Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

Awesome April 30, 2010 posted by

Copenhagen Wheel – turn your bicycle into a hybrid e-bike computer

The Copenhagen Wheel project is an initiative from MIT which turns your ordinary bike into an electric version via a retrofit wheel motor. The idea of slotting an electric motor into a wheel replacement is not new of course, but this concept goes one further by incorporating all the electrics and battery in the hub, as well as a set of sensors which can offer monitor the environment and your journeys and connect to city information services to provide an…


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Awesome April 30, 2010 posted by

iFixit – repair your own stuff and save the whales

iFixit is a new service which aims to get everyone repairing their broken tech, instead of throwing it away, which is excellent. It’s basically a user editable wiki for consumer electronic repair manuals and the idea is that the community will come together and help each other repair their devices. The site also sells tools and parts to help get the job done which is hugely valuable. A few weeks ago I dug out an old Internet radio and found it wouldn’t…


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cool tech April 29, 2010 posted by

Drop & Go Japanese Electric Taxis – Recharge? Pftt. Fergedaboutit…

The Japanese have just started testing a fleet of ‘drop & go’ electric taxis, which don’t recharge their batteries, but instead exchange their exhausted batteries for fresh ones via a drive-thru station. It certainly removes the hassle of stranded cabs with angry drivers hanging around all over town, or cabbies dumping passengers in the middle of the journey to go recharge the motor. The Lithium Ion cells have a range of 70 – 80 km on a charge, and can be…


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cool tech April 28, 2010 posted by

CHANA Green-i Electric Car – only needs ten minutes to charge up

The Green-i concept eco car from CHANA Auto recently made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. The electric powered car measures 3.23 meters long, 1.67 meters wide and 1.56 meters high and comes with some interesting styling, if you like the shiny green goblin look. In order to meet the needs of our future hi-tech driving habits, the vehicle uses steer-by-wire and something called Brake Energy Regeneration, which retrieves power from the braking process to top up the batteries….


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Eco Friendly April 27, 2010 posted by

LED Kerosene Lantern – retro lighting swings gently in the breeze

This LED Kerosene Lantern combines all the olde worlde charm of a smelly paraffin lamp, with the clean, eco-lovely of an LED light fixture. Your friends will be amazed when you change batteries and don’t come back smelling of dead dinosaurs. And hey, you’ll get 60 hours of light from 2 AA cells, which has gotta be a bargain. £17.95.  Equipped with everything: A glass tilting mechanism, an air vent, guard wire. Yet instead of having to deal with smelly…


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Eco Friendly April 23, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Motion Sensing Warning Lamp – the price of safety is eternal vigilance

The Solar Powered Motion Sensing Warning Lamp, powers itself from the sun and can be used as a warning light or anti-burglar lamp for cars, boats, caravans and small horses. Apparently you can stick it anywhere with the supplied double sided tape, and relax in the knowledge that no slimeball’s going to make off with your pony tonight. Jack. $11.69.  The small device has a warning light that blinks automatically when the oscillating sensor is activated. This device is easy…


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Eco Friendly April 21, 2010 posted by

Save a Drop Hose Nozzle – save water, several gallons at a time

This Save a Drop Hose Nozzle comes with a handy water use counter which will let you know exactly how many gallons you’re squandering using on your garden. There’s nothing better than knowing your saving the planet as well as the roses, eh? $24.95.  Help decrease your overall water usage and make your home a little greener when you’re in the garden with our Save A Drop Hose Nozzle. Each nozzle features a digital readout that displays exactly how many…


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Eco Friendly April 21, 2010 posted by

Intelligent Solar Pest Killer – the low power bug killing machine

The Intelligent Solar Pest Killer a very efficient device for attracting and killing bugs and pests in a large scale garden, nursery or other agricultural area. One unit with two 18V/12W solar panels and a lead acid battery can keep an area of up to 50 acres clear of pests, which it does by using light to attract them, and then electromagnetic waves to exterminate. It is portable, obviously very energy efficient, and easy to maintain. A very effective way to protect…


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Eco Friendly April 19, 2010 posted by

Solar and Wind Power Webcam – for those remote little moments?

This Solar and Wind Power Webcam is perfect for keeping tabs on the remote bits of your property. Just stick the thing into the ground within 800 metres of your WiFi signal, and it’ll keep beaming back images as long as the wind blows and the sun shines. Cave dwellers need not apply. The ultimate CCTV system?  By using a combination of solar and wind you really get the best from the natural resources to charge and run the camera…


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Eco Friendly April 19, 2010 posted by

PUMA Clever Little Bag – A new green shoe box

If you thought shoe boxes were just for storing your receipts in, take a look at PUMA’s new cool little red one. After almost 2 years of design collaboration between Fuseproject (the design firm led by Yves Behar), and PUMA sportswear’s design magicians, their cool red shoebox – called the Clever Little Bag – decreases cardboard use by 65%, eliminates tissue paper, plastic bags and a laminated cardboard exterior. Made from PET plastic, it requires no assembly, is fully recyclable,…


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Eco Friendly April 17, 2010 posted by

Multi Purpose Solar Charger Backpack – loves the sun, hates little insects

This Multi Purpose Solar Charger Backpack comes with a stonking big 10,000 mAh battery pack which is enough to power up most laptops, as well as phones media players and the like. It also features a built in ultrasonic mosquito repeller to ensure peace and quiet as you’re surfing your backpack out there in the rugged outdoors. Supplied with a lot of tips for most power socket needs, including 8 laptop connectors. $189.00.  This Multi-Purpose Solar Charger Backpack can output…


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Eco Friendly April 16, 2010 posted by

Save a Blade – extend the life of your razor and profit

This Save a Blade device is a disposable shaver sharpener that promises to extend the life of your cheapo shaving tool and drive Mr Bic into bankruptcy. Or something. The sharpening process apparently takes no more than 5 seconds, what a shame the shave itself isn’t as short, eh? $19.98 (runs on AA batteries).  Extend the life of your razor blades with this easy to use sharpener that works on any blade cartridge or disposable razor with the push of a…


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cool tech April 8, 2010 posted by

Yogo – the first electric scooter with removable batteries

The Yogo Electric Scooter. Well it took long enough, but they’ve finally delivered an electric scooter to the market which has a removable battery. Which means that a) you can now charge the thing in your kitchen without having to trail a cable across walls and asphalt and b) you can carry an extra battery to give yourself longer range. The Lithium battery pack gives a max range of 22 miles and charges up in an hour, which is pretty awesome. The…


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Bookmark This! April 6, 2010 posted by

DIY Solar Panel – build your own cheap sunshine power station

How to Build an Electricity Producing Solar Panel. If you’ve got some time to spare, a little bit of electrical smarts, and a desire to produce some of your own power rather than rely on The Man, this is as good a place to start as any. Using cast-offs commonly found on eBay, this enterprising chap managed to build his own 60W solar panel for around $100. A couple of those should be enough to equip you with enough battery power to keep…


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Bookmark This! March 31, 2010 posted by

62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer – recycle, re-process, rejoice…

The 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer is actually a book – and a pretty good one at that – but the website also comes with some fun projects and tips in blog format. It’s all very Instructables like, loads of hacker like tips to make useful gear out of rubbish. Take a look at the Floppy Disk IR Camera Hack as an example. It’s definitely worth hanging out here if you’re into this sort of thing. Book…


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