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    University of Houston installs solar trashcans that work like garbage compactors

    Installing trashcans in public spaces is never a bad idea. But what’s better, is a trashcan concept like the one developed by Massachusetts-based Big Belly Solar. These trashcans have been installed at the University of Houston and are a step above the conventional dumpster you use. Priced at $8,000 a pop, these trashcans are, in essence, miniature solar-powered garbage compactors! With a capability to fit five times more trash than a regular garbage bin, these also include sensors that automatically signal the authorities when full.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 26, 2013
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    Oltu concept uses heat expelled by refrigerators to cool vegetables

    Refrigerators are known to expel heat energy, most of which is left unused and is wasted. Industrial designer Fabio Molinas has come up with the Oltu concept, a system that uses the heat generated by refrigerators and uses the same to cool vegetables! The system uses the heat emitting from the back of a fridge and cools vegetables using evaporation. To function as it is intended to, the system uses clay containers. Heat rises and affects the double wall of the clay containers. Using water contained between the walls, the temperature inside is lowered.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 18, 2013
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    The EV Power Station Socket Model juices up electrical apparatus using electric vehicles

    The tale all along has been all about powering electric cars using various energy sources. It’s time these green modes of transport give a little back to the community, right? Nichicon Corp has developed an EV charger that is capable of supplying electricity from an electric vehicle to electric appliances, devices and other such apparatus in emergencies! Called the EV Power Station Socket Model, this charger will be released in early October 2013 and will be priced at about $4,811 a piece.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 17, 2013
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    Extremely energy-efficient T 8881 S EcoComfort fabric dryer powers with solar energy

    Human-kind has used the sun to dry clothes before, though not in this technologically-enhanced way. Designed and developed by Miele, here’s introducing the T 8881 S EcoComfort, a solar-powered clothes dryer that’s a lot more energy efficient than the electricity sucker you currently use to dry fabrics. The appliance is connected to a home central heating system which is powered by a solar-thermal rooftop array. The T 8881 S EcoComfort sports an A+++ energy efficiency rating and is 80% more efficient than a regular dryer.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 6, 2013
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    Sol Chip, the everlasting batter powered by the sun

    By now, we’ve all come to agree with the fact that solar-energy is indeed a game-changing way to power the world, particularly in an environment where fossil fuels are quickly draining out. Recently, an Israeli company showcased its most recent development called the Sol Chip, a one-of-a-kind everlasting solar battery that continuously generates energy from the sun’s rays to power up smaller electrical devices like smartphones and tablets.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 31, 2013
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    OnBeat conceptualizes solar-powered headphones that juice your smartphone

    Take a conventional piece of technology, add a bunch of flexible solar panels, and the result’s bound to be a lot better, like these solar powered headphones that we’ve spotted recently. These high-end headphones by OnBeat are capable of producing some of the best sounds you’d look for and is an audiophile’s tool, complete with accurate highs and lows. Besides its great sound, the OnBeat Solar Powered headphones are also comfortable to wear and use. The headphone sports small solar panels on its headband that soaks in the sun and is capable of juicing up electronics and USB-chargeable devices, like your smartphone for instance!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 13, 2013
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    How the most environmentally-friendly businesses find their green solutions

    Being environmentally friendly is an absolute must, especially at a time when energy costs are soaring. Fortunately, some businesses have managed to stay ahead of the curve, prioritising energy-saving measures and investment in green technology. Whether they’re new to the idea of being greener or have done so for decades, some industry-leading firms provide inspiration to all.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on June 24, 2013
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    Vodafone’s Power Pocket charges your mobile phone using body heat!

    The festival season is just around the corner and keeping your mobile phone juiced up this time around will be a lot easier, thanks to Vodafone’s Power Pocket, a concept that draws on the heat energy released by the body, turning it all into electricity that charges up mobile phones! The Power Pocket concept is currently available in the form of prototype hot shorts and sleeping bags. This gear enables you to generate energy as you walk, jump, party and sleep, using all of this to charge up your mobile device!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on June 18, 2013
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    Solar-powered Sun & Cloud digital camera also powers up with a hand-crank!

    While most shutterbugs settle on batteries to power up their cameras, Superheadz Japan has come up with an environment-friendly way of taking pictures! Called the Sun & Cloud camera, this one uses renewable energy to power up and is an eco-conscious shutterbug’s dream come true. Inspired by retro photography and given a dash of the digital world, the Sun & Cloud camera uses solar panels on its top that self-generate energy to power up this beautiful device. And that’s not all. If the sun does decide to hide behind those fluffy clouds, this camera can also be charged up with a hand-crank. Capable of taking both pictures and videos digitally, the Sun & Cloud also hooks on to USB ports to juice up and for data transfer.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on March 23, 2013
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    Air Shower Uses 50% Less Water

    Perfect for that H2O strapped country, Australia, the Oxijet, developed by their New Zealand neighbours, is now available for purchase down under. Brainchild of kiwi owned Felton and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Oxijet is an air shower that works by injecting air bubbles into water droplets as they make their way out of the shower head. While it still feels like a full pressure shower, it only uses half the amount of water. Oxijet can be fitted to pretty much any standard shower fitting, but at present is only available in Australia.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 28, 2013
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