Jun 262013

rsz_tv_of_tomorrowDue to the overwhelming popularity of the interactive pixel screen Benjamin has been invited by Seth Haberman the CEO of Visible World to join him in his talk titled A Look Forward at TV of Tomorrow Show this afternoon. They will discuss what is changing in the TV ecosystem, what is remaining the same, and how can we use this information to make TV better in the future.

The focus will be on systems designed to be truly interactive.

5 pm the Forum Room

Benny, Karen and the Elves

Feb 282013
Leo Villareal testing the Bay Lights

Leo Villareal testing the Bay Lights

We are so excited about the The Bay Lights we decided we had to have a sale.  The Grand Lighting Ceremony is March 5, 2013.  If you use the coupon code BAY LIGHTS (all in caps) you will receive 20% discount until then.

We’ll be celebrating the Grand Lighting Ceremony with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAAFTA) Cruise. (We hate to tell you but it’s sold out). But if you’ll happen to be on the boat, look for us on the upper deck, where you’ll be able to buy something to light yourself up on the spot.  For this special occasion, we’re also offering special delivery to the boat if you place your order by 10 am PST on Monday, March 4th.  Just select “Bay Lights GAFFTA Cruise Party” as your shipping option.

Here are some suggestions we think you might enjoy wherever you are viewing the Grand Lighting:

Rainbow Tassles.  a burst of all 10 of our High Bright and Hella Phat colors
Fuze Necklaces.  polished quartz necklaces that radiate a spectrum of light.
Cool Neon Sunglasses
Look at all of our Instant Gratification Cool Neon items for wire that’s ready to wear.

Rainbow Tassles will need a driver.  We suggest the AA Handheld driver.
Plug & Play kits will need batteries.

If you are not in the area but are interested in seeing the Grand Lighting Ceremony, there is a live webcast here.

The artist, Leo Villareal, has been here doing some testing and the fabulous video below gives you a taste of how the Bay Bridge will look over the next couple of years.

If you are interested in an opportunity to “personalize” one or more lights in The Bay Lights, you can do that here.  It is a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one, give a present, celebrate a holiday, community or group.

Benny, Karen and the Elves

photo: Lucas@SaugenPhotography.com  |  612.208.9869
video: Adrian Graham

Feb 222013
Darwin the Dinosaur and The Ugly Duckling

Darwin the Dinosaur and The Ugly Duckling

We are so excited to tell you about our fabulous client, Lightwire Theatre, that uses Cool Neon Lytec wire and drivers for their costumes, and they are amazing costumes as you can see. What kind of theatre is Lightwire Theatre, you may ask?  They are a theatre that employs dazzling visuals, graceful choreography and versatile use of music, ranging from classical to jazz to pop, to bring classic tales to life — and with a contemporary twist.

We just had to share the story of how they got started because we love it so much:

Creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. An immediate connection was made as they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called EL wire, the lights turned on. “EL wire” is short for electroluminescent wire: Unlike black lights, the technology can be powered by batteries and requires no theatrical lighting. The possibilities seemed endless. Together with their wives Eleanor and Whitney they began to develop puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality.

Relocating from New York to Ian and Eleanor’s hometown, New Orleans, they continued the creative process. It was there, in the Katrina ravaged city, that the show began to take shape. The result, after years of engineering and development, is Darwin the Dinosaur. Truly unique and visually dazzling, Darwin is an innovative theatrical experience. Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkened stage in the heart-rending tale of a dinosaur who discovers the true meaning of love. Originally created in partnership with The Detroit Music Hall, Darwin has performed all over the Americas and Europe for enthusiastic audiences of all ages.

They were recently semi-finalists on Americas Got Talent and well as being invited to perform live in Las Vegas with other America’s Got Talent acts:

In addition, The Ugly Duckling made its second tour of the continental U.S., and Darwin left a couple of weeks later for its second tour of Russia. Duckling then finished its tour at Thanksgiving with performances in New York City and a show at the Music Hall in Detroit, and Darwin went to Germany to ring in the New Year. A very exciting travel schedule.

We are looking forward to seeing what is next for Lightwire Theatre and we promise to keep you up to date.

Benny, Karen and the Elves