Water-powered shower head speaker made from recycled plastic wins honors at CES

February 23, 2021 by  
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Whether it’s podcasts,  music  or audiobooks, humans are streaming audio content now more than ever. Now, thanks to wireless tech company Ampere, the sound doesn’t have to stop when it’s time for a shower. Audiophiles, meet Shower Power, the water-powered showerhead made from recycled plastic. This hydropower speaker syncs with  Bluetooth  to deliver high-quality sound straight to your showerhead, automatically turning on and off with the water. Skip tracks, play or pause with the touch of a button on the showerhead itself, or use the waterproof remote control. The device’s design features a cylindrical shape with a South Wave amplifier to provide excellent listening quality, despite its small size. Related: 8 ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly If the 360-degree sound wave diffuser isn’t enough, Ampere has also designed a “Droplet” mini Bluetooth speaker that connects to the Shower Power so you can fill your entire  bathroom  with music. The company also has plans to develop a LED light edition of the speaker that syncs music with a light show inside the shower. So how does it work exactly? The patent-pending proprietary hydropower system turns water flow into energy as the water spins an impeller housed inside the device, like a watermill. That system is connected to a small generator that charges an internal  battery , turning the Shower Power on as the water turns on and storing power even after the shower turns off — enough for 20 hours of listening time on a full charge. The device is made to fit onto any showerhead, resulting in an easy one-minute installation and the ability to take it with you while traveling. Energy  isn’t the only thing Shower Power saves. The speaker is made out of a compound using 100% recycled ocean plastic developed specifically for shower use. Each device reuses 15 ocean-bound plastic water bottles. With all these unique features, it’s no surprise that Shower Power was named as an honoree for the 2021 CES Innovation Awards. The suggested retail price is $99, but it is still available for preorder through Indiegogo or Kickstarter at a limited discounted price. + Ampere Images via Ampere

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AirBird alerts users to open windows when CO2 is too high

January 12, 2021 by  
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Air pollution is a widely reported contributor to poor health conditions worldwide. While outdoor air quality is regularly monitored for dangerous levels of toxins, indoor air is often overlooked. But most of the developed world spends up to 90% of their time indoors. With this in mind, AirBird has taken flight as a product that measures and reports on the air quality indoors. Designed in Denmark and made in the EU, AirBird is a canary-yellow unit that measures true CO2, along with temperature and relative humidity. Syncing with the air every few minutes, the device then monitors air quality over time, culminating information on current and long-term conditions.  Related: Sead Pod offers grassroots solution to air pollution and global warming It takes just a few minutes to set up and is easy to use. Once in place, AirBird will provide an alert when CO2 levels become too high, a common result of insufficient ventilation, especially when people are gathered into the same space. With a chirp or a flashing light (or both), the device reminds users to open a window to improve circulation or move to another space. Although the AirBird doesn’t directly fix air quality , it provides information and encouragement to direct attention to air quality concerns. For example, the AirBird was tested in a Danish public school for more than a year in order to provide useful information when planning an upcoming renovation. Representative Vinay Venkatraman said, “The AirBird enables healthy living spaces by bringing good design, high technology and behaviour change in a simple to use product.” Study after study shows that air quality can affect concentration levels and sleep. It’s also a contributing factor toward asthma and allergies. As such, the AirBird technology is inspired by the canary. Many decades ago, miners used bright yellow canaries in the coal mines to warn workers of carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. The birds would react to the poor air elements , which alerted workers to leave the mine before becoming sick. This clever indoor climate sensor can be used in children’s bedrooms, schools and childcare facilities to provide peace of mind to parents and caregivers who often have windows closed off due to safety concerns. It’s equally effective in boardrooms or basement offices. At home, it can be relied on during social gatherings when the carbon dioxide level may rise. Used in conjunction with practices such as proper cleaning and handwashing, AirBird can contribute to a healthier overall space. “The AirBird helps families to develop clean air habits — which is as important as other healthy habits like regular exercise and eating healthy,” Venkatraman said. The premium model provides the ability to monitor air in several different spaces within the home, such as the baby’s room, the living room and the basement using a smartphone app. + AirBird Via Dezeen   Images via AirBird 

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Discover Bruvi, a single-serve coffee machine with biodegradable pods

