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Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

The creative team has made a wide array of artistic projects ranging from miniature steam boats to children's pinwheels. Marc (aka 'Tinplate Dad") began working in this medium about 15 years ago, while

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world's 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by

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Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

When it comes to home efficiency, the bathroom is often where we focus on water conservation. Most bathrooms contain a sink, toilet, and shower, which can each waste tons of water if we're not careful,

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered 'Soofa' benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The 'Soofas' were developed by Charging

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it's slightly amazing that we haven't seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile

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Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

There’s more to hydration than simply drinking eight cup of water a day. The new Vessyl cup, designed by Yves Behar, keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric

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World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

Tomorrow the world’s first scent message will be transmitted via text by Harvard Professor David Edwards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Edwards is also the CEO of Vapor

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Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

The Stockholm-based project is the work of Christian Isberg, Petter Johansson Kukacka, Lasse Korsgaard and chef Carl Berglöf, who see it as a "project about how food, interaction and anonymity can create

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eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

There are few things as enjoyable as cracking open a cold brewski after a long, hot day in the great outdoors (or, y'know, at work). Beers usually live in the fridge where they're kept frosty cold - but

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SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

We discovered Q&Q's solar powered watches during Sight Unseen Offsite, a shoppable two-story exhibition that took place recently in New York City. Our team was instantly drawn to the colorful

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

For years fear of theft has deterred many would-be bike commuters from taking the two-wheeled plunge. Securing one's bike outside work or a restaurant has required big combination chains or hefty D-locks

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Electree Mini uses the same technology as its predecessor. It captures light through flexible mini solar panels held by the branches, mimicking the process of photosynthesis. The completely autonomous

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The Drinkable Book is Made From Filter Paper that Cleans and Purifies Water for up to Four Years

The Drinkable Book is Made From Filter Paper that Cleans and Purifies Water for up to Four Years

Each of the pages within the book is coated with silver nanoparticles that actively target diseases such as cholera, typhoid and E.coli. Water that passes through the filter is comparable to tap water

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Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State of E-Waste

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of E-Waste

E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste sources in the world, and on average only 25% of household electronics are actually collected and recycled. That's a staggering statistic - especially when you

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ZutA Labs Unveils World’s First Pocketable Mini Printer

ZutA Labs Unveils World’s First Pocketable Mini Printer

The pocketable printer is finally here. ZUtA Labs is out with a new Mini Mobile Roboto Printer designed to work like an inkjet printer on wheels. Rather than having a giant printer with internal

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LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Draws Designs in Thin Air

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Draws Designs in Thin Air

LIX is the world’s smallest 3D printing pen powered by the electricity from a USB port and guided by nothing but your artistic instinct. Unlike 3D printers, LIX doesn’t require a program to guide the

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Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell

Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell

To achieve the perfect egg, chefs and amateur cooks often labor with spatulas, forks, whisks and a host of other utensils. So inventor Geraint Krumpe of Y Line Product Design envisioned a much simpler,

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Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

The LEGO master has used the retro bricks to pay tribute to some of our favorite technology from the not so distant past. The minimalist designs are clad in the signature tans, browns and yellow hues that

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3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

We’ve seen 3D-printed lamps, chairs, houses and even self-replicating 3D printers, but Deniz Karahasin’s mindbending Osteoid cast looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The designer has created a

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The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and

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Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a ‘Magic Carpet’ Ride

Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a ‘Magic Carpet’ Ride

Artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the entire floor of the former Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church into a mesmerizing pixelated Magic Carpet. His interactive installation uses sound and lights to create

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Futuristic LED ‘Dragon’ Chandelier Lights Up With a Smartphone App

Futuristic LED ‘Dragon’ Chandelier Lights Up With a Smartphone App

Dragon is a unique light that needs the user's involvement and interaction to function. Thanks to its modular design, it can be arranged and re-arranged into 256 organic forms. It features six different

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