This App Helps You Find Ethical Restaurants

This App Helps You Find Ethical Restaurants

One way to a more sustainable world is through making better food choices – choices that support humane and sustainable agriculture. That can happen through choosing to go meat-free one day a week, or going vegetarian or vegan all the time. However, just because you make those choices at home doesn’t mean that they’re easy to do so when eating out at restaurants. But a forthcoming smartphone app may make it much simpler to eat sustainably when dining out. The Humane Eating Project, which is currently raising money through an Indiegogo campaign, aims to put a helpful tool for more… read more

Solar-Powered Offgrid Mobile Desk

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If you do any type of work that might entail using a laptop or other mobile devices in the field, (or perhaps you just want to work outside) and want a mobile workspace that can not only be used as a desk, but can also supply power to your devices, this mobile solar desk ought to be on your wishlist. The KANZ Field Power Desk is based on the company’s Field Kitchen design, and features a Baltic birch interior within a marine grade aluminum housing, and when the legs are assembled, can be a standalone workspace, complete with solar power…. read more

This Bracelet Uses The Heartbeat To Connect Users

This Bracelet Uses The Heartbeat To Connect Users

Biometric technology has advanced in recent years, and recognition software is promising to offer some exciting future products for consumers. Forget voice recognition and fingerprint readers, your heartbeat could be your new login method. The latest gear utilizes human gesturing and heartbeat recognition to connect users to their devices, and the Nymi by Bionym has won a top spot on the market with its bracelet system. There are no passwords to remember, but the user’s unique cardiac tempo validates identity and allows wireless connections to laptops, smartphones, vehicles and many other devices. Gestures let you control intended activities, for example, a… read more

Measure Actual Electric Costs with MeterPlug

Measure Actual Electric Costs with MeterPlug

Reducing our electricity use can help us live a little greener, by decreasing our overall energy consumption, and it can also help us to save money on our bills. But how do you know what’s using the most electricity and costing the most money? It’s one thing to know what the appliance sticker says, as far as how much electricity it uses, and another thing entirely to know exactly how much money it will cost you every month. But a useful little gadget can help make that information a lot more transparent, by telling you exactly how much juice each… read more

Reading with Solar Power: Solar Kindle Cover

Reading by the Power of the Sun: Solar Kindle Cover

Owning an e-reader, such as the Kindle, can make your reading experience greener by eliminating the use of paper and ink to deliver words to your hands, as well as eliminating the need for shipping a physical object to your door in order to read the latest bestseller. And if you pick up one of these solar-powered covers for it, you can also power the Kindle itself with the sun’s energy. The Solar Lighted Kindle Cover, from SolarFocus, integrates a small solar panel in the cover, which can not only power the Kindle itself, but also energizes the built-in reading… read more

Affordable Smart Plugs & LEDs Controlled by Smartphone

Affordable Smart Plugs & LEDs Controlled by Smartphone

If you want to begin turning your house or apartment into a smart home, but you don’t want to have to put down a lot of money on a whole house solution, there’s a new product that can help you get started, plug by plug and bulb by bulb. The Plugaway system uses affordable smart plugs (about $30 AUD) and smart LED bulbs (about $45 AUD) that can be plugged in wherever you like, between the appliance plug and the outlet, and can be controlled via smartphone. The Plugaway devices connect with your home WiFi network, and can be used… read more

This Solar Fire Starter Fits in Your Pocket

For a great little gift for the outdoorsman or adventurer in your life, or for your favorite emergency preparedness enthusiast, or even your own “bugout” kit, you might consider picking up one of these little pocket devices. The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter, from Solo Scientific Inc., is a combination tinder box, solar fire starter, and signaling mirror, that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. This little gadget has no moving parts, uses no batteries or flints or fuel, and can even start a fire using Xenon HID car headlights. “The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter™ is… read more

Build This Renewable Energies Solar Kit

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Solar power is a hot topic these days, considering the burgeoning success of eco-friendly companies such as SolarCity, Tesla, and others. Why not take some time out of your day to learn a bit more about the process behind making energy from sunlight? Check it: You can build 6 different experiments with this kit, and it’s not just for kids! From a walking robot, to a wind turbine, this kit will help you explore several areas of solar power you might not otherwise get a chance to learn about. You might even be inspired to look into solar power for… read more

EveryDrop Portable Water Filter for Great Tasting Water

EveryDrop Portable Water Filter for Great Tasting Water

If you live in an area where the municipal water supply has a not-so-great taste to it, you might be inclined to buy bottled water, instead of just filling up from the tap. Or perhaps you have a water filter at home, but no way to fill up your water bottle while at the office. A new product from Whirlpool might be the perfect way to ensure that you’ve got the freshest tasting drinking water, whether for drinking or for filling up the kettle or coffee maker. The EveryDrop portable water filter is a stylish accessory for any kitchen or… read more

Eco Friendly Robot Toy For Christmas

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Still doing some last-minute shopping? Amazon has you covered up until Christmas day if you’re looking for that one unique toy to purchase for your child. Whether it’s last-day or late-day Christmas shopping, look no further than this tin can robot: You can buy the toy using this link. Essentially, it’s a small robot from 4M that teaches re-usability, conservation, responsibility, electronics, mechanics, and more. This is a perfect parent-child project to enjoy through the holidays, and a neat showoff gift your child can bring to school with them on show-and-tell day. If you need help with assembly, here’s a… read more