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Tag Archives: Eco-friendly

LiquidOff Spray Repels Water, Minus the Haze

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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!

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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

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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!

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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 (http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml).

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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Feddz E-Bike Trades Bulky Gas Engine For Storage Space

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If you’re going to go green and get rid of an internal combustion engine on your bike, then you may as well do something useful with the space created. The Feddz bike pictured above features an electric motor in the hub of the wheel, while the center of the frame serves up a generous 23 litres of storage space. That’s enough to carry a good amount of stuff around, which is always appreciated on a two-wheeled vehicle. Also, “two different 48-volt lithium-ion batteries are available for the Feddz. The larger option gives you up to a 68-mile range on a seven hour charge, with a top speed of around 28 mph.” The $8,400 price tag on that version is a painful reminder that electric vehicles aren’t mainstream yet, but those of you forking your money over will be able to pat yourselves on the back for doing something to change all that. Bottoms up for early adopters.

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Air Purifier Bike: Ride a Bike, Clean the Air, Save the Planet

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Cycling is the environmentally-friendly way to travel. It doesn’t require fuel, it doesn’t produce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases, and it doesn’t require electricity (which is produced by burning coal.) Taking bicycles one step further is the team from Lightfog Creative and Design with the Air Purifier Bike.

Not only does it come with all the usual benefits of riding a bike, but it also comes with a built-in air purification system. It’s a neat idea, but the specifics that the team provided with regards to the system is mind-boggling, though.

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Gigs2Go Are Disposable Thumb Drives For Sharing Large Files

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Sharing large files is still surprisingly difficult to do these days. Many people sit behind firewalls and not everyone is tech savvy enough to create accounts on the few decent large file sharing sites. What’s needed is something like Gigs2Go. It’s a credit card-sized pack of 4 thumb drives housed in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper pulp enclosure; when you need to share something, you simply tear one off and give it to your client or friend. He can keep it, or even dispose of it. Being made from paper, the drives are mostly biodegradable and each one is cheap enough that it’s not an altogether terrible idea to do this. They come in three sizes: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, the cheapest one being only $30 and the 8GB drives setting you back $40. It’s still getting funded so we’re not sure if the product will see light of day, but you can do your part at the Kickstarter link below.

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Eco-Friendly Christmas: Plant Discarded Gift Wrap In Your Garden

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It also happens to be a season of excessive waste, considering the amount of gift wrap and packaging people discard after unwrapping their presents.

Then along came Eden’s Paper and their plantable gift wrap. It’s eco-friendly wrapping paper that’s made from two layers of recycled paper. The cool thing about it is the fact that it’s got actual seeds embedded within the paper. So not only is it recyclable, but you can also plant the entire thing in your garden instead of discarding it.

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Chubby Electric Motorbike Claims “World’s Most Powerful” Title

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The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle was unveiled last Monday at the Paris Motor Show, with all the fanfare that a bike claiming to be the world’s most powerful should have. And on paper at least, they’re right: the bike boasts 200bhp at 10,500RPM and 150 ft lb instantaneously. This is enough to propel the two-wheeled machine from 0-60 in 3.4s and to 100mph in 5.9s, on the way to a top speed of 106 mph (170km/hh). That’s not too bad, but is far from the fastest. The Lightning Electric Superbike takes that title, doing the 0-60 in 3s flat, on the way to a top speed of 166mph (265km/h).

Despite boasting more power, the Wattman suffers from being too heavy. The 12.8kWh battery, while being able to recharge to 80% in 30 minutes, doesn’t appear to provide much real world range. As tested by the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) standards, the company can claim a range of 180 km (112 miles). But this means “an average speed of 33.6 km/h (21 mph), which suggests that the batteries will last 5.35 hours at an average power of 2.4 kW (3.2 hp).” That’s not a typical usage scenario for a bike. At full power, the batteries last… 5 minutes. Granted that too isn’t a typical usage scenario, but it’s important to keep in mind that while they’re making huge strides, electric vehicles still have some way to go. And to pursue the title of “world’s most powerful”, while sacrificing performance and range in the process is an easy way to lose the interest of potential customers.

There’s no word on price, but given they’re hand-assembled, we’re going to guess it’s pretty high.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]