David Kirkpatrick

December 2, 2008

Philips, Dean Kamen and North Dumpling Island

The release:

Philips Illuminates World’s First LED Nation

North Dumpling Island to achieve net zero energy; converts exclusively to LED lighting

BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Battling today’s energy crisis with technology and ingenuity, North Dumpling Island will become an “off-grid” model of efficiency for others to follow — in part by adopting LED lighting.

The three-acre island off the Connecticut coast is owned by prolific inventor Dean Kamen, who has established North Dumpling as an independent nation – complete with its own constitution, flag and national anthem. When the U.S. Coast Guard cut electrical connectivity to the island’s lighthouse in favor of solar power, Kamen seized the opportunity to exclusively use renewable energy sources together with the latest technical innovations in lighting, water purification and appliances – many of which are his own inventions. As a result, the island will achieve net zero energy – meaning its energy use will be negated by its energy generation.

The fully converted and self-sustaining island will be unveiled in the Spring during a two-day fundraising event for FIRST, an organization founded by Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

“With increasing strain on our world’s energy resources, our goal is to make North Dumpling a small but prominent example of what can be achieved on a larger scale with today’s emerging energy-saving technologies. It’s an excellent demonstration of science and engineering as the antidote to the complex challenges of our time,” said Kamen. “The role of lighting alone as a chief energy drain has been well proven, and Philips’ LED lighting systems merge the best of technical innovation with societal benefit.”

Philips Color Kinetics will be the official lighting provider to the island. Installation is now underway and includes:

  —  Replacing incandescent sources with LED alternatives inside Kamen’s
      properties, cutting their lighting-related energy by 70%
  —  Adding controllable, multi-color LED lighting for special effects on
      the island while still cutting overall energy by nearly 50%
  —  Improving the “usefulness” of illumination via the directional nature
      of LED sources which, unlike the island’s former floodlighting system,
      project light exactly where it’s needed for greater efficiency
  —  Allowing the basement space to be illuminated, where the prior
      incandescent sources generated too much heat to be safely installed

“There’s a common misperception that adopting energy-efficient lighting means sacrificing the quality and experience of light that we’re accustomed to. That’s simply not the case with LED systems, which when engineered properly can mimic nearly any ‘shade’ of white light – from warm incandescent to cool fluorescent. Moreover, the inherently digital and directional nature of LED sources allows us to control and customize light as never before,” said Fritz Morgan, Chief Technology Officer, Philips Color Kinetics. “We’re thrilled to install our technology on North Dumpling Island as a demonstration of its wide-ranging uses – from decorative to functional – all while curbing energy use.”

Philips participates in numerous government and industry initiatives related to energy conservation. As a founding member of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, the company has helped to develop a technology roadmap for the U.S. Department of Energy as well as Energy Star criteria for LED lighting. Philips also played an instrumental role in the formation and leadership of the Lighting Efficiency Coalition, and recently received a Champion of Energy Efficiency Award from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy – largely for leading the charge to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps in the U.S. market.

  Digital images are available upon request.

  About Philips Color Kinetics

Philips Color Kinetics transforms environments through dynamic and more efficient uses of light. Its award-winning lighting systems and technologies apply the benefits of LEDs as a highly efficient, long lasting, environmentally friendly, and inherently digital source of illumination – reinventing light itself as a highly controllable medium. Headquartered in Burlington, MA, USA, Philips Color Kinetics is the leading center of innovation and product development for Philips’ global LED lighting systems business. The organization also enables widespread adoption of LED lighting through OEM partnerships in diverse markets. More information is available at http://www.colorkinetics.com/.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE:PHG)(NYSE:AEX:)(NYSE:PHI) is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 42 billion (E27 billion) in 2007, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

Copyright (C) 2008 Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.

Source: Philips Color Kinetics
   

Web Site:  http://www.colorkinetics.com/

August 15, 2008

Shapeways offers online 3D modeling tool

Filed under: Arts, Business, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:28 pm

I blogged about Shapeways a couple of weeks ago here and the latest update about the consumer 3D company popped up in the inbox today. The company is announcing the Shapeways Creator Engine, an online tool for 3D modeling.

Like I mentioned in my earlier post on Shapeways, I do communications consulting for a company in the 3D visualization and modeling space and it’s a fairly esoteric and very expensive industry for operations at any level.

The high end will remain up in the stratosphere, but I think it’s great Shapeways is bringing this tech “to the masses,” so to speak. Without having a closer look at its tools and process, it seems Shapeways is offering a reasonable entry into the world of 3D visualization and modeling for professionals and hobbyists alike.

Here’s the release sent to me today:

SHAPEWAYS LAUNCHES NEXT GENERATION DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) ONLINE PRODUCT CUSTOMIZATION AND PERSONALIZATION:  SHAPEWAYS CREATOR

 Shapeways Creator Enables Affordable Personal Design and Manufacturing with New Easy-To-Use 3D Online Customization

August 12, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA- SIGGRAPH, Booth #138 – Shapeways, a new platform and global community for 3D-design and production, takes
a major step towards the next generation of consumer co-creation with the announcement of the Shapeways Creator Engine. For the first time, consumers without 3D modeling skills can shape, mash, imprint and design their own 3D products in just a few mouse clicks at Shapeways.com. From lamps with a personal message to fruit bowls linking back to memorable moments, the Shapeways Creator Engine has a beta library of predesigned product templates which is expected to
grow rapidly over 2009.

“We recognize the desire of consumers who want to own or give something that is unique and has their special, personal touch,” commented Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways. “With the Creator Engine, now anyone can participate in the artistic process and create something that is truly a reflection of their own needs and tastes.
With the Creator Engine, we have broken the currently existingtrade-off between freedom of design and the complexity of the design process.”

“In today’s world, consumers are universally less and less satisfied with the choice that the usual shops offer,” said Jochem de Boer, CMO of Shapeways. “Instead, they are looking for ways to reflect their personal identity in the objects that they choose to have around them, or that they carefully select as a unique gift for their loved ones.”

Shapeways offers 3D modelers an affordable, web-based platform to share and produce their designs imported directly from popular 3D modeling software via a technique called 3D printing. Shapeways verifies objects to ensure printability and provides a real-time cost estimate. Within 10 working days, a tangible 3D product will be produced and arrive at the consumer’s home globally.

To experience the new Shapeways Creator Engine and the Shapeways community, log-on to:http://www.shapeways.com/

About Shapeways
Shapeways is the first online 3D consumer co-creation community. Harnessing the power of a creative community and a global network of production service partners, Shapeways ensures the most cost-efficient, reliable manufacturing and order fulfillment for digital manufacturing today. Shapeways is spinning-out from the
Lifestyle Incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.