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Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create… It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will ‘light up the Dark Continent.’


LEDsafari lamps last up to 3 months: image via ledsafari.comLEDsafari lamps last up to 3 months: image via


The developers insist that LEDsafari is more about the training than it is about the lamp, and that is probably true, because if the five simple parts of the lamp don’t get put together properly several unfriendly things could happen, among them electrocutions, electrical shorts, waste of supplies, and a population that doesn’t believe in what the LEDsafari can do for them. 


LEDsafari has 5 simple components: image via youtube.comLEDsafari has 5 simple components: image via


These components (an LED bulb, a switch, a cellphone battery, rechargeable in any cellphone, solar photovoltaic material; and empty transparent bottles that make a lamp easy to build and repair by users at the village level) are all that is needed.  But they should not be assembled without proper instruction.


It is through the instruction, three days of learning about energy technologies and conservation, how to make the lamp, and how to teach others to make the lamp that the students – teachers themselves, secondary school students, workers, crafters, village leaders …. – understand the rationale, the value, and the technology of the LEDsafari.

This is not how most inventors bring their products to market, but it has been, and no doubt will continue to be, a most rewarding venture for Govinda Upadhyay, Elisa Wepfer, Vincenzo Capogna, Naomi Savioz, and Parag Rastogi from EPFL Lausanne, as they continue to light up the ‘dark continent’ and other dark places in underdeveloped countries.


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Thomas Lamadieu Blurs the Line Between Photography and Illustration in ‘Skyart’



While some may call a clear, blue sky art enough, French artist Thomas Lamadieu might say otherwise. In fact, he might call it a blank canvas. His ongoing series, Skyart, takes the blank spaces between buildings and turns them into illustrated wonderlands filled with bearded inhabitants and imaginary animals.



His illustrations started out as line drawings lacking any intense detail (see below) and have grown more cartoonish with his recent pieces. It would (almost) be easy to mistake some of his earlier work for messes of telephone lines or flocks of birds in abnormal formations.



With architectural photos making up the background, Lamadieu’s work makes fun plays at the surrounding structures. He makes the most of the haphazard spaces, thanks to a few imaginative props. Check out a full archive of the project (and more from Lamadieu) here.




When an App Won't Do: Designing a Timer

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Sky Drawings Squeeze Into The Negative Space Above Buildings [Pics]

If you look directly above you in most cities around the world, chances are you will see nothing more than a blue sky and buildings. For some people, like French artist and illustrator Thomas Lamadieu, there is an entire world hidden in those shapes and spaces – all of which come to life in his Sky Art collection shown below.

Lamadieu first started creating imaginative scenes in the sky almost a year ago today. His style has continued to evolve since then, with his most recent illustration drawn onto locations in Germany, Canada, Belgium and France.


Mostly shot from crowded European courtyards and four-way intersections, his illustrations feature various bearded men expressing themselves through different artistic mediums. Some of the images take on an extremely surreal appearance, which helps to push your perspective even further outside of its comfort zone.


Here are a couple of images from Lamadieu’s first Sky Art collection.


Thomas Lamadieu

[h/t] Colossal

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Sexy Asian Dancers Shake Booties to Change Perception of Classical Music


Classical music gets a bum rap these days. It’s perceived as the thing only your grandparents listen to yet its the backbone to almost every great move ever made. B-Classic, a Belgian music festival which promotes classical music is out with a new video that asks us to envision classical music differently.

We all know a great video can vastly increase the appeal of a piece of music. MTV knew that and built a business on it. Now that’s YouTube’s job. But we digress.

Check out this video in which cheerleaders and hot pants-clad hotties shake their booties to Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco as if they were in a hip hop video.

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