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Home Printing, Literally

Home Printing, Literally

So this is pretty much the bees knees! Gone are the days of thinking printers are just for paper. We’re entering an era where printing has added a dimension… we’re talking 3D of course! Rapid product prototyping is becoming a vital tool in many industrial designer’s arsenals now. But even beyond this is a different...
Green Apps and Ham!

Green Apps and Ham!

So I’ve been rockin’ the iPhone for a year now and have found that my experience with the utilitarian gadget can be summed up in two words: life-altering.  I’m a changed dude.  The mod chunk of metal and glass has become a part of me, an extension of my body, a reliable ally.  I’ve made...
GenGreen 4 Life

GenGreen 4 Life

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to say that going green is not convenient… tools are being rapidly developed to help us connect to all the rockin’ eco-products and services out there… very exciting times!  A couple weeks back GenGreen, a leading green directory, and 3rdWhale Media, a provider of mobile solutions for the sustainably savvy, joined...
Windspire is my Desire

Windspire is my Desire

Mariah Power has created the Windspire, a small-scale turbine that is designed for homeowners looking for affordable renewable energy options.  It pumps out an estimated 1,800 kWh/year (11 mph winds) and is approved for urban and suburban settings.  The Spire is 30 feet tall and has a diameter of 24 inches, meaning it shouldn’t throw...
Diodes in the Rear-View

Diodes in the Rear-View

Check your mirrors folks, Light Emitting Diodes are in your rear-view and they’re coming up fast! LEDs have been touted for years as being the greatest thing since sliced bread.  They are ridiculously energy efficient, last just about forever, and don’t have the mercury issues that their sidekick Compact Fluorescents have.  Their journey up to...
Holograms to the Rescue!

Holograms to the Rescue!

I’m getting a little spacey on y’all with this post, but this is really incredible and could have significant benefits in the relatively near future…. I’m talking holograms, baby!  We all know the iconic image of Princess Leia in Star Wars pleading for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s help via hologram… the truth of the matter is, the...
PowerCost is Watching You, Judging You

PowerCost is Watching You, Judging You

Canadian company Blue Line Innovations has come up with a rockin’ new product to help us save some clams on our electric bill… it’s called the PowerCost Monitor and it displays our home’s energy consumption in real time.  Feel like blasting your stereo, popping some corn in the microwave, or watching 12 hours of March...
I Say Pass to i-plas

I Say Pass to i-plas

i-plas is a British recycling company and they just might be the next best thing since sliced bread.  They take mixed plastic waste destined for landfills and convert it into sustainable, high performance, environmentally friendly products.  These folks are really onto something and just might be creating a model for other countries and communities to...
Hello. My Name is Wattson.

Hello. My Name is Wattson.

“Hello. My name is Wattson.  I can save up to 20% on your annual electricity bill.  And I can change colors.” The Wattson is a fab tool for cutting back on the juice.  A relatively simple concept brought to life by British design firm DIY Kyoto, a transmitter is tapped into an electricity meter via...
Could I Get a Hefeweitzen w/ that Passivhaus?

Could I Get a Hefeweitzen w/ that Passivhaus?

Silently combating highly publicized eco-building programs like LEED and Energy Star is Passive House, a voluntary standard for energy efficient buildings that humbly blows all other programs out of the water… The story of the Passivhaus began with a dialogue between Bo Adamson of Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of Germany in 1988.  It evolved into...
Funrgi in the Sunrgi

Funrgi in the Sunrgi

I believe it’s mandatory for every child to do the ol’ sun through the magnifying glass experiment… Some would express their inner carnage and fry a grasshopper or ant.  Others would melt a plastic toy… I, in total honesty, started a good sized brush fire at my middle school with nothing more than a magnifying...
Graywater is Great Water

Graywater is Great Water

Go ahead and raise your hand if you drink the water from your toilet.  Anyone?… Anyone?…. Bueller?… Bueller?…. Fido, put your paw down!… So no one?… Interesting.  Well, why the heck do you waste so much of that valuable drinking water by flushing it down the ol’ porcelain throne?  It doesn’t have to be like...
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