It isn’t fair for erstwhile skateboards to spend the remainder of their existence, planted on walls as showpieces. They’ve known action and they should continue to see the light. Nick Pourfard, a 22-year old artist, musician and skateboarder managed to find his calling in creating a wonderful use for old skateboards. He converts them to retro-packed, brilliant guitars. Nick is a San Francisco-based Industrial Design student and the mastermind behind Prisma Guitars. Each guitar is 100% handmade and created using former skateboards. His greatest achievement till now is creating a guitar for legendary bass player, Steve Harris (up the Irons!) from Iron Maiden.
Telling someone that they’d have a chance to live surrounded by beer bottles would make them gleam with delight. Li Rongjun from China went on to live this dream, albeit his bottles were devoid beer and were recycled. It took him a total of 8,500 bottles to make this possible. With the aid of his father, Li created a sturdy, beautiful structure from the discarded bottles. Beer stands in third position among the planet’s most beloved beverage, which means that we have more than enough bottles to handle. The office is 300 square feet in size and seems to act as the best possible sales pitch, vouching for his talent to prospective clients.
Genovation is promising something we’ve been wishing for, for a while. The Corvette GXE should be arriving soon. The pictures of the car are not made public yet, but there’s about what we could expect inside it. Genovation’s CEO, Andrew Saul said, “We are using state of the art inverters, batteries and electric motors that will produce in excess of 700-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. We expect the car to achieve 0-60 mph in around three seconds and have a top speed of over 200 mph.” Now that’s saying something, especially with a range of 150 miles.
Austin Electric Powersports in partnership with KLD Energy Technologies have constructed an emission-free bike that’s quite a good-looker and a cool performer as well. The ATX 8080 enters the ring with the credentials of an 80 km range and an 80 kmph top speed. A weather electric motor powers up the bike by combining propulsion and a generating system. There are no gears, filters or belts, thus the hassles of maintaining your typical rugged bike is minimized to a ‘nil’. Another aspect is the safety that the bike offers with wide tires and a low center of gravity that ensures riders are on their bikes and not on the asphalt, after a sharp turn. The battery that powers this beast is Samsung’s latest and directly plugs into a wall socket. It is fully charged in a maximum of five hours.
Sustainable livelihoods depend on eco-friendly travel. While this seems to come at a cost, inconvenience and ugly design in more cases than few, this refreshingly good design by British inventor Clive Sinclair comes as hope. He has designed the most portable electric bike we have ever seen till date, with wheels that are just 13 centimeters in diameter. That’s little larger than a suitcase. Just two into the crowdfunding effort, the bike surpassed its target, which comes as no surprise. The design of the electric bike is inspired by the original A-Bike product designer Alex Kalogroulis. The motor in the front wheel kicks to life when the user starts pedaling. A sensor then detects the moving pedals and gently whirs the motor into life. If you need more assistance, which is detected when you slow down, the motor automatically delivers more power to make pedalling feel a lot more comfortable.
Ikea has announced that all twelve of their stores in Canada will offer electric charging to clientele. These Level 2 stations will be free to use and all stations will be outfitted with two stations. Each of these will charge 60 amps. Customers will be services at these stations on a first-come-first-serve basis. The service will be provided through Sun Country Highway. Brendan Seale, Ikea’s Sustainability Manager said, “Electric vehicle charging stations are an important step on IKEA Canada’s continuing journey towards sustainability.”
Being eco-friendly isn’t just a lifestyle choice anymore, with more businesses than ever choosing to step up their green credentials. Not only are environmentally-friendly policies popular with consumers, they also bring in more profit. The reason for this is simple – decreasing the amount of wastage or increasing the energy efficiency of a business is, of course, going to cut costs. It is not surprising, then, that we are seeing more startups making the environment their business. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting eco-friendly startups in 2015.
The Rachio product is WiFi sprinkler controllers that have been able to save millions of gallons of water for customers since they first hit the market. The product can save users between 20 and 30% on water usage.
