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Robert Magno Makes Colorful iPhone Skins From Recycled Boxes

Robert Magno Makes Colorful iPhone Skins From Recycled Boxes

Wanting to make a unique and affordable iPhone skin, San Diego-based designer Robert Magno decided to work with what he already had: boxes. "I've been noticing that there are a lot of products that have

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The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

Who says that energy-saving LED light bulbs need to be boring? The LIFX light bulb is energy-efficient, has a 25 year life span, and changes colors via smart phone application. The bulb is currently

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MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses

MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses

Small businesses are about to have the opportunity to enter the world of 3D printing with the launch of the MakerBot Replicator 2. The desktop 3D printer costs a little over $2,000 with an additional $50

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Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

These cool smart phone cases from Signicase are made entirely out of natural wood, and promise to protect your phone as well as the environment! Crafted from eco-friendly materials, the cases come in a

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DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

A team of industrial design students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, has developed an ingenious design for a bipartite, or two-compartment, waterless dishwasher that is

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17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

Hand holding smartphone and heart monitor images via Shutterstock While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone, checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are

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Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Over the years, modern computers and gadgets have required less energy inputs as they have been designed to conserve energy and be more efficient. Now computing firm Intel has announced at the Intel

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new "power-generation LED lamp" called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for eight hours for

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“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

This may be one of the strangest instruments we have ever seen, second only to the Theremin, or possibly the Bubble Organ. "Inventor of useless things" Niklas Roy has constructed a multi-channel, 1-bit

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NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

Deforestation Image via Shutterstock A collaboration between NASA researchers at Ames laboratory in California and the environmental news and watchdog site, Mongabay has created a tool that tracks

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Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Remember how long it took you to build a house or car with LEGO bricks? In a matter of minutes you could slap together four walls and a roof, or four tires and a steering wheel, and your LEGO person would

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Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin's Bloom Table Lamp is inspired by MGX’s One_Shot.MGX stool and the way plants respond to their environment. The digital technology behind the lamp design involves rapid prototyping and 3D

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Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Lasermad has executed a brilliant move with his glowing chess set made from recycled vintage Russian Nixie tubes. Each piece is illuminated without any visible wires, and emits a warm light when at rest

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Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Singing flowers used to live only in the fanciful realm of cartoons, but like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Disney Research presents "Botanicus Interacticus", an interactive music game that uses a

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L.L. Bean Releases Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife Made From Reclaimed Wood

L.L. Bean Releases Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife Made From Reclaimed Wood

The Swiss Army Knife is already an indispensible tool, and now the little knife that does it all just got a little greener. In order to commemorate their 100 year anniversary, L.L. Bean is releasing an

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SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet

SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet

It's easy to get worked up about portable solar chargers. Yes, it's awesome to make your own clean energy, and it's wonderful not to be tethered to an outlet every time your phone needs a boost of juice.

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BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

When is a toy more than a toy? When it helps bring a community together through the joyful process of making low-impact art that beautifies a public space, of course. BLOOM, an urban toy made from

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Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

The wooden-framed iameco (pronounced "i-am-eco") computer is easy on the eyes and on the environment. A result of a collaboration between German and Irish designers, the PC is the first of its class to

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3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify iPhone Tunes Naturally

3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify iPhone Tunes Naturally

Symphony Shells are Simply Amplified’s new concept for a line of 3D-printed iPhone speakers. Free from cables or batteries, Symphony Shells can be ported around with ease and placed just about

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Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Wallbot mobile walls can communicate among themselves. By applying scientific research in collective intelligence to architectural design, artist and architect Otto Ng has created a kinetic wall system

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The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

Germany-based designer Viktor Alexander Kolbig has created the Aura - a living lamp that can be controlled by lightly touching its petals and leaves! Combining nature and technology, the system uses a

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Voltaic’s Spark Tablet Case Charges iPads with the Power of the Sun

Voltaic’s Spark Tablet Case Charges iPads with the Power of the Sun

iPads and other tablets have revolutionized the world of portable computing, but it's a real drag when your device runs out of juice halfway through your novel or while browsing the net. To solve the

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Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You

Is Your Dinner Really Organic? Lapka’s New iPhone Sensor Can Tell You

Your iPhone is already indispensable to your social life, and now, with Lapka’s new sensors, it could become indispensable to your health as well. Lapka Electronics has created a set of four sensors

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The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

Portable solar chargers are an amazing creation, and now you can have one that latches onto almost anything you carry! Voltaic systems' Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger can attach to any technical backpack,

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Panasonic’s Katsumi Tomita About Greening the Electronics Industry

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Panasonic’s Katsumi Tomita About Greening the Electronics Industry

Inhabitat: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Panasonic? Tomita: My title is Manager of the Communication Team in Corporate Environmental Affairs Division, Environmental Planning Group. My

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Robot Builder Simon Burfield Creates a Fully Functional Wheelchair Made of LEGOs

Robot Builder Simon Burfield Creates a Fully Functional Wheelchair Made of LEGOs

Proving once again just how versatile LEGOs can be, robot builder Simon Burfield has created what he believes to be the world’s first working wheelchair made out of LEGO pieces. It may not be able to

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MIT Team Develops Portable Popfab 3D Printer That Fits Inside a Suitcase!

MIT Team Develops Portable Popfab 3D Printer That Fits Inside a Suitcase!

MIT designers Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have created a briefcase-sized 3D printer called Popfab that is much more than meets the eye. Like a hi-tech Swiss army knife, the printer is also a CNC milling

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED

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Gergo Kassai’s Ultra-Thin OLED Motion Lamp Bends To Your Will

Gergo Kassai’s Ultra-Thin OLED Motion Lamp Bends To Your Will

Designed by Gergő Kassai, the Motion Lamp is a low-energy, lightweight OLED lamp that can be customized to suit your needs at any given moment. Thanks to its flexible light source, it can be twisted and

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The Solar-Powered Seiko Astron Watch Even Boasts a Mini GPS Receiver

The Solar-Powered Seiko Astron Watch Even Boasts a Mini GPS Receiver

The solar-powered Seiko Astron watch has so many built-in gadgets that it would make even James Bond jealous! It has been dubbed the most "intelligent watch ever built" as it features a low-energy GPS

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