DIY Wireless Electricity Project

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We’ve written about wireless electricity in the recent past, and explained how we, and many in the tech industry, believe that the not-too-distant future will be dominated by this technology. Gone will be the days of dealing with rattails of wiring from our PC’s, game systems, lamps, chargers, etc. Instead, wireless induction coils will power our gadgets for a more efficient, eco-friendly transfer of energy. Summer is a time for fun and enjoyment and for families, it’s a time to spend with children and teach them important lessons about life. Consider a garage project with electromagnets, such as this one… read more

Innovative Green Chargers

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Smart recharging options for gadgets are getting more interesting as advances in renewable technologies are made. Solar powered chargers are gaining in popularity, but there are also other resources that are becoming available for charging up devices. A new way being marketed at powering up gear is really an old way to create energy. Manual versions, like the YoGen Charger for Life are turning up, and this may be a practical object to have on hand. With no electrical outlets required and no battery to replace, the YoGen works solely on physical exertion. Chargers like these can conduct natural energy… read more

CloudSpotters App Crowdsources Cloud Atlas

CloudSpotters App Crowdsources Cloud Atlas

One of the most popular things to take pictures of with our smartphones are clouds (probably right behind pictures of fancy meals or sunrises and sunsets), so why not join a community that really appreciates cloud pictures? With the CloudSpotter app, you can capture and share images of different cloud types, while also contributing to a better understanding of the effect of clouds on the Earth’s climate. CloudSpotter, from the Cloud Appreciation Society, lets users explore the amazing world of clouds by learning how to spot them, and then “collecting” them: “From the fluffy Cumulus that form on a sunny… read more

Tawkon Helps Manage Smartphone Radiation Exposure

Tawkon Helps Manage Smartphone Radiation Exposure

There’s a big debate on whether or not exposure to the radiation from cellphones (high-frequency electromagnetic fields) is unhealthy, but there isn’t a debate about whether the radiation exposure actually happens. Sending and receiving information via cell towers requires the use of these microwaves, and with the huge numbers of people using mobile phones, it’s only natural that some people want to be able to limit their exposure, while still taking advantage of the technology. And because it isn’t very easy to find out how what your level of exposure is, Tawkon offers an app to better understand it, as… read more

This Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone

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We’ve seen charging devices that generate electricity from all kinds of different sources, from fuel cells to kinetic energy to solar power, but this one might be the first of its kind, as it’s designed to produce a charge from the heat of your body as you sleep. Mobile phone company Vodafone, in conjunction with the Electronics and Computer Science Department of the University of Southampton, have developed a sleeping bag that can turn the temperature differential between the inside of the bag and the outside of it into usable electricity that can charge gadgets while you sleep. The sleeping… read more

Consider a Green Gadget First

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When you get a new laptop, desktop PC, or tablet, it’s a given that you’ll need some accessories to go with your device. Whether it’s a new computer mouse, tablet keyboard, laptop case, etc, we all need those extra peripherals. Most of the time, new devices come with the basics, but sometimes those basics are cheap, ugly, useless, or in the way. Rather than take to Amazon or Walmart in search of another bland replacement, consider an eco-friendly alternative to those basic accessories. Touchfire iPad Keyboard There are tons of Bluetooth and USB-based iPad keyboards on the market, though they’re… read more

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

Solar energy gadgets are all the rage, but a new solar product is in the house. Or on the house, or the car – and possibly on fabrics, among other things. One company based in France is setting the solar bar a bit higher. Sunpartner Group, an award winning, sustainably minded business is looking into a way to integrate solar power in everyday items and structures. Their innovative brainchild called Wysips®, which stands for ‘what you see is photovoltaic surface’- is a solar technology in development that is certain to weave its way into future designs. Extensive research on how… read more

HALO Fuel Cell Cooks Dinner, Charges Gadgets

HALO Fuel Cell Cooks Dinner, Charges Gadgets

If you’re looking for a portable and lightweight power station to charge your gadgets on your forays into the backcountry or off of the grid, this compact fuel cell just might be the ticket. The HALO Fuel Cell uses standard campstove fuel canisters to generate electricity for your electronics, at the same time you’re cooking dinner, and could be the perfect addition to a bug-out bag, emergency preparedness kit, or outdoors adventure outfit. The device uses Point Source Power’s M-SOFC fuel cell technology, which is both robust and rugged, as well as claiming a very long usable life: “M-SOFC cells… read more

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

The days of phone cases that just protect your phone may be over. In the past couple of years solar gadgets have been gaining in popularity for their smart, functional designs. They are also becoming more advanced. Many companies are offering solar powered chargers for smartphones and other gear, but some are going beyond basic chargers and are incorporating them into the actual case of the phone. Resiliently made solar panels integrated in a sturdy case can eliminate the problem of battery drain, which is a notorious problem with many smartphones. The SLXtreme from Snow Lizard Products is a durable… read more

Scent Vision: Providing Smelly Entertainment

Scent Vision: Providing Smelly Entertainment

Looking at ways to incorporate the sense of smell into entertainment systems is on the drafting table. How to enhance your TV viewing time with a pilot olfactory display system is being developed by researchers in Tokyo, Japan. Called the smelling screen, it has fans on each corner of the display. Odor vapors in a pellet form can be placed into the mix and dispersed through the airflow created by the fans. The scent produced is projected and can be recognized by onlookers. Moreover, the focal area of the smell can be moved around various areas of the screen, making… read more