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    Sol Chip, the everlasting batter powered by the sun

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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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    Energy-efficient NanoLight LED light bulbs outshine 100 W incandescent bulbs!


    100 W incandescent bulbs have always been energy vampires, sucking out energy and lengthening electricity bills. Researchers at the University of Toronto recently came up with a fantastic solution to replace these bulbs and fill in the 75 to 100-watt range. Called the NanoLight LED light bulbs, these were designed by Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger and Christian Yan. These 12 W LED bulbs provide the equivalent of 100 W classic bulbs with 1600 lumens.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 15, 2013
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    Eton unveils two solar powered Rukus boomboxes at CES 2013


    If you’ve been looking for a fantastic way to blast out those beats in a clean and green manner, here’s one you’re bound to find interesting, the Rugged Rukus! Designed by Eton and unveiled at CES 2013, the Rukus is a solar-powered Bluetooth boombox that can be carried to the outdoors. The Rukus sports an IPX-4 shell that makes it shockproof and water proof. While the Rugged Rukus is a smaller entertainment solution for the outdoors, the Rukus XL sports a 72-square-inch solar panel.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 9, 2013
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    How to unlock an iPhone 4S


    The freedom a handset like the iPhone 4S gives you is extraordinary. With GPS you can navigate your way anywhere, and with features like Face Time and social networking apps, you can stay connected and run your life on the move.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 5, 2012
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    Rohm develops disposable hydrogen fuel cells to charge smartphones


    Soon, giving your phone a quick charge on the go could get a lot easier than it is today. No longer will we need to carry phone-chargers and spare batteries to keep our phones juiced up. Developed by Rohm, these disposable fuel-cell chargers are easy to use and seem like a practical concept. With only hydrogen as a byproduct, these disposable chargers power up with the reaction of a metal material and water. Providing each handset about 5W with a single charge, these juice-packs are good enough to keep your phone switched on until you can finally spot a more-permanent charging solution.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 5, 2012
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