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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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WUD: Chic Retro Radios Made From Sustainably Harvested Wood

WUD: Chic Retro Radios Made From Sustainably Harvested Wood

We love these beautiful retro-chic speakers made from wood harvested sustainably from forests in the southern region of Chilean Patagonia. Designed by Santiago-based Grupo Vibra, they recreate the

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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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PEGA’s Revolutionary Paper Alloy Can be Used to Create Consumer Electronics

PEGA’s Revolutionary Paper Alloy Can be Used to Create Consumer Electronics

On show this week at the Milan Furniture Fair are PEGA consulting group’s remarkable prototypes made with their new and revolutionary biodegradable, recyclable and reusable material. Able to be

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Underpartner’s Clever Seats Create Chairs in Any Public Space

Underpartner’s Clever Seats Create Chairs in Any Public Space

Wouldn’t it be great to have a comfortable seat handy at any time, in any public space? The designers at Austria’s Underpartner have come up with just such a simple, lightweight chair that lets you

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Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Alan Garcia, the President of Peru, just announced that the country will be handing out their one millionth XO laptop by the end of this year and will soon be building manufacturing facilities to build

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Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Your future iPod or laptop will soon bear the words “Conflict Free,” thanks to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed by President Obama last week.  Apple and Intel have joined up

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Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

NTT Docomo‘s new advertisement for the TOUCH WOOD smart phone features a delightful wooden xylophone in the forest and is an uplifting departure from other images coming out of Japan. TOUCH WOOD cell

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Firefighters Might Soon be Fighting Blazes With Electrical Wands

Firefighters Might Soon be Fighting Blazes With Electrical Wands

Researchers are working on developing 200 year-old technology to help firefighters fight blazes with electrical wands instead of water and chemicals. The method uses currents of energy to zap fires at

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Scientists in Qatar Develop Solar-Powered Clouds to Cool World Cup Stadium

Scientists in Qatar Develop Solar-Powered Clouds to Cool World Cup Stadium

In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will shade spectators and athletes

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Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

French start-up Wysips created an ultra-thing PV film that is placed on a cell phone's screen to continuously top off its charge.

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WattsClever Charger Recharges Regular Alkaline Batteries

WattsClever Charger Recharges Regular Alkaline Batteries

If you're like us and have a drawer full of drained alkaline batteries that you've been hoarding just hoping they'll somehow be usable again one day, we've got good news for you! WattsClever is a new kind

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Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

According to Akihabara News, Panasonic recently unveiled a solar table at Tokyo's Security Show that harnesses QI technology to wirelessly charge your gadgets whenever you place them on the countertop!

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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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Asus Will Start Building PCs Directly Into Their Cardboard Shipping Boxes

Asus Will Start Building PCs Directly Into Their Cardboard Shipping Boxes

We've covered companies that have started building PCs in cardboard boxes before, but this is the first time we've seen an industry giant decide to take on the idea for mainstream implementation. To cut

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Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung just unveiled an amazing new solar-powered LCD television that can operate completely free from the power grid! The 46" prototype TV, shown at CeBit in Germany, includes solar panels that produce

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European Researchers Develop World’s First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

European Researchers Develop World’s First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

European researchers recently announced the development of the world's first flexible organic microprocessor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco CA. The novel technology

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New Paper Accelerometers Hold Promise for Airbags, Medical Systems

New Paper Accelerometers Hold Promise for Airbags, Medical Systems

Microscale accelerometers are electronic components that can detect quick negative acceleration in a vehicle, can tell if a collision has occurred (and the severity of the collision), and are used in all

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