Derek Markham

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

For those who regularly ride bikes from bike sharing programs, an upcoming product promises to help you get around quicker and with less effort, by turning a share bike into an electric bike. Many of the major bike sharing programs use the exact same bikes, which tend to be heavy and require a good amount of effort to pedal, especially when riding up hills or inclines. If you’re riding one of those bikes to work, you might arrive quite sweaty and out of breath, unless you have a little extra leverage, such as a portable electric motor that can convert… read more

Public Urinal Turns Pee into Bamboo

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Public bathrooms can be pretty disgusting, depending on the location, but so can the smell of urine wafting out from an alley, where those who opt to not find a bathroom have drained their bladders. One possible solution for both of those issues is a public urinal that uses bamboo plants to clean the water. The PPlanter (pee-pee planter?), which is the work of Hyphae Design Laboratory in Oakland CA, is a public urinal with a twist. The system, designed to be modular and rapidly deployable, uses two plastic storage tanks, one to hold clean water for washing hands and… read more

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

One up and coming small electric vehicle technology promises to combine the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle, while adding a third wheel and electric drive. The Odyssey Electric Trike project, from Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, is the culmination of five years of work, which began with the first trike being built as a high school business project. The current iteration of the trike, the Mk. 5, is said to be have the speed and power of a motorcycle, due to its powerful 4kW electric motor, which puts out about 5.3 hp. The Odyssey is powered by… read more

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

If you’re looking for a rugged backup battery for your mobile devices, and one that has a whole lot of features packed into a tiny form factor, including being dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the latest offering from Limefuel. If you live an active lifestyle, and are hard on your gear, the company’s newest model, the Rugged L150XR, just might be the offroad and offgrid portable power supply for you. Weighing in at just 13 oz, and measuring just 5.5″ x 3.27″ x 1″, this little device packs a lot of juice… read more

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

Many of us have a remarkable piece of technology in our pockets, a mini computer that has more processing power than most of us know what to do with, in the form of a smartphone. And while these smartphones get a lot of use from us during the day, they tend to sit idle while we’re sleeping, except for maybe serving as our alarm clock. Why not use that idle processing power during the night to help move scientific knowledge forward? That’s the idea behind Power Sleep, an Android app that lets users donate the services of their mobile device… read more

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

To succeed in our tech-heavy future, the kids of today need to be learning the skills that will be in use and in demand for years to come, and much of those will fall under the umbrellas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Teaching children to code and to build new and useful electronics devices may give them a big leg up in their education, as well as give humanity some leverage for building a more sustainable world tomorrow. The age of robots is already upon us, but for the most part, robotics is something used in factories, or… read more

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

For meeting all of your mobile power needs, nothing beats a portable solar charger, except maybe a portable solar charger with a built-in battery. A standalone solar panel is great when you can plug your device into it and let it sit while charging, but if you want more flexibility, the built-in battery storage allows you to store that solar energy for when you need it, so you don’t have to surrender your device while it’s charging. For plain-vanilla urban use, there are plenty of good quality portable solar chargers available, but if your lifestyle includes lots outdoor activity around… read more

Portable Audio System Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Modern electronics devices are usually made with petroleum-based virgin plastics, which can’t really be recycled or reused once we’re done with the product, which just adds to the environmental toll of our gadget-centric culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are plenty of options for those looking for a greener way to listen to their music or videos, such as this one, from House of Marley (yes, that Marley family). The Get Togetherâ„¢ Bluetooth portable audio system is small but powerful, and can easily fill a room with sound, thanks to its 3.5″ high output woofers… read more

This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

We’ve got a serious problem with food waste these days (Americans waste about 40% of the fresh food they buy), and wasted food isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a financial issue as well. Not only does it take time, water, and money to grow food, but it also costs us money to purchase that food, so when it doesn’t get eaten, but ends up in the bin or the compost pile, it’s a losing situation all around. But there’s an innovative and affordable little gadget that can make the food in your fridge last 2 to 3 times as… read more

Turn a Wine Bottle into a Lamp with this LED Cork

Turn a Wine Bottle into a Lamp with this LED Cork

Instead of putting candles, which have to be purchased again and again, into the mouth of an empty wine bottle for some mood lighting, this handy little LED light can be recharged again and again. It doesn’t flicker like a candle does, but it also doesn’t release anything harmful while being used, which can be an issue with candles. With a USB charging port hidden inside a cork top, the Rechargeable Bottle Light offers a look that fits the bottle, and 2.5 hours of light from an hour of charging. A simple twist turns the LED bulb on and off,… read more