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Simplistic DIY Neon Light Kit

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Household, Misc. Tech,

DIY Neon Light KitIf you are not content with a basic tabletop Neon Happy Face, you can customize your own design with snap-together letters in this DIY kit. The sealed 2 x 3-inch blue blocks issue low heat and energy, and can connect up to 22 of them horizontally with a single power source. There are letters, numbers, and characters to choose from and it features a push button for steady or blinking lights. Priced between $3.99 apiece to $29.99 for a set, we could see using it to wish your neighbors a holiday greeting or, for even more prophetic fun in your neighborhood, “The End is Near!”

Read More | ThinkGeek

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Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, USB, Design, PC / Laptop,

Belkin USB Powerstrip

The new Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger seems to be all the rage across the Internets over the past couple of days. After checking it out, we think it’s with good reason. After traveling to events like and SXSW, we know how much power outlets and USB chargers are a commodity. Belkin solves a bit of that here by providing a surge protector that offers three power ports alongside two charging ports. Very clever, as we know that we have been left charging devices - that support USB charging - using the AC adaptor. Good job there. It also frees up the USB ports on your laptop when you are on the go, which we know is particularly important if you are toting around a .

You can pick one of these up for $25 from Belkin’s product store.

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Bleeding Edge TV 254: Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies - Amazing

While not the fuel cell battery replacement for gadgets we keep hearing about Horizon is promising some very cool technology nonetheless: portable, enviromentally friendly power on demand - just add water! Their portable generator technology is aimed at disaster relief, outdoor, and developing countries. The totally recyclable cartridges have an infinate shelf life until activated, and can be activated by adding plain old water - no filtration neccesary. Check out the video for more details on this cool new tech.


Bleeding Edge TV 247: Powerbeam wireless laser power

Cordless extension cords?  Powerbeam has it covered.  Right now, Powerbeam is perfecting a wireless, laser-based power transfer system that can act as an extension cord to power devices using a line-of-sight system that will send power as far as you need it to go.  The lasers are about the size of pepper flakes, and will transfer tens of watts of power, and in the future could transfer more.

Powerbeam has patented a battery powered safety system on the back end of the product that will stop the laser (which creates a warm feeling where it comes into contact with a person, nothing ray gun-esque here) when someone crosses its path.

Powerbeam estimates that their power transfer system is 12 months out to the consumer market.


CES 2008 Video: ZPower silver-zinc battery power outshines the rest?

While power technologies tend to be less glamourous than gadgets consumers shouldn’t forget the impact and importance of having solid battery technologies in the slim and trim electronic toys and tools they buy. ZPower was pleased to show off their new Silver-Zinc batteries at – potentially a revolutionary new product. These new batteries can be interchanged with Lithium Ion batteries but offer more power for longer periods all while reducing the environmental impact. Available soon from a yet-to-be-named laptop manufacturer.


Organize and Recharge Your Gadgets with the Charging Valet

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Accessories, Household, Storage,

Charging Valet

Being a gadget-geek occasionally has its downside…such as keeping track of all your “toys” and making sure they’re always charged. Brookstone’s Charging Valet can certainly lend a hand. It’s a handsome, wooden storage unit with a hidden power surge and can hold up to six devices. Just plug their adapters (which also remain hidden) into the surge and Voila! You’ll have an elegant display for your gadgets—while simultaneously charging them. Holds MP3 players, PDAs, digital cameras, portable game consoles and more and measures 13 7/16"L x 8 7/16"W x 5 5/16"L. Available for $75 USD.

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SCiB Batteries: The next big thing in portable power

Posted by Sparky Categories: Handhelds, Peripherals, Science,

Super Charge ion Batteries

Toshiba has announced that, as early as March, their new Super Charge ion Batteries will be launching for industrial use. The new SCiB batteries have roughly the same capacity as current generation Lithium Ion batteries, but are able to reach 90% charge in under 5 minutes. Once these filter down to consumer gadgets it will mean laptops and cell phones able to charge in mere minutes rather than the hours that both devices currently take.

The new batteries can be charged 5,000 times without damage (about 10 years of average use) and don’t have any weight or heat disadvantages that existing Lithium Ion batteries. While the new SCiB will be available in March their initial use will be industrial or automotive. It’s currently unknown how long it will be before Toshiba releases smaller form factors aimed at consumer electronics.

Read More | Toshiba press release via Engadget


Scientists Explore Underwater Turbine Usage

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

Underwater Turbine

Rick Driscoll, the director of Florida Atlantic University’s CEOET (Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology) and crew are developing underwater turbines that will create power from the Gulf Stream. They would be moored 1,000 ft. below the surface and should be capable of going through 8 billion gallons per minute. That’s enough energy to power up one third of the state of Florida. The team will be testing a prototype early next year. We wonder if, when this becomes feasible on a large scale, someone will find a way to harness it in, let’s say, a jacuzzi. We suspect the power companies would not be thrilled.

 

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New iPhone Juice Pack adds oomph to iPhone batteries

iPhone Juice PackMophie’s new Juice Pack promises to more than double the life of your at the expense of a little pocketability. The sled style battery pack offers up an additional 250 hours of standby, 24 hours of music playback, 8 hours of talk time, 7 hours of video playback, or 6 hours of internet use. Featuring a soft grip case to help avoid those terrifying iPhone drops the Juice Pack seems like the perfect solution for anyone looking for a little extra juice out of their iPhone on long trips or while away from convenient AC power. The Power Pack is less than $100 and promises to ship by Christmas.

Read More | Mophie via Gizmodo


Tips for saving power on Linux

Posted by Sparky Categories: Internet, PC / Laptop, Software,

Most modern operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and by Apple, feature technology to turn off internal devices and manage power to be more environmentally friendly and squeeze every last drop of juice out of batteries on portable computers. Unfortunately many distributions don’t offer these features built in quite yet.

Enter Less Watts, a site dedicated to configuring Linux systems and machines to consume less power. Featuring tips and tricks for reducing power consumption in Linux, and links to a number of projects aimed at bringing these technologies to more and more distributions soon. The site looks to be fairly new, but has a great mailing list which looks like a great resource for anyone trying to reign in their power use on Linux boxes.

Read More | Less Watts

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