December 29, 2020 by  
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Coffee aficionados struggle with a balance between smooth flavor, convenience and environmental impact. While most single-serve coffee pods rank high in the convenience category, they fail to perform in quality, and the waste from coffee pods ranges from challenging to detrimental. Enter Bruvi, a startup aimed at solving these dilemmas. Bruvi looks like many other single-serve coffee pod systems with a water reservoir in the back and a pad to set a mug beneath the drip exit. However, the pod that goes into the machine is very different. Firstly, the company is dedicated to offering high-quality coffee options. The company’s B-pods offer premium coffees from licensed brand partners that produce ethically and sustainably sourced coffee. When Bruvi says premium, it means a brew that meets the Golden Cup Standard of the Specialty Coffee Association.  Related: Startup creates compostable, single-serve coffee bags for your busy mornings Bruvi is also an innovative product meant to cater to all types of caffeine-lovers. The machine brews filter coffee, matcha lattes, espresso, Americanos, iced coffee, infused coffee and tea. It’s also the world’s first single-serve system to produce cold brew. It can be used as a smart device that you control remotely using a phone app. Make coffee from bed or before arriving home after dropping the kids off at school. Bruvi’s B-Pods combat the mounds of disposable coffee pods dumped in the landfills. They are not only 100% recyclable, but they are also designed to break down without leaving microplastics behind in a landfill environment. The company has even eliminated adhesives and uses water-based inks for packaging. Bruvi is currently pursuing B-Corp certification and is a U.S. company based out of Los Angeles.  As Mel Elias, co-founder of Bruvi stated, “Bruvi is first and foremost, a coffee company. Our mission is to upgrade the at home coffee experience, with breakthrough brewing technology , better coffee and more eco-consciousness along with the convenience of single-serve.” + Bruvi Images via Bruvi

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How 2 gadgets are going to change China and the world

October 14, 2020 by  
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Pollution. Smog. Dirty air. It’s all around us. Sometimes, you can see the pollution hanging in the air. Pollution is a huge public health problem, especially in China. But how big is the problem? There’s no precise answer to that question. At least, not yet. A couple of amazing new inventions may just change that. Many of the world’s most polluted cities are in China. It’s the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world and in 2014, the country far exceeded the national standard for pollution suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO). It isn’t always easy to get accurate pollution ratings through standard methods employed by the Chinese government. Enter the Pollution Ranger. This little machine is a self-powered air quality monitor that can be placed on cars to collect data on air pollution everywhere it goes. Related: How clean is your indoor air? The Pollution Ranger is designed for full transparency of data. Anyone can use a smartphone app to access the data gathered by the device. You can use the information to check out pollution levels in your current location, or use the app to find data on a place you’re going to. Want to know how much pollution is the air? Smog Shade makes it easier to visually see exactly how polluted the air around you is. This is an installation with a sleek, circular design that shows air quality in real-time. The shade darkens to indicate how much pollution is in the air; the darker the shade is, the more polluted the air is. The Smog Shade is accessible via app as well. The app allows users to view overall city pollution or pollution levels in specific locations all over the city. Both of these inventions were designed by Huachen Xin. Xin spoke about some of the applications for the gadgets, saying, “People have the right to know the genuine air quality [around them]…based on this data, they could choose whether they need to move in or out of where they currently live. City managers could also use the data as clues to find out realtime pollution, for example, or track illegal emissions during the night.” According to Xin, the Chinese government doesn’t always offer precise pollution measurements. Sometimes, air quality monitors are purposefully put in areas where the air is cleaner. Monitors installed in parks, on rooftops and on islands in the middle of lakes aren’t getting accurate readings of city streets and neighborhoods. One study published in Lancet estimated that as many as 1.24 million deaths in China in the year 2017 were caused by air pollution. That’s a huge public health risk, and that’s why accurate pollution monitoring matters. Putting pollution data in the hands of everyone could have another effect — it shows people the reality of pollution. Hard data and accurate numbers are pretty hard to ignore. Xin hopes that real-time pollution data will encourage people to change their daily habits and help work toward reducing pollution levels. If the first step to improving air quality is raising awareness of how bad the air actually is, then devices like the Pollution Ranger and Smog Shade are going to change the world … and not a moment too soon. + Huachen Xin Images via Huachen Xin

