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Smart street lights that bloom

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

This Sustainable City Lights concept is the latest in eco-friendly lighting. Each lamp post uses solar and wind energy for itself, and will use LEDs only when people are in it’s presence. When people are not nearby, it conserves energy by emitting only a soft glow.

The Sustainable City Lights open and close like a flower bud to harvest energy. Any surplus energy is returned to the main grid to use for other things. This is a not only practical, but pretty stylish as well.

Casio releases Eco-Baby G Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2010

Casio’s newest Baby G watch is inspired by the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and dubbed Casio the Eco-Baby-G BGR300GR-3. Eco-Baby-G incorporates Tough Solar Technology and recharging capability that eliminates the need to change batteries.

The Eco-Baby-G BGR300GR-3 is completely green. It’s not only earth friendly, but so is its recyclable box. Available in…shades of green, the BGR300GR-3 will be available in March for $110.

Regen ReNu is a sexy and green iPhone charger

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2009

Regen ReNu is a sexy and green iPhone chargerSure, there are plenty of solar powered chargers to charge your gadgets, but few are as sexy or as versatile as the forthcoming Regen ReNu. The solar panel is used along with one of several optional bases. These include an iPod/iPhone dock, a sound dock with it’s own speakers, and an LED desk lamp.

The built in battery constantly stores juice even when your iPod isn’t docked, so that the ReNu can then transfer the charge into your device. It can even pull power from a wall socket if you don’t have light in your space.

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Log Radio is what it sounds like

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2009

Log Radio is what it sounds likeLooking for a radio that both Ewoks and hippies can endorse? Here it is. The Log Radio. A wooden wonder device that looks like the escape pod that R2-D2 and C-3PO took to Tatooine. It’s from designers Solène Le Goff and Christophe Gouache.

The radio is powered by solar or wind-up. It should work for a good long time until Squirrels start living inside or your senile dad chops it in half for the fireplace.

Sanyo eneloop batteries are pre-charged using clean energy

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Sanyo eneloop batteries are pre-charged using clean energySanyo’s line of Eneloop batteries are as green a battery as you will find and they have some more improvements to make them even more Earth friendly. These newly upgraded Eneloops can be recharged around 1,500 times, which is said to be a new record for the industry.

The batteries come pre-charged from the factory using clean energy from renewable solar power. If we had to guess, we would say that the other big names in batteries are watching very closely indeed.

World Globe Liquor Dispenser

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2009

World Globe Liquor DispenserWe all know that you can’t look important and worldly unless you have a globe sitting in your office. When that globe holds liqour, well, you the man. Start drinking in North America and don’t stop until until you’ve hit Antarctica.

No matter what latitude you are drinking at, you’re sure to impress your drinking friends. The world is yours and it’s filled with liquid spirits. That’s not the room spinning, it’s the Earth. Only $39.99. It may look huge, but it only measures 13” x 6½” and 4½” and holds 55oz. So what we really need is Jupiter. Oh yeah.

Light-powered charger for iPhone debuts

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2009

iphonesolarThe ideal phone would never have to be plugged in or at least would need to be plugged in only rarely. The reality today is that high-end devices like the iPhone burn lots of battery power and require almost daily charging to remain usable.

A company called MotionTouch has announced a new charger for the iPhone that is eco-friendly and charges by light. The device has a solar cell on the back of the sleeve that can gather power from some ambient lighting and from the sun.

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Satellite text messaging communicator unveiled

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on July 20th, 2009

solara_ft2100-sbI know a few people that can’t go without their phone or sending a text message for a few minutes without nearly go into full panic mode when in an area without service. These same folks would want a text messaging device rather than food if stuck on a deserted island.

For the globetrotting fan of text messaging and two-way communications a company called Solara has announced a new 2-way handheld interactive satellite text messaging device. The unit has a screen that lets users read and write text messages that can be sent and received from anywhere on the planet.

