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Pixel Qi Creates Super-Efficient and Cost-Effective Solar-Powered Tablet

Pixel Qi Creates Super-Efficient and Cost-Effective Solar-Powered Tablet

Pixel Qi, an American-based company who specializes in low-power consumption screens, is currently making plans to replace eInk screens with the solar powered tablet. According to Pixel Qi, they've

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Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Toyota's Ideas for Good challenge began just seven months ago when the company opened up five of its most innovative technologies and asked people to come up with ways they could be used outside of cars.

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Solar-Powered Bikini Soaks Up Sun Rays and Powers Up Gadgets

Solar-Powered Bikini Soaks Up Sun Rays and Powers Up Gadgets

Now that you've got your beach bod all ready for a sun-drenched summer, it's time to choose a eco-friendly swimsuit for those days spent sprawled out on the sand. Designed by Brooklyn-based Andrew

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Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

We really love green cars, but you know what we love even more? Practical green designs that make the world a better place. With the Ideas for Good competition, Toyota has merged the two into one by

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Enjoy a Cup of Solar-Roasted Coffee Hot from the Helios 4

Enjoy a Cup of Solar-Roasted Coffee Hot from the Helios 4

Artisanal and specialty roasted coffee has finally become the norm for Americans- how delicious! With cafes employing their own roasters, it was just a matter of time before some eco-conscious coffee

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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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World Heath Organization Declares That Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

World Heath Organization Declares That Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Today the World Health Organization announced that radiation from cell phones could possibly cause cancer as they categorized exposure to electromagnetic fields alongside known carcinogenic hazards such

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Deckstool Rolls Out Recycled Skateboard Bottle Openers

Deckstool Rolls Out Recycled Skateboard Bottle Openers

For years, Pennsylvania-based craftsman Jason Podlaski has been transforming broken skateboards into clean-lined furniture with punchy graphics. So when we caught word that his company, Deckstool, just

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Sprint Introduces Replenish, the First Eco-Friendly Android Smartphone

Sprint Introduces Replenish, the First Eco-Friendly Android Smartphone

The ever-evolving transition from cell phones to smart phones has most of us itching for the latest model. But what to do when we want an upgrade that goes lighter on the earth? Sprint may have the answer

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Joon&Jung Handcrafts Beautiful Speakers from Ceramic and Stacked Twigs

Joon&Jung Handcrafts Beautiful Speakers from Ceramic and Stacked Twigs

If you love music, you know that a set of good speakers is essential to maximizing any listening experience. And for those who cherish a fine aesthetic just the same, you're sure to fall in love with

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Fun Lightstarter Twig Lamp Uses Old-Fashioned Hand-Kindling for Light

Fun Lightstarter Twig Lamp Uses Old-Fashioned Hand-Kindling for Light

  If you're a city dweller who likes a little bit of outdoorsy kitsch in your home, then the Lightstarter is a fun little gadget that will shine a light on your campy and ironic wit. Designed

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Student Developing New Electric Paper That Could Tell You When Your Milk is Rotten

Student Developing New Electric Paper That Could Tell You When Your Milk is Rotten

Wouldn’t it be great if your milk could tell you that it has gone bad, so that you can avoid a chunky glass of grossness? Well, Finnish physics grad student Daniel Torbjork may soon make that a reality,

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Recycled Trumpet Amplifier Blasts Phone Tunes Without Wires

Recycled Trumpet Amplifier Blasts Phone Tunes Without Wires

This clever trumpet turned analog amplifier blasts out beats from your iPhone without consuming a bit of electricity! Christopher Locke welded together a salvaged trumpet, a steel base, stainless steel

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Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Powered iPod Dock is Ready to Pre-order for Summer Beach Fun

Eton’s Soulra XL Solar Powered iPod Dock is Ready to Pre-order for Summer Beach Fun

With picnic weather finally arriving, and beach weather looming, Eton has made their new solar powered boombox available for pre-order.  With the Soulra XL, you can share your iPod tunes with your beach

