Sapphire Industry Watch – August 29

  • Saving Marine Life With LED Fishing Nets – LED Inside: Globally, about 40 percent of marine life that winds up in a fishing net goes wasted or unmanaged. In anattempt to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem and save endangered marine species, a British designer has come up with LED fish nets. The LEDs are included in large light hoops positioned throughout the netting that alert smaller fish and allow unwanted fish to escape. The LED hoops can operate at different wavelengths, saving sea turtles and hammerhead sharks, as well as bottom-dwelling ocean species.
  • Huawei Confirms Sapphire Display Huawei Ascend P7 On The Way To Market – Talk Android: Huawei Device Chairman and Consumer BG CEO Yu Chengdong followed up on promises of a sapphire screen on a variant of the Ascend P7 by posting a new image of the smartphone and confirming the use of sapphire in the faceplate. With rumors of other major players using sapphire in smartphones, Huawei may reveal the new variant officially at IFA 2014 next week to get a leg up on other companies by being the first to market with a sapphire display.
  • Bright Lights, Affordable Motor: Ford Puts LED Headlights Onto Mondeo – The Register: The Ford Mondeo is the Ford’s first vehiclewith dynamic LED headlights that last for the lifetime of the vehicle and provide as much light as previously used Xenon bulbs. Because the LED bulbs are so much smaller than traditional headlights, the design of the Mondeo allows for more creative liberty in the front of the vehicle. Smaller diodes can also be arranged in patterns and controlled individually for special lighting effects, such as indicator lights flashing in sequence to alert fellow drivers of a lane change.
  • All Streetlights In India To Change To LED Lights – The Times Of India: The Union ministry of urban development in India has mandated that all street lighting in the country be converted to LED technology, saving more than 5,000 MW of electricity consumption over three years. The 27.5 million street lights will be phased from the haphazard original installation to LED technology by Energy Efficient Services Limited.
  • ‘Smart’ Lighting System Provides Surveillance At U.S. Airport – CBC News: Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country, and now has one of the most advanced surveillance systems. The LED lighting within the airport contains 171 “smart” lighting fixtures that have computing and networking capabilities and feeds data into connected cameras and sensors. The LED fixtures act as semiconductors, and effectively create a network similar to a personal computer from which authorities can monitor everything from license plate numbers to unattended baggage.
  • Apple Sent Out Invitations For The September 9 iPhone 6 Event – Business Insider: Amid sapphire screen rumors, design photo leaks and iWatch madness, Apple officially confirmed a product launch event for September 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Re/Code reported the iWatch will be debuted at this launch, as well as the unveiling of the iPhone 6 in two sizes. The invitation to the press included the date of the launch, and the phrase “Wish we could say more.”
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