As more of us have on-the-go lifestyles, being able to keep our portable electronics powered up is crucial. A new portable power bank called the Tarot by Powerocks is about to be introduced to the market. This credit card shaped power charger fits neatly into your wallet, pocket, briefcase or backpack and will provide an emergency charge for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices when no electrical outlet is available. Weighing just 1.79 oz., and measuring 3.5” (length) x 2.1”…Continue Reading Tarot – a cool handy portable power “bank”
Posts by Category: Eco Friendly
All things green and planet saving.
It’s hard to remain a ‘concerned’ citizen nowadays because you can never tell whether a product you’re buying comes from a company whose ethics are questionable or worse. There are so many different degrees of ownership in the major corporates, that it’s almost impossible to trace who owns what when it comes to consumer products on the shelves.Continue Reading Buycott – finally there’s a guilt free way to shop
So you think the only solution is to use high tech all the time? Well there are some people on the planet who would beg to disagree. And they’re coming up with all sorts of clever ways to make do with less.Continue Reading How to Fix A Bicycle Tube Without Glue – African Style
The home building industry has been fairly static for a long while, but now an enterprising company wants to do for self build what IKEA has done for wardrobes. The company, Glog Homes, sells DIY blueprints and ‘house kits’ which they say anyone can use to build their own house in a matter of weeks.Continue Reading Glog Homes – buy your next home with Paypal
One of the juiciest targets of the eco-energy industry over the years has been how to harvest the incredible amount of human activity such as walking, running, or even scratching an ear, into useable electrical power.Continue Reading Pavegen – dance, dance generation…making electricity from footsteps
One of the scary things about living the modern comfortable life is how far removed we are from the basics. For instance if the transport system died tomorrow, do you know how you would get stuff to eat?Continue Reading Plants For A Future – a 7000 edible plants database that’s good enough to eat
Simon Milward and the solar powered cycle ride across the scorching Sahara Desert – proof that Brit eccentrics still exist
Hidden behind that elegant solar headpiece in the photo above is Simon Milward, a rather insane enterprising young fellow who intends to become the first human to cycle across the Sahara Desert using nothing more than the locomotive power of a solar powered bicycle.Continue Reading Simon Milward and the solar powered cycle ride across the scorching Sahara Desert – proof that Brit eccentrics still exist
Sometimes you have to take your hat off to the almost limitless ingenuity of the human brain. Brain, not Brian. Anyhoo, the hard work of inventors like Tesla, Edison and Col Sanders have down the ages delivered impressive and wonderful technologies for us all to enjoy, and for that we’re indeed grateful.Continue Reading Wonderbag Eco Slow Cooker – super slow cooking saves energy and maybe matches
Some surprising news from Portugal and Germany recently indicates that we may actually be seeing the fruits of investment in renewable eco energy coming through at last. The first report delivered figures from REN, the Portuguese grid operator, which show that ‘nearly 75% of the country’s energy needs were met by renewable energy during the first three months of this year’.Continue Reading Is renewable energy becoming a real option at last? Maybe.
Ever need a dab of inspiration? We all tend to place things on our desk that put us in a swell mood, or helps our imagination open up a bit. One thing that we all seem to have in common as well, is that we run out of desk space because it’s easy to try and overdo it with inspirational material. If you want to keep your space tidy, but still have things that will get your brain juices going…Continue Reading Terrarium Table Lamp – light up your world
Want to add a dash of natural beauty to your computer? There are always options like the bamboo mouse, but what if you don’t want to have to buy new peripherals? You could always plant a chia garden in the keys of your keyboard (we all know there are living things in there already), but there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to add some classy flare to what you already have that won’t get in the way.Continue Reading Lazerwood Keys for Macbook Pro will add an air of flare
The Institute of Making had its grand opening last week in central London, and we went along to get an idea of what this new venture could signal. The ‘maker movement’, as it’s called, offers a glimpse of a potential future where we don’t just passively buy and consume products, but in fact contribute in different ways to the whole product process…either by local production or hacking, repairing and recycling existing products to improve them.Continue Reading The Art of Making – could this be the start of a people revolution?
The world is rapidly running out of ways to economically cool down data centers like those used for services like Google, eBay, Amazon and other huge companies. A typical 10-megawatt data center uses the equivalent of the energy of a small town, of which at least half is used to cool down all those humming computer cabinets. The problem is getting so bad that Facebook recently relocated its European data center to the Arctic circle in order to keep it…Continue Reading Iceotope – could ‘wet’ computing help solve the world’s energy problems?
There’s no denying (!) that the discussion over climate change remains extremely…um…heated. On one side are the climate experts and scientists, who maintain that the planet is indeed on a warming trend, fueled to a significant extent by human fossil fuel activities. On the other are the deniers, who claim it’s all a load of tosh, and the planet is doing perfectly fine thanks very much.Continue Reading Reality Drop – taking the climate conversation to a new level?
When you need to shield yourself from a rainy day, you’ll grab a raincoat or an umbrella. They’re both usually made out of the same kind of swishy material that are used for tents. While these work fine and well, wouldn’t it be kind of awesome to use tree bark as an umbrella instead?Continue Reading Pelcor Little Umbrella is made of something that might surprise you
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