppers, visitors and employees. Light can be used to welcome and guide people, alert them to special offers and even advertise to them. When connected to the web all kind of dynamic real-time information can be displayed and remote access allows the retailer to program multiple branches,” says Dr. Bernd Voelpel, General Manager Luminous at Philips Lighting.

 

 

 

 

source: philips

Illuminating Vancouver

 

Illumination Vancouver International Summer Night Market claims to be the largest light show in North America. Event organizers anticipate more than 300,000 people will attend this year’s massive festivities, which will stretch across 200,000 square feet of space and include live performances, more than 200 food and merchandise vendors, and thousands of glimmering lights. Running now through September 10, 2017.

 

 

 

source: illuminationBC

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms on Tour

 

Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. Her legendary 65-year career of multi-reflective installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings has left people in awe.

 

In 1965, Kusama began utilizing mirrors to transcend the physical limitations of her own productivity and achieve the repetition that is crucial to her paintings and Accumulations. Sculptural, architectural, and performative, these installations blur the line between artistic disciplines and create a participatory experience by casting the visitor as the subject of the work.

 

Focusing on the evolution of her immersive “Infinity Mirror Rooms,” the most significant North American tour of Kusama’s work in nearly two decades began at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (23 February – 14 May 2017) before travelling to its current home … Seattle Art Museum (30 June – 10 September 2017), Followed by The Broad in Los Angeles (October 2017 – January 2018), Art Gallery of Ontario (March – May 2018) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (July – October 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

 

sources: seattleartmuseum, yayoi-kusama

 

Street-embedded pedestrian lights

 

The Netherlands is shaping up to become the world leader in street-embedded pedestrian lights. The town of Bodegraven began a pilot project testing LED traffic signals in the sidewalks. The latest project involves strips of colored lights deployed at the border of the sidewalk and intersection. Glowing green or red, the lights will let pedestrians know when to walk or stop.

 

The idea is that since the illuminated lines are right in the pavement, they’ll be seen by texting walkers with their heads down. Right now, the LED strips are only being tested at a single intersection, but its designers at local company HIG Traffic Systems see the potential for future expansion.

 

This comes several months after the village of Eerbeek installed glowing crosswalks. Lighted Zebra Crossing replaced the usual light-reflecting paint with illuminated light boxes, making them practically unmissable for approaching drivers.

 

Connected directly to a city’s existing streetlight system or solar panels, the rugged lighting strips draw very little power and can be embedded directly in the road’s asphalt or pavers. The system can also be augmented by adding a range of sensors measuring the number—and speed—of walkers and vehicles crossing it.

 

 

source: curbed

A Garden Sphere That Feeds A Neighborhood

 

Space10, an Ikea lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs, recently released open source plans for The Growroom, a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. The Growroom was designed by Space10 and architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum.

 

From Taipei to Helsinki and from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco, the original version of The Growroom sparked interest and people requested to either buy or exhibit The Growroom. But it didn’t make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping it across oceans and continents. That is why Space10 released The Growroom as open source design and encourage people to build their own locally as a way to bring new opportunities to life. Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.

 

Digital fabrication has made state-of-the-art factory tools accessible for ordinary people. A new generation of technologies such as 3D additive and subtractive manufacturing to laser cutting and surface-mount manufacture is available to the public in fab labs and maker spaces in any major city.

 

This mean most people — in theory — could produce almost anything themselves. Just as printers are now ubiquitous; local and on-demand, customized production could become the norm of the future. All you then need to build it, is two rubber hammers, 17 sheets of ply wood and a visit to your local fab lab or maker space with a CNC milling machine. The design focuses on making the assembly easy and intuitive for anyone to handle, and The Growroom is produced from only one material, making it accessible and affordable for most communities.

 

 

source: Space10