TAG: Smartphone

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… 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

Apps To Go Green

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Applications or Apps have completely invaded our digital world, flooding people with information. Their ability to put so much power and choice in the hands of ordinary consumers has entirely changed human interaction with the world. Therefore as many of these apps can help you to live your life in a more environmentally sustainable way it makes sense to download a few of the following suggested apps to your smartphone. Some of the applications mentioned are free, while others cost between 0.99$ to 6$. Green Meter This iPhone/iPad app simply computes your vehicle’s power and fuel usage characteristics and helps your… read more

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Braille is a printed communication system used by blind and visually impaired individuals. Shubham Banerjee has created a Braille printer that has gained worldwide attention for its ingenuity and real world application. Impressively, the printer is made from repurposed Lego pieces. Titled Braigo, the system is made from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, which costs about $350. Banerjee stated that the retail price for a standard Braille printer can be upwards of $2,000. With such a decreased price, Banerjee’s invention could enable more Braille users to be able to print materials. What is even more impressive than his resourceful device is the fact… read more

How Modern Light Bulbs Have Evolved

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You’re visiting your grandmother’s house out in the plains of Kansas. There’s a storm brewing, and the weather service has announced a Tornado Warning for the area. Walking around the house shutting all the windows, you happen to notice that the sky has blackened. Looking up, you spot something ominous approaching — a deadly tornado! You quickly file everybody out of the house and into the storm cellar that sits beside the back porch. You cram the family down the narrows stairs and shut the cellar door behind you — you’re safe. You walk down the stairs and feel around… read more

Affordable Smart Plugs & LEDs Controlled by Smartphone

Affordable Smart Plugs & LEDs Controlled by Smartphone

If you want to begin turning your house or apartment into a smart home, but you don’t want to have to put down a lot of money on a whole house solution, there’s a new product that can help you get started, plug by plug and bulb by bulb. The Plugaway system uses affordable smart plugs (about $30 AUD) and smart LED bulbs (about $45 AUD) that can be plugged in wherever you like, between the appliance plug and the outlet, and can be controlled via smartphone. The Plugaway devices connect with your home WiFi network, and can be used… 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

Rechargeable LED Lantern Controlled Via Smartphone

Rechargeable LED Lantern Controlled by Your Smartphone

LED light bulbs are the next wave of the future of lighting, due to their energy-efficiency and range of hues, and if you own one of these new LED light fixtures, you won’t even have to get up off out of the recliner to dim it or turn it on or off. For a smarter way to illuminate your home, a new type of LED lantern offers a variety of lighting settings, controlled via your smartphone. The Vela, from Twisthink, is a Bluetooth-controlled LED lantern that is rechargeable via a plugged-in dock, and that features a range of settings to… read more

Motorola Is Creating The Future Of Smartphones

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Earlier this year, we saw the debut of the ‘Phonebloks‘ concept, and dreamt of a day when such a device might exist. I’m excited to say that through Motorola, this reality may be coming to a store near you next year. It’s called ‘Project Ara‘, and Motorola claims to have been developing the idea for over a year (Ha, please). Anyways, they’ve teamed up with the creators of Phonebloks and will be sending developers a kit in a few months to start working on a beta version of the phone. So what’s the big deal? Essentially, the concept allows for… read more

Turn Your Smartphone into a Universal Smart Home Remote

Turn Your Smartphone into a Universal Smart Home Remote

A new app and control hub can allow you to turn your house into a smart home, and control all the appliances from your smartphone. One of the huge advantages of moving away from standalone ‘dumb’ appliances and toward connected smart devices in our homes is not just the increased energy efficiency that is possible, but also the convenience of being able to remotely control and program every connected device for a more comfortable home. And with Dymotics, that capability is easier than ever before. With the Dymotics app, your smartphone becomes a universal automation remote to control any of… read more