App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

Many of us have a remarkable piece of technology in our pockets, a mini computer that has more processing power than most of us know what to do with, in the form of a smartphone. And while these smartphones get a lot of use from us during the day, they tend to sit idle while we’re sleeping, except for maybe serving as our alarm clock. Why not use that idle processing power during the night to help move scientific knowledge forward? That’s the idea behind Power Sleep, an Android app that lets users donate the services of their mobile device… read more

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

To succeed in our tech-heavy future, the kids of today need to be learning the skills that will be in use and in demand for years to come, and much of those will fall under the umbrellas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Teaching children to code and to build new and useful electronics devices may give them a big leg up in their education, as well as give humanity some leverage for building a more sustainable world tomorrow. The age of robots is already upon us, but for the most part, robotics is something used in factories, or… read more

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

For meeting all of your mobile power needs, nothing beats a portable solar charger, except maybe a portable solar charger with a built-in battery. A standalone solar panel is great when you can plug your device into it and let it sit while charging, but if you want more flexibility, the built-in battery storage allows you to store that solar energy for when you need it, so you don’t have to surrender your device while it’s charging. For plain-vanilla urban use, there are plenty of good quality portable solar chargers available, but if your lifestyle includes lots outdoor activity around… read more

Portable Audio System Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Modern electronics devices are usually made with petroleum-based virgin plastics, which can’t really be recycled or reused once we’re done with the product, which just adds to the environmental toll of our gadget-centric culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are plenty of options for those looking for a greener way to listen to their music or videos, such as this one, from House of Marley (yes, that Marley family). The Get Togetherâ„¢ Bluetooth portable audio system is small but powerful, and can easily fill a room with sound, thanks to its 3.5″ high output woofers… read more

This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

We’ve got a serious problem with food waste these days (Americans waste about 40% of the fresh food they buy), and wasted food isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a financial issue as well. Not only does it take time, water, and money to grow food, but it also costs us money to purchase that food, so when it doesn’t get eaten, but ends up in the bin or the compost pile, it’s a losing situation all around. But there’s an innovative and affordable little gadget that can make the food in your fridge last 2 to 3 times as… read more

Turn a Wine Bottle into a Lamp with this LED Cork

Turn a Wine Bottle into a Lamp with this LED Cork

Instead of putting candles, which have to be purchased again and again, into the mouth of an empty wine bottle for some mood lighting, this handy little LED light can be recharged again and again. It doesn’t flicker like a candle does, but it also doesn’t release anything harmful while being used, which can be an issue with candles. With a USB charging port hidden inside a cork top, the Rechargeable Bottle Light offers a look that fits the bottle, and 2.5 hours of light from an hour of charging. A simple twist turns the LED bulb on and off,… read more

Have You Heard The IKoNO?

IKoNO: ECO-FRIENDLY OLD STYLE WOODEN RADIO

IKoNO is a beautiful wooden radio inspired by the old fashion ones. Designed by Singgih S. Kartono, owner of Magno-Design, this eco-design has everything the old classics have: round knobs, a speaker grill, a handle, telescopic antenna and the battery case, all within the basic ‘box’ shape. With the aim of creating a product that will bring back memories of old radios while helping building a close relationship with the user, Kartono created this surprising cute object that sits in border between retro and modern. Basic and simple, the radio is made from sustainable harvested wood. The light color is… read more

Compact, Affordable Bluetooth Smart Bulb Available for Pre-order

Compact, Affordable Bluetooth Smart Bulb Available for Pre-order

If you’ve been yearning to get smarter lighting for your home or office, but have been put off by the relatively high price of smart LED bulbs, now’s your chance to reserve a compact, Bluetooth-enabled smart bulb, controlled by your smartphone, and capable of producing a huge range of colors. The LuMini, which is a smaller and more affordable version of Tabu‘s Lumen TL800 LED smart bulb, which can fit into a standard light bulb socket, and be precisely controlled through an app on your smartphone. This new version is more of a mood lighting and accent lamp than the… read more

Microsoft & Apple Among Top 10 Eco Companies

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2014 has begun quite well thus far, although Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s unexpected death has slightly diminished its awesomeness. Nonetheless, the EPA has released their rankings for the top 30 companies with outstanding ecological focuses. Among them are Apple, Microsoft, and Google — three of the top competitors in the mobile and computing world. We’ve listed the top ten below. You can click the above link to view the rest. 1. Intel Corporation Intel makes computer chips, which in turn make the world go ’round. They’re noted for their use of biogass, biomass, small-hydro, solar, and wind. 2. Microsoft Corporation Microsoft… read more

Collapsible Lantern is Charged by Hand Crank

Collapsible Lantern is Charged by Hand Crank

This handy little portable lantern collapses down to less than 2 inches high for transport, and expands to become a 4 1/2″ high source of illumination, powered by a hand crank. Whether you want a mobile light source that can operate without the need for disposable batteries or a cord for your next camping trip or just for a low-carbon reading light at home, the Wind Up Accordion Lantern, from designer Wu Jian Jun, might be just the ticket. Powered either by cranking the handle or be charging via USB cable, this lantern can be used to light larger areas… read more