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K3: The Power of the Sun and Wind now within your reach!

The K3 is ” a “tribrid” device since it can be charged by wind, sun or electricity from an AC wall outlet.
A fully charged K3 can charge a mobile phone over five times and an iPod/MP3 player over 10 times. Just one hour of sun and wind provides 30 minutes of talk time and over 300 minutes of MP3 music. However, performance figures may vary based on different mobile phone models and iPod/mp3 player models, as well as sunlight intensity and wind speed consistency’…The retail price of the K3 is $99.95 and the K3 will be available through the company’s online store at http://www.kinesisindustries.com/store

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Affordable Collectible Cars Slideshow


“In fact, for those who would rather be driving an interesting car or truck than fussing over the originality of its headlamp bulbs, there are many vehicles in the lower price brackets — less than the average new family sedan — worth considering”….<More>

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Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

“These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are entirely powered by
the sun and are able to accept close to eight times as much waste as a
regular trash can. Pretty cool, we thought – especially once we found
out that they are calling the new bins Big Bellys and that they stand to save the city close to 12 million dollars over 10 years!”…. Via Inhabitat

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Toyota’s 3g Prius Has Solar Panels, Remote Control Air Conditioning

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“The most energy-efficient Prius yet–50 mpg compared to 46 mpg for the 2009 model–comes with an optional solar panel on the roof to power cabin vent fans. Since the remote control-powered air conditioner is electric, it can run even when the car is off–so a quick trip to the store doesn’t have to mean an oven-like car upon return. Toyota’s new Prius also comes with LED headlights that save 17% of power used by high-intensity low-beam lights”….<More>
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Prefab: Clayton i-house




“Low-E windows, solar augmentation, high-efficiency appliances and superior insulation. The solar panels on the roof don’t supply all the home’s needs, but they do cut electricity consumption in half. There’s also a tankless water heater and a cistern that collects rainwater from the roof for use in gardening, car washing or other outdoor uses. Floors are made of fast-growing bamboo, and paint and insulation are low- or zero-emission.Clayton hopes to deliver it for about $100,000″….<Via TinyHouseBlog>

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Wolfram Alpha: A Radical New Formula for Web Search ?

https://i1.wp.com/www.thetechherald.com/media/images/200911/wolfram_1.jpg‘The product of four years of development, Alpha is an engine for answers. Its ambition is to delve into “all the knowledge in the world,” Wolfram says, to find and calculate information.

Though Alpha’s interface evokes Google ― whose co-founder Sergey Brin once spent a summer interning for Wolfram ― it’s more like the anti-Google.Type in a query for a statistic, a profile of a country or company, the average airspeed of a sparrow ― and instead of a series of results that may or may not provide the answer you’re looking for, you get a mini dossier on the subject compiled in real time that, ideally, nails the exact thing you want to know. It’s like having a squad of Cambridge mathematicians and CIA analysts inside your browser”….<More>

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Eco Modular Prefab

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Most of the energy system of this modern modular house is located at the end of the garden, called an “eco-hub”. Rather than relying on bolting on a mass of solar panels or wind turbines to the house itself, which depending on the orientation of the house may not be most efficiently positioned, the architects have centralized them within a shared community space….<More>

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C-3PO, Leia,Luke SkyWalker 4GB USB Drives


“Mimobots are little friendly data fiends! Feed the 2” monsters all your essential data (tunes, pics, presentations, docs, etc.) and transport your files in style wherever you go. mimobots lead the creative revolution in personal electronic accessories and functional designer toys – truly a marriage of art and technology! Mimobots are produced in limited editions”…. <More>

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Rattler Buck Ten Scooter


“Reshaped seat allows shorter riders to reach the ground more easily AND lets taller riders stretch out a bit… so everyone is more comfortable. The twin piston front disk brake stops on a dime while the gas charged rear shock helps put the power to the pavement”….<More>

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Atom CPU on Credit Card sized Mainboard

“Toradex have begun sampling their latest COM Express module, just 84 x 55mm in size, toradex woodpecker robin atom module

which uses Intel’s Z5xx Atom processor range. The Toradex Robin (shown here on the right, to scale – but not actual size – with its Toradex Woodpecker sibling, announced last year) has seven USB 2.0, gigabit ethernet, a microSD slot and a SATA connection, and is suitable for highly-compact embedded applications.

