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University of Texas Develops Wearable Fabric With Battery Power To Charge Your Gadgets

Scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a way to make fabric using carbon nanotubes and boron/magnesium powder that will generate battery power to charge your electronics.  No more plugging your iPhone into the wall; charging your gadgets could be as easy as wearing a T-shirt.

Tom Dixon Brings "Jacks" On His Road Show

Starting on his 9-city Road Show, renowned British designer Tom Dixon is now at the IMM Cologne in Germany with his Jacks.  If he becomes bored, I suppose he can always 'play' with them, rearranging the black, white, and now orange glow plastic Jacks in different formations, but most likely this hot designer won't have much time for play.

 

Latest Study Reveals Possible End of Fossil Fuels by 2030

New research contends that 100% reliance on renewable energy - that is, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power sources - is entirely possible by the year 2030.  Although unlikely to be endorsed by our current political economy, complete removal of fossil fuel is both possible and affordable within the next two decades.

Biowashball Cleans Your Laundry Without Detergent

Some people are really into that laundry detergent smell.  When you really consider it though, is that ‘fresh’ scent any better than clothes that are just plain clean?  The Biowashball offers a greener alternative to the traditional laundry washing routine.   

GhostBot Knifes Its Way Into Aquatic Automation

Taking their cue from nature, researchers at Northwestern University have created the GhostBot, a robotic knifefish that can swim both horizontally and vertically.

Put Your Baby To Bed In A Cozy Pod Cot

If you are looking for something a bit different and modern for your baby then you should have a look at the Pod Cot by Ubabub.  This sleek looking crib features rounded ends and transparent sides with strategically designed star cut-outs.  This is definitely not a crib for a traditional themed nursery.

Recycled Fortune Cookie Coin Purse By Diana Eng

If you're looking for a little something sweet to include in your fashion accessory collection, then Diana Eng has created a cute little piece that's funky and fashionable.

Innovative Water Turbine Inspired by Sharks

A double-blade, basking shark inspired, water turbine developed by Anthony Reale, former product-design student, promises to increase turbine efficiency by 40%.  Follow Reale's progress as he goes from undergrad student to ground breaking innovator.

Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Soap Flakes Eliminate Slippery Bar Soap Problems

Why did bar soap fall so far out of favor when it was once the king of the shower?  It is likely because bars can be slippery and awkward and no one wants to use them once they get worn down to the cracked and crumbly little nubs.  Soap Flakes, a design by Nathalie Stampfli, is a bar soap grater that seems to solve the old problems of using hard soap.

Liquid Gold: The Towa Watering Can Uses Urine As Fertilizer

Swedish start-up company, Guldkannan, presents their chemical-free alternative to store-bought fertilizers: urine.  With the use of their "Towa," a urine watering can, you can enjoy a comfortable chamber pot, storage bin for your urine, as well as a pouring device for your homemade "liquid gold" all in one convenient device.

Chopstick Tree Art Sculpture Helps Make a Point

In another effort to encourage people to use reusable chopsticks the China Environmental Protection Foundation has sculpted a chopstick tree and handed out reusable chopsticks.

Biotic Video Games Bring Life To The Small Screen

At Standford University, Assistant Professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team are developing ways to take real micro-organisms and make them part of video games.

When You Just Can't Get Enough Pressure: The DIY Plunger Seat

If you've ever just not had enough arm strength to plunge the junk out of your toilet, you may just need a little more body weight to do the job...

Paper Feet: The Upcycled "Foot Condom" by Jimmy Tomczak

Jimmy Tomczak decided he loved going barefoot but wanted protection from the elements, and thus, "Paper Feet," were born.  Made from old billboards, these upcycled "foot condoms," as he refers to them, are green, trendy, and lightweight.

Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway.  The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.

 


Eco-friendly Image Printing Process Previously Thought to be Impossible

Something great and eco-friendly is happening to the furniture and design world. A company, Lumi Co, has invented a new printing technology that is not only eco-friendly, but also previously thought to be impossible to achieve in the design world. It's called the Lumi Process.