Soil IQ Brings Internet of Things to Your Garden

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In a bid to make it easier for gardeners to grow their own food sustainably and to optimize their garden yields, a startup has developed a wireless probe for monitoring the conditions in the soil. Soil IQ’s solar-powered probe can take instant measurements of soil pH, moisture, temperature, soil nutrient content, and more, and stream it wirelessly to the cloud, enabling users to “tune in” to their garden’s conditions via a smartphone app. “Founded by a Princeton grad and soil scientist who has worked with hundreds of Kenyan farmers to increase crop yields, Soil IQ’s mission is to help people… read more

A Smart Water Bottle to Keep You Hydrated

A Smart Water Bottle to Keep You Hydrated

We know that it’s important to our health to drink plenty of water each day, but we also know that our lives tend to be so full and fast-paced that we can forget to stay hydrated. But thanks to a new type of water bottle (and its accompanying smartphone app), it’s about to get a lot easier. The BluFit bottle, currently in a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, promises to keep you healthy and hydrated by connecting your water bottle and your smartphone in order to track your water consumption and alert you when you need to drink more water. “Our… read more

Doomsday – Hoax Or Here?

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The Doomsday Conspiracy flooded the internet for more than four years leading up to its supposedly deadline. The date for the end of the world was set as 21/12/2012 and was such a virulent conspiracy it even sparked a movie being made about it. Around the world people held their breath and waited anxiously. But it all passed just like any other day. So is the Doomsday Conspiracy dead in the water? As there is no actual date for the origin of the Earth, then it is unlikely to have a final date. It is clear that Earth was not created in… read more

iPhone Case Lets You Squeeze to Recharge

iPhone Case Lets You Squeeze to Recharge

Combining a protective case, a backup battery, and a dynamo charger, the Mipwr Dynamo could be the perfect iPhone accessory for the on-the-go smartphone user. Since many of us rely on our smartphones for everything from phone calls and text messages, to taking pictures and videos, to getting directions and playing games, when the juice runs out, we’re really stuck. But this new gadget from Mipwr can not only protect your iPhone, but can also provide a source of backup power and a way to recharge it on the fly. “The Mipwr Dynamo is a protective case, back up battery,… read more

The Revolutionary Future Of E-Ink

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E-Ink is a technology widely implemented and made popular by Amazon’s line of e-readers during the early 2000’s, with the Kindle Paperwhite being their latest model. The idea behind E-Ink is that computer displays can be created super cheap, super thin, and super energy-efficient (that’s a lot of “supers”!). Since the creation of computer screens, the industry has placed a major emphasis on creating “thin and light” displays. Just a couple of months ago, LG announced that they’d designed the world’s thinnest 1080p display, and at 2.2mm thin, it’s pretty incredible. Unfortunately, it’s not E-Ink, because quite frankly, the technology… read more

Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

Two Weeks of Portable Power in Your Pocket

In the near future, you could be carrying a portable power plant in your pocket that can provide all of the power you need to recharge your smartphone for a full two weeks, without ever needing to be plugged in. The new technology, which is based on thin-film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology, but with a proprietary twist, is in the works in the form of a handheld charging device called the Nectar, capable of producing 55,000 mWh of energy from a single cartridge. “To the consumer, it is like having a wall outlet in their pocket. The Power… read more

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

One of the most common excuses for not riding a bike more often is the need for secure storage of our stuff while we’re riding, because let’s face it, cycling with a big backpack on can be a bit of a drag, and not everyone wants to pull a bike trailer everywhere they go. Sure, there are racks and baskets that can be put on the back or the front of a bike, but they aren’t secure by any means, and they sure aren’t weatherproof, so that means that you not only need to put your stuff in another bag… read more

Shrink Your Footprint

Shrink Your Footprint

There is endless discussion in the media about the need to change our  existing habits in the developed world in order to lower carbon emissions and save the planet. Many of us feel powerless to effect real change, but there are small ways we can all make a difference. Work at home With modern networking devices and technologies such as VPN more of us are working from home, if not fulltime, then certainly as a partime  option during our working week. This not only saves time and energy in transportation, but also often allows families to achieve more quality time together. e-reading… read more

Paper or Electronic?

Paper or Electronic

eReading is on the rise. With arguments about which is better for the environment, there is also the consideration about which is best for beginner readers. Smart electronic use, like unplugging items when not using to save power, combined with energy efficient gadgetry may make digital appear a better choice when placed up against stacks of paper made books. Although it is hard to determine just how much paper goes into one book, according to Paper University it takes about one pallet, or cord of uncut hardwood to make 942 hard cover books with around 100 pages. Though it appears… read more

An E-Ink Screen Cover For Your Phone

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Protecting your iPhone from damage is every owner’s prime directive. You paid way too much money for that kind of nonsense, so you decide to buy a screen protector from the store. The only problem is, you don’t know which one you like the best. My question to you is, why compromise? This E-Ink cover by Popslate allows you to change the back of your cover any time you want using the kind of E-Ink technology found in Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. Check out this video demo: E-Ink is an important new technology we’ll soon be seeing an influx of, with… read more