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    Singapore’s Apple Store to use 100 percent renewable energy

    Apple Store makes its entry into the South East Asia region with quite a credential in tow. The store will be located in Singapore and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. This is a promising entry point for the brand’s retail outlet that offers a more experiential treat for its patrons. In addition to this, all of Apple’s operations in the Singapore store will also be powered by renewable energy. The model isn’t novel. It has already been reflected and implemented in the US, Europe and China. Head after the jump for a statement by Apple.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 19, 2015
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    Air Shield Concept Baby Stroller protects your child from air pollution

    Air Shield Concept Baby Stroller 1
    Taking your kid for a stroll would not necessarily be something you would really be stoked about. Not with the global pollution levels reaching new highs. The Air Shield Concept Baby Stroller is something that resolves the problem of polluted air reaching your child. The idea is fairly simple and inspired by a car that recirculates the air within the chamber rather than outside. This is made possible with a special-designed filter that keeps the air void of any impurity or grime that may be harmful for your baby to breathe in. The glass lid also doubles up as a UV ray shield. A speaker within the chamber enables parents to communicate with their child via a speaker. It also comes with a muting feature.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 22, 2015
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    In New Zealand, beer residue is driving cars

    Making beer sure involves a lot of residue that is discarded in the noblest means. But nothing compares to driving cars. The large amount of beer manufactured and consumed in New Zealand leads to plenty of leftover matter that can now serve as a brilliant substitute for fossil fuels, which are depleting soon. The matter is a slurry of yeast that wasn’t used in the fermentation, which can be further distilled and refined to result in the creation of ethanol. This matter, when treated well enough, is good enough to power your vehicle.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 3, 2015
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    Bladeless wind-turbine could save costs, generate energy moderately

    Vortex 6m Prototype
    With the world’s increasing focus on sustainable energy options, energy harvesters are sharpening their focus on wind energy. This may be among the cleanest modes of power-generation but can also be impractical and expensive most of the time. A lot has to do with the amount of space needed by wind-turbines and the overburdening freight that the blades can lead to. A Spanish company ‘Vortex Bladeless’ has developed a unique design for a wind-energy generator that has a bladeless cylinder oscillating and vibrating within it, thus generating kinetic energy, which is converted to electricity through a linear generator. The cylinder is comparatively light weight and comes without gears or bearings, thus making it more convenient to install and maintain.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on June 2, 2015
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    Facebook to connect off-grid areas to the internet with solar-powered drones

    facebook-drone1Facebook wants the world to signup, like, comment and share, and in order to do so, the company has stumbled across a way to “take the internet” to remote areas. Facebook will use solar-powered drones to “beam internet to devices on-ground”. This will enable people who aren’t connected to the grid to go online!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on April 2, 2015
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    Lumi smart light promises better eye comfort and health

    lumiIt’s a well known fact that lighting can affect our mood, sight and sleep. Some scientists also suggest that lighting affects the regulation of emotions such as happiness and sadness through our nervous and endocrine systems. So, it’s not a wonder that winter depression is so common in cold countries. Considering all these facts, a start up from Delaware has launched a new smart light called Lumi which will give you the best possible lighting for any activity. The smart light Lumi will observe your environment and adjust the lighting suitable for the activity. For example, when you are watching TV, Lumi will use the “Watching TV” preset which will give you a softer and relaxing light of 400 Ix. For activities that require more concentration, illumination will be more to facilitate better comprehension. To state the obvious, Lumi will also automatically turn on when you enter the room and vice versa.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 20, 2015
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    Carrier unveils the future of home heating and cooling solutions, the WiFi-enabled Côr

    thermostat-1When Willis Carrier invented the modern air conditioner in 1902, little did he know that he’d be hailed as a savior and hero even a century later! The company he founded, Carrier, has now released a more futuristic take on indoor cooling and heating systems. Called the Côr thermostat, this Wi-Fi-enabled device can be operated remotely on devices like mobiles, tablets, or desktop computers. Sporting a 3.5-inch touchscreen, the Côr enables users to monitor and control the temperature of a home remotely.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 19, 2015
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    SOL Jewelry Collection uses solar panels to charge gadgets on-the-go

    sol-contemporary-jewelry-1There’s more to modern day jewelry than just aesthetics. Besides the fact that these glimmering pieces are meant to be worn as accessories to accentuate your style, they can also be used as sources of energy to power your gadgetry! The 3D-printed SOL collection, inspired by Islamic geometric patterns, does just this. Each of these jewelry pieces have a designated slot for a solar panel that can soak in the sun’s energy and be used later.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 27, 2014
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    Chinese researchers develop hi­tech smog mask that’s compatible with smartphones

    wearable-air-purifier-1Let’s not deny it, the air is not what it used to be. Urban jungles around us are being choked with exhaust fume and smog, now more than ever. Countries like China and India have been battling air pollution since more than a decade now and there seems to be no respite. To give the citizens of these heavily polluted countries some relief, a research team from Chongqing, China, unveiled this battery­powered wearable air purifier that promises to filter up to 99.9% of PM 2.5 fine particulates!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 25, 2014
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    Steampunk lighting solutions by Edison Light Globes use energy-efficient LEDs

    edison-led-light-globes-5The steampunk design philosophy is anything but energy saving. Inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century when humankind didn’t really understand the importance of energy efficiency yet, steampunk is now being given a greener touch. Australian company Edison Light Globes has come up with this steampunk lighting solution that uses energy-efficient LED lights. Made from brass and sporting exposed hardware, these lamps come complete with pseudo-Victorian and retro-futuristic aesthetics.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 24, 2014
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