Casetop Turns Smartphones into Laptops

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The trouble with many tech products is their relatively brief usable lifespans, with plenty of people replacing key items such as their laptops and netbooks after just a few short years, which adds up to more e-waste and more demand for new materials for producing the next item. But if the main components of these portable computing devices lasted for ten years instead of just a couple of years, and the core of the device, such as the CPU, memory, etc., is in your smartphone instead, it could mean far fewer of these in the e-waste pile. One company is… read more

Could This Be The Answer to a Paperless Society?

A paperless society?

Paper use on a global scale is enormous. We have no one to blame but ourselves as many daily transactions still require paperwork despite technological advances towards a paperless society. In an effort to preserve forests and the environment, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have unveiled a promising and cutting edge “rewritable electronic paper”. The interesting part about this e-paper is that it can retain information written upon it without using electricity and it is designed to replace paper products that only have a limited lifespan such as tickets or daily office papers, thus saving on waste and energy. This phenomenal project… read more

Pump Up the Volume with this Portable Solar-Powered Speaker

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For music lovers, romantics, and throwers of spontaneous off-grid dance parties, this gadget’s for you. When you want to share your tunes, but the little speakers in your smartphone or iPod just won’t do it justice, it’s time to break out the speaker. Pair up your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with this rugged portable speaker, put your dancing shoes on, and leave the power to the sun. This little solar-powered speaker, measuring just 6 1/2″ x 6″ x 1″, can not only play tunes for up to eight hours on a single charge (5 hours), but can also charge up your mobile… read more

Solar Powered Plug That Sticks To Your Window

Photograph of Korean-designed 'Window Socket'

This is new. A solar-powered plug from Korea  that sticks to your window and absorbs sunlight for use later. Brilliant. Unfortunately, it’s only available to European markets due to the style of the plug, but a version for the U.S. is on its way. The Window Socket is the brainchild of Korean designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh. It’s not too powerful–yet–but it can definitely get you through the day. Just like all other solar devices, the Window Socket absorbs sunlight and converts it into electricity you can use to power small electronics, charge your phone/tablet, plug in a reading… read more

The CampStove – Portable, Efficient and Smart

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While there exist many solar-feed beacons to provide efficient light and heat whilst indulging in the great outdoors, their productivity is often compromised when you need them most – as the sun sails vastly beneath the horizon and you find yourself shrouded in darkness. The CampStove, created by Biolite, is fueled by biomass, which is easily comprised of common woodland trimmings. These include twigs, wood pellets, and pine-cones. Such sources are abundantly scattered throughout woods and yards, and, as they require no tree chopping or other harmful practices, are considered renewable. Once trimmings are collected, they can be placed in… read more

Easy Ways to Green up Your Workspace

Easy Ways to Green Up Your Workspace

Beyond unplugging office equipment when you are not using it, thinking of ways to increase the green factor in your work area can conserve resources and energy. Lighting is an important part of the workspace. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that lighting accounts for around 20-50% of all electricity use. Incorporating solar powered lighting into your working or reading area is a great idea. Instead of conventional lighting, adding solar lamps, which gather power during the day then work like regular lamps at night, is an uncomplicated way to enhance environmental friendliness at your desk. Making use… read more

Becoming The Jetsons

Becoming The Jetsons

Flying automobiles have been dreamt of since Leonardo Da Vinci started painting, and were first popularized in the mid-1900’s by shows like ‘The Jetsons’. The production of these vehicles is the next logical step in transportation, yet reaching that point is harder than you may think. There are specific explanations for this delay in futuristic automobile production, and here are the reasons why we don’t have flying Deloreans in our garages. Flying Cars don’t exist because Self-Driving cars don’t exist Until reliable self-driving cars can be mass-produced, we will never see a legitimate flying car. Of course, there are prototypes… read more

Harvard Researchers Create Insect-Sized Robots

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A decade-long research project at the Harvard robotics laboratory has culminated in the flight of an insect-sized flying robot. The tiny robot, dubbed RoboBee, weighs less than a tenth of a gram and measures half the length of a paperclip, and is demonstrating the brave new world of miniature robotics and control. According to the Harvard Gazette, the RoboBee was inspired by the biology of a fly, and has two extremely thin wings that can flap 120 times per second, driven by a pair of tiny piezoelectric actuators. The body of the bot is made of carbon fiber, with tiny… read more

Build Your Own Emergency Thermoelectric Charger

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With our dependence on gadgets these days, going out to the woods and off of the grid for a bit requires some forethought if we want to still have power for them. There are plenty of ways to do so, from carrying extra battery packs or a small solar panel with you, but if you’re looking for something that will charge your devices on the fly, even after dark, then this project could be the answer. If you’re a tinkerer and a DIY kind of person, you may enjoy building your own thermoelectric charger capable of topping off the battery… read more

10 Green Tech Trends to Watch in 2013

10 Green Tech Trends 2013

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a large number of green and clean tech concepts go from idea to prototype to finished product, and because of the many environmental challenges (and consequent opportunities) facing us, it seems as if that trend is set to continue in the near future. A revolution in green materials has been entering the consumer market, with products made from recycled and eco-friendly components appearing in everything from food packaging to automobile interiors, and many customers want to see more of that. Some of the innovations that could also have a big potential… read more