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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable

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Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

The Waka Waka Personal Solar Power Station is a clever little gadget that can charge any cell phone and tablet via a USB connector using a solar LED lamp. That means no more frustrating dead phone

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UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

UK Engineers Create World’s First Working 3D Printed Electronic Devices

Researchers at the University of Warwick's School of Engineering have discovered a way to manufacture working electronic devices using 3D printers. To date, the electronic inner workings of products have

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Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

This faux grass rug invites whoever uses it to interact with the design by playfully rearranging the flowers! The creation of Toronto-based Joe Jin Design Company is made-up of artificial daisies that can

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Apple photo from Shutterstock Apple lovers will soon be able to buy Mac computers produced in the United States. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, one of the existing lines of Macs will be produced In

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Konica Minolta’s Symfos Low-Energy LED Lamp Wirelessly Charges your Smartphone

Konica Minolta’s Symfos Low-Energy LED Lamp Wirelessly Charges your Smartphone

Konica Minolta's new Symfos LED Tasklight features a built-in pad that can wirelessly charge your mobile phone! The new lamp shows how everyday products can be transformed into brilliant multi-use

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Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

This portable water filter from Aquaovo is a fantastic alternative to buying bottled water. The Canada-based team has launched a new campaign to get their new Alter Ego filter system off the ground, and

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Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

The makers of Trotify ask, “Why the long face? Do you have the need for steed?” Now, you can turn your humble pony into a galloping stallion with Trotify, a simple wooden device that fits on

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SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

In an emergency situation, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your cell phone has enough charge to make a call. The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a mobile phone that operates on a

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Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

The new iLumi, unveiled this week on Indiegogo, is an energy-efficient LED bulb that lasts for 20 years and can be controlled by any smartphone. The bulb features iLumi's HyperLux technology, which allows

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Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Have you ever been freaked out riding your bike at night, surrounded by automobiles piloted by distracted drivers? Well, here's an innovation for safer night-cycling that might be hitting the market soon

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Those of you who own an iPad will be familiar with one very annoying flaw: the less-than-optimal back-facing speaker. In order to bring the volume up without resorting to external speakers or headphones,

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Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), have won the school's newly established Gehry Prize, reports Archinect News. The Hasselns, a

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Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Motorists and cyclists may not always understand one another, but with the help of the MindRider, they'll at least have one more avenue of communication. Developed by MIT student Arlene Ducao, the

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Hirobo’s Futuristic One-Man Electric Helicopter is the Ultimate James Bond Gadget

Hirobo’s Futuristic One-Man Electric Helicopter is the Ultimate James Bond Gadget

Compact, silent and futuristic, Hirobo’s one-man electric helicopter looks like the ultimate James Bond gadget! Recently showcased at an expo in Nagoya, the helicopter prototype can travel up to 100km/h

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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Dominique Vankan’s DIY Camera Made From LEGOs, Cardboard and Duct Tape Takes Vintage-Style Photos

Dominique Vankan’s DIY Camera Made From LEGOs, Cardboard and Duct Tape Takes Vintage-Style Photos

Inspired by traditional photography, designer Dominique Vankan has created a working camera from LEGOs and duct tape! With the process of Autochrome Lumiere in mind, Vankan used everyday materials to

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Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

Top 8 Green Gadgets Worthy of James Bond

SOLAR-POWERED SPY SATELLITE James Bond is a lot of things: a womanizer, a troubled soul, licensed to kill. But first and foremost, 007 is a spy, and spies are always looking for new ways to monitor their

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Designed by Artefact, Serenity is a concept for a smart monitor that presents clear information through elegant, minimal wall-mounted e-ink tablets. The networked tablets are described as a “Home

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Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

The installation was commissioned for the ZERO1 “Seeking Silicon Valley’ Biennial in San Jose, California, and will be on view until December 8, 2012. Located in the courtyard of San Jose’s

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the “cold and lifeless” aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of

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How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,200 annually on energy bills, and close to half of that figure can be attributed to heating and cooling? If you're looking to chop that

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EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

EPEAT Defends its Decision to Approve Apple’s Ultrathin MacBooks

Earlier this week the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) made a bit of an environmental stir when it approved five of Apple's newest ultrathin laptops - even though Apple initially

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