TAG: Computers

Can Staring At Screens Really Damage Your Eyes?

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It’s something we’ve been told since cable television, computers, and video games became a staple of the modern home. “Don’t stare at the computer screen too long or you’ll lose your eyesight!” Many a parent has warned their child, looking for just five more minutes of gameplay, that such a danger exists. But is there any truth to the claim? And if so, how should we be monitoring ourselves? Check it out: Now that you’ve watched the video, will your parenting methods change? Are you still wary of those crazy science people? After all, mother knows best … right? It makes a… read more

A Living Computer Created From Slime Mold

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Researchers from the University of the West of England in Bristol have discovered a means of creating intelligent, powerful biocomputers using the slime found on rotten leaves and logs. It is a theory first presented in the 70’s by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley. In 2008, the theory was put into practice using titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Now researchers want to create a “living computer” with the slime mold. Check it: What do you think? Would you ever pay for an organic computer?

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

Techie DIY Tips

DIY Techie Tips

For some, the multi-tasking ability that comes with using a tablet PC along with a phalanx of other tech gadgets isn’t a question of desire, but one of necessity. Unfortunately, good tablets tend to be on the pricey side of things. Fortunately, DIY website Instructables has a neat tutorial on how to turn a used Macbook computer into a fully-functioning tablet. What would the benefits be of choosing a self-built mactablet over a brand new iPad? For starters, it’s recyclable. Sure, you could just as easily take your ancient Macbook down to your nearest Best Buy and recycle it, or… read more

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Gabriel Dishaw has a way with recycled materials. Specializing in upcycled art and sculpture, he combines items like metals and discarded electronic components and assembles them into quite imaginative works. Dated technology like typewriters, computers, miscellaneous keys and other machine parts are brought to life as mechanical displays. Utilizing cast off pieces from no longer needed objects allows the artist to create masterful pieces without attributing to landfill waste. One of his works, the Star Wars Series, is a collection of sculptures that are recycled replications of characters from the saga. Fans of the classic films will surely appreciate these… read more

Recycled Tech Jewelry from a 14 Year Old

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Taylor Burghard is making a buzz in central Missouri for her innovative jewelry designs, which incorporate pieces from old computers and other electronic devices. Though she is only fourteen years old, making this up-cycled jewelry is more than a hobby. Instead, Miss Burghard has utilized her talents to create her own business designing and selling this jewelry. Like other entrepreneurs, her ideas stemmed from an early passion. Along with a love for jewelry, Burghard has had a great deal of experience with computers. From age two, she was already getting a taste of entrepreneurship helping out at her parent’s shop,… read more

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

In the U.S. alone, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2010 there were a total of 423,000 tons of computers that were disposed of. Of this amount, 255,000 tons were added to the landfills and 168,000 tons were recycled. This is only a recycling rate of 40%. This doesn’t even account for monitors, keyboards or other parts. Throwing out an old, outdated computer doesn’t necessarily always have to happen, though. If you like to tinker with technology or have a junior technician in the midst, consider doing a modification project. Check out the following computer mods that give the look… read more

Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Desktop with LittleBox

Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Desktop with LittleBox

Sometimes the advances in technology get away from us, and we don’t know how our gadgets are even put together, let alone how they work. But with the mini-computer revolution happening, it’s a great time to get started in building your own devices. Thanks to innovations in tiny powerful devices, such as the Raspberry Pi units, it’s now possible to create your very own custom gadgets, from a laptop to a media center to a WiFi radio. But it doesn’t stop there, because one dedicated user has come up with a design to take a Raspberry Pi and turn it… read more

This 3D Printer is Controlled by Thought

This 3D Printer is Controlled by Thought

With the recent advances in 3D printing, it’s now possible to own a small desktop model capable of building parts or printing prototypes, which seems like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. But now another development is taking the technology even further, with a 3D printer than can be controlled by your mind. 3D printing is an amazing resource, but it’s not enough to just own a unit, because you also need to know how use it, and this invention could be a shortcut to 3D printing mastery, even for kids. “What is the point of these printers if… read more

Eco Purchase Options

Eco Purchases

Every time we shop we are presented with green options. We may not know it at first, but when confronted with choices, like which watch to buy or what device to listen to our music on, there is always one item that proves more efficient than the rest. Though these options are not as apparent as LED lights or hemp tote bags, they do contribute to daily savings of energy and other resources. Choosing these items over their contemporaries will add to your overall level of efficiency and may help you consume more responsibly. This isn’t to encourage unnecessary purchases,… read more