EATR robots are hungry

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

EATR robots are hungryHere come the flesh-eating machines. The EATR project has hit a new milestone in the development of the reconnaissance bot, successfully coupling a steam generator with a compact biomass furnace. This means that it is possible for an autonomous machine to forage for and refuel itself with biomatter, otherwise known as our corpses.

They call it fuel versatility, as gasoline, diesel, and solar power may also be used. But our guess is that flesh tastes much yummier to robots. So run until you fall, at which time an EATR bot will finish you off for lunch. Humans USED to be the top of the food chain…

Portable battery packs from Energizer

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Portable battery packs from EnergizerHot on the heels of Wildcharge’s induction pad, Energizer is partnering with XPAL Power to expand its Energi to Go line of portable battery packs.

These newly branded chargers run the gamut from an iPhone 3G or #G S battery sleeve to a couple of solar chargers to a larger lithium ion charger that can power up to three devices simultaneously even a laptop. Many of the battery packs are available already under the XPAL brand but the ones with the new packages will be available very soon in stores.

Pyramid shaped Dream Car 123 on eBay

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Dream Car 123: Pyramid power is backYou might remember the Dream car 123 from a while back. Well, it looks like the father and sons project has hit eBay. You might remember that they were trying to raise money because they needed like $40,000 to build a Mark 2 prototype. So they put the pyramid shaped car on ebay.

Currently it’s at $100, it’s reserve not yet met. What, nobody wants a pyramid car? What’s wrong with you people. Bid. Keep the dream alive. I personally would like to be driving a pyramid by no later than 2015.

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Mobile Script Phone needs no batteries

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Mobile Script Phone needs no batteriesBatteries? The Mobile Script Phone doesn’t need no stinkin’ batteries. It’s a concept device that features Internet browsing, working on-the-go, games and communications. All the stuff you already enjoy, just better. Plus no batteries.

The device has a few touchscreen displays, one in the standard format, the other is a flexible OLED display that can stiffen when a low voltage charge goes through it, to give you added viewing area.

Hands on: Kinesis K3 power generator

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Kinesis K3 power generatorHere at the ‘Brick we’re always on the lookout for gadgets that can give us sweet gadget juice, without it costing money on our electric bills. So we checked out Kinesis’ K3 power generator. The device sports both a windmill and solar cells, plus you can charge its internal battery with external electricity sources. So you can charge its 4,000 mAh battery using a USB adapter or a car cigarette lighter if you absolutely need power on hand.

According to the company, one hour of sun and wind will give you 30 minutes of talk time on a cellphone. Fully charged, the K3 can load the battery cells for an average mobile phone five times, or an MP3 player more than ten times. It costs $100.

MotoMap GPS device for bikes

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2009

MotoMap GPS device for bikesStephen Dettman loves bikes. That’s why he designed the MotoMap GPS Device for Bikes concept. The concept uses two new technologies. Powerfilm flexible solar panels and e-ink flexible displays. First where do you put it? It tackles the hardware mounting issue by wrapping around the fuel tank with magnets in the adjustable straps. It should stay in place even in an accident.

When not in use, flip it around so that the solar panel can work, storing up juice. We won’t be seeing it anytime soon, but it’s an interesting idea. Even if it does somewhat resemble a saddle for your bike.

Activetrax AM/FM radio, MP3 speaker

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2009

Activetrax AM/FM radio, MP3 speakerWe’re always on the lookout for MP3 speakers, so we had a chance to check out this one from Seattle Sports Co. “Activetrax On the go audio”. It’s designed for camping situations and features AM/FM, weatherband and also serves as an MP3 speaker. It comes with it’s own protective case and can operate by either solar or crank power. So it would seem to be ideal for camping.

As an MP3 speaker, it does the job, but don’t expect high quality sound. It gets pretty loud, but as with most of these type of speakers, the louder you crank it, the more sound problems you have.



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