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    Solar-powered anti-insect system keeps bugs away from crops

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    Insects are a known and sworn enemy of farmers all around the world, who at times resort to insecticides to keep the menace away from our soon-to-be-consumed food. Instead, AgriSolar recently unveiled a more environment-friendly way to keep away insects from crops in place of those harmful insecticides that enter our food chain, ruining the eco-system gradually. The new system uses a lightbulb that glows bright with a specially set color spectrum powered by solar energy. This attracts bugs and disorientates them all in a 20-acre radius. Once attracted to the bulb, they ultimately lose orientation and fall in a water-filled collection bin that drowns them.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 3, 2011
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    Aladdin-type flying plastic carpet could power up with solar energy

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    Flying cars might be well off in the future, though the world seems to have come pretty close to flying carpets these days! In our childhood, all we could do was dream of flying away on a carpet just like Aladdin, hoping we had pretty Jasmine for company. Now a Princeton graduate has come up with a 4-inch piece of plastic that could be the cornerstone of flying carpet technology! Using tiny conducting threads that electrify the plastic, this one propelled ahead a centimeter a second and requires air pockets to move forwards. Also, the inventor has plans to come up with a solar-powered version of the same.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 3, 2011
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    Looped escalator, the Levytator works as an energy-efficient alternative

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    Escalators are known energy-suckers. A City University London professor of mechanical engineering, Jack Levy, has come up with a unique way to cut short energy bills that owe their enlarged sums to escalator use. Levy’s escalator design, called the Levytator, uses a loop-like construction and is claimed to be the world’s only escalator that supports curvature. Common-day escalators have their redundant steps move underneath those in use. The Levytator simply loops the up and down escalators in a continuous path, allowing passengers to go up and come back down without having to step off! This simply wipes out the need for two separate escalators, one for upward mobility and one going downwards!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 30, 2011
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    Solar-powered webcam placed near Mount Everest’s peak

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    Ever wondered what the world looked like from the highest point on the planet, the peak of the colossal Mount Everest? Well, researchers and scientists from Italy decided to give the world a first-hand view of it all from the comfort of your home, without having to scale the mountain itself. By simply placing a high-resolution solar-powered camera on the peak, the scientists have successfully begun streaming live picture feeds from the mountain, updating every 5 minutes. The camera, a Mobotix M12, uses solar energy to power up and functions well even at the nerve-freezing temperatures it usually is subjected to at the peak.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 30, 2011
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    Solar powered printer to print without ink cartridges

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    And if you’ve been under the impression all along that tanning does good just for your skin, here’s a technological breakthrough that has left us smiling like a bunch of happy hyenas! Designed by Hosung Jung, Junsang Kim, Seungin Lee and Yonggu Do, this solar-powered printer uses the tanning process to print stuff on paper, instead of using the typical ink cartridges! Using heat energy from the sun itself, this little printer tans the paper, making it an eco-friendly way to printing and documenting.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 30, 2011
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    Solar powered car Bluetooth kit makes answering calls while driving easy and eco-friendly

    2lgmWdnE.jpgHolding a phone to your ear while you drive around isn’t all that great an idea and its things like these that cause those tragic accidents more often than not. Behold the Bluetooth head phone kit for cars powered by solar energy! Compromising of a single unit, the kit includes the Bluetooth device and the solar unit that collects energy from the sun to power up the system. All you need to do is stick it inside your windshield and pair it with your mobile phone. This one allows for convenient call answers, making using a phone while driving easy as cake.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 29, 2011
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    NASA to demonstrate world’s largest solar sail

    largestsolarsail.jpgNASA plans to hit the sky, its playground, yet again, this time with the world’s largest solar sail ever conceived. One of the three projects been selected by NASA for the Technology Demonstration Missions, the solar sail measures a whopping 100 square feet (9.29 square meters)and spans 409 square feet, or 38 square meters. The sail could be used to gather orbital debris over a period of several years and included to a satellite’s payload, activating towards the end of the mission dragging the satellite out of its orbit.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 29, 2011
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    OneRoof Solar offers solar panel-integrated roofs for lease

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    It’s time to chuck those old roofing tiles that protected your abode from the elements all along. Instead, tile your roof with OneRoof Solar’s fantastic roofing solution. Basically, these tiles integrate solar panels and are building-integrated photovoltaics that soak in energy from the sun for your consumption. Also, these roofs will be available on lease with OneRoof Solar raising a whopping $50 million with the help of Korean multinational Hanwha Group. Available in 20 states, this sure beats the installation of solar panels separately and work out pretty pocket-friendly too, requiring users to simply pay a monthly fee while the roof tiles are owned by banks or private installation firms.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 28, 2011
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    WAC Lighting unveils OLED SOL Chandelier

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    OLED technology has been limited to screens for quite a while now, and WAC Lighting has finally pushed it into the mainstream with the SOL Chandelier, a masterpiece of lighting and technology. With the good old filament bulb nearly reaching its extinction given that the world’s looking for energy-efficient ways to lighting up its homes, this OLED Chandelier was created in a green environment too, manufactured at WAC Lighting’s zero-landfill facility. With ORBEOS OLED Panels, this lighting solution is 10-40% more efficient than reflector-based LED lighting fixtures too!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 26, 2011
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    Sarvajal unveils solar-powered water dispensing ATMs in India

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    The last we heard of solar-powered ATMs, was the machines unveiled by Expert Group in Miami that were used to give out, well, money. Sarvajal, an Indian organization however, designed solar-powered ATMs that dispense water! Given that clean water is a luxury, not just to rural areas in India but to about 1/8th of the world’s population as a whole, 60% to 80% of all disease in India are also caused by water. Sarvajal’s water-dispensing ATM machine works with a pre-paid card and treats water with reverse osmosis and ultraviolet rays. Also, these ATMs are connected via cellphone networks which help Sarvajal keep an eye on maintenance issues.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 26, 2011
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