Solar Power can be expensive for something as large as a house, but think about this energy saving concept. The Inlet-Outlet can turn an appliance or other device into an energy generating one. For example, take something like your dryer that already uses way too much energy with a panel behind it capturing the excess heat and turning it into electricity. An entire system could turn all those plugged in exercise vehicles at your local gum into a mini-power plant. Kudos to Carla Diana and Jeff Hoefs for the smart design.
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Businesses that have a few extra parking spaces and about $850,000 extra in their budget can invest in the GEM (Green Energy Machine) to crunch up trash. The generator accepts food, cardboard, plastic and organic waste, shreds it and turns it into pellets. These are then fed into a gasifier which produces synthetic gas that burns in a natural-gas microturbine. GEM will not accept metal and class because they have no energy content and can convert up to three tons of waste. Here’s hoping some enterprising person/company will create a GEM for the rest of us at lesser prices.
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Talk about retro. Bob Books’ Flickbook can turn your video clips into a unique gift this holiday season. Simply convert your digital video of 6 to 8 seconds (30MB max) to .mov, .avi, .mp4 or .mpg format. Then upload using the generator which will help you choose the best section. You can also design front and back covers, and a spine with other images or video stills. Each Flickbook is 125 x 65mm, has 70 pages on 250 gsm matt coated paper (silver digital) and a price of £17.49 (~$27.00) Delivery takes about 2 weeks.
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You know you have always had hamster envy and now you can have as much fun as the rodent in this huge RolerBall. At a height of about 3 meters, simply find yourself a slope, belt yourself into a harness inside the globe, and wait to get to the bottom or lose your lunch, whichever comes first. The ball comes with a 240V generator that takes about 15 minutes to fill the ball and a puncture repair kit, just in case you hit a snag on the way down. Available for £999.00 (~$2,000.00,) this is not a toy for kids, pets, or those who cannot take a plane or boat ride without taking a healthy dose of Dramamine.
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The future operation of cell phones may be by water. Not to be outdone by Toshiba and their Methane PMP, Samsung Electro-Mechanics has come up with a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that run on H2O. When the phone is turned on, the metal and water inside produce a hydrogen gas which reacts with oxygen to generate up to 3 watts of electricity. This means one can get up to 10 hours of use, about twice as long as rechargeable batteries. Although still a prototype, we are looking forward to the day when we can be rid of batteries that go down when we need our phone the most. Expect the technology to be perfected by 2010.
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Designer Yuko Taguchi has created a lamp that looks like a joke, but in fact serves a purpose. Her Wind Up Lamp does just that as the key is both a switch and a timer. It runs by a spring-driven generator which produces enough power to turn on the bulb. Once it winds down, the light goes out. Although only a prototype, Yuko says that this would be a terrific device for those who read in bed but fall asleep before switching their lamps off. We also think this would definitely be a viable green alternative to current electric night lights.
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