Emerging Tech

It’s A Cup. No, It’s A Hard Drive. No, It’s A Cup

I’ve got a problem with designer Franco Marino Cagnina’s external hard drive concept. It’s not the fact that it’s 100% recyclable which gets to me, that’s just fine and dandy. It’s the fact that it looks exactly like a cup which really bothers me. That’s not to say I don’t approve of a design change over the traditional square box ...

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Solar Panel Sunglasses

Here’s an idea I seriously can’t believe hasn’t been implemented yet: generating electricity through solar cells on sunglasses. It makes sense. When it’s very sunny out, you pop on shades and you’re good to go. Why can’t we mount panels to them to generate small bits of energy? You could then use said energy to power an MP3 player or ...

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Wine Packaging Converts To Lamp

Imagine if you received a bottle of wine as a gift. Not bad, right? Now imagine if the box that the wine came in could turn into a lamp. Yes, you read correctly. That’s how the boxes from Cava wines work. Even a bulb and ballast setup is included so you can light things up from the start. Ease the ...

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Renewable Energy Revolving Door: Siphon Power From Holiday Tramplers

At Gearfuse, we’re all about world firsts. World’s first person to not shit after drinking a gallon of prune juice or world’s first ninja dog are the kinds of world firsts we’re used to seeing. How about the world’s first energy generating revolving door? That’s the idea behind this revolving door built by Boon Edam. It harvests the kinetic energy ...

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Designer’s 3-D Wire Sconce

Designer Marcus Tremonto crafts these wicked DIY sconces out of strands of illuminated wire which he pokes through glossy sheets of acrylic. The result is this 3-D illusion of a lamp that almost appears as if it isn’t hanging from a wall. These light fixtures are eco-friendly as well, with each one operating with cool-burning electroluminescent wire. Tremonto doesn’t just ...

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Citrus-Powered Clock Saves Electricity, Wastes Lemons

This clock burns with the power of lemons. No, really. This is a digital clock that is powered by citric acid. The wood plank has two spikes of copper and zinc built into it. Put half of a lemon on each spike and be amazed at how it runs on a single lemon for an entire week. It’s magic. Looking ...

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Aviation Innovation: Getting Higher Than Ever Before

Powering jet planes with eco-friendly biofuels such as algae has been done before and yet, I’m still being charged an arm and a leg by the airline companies who are still stuck in the past, burning up high emission jet fuels. Deep down in my heart I have always known that marijuana is not only a powerful medicine, but that ...

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A World’s First: Solar Submarine

When one thinks of a submarine, solar energy is the furthest thing from their mind. After all, submarines dive down deep below the ocean’s surface where the sun does not shine. The Swiss energy company, BKW is a little more optimistic than myself. It’s unveiled the GOLDFISH project, which will feature the world’s first solar powered submarine. How will they ...

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MAKE’s Alternative Energy Gift Guide

Anyone interested in DIY, energy or our ecosystem should most definitely check out the Alternative Energy Gift Guide from MAKE. They cover some key issues that we as Americans must confront head on, such as our dependence on foreign energy and oil. There’s a bunch of a kits you can browse through that will have you using the Sun as ...

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Fuel Cell Stickers, No Outlet Required

Can you imagine charging your cellphone without plugging it into an outlet? No, I’m not talking about those plug and charge kits you can purchase for select phones, I’m talking about fuel cell stickers. Just slap ’em on the back of your phone and considered it charged. The Swedish-based company myFC is trying to expedite the act of charging cellphones ...

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