We all love to leave our busy urban lives during the weekend to spend some peaceful time in the lap of nature. Camping is definitely a great way to connect with nature and relax our senses. However, the most common problem associated with camping is the lack of power sources that can be used to recharge portable electronic devices, which we so heavily depend upon.
Archive for October, 2012
Owing to the rate at which bamboo plants grow, it is often taken as a renewable source, with a lot of advantages too. Designers at Bambooed are working to create eco friendly products from bamboo that can appeal to the senses of all eco conscious individuals. One of the latest creations of the designers here is the Lumed 360.
There is no dearth of possible ways one can reuse a shipping container. The robust structure of the shipping container makes it an ideal contender for use in buildings and green homes. King County Parks has found yet another use of shipping containers by building a new, comfortable and above all, environmentally friendly camping structure that is made using a standard 24-foot-long used cargo container.
Shipping is one of the most reliable and affordable ways to transport goods from one country to another. However, shipping is quite carbon intensive as well, unless we bring in Greenheart’s Solar Merchant Ship into the picture. The international non-profit organization is preparing to build the world’s first fuel-free commercial vessel that relies on solar and wind energy for propulsion.
Izhar Gafni, the brain behind the highly unconventional and affordable cardboard bicycle, has now come up with another green innovation in the form of a cardboard wheelchair that could be made for just $10 each. Nimrod Elmish and Izhar Gafni of I.G. Cardboard Technologies, a part of ERB, have been contacted by an international non-profit organization for development of the wheelchair that could later be distributed to disabled people in Africa.
Getting a flat tire on your bicycle when riding on a rough mountain road is the last thing you ever want. No matter how good the tire in your bike is, it’s always going to get punctured, especially when you’re doing some off-roading . To solve the issue, manufacturers including Michelin, Amerityre and Goodyear, have developed prototypes that don’t have any air and are hence puncture proof. Now a Colorado-based firm, Britek Tire and Rubber, has followed the same lines and has come up with a innovative bike tire, dubbed Energy Return Wheel, which ditches air for a flexible internal rubber matrix.
The Hustler X5 street bike is for those who want to feel the rush of adrenaline through their nerves without polluting the highway. Developed by Hanebrink’s the all-electric street bike misses the sound of the roaring engine, conventionally associated with street bikes, but is not dumb on speed or aggression.
While most of us living in the urban parts of the world don’t know much about dung stoves as we’re too busy cooking on our LPG stoves, the cooking conditions for millions around the world aren’t as simple and healthy. Statistics show a grim picture as about 1.6 million people die from indoor pollution mainly because they inhale toxic fumes while cooking food.
Product designers always show us glimpses of the future with concepts that are high on technology and sometimes too good to be true. Here is one such concept that will make your laptop look like something that you’ve borrowed from the Stone Age. The brainchild of Brazilian designer Johann Moises, the GraphIDIA UltraBook is concept for the world’s most powerful laptop that runs on renewable solar electricity.
With most automakers having a strong belief that electric transport is the way forward, especially after considering the prices of fuel and the decline in their reserves, designers are taking up the challenge to come up with futuristic cars that they expect will be a common sight on the highways of tomorrow. One such designer is Martin Beinhauer who in cooperation with Skoda Auto has come up with an electric car dubbed the Skoda E-Car.