DIY Eco Gadgets

Homemade solar panels

Sometimes, in the name of eco-friendly living, we must go out of our way to find the best alternatives to traditional lifestyle habits and necessities. Every now and then, it makes logical sense to create our own solutions for affordability reasons. This is a list of resources, tools, and tutorials on how to transform your home into an example of a eco-friendly living. Some of the projects range from simple to medium difficulty, and others are for more seasoned engineers and designers. If you can’t do these projects yourself, perhaps you know of somebody who can help. The first is… read more

Teaching Kids About Energy

Tio Ghost Light

Energy conservation is a growing subject, and one that kids should be aware of. The younger children learn these habits, the longer they will practice them over their lifetime. We now know enough about the effects of energy consumption and over-consumption that we should be teaching today’s youngsters about the importance of saving energy. Tim Holley has designed a light switch to do just that. He calls it “Tio,” and it’s a ghost-shaped light switch that gives kids a visual reminder of how much energy they’ve used by leaving lights on. Tio starts out a green and smiling ghost. If… read more

Hungry Electronics

Power consumption

Modern electronic gadgets have jaw-dropping functions making human life simpler in several ways. Their smartness can be seen in many ways such as speed, functionality, multitasking capabilities etc. but one main thing modern electronics manage well is power usage. Modern devices are not only highly functional but they are extremely power conscious. It has become mandatory for devices like tablets and notebooks to manage power cleverly, just like an electric car that goes to an idle state and consumes less power. Older gadgets lack this power-management capability as they only have two states – either On or Off. “Off is… read more

Solar Powered Toys

Solar Powered Toys

There are many items that teach solar power along with promoting fun. Kids of all ages can learn about science, green energy and how solar power really works by seeing it firsthand. The following are a few ideas for play where solar power’s fun side definitely shows up. There are an ever increasing assortment of solar powered robots, remote control cars and even kits that allow you to build your own solar propelled designs. The OWI 6 In 1 Solar Kit from Edmund Scientifics is a miniature solar building set with interesting combinations. It can be turned into six different small-scale… read more

The Charge Cycle

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Modern Smartphones can do millions of operations per second but they drink power from a battery like a vampire and we are constantly searching for a power socket to keep them alive. Due to this fast power decay, many coffee shops and hotels have power outlets which allows the user to charge their device when required but David Krawczyk & Navjot Kaur of New York have come up with a concept of greener and far healthier ways to charge your phone. The technology they have devised is the same decade old “dynamo” concept but the project is spiced with extra… read more

NASA Moon Space Station

Orbiting base around the Moon

Since the 1960’s, when NASA successfully placed a man on the Moon, more ambitious plans have surfaced (and often died) in the so-called race to ensure humanity’s dominance of the cosmos. Recently, NASA has experienced a chaotic amount of budget cuts, management shifts, mission alterations, and more. However, a new deep-space plan with some logic and sense behind it may prove to be the next big thing in space travel. Once we returned from the Moon, the next project vision was that we should place a base on the Lunar surface for permanent colonization. It would also serve as a… read more

Underwater Sensors

Swimming with sensors

Scientific breakthroughs in nanotechnology have taken electronics to the next level by making the circuit smaller and smarter, but a professor at the University of California is proving that he can design circuits which can be pushed, pulled and even used under water. Thin film electrochemical sensors are directly printed on a flexible wetsuit by the team led by Joseph Wang paving the way for water resistive electronic sensors which has a potential application under water. With funding from the U.S. Navy and with the help of some members of his team who like to surf, Wang and team designed… read more

Screening Touch Screens

Touch screen devices

Nowadays we are surrounded by numerous gadgets- Cellphones, Tablets, Handhelds, Smart Kiosks, Gaming Consoles. The list is virtually endless and more devices keep being added every week. But there is one common input for all these devices: the Touch Screen. Touch Screens come in all shapes and sizes. They are easy to use and they have found their application in almost all of our devices. We all know how to use these screens, but what we don’t know is how these screens manage to act as both input and output devices at the same time. The Touch Screens that we… read more

A Day Made Of Glass

A glass globe of Earth

Glass manufacturer, Corning, released a video in early 2012 that displayed their vision of a future in which glass and computer technology merge for aesthetic and practical functionality. Their goal is to help create a world where bulky and un-reusable gadget materials are a thing of the past. Much of the tech in the video is currently available today, and here is a list of neat glass gadgets that will transform the industry. Handheld Display Glass: Lightweight, bendable, and affordable glass is currently being designed and manufactured by several companies, with the purpose of implementing the technology into modern day devices…. read more

Pocket Towel to Go

Photo Credit: Jimmy Pocket Towel

Did you know that 13 billion pounds of paper towels end up in our landfills every year? The Jimmy Towel is a reusable hand towel that folds down into a durable case for people to use whenever they find themselves in need of a towel away from home. The invention launched November 27th on crowd funding site Kickstarter and will be available there until December 27th. Ramsey and Lee Johnson hope that the Jimmy Towel will grow beyond just a project on Kickstarter but to an extension of the green movement that saves trees, reduces waste and brings greater consciousness… read more