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5 Useful Green Gagdets for Women on the Go

5 Useful Green Gagdets for Women on the Go

With so many women owning gadgets these days (I can't think of even one of my girlfriends who doesn't own any), it's strange to think that some people think of the consumer electronics world as a boys'

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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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Awesome Bamboo iPhone Case Looks Like a Retro Camera

Awesome Bamboo iPhone Case Looks Like a Retro Camera

If you own an iPhone and want to protect it from everyday wear and tear while avoiding nasty plastic or rubber protectors, this awesome camera-shaped bamboo case might be just the thing you're looking

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World’s First Interactive Paper Computer Promises to Reinvent the Digital World

World’s First Interactive Paper Computer Promises to Reinvent the Digital World

Gadgets are about to get even skinnier -- yes, even skinnier than the origami phone, believe it or not -- now that researchers at Queens University in Canada have created the PaperPhone. The smartphone

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Origami Phone Folds Down Into a Flat Piece of Cardboard

Origami Phone Folds Down Into a Flat Piece of Cardboard

Not a fan of the excess that comes with smart phones? Then lose all of those unnecessary apps and fold yourself a frills free phone that not only looks cool, but boasts an unrivaled material efficiency.

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Bento: A Solar Powered Way to Compartmentalize Your Smart Devices Like a Japanese Lunchbox

Bento: A Solar Powered Way to Compartmentalize Your Smart Devices Like a Japanese Lunchbox

As our number of personal smart devices grows, it seems we’ve begun to carry around a personal home office everywhere we go - laptop, cell phone, iPod - all jangling around in our bags. Hoping to

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Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

A long standing problem at medical clinics in the developing world, which are far away from power sources, has been how to sterilize medical instruments. Now, engineering students at Rice University have

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MIT SOFT Rockers: Solar-Powered Charging Stations Double as Lounge Chairs

MIT SOFT Rockers: Solar-Powered Charging Stations Double as Lounge Chairs

MIT SOFT Rockers are clean energy charging stations that double as rocking outdoor lounge furniture. Unlike conventional ‘hard’ urban infrastructure, The SOFT Rocker leverages its environment in a

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Stamp-Sized Satellites Could Replace Big Clunkers, Saving Fuel and Materials

Stamp-Sized Satellites Could Replace Big Clunkers, Saving Fuel and Materials

When the Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off this afternoon for its final mission, it is taking with it three satellites that could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of space exploration. These

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New Light Emitting Transistors Mean Bigger, More Efficient OLED Displays

New Light Emitting Transistors Mean Bigger, More Efficient OLED Displays

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed new light emitting transistors that will allow OLED screens to grow in size. OLEDs, or organic light emitting diodes, are used in computer screens,

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Researchers Develop a Heat Pump That Can Last 10,000 Years

Researchers Develop a Heat Pump That Can Last 10,000 Years

Most heat pumps maintain an average useful life of 10-20 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have developed a new heat pump

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Disguise Your iPad as a Book With This Clever and Ironic Cover

Disguise Your iPad as a Book With This Clever and Ironic Cover

Disguising your iPad as an old fashioned book may strike you as a bit ironic, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. BOOK by Nedrelow is a handmade cover that makes an iPad look pretty much

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The Greenest House in Chicago is a Self-Sufficient Clean Tech Showcase

The Greenest House in Chicago is a Self-Sufficient Clean Tech Showcase

This house is so green, it would take four pages to list all of its features, but we'll give you a few of the best. Designed for a family of three, the modular eco-home features energy-efficient heated

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Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

As a result of last month's earthquakes and tsunami, many areas of Japan have been left without even the most basic necessities such and shelter and power. To begin to offer assistance to the thousands of

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Stardust: Crystallized Sugar LED Lamp is All Sweetness and Light

Stardust: Crystallized Sugar LED Lamp is All Sweetness and Light

Won Joon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and is currently studying for his BFA in designed objects at the SAIC in Chicago. Stardust is the result of an intense two-semester design project that focused on the

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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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