3D Printing at Home

3D Printing

We’ve written about 3-D printers that can create a house in hours and days, though we haven’t written about 3-D printers for home use. While still in the infant stages, 3-D printing is quickly becoming a trend in the United States and around the globe. Since these devices are so versatile, just about anybody can start using them with little to no experience or training. You simply connect the printer to your computer download a few programs, insert the construction materials, and have at it. Even some middle and high schools have begun using 3-D printers in their science classes… read more

Power Your Phone with Kinetic Energy from Your Run

Power Your Phone with the Kinetic Energy from Your Run

Our gadget-centric culture has one big weak link, which is power storage. If you’re not near an outlet (and have time on your hands), or have a backup battery with you, when your device’s battery is dead, you’re out of luck. Wouldn’t it be great if you could harvest and use the energy from your movements to power your gadgets? You could go for your morning run or workout, and then transfer that kinetic energy to your smartphone, providing a full day’s charge with the power of your own body’s movement. In the near future, that could be a viable… read more

The App Effect

The App Effect

Children growing up in a media driven culture can be exposed to large amounts of screen time each day, at home and at school. As learning expands and interests form, you may wonder what the effect an app based environment has on learning. Research topics revolving around this area are increasing, and some studies are showing interesting findings. Schools.com has compiled an infographic outlining children’s use of tablets and attitudes revolving around apps. The educational based app arena has seen an upsurge in recent years and according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as many as 80% of the paid… read more

Compact Speaker Systems – How Do They Sound?

Compact Speaker Systems - How Do They Sound?

With portability and versatility in mind, compact speaker systems are popping up all over that are designed to work with smartphones, tablets and laptops. These are space saving and can carry less of an impact than larger scale models. Vers has a line of speakers that come in handcrafted wood cabinets that are said to enhance the sound quality. The Vers 1Q started as a concept product on Kickstarter and is now available. When 2 of the 1Qs are combined they become a 13 watt stereo system, and this also comes standard in the 2Q. The company has an environmentally responsible… read more

Is This the World’s Smartest Light Switch?

World's Smartest Light Switch Offers Gesture Control

The coming “Internet of Things” is already in play at some houses, at least in parts and pieces, through home automation hardware, smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, and even smart garden sensors. And now, a new piece of the puzzle, smart lighting, is on its way, thanks to Goldee, which is being billed as the “world’s smartest light switch.” The Goldee Light Controller, which can be installed like any standard light switch, is compatible with regular lightbulbs, but in order to take advantage of the device’s “light scenes” and smart features, should be paired up with the new generation of… read more

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

The icon of geeky hipsterdom, the iPhone, has one major weakness that is often found after an incident of clumsiness, which is usually accompanied by a wailing voice saying, “Aargh! I just broke my screen!” That Gorilla Glass is pretty tough, but not tough enough to stand up to all direct impacts on a hard surface, and once it’s broken, where does it all go? Probably to the landfill, in most cases, which is not a very sustainable solution. To try to help stem the tide of wasted gadget parts, Twice Used turns those bits and pieces into everyday items… read more

A Computer Kit as Simple as LEGO

A Computer Kit as Simple as LEGO

While it’s not necessary for all of us to know how our computers and gadgets work, teaching our kids about the technology that drives computing, and the coding that makes it all work, could give them a huge advantage in their education and open up a lot of opportunities for them later in life. To that end, an innovative computer and coding kit can help to give them the tools they need in order to succeed in the coming tech age. The Kano kit is a DIY computer, powered by Raspberry Pi, that goes together as simple as LEGO and… read more

Buy a tablet this Christmas

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It’s the holiday season again, which means aggressive ad-campaigns from retailers, last-second decisions on gifts, and a month-and-a-half of stress. Looking for the gift that keeps on giving? Buy a computer tablet. These days (and for the past couple of years, to be honest), tablets have seriously stepped up their game to directly compete with PC’s, and now more than ever is the time to buy. Apple just came out with their new line of iPads: the 5th generation full-size iPad (now called the iPad Air), and a new iPad Mini w/Retina display. Google has another Nexus 7, Samsung has… read more

Blow Snow, Not Energy

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The winter season is upon us here in The States, and that means it’s time to prepare for the dreaded task of snow-removal. Unfortunately, most of the motorized methods tend to spew carbon like there’s no tomorrow, and it’s usually better to just do it by hand. However, we’d like to present several alternatives that promise to save both the environment and your aching back. Snow Jo Eco-Friendly Electric 18-inch Snow Blower If you thought that electric-powered machinery means opting for a weak alternative, you couldn’t be more wrong. Powered by a 13.5 amp battery, this blower cuts 18 inches… read more

Get Personal Care Safety Ratings at Your Fingertips

Get Personal Care Safety Ratings at Your Fingertips

For optimal health, it’s important to not only know what we’re putting in our bodies, in terms of food and supplements and medicine, but also what we’re putting on our bodies. After all, the skin is our largest organ, and when we put personal care and beauty products on our bodies, we are also exposing ourselves to potentially dangerous ingredients through breathing them in, inadvertently ingesting them from our lips or our hands, and absorbing them through our skin. And it’s not enough to simply scan the labels looking for products that say “natural” or that have ingredients derived from… read more