TAG: Gadgets

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

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Extending electronic life and juicing up gadgets, batteries and power storage are vital to everyday life. There are innovative designs that make batteries more efficient, but those are probably much different than the following scientific discoveries. The world of technology has a covert side that one research team has found out. As discussed in New Scientist, behind our plugged-in gear lives a whole spectrum of life that can actually be used for power. By gathering sea sediment and placing battery electrodes into it, researchers found that along with bacteria living cells will begin to appear. When combined with filaments, which… read more

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere!

Are We Getting Better?

100’s of years ago, there were no plastic bottles to recycle, no campaigns to tell us to recycle them and common sense reusing was often out of necessity. Now we think we are doing the environment a favor if we make an effort to recycle our paper and aluminum cans. While recycling is of course a modern day must, we have to ask if we truly need to have so much stuff that needs to be recycled in the first place. According to a survey on PowerSourceOnline, among the technological gadgets that are not used but piled up in our homes anyway… read more

Space Saving Media Storage That Doubles As Art

Space Saving Media Storage That Doubles As Art

Designs in gadgets and technology have definitely become more space-saving during the years. However, sometimes the only thing that is lost isn’t the product’s floor space. Often left behind is a presentation that makes gear visually appealing. One interesting take on technology design is a multimedia player that is attempting to bridge this gap called Qleek. It is a method for media storage that can play music and movies, and also works as a photo album, holds books, playlists, videos and stores files. Designed to liven up the look of digital libraries and sound systems, this project lets you have… read more

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

If you’re looking for a rugged backup battery for your mobile devices, and one that has a whole lot of features packed into a tiny form factor, including being dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the latest offering from Limefuel. If you live an active lifestyle, and are hard on your gear, the company’s newest model, the Rugged L150XR, just might be the offroad and offgrid portable power supply for you. Weighing in at just 13 oz, and measuring just 5.5″ x 3.27″ x 1″, this little device packs a lot of juice… read more

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

No Programming or Wiring is Necessary to Build These Robots

To succeed in our tech-heavy future, the kids of today need to be learning the skills that will be in use and in demand for years to come, and much of those will fall under the umbrellas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Teaching children to code and to build new and useful electronics devices may give them a big leg up in their education, as well as give humanity some leverage for building a more sustainable world tomorrow. The age of robots is already upon us, but for the most part, robotics is something used in factories, or… read more

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

A Rugged Waterproof Solar Charger: JOOS Orange

For meeting all of your mobile power needs, nothing beats a portable solar charger, except maybe a portable solar charger with a built-in battery. A standalone solar panel is great when you can plug your device into it and let it sit while charging, but if you want more flexibility, the built-in battery storage allows you to store that solar energy for when you need it, so you don’t have to surrender your device while it’s charging. For plain-vanilla urban use, there are plenty of good quality portable solar chargers available, but if your lifestyle includes lots outdoor activity around… read more

Portable Audio System Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Modern electronics devices are usually made with petroleum-based virgin plastics, which can’t really be recycled or reused once we’re done with the product, which just adds to the environmental toll of our gadget-centric culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are plenty of options for those looking for a greener way to listen to their music or videos, such as this one, from House of Marley (yes, that Marley family). The Get Together™ Bluetooth portable audio system is small but powerful, and can easily fill a room with sound, thanks to its 3.5″ high output woofers… read more

Have You Heard The IKoNO?

IKoNO: ECO-FRIENDLY OLD STYLE WOODEN RADIO

IKoNO is a beautiful wooden radio inspired by the old fashion ones. Designed by Singgih S. Kartono, owner of Magno-Design, this eco-design has everything the old classics have: round knobs, a speaker grill, a handle, telescopic antenna and the battery case, all within the basic ‘box’ shape. With the aim of creating a product that will bring back memories of old radios while helping building a close relationship with the user, Kartono created this surprising cute object that sits in border between retro and modern. Basic and simple, the radio is made from sustainable harvested wood. The light color is… read more

Personal Thermal Imaging Device Locates Energy Loss

Personal Thermal Imaging Device Locates Energy Loss

While adding high-tech and high-efficiency appliances to your home is one way to reduce both energy costs and energy consumption, sometimes the most effective methods are those that enable you to make your current living situation more efficient, by tightening up the building envelope itself and cutting down on energy loss. While caulking around windows and doors or other obvious holes in the home, adding insulation to the ceiling or floor, and adding an external storm door can be a great help in reducing energy loss, many times we aren’t aware of just exactly where the heat is being lost,… read more