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Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Have you been reading an e-book at the park when suddenly your device's battery starts gasping its last? The sun may be shining bright, but there you are, stranded without an outlet. CarrierClass, a

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

A giant, stomping robot foot is pretty difficult to ignore, so Inhabitat really had no choice but to check out eatART's Prosthesis "Anti-Robot" at last week's Engadget Expand. The zero-emissions

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Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

A clever new device called Powerslayer aims to stop the vampire draw on electronics - that insidious power suck that happens when you leave something plugged in even after your device is charged.

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Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

3D printers are great, but what if you need to fabricate something larger than a basketball or stronger than a piece of plastic? That's the question that Brooklyn-based design consultancy Pensa asked

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Keyless Lock8 Bicycle Lock Sends Theft Alerts to Your Smartphone

Keyless Lock8 Bicycle Lock Sends Theft Alerts to Your Smartphone

Lock8 is the world’s first smart bike lock that can be operated via smartphone! The keyless lock has a GPS tracker that helps users find their bicycles when they are either misplaced or stolen. It is

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Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Composting toilets present a very green way of disposing and reusing your poop as a natural fertilizer, but they haven't been widely implemented. Most people don’t want to sit on top of a box of poop or

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Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola is revolutionizing the smartphone industry with a new modular device that would make it unnecessary to buy a new phone every two years. Putting hardware in the hands of third party developers

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Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

Although it's unclear what our future cities will look like, the Smithsonian just unveiled a series of awesome interactive maps that look back to the past. Created by by David Rumsey, the project pairs

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Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adventure Time's Finn and Jake are lucky to have a trusty friend in their computational companion BMO, and now builder Michael Thomas has brought the little charismatic console to life with LEGOs and

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Elon Musk to Retrofit James Bond’s Submarine Car With a Tesla Engine

Elon Musk to Retrofit James Bond’s Submarine Car With a Tesla Engine

Elon Musk has already conquered land and space with electric vehicle company Tesla Motors and space transport company SpaceX. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Musk has set his sights on the

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Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

3F 3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required and it

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

Water is life - without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking water is taken for granted. In developing countries,

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Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Nothing rocks harder than sustainability. That is why Otis & Eleanor teamed up with designer Megan Sebold to create a lightweight bluetooth speaker set made from one of the fastest growing plants on

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Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Having 10 extra minutes of cell phone battery life in emergency situations such as hurricanes and earthquakes can literally save lives. Designers Bob Panos and Karl Lee have designed a case that can

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World’s First Jetpack to Hit the Market in 2014, New Prototype Unveiled

World’s First Jetpack to Hit the Market in 2014, New Prototype Unveiled

New Zealand's Martin Aircraft Company has redesigned the Martin Jetpack in preparation for the personal aircraft's commercial launch in mid-2014. The world’s first “practical” jetpack can achieve a

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Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Nest Labs Confirms Smart Smoke Detector in the Works

Image © Shutterstock The tech startup Nest Labs made waves in 2011 when it introduced an innovative thermostat that is capable of learning home owners' behavior and automatically adjusting

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Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

As long as we've had smartphones, we've been afraid of dropping them. With price tags of $500 and above, smartphones are delicate technological flowers that can be killed by a single drop of water or a

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

For thieves, an unsecured bike light is a terribly tempting (and very low-hanging) fruit. After getting sick of having their gear stolen, a team of MIT engineers formed the Fortified Bicycle Alliance

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America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s first all-digital library just opened this past weekend in Texas. Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting approach, officials attending the opening ceremony on Saturday pushed a button with

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RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

The vast majority of us aren't always too quick to turn off our devices every time we leave our desks or walk out of a room. Instead, computer monitors, printers, lamps and the like are either left

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Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Montreal-based Dodecado has created a playful set of sculptural light blocks that can be stacked to create practically any shape you can imagine. The blocks are lit by low-energy LED lights, and they snap

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Summer is almost over, which means it's high time to hit the road on an outdoor adventure while you still can! Fortunately, thanks to the latest green gadgets, you can delve into the wilderness without

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LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

Image via Maia Weinstock. There are some new Minifigures on the LEGO block, and they love to study science. While this may not seem like an unusual departure from the toy's regular line of explorers,

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Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

The world is gaga for Google Glass, but even the nerdiest among us must admit that the practical applications are few thus far. For most, wearing the internet in your eyeball is just an excuse to make

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Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Urban beekeeping has never been easier than with the sporty Beehaus. Resembling a picnic cooler, the easily maintainable hive is actually two hives in one, with two entrances that accommodate 22 separate

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This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

Solar-powered calculators have been on the scene since the 1970s, but nothing much, except the shape, has changed since. Now a solar-powered calculator made entirely from bamboo is putting a modern twist

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