Lecture 1 – The light bulb moment

Inspired by fellow Geordie inventor Joseph Swan, Danielle George attempts to play a computer game on the windows of a skyscraper using hundreds of light bulbs.

When Joseph Swan demonstrated the first working light bulb in 1878 he could never have dreamed that in 2014 we’d be surrounded by super-bright LED screens and lights that could be controlled using mobile phones. In this lecture, Danielle explains how these technologies work and show how they can be adapted to help you realise your own light bulb moments. She shows you how to send wireless messages using a barbeque, control a firework display with your laptop and use a torch to browse the internet.

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Copyright

© Royal Institution / Windfall Films

Year

2014

Lecturer

Danielle George

Duration

59:06

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