by Steve Levenstein
The Ha Uchiwa Leaf Fan from Japanese design house Koncent uses no power – well, maybe Flower Power – to keep you cool this summer. It's the nearest natural air conditioning solution to waving around a big ol' tropical plant leaf and it lasts MUCH longer.
by Lady Bee
A university student from Thailand, Mr. Thanut Chaovakul, has made it into the semi-finalist round of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014, with his ingenious concept to remove pet allergens from the air, thereby making more petless folks into pet owners. Allergies to dog and cat fur are among the most common, but Chaovakul has designed an eletrostatic air cleaner that follows your pet around and picks up his fur and dander. Amazing!
by Laurie Kay Olson
There are times when it is difficult to find a quiet, private space to relax quietly and get something done -- for work or play. The Italian design firm Campeggi has created a new cubicle style that they call Tuttomio and it is something that really turns the old cubicle around. And around. And around. It rather resembles a giant Solo cup that you might play beer pong with.
It seems the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle concept debuted by Toyota at last year's Tokyo Motor Show was just the great-looking shape of things to come. The production FCV sedan has now been sticker priced and could be yours for the taking this coming April of 2015... that is, if you've got ¥7 million to spend.
Japan's Isuzu Motors and the Euglena Company have teamed up to promote the use of DeuSEL, a biofuel made from processed algae. The joint venture project's rolling ambassador is a brightly colored bio-diesel sipping Isuzu bus and efforts are underway to expand the service to public bus routes by 2018.
Saleen My Tesla? Please! Saleen Automotive, known for creating Lifestyle Performance Vehicles for road and track, is turning its attention to the vaunted Tesla Model S and the results (pun definitely intended) are electrifying!
by Amber Leventry
ReStyle is a company which brings Fair Trade, women artisan made products to the mainstream market. ReStyle gives women in El Salvador, Columbia, and India the ability to create art, earn money, and support their families and children. ReStyle has renewed many women’s lives by giving them the hope for a brighter and safer future by recycling and using native materials.
Finally, an STD you'll want to get! Ford's been teasing us with the new, 182bhp, 2015 Ford Focus ST and the excitement is... infectious? The new Ford Focus ST Diesel, as it's currently called, probably (make that hopefully) won't be badged STD so save those burning sensations for Taco Bell.
by Laurie Kay Olson
There is nothing worse than a paper cut. It just comes out of the blue from a seemingly innocuous source and cuts you in the most insidious way. What if this power could be harnessed for good instead of evil? How, you say? Well, designer Nadeem Haidary has taken on this very challenge and has come up with -- wait for it -- The Paper Cut Razor!
by T Goodman
Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light. That's an excellent result. But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Irony is a wonderful thing and this new product is definitely ironic. Chopsticks made out of rice to help you eat your rice certainly falls into this category. Okay, it is not the same part of the rice. The Solit-RiceIt chopsticks are made from the husk that has been turned into an earth-friendly bio-composite material.
Tomato by-products in my new Ford? It's more likely than you think, or at least it will be once H.J. Heinz and Ford Motor Company realize their plan to recycle used tomato skins, stems and seeds into car components.
In a bid to reduce smog in its major cities, China is aiming to “eliminate” more than five million older cars... sort of like Cash For Clunkers but without the cash. What's an older Chinese car look like, you ask? We found 8 examples worth a look-see before they go to the crusher.
“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.
GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history. Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.