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Spark Lamp is measures your energy usage

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2008

Spark Lamp is measures your energy usageThe Spark Lamp concept by Beverly Ng is an LED lamp that you can flip over during the day to recharge itself using solar power. It’s designed to educate the owner about their power consumption. The lamp sports integrated WiFi which wirelessly keeps track of you home’s power usage. When you turn the lamp on, it will change colors and flash to tell you what your home’s power consumption is.

It’s no accident that it looks like a houseplant as a metaphor for how plants are powered by sunlight through photosynthesis. The Spark Lamp was created in reaction to the Swedish’s government response to the energy crisis. In Sweden, future homes will have smart meters that will give real-time feedback to homeowners on the internet. But data on a website is not all that engaging so the Spark lamp was developed to enhance the experience.

Peugeot 888 is my future shape-shifting car

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Peugeot 888 is my future shape-shifting carIt’s claimed that the Peugeot 888 is the “personal vehicle for the future Metropolis.” I’d have to agree. Created by designer Oskar Johansen from Norway, the car has room for two and all of your luggage, but the best part is that it can shape-shift. The Peugeot 888 will lie flat on the highway for stability and aerodynamics. Once you hit the city, it sits up for easy parking and road sharing.

It also has green in mind for a bright eco-future, since it’s powered by electric motors in each wheel and lithium-ion batteries in the trunk. Oh, and it’s also covered with solar panels. So I think it qualifies as green for a good long while. The 888 is one of many entries in the Fifth Annual Peugeot Design Contest.

The Sun Fold Bike concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2008

Sun Fold Bike concept
This one was conceived as a green and portable commuter transport. What we have here is a fold-up bike that runs on solar power obviously. The name says it all. Power is stored in a battery that you can use at night, and you can even power your other gadgets, like your iPod.

It looks kinda cool in bike form, but when you fold it up it resembles an alien egg that appears to be sending signals to it’s home world. In fact it’s not sending signals, but it’s pointed upward so that it can track the sun’s movements in order to maximize the power it’s sucking down. Even so, it’s still creepy. One day it might get it in it’s head that you belong in that egg so it will keep you there as it points toward the sun, warming you in your egg, so that you can hatch out as a new lifeform.

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Matrix Regenerator PC case mod

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2008

Matrix Regenerator PC case mod
I know for a fact that several nerds just crapped themselves looking at the picture above. This monstrosity is a PC Case Mod designed around the Matrix Regenerator. Some specs: Pentium 4 3.2, MSI 875P Neo Mainboard, a Solarism 17″ LCD Monitor LM1730, 1 GB Corsair CMX512 3200LL, Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro 256, and more.

It’s really a highly detailed work of art. From the creator “The Matrix: Regenerator project is the second in a series of two case mods based on The Matrix movies. The first project, The Matrix: Rebirth 8.0 was a recreation of the scene where machines are breeding humans for their electric power. Regenerator will show the second stage in that breeding process, where adult humans are plugged in to their power plants, dreaming their dream within the Matrix and providing power for the machines.”

Crazy iPhone 3G line forms in NYC

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2008

Crazy iPhone 3G line forms in NYC
The supply is expected to be plentiful, nevertheless a line has already begun outside of Apple’s Fifth Avenue retail store to buy iPhone 3G a week before its release. These people are serious and have their supplies for camping. Wouldn’t it be nicer to stay at home with your families?

Part of the line is occupied by some activists known as “Waiting for Apples” who are hoping to set a Guinness World Record and spread the word about sustainable agriculture. They brought their own solar-power generator, yoga mats, a compost bin full of worms, and probably other hippie essentials. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a week then sitting on my ass next to these guys. Yeah, that would just be awesome…

SunBlazer holster charges your phone

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 4th, 2008

SunBlazer Solar Charging HolsterIf there is one universal thing cell phone users can agree on it is longer battery life for their devices. We have seen all sorts of methods to prolong the run time of our cell phones from add on batteries to solar chargers.

The SunBlazer is a pretty interesting product and combines two things that most cell phone users might need. The SunBlazer is a holster for your cell phone that also has a solar charger built-in to keep your phone powered up.

AirWater Machine extracts gallons of fresh water from thin air

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

AirWater Machine extracts gallons of fresh water from thin airWe all know it’s coming. That future Mad Max apocalyptic world where the only things that matter are gas for getting around the wasteland and water to survive. Are you going to be one of the helpless or one of the new kings? If you have water, you have power. I won’t even get into the zombies. The point is with this Klimatec Base 1 AirWater Machine you have power.

It extracts gallons of water right out of the air. It will give you a whopping five gallons of fresh H2O every 24 hours. It even cleans the extracted water with a carbon filter, runs it through an ultraviolet light chamber to kill bacteria, and then serves it up to you hot or cold. It offers a solar power option too, but you’ll need powerful solar cells, since it requires 480W to operate. No price info yet.

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Doritos, now searching the cosmos for alien consumers

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2008

Doritos, now searching the cosmos for alien consumers
In a joint project, the University of Leicester and Doritos have been working together to create and broadcast the first commercial aimed squarely at aliens. You know, because they might be looking for a different kinda chip after all several millenia of the same old junk.

