Archive for the ‘green technology’ Category
  • Visiting Times Square for New Years? Why not self handedly power that dropping ball?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    As much as I'd love to, I simply won't be in Times Square for the big ball drop into 2010. But just because I'm not there doesn't mean I'm missing out. Some would argue that staying home (or at least indoors) is a much better experience as you get the benefit of countless camera angles, more coverage of the event, and of course a surrounding air temperature above freezing. The latter of which is a big one for me seeing as how I hate the cold. Since most party goers will start arriving late...
  • Phase shifting roofing tiles save money, look cool.
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    What would you say if I said your roof could be so much better? Why am i asking you about your roof on a tech blog? If you thought there was nothing cool about such things, think again. The roof above our head is a grossly outdated piece of human existence that has remained unchanged for decades. That's all about to change with the Thermeleon roofing tiles. What's so special? These futuristic phase-change polymer gel-filled tiles developed by MIT students for the MIT MADMEC (Making and Des...
  • Rob a bank Pokemon style: The Pikachu Ski Mask
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 11:13 am
    deviantART is a place where the creative and crafty can strut their stuff both in digital and physical form. So far in my dealings with the uber geek site, I've stayed well within the digital realm of what is encompassed. Little did I know there is so, so much more available. Things such as the Pikachu Bank Robbers Ski Mask make me realize that perhaps a stroll through the other side of deviantART is warranted. Created by deviantART user sugarcoatidli3z, the mask certainly pulls of the creat...
  • Gaon street light/wastebasket eats trash, belches light.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 10:05 am
    The big cities of the world are often some of the prime locations to see breakthroughs in technology and gadgets tested. They are also one big trash bin. Why people can't walk two more feet to the trash can to throw something away is beyond me. Apparently the ground looks better to them. To each his own. It's no secret that there is a ton of energy sitting, wasted in trash. Now we can't just go on burning trash as that releases even more pollutants and toxic chemicals into the air. But...
  • Harness the wind with the Ridgeblade roof catcher
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    If I had a million dollars....*insert lofty and creative dream here...* If I had a million dollars, (or more) I would strive to build one of the most technologically advanced and green houses possible. Any way to save energy and money while being a geek haven would ensure that I never left my house. Why would I need to? While I am quite far from such results, having a green home can be relatively affordable and cheap. You can take one small step at a time and work towards that uber house ...
  • Smart Manhole cover ensures you never miss subway/bus. Manhole cover thieves do a double take…
    by Mike
    Posted November 4th, 2009 at 10:15 am
    Living in a big city has it's obvious challenges. Simply navigating the streets in a timely fashion often means countless life threatening decisions and maneuvers as you cross the urban landscape. Falling even a couple seconds behind can mean the difference between getting home at 5pm and 9pm -- all because you missed that one subway or bus. Smartphones and mobile apps are becoming increasingly ingrained into our daily lives so much so that many cities have apps to make finding out public tra...
  • “Concrete sponge” to filter parking lot run off. Mother earth gives thumbs up.
    by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    You may thing there isn't anything "technological" about a parking lot. It's a simple mass of various minerals and compounds that are unmoving, unchanging, and wholly static. People, it's a concrete slab for crying out loud. What could it do. While all sorts of energy regenerating technologies can be incorporated into the concrete floor that covers large swaths of cities, one thing that many people tend to over look is how to prevent waste run off. Introducing the parking lot of tomorro...
  • Twist on Twist off: “Switch” an eco-friendly, universal electrical outlet. [Green Tech]
    by Mike
    Posted October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    Think electrical outlets are about as technologically advanced as they can get? I hope not because the standard electrical outlet as we know it is about as old as dirt. Though this new concept simply titled "Switch" is a green, universal electrical outlet that gets my geek radar all kinds of giddy. Who knew an electrical outlet could be cool? As the diagram illustrates above, the device stays plugged in 24/7, but isn't always on. On/off operation is controlled via turning the plug like a ...
  • Impending energy shortage? Walk a little and make your own with the “Lightening Pack”.
    by Mike
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 11:26 am
    Just because we love gadgets doesn't mean we have to be constantly looked down upon as energy hoards. If you're on the go and don't have access to a power outlet, powering your mobile geek cave becomes less and less possible. That is unless you're rockin' along with the "Lightening Pack". The once prototype device is officially entering into the real world with the Modern Day Marine event at Quantico being it's "grand awakening" party if you will. The concept is rather simple actually -- t...
  • Volkswagen L1 concept makes Chevy Volt look like a Hummer in a corset.
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2009 at 6:34 am
    Fuel efficiency. Miles per gallon. Fuel Range. Big things to consider when purchasing a car these days as gas prices are still higher than they should be coupled with the onslaught of story after story of dwindling crude oil supplies. The U.S. auto industry has failed for the most part to innovate in a "green" direction until very recently. Their fascination with big, gas guzzling vehicles has caused them to be in a desperate position of playing catch up with the rest of the world. *Help...
  • Measure light bulb life in decades with Panasonic’s upcoming LED bulb
    by Mike
    Posted September 16th, 2009 at 5:16 am
    Having to constantly replace light bulbs in your house is not only a pain in the you know what, it's a constant reminder of the money you're literally burning away day in and day out. Compact fluorescents have come and alleviated some of the pain of illuminating our man-made structures yet there is still progress to be had. Enter the realm of Panasonic land where we measure bulb life in decades -- not hours. Initial models of said bulb will shine with roughly the same output as your old and...
  • Solar Road Panels: the roadway of tomorrow…tomorrow.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 5:42 am
    Imagine driving down the road and looking out in front of your car and seeing the roadway light up with markings or directions. Such a sight might make you think of some science fiction movie or some futuristic technology that is still decades from becoming reality. However, the technology and deployment may not be that far off. Instead of the typical asphalt based roadway that does nothing but cause us to use more petroleum based products, the solar roadway could actually make us more inde...
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