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Scientists search for cause of mass marine die-off in Russia

October 14, 2020 by  
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Massive deaths of marine life off of the Russian Pacific Coast have left many scientists baffled. At the beginning of October, thousands of dead sea creatures were spotted along the eastern coast, after they had been pushed on the shoreline by waves. Although environmental experts have already ruled out human activity as a cause, they are still investigating other possibilities. Among the dead ocean creatures are octopuses, crabs and sea urchins. The organisms were found washed up on Khalaktyrsky Beach, which is a popular surfing destination. This week, Russian environmental officials revealed that the water where the deaths occurred has excess amounts of phosphate ion, iron and phenol. But where this pollution originated is still a puzzle to scientists. Related: Botswana elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria At the same time, environmental officials are still trying to assess the full extent of the damage. There are fears that more dead fish and other marine life could be found in other areas. Speaking to ABC News, Elena Sakirko of Greenpeace revealed that signs of trouble have also been observed farther north. We published the first results of sample analysis collected in Kamchatka where the massive die-off of benthic marine organisms happened. #SaveKamchatka pic.twitter.com/0qLeoG5RZO — Greenpeace Russia (@greenpeaceru) October 14, 2020 The most affected areas are Avacha Bay to the south and Cape Nalychev to the north. Scientists who examined the impacted waters said that about 95% of sea creatures to the depth of 15 meters have died. But local environmental officials are suggesting that the deaths are a natural occurrence. Several theories have arisen to try and explain the mass die-off. Some experts suggest that the marine organisms may have died due to a poisonous algal bloom , while others suggest that the event might have been caused by seismic activity. It is common for seismic activities in the region in question, as it is a volcanically active area. Sakirko said that it is too early to rule out any theories, including that the deaths could be caused by human activity. For now, scientists and environmental officials must continue investigations to determine the exact cause of the deaths. Via ABC News Image via Valery Balievich

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QuenchSea offers low-cost desalination device for humanitarian aid

July 21, 2020 by  
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Newly developed QuenchSea is a low-cost, handheld machine with the potential to become a complete life-saver for water-related emergency situations and humanitarian crises. The device has the capacity to turn about one liter of seawater — and up to three liters in ideal conditions — into drinkable freshwater every hour using a manual system. The desalination device comes from London-based start-up Hydro Wind Energy, and the company is on a mission to donate 100 million units for humanitarian efforts by 2027. The innovative idea is part of an ambitious vision to help solve the world’s freshwater crisis. Related: GoSun Flow is a portable water purifier and sanitation station powered by solar Globally, there are 2 billion people living without access to clean water . Around two-thirds of the global population live in water-scarce areas, and 7 million die from water-related diseases each year. In the past, emergency situations would often mean resorting to boiling seawater in order to make the water potable. The QuenchSea provides a safe alternative that is not only fast and convenient, but affordable, making it one of the first of its kind. Better yet, each purchase includes the donation of an extra device for humanitarian use by one of QuenchSea’s clean water partners. Even if you don’t need a device for yourself, the website offers opportunities to donate funds toward a purchase of one for a nonprofit organization. QuenchSea works by combining a hydraulic system, triple-filtration and reverse osmosis. There is an inbuilt ultrafiltration and microfiltration system inside that removes suspended solids, bacteria, viruses, parasites and microplastics from the seawater. An initial filter removes the majority of the sediments and particles before forcing the seawater through a pressurized 0.01 micron membrane to remove the rest of the contaminants. The final stage uses an advanced industrial reverse osmosis membrane containing pores small enough to filter pure water through while rejecting larger molecules, such as salt and bacteria. While the global water crisis was the initial inspiration for the project, the QuenchSea device is designed for anyone to use. Whether you’re a sailor on the open ocean, a survivalist or a camper , the ease of use makes it an ideal companion to outdoor adventures. The device weighs just 1.5 pounds, fits into a small bag and is both durable and reusable. Need for additional filters vary depending on usage but will only cost about $10 to change. + QuenchSea Images via QuenchSea

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go go gadgets.

July 9, 2010 by  
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Chris Jordan’s amazing exhibition called Running the Numbers states that 426,000 cell phones are retired each day. Sounds like a lot?

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