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Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

Wearable Tech Turns Sustainable

If you love wooden jewelry and are no stranger to wearable tech, this new line may just be for you. The team at Linou have created a collection of wearable technology, and along with their functional applications they also sport a bit of character. The new designs include a watch and necklace that more resemble pieces of art, with their wooden forms and organic feel. The products just launched on Kickstarter, and the company claims to be breaking ground in this niche in the industry as the first collection of wearable technology that is also sustainably produced. The Wood Tech Watch and… read more

Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

If you love music but don’t play an instrument, Mogees have it covered. Bruno Zamborlin, a researcher in musical technology, has developed a device that lets people be musical within their own perimeters. A Kickstarter project soon to come to life, the Mogees system is powered up when plugged into a smartphone’s headphone jack and can be used with iOS or Android apps. The unit, which sort of resembles a bottlecap design, can be placed on any surface. Users open up the app, and the internal sensor picks up on the vibrations that are made when responding to any ordinary… read more

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

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

Cosmetic Concerns And 4 Ingredients To Avoid

People use cosmetics to enhance the appearance of the skin and to address issues, but sometimes products that are purchased to help actually can be harmful. Some of the chemical components found in cosmetics and beauty products may not be regulated, and can cause a range of problems from allergies to hormone and reproductive disturbances, among other health concerns. Parabens can be found in a wide range of products. They are commonly used as a preservative and fragrance, and an approximate 75-90% of cosmetics contain low levels of parabens. They can easily be absorbed into the skin, and are able… read more

Using Old Android Phones to Thwart Illegal Logging

Rainforest

The inherent power and capabilities of smartphones, even outdated ones, make them great candidates for repurposing to help with conservation efforts. Because of their ability to send and receive data, as well as use the onboard microphone and networking features, smartphones, powered by solar panels, are being deployed as a rainforest surveillance system to help slow deforestation due to illegal logging in Indonesia. The idea, from Rainforest Connection, is that the smartphones can be installed at various locations in the rainforest, complete with a small solar panel to provide the energy, and used to continuously monitor the noises nearby. When… read more

Save Paper – Download the Digital Version

Digital Magazines on iPad

We’ve covered e-books and their popularity quite extensively in past articles, and will likely continue to do so, since they’re very important in terms of ecological and economical benefaction. Rather than keep old magazines lying around the house just waiting to be tossed in the trash heap, consider reading the digital version of Popular Science, Discover, Wired, Reader’s Digest, etc. There are a wide array of apps you can download for free, and we’ve got the best of them listed below. Zinio This is easily the most convenient (and cheapest) of the bunch. The top names in magazines are readily available,… read more

Coming Soon: Wireless Wind Meter for Smartphones

Vaavud

Taking accurate wind speed measurements anytime, anyplace, is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to a new wind meter that’s in the process of being Kickstarted. Being able to measure the speed of the wind at specific times and places can be a boon to many people, including kitesurfers, sailors, paragliders, and yes, even wind turbine owners. But the wind speeds reported from data stations may not be that accurate, due to local geological features and thermal conditions. The folks behind Vaavud, a new wireless wind meter that connects to Android and iPhones, are kitesurfers who got frustrated… read more

Go Paperless with this Digital Receipts App

Proximiant App

Getting a receipt for your transactions is good practice, both for tracking your expenses and just in case there’s an error or you need to return something. But do you really need a paper copy of receipts? One issue with paper receipts is the toll on the environment, from the paper to the ink to the materials that make up the printer itself, and the other issue is that they aren’t very efficient to reference or search after the fact. Digital receipts, however, can be tagged, categorized, searched, or annotated very easily, and because they don’t use any physical resources… read more

Blackberry Mobile Revival

Blackberry revival

The other day, I went to the Alltel store in my town and purchased a new Blackberry Curve 3g. To many, this decision would seem downright ridiculous if there wasn’t a reason behind my madness. RIM’s devices have been around since 1998, and it’s unfortunate that they have not aged well. When iOS and Android debuted, Blackberry failed to adapt in several ways which ultimately cost them the market they’d owned before this new competition. I’ve never used a Blackberry prior to this purchase, though I’d always wanted one as a kid. Owning this prestigious device meant something back then,… read more