TAG: Mobile technology

Tawkon Helps Manage Smartphone Radiation Exposure

Tawkon Helps Manage Smartphone Radiation Exposure

There’s a big debate on whether or not exposure to the radiation from cellphones (high-frequency electromagnetic fields) is unhealthy, but there isn’t a debate about whether the radiation exposure actually happens. Sending and receiving information via cell towers requires the use of these microwaves, and with the huge numbers of people using mobile phones, it’s only natural that some people want to be able to limit their exposure, while still taking advantage of the technology. And because it isn’t very easy to find out how what your level of exposure is, Tawkon offers an app to better understand it, as… read more

SolePower Puts Energy Harvester in Your Shoes

SolePower Puts Energy Harvester in Your Shoes

Could you walk your way to a full battery charge? If you had a pair of these insoles in your shoes, you just might be able to. Producing energy from the movement of our own body is not a new idea, as a common bicycle generator demonstrates, but adding an energy harvesting device to something we do in our daily routines, without interrupting our natural flow, has not gotten a lot of attention. But lately we’ve seen some renewed interest in it, such as the PediPower, from students at Rice University, and PaveGen floor tiles show. The latest approach is… read more

Transparent Solar Cells Could Power Future Gadgets

Kork ipad tray

It seems like the ultimate solution for mobile power needs is the ability to coat the outside of our devices (including the screens) with solar cells, which could then provide all of the electricity needed to power them. But because you can’t see through conventional photovoltaic cells, a new kind of solar cell would be needed, and one startup is already working on it. Imagine a solar cell that was transparent and could be built into the screen of an iPad or mobile phone, allowing the device to harvest energy from the sun, while it’s being used. That’s one possible… read more

Eco-Friendly Watches

Next-Gen Wristwatch

In the past several years since smartphones first debuted, wristwatches, pocket watches, and other forms of time-telling devices have drifted further and further into obscurity. Nowadays, watches are a status symbol of tradition, or a statement of wealth. However, in 2013, wristwatches are making an epic comeback. The story of the next-generation wristwatch began in 2012, when a few enterprising individuals came up with several really neat concept ideas that merge traditional clock devices with the future of mobile technology. Some of them allow you to control your phone through your watch; others are aesthetically beautiful and ecologically conservative. The… read more