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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, save for

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Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

Baines&Fricker were commissioned by consultancy firm Fieldwork to design and make a portable research lab. The lab comes in a custom built flightcase with rollers on one side. The flightcase doubles

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Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Rural communities in the Philippines will soon be trading in candles and battery-powered devices for lamps which run on salt water to illuminate their homes. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project,

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Your thermostat could get a sleek new facelift, thanks to super designer Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject. The new Hive 2 thermostat, designed for British Gas, adds a sort of minimalist steel mirror to your

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Super-thin, foldable Solar Paper can charge a smart phone in 2.5 hours

Super-thin, foldable Solar Paper can charge a smart phone in 2.5 hours

Combining nature with technology can be thrilling, relaxing, or money-making, whether it be by blasting your favorite tunes through earbuds on an epic trail run, catching up with your favorite audiobook

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Charging your cell phone during a black out or natural disaster could be as easy as lighting a candle. The Candle Charger was designed by Andy Byrnes, a co-founder of Stanford’s alternative energy

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Drones will soon carry critical supplies to remote areas across Switzerland

Drones will soon carry critical supplies to remote areas across Switzerland

Snail mail is set to be a thing of the past in Switzerland, where testing is underway for unmanned drones able to carry packages up to 10 kilometers away. The Swiss Post has been developing drone

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Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Smart phones and tablets are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra

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Lexus just unveiled a working hoverboard!

Lexus just unveiled a working hoverboard!

The hoverboard is one of those keen technologies promised to us by Hollywood that simply hasn’t become part of our every day world. We’re still craving that futuristic update with bated breath,

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Electronic Shark Shield keeps swimmers and surfers safe in the water

Electronic Shark Shield keeps swimmers and surfers safe in the water

Surfers and ocean swimmers all over the world will likely be looking for this new electronic shark deterrent, especially in light of recent shark attacks on the East Coast. The Shark Shield was developed

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Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

Revolutionary Fairphone 2 is an ethically sourced smartphone you can fix yourself

In the last few years smartphones have have become ubiquitous, connecting people worldwide and becoming an everyday, multipurpose tool. Yet, non-ethical sourcing of materials and worker exploitation in

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HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

[gallery_extended] To make this all-in-one wind turbine power bank you need to get an old CPU fan, an old phone battery (or a 18650 cell), a small switch and a bike support element. Also get

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Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

You're running late for work and your iPhone battery is low (again), but you can't, for the life of you, locate your stupid charger. And anyway, the thing is so frayed it's bound to cause an electric

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Samsung’s new Iron Man phone will make you feel like an Avenger

Samsung’s new Iron Man phone will make you feel like an Avenger

While it didn’t come out of Tony Stark’s workshop, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, looks like it may have. Samsung released its Iron Man phone on Tuesday to coincide with the release of Marvel’s new

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy - but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution - a brilliant bicycle/desk that combines work

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This $169 gadget turns your TV into a computer and works even when your internet is down

This $169 gadget turns your TV into a computer and works even when your internet is down

Designer Matt Dalio hopes to bring affordable computers to emerging middle class families across America. His project, the Endless computer, works directly with the family flat screen television, making

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Smart Garden Hub from GreenIQ saves time and water resources

Smart Garden Hub from GreenIQ saves time and water resources

Returning to the roots doesn’t necessarily require ditching your devices. Advanced networking technology and artificial intelligence may soon be as indispensable as a rake and a hoe and a piece of

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know,

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Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

“Bottled” by Ambientec designed by Ryu Kozeki “Bottled” a cordless lamp made with glass and aluminium, has been the forefront of innovative lighting design. Designed to blend into any décor in

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Amazing Mapuguaquén “the sound of the earth” speakers combine traditional pottery techniques with modern wireless audio technology. Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau makes them on a potter's wheel,

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

Each year 700 young people exhibit and exchange ideas at Salone Satellite which has been a unique showcase of creativity since 1998. Gathering brilliant young minds from around the world, the Salone

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IKEA’s wireless charging furniture to hit U.S. stores in late spring

IKEA’s wireless charging furniture to hit U.S. stores in late spring

IKEA wowed the world with common sense design when the Wireless Charging Collection was revealed earlier this year. In a time when people are so reliant on their smart phones and other electronic devices,

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The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam

The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam

For most of us, it might be difficult to figure out what there is to see in a can of Spam. However, what there is to see through a can of Spam is an entirely different story. F295 user 'underbyte' has

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Zero-Energy Bio Refrigerator Cools Your Food With Future Gel

Zero-Energy Bio Refrigerator Cools Your Food With Future Gel

In a valiant effort to rethink the ubiquitous refrigerator -- which has seen few design changes since the invention of freon refrigerators in the 1930's -- Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev has unveiled a

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PULSE by Live Work Play might be the last charger you’ll ever need

PULSE by Live Work Play might be the last charger you’ll ever need

You take your electronics everywhere—even places they're not supposed to go. Whether you're hiking, jogging, skiing, surfing, or otherwise adventuring, taying connected is a necessity. PULSE is the

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Google’s new Chromebit dongle will transform your TV into a PC

Google’s new Chromebit dongle will transform your TV into a PC

First, the stick—whether it be produced by Amazon, Roku or Google—replaced your cable box by providing online streaming to your TV, and now, Google's latest dinky device offers to replace your home

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Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound waves

Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound waves

  Using sound waves to put out fires could be the next big thing in fire fighting technology. George Mason University engineering students, Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have built a new kind

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