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The Courage And Influence Of Children

The Courage And Influence Of Children

Art therapy, or utilizing art and materials to express one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions through creative processes, can be especially beneficial for children and adolescents. Anyone can use art therapy to explore and manage emotional states, and it is helpful to children who may not yet be able to, or might not prefer to, communicate about issues that may be more readily expressed through various mediums. There is no right or wrong answer in art therapy, and it can be used in conjunction with or without other therapies to address a range of conditions, emotions and everyday concerns. One great example of how… read more

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… 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

The Niwa System Makes Homegrown Easy

The Niwa System And App Combo Makes Homegrown Easy

Not everyone has the time or space for gardening. Picking your dinner straight from the backyard plot or container garden is definitely rewarding and healthy, but it does require a designated area and continual maintenance. For horticulturists that want to have all the benefits of fresh grown produce but without the worry of weeds, insects or having to keep up an outdoor area, hydroponic growing can be a perfect option. One indoor system has covered all the bases when it comes to a home hydroponic garden. The Niwa is a kit that works along with an app to grow fresh produce simply,… read more

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

Portable Motor Turns Share Bikes into Electric Bikes

For those who regularly ride bikes from bike sharing programs, an upcoming product promises to help you get around quicker and with less effort, by turning a share bike into an electric bike. Many of the major bike sharing programs use the exact same bikes, which tend to be heavy and require a good amount of effort to pedal, especially when riding up hills or inclines. If you’re riding one of those bikes to work, you might arrive quite sweaty and out of breath, unless you have a little extra leverage, such as a portable electric motor that can convert… read more

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

One up and coming small electric vehicle technology promises to combine the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle, while adding a third wheel and electric drive. The Odyssey Electric Trike project, from Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, is the culmination of five years of work, which began with the first trike being built as a high school business project. The current iteration of the trike, the Mk. 5, is said to be have the speed and power of a motorcycle, due to its powerful 4kW electric motor, which puts out about 5.3 hp. The Odyssey is powered by… read more

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

If you abhor dingy looking clothing, hate stains and don’t like doing laundry in general, then hold tight, this t-shirt may grab your attention. Just hot off the funding shelf at Kickstarter, the Silic t-shirt is designed to keep itself clean. The shirt uses what is referred to as hydrophobic nanotechnology, which works to effectively repel liquids from clothing. Using a hydrophobic textile which has built in nanotechnology that is microscopically woven into the fibers, the fabric contains layers of silica particles. This causes deposits of air to build up between the fabric and any spilled liquids. Therefore moisture does… read more

LED Bulb Controlled By Your Smartphone

Fall In Love With LIFX

Imagine a light bulb that is energy efficient and that you can control with your iPhone or Android phone. Launched on the creative funding website Kickstarter, is a light bulb reinvention project. LIFX, which is a Wi-Fi enabled, multicolored, energy efficient light bulb, has successfully raised its funding goal and consumers eagerly wait its arrival for purchase. You can preorder on the website now. LIFX is an LED bulb that is self-contained for easy installment. There is no need to call an electrician as this bulb can easily screw in and works perfectly on its own. The LIFX can control lights by… read more

A GPS Adventure Box For Endless Outdoors Fun

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Just a week ago, CES 2014 wrapped up in Las Vegas. It was a great show with tons of new product announcements, along with a few duds. This week, however, we’d like to focus on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform has come a long way since its inception in 2011, with bigger and better projects receiving their funding each campaign. We’d like to shed some light on the campaigns we feel have the greatest potential to better your daily life from an eco-tech standpoint. Today’s choice is the ‘GPS AdventureBox‘ from creator Garrett Hendrick. The box is essentially an empty wooden… read more

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

Upcycling Broken iPhones into Stylish Household Goods

The icon of geeky hipsterdom, the iPhone, has one major weakness that is often found after an incident of clumsiness, which is usually accompanied by a wailing voice saying, “Aargh! I just broke my screen!” That Gorilla Glass is pretty tough, but not tough enough to stand up to all direct impacts on a hard surface, and once it’s broken, where does it all go? Probably to the landfill, in most cases, which is not a very sustainable solution. To try to help stem the tide of wasted gadget parts, Twice Used turns those bits and pieces into everyday items… read more