Archive for February, 2013

Eco Bicycle Rental to reduce pollution and traffic jams from cities

Eco Bicycle Retal

City roads all over the world are cramped with motorized vehicles, which not only harms the environment but also results in massive traffic jams, bringing the urban spaces to a standstill. Offering a solution, designer Qiangwei Flora Zhu has come up with a bicycle rental system concept called the “Eco Bicycle Rental” that can help in reducing both the pollution as well as traffic jams. (more…)

XSOL portable solar generator powers your gadgets with green energy

XSOL solar-powered generator

Power cuts are a very common phenomenon in most of the developing and underdeveloped nations. Addressing the issue Japanese solar company XSOL has come up with a portable solar-powered generator that can not only be used an electricity back up within your home but can also be transported to outdoor camps to illuminate your tent and power mobile gadgets.

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Innovative battery stretches three times its original size, can power stretchable electronics

stretchable battery

One of the reasons we don’t get to use electronics that can bend and stretch according to the need is because batteries that can power such devices should be stretchable too. While stretchable batteries are not a new concept, most of the research done on the same led to batteries that have reduced flexibility and cannot stretch as much as the user might want it to. Solving the problems a team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois have come up with a one-of-its-kind stretchable battery that can stretch to 300 percent its original size and still work for eight to nine hours before it needs to be recharged, something which can be done wirelessly.

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Chinese couple transforms an abandoned bus into solar powered home

solar powered homemade RV

This solar powered home, built inside an abandoned bus, best illustrates the proverb – necessity is the mother of invention.  Offering shelter to a retired solider, surnamed Zhang, his wife who is suffering from cancer, and their nine-year-old daughter, the old bus is outfitted with solar panels to meet their energy needs in an eco friendly manner.

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Stamp House offers a carbon neutral building solution

Stamp House

Located in the FNQ beachfront rain forest in Queensland, Australia, the Stamp House from Charles Wright Architects is a sustainable project that offers a carbon neutral building solution for an environmentally sensitive site. Designed to preserve the natural amenity and surrounding native wetland environment, the eco friendly architecture makes use of a creative combination of in-situ and precast concrete to take its form.

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I-Flower I-MU allows you to grow plants while listening to music

I-Flower I-MU Speaker Design_1

While music and gardening have nothing much in common, there is no dearth of designers who believe that listening to good music could allow you to become a gardener as well. Designer Qiangwei Flora Zhu, is one of those designers who is trying to blend two of the most favored pastime hobbies into one and has come up with the I-Flower I-MU concept speaker that integrates a conventional planter within.

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Startup envisions transparent energy generating coating to power tablet computers

tablet computer

The idea of transparent solar cells is nothing new and researchers have long tried to build similar technologies to allow everything from the window of your home to the windscreen of your car to produce renewable solar energy. However, the concern is that these “transparent” solar cells are actually translucent and hence cannot be used to power portable mobile devices such as tablet computers. A Cambridge-based startup, Ubiquitous Energy, says that it might finally be possible to coat tablet computers with an entirely transparent coating that doesn’t make the display look dull.

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Boeing’s Phantom Eye UAV completes second flight, goes longer and higher

Phantom Eye Second Flight

Boeing thinks that it’s Phantom Eye, an environmentally friendly UAV, which is propelled by liquid hydrogen, has some pretty well defined applications, for which it has to be able to operate for up to four days at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet. While the UAVs first test flight was unsuccessful and resulted in broken landing gear, the second flight has been a lot more successful and ended with a “picture-perfect” landing.

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McLaren P1 Hybrid Supercar to attract millionaires at Geneva Motor Show

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Adding a lot of luxury, comfort and style to the much needed green car revolution McLaren Automotive has announced that it’s much anticipated McLaren P1 will make its official public debut next month at the International Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid supercar, which obviously is a little green, fast and pretty, will only grace the garages of millionaires as the company states that the limited edition car will come at a starting price of $1.3 million.

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DIYer creates human-powered charger using cordless drill and household items

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We all know that manually turning an electrical motor in the reverse direction generates an electrical current. However, there aren’t many individuals who do this to produce an electrical current, enough to charge a smartphone’s battery. Innovative DIYer The King of Random has done just that to show that a cordless drill, when hand-cranked in the reverse direction can produce about 5V of direct current that is just enough to charge a smartphone.

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