Tagged: Eco-friendly

Made from e-waste MiON pedal-powered lamp lights up homes

MiON pedal-powered lamp by University of Alberta industrial design students

For people living in not so developed nations, even getting basic amenities like lighting is an everyday struggle. We drool over our gadget charging woes, but life is much tougher in these areas, making people with intuitive minds around the globe to think of solutions to make their life better. On the same lines a team of University of Alberta industrial design students have designed a pedal-powered lamp christened MiON that could be a bane for millions around the world. Made from recycled electronic waste, bicycles and motor technology components this pedal-powered lamp could one day light up homes destitute from electricity. As a part of advanced product design class project, students Russell Davidson, Jiayi Li, Fren Mah, Mikenna Tansley and Kapil designed MiON which apparently won the gold cadre in product category of the International Sustainable Electronics Competition.

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Honda UNI-CUB β personal mobility vehicle has improved balance and seating position

Honda UNI-CUB β personal mobility vehicle

Honda has revealed the upgraded beta version of their very popular UNI-CUB hands free mobility device that came back in May 2012. The new version of Honda’s mobility device is dubbed as UNI-CUB β and boasts-off balance control technology and omni-directional driving wheel system that has been used in Honda’s humanoid robots like ASIMO. The improved version enhances movement in either direction by tilting to the intended side or shifting body weight accordingly and is perfect for personal mobility in indoor spaces like huge office complexes. Since the very first version of UNI-CUB was introduced Honda has been testing the personal mobility vehicle in conjunction with National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) as their staff has rigorously tested it during their office hours for commuting from one place to another in the facility premises.

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DIY Nikon SLR Cardboard Camera made from recycled material

Cardboard camera

For photograph fanatics Marta Crass has created a replica Nikon SLR just from cardboard and recycled material. Being hand cut without the use of any precision machining tools like laser cutting machine or plotter, the Cardboard Camera resembles the real thing very closely. Measuring 6.5” x 4.5” in length and height respectively the replica camera is an emulation of the 1960’s era Nikon camera of her grandfather. Although it can take no pictures and is rendered useless once it drops in the water, this replica camera made from cardboard is geekishly cool and can be yours for $150. If that price is too high for you then the best thing you can do is to enjoy it in pictures or set out on making one for yourself from the visual clues you have.
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EcoFan is dirt cheap hand operated pocket fan for hot summers

Ecofan

Summers are fast approaching and the heat is going to get unbearable at least when you are outdoors away from the cozy comforts of your AC home or car. So why not have a portable fan that you can carry in your pocket for that elusive freshness of air touching your skin when the heat gets unbearable. Takara Tomy is going to release a hand operated fan that needs no battery for fresh air anytime, anywhere you want. Much like the concept of hand-cranked gizmos that are becoming popular by the day; this Ecofan measures 55 x 40 x 140 mm with a total weight of just 51 grams and comes in three color variants.
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Top 7 hand-crank gizmos to drool over

Top 7 hand-crank gizmos to drool over

Whether you are an adventure junkie or just another random geek, hand-cranked gizmos are in the trend, simply because of their utility and the eco-friendly credentials. Hand-cranked gadgets come in very handy when you need to charge up your mobile phone, get some extra juice for the flashlight or simply for fun with your kids. So all you environmentally friendly adventure seeking geeks brace up for the coolest hand-cranked gizmos that will get you through chalk and cheese no matter what.

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MSA-Gard GRN Hard Hat: Safety hat made from sugarcane material

Hard Hat made from sugarcane material

MSA, a Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer has come up with MSA-Gard GRN Hard Hat industrial safety product made from renewable material. Hard Hat is in fact made from sugar, to be precise sugarcane ethanol which has a very small carbon footprint. Just like any other safety hat for work, the Hard Hat provides your head protection without any compromise which makes this product desirable on all counts. And if you might be wondering that does it taste sweet? Then the answer to that would be no.
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Solar powered BoostSolar portable charger for your gadgets

There isn’t a dearth of portable battery powered products for your gadgets but amongst all of them a solar powered backup battery pack for handheld devices surely stands out. Revealed a few days ago at the CES 2013 (Consumer Electronics Show), BoostSolar is a mobile power solution that provides battery backup to your devices by harnessing sun’s energy. Having a single solar panel featuring rechargeable5000+ mAh lithium ion battery, this portable battery charging kit is a reliable power source. You can charge it up via the sun’s energy in ten hours or through the Micro USB DC input in seven hours’ time.
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Just Radio made from reclaimed wood takes you back to the good old days

In today’s time when we all have our gadgets loaded with our favorite music, somewhere down the line we have forgotten the good old radio. Bringing back the radio as we always knew it, Emily Hesslegrave has come up with the intuitive product called Just Radio which is made from reclaimed natural timber wood. The speakers are placed on the sides of the radio and the hand-crafted finish to the various components like the knobs reminds one of the age old heritage when radios were made from natural material. The leather finish combined with the organic wax finish makes this radio truly eco-friendly product for people who like to go the green way.
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Casio PRG550B-5 watch with triple sensors is a must have for outdoorsy dudes!

In its ProTrek watch category, Casio has announced the PRG550B-5 watch having enhanced tech applications and features, making it ideal for outdoorsy activities & adventures.Loaded with advanced features like altimeter, barometer, thermometer and digital compass; PRG550B-5 comes as one of the newest addition to Casio’s ProTrek range of triple-sensor time watches. Best thing about these three features is their potential of very accurately monitoring nature’s elements and at the same time being excellently equipped for high energy activities.
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Biodegradable edible plastic material protects food from oxidation while having green credentials

Craving for a cleaner greener future there is a stringent need to eliminate hundreds of millions of tons-worth non-biodegradable plastic which ends up in the landfills or is discarded every year according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That is why researchers at the University of Buenos Aires have developed a non-toxic, edible plastic material called bio-plastic build around starch extracted from waxy corn and cassava. The starch nano-material extracted from the waxy corn is the main ingredient of this bio-plastic which is 50,000 times smaller than hair follicle making it strong enough and maintaining the elasticity too. This protects food from rotting while maintaining the biodegradable aesthetics as this plastic can be eaten too because it breaks down in the digestive system just like any other vegetable material.
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