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ParksByNature Smart Phone Apps Make State Parks Accessible Like Never Before

ParksByNature Smart Phone Apps Make State Parks Accessible Like Never Before

Recently, mobile technology has helped us do everything from finding the best curry in an unfamiliar neighborhood to getting directions to that hot new speakeasy. And now, even national parks are getting

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Yves Behar and Jawbone’s “Up” is an App-Powered Wristband Promoting Healthy Living

Yves Behar and Jawbone’s “Up” is an App-Powered Wristband Promoting Healthy Living

Not sure if you're eating healthy enough, getting enough exercise or catching enough Zs'?  Then turn to technology for some assistance. Launching later this year as sort of a one-up on the FitBit

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VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

Mary Lou Jepsen's keynote presentation of One Laptop Per Child at our Greener Gadgets conference a few years back was without a doubt one of the highlights of the event. The OLPC laptop, known as XO or

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Stunning Solar-Powered Luce Laptop is Light as Air

Stunning Solar-Powered Luce Laptop is Light as Air

Andrea Ponti's seamless integration of solar power into a laptop is what initially caught our eye - the majority of solar chargers out there are clunky third-party devices that require wires and bulky

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MIT’s Amazing Festival of Art Features Floating Orbs, Mood Readers and Solar Powered Rocking Chairs

MIT’s Amazing Festival of Art Features Floating Orbs, Mood Readers and Solar Powered Rocking Chairs

This incredible installation demonstrates what happens when art, science and technology merge on behalf of the planet. Most of the designs feature energy efficient technologies or materials and open

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Amazon Announces E-Book Lending Library Service for All Kindle Users

Amazon Announces E-Book Lending Library Service for All Kindle Users

Today Amazon announced that later this year they will be launching a new feature for all Kindle owners that will allow them to borrow e-books from over 11,000 libraries in the US. This service is

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365 Knitting Clock Creates a New Scarf Each Year

365 Knitting Clock Creates a New Scarf Each Year

Time often seems to fly past with the ticking hands of a clock -- but this intriguing 365 Knitting Clock unveiled by Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen at the Milan Furniture Fair turns traditional

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Apple’s Thinner, Lighter iPad 2 Hits Stores Today – But is it Green?

Apple’s Thinner, Lighter iPad 2 Hits Stores Today – But is it Green?

Lines are already circling the block with eager gadget junkies hoping to get ahold of one of Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2, which hits store shelves today. Since its release almost a year ago,

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Top 5 Most Useful Mobile Apps for Designers and Artists

Top 5 Most Useful Mobile Apps for Designers and Artists

Enterprising artists and designers are always looking for new mediums to explore their craft, and in today’s digital age there are a number of apps that certainly challenge traditional methods of

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A Sexy Little Black Dress That Doubles Up as a Cellphone

A Sexy Little Black Dress That Doubles Up as a Cellphone

If you ask a woman what her life staples are, the cell phone and the little black dress would probably come up in conversation. So in the spirit of streamlining, the clever designers over at CuteCircuit

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Apple Files Patent for a Brand New Smart Bike

Apple Files Patent for a Brand New Smart Bike

Forget about the next iPhone or an iPad as thin as paper, Apple is pedaling in another direction these days. Just a few days ago, the company filed a new patent for an advanced smart bike now in

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Waterpebble Reduces Shower Water Waste

Waterpebble Reduces Shower Water Waste

We have seen a lot of techy gadgets designed to help people save water, but they often feature obtrusive readouts or require outfitting your home with clunky fixtures. That's why we love that the

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LAST CHANCE: Win an iPad and Matching Eco Case (worth $549)!

LAST CHANCE: Win an iPad and Matching Eco Case (worth $549)!

