Purify Water on the Go!

Solar Bags

Planet earth is filled with two parts of water and one part of land. Though this accounts to an abundance of water, living requires only fresh water and very little of this available water is suitable for human consumption.  Moreover prime reason for mortality around the globe is unpurified, unclean water. Most of the developing and under developed countries try their level best to provide consumable water to their citizens but unfortunately they either lack sufficient technology or revenue to process the water into a consumable one. Industrial design students Ryan Lynch and Marcus have proposed a prototype realizing the… read more

A Few Of Our Favourite Things

A Few Of Our Favourite Things

Last year, many new and exciting technologies became available for consumers. The list of devices is seemingly endless, but we’ve managed to shorten it down to include breakthroughs in smartphone technology, healthcare, television, and music. For those of you looking for the latest and greatest gadget on the market, here’s a list of our Seven Favorite Devices from 2012: The Asus Padfone One part tablet, one part smartphone, 100% innovative. Asus’s 10.1 inch device houses a 4.3 inch smartphone in the back, which can be taken out to use, and just as easily returned to its casing. This hybrid marriage… read more

Power Saving Socket

Yanko Design's spring-loaded socket

Many people get warned against keeping electronic devices plugged into the power socket all the time even when they are switched off. Some care about it and unplug the device, while others leave them plugged and unbothered. The latter would not have heard the term vampire power or Standby power which refers to the power wasted by electrical and electronic devices even when they are switched off or in standby mode just by being plugged in. Even this low power matters a lot as this 100% useless power will add up cumulatively on your electricity bill. But let’s be honest,… read more

Energy Efficient Laptops

Energy efficient computers

Tech manufacturers are increasingly producing ecologically-oriented merchandise, and the options for consumers are growing each day. Laptops are near the top of the list on necessity and importance value, and as such it is vital that you choose a durable and lasting computer that will save on both energy costs and perform to your needs. Retailers are now compiling lists of Energy-Star rated devices to help consumers make educated purchases. For example, Amazon has prepared an extensive list of their highest rated Energy-Star laptops, desktops, and other computer related products, with customer ratings and reviews for each device. Best Buy also… read more

Pedalling The Laundry

Foot Powered Washing Machine

Two of the most tiring and time consuming jobs for women in developing countries are fetching water from long distances and washing clothes. Now investors have funded an eco-friendly, cheap and non-electric product for the laundry industry. GiraDora is a foot powered laundry washer that consists of a blue coloured bucket-like structure. It has a spinning mechanism which is powered by a pedal. All you have to do is to sit on the machine and simply pedal . The design being more compact and portable enables user to carry the washer wherever there is water or wherever you can drain the waste water… read more

Smarter Living

Energy saving ideas at home

Transforming your home into an eco-friendly residence is both cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. Many new technologies created for indoor energy-saving have both functional use and artistic appeal. If you find yourself trying to choose between creative devices and ones that actually work, then compromise no longer. In today’s market, you will discover that art has finally been married with technology, permanently. One way that homeowners squander energy is through wasteful misuse of heating/cooling. Tech mogul Apple Inc. has created a solution with their Nest Learning Thermostat. It tracks your energy habits and can be adjusted and programmed both physically and remotely through… read more

Green Phones – The Future

Self-charging-mobile-phone

In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more

Wasteful Over-Packaging

Unnecessary extra packaging

Surely everyone has experienced the bafflement of packaging. Why companies continue to over-wrap, over-cover, over-layer, their products is beyond me. Below are some culprits that should perhaps be avoided or found alternatives too. You could always write in to the brands and voice your concerns. Tea Bags – If you buy in bulk, tea-bags are a lot more environmentally friendly. This way you get more tea bag and less packaging. I find the smaller the package the more layers they tend to use. Outrageous! I bought a pack of 10 bags the other day and not only did it have… read more