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Design For All

Design For All

Being design school educated may not be in the cards for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t update your own space with style. The following apps and resources can assist in those times where an extra eye or creative flair can make all the difference. If you’re in the market for wallpaper or murals, or just want to get an idea of how a certain design will look in a space, Glamora Design Studio has a free app to help picture what a vision will actually look like on the wall. Available as an iPad download, users can take a picture of… read more

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

Playing With Architecture

Playing With Architecture

We can’t all be pros in the fields of architecture and design. But we can play around with architecturally inspired worlds. Check out the following for some inspiration, fun and a good excuse to get your inner creativity on. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, AutoCAD 360 is a free app that lets users draw, draft, edit, share sketches and more. This is a great resource applicable in the field with additional subscription based capabilities, and there is also a web version. MagicPlan is a free iTunes download that provides a platform for drawing out floor plans. Users take pictures and are then provided… read more

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

Speakers not only amplify sound but can also intensify the effects of music. The AudioOrb speaker system is an entirely different way to listen to music that would certainly change the way you hear and feel what is playing. Users can get up close and personal to the loudspeaker’s components by sitting inside the encasing. There are 18 speakers placed in the interior of the Orb, said to emit a full and impressive audio experience. The Orb is conceptualized from a design called the Micasa Lab Cocoon. The enclosed space includes speakers instead of the previous design which had storage… read more

Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of Innovation

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Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the first commercial computing device that didn’t weigh 50 tons. It was revolutionary, and without those first inventions, we wouldn’t have the scope of technological gadgetry we have today. Apple’s innovations have helped researchers create smaller and smarter chips that power the technology found in electronic cars, solar power plants, the smartphone you’re probably reading this on, and much more. Along with Apple’s attention to creativity and detail, they’ve been able to bring us the most eco-friendly computers money can buy. They’ve also begun the mass exodus from wasteful CD’s and DVD’s to cloud entertainment… read more

Boost Your iPhone or iPad Sound with an Eco-Amp

Boost Your iPhone or iPad Sound with an Eco-Amp

So many of us use our iPhones and iPads as our music and video players, but because they’re not designed to be very loud when not using earphones, it can be frustrating when trying to listen to music or watch videos with our friends. There are plenty of options for external speakers, most of which require a power cord or batteries, but if you’re looking for a low-tech green alternative, you might find that this “green amplifier” does the trick, without using any extra electricity. The eco-amp 2.0, which is a passive amplifier that fits onto the end of the… read more

Free eBook Apps for Readers

Free Apps And Material for Digital Readers

It’s easy to get lost in the swarm of free reading material available for digital readers and smartphones. Some apps and websites can make it easier to sift through the selections and find what you want to read, but not necessarily pay for. In addition to the more widely known choices here are a few more to check out to find eBooks. Goodreads has an app for the iPhone and iPad that allows users to connect with other readers and share reviews and information. The app has a barcode scanner so you can create a cataloged library of your books…. read more

Smartphone Accessory Can Check Your Cholesterol

Smartphone Accessory Can Check Your Cholesterol

A recent development at Cornell University may give health-conscious smartphone users a way to quickly check their cholesterol levels, using their phone’s camera. Dubbed the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, or “smartCARD,”, this prototype smartphone accessory can optically detects crucial biomarkers in a drop of the user’s blood, sweat or saliva, and then use color analysis to measure the total cholesterol. “The smartCARD accessory – which looks somewhat like a smartphone credit card reader – clamps over the phone’s camera. Its built-in flash provides uniform, diffused light to illuminate the test strip that fits into the smartCARD reader. The… 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

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