A Keyless Smart Bike Lock: LOCK8

A Keyless Smart Bike Lock: LOCK8

With more and more of us riding our bikes each day, the need inevitably arises for a better bike lock, and one that is not only secure, but that can also help us track down our bike in the event that it does get stolen. And because so many of us also own a smartphone, integrating a high-tech bike lock with a smartphone solution just makes sense. With the coming of the LOCK8, billed as the “world’s first smart bike lock”, that solution is on its way. Combining a secure bicycle lock with a keyless system that can not only… read more

Self-Monitored Gardens

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The Greener Cities project, winner of the “Smart Cities, Smart Climate” challenge, proposes a way in which urban gardeners can poses the ability to know the state of their plants as they change. The class challenge was part of the larger International Space Apps Challenge, organized by NASA. It was designed to encourage public participation in the discovery of environmental connections with data-sets, such as traffic accidents; doing so using existing data, such as public health records. Greener Cities achieves this in three steps. First, the project introduces garden monitors, which will serve as low-cost sensors for urban planters. Secondly,… read more

Nest Protect is the Smarter Smoke Alarm

Nest Protect is the Smarter Smoke Alarm

We all know we’re supposed to have functioning smoke detectors in our homes, as it can be a huge help in keeping our families and belongings safe if a fire breaks out in our house. But the sad truth of the matter is, many of us don’t know if our smoke alarms work, other than to annoy us when we burn the toast or to start chirping when it has a low battery (at which point we pull the battery out and hope that we remember to replace it). Most of the time we forget they’re there, and until we… read more

Lightweight Flexible Solar Backpack Charges Gadgets

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In our gadget-centric culture, a dead battery can bring our daily routine to a standstill, and unless we’ve got a spare battery with us, our next task is probably to find a free outlet (assuming we’ve got a charger with us) and take the time to let our device charge up. Another way to stay powered is by bringing a solar charger with us, which can be quite effective, but will also add some weight and some bulk to our already over-burdened bags. But if you have one of Enerplex‘s Packr series backpacks, you can bring a solar charger with… read more

“Green” Imposters – Products You Should Avoid Buying

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Many products have, either through their own claims or public fallacy, been labeled as constituting a “greener” option. While an abundance of companies now have Eco-friendly initiatives, some even living up to, many are simply capitalizing on the ever-growing conscious of consumers. And even then, they often don’t match the level of efficiency for which they purportedly strive. Thus, you are likely to encounter several of such items, perhaps even interacting with them regularly, on a daily basis. Nonetheless, listed below are a particular few that take great notice. Recyclable Plastics Plastic products today are often branded with varied levels… read more

Drones to Deliver Textbooks in Australia

Drones to Deliver Textbooks in Australia

Renting a textbook for university courses can make a lot of sense, as the outright purchase price for a book that only gets used for one semester can be quite high. Textbook rentals typically come by post or are picked up in person, but for some Australian college students, the textbooks they rent from Zookal in the near future could be delivered by a drone. Textbook rental company Zookal already rents out several hundred books every day, either shipping them to students or allowing them to pick them up in person. However, a partnership with a commercial drone service called… read more

Rugged Rechargeable Speaker Rocks Offgrid Parties

Rugged Rechargeable Speaker Rocks Offgrid Parties

If you want to bring your tunes off the grid and into the wild, and perhaps even power them with solar energy, then Goal Zero’s new portable speaker might be just the thing for impromptu dance parties with a small power footprint. The company’s Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker can play for over 20 hours on its internal lithium battery, and can be recharged via a standard USB port or with the sun, using a small portable solar panel. The speaker, measuring 7 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches and weighing in at about a quarter of a pound, is designed… read more

This LED Bulb Doubles as a Rechargeable Flashlight

This LED Bulb Doubles as a Rechargeable Flashlight

LED bulbs are starting to pop up everywhere, from lighting up our homes and cars to illuminating our way in the form of flashlights, and they’re a natural fit for the eco-friendly lifestyle, because they’re not just bright, but they’re also a low-power option for saving money and energy. Here’s a product that manages to combine an indoor lighting fixture with a handheld gadget, as it features the ability to be screwed into a standard light socket and then removed to use as a handheld flashlight. “Bulb Flashlight is a bright, low-heat LED rechargeable bulb that doubles as a handheld… read more

DIY Air Purifier For $25

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Winter is coming, which means flu season, winter colds, stuffy noses, and other sicknesses nobody has time for. Sometimes our homes being more or less closed-off during this season can cause some of these common illnesses, since we don’t have natural ventilation from open windows. Also, if you haven’t kept up with the cleaning, your heaters are probably blowing dust all over the place. Enter the air purifier system. This nifty device filters out dust particles in the air and cleans up whatever room you’ve place it in. However, for a good-quality system, you’ll likely spend $50 – $150 to… read more

What’s In Your Stuff?

What's In Your Stuff?

How much do you know about the elements that make up our “everyday” items? Chances are, if it’s inside our mobile phone our our computer, or just about any other gadget, it’s not only invisible to us, but it’s also virtually unknown to us. But a project from Sheffield Hallam University aims to give us a deeper look into the components that comprise our stuff, and raises some interesting (and important) questions. In today’s developed societies we all own an unprecedented amount of “stuff” and nothing is more representative of this than our attitudes to the mobile phone. The increasing… read more