Toradex Woodpecker Robin Atom Module

The Robin will be available with either the Atom 1.1GHz Z510 processor or the 1.6GHz Z530 processor, the former having a 400MHz FSB and 1GB of onboard storage and the latter with a 533MHz FSB, 2GB of storage and hyper-threading support. While the Z530 is the obvious choice for speed, the Z510 Robin fights back with its super-frugal power demands: just 3.5 to 5 Watts. Saying that, the Z530 Robin isn’t exactly a hog, using from 5.1 to 7.6 Watts.

Each comes with 512MB of soldered-on RAM and can support up to a 1366 x 768 external display over VGA. Other connections include one PCIe, ExpressCard, a TV output and HD audio. These look like incredible boards offering plenty of DIY scope; they’re priced at €129 ($163) for the Z510 Robin and €179 ($227) for the Z530 Robin”…. <More>

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Blue Earth” Solar Powered Cell Phone By Samsung

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VUNow: HD VoD for the right Price?

The interface is clunky but it is priced right and you do not need a computer. It will be interesting to see the evolution of this product….”VuNow™ takes just minutes to connect, just plug in the power cord, A/V or HDMI cable, and connect to the network (via Ethernet or the optional wireless adapter). VuNow PoD is as small as a pack of cards measuring just 3.5″ x 4″ x 0.8″. The small size allows you to take it anywhere with you”….<Site>

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Prefab Kodiak Steel Homes


“A Kodiak Steel Homes kit offers several advantages over more typical approaches to homebuilding. Its superior materials and fully-engineered design make it more durable, economical, and environmentally responsible”…

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Palm Pre review – better than the iPhone?

The previous post about the new Pre_Palm OS gets an update as the reviews are finally in and mostly positive.
Below is a video good video overview….>

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Solar Powered Robotic Lawn Mower


“utomower Solar Hybrid is the world’s first fully automatic lawn mower that is partly powered by the sun. Brilliant for your lawn, great for your conscience, better for the planet. The product uses considerably less energy than any conventional mower. That’s because in addition to a charging station, it comes with a large integrated solar panel. When there is daylight available, the solar cells enable the mower to extend its cutting periods before it needs recharging”….

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Prefab: The Floating House

“Locating the house on a remote island posed another set of constraints. Using traditional construction processes would have been prohibitively expensive; the majority of costs would have been applied toward transporting building materials to the remote island. Instead, we worked with the contractor to devise a prefabrication and construction process that maximized the use of thee unique character of the site:Lake Huron as a waterway”…. <More>

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Prefab and Portable Living-Best of 2008

Apartment Therapy has an excellent post rounding up their year’s best on Prefabs and RVs Check it out at Aparment Therapy Best of 2008

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Favorite Homes of the Decade

“# 6 Created for a owner who was paralyzed in a car accident, this home inverts the notion of “accessible” architecture by making the center of the house into a platform that moves up and down. Each floor of the house is only complete when the elevator/platform room is present. So the wheelchair-bound resident is the center of the home and an integral part of it”…. <More>

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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD Video by X-Men Origins

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more about “X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD Video by …“, posted with vodpod

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Palm’s New Mobile OS Nova= Something Huge?

My experience of the the Palm OS is that it was satble but lacked any wow factor and now Palm claims they may have a game changer with their new Palm’s OS set to be unveiled on January’s CES called Nova led by Ex-Apple  S enior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and “150 engineers since Rubinstein’s arrival. Among them are Jeff Devine, a top operations executive with Nokia (NOK), and Way Ting, an operating system guru from Silicon Graphics (SGIC). “We haven’t had any trouble selling our story,” says consultant Dan Walker, who was Apple’s chief talent officer from 2000 to 2004 and now leads recruiting for Palm”.

” Palm insiders are optimistic. “I’m fundamentally convinced we’re onto something huge,” says Mike Bell, a 16-year Apple engineering star who joined Palm last year. “Some of the stuff we’re working on here is mind-blowing—better than anything I’ve seen before”…. <More>

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