Call it being green or minimal exercise for your wrist. The Hand-Crank USB Power Charger can recharge cameras, cell phones or any other piece of electronics with USB access. The device, at a size of 2 1/2 x 4 x 1 1/2-inches and a weight of 6 oz., will work with most Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and LG phones with included adapters. Crank away when you are out of electric range or use the AC adapter when at home. The charger is available for $39.95.
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Art Haines has developed the SUNN electric/solar car that can hit a top speed of 35 mph. You won’t be able to race down the highway, but with the customized kit you will be able to get where you need to go and help save the planet. It comes with windshield wiper, disc brakes, seat belts, turn signals and lights for $4,500.00 in your choice of color. You add the batteries and/or solar panel. The company claims that it will only take about 80 to 120 human-hours to put it together. Initiated as a high school project, they are also working on two pickup trucks.
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So you want to draw attention to yourself at work or have kids who just won’t quit. Try installing this Mini-Traffic Light. What better way to say coffee break or time out? At a size of 270 x 100 x 100mm and a weight of 290g, the light features an on/off switch and will handle 200/240 volts. We were also thinking it might be amusing if you lived on a corner and wanted to see the reaction of your neighbors. The lamp is available for a mere $16.00.
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They may look a bit strange, but each of Charles Greenwood’s HumanCars is a hybrid electric vehicle with an exoskeletal safety cage chassis, dual electric motors, a variable human power input, patented Body-Steering chassis and SyncGuideway compatibility as standard equipment. You can also go for optional GPS, iPod plug-in, and power windows, locks, mirrors, and wipers. HumanCars are available in three models, the FM4 Troublemaker, the Rod, and the LMV Imagine. At a base price of $15,000.00, you can pre-order for their 2008 Earthday debut this April.
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Our award for the most creative use of paraphernalia goes to the Saturn Flextreme Plug-in Concept. The vehicle has a 1.3 turbo diesel engine with electric components if you prefer to run it that way. It takes 3 hours to charge for a run of about 34 miles, according to our helpful rep. But the reason we especially loved this car was for the extras in back. See them after the jump.
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Netgear’s Powerline HD Plus (HDX111) took the award for the Best of Home Networking. It will take an ordinary electrical outlet and turn it into an HD streaming connection. It features an ethernet adapter that can connect to PCs, DVRs, game systems, and Tivos for both audio and video transmission. The Powerline has Quality of Service (QoS) for video, voice, and data and Netgear claims it can transfer files 12 times faster than its previous models. Check with Netgear for price and availability in your area.
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Your shoes get suddenly soaked on your lunch hour and you are at work. What to do? You reach out for your handy LID Eco Shoe Dryer, plug it in to charge it, and let the silicon gel inside absorb the moisture in any type of shoe. As the humidity is sucked out, the indication color goes from blue to pink. The company claims it will also work in closets and shoe boxes. This is definitely a fine alternative to tossing them into the oven for a few minutes and having to endure the results of dry on the outside, soggy on the inside. Made of ABS resin and polycarbonate, the Eco is available for $30.00.
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After years of abuse, the common light bulb is now getting its just rewards. No more hiding under lampshades for this bulb. It stands proudly and exclaims, “I am the focal point here.” Okay, we are pushing it a bit, but we appreciate the creativity that has gone into the LampLamp. The E25/E27 bulb is 30 W, is available in 110 or 220 V, and is a mere $28.00. You can keep the shade for that next New Year’s Eve get together.
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Instructable’s annual DIY contest is going on now, and it may give you some last minute ideas for Halloween ghoulies, gadgets, and costumes. We especially liked this low-cost Lightning Globe, created by member NK5. You will need a bulb that is gas-filled, a black painted aluminum screen to attract electricity, a high voltage power source such as an old monitor, and a black plastic pot. NK5 claims that the entire project will cost about $5.00 but cautions that you had better know what you are doing to avoid frying yourself during the construction process. Check out the video for more details.
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If you want to organize your extra cords, take a look at this clever Picket Fence that goes inside your home. Each piece attaches to your baseboard and routes all your wires out of the way. The gaps allow easy access to plugs. Although this is only a prototype designed by Karl Zahn for oboiler, we think this might not be doable for homes with small children who have just reached
walking age or puppies who are not quite toilet trained.
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