Energy

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Promises of More Life

Among the issues that arise concerning consumers wants in mobile devices, invariably, the topic of greater battery life comes up. Improved processor power is a popular item under discussion among chip companies, handset manufacturers, and wireless carriers who recognize the need for more battery life without compromising the consumer’s smartphone experience. The question is where …

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A Game of Tug of War

The start-up project to bring Pop to the marketplace looked promising. Pop is a device that acts as a universal battery re-charger platform for mobile devices. The device was engineered to serve as a re-charging port for all devices regardless of its make or model. It generated significant support on Kickstarter, an online funding platform …

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Recharge With A Rock

Who would ever imagine that the venerable rocking chair one day would be re-purposed to accommodate the energy needs of our mobile devices? Rocking chairs, the iconic front porch furniture associated with another era, have been re-designed by Apple to find new found functionality in the modern world. Apple designed a rocking chair equipped to …

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Pavegen

Pavegen tiles harvest energy from footsteps. Designed for use in in high foot-traffic areas, the tiles convert the kinetic energy from footsteps of pedestrians into renewable electricity, which can be stored in a lithium polymer battery or used to power low-wattage, off-grid applications like street lighting, displays, speakers, alarms, signs, and advertising. Each time someone …

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Hobbit House

Simon Dale, with the help of his father in-law, has single-handedly built this low impact Hobbit house in the woodlands of West Wales. The eco-house, which rose from a muddy hole in the ground and took three months to complete, came in at under US $5,000 (GBP3,000) – demonstrating that you don’t need to be …

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