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Shigeki Yamamoto’s Playful Wooden Spiellampe Light Was Inspired by Building Blocks

Shigeki Yamamoto’s Playful Wooden Spiellampe Light Was Inspired by Building Blocks

Berlin-based Osaka-born designer Shigeki Yamamoto has created a small maple light called the Spiellampe (Lamp game) that brings back the joy of playing with building blocks as a child. The highly

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Diefabrik’s TOMBOX+ Is a Recycled Vintage Amp Turned Into a Beautiful New Speaker

Diefabrik’s TOMBOX+ Is a Recycled Vintage Amp Turned Into a Beautiful New Speaker

Diefabrik's Tombox+ plays homage to the loudspeakers of the industrial heyday, when music equipment was built to last. Companies such as Braun, Grundig, Saba and RFT spent good money to make their

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Apple Pulls EPEAT Green Electronics Certification from its Products

Apple Pulls EPEAT Green Electronics Certification from its Products

Apple products are no longer green, at least according to the world's leading green electronics certifier. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a government-sponsored green

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OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration

OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration

Eric Stackpole wants every tech geek with a passion for ocean science to have inexpensive, open source hardware to conduct research. The solution that he and a team of fellow enthusiasts has developed is

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Eton’s Rukus Solar Boombox Keeps the Music Pumping All Day Long

Eton’s Rukus Solar Boombox Keeps the Music Pumping All Day Long

Summer is the perfect time for picnics and pool parties, but don’t count on the mediocre built-in speakers of your smartphone or laptop to kick things off. Eton’s Rukus Solar boombox is a portable,

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Case of Bass Turns Vintage Suitcases Into Travel-Themed Boomboxes

Case of Bass Turns Vintage Suitcases Into Travel-Themed Boomboxes

Case of Bass works with local Portland businesses, artists and craftsmen that contribute to the extraordinary good quality and design of their pieces. Each portable stereo is unique and completely made

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10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

We tend to think of the daily commute as time wasted. According to the US Census, more than 32 percent of Americans have a daily commute that takes longer than 30 minutes (2009), and that time can

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‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

Japanese designer Satoshi Umeno has created a beautiful wooden air purifier that looks like a miniature house. Dubbed the Chikuno Cube + House, the design consists of an all-natural wood base and a

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Morpholio Provides an Innovative Social Platform for Architects and Designers to Present Their Work

Morpholio Provides an Innovative Social Platform for Architects and Designers to Present Their Work

Static websites become a presentation tool of the past with this cool iPad app called Morpholio. Morpholio was developed by a team at Columbia University as a free portfolio software tool that design

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WrecordsByMonkey Transforms Old Vinyl Records Into Groovy iPhone Cases

WrecordsByMonkey Transforms Old Vinyl Records Into Groovy iPhone Cases

Have you ever wondered where old vinyl records wind up when they aren't saved by DJs or 'wax' enthusiasts? Brooklyn-based WrecordsByMonkey offers one inspiring new use for dusty vinyl stacks with their

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Sculptural Pulpop mp3 Speakers Create Smooth Sounds From Recycled Paper Pulp

Sculptural Pulpop mp3 Speakers Create Smooth Sounds From Recycled Paper Pulp

Balance studio designed Pulpop - a sculptural doughnut-shaped speaker made from recycled paper pulp that blasts your mp3 player's tunes straight from your desk. Remember that cool Paper Pulp Alarm Clock

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A Group of Delft Tech Students Get Crafty and Build an Interactive Modular Pavilion from Wood

A Group of Delft Tech Students Get Crafty and Build an Interactive Modular Pavilion from Wood

A group of inspired students at the Technical University in Delft recently designed an interactive modular installation made completely out of wood. Dubbed modii, the small pavilion was designed as

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iPhone Amplifier Reuses a Vintage Bike Horn to Blast Some Tunes

iPhone Amplifier Reuses a Vintage Bike Horn to Blast Some Tunes

Here at Inhabitat we have seen some very creative iPhone amplifiers that use bamboo canes, repurposed musical instruments and even an entire tree trunk to blast tunes. But here is one example you can

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Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

In the past, Icelanders told time using a traditional measurement system called Eykt - the day was split into eight Eyktir consisting of three hours each. Inspired these traditions, designer Jón Helgi

