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Ventura SPARC MGS Kinectic-powered Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

The Ventura SPARC MGS looks nice and futuristic and it uses a micro-generator to power a digital display. Your wrist movements feed an accumulator that provides power to the high-performance microprocessor.

The company claims that throughout an average day the wearer’s movements will turn the oscillating mass about 4,000 times. Through a set of connecting gears, these rotations are used to repeatedly tension a spring. Every time the spring is fully tensioned, it releases that force to a built-in micro-generator which generates electricity for the watch. Pretty cool.

Toshiba Battery-powered TVs for South Asian Nations

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Toshiba has announced their latest Power TV series, targeted at Southern Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. These are available in 24-inch (PB1), 32-inch (PC1) or 40-inch (PS1) models.

The battery-powered TVs will still provide basic information needs during Typhoon seasons and during blackouts thanks to the batteries. They are priced between $190 and $400 and come with an LED panel and an internal battery, with enough juice for up to 2-hours.

[Techfresh]

LG’s First Nano Tech-powered 3D TV

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

LG is set to unveil the LEX8 Nano tech-powered 3D TV at IFA 2010. The display uses NANO Lighting Technology, which produces LG’s brightest, clearest and smoothest picture to date. The LG LEX8 also boasts an improved localized dimming in both 2D and 3D with Micro Pixel Control.

This DLNA-ready 3D TV also has LG’s TruMotion 400Hz for super-fast processing of moving images making the picture virtually blur-free.

Nokia launches Bike Powered Mobile Phone Charger

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

Nokia has launched a new accessory that will have you working for that precious juice for your mobile phones. The Nokia Bicycle Charger kit will let you recharge your Nokia mobile phone while you’re riding your bike.

The charger starts charging when you reach a speed of 6KM/H. The kit comes with a Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo. What the hell, it keeps you in shape right? While keeping Your phone charged.

Chevy Volt may be powered by Google soon

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2010

General Motors has found a technology partner to help extend the Chevy Volt’s futuristic OnStar functionality and Motor Trend says it’s Google. The company will reportedly “sell its Android operating system for in-car use.”

This is the first we’ve heard of Google selling Android, but GM doesn’t seem to mind. They’re ready to use the open-source OS anyway. This should help make GM cars more attractive to buyers and we can’t wait to see what kind of apps they come up with.

Elements Water Powered Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2010

If you want to go green, but aren’t sure where to start, maybe you can start with this alarm clock. It doesn’t use any electricity and it’s not solar powered. Instead, it runs on the power of water.

In fact, this clock runs on water for 1.5 weeks without having to refill the water tubes. It would make a great conversation piece and you’ll know that you are doing your part for the environment. Just in case you forget to water it, it also has a backup cell battery.

Eolic: Foldable wind-powered generator

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2010

The Eolic is a foldable, portable wind-powered generator for the masses. The idea is that you just set it up where a breeze is, and start turning that wind into energy for your TV, Xbox 360, whatever.

It’s certainly an idea whose time has come, but to be practical, it would need to generate a large amount of energy. You would also need windy days on a regular basis. But we like it and would love to give something like this a try.

Phone concept powered by Coke

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

It’s hard enough keeping our gadgets charged with electricity, but now they are stealing our Coke and will soon leave us thirsty. Chinese designer Daizi Zheng has a cylindrical Nokia straight from the future that drinks Coca-Cola to stay juiced.

All you do is unscrew the top and pour the coke in. According to Daizi a single can of Coke could last longer than a lithium ion battery by three or four times. Though I’m not sure it helps the environment any. I recently heard somewhere that a single liter of coke takes something like 800 gallons of water to produce.

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone Safaricom out of Kenya has rolled out its latest solar-powered cellphone dubbed the Simu ya Solar. The handset was constructed using recycled materials, while an integrated solar panel makes sure that your phone always have some spare juice.

This one is great for users who are in rural areas where electricity is hard to find and sunlight is plentiful. Another benefit for those users is that even if they do have access to electricity, they will save money by letting the sun do it’s thing rather than charging it and wasting resources.

Neoluxiim shows off solar-powered e ink display

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009


Solar powered e-ink displays are finally here. Neoluxiim recently showed them off for use in point-of-sale advertising. So all of your future e-ink ads will be in color for a more rich impulse purchase to be made by you.

While all ads are annoying, it’s nice to know that those energy-wasting flatscreen kiosks are on the way out. In the future you’ll still be annoyed by the ads, but you can at least rest assured that they will be greener.

NoPoPo Lantern is powered by batteries, which are powered by urine

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

NoPoPo Lantern Our favorite batteries are back. We’ve missed them. What other batteries are powered by your pee? Only Nopopo. As far as we know. We’ve missed you Nopopo. Our urine feels wasted without ye. But no more. This compact LED lantern will be equipped with a NoPoPo battery that doesn’t require a power outlet to juice up. It’s powered by water. Failing that, it will gladly accept your urine and give you power.

Sadly, the NoPoPo battery has been rated at just 500mAh and has a recharge capability of just four times, making this Wiz-powered lantern only good for emergency use.

Indian students design an air-powered motorcycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009


The air-powered bike you see in the video above was designed by a team of engineering students from India. To help combat the ever-increasing pollution levels in the atmosphere, they designed themselves a working model that runs on air rather than gasoline.

Sure, it will only cover 18km/h. But at least this bike isn’t dirtying the air. It only emits Oxygen. This bike runs on air and emits air. That’s an eco-win all around. Now if they can just figure out how to get more out of it…

Battery powered battery charger

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Battery powered battery chargerA battery charger powered by a battery. You will be free and untethered, assuming you have some D-sized batteries to power it. Isn’t this like robbing Peter to pay Paul? Or robbing Duracell to charge Energizer. Something like that.

It “Uses up to 1000 disposable batteries”. How can you resist? This must have been dreamed up by battery manufacturers to sell more D batteries. I can’t remember the last time I used a D battery myself. We have no idea where to buy one. If you have this gadget let us know. It’s probably a joke. Well, we know it’s a joke, but you know…

MIT working on Virus powered batteries

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2009

MIT working on Virus powered batteries Typically a battery functions with lithium ions flowing between a negatively charged anode, usually graphite, and the positively charged cathode, usually cobalt oxide or lithium iron phosphate. But three years ago, an MIT team reported that it had engineered viruses that could build an anode by coating themselves with cobalt oxide and gold and self-assembling to form a nanowire. The “virus batteries” have the energy capacity and power performance similar to rechargeable batteries.

The prototype battery is a coin battery, but the idea is that cell and larger batteries could be made from this process and that one day it will power cars, boats and everything else. As it stands right now, it can go at least 100 charges before performance goes down. That will change of course.

USB-Powered fan made from CDs

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

USB-Powered fan made from CDsThis is pretty awesome in a Macguyver sort of way. Using a motor, USB cable, two compact discs and a paper or plastic tube, Instructables user msolek creates a sweet little USB powered fan. This is a pretty simple project and the parts are all inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to make one yourself.

To build your very own USB-powered fan, you’ll need: a motor, USB port (max. 2.5W), two compact discs, a USB cable, paper or a plastic tube. Then, just cut up the disc, prep the USB cable, and put everything together.


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