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Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

If you can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, the following designs may be of interest. The Barisieur is a dream come true for those who have to have their morning coffee before functioning. This alarm clock can be set to brew a cup of fresh coffee, ready right when you wake up. Developed by by Joshua Renouf for a graduate project, this concept product may just be genius. Stainless steel ball bearings work to boil water with induction heating. Renouf has thought of everything, as the unit is complete with coffee and sugar compartments. There is even… read more

Is It Recyclable?

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Of course recycling is a must, but sometimes it can be a time consuming venture. Drawers become stockpiled with cells, chargers and empty ink cartridges because we aren’t sure what to do with them. Things that don’t go into the regular recycling bin usually are put aside with good intention, but often get forgotten about in the daily bustle. Properly recycling used up or no longer wanted gadgets may take a bit more effort than just tossing them into a bin, but once you figure out what to do with them it can make the next time around easier. Check… read more

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Beatrix*JAR Mixes Music, Recycling and Good Vibes

Capturing and creating sounds, Beatrix*JAR is a band comprised of 2 interesting musical artists. Bianca Pettis, also known as Beatrix, and Jacob Aaron Roske, or JAR, have combined music and recycling to come up with an inventive collection of sounds turned into songs. The sound performance artists collect and customize recycled children’s toys and musical instruments and turn them into circuit bent mechanisms that produce unique sounds. Circuit bending is the process of altering the circuit board system of a battery operated instrument or keyboard, causing it to emit various experimental sounds. In addition to live concerts, they offer workshops… read more

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

What if your smartphone was engineered to biodegrade when you wanted an upgrade? Or what if its components could even dissolve when they came into contact with water? That is what a team of investigators from 3 universities have been examining, and they have actually made it a possibility. The U.S. based researchers who developed the technology are from Northwestern University, Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The research study has been given the name “born to die” and essentially, that is what it is. A new way of manufacturing smartgear and other devices, called transient electronics,… read more

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

It sounds more like something you may come across on an outdoor trek than on a countertop. However, in the everlasting search for a better way to make smart plastics another interesting discovery has been found. The Chinese mitten crab is viewed as a tasty delight for some, a menace to many others and an unusual form of material inspiration for designer Jeongwon Ji. When mitten crabs overpopulate they can upset land and water areas, and their excessive burrowing habits can actually cause instability problems for structures. Looking at available sources for manufacturing bioplastics geared toward a slow production process,… read more

DIY Wireless Electricity Project

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We’ve written about wireless electricity in the recent past, and explained how we, and many in the tech industry, believe that the not-too-distant future will be dominated by this technology. Gone will be the days of dealing with rattails of wiring from our PC’s, game systems, lamps, chargers, etc. Instead, wireless induction coils will power our gadgets for a more efficient, eco-friendly transfer of energy. Summer is a time for fun and enjoyment and for families, it’s a time to spend with children and teach them important lessons about life. Consider a garage project with electromagnets, such as this one… read more

Solar Powered Gadgets

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Saving electrical costs is a top-priority for homeowners. Solar power, until recently, has been an expensive option for everyday consumers. Unless you required an entire city block’s worth of power, going green really wasn’t monetarily feasible. That all changed last year, when a wide variety of solar-powered gadgets debuted at the consumer technology tradeshow, CES. Not only is the next generation of green gadgets affordable and utilitarian, but they look wonderful and will add an artistic flair to any tech setup. The first on our list is solar powered wi-fi pictured above. This is best for on-the-go internet needs, as it’s essentially just… read more

Ethically Manufactured Gadgets

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With huge global demand for electronic gadgets especially mobile phones, the need for the minerals to build these electronic devices has sky-rocketed. But have we really considered where and how these minerals are produced? A report last year in Business Week uncovered how tin, a vital element in the production of our favorite gadgets, is mined under horrendous conditions for the workers. The article brought to light an horrific story which has been ignored up to now in the headlong rush to acquire the latest mobile technology. Not just tin, but many other component minerals are mined in Indonesia, where mining is a hazardous… read more