Check Your Thermostat

Check Your Thermostat

If one thermostat controls your entire home’s temperature, it is best to keep it set at 78 degrees F (25 degrees Celsius) during the summer and 68 degrees F (20 degrees Celsius) during the winter. If you can, have multiple thermostats, installing one in each room of the house. When you use one thermostat for the entire house it can create uneven temperatures throughout your home. Plus energy is wasted heating and cooling unused rooms, which will probably show up on your bills. If you have a different thermostat controlling each room, you can individualize the temperature to the room,… read more

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

Turning E-Waste and Vintage Electronics into Music

With the rapid obsolescence of electronics and the urge to constantly upgrade to the latest new gadget, we’re rapidly creating mountains of electronic waste (e-waste) that is full of potentially toxic materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium. Much of that e-waste ends up in the landfill, where it can pollute air and soil and water, instead of at electronics recyclers, where the resources that go into making the electronics could be reclaimed. And when most of us hear about the e-waste problem, the most we’re willing to do to help mitigate it is by properly recycling our gadgets… read more

A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

A Lightweight, Foldable Solar Charger for Your Gadgets

For those of us who rely on our mobile gadgets all day long, whether for work or play, running out of juice is a sure way to put a crimp in our day. And while carrying a backup battery along on a trip or out off of the grid is certainly helpful, sooner or later we’ll end up needing a recharge. One way to get a charge, free from the sun, is with a portable solar charger like this one from StrongVolt. Available in 3, 5, 7, or 10 Watt models, these foldable and lightweight solar panels can add hours… read more

Smartphone Accessory Can Check Your Cholesterol

Smartphone Accessory Can Check Your Cholesterol

A recent development at Cornell University may give health-conscious smartphone users a way to quickly check their cholesterol levels, using their phone’s camera. Dubbed the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, or “smartCARD,”, this prototype smartphone accessory can optically detects crucial biomarkers in a drop of the user’s blood, sweat or saliva, and then use color analysis to measure the total cholesterol. “The smartCARD accessory – which looks somewhat like a smartphone credit card reader – clamps over the phone’s camera. Its built-in flash provides uniform, diffused light to illuminate the test strip that fits into the smartCARD reader. The… read more

Rechargeable LED Lantern Controlled Via Smartphone

Rechargeable LED Lantern Controlled by Your Smartphone

LED light bulbs are the next wave of the future of lighting, due to their energy-efficiency and range of hues, and if you own one of these new LED light fixtures, you won’t even have to get up off out of the recliner to dim it or turn it on or off. For a smarter way to illuminate your home, a new type of LED lantern offers a variety of lighting settings, controlled via your smartphone. The Vela, from Twisthink, is a Bluetooth-controlled LED lantern that is rechargeable via a plugged-in dock, and that features a range of settings to… read more

Five Reasons We Actually Need Personal Drones

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In just over a year, an estimated 7,500 drones will fly over U.S. airspace, all of them regulated by the FAA. Currently, an estimated 10,000 hobby drones occupy the skies, although by law they’re not allowed to fly above a 400 ft ceiling, nor can they collect video and data for commercial use (although I trust that last part about as much as I trust that the FBI isn’t watching me write this via webcam right now. Whoops). Still, despite the controversial future for drones, there’s still room for them to take up special places in our hearts. We actually… read more

Turn Tap Water into Supercharged Water with AQUA POD

Turn Tap Water into Supercharged Water with AQUA POD

Instead of just drinking plain tap water from your water bottle, why not filter it and supercharge it with minerals and electrolytes, while you drink? A new product claims to be able to not just filter the water you drink, but to also turn your average everyday tap water into “mountain quality spring water”, thanks to a unique filter. “The nkd AQUA POD transforms ordinary tap water into mountain quality spring water through a 100% natural clean and green purification process as you drink. nkd AQUA is slightly alkaline and supercharged with the optimal level of natural minerals and electrolytes… read more

Charge Your Phone In 5 Seconds

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Graphene is an amazing technology. It’s biodegradable, flexible, super-conducting, and will literally change the world. In the next few years as the technology is refined, we’ll discover an entire array of possible uses, including the ability to charge your cellphone in seconds, your car in minutes, and after that? Well, I suppose we’ll have to wait around and see. In the meantime, check out how this technology is even possible:

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

If you’re considering installing a small renewable energy system at home, such as photovoltaic solar panels or a small wind turbine, you might want to find out just how much energy you can expect to get from those systems at your location, before spending the money. One way to do that is through using a little device that is said to accurately measure the wind and solar energy potential at your location, such as the Power Predictor. This gadget measures the wind speed and direction, as well as the solar potential, and sends the collected data to an online portal… read more

3D Printed Food Is Right Around The Corner

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3-D printing opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to cost-savings, reducing environmental impact, and truly “going green”. We’ve seen everything from 3D printed homes to jet engines, and now comes the inevitable food “replicating” we all grew up watching on Star Trek. Right now, food items such as chocolate, jam, cookies, and even pizzas can be 3-d printed, although we’re still awhile away from having the printer cook the food before serving. Check out this cool video and see it first-hand for yourself: