Personal Thermal Imaging Device Locates Energy Loss

Personal Thermal Imaging Device Locates Energy Loss

While adding high-tech and high-efficiency appliances to your home is one way to reduce both energy costs and energy consumption, sometimes the most effective methods are those that enable you to make your current living situation more efficient, by tightening up the building envelope itself and cutting down on energy loss. While caulking around windows and doors or other obvious holes in the home, adding insulation to the ceiling or floor, and adding an external storm door can be a great help in reducing energy loss, many times we aren’t aware of just exactly where the heat is being lost,… read more

Wallets from Vintage Baseball Gloves

Wallets from Vintage Baseball Gloves

The softness and suppleness of a well-used piece of leather gear is something that can’t really be replicated, as it takes years of work and play to break in leather, and during that time, the leather is also taking on a deep rich patina, one which tends to be more desirable than something right off of the assembly line. So it stands to reason that repurposing that old leather into something that could have a long second life is not only eco-friendly, but also stylish as well. Instead of using virgin leather, one company is choosing to use pieces of… read more

A GPS Adventure Box For Endless Outdoors Fun

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Just a week ago, CES 2014 wrapped up in Las Vegas. It was a great show with tons of new product announcements, along with a few duds. This week, however, we’d like to focus on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform has come a long way since its inception in 2011, with bigger and better projects receiving their funding each campaign. We’d like to shed some light on the campaigns we feel have the greatest potential to better your daily life from an eco-tech standpoint. Today’s choice is the ‘GPS AdventureBox‘ from creator Garrett Hendrick. The box is essentially an empty wooden… read more

Urb-e Is The Future Of Personal Transport

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At CES 2014, tons of awesome (and less-than-spectacular) products were showcased and raved about. One of them was the Urb-e. This tiny folding electric scooter is what we’ll all be cruising around on in the next few years. Check out The Verge’s quick review on the floor of CES: The Urb-e has the functionality of a swiss-army knife, and the portability of a backpack, weighing in at just 25 pounds. It uses an iPhone as a dashboard to display battery power and range, giving added definition to the trend of connectivity between motor vehicles and gadgets. While you can’t go… read more

This Torpedo Charges in Car, Powers Your Mobile

This Torpedo Charges in Car, Powers Your Mobile

We’re so attached to our mobile devices that when they run out of power, it feels like our day grinds to a halt. To keep that from happening, it can be very helpful to carry a backup power source with us, and one that doesn’t need to be attached to a wall outlet. One mobile charger that fits that bill, and is perfect for those who commute by car, is the Brunton Torpedo 2800. No, you can’t fire it at anyone, but you can charge it up while you drive and use it to power your lunchtime Angry Birds addiction…. read more

Boost Your iPhone or iPad Sound with an Eco-Amp

Boost Your iPhone or iPad Sound with an Eco-Amp

So many of us use our iPhones and iPads as our music and video players, but because they’re not designed to be very loud when not using earphones, it can be frustrating when trying to listen to music or watch videos with our friends. There are plenty of options for external speakers, most of which require a power cord or batteries, but if you’re looking for a low-tech green alternative, you might find that this “green amplifier” does the trick, without using any extra electricity. The eco-amp 2.0, which is a passive amplifier that fits onto the end of the… read more

Ultra-Tiny Windmills Could be Future of Cellphone Charging

Ultra-Tiny Windmills Could be Future of Cellphone Charging

What comes to mind when most of us think of wind power is giant turbines mounted on tall masts, usually on a high hill or out in the country, but the future of consumer wind technology may actually be found in very tiny windmills. An innovative micro-windmill has been developed by researchers at University of Texas Arlington, and it’s so tiny that one grain of rice could hold 10 of them. Measuring just 1.8mm at its widest, these tiny wind generators could be the future of charging mobile devices, possibly through covering a phone sleeve with them and sending the… read more

iPad Must-Haves

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All the new mobile, electronic devices in our lives require personalization and a huge market for electronic accessories has arrived to meet our need to shop. The stylish eco-friendly buyer can now look to some of the following companies who are providing clever designs for your iPad. The Kork 2 is an iPad case by Aprodukt and is entirely made of recycled cork. This case is completely recycled.  The Kork 2 integrates the Apple smart cover for all around protection. Complete with tray mode, Kork 2 will give the natural look along with the sustainability for the environment. The Plaid… read more

This Little Birdi is a Smarter Air Monitor

This Little Birdi is a Smarter Air Monitor

Every winter, we read stories about people who lose their lives because of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is something that could be prevented with a simple detector that alerts residents to high levels of CO in the home. Just recently, we’ve seen some new versions of these air monitoring devices, such as the Nest Protect, but there’s another contender about to hit the market, and this one also has an avian name. Birdi takes the traditional smoke and carbon monoxide a couple of steps forward, as it not only detects the possibility of a fire in the home, or a… read more

Robotic Muscle Thousand Times Stronger Than Humans

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have invented a robotic “muscle” that’s 1,000 times stronger than human muscle. It’s an incredible creation, and could allow the muscle to lift and throw an object 50 times its weight and five times its length. Here’s a short video demoing the muscle: If the muscle performs as expected, it could be used in everything from robots to human prosthetic limbs, as well as exo-skeleton machines for the military. Individuals with damaged muscles would finally be able to function normally again, and those born without limbs and/or individuals who’ve… read more