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 both vertically and laterally. Crafted in northern California, the docking station comes in orchard walnut with a natural linseed oil finish and can be personalized.
The company refers to it as extinction proof and it comes with an interchangeable cable adapter. The station reportedly works with most iOS and Android devices. Gear can even be charged with the case on or off.
Another new design that promises to reach new heights in solar technology, and all without obstructing the view, is a solar concentrator module developed by a research team at Michigan State University.
The portable luminous solar harvesting system can be placed on flat, clear surfaces like windows and is nearly unnoticeable.
The technology works by collecting wavelengths of sunlight. It utilizes organic molecules to collect ultraviolet rays, which then radiate in infrared wavelengths. This is focused to the perimeter of the device where it meets strips of photovoltaic cells and is then changed into electricity.
Presently the device can only reach a solar conversion near 1% efficiency. Compared to traditionally based colored luminescent solar concentrators which can reach an efficiency level of 7%, the developers hope to further the technology to increase its power. They also would like to concentrate on the product for numerous other uses, like window coverings, phone screens and commercial applications.
Smarter innovations for everyday power are much needed designs.
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