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Altered: Nozzle Is A Misting Faucet That Conserves 98% Of Your Water


Look, we’re a peoples that likes to waste. But it doesn’t have to be that way and efforts like the Altered: Nozzle are really good ways to move in the right direction. It’s a special faucet that allows you to save up to 98% of the water you would normally use. It does this by turning your regular flow into a fine mist; this should be enough to wash your hands and even rinse off some dishes. If you need a bigger flow for anything, like filling up a glass of water, you simply wise the nozzle and open up the floodgates. Mind you, even at the higher flow rate, you’ll still be saving around 75% of the water you’d normally use. It will be available in three different EU/US standard sizes: Regular, Junior and TomThumb, and allegedly installs in 30 seconds. Currently on Kickstarter, the Atered: Nozzle should be available in December of this year. It’s a kr324 (that’s 324 Swedish Krona, or about $38) pledge.


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Renegade 3D Pen Uses Shredded Bottles As “Fuel”


Some of you may remember the 3Doodler pen that allowed you to draw a real objet in thin air, in three dimensions, freehand. It extruded a melted plastic filament that instantly hardened, making it possible to draw complex structures. The Renegade Pen is just like that, but with one important twist: it prints 3D models by recycling your plastic bottles, files, and bags.

Renegade is designed to accept strips cut from PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, or even plastic files and in sizes ranging from 5-7 mm and thickness of between 0.14-0.35mm. It can also use standard filaments, such as PLA, ABS, nylon, TPE, HIPS, wood et cetera, as long as they are of 1.75mm diameter.

Bottles are easily turned into thin filaments using the ChupaCut plastic bottle shredder, filaments which are then fed to the Renegade Pen. You’re then free to set the feed speed and the extrusion temperature (between 50-320 degrees Celsius (122-608 Fahrenheit)), which will help you fine-tune the viscosity and fluid properties of the extruding plastic. It’s a cool idea, one that’s both eco-friendly and thrifty at the same time (those PLA refills aren’t cheap!). If you want your own, you’ll have to part with £60, or roughly $80USD, and wait until February 2017 for shipment.


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Foot Powered Washing Machine Works Off The Grid


Before we harnessed electricity, we used to wash clothes with a little elbow grease. But we’ve had powered washing machines for so long, it’s easy to forget that sometimes we may need to get clothes clean when the power is out, and a washboard isn’t necessarily the best way to go about it. While not as portable as the Scrubba Bag, the Yirego Drumi Off Grid Washer is a foot-powered washer and spin-dryer that uses no electricity to do its job. You simply insert some garments in the inner sphere, which is full of holes and ridges. Add some detergent and get to pumping with your foot. The sphere turns, tumbling your clothes in the water and soap, getting them clean. Draining the dirty water is done through the press of a button. The device looks good and modern, and may offer some of the more eco-conscious among us an alternative means of staying fresh and clean. It’s a $129CAD (about $107USD) pre-order, and two heaping spoonfuls of patience since delivery is slated for July 2016!


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QS2 Quadrofoil Will Have You Flying Above The Water, Pollution Free


Look at this watercraft and tell us it doesn’t scream: the future is here! It’s an electric quadrofoil craft that gets up to 21 knots (40 km/h or 25mph) and has a range of 100km (62 miles). Its all-electric operation means it’ll be relatively silent while floating above water, and not one drop of oil will ever enter the environment. It’s easily steered, is allegedly unsinkable (with a Titanic reference in their material, it’s hard to take it seriously), sits two, and features an anti-collision system that will reduce impact forces in case you run into something.

Of course the future isn’t cheap and the Limited Edition QS2 will set you back a cool 22,500 €, or roughly $28,144USD. But at that price you’ll have the coolest watercraft on the pond, bar none.