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iTree is an iPod Docking Station Made out of an Entire Tree Trunk

iTree is an iPod Docking Station Made out of an Entire Tree Trunk

Though we like the idea behind the iTree, we're not really sold on the thought that each one uses a lot of material that could possibly be used for a better cause. Additionally if you think about the fact

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PHOTOS: NYU’s ITP Thesis Show Highlights 3D-Printing Technology and Crowd-sourcing

PHOTOS: NYU’s ITP Thesis Show Highlights 3D-Printing Technology and Crowd-sourcing

Burritob0t by Marko Manriquez The Burritob0t 3D prints an edible extrusion of configurable Mexican food. The machine employs a hybrid of digital fabrication and molecular gastronomy -- or in other words,

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Pin Your USB Flash-drive to Your Clothes with Art Lebedev’s Bulavkus

Pin Your USB Flash-drive to Your Clothes with Art Lebedev’s Bulavkus

This USB flash-drive design combines a simple safety pin with a 4GB computer memory stick to create a simple and functional way to keep tabs on your mini gadget. The device, called Bulavkus, is the

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Brilliant Magnetic Bike Lights Automatically Turn On When Attached

Brilliant Magnetic Bike Lights Automatically Turn On When Attached

Bike lights can often be fiddly little things to attach and detach from your bicycle, but Copenhagen Parts may have solved this mini conundrum - for steel bikes at least. They've created a set of cool

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The House of Marley’s Eco-Friendly Earbuds Raise Money for One Love

The House of Marley’s Eco-Friendly Earbuds Raise Money for One Love

The House of Marley's in-ear, candy-colored headphones are pretty enough to eat, but they do more than just look good. Made of FSC-certified sapele and beech wood and easily recyclable aluminum, they're

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Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta Material showed people at this year’s Milan Design Week that just because you want to breathe clean air does not mean you have to use a clunky and industrial-looking contraption to do the

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iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

iPhone users aren't exactly at a loss when looking for a place to dock their phones these days. But even in a market that's flooded with a myriad docking and music amplification systems, the iBamboo

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Wattcher Energy Monitor Could Help Reduce Energy Bills

Wattcher Energy Monitor Could Help Reduce Energy Bills

How much electricity do you think your home consumes? The Wattcher energy monitor is a simple device by Marcel Wanders that makes this data visible, giving households a helping hand in reducing their

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Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

This morning, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released its first annual report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative, a program that was launched one year ago to encourage nationwide electronic

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Recycled Film Canisters Transformed Into USB Memory Sticks

Recycled Film Canisters Transformed Into USB Memory Sticks

In an wave of ironic inspiration, Newfocus has married analogue and digital photography to create these awesome recycled 35mm film canister flashdrives. Now containing a 4-gigabyte or 8 gigabyte USB

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Quirky 1950s-style Moshi Moshi POP Handset Eliminates 99% of Cellphone Radiation

Quirky 1950s-style Moshi Moshi POP Handset Eliminates 99% of Cellphone Radiation

A vibrant and modern interpretation of the classic 1950s Bakelite-style telephone, the Moshi Moshi POP Handset by David Turpin is a colorful new design that can cut cellphone radiation by 99%. The handset

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Apple and Foxconn Commit to Improving Safety and Working Conditions in China

Apple and Foxconn Commit to Improving Safety and Working Conditions in China

This morning, Apple and Foxconn pledged to reduce working hours, eliminate labor violations and illegal overtime, boost safety and improve housing for the 1.2 million workers in China who make iPads and

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Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

Get Fast Cash by Recycling Your Used Gadgets with eBay’s Instant Sale Site

OK, early adopters: You want to spring for the latest phone or tablet, but your old one is still in great condition. What to do? Instead of holding onto those old electronics, or trying to pawn them off

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Start Your Spring Cleaning by Donating Your Old Phones to Verizon Hopeline

Start Your Spring Cleaning by Donating Your Old Phones to Verizon Hopeline

Want to give your spring cleaning new meaning this year?  HopeLine from Verizon is an easy way to get rid of old wireless phones and chargers cluttering your home. The program refurbishes donated

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XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

Charging your phone just got a whole lot easier and more energy-efficient with XD Design's brilliant solar charger, which sticks to windows to maximize its exposure to the sun's rays. Instead of having to

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