Today is your last chance to win an iPad and DODOcase! So far we've received hundreds of impressive, inspiring and amusing responses from Inhabitants all over the world hoping to get their hands on

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MIT Student Turns Lamp into a Thinking, Robotic Desktop Assistant

MIT Student Turns Lamp into a Thinking, Robotic Desktop Assistant

The MIT Media Lab never ceases to amaze us - its latest invention is from Natan Linder, and at first glance could be taken as a quirky looking desktop lamp. Oh, but LuminAR is so much more than a light

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Flexible OLEDs Could Lead to Sony Computer “Bracelets” by 2020

Flexible OLEDs Could Lead to Sony Computer “Bracelets” by 2020

It’s quite baffling how far technology has come over the last few years. Thin, slim, high-def, flexible, this function and that… even the most tech-savvy person has gotta find it hard to keep up with

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ECO ART: Solar-Powered Speakers Sing for Renewable Energy

ECO ART: Solar-Powered Speakers Sing for Renewable Energy

Making a statement through music is far from unfamiliar – some of the most powerful messages of our time have been embodied in the most fetching melodies. Taking the wide human reach held within this

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The Page: Ultra Thin, Foldable E-Reader Concept

The Page: Ultra Thin, Foldable E-Reader Concept

Jae Kim has created a next generation e-reader concept called The Page that is as thin as a sheet of paper, can fold up and has an e-ink screen that can display text and images. E-readers may be all the

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African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

African Student Builds Humanoid Robot From Old TV Parts

No matter how cool you think your childhood science projects were, Sam Todo, a student from the Togolese Republic in Africa, has probably one-upped you with his humanoid robot made almost completely out

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Album Sleeve Transforms Into a Cardboard Record Player!

Album Sleeve Transforms Into a Cardboard Record Player!

At Inhabitat we love gadgets, but sometimes we cringe at the environmental costs of their manufacturing. So, we perked up when we heard about GGRP's brilliant album packaging that transforms into a

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Solar Powered Augmented Contact Lenses Cover Your Eye with 100s of LEDs

Solar Powered Augmented Contact Lenses Cover Your Eye with 100s of LEDs

Want eyesight that would make the Terminator jealous? Well, in a few years, you might be able to say hasta la vista to your normal old contact lenses and hello to the solar powered augmented lenses that

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Solar Flower Petal Street Lamps Bloom by Day, Illuminate the Night

Solar Flower Petal Street Lamps Bloom by Day, Illuminate the Night

Smart design meets city lights in these solar-powered LED street lights by Phillips. Inspired by how flowers open up to the sun to collect the sun's energy, the Sustainable City Lights feature

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GREENER GADGETS LIVEBLOG: Inhabitat Reports Live From Greener Gadgets!

GREENER GADGETS LIVEBLOG: Inhabitat Reports Live From Greener Gadgets!

The 3rd annual Greener Gadgets Conference came to New York City yesterday to examine how we can make our gadgets and consumer electronics cleaner and greener. This annual conference is always chock full

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Yves Béhar Talks Greener Gadgets

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Yves Béhar Talks Greener Gadgets

We can't wait for the Greener Gadgets Conference next week, and the thing that we are most excited about is superstar industrial designer Yves Béhar's opening keynote presentation on his latest tablet PC

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HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP has just unveiled an incredibly ambitious project to create a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” (CeNSE) composed of billions of super sensitive, cheap, and tough sensors. The project

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EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

We love gadgets that glean energy from everyday actions, so we were thrilled to find this energy-generating rocking chair among this year's 18 Greener Gadgets Design Competition finalists. Perfect for

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“Living Goods” Barcode App Makes Buying Local a Breeze

“Living Goods” Barcode App Makes Buying Local a Breeze

How many miles did your lunch travel to get to your plate? Even if we eat organic and fresh, most of us don’t know the origin of our produce, meats and dairy, and we often fail to realize that our food

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Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Portable wireless mice have a problem: most of them rely upon disposable batteries, which often wind up in landfills as e-waste. Adele Peters' Corky mouse aims to change all that -- it's a kinetic

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World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

Imagine: a solar-powered screen that could quickly charge up your new iPad. Solar chargers are certainly nothing new, but this circuit is embedded right in the touchscreen, so you don't have to set the

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Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

This spinning kinetic cellphone battery is a smart solution for times when your phone is dangerously low on juice. With a simple twirl of your finger, you can charge your battery with enough energy to

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Ingenious ‘Black and White’ Wireless OLED Digital Clock

Ingenious ‘Black and White’ Wireless OLED Digital Clock

It's black, it's white, but it won't be tough for you to get by with this ingenious light-sensitive OLED clock that automatically shifts colors so that it is readable by day or night. The perfect antidote

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