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Memobottle Is Shaped Like A Standard Piece Of Paper, To Better Fit In Your Bag


Reusable water bottles are great for the environment, but they’re used less often than disposable ones simply because they’re inconvenient to carry in a cramped bag. The Memobottle, despite its initially awkward appearance, could actually change a few people’s minds thanks to its shape. Flat and rectangular, the Memobottle comes in three dimensions: A4, A5, and Letter. Slip in into your bag or briefcase, and it’ll take up space alongside your other documents without disrupting the general shape of things too much. The A5 bottle carries 750ml (~25 oz.), while the other two carry 1.25L (~42 oz.). They are dishwasher safe and completely leak proof, and can be yours for a pledge starting at $20 for the A5 and $30 for the Letter sized Memobottle.

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LiquidOff Spray Repels Water, Minus the Haze


Klutzes, rejoice! If you spill stuff a lot or walk around carelessly into puddles of mud, then you might want to get a bottle or two of LiquidOff. As the name suggests, it’s a hydrophobic spray that you can use to coat your shirt, pants, and shoes with a waterproof layer, so your stuff remains free from stains.

This isn’t the first waterproofing spray to hit the market, but it’s one of the few that are water-based. Creator Harold Stewart got the inspiration for LiquidOff after babysitting his sibling’s kids and noticing what a mess kids can make Harold explains: “Trying to learn as much about the technology and its intrinsic properties, as well as learning how certain chemical agents bond to create a desired effect, was a process.”

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Sole Power: Charge your Phone by Walking!


Everyone’s heard of green energy sources – solar power, water power and the like; but have you heard of footstep power? This new gadget is the brainchild of a 15-year old boy from the Philippines – Angelo Casimiro. Unveiled at the Google Science Fair 2014, this piezoelectric device uses the pressure generated in the sole of the shoe while walking, to charge your electronic device. A clever idea, no doubt, but quite similar to inventor Rajesh Adhikari’s idea of a ‘shoe charger’ revealed a few months ago. Unfortunately, you can only get about 10 minutes of battery power after a two-hour game of basketball, but it’s definitely a promising technology for the future. Getting the gadget into production might be quite a challenge, so you may not be able to buy one just yet – but at least you’ll know you saw it first on OhGizmo!


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eCool Beer Cooler Uses The Earth To Keep Your Suds Frosty


Warm beer is as appetizing as cold soup (sorry, gazpacho lovers), but keeping the temperature down on your malt liquor does usually use up some electricity. If this thought rubs you the wrong way, take a look at the eCool Beer Cooler: it uses the coolness of the earth to keep the temperature down. Dig a deep hole, place the eCool in there, and you’ll have access to 24 beers that will be as cold as your ground is. Granted, if you live in a really warm climate, this may not be that cold. But in campgrounds and other places far removed from the grid, the eCool seems like a fantastic, if not ideal, solution. Also, the beers will allegedly not freeze in the winter, which could make this work year round.

Beers are shuttled up and down through a crank-powered conveyor belt, and installation procedures are described thusly: ” It’s advised to use a garden drill, but can be installed with a shovel as well, if you’re a real man (emphasis ours -Ed.). The earth cooler’s top is very well isolated and maintains about the same cooled temperature throughout the whole container.”

You’re going to have to be a “real man” with a deep wallet as well if you want to own the eCool, as the asking price is around $285.

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The Future Is Here: Solar Freaking Roadways!


Imagine if we could convert all the roadways in America into a giant solar panel that provides enough energy for every household in the country. Just imagine. No more nuclear plants. No more coal plants. Greenhouse gas reductions of 75%. Sounds cool, right? Well, the good folks at Solar Roadways have already done that, and they’re trying to get the product adopted by the relevant authorities.

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole (

They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

The possibilities this system affords are mind blowing, and too varied to all list here. But you should know this is no oddball backyard project. Solar Roadways have been extensively tested, with funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. It’s a real product, and if the stars align and politicians can get their heads removed from their behinds, maybe, just maybe this can become a thing.


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