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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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    Sharp unveils new semi-transparent solar panels with 6.8% conversion efficiency

    See-through solar panels have been a long standing dream of many, and Sharp has just given the world its first taste of the revolutionary technology. Designed specifically for use as balcony railings and skyscraper windows, these solar panels have a semi-transparent black finish with a solar power conversion efficiency of about 6.8%. These panels pack a maximum output of 95 watts and measure in at 4.5-feet wide by 3.2-feet tall. Now the efficiency of these panels might not match up to those conventionally used, but replacing windows with these is bound to turn just about any building greener! Also, Sharp has not revealed the pricing details and we hope as technology progresses, these transparent panels will turn a little more efficient!


    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 27, 2012
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    Akarie LED lighting solution powers up with solar energy in two hours

    Solar energy is one of the most promising sources of energy in a world quickly realizing the dangers of depleting fossil-fuel reserves. The Nissha Printing Co Ltd has just pulled the veil off a one-of-a-kind solar-powered lighting solution that could soon find itself embedded in pavements just about everywhere. Using dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the Akarie light stores solar energy during the daytime to light up at night. The apparatus has been put to use by the Ohsho Food Service Corp in Japan and has been embedded in pavements in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring 200 x 200 x 85mm and weighing in at 3.7kg each with a rechargeable battery and LED lights, the Akarie is priced at ¥200,000 (about $2,576) and takes just two hours to juice up, staying lit for nearly 15 hours!


    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 24, 2012
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    DualWash Bipartite Dishwasher does the dishes without water and works as a storage cabinet too

    Given the fact that fresh-water sources aren’t readily everywhere and a substantial part of the human race has no access to potable water, conservation of fresh water today is the need of the hour. This amazing concept we came across is an answer to eco-friendly home appliances and makes no use of water to wash utensils! Called the DualWash Bipartite Dishwasher, this waterless dishwasher also doubles up as a dish-cabinet and cleans and stores your tableware. Using a carbon-dioxide based cleaning solution that uses supercritical carbon dioxide, or simply put, liquid carbon dioxide with an extremely low surface tension, the DualWash Bipartite Dishwasher sits snug above your kitchen counter and meticulously cleans all your dishes. Space-saving, environment friendly and a time-saving approach to doing the dishes, the DualWash Bipartite Dishwasher is a fabulously green concept indeed.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 10, 2012
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    SolBot robot adjusts solar panels towards the sun, increasing energy generation by 40%

    Tired of adjusting your solar panels to make the most of the sunlight outside? Well, you could now have a robot do the job for you! By California-based startup Qbotix, this robot called the SolBot uses a track positioned alongside the solar-panel array and using a magnate, locates each station. The robot then attaches itself to the unit and suitably tilts and adjusts the panel towards the sun, helping increase energy generation by nearly 40%! Measuring 1.5 meters long and a meter high, these robots use lithium batteries to power up and manage nearly 200 panels at a time, taking 40 minutes to adjust these all suitably. Available in 300-kW units with a back-up robot and steel tracks included, the SolBot robot also packs GPS connectivity for data collection.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 5, 2012
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    Hama unveils new bamboo-made wireless keyboards and mice

    Tired of those conventional tacky plastic keyboards you’ve been subjected to all along? Show off your green self and pick out one of these beautifully crafted keyboards and mice by Hama, part of the EcoLine range. Available as wired or wireless peripherals, these green hardware pieces are made from bamboo, a quickly growing renewable resource that has in the past proven to be a fantastic material to build every-day consumer products. Complete with height adjustment, a battery status indicator and soft-touch keys, the keyboard and mouse hook up to the computer using an included USB nano receiver. While the wireless keyboard and mouse cost $86 and $37 respectively, the wired version costs just $74 and $25 for the keyboard and mouse.


    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 4, 2012
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