With the hammerhead device, you can make sure that your cycle journey is a safe one. Hammerhead provides turn-by-turn directions using light patterns that are easily seen. This allows cyclists to keep their eyes on the road, improving their road safety and making them more aware of their surroundings.
OneWheel offers a one wheeled skateboard that makes it super easy to get around town without having to spend time in traffic. The board was first seen in Las Vegas this year and it is fast becoming a hit.
The Soofa product is a solar-powered hub for smart, social and sustainable spaces. It offers infrastructure for smart spaces made to suit the mobile generation of today.
Whill is a wheelchair for people with disabilities. Its selling points are functionality, style, minimalist nature and all-terrain ability. The product is geared towards changing the general perception of personal mobility, as well as the attitudes of personal mobility users.
Skycatch Construction Drones
The drones produced by this company can speed up construction projects without endangering anyone on site or around the area. The drones are now used in the automation of construction sites while humans simply focus on programming the machines and sending them to work.
The Lagoon model focuses on helping you keep track of water usage by making use of sensors that will alert you as soon as there is a leak. This doesn’t just save money on water bills, but it also helps avoid water waste and damage at home or in the office.
Direct Energy Truck
The truck is an 18-wheeler loaded with innovative devices and appliances for smart homes. The products in the truck are optimised for both business and home use showing how to create a greener home or office space.
Zuli offers a product known as the Zuli plug, which is a smart outlet that allows you to control your lights and appliances from your smartphone.
Dash can transform any car into a smart car. The app connects your car to your smartphone, unlocking enhanced performance and saving on car running costs. The social driving feature is another reason why the product is set to quickly become a hit.
There’s countless eco-friendly businesses out there and as consumers become more interested in the green credentials of companies, the demand is sure to rise even more. If you’re considering starting a businesses, it’s a wise to make sure you consider how you’re going to reduce your impact on the environment. Many businesses report that they struggle with cash flow within their first few years, but as noted earlier, eco-friendly business is booming. Businesses that use less energy or adopt energy-efficient technology can benefit from paying less tax, which is crucial in your first few years of business when you’re still finding your feet. Finally, you’re also doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint – and in 2015, it has never been more important to be environmentally responsible.
There’s something to look forward to from windy days, especially if you’re from Denmark. On July 9th, the nation experience strong winds and voila, they were glad in the days to come. How so, you may ask. Denmark have invested heavily on wind energy, the testimony of which can be found on their elaborate wind farms that span acres. The winds led to the production of 16% surplus energy during the day and an incredible 40% surplus overnight, to meet the entire nation’s demand and have some power still left. And prompt as they are, the Danes exported the excess energy to Germany, Norway and Sweden by leveraging their electricity grids. This clearly paints the picture of a very probably future, where renewable energy rules the power lines.
One wouldn’t imagine seeing a 40-ton 100% electric truck. The BMW and SCHERM Groups have come together to roll out this marvel. Launched at the BMW Group Plant in Munich by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, the truck has successfully completed its test drives. The truck will make eight rounds between the SCHERM Group logistics center and BMW Group plant in Munich, loaded with numerous vehicle components and parts. The truck will be charged with electricity drawn from renewable sources of energy, thus leaving little or no carbon footprint as it travels along the road on a daily basis. A calculation proves that the truck will save 11.8 tons of CO2 in a single year.
Putting its eco-friendly line in overdrive, BMW have unleashed the possibilities of the i8 Concept that runs on hydrogen fuel. In addition to its unparalleled, futuristic swag, the car is here to take on Toyota’s offering. The car has not been christened in all its glory as yet and continues to be a prototype that’s only getting better with each passing day. The company has been researching on hydrogen fuel for nearly three decades, which doesn’t really boast about their speed of operation. On the other hand Toyota’s 2016 Mirai will be available as the first hydrogen fuel cell EV, next year. Both companies formed a joint venture to leverage Toyota’s fuel cell expertise to the fullest. This explains why the i8 model will brag the same fuel cell technology that the 2016 Mirai will contain.