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Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Have you ever been freaked out riding your bike at night, surrounded by automobiles piloted by distracted drivers? Well, here's an innovation for safer night-cycling that might be hitting the market soon

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Those of you who own an iPad will be familiar with one very annoying flaw: the less-than-optimal back-facing speaker. In order to bring the volume up without resorting to external speakers or headphones,

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Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), have won the school's newly established Gehry Prize, reports Archinect News. The Hasselns, a

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Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Motorists and cyclists may not always understand one another, but with the help of the MindRider, they'll at least have one more avenue of communication. Developed by MIT student Arlene Ducao, the

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Hirobo’s Futuristic One-Man Electric Helicopter is the Ultimate James Bond Gadget

Hirobo’s Futuristic One-Man Electric Helicopter is the Ultimate James Bond Gadget

Compact, silent and futuristic, Hirobo’s one-man electric helicopter looks like the ultimate James Bond gadget! Recently showcased at an expo in Nagoya, the helicopter prototype can travel up to 100km/h

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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Dominique Vankan’s DIY Camera Made From LEGOs, Cardboard and Duct Tape Takes Vintage-Style Photos

Dominique Vankan’s DIY Camera Made From LEGOs, Cardboard and Duct Tape Takes Vintage-Style Photos

Inspired by traditional photography, designer Dominique Vankan has created a working camera from LEGOs and duct tape! With the process of Autochrome Lumiere in mind, Vankan used everyday materials to

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Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

SOLAR-POWERED SPY SATELLITE James Bond is a lot of things: a womanizer, a troubled soul, licensed to kill. But first and foremost, 007 is a spy, and spies are always looking for new ways to monitor their

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Designed by Artefact, Serenity is a concept for a smart monitor that presents clear information through elegant, minimal wall-mounted e-ink tablets. The networked tablets are described as a "Home OS" can

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Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

The installation was commissioned for the ZERO1 “Seeking Silicon Valley’ Biennial in San Jose, California, and will be on view until December 8, 2012. Located in the courtyard of San Jose’s

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the "cold and lifeless" aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of using the

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How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,200 annually on energy bills, and close to half of that figure can be attributed to heating and cooling? If you're looking to chop that

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EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

Earlier this week the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) made a bit of an environmental stir when it approved five of Apple's newest ultrathin laptops - even though Apple initially

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The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Italians like to keep the design world on the edge of their seats—literally. The Sgabellissimo from Modoloco Design is a two-legged stool that becomes a small ladder when turned upside down.

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Nathan Myhrvold’s New Digital Rights Management Patent Could Restrict 3D Printing

Nathan Myhrvold’s New Digital Rights Management Patent Could Restrict 3D Printing

A company run by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has obtained a patent for a technology that could be used to impose digital rights management (DRM) on 3D printing. According to Antonio Regalado,

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Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Apple's newest laptops just got a stamp of approval from the world’s leading green electronics certifier. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) released its review of new

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Spider Web photo from Shutterstock Spiders are capable of some amazing things - not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes

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Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

The Pavilion is supported by large maple and oak trees, and it provides an imaginative frame for various musical and art performances (including a Brazilian drumming band, a tai chi exhibition, etc.). Not

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Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer SylvanSport was shooting for versatility when they thought up the Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer. This amazing piece of compact engineering functions as a trailer to pack up

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Teague Labs’ DIY 3D Printed Headphones Can Be Assembled With No Tools Required

Teague Labs’ DIY 3D Printed Headphones Can Be Assembled With No Tools Required

Is there anything 3D printers can’t do? We’ve featured everything from 3D-printed arms to entire rooms made using 3D printers. The latest 3D printed innovation comes from Teague Labs, who has created

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rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International's latest piece, "Future Self" (2012), is made from thousands of hanging LEDs. 3D cameras react to visitors' movements to create a light sculpture that reveals our own identities

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Compact4All Kitchen System Combines Four Breakfast Appliances in Less Than 16 Square Inches

Compact4All Kitchen System Combines Four Breakfast Appliances in Less Than 16 Square Inches

Breakfast is about to get simpler and a lot more stylish, thanks to Jan des Bouvrie and Princess who have collaborated to create the Compact4All breakfast cubes. Consisting of four different appliances,

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Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

The electronic components of Benjamin Yates' Electri-City Coffee Tables are contained inside sturdy acrylic and glass enclosures. Yates tries to utilize as much waste as possible: the screws from

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The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

If you've ever been freaked out over the dangers of riding your bicycle at night, the Xfire Bike Lane Safety Light might be able to offer you a little more security. This battery-powered safety light

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The Droplet Reminds Forgetful Gardeners When to Water Their Plants

The Droplet Reminds Forgetful Gardeners When to Water Their Plants

Let’s face the reality: plants need to be watered! But because of the busy lives many of us lead, it's easy to forget this simple task. The Droplet is a handy new gardening device that uses a small

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