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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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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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FEARLESS Apple CLONER PSYSTAR

‘PSYSTAR has once again taunted the Cupertino Cabal and its army of men in grey suits by adding another Macalike to its line-up of OSX capable computers.
Starting at a very un-Apple $599, the base configuration comes pre installed with a retail version of OSX, an Intel 2.8 GHz Core2Duo E7400, 2GB of DDR2 800 RAM, a 500GB SATA hard drive, a 20x DVD writer and a Geforce 8400GS 256MB single DVI graphics card”…. <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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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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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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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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Give a Laptop Get A Laptop

I found the concept really interesting when it originated and to see Amazon bring to the mainstream in time for Christmas is laudable <Amazon.com’s Changing The World>

Technical Details

  • Dual mode sunlight-readable display screen, 1200×900 resolution
  • Video and still camera
  • Rugged water resistant low power laptop, no hard drive
  • Open Source, Linux OS, encourages community involvement and self-exploration
  • Standard WiFi as well as ‘Mesh’ networking that allows laptops to communicate with each other with or without a network infrastructure

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MIT researchers boost the power of solar energ

“Sunlight has the greatest potential of any power source to solve the world’s energy problems, Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT, said in an earlier interview. In one hour, enough sunlight strikes the Earth to provide the entire planet’s energy needs for one year, he added.

The problem, however, is how best to harness that energy”…. <More>

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Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008-Read Write Web

” 8. AdaptiveBlue

Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue’s founder Alex Iskold is a feature writer at RWW.

AdaptiveBlue are makers of the Firefox plugin, BlueOrganizer. As we wrote in January this year, the basic idea behind BlueOrganizer is that it gives you added information about webpages you visit and offers useful links based on the subject matter.

Over the past year the company has been working on a new product, called Glue. Launched last month, Glue is a more social networking oriented version of BlueOrganizer – it connects you to your friends based around things like books, music, movies, stars, artists, stocks, wine, restaurants, and more. We think the company has diversified smartly in 2008, by integrating social networking and mobile functionality into its products.

9. Zemanta Zemanta is a blogging tool which harnesses semantic technology to add relevant content to your posts. While it didn’t make either of our ‘Semantic Apps to Watch’ lists in November, a number of commenters pointed it out as something they use. In September we covered a major upgrade to Zemanta’s service, allowing users to specify the sources they want to see in the suggestions list that Zemanta provides. Users can now incorporate their own social networks, RSS feeds, and photos into their blog posts.
Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue’s founder Alex Iskold is a feature writer at RWW.

AdaptiveBlue are makers of the Firefox plugin, BlueOrganizer. As we wrote in January this year, the basic idea behind BlueOrganizer is that it gives you added information about webpages you visit and offers useful links based on the subject matter.

Over the past year the company has been working on a new product, called Glue. Launched last month, Glue is a more social networking oriented version of BlueOrganizer – it connects you to your friends based around things like books, music, movies, stars, artists, stocks, wine, restaurants, and more. We think the company has diversified smartly in 2008, by integrating social networking and mobile functionality into its products”…. <More>

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Pandora UMPC & The evolution of the Smartphone Platform

pandora

“It is designed as an ultra portable open source computer with gaming
controls, it is very small, around about the same size as a DS. It can
easily fit in your pocket. It is by far the most powerful handheld in
the world both in terms of raw CPU power and 3D graphics capability, it
will be able to handle things such as Firefox3 or Quake3 with ease.
Around 10+ Hours battery life. [http://openpandora.org/]” Via <UMPCPortal.com>

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INQ’s Web 2.0 Phone

INQ1

“The software – or more exactly the UI – is the key point now in selling any handset and thankfully INQ has listened. So, for what’s its worth the INQ1 has a 2.2in QVGA screen, HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion slot to augment just 50MB of internal memory and pocket friendly dimensions of 97 x 47.6 x 14.4mm while it weighs a mere 110g. Now, the good stuff – and there’s a lot.

Running off a Qualcomm chipset with custom Brew operating system, the INQ1 has the best integration of social networking and communication tools this side of a BlackBerry or iPhone – scratch that, in many respects it is better than either.

For a start, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo, eBay, Last FM, Microsoft Instant Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps are not only available on the handset but they run full time in the background, pre-fetching data and keeping users continuously connected. All run thin clients which can be accessed with or without signal (such as when on the Tube) and any notices written offline automatically sent when reception returns.

Taking this to the next level is a game changing contacts database where the INQ1’s contacts are seamlessly combined with those detected from these services. This means FaceBook, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Yahoo, WLM contacts and more are merged grouping contacts with the same name or those with similar (ie, ‘Gordon Kelly’ and Gordon K’ would cause a prompt asking whether they should be merged or not). Consequently select any contact and you’ll have the option (where applicable) to either call, text, email, Facebook, IM, Twitter or Skype call (but not eBay) them, even their avatars and statuses are transposed. Brilliant”…. <More>

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MiBook: Food +DIY the easy way

mibook“The miBook (pronounced My Book), a multimedia cookbook and more, offers a better solution. The 7-inch portable player offers Food Network content and an innovative concept to help amateur chefs work like the pros.

Start by selecting a main ingredient–chicken, beef, fish, pasta, whatever–and a cooking method (grilling, pan-frying, broiling, and so on) and let miBook offer you a choice of recipes that match your settings. Then, follow the step-by-step video instructions. The miBook’s strength is that each time a step is presented, the video automatically pauses to give you time to copy what you just saw. Use the kitchen-friendly remote to continue the video when you’re ready”….<More>

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Good for You, Good for the Planet

Power Button, image credit Paul Randall via Flickr, under Creative Commons-licensed content.

“Good for You, Good for the Planet’s Jorge Alonso Garcia says that nearly “100%” of electronic devices remain on standby mode after they’ve been turned off. “This is so that they can be quickly turned on again,” he explains.
So What Does the Device Do?

100%Off, the device designed by Good for You, is a microprocessor which uses algorithms to detect a decline in the flow of electricity being sent to an electronic device or appliance. Once 100%Off has detected a decline, it completely shuts the device or appliance off. (The amount of time 100% off waits before a complete shutdown of the device is configurable through programming.)”….<More>

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