Maverick Professor and crazy as a bag of chips, Darren Wright says that “everything is going as planned” and that it’s sure to be “an historical moment for it is the first time that we will broadcast a message to the space, far beyond our Solar System.” The target seems to be alien consumers located about 42 light years from the Earth, in an area that’s virgin territory for Cool Ranch and the mystery flavor gimmick known as “The Quest”. I’m sure they’re itching to corner the market in that sector of space before everyone from Coke to Pringles starts sending their own spam.

Intuit concept phone loves the Sun

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2008

Intuit concept phone loves the Sun
Here’s another great concept phone. Aside from being a slider, the Intuit is a new approach as far as design. It takes after the iPhone as far as having a touch screen and even has a second screen for user input. It also sports a 5 megapixel camera with built in editing software, a touch keypad with tactile feedback, and even a chemical-based solar skin that will charge the battery when exposed to the sun’s rays. I don’t know about you, but I was taught to never leave my phone in the hot sun. Anyway, it certainly looks pleasing. Is it intuitive or not? Hell if I know. If it ever gets released, I guess we’ll find out.

Phoenix Mars spacecraft makes safe Mars landing

Posted in Science by Darrin Olson on May 25th, 2008

NASA’s Phoenix Mars confirms safe landing on MarsAfter over three years of direct planning and ten months of traveling through space, NASA’s Phoenix Mars spacecraft today sent back signals that it has made a safe landing on the surface of Mars. The Phoenix spacecraft appears to have hit the intended target in the icy area of Mars’ arctic circle.

Signals sent from Phoenix were delayed by 15 minutes as they were routed through the Odyssey satellite currently orbiting Mars and back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Earth which caused the celebrations of steps of the landings to take place shortly after they actually happened on Mars.

Reboot: The self-sufficient house rebooted

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

Reboot: The self-sufficient house rebooted
Imagine a future where homes look like oversized futuristic gadgets rather then the same old stale design. The Reboot is designed not just to look pleasing, but also to be entirely self-sufficient. It has energy collecting solar paint, wind turbines and a rainwater collection system, for hydroelectric energy and water for the house.

The designer incorporates a variety of different renewable energy options together. Some of the features inside include, voice activated house controls and terminals throughout the structure that link to your home computer and phone line. It would be awesome to live in this house, but everytime I turned my back on it, I would feel like it was about to zap me with a plasma beam.

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Charge your gadgets with a tree

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

Charge your gadgets by tree
At NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring 2008 show, graduate students were exhibiting some interesting and unusual projects. Like Oscar G. Torres’s Helios Power Tree, for instance. The leaves are constructed from thin solar cells that are all connected to a battery at the tree’s base from the branches and trunk. The battery uses solar power to charge and powers blue lights around the tree. There are USB outlets on the base.

The idea is that the tree would sit in a public space so that people can use the solar energy that it collects to charge any of their USB-powered gadgets. Money may not grow on trees, same with gadgets, but it turns out that juice to power those gadgets can grow on trees.

Hello Kitty: Now harnessing the power of the sun

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2008

Hello Kitty: Now harnessing the power of the sun
When you’re hell-bent on world domination, getting your hooks into little girls and hypnotizing those who love pink, then feeding them a steady diet of more pink cuteness, you want to harness an energy source that’s never ending. Like the sun. Once you do that, there will be no stopping you.

That’s why your pink feline overlord has given you this device. The Hello Kitty Solar-Power Charger can juice up almost any handheld device, whether it’s a phone, media player, or camera. And even if there is no sun, the charger can still be plugged into a DC outlet for up to six hours of power on the go.

Candy lightsabers filled with…goo

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Candy lightsabers filled with…goo
Jedis aren’t real. Despite that fact, there are more lightsaber gadgets floating around the solar system then you can shake a… lightsaber at. These particular lightsabers won’t slice through flesh, but they will give you a sugar high that will have you bouncing off the walls like Yoda in a rubber room.

Hasbro’s Candy Lightsabers are based on the authentic movie weapons of Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker (red and blue). They’re filled with some sort of gooey, glittery, edible nastiness known as “Spliquid”, which comes in fruity flavors. If that dude who played Anakin in the prequels had sucked down a few of these, his acting would have been a lot less wooden and far more “I’ll kill you all with my candy lightsaber.”

Bluetooth microphone dental insert

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Bluetooth microphone dental insert
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. The Bluetooth Dental Insert Microphone is described as the “ultimate bluetooth handsfree”. It’s a super small microphone packaged with solar panel and battery to provide the most portable unit yet. The composite resin filling is designed to fit in a hole 2.2mm in diameter and 1.7 mm deep(presumably replacing a tooth.) and it will pick up sound and vibrations from your mouth thereby producing super clear sound.

The earpiece features replaceable rubber grips and attractive chrome inserts and is compatible with all Bluetooth capable phones with Handsfree and Headset profiles. No word on pricing just yet, but the Bluetooth Dental Insert Microphone will be available soon from those wacky people over at Chinavision. As they point out, “All dental work should be performed by a qualified dentist, Chinavasion does not take responsibility for injury resulting from the installation of this product”.



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