SOL: Contemporary Jewelry That Can Power Your Phone

November 24, 2014 by  
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SOL  is a collection of contemporary jewellery that collects and stores usable energy when worn in the sun, thus creating an alternative way to charge small devices, such as a cellphone. The 3D -printed SOL collection is inspired by clssical Islamic geometric patterns and art, and have a definite architectural feel. Each jewellery piece has a designated slot for the  solar panel housing unit, which can fit into any and all SOL  pieces interchangeably. This  solar panel unit is easily transitioned into an external electronic charging station, which has a USB slot that can be used to charge phones , mp3 players, and more. The necklaces shown in these photos have been created using 3D-printed steel and plastics. + SOL on Behance Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D-printed necklace , 3D-printed solar panel necklace , portable solar panel , SOL , sol jewellery , SOL jewelry , SOL solar power jewelry , solar necklace , solar panel , solar panel jewelry , solar panel necklace

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SOL: Contemporary Jewelry That Can Power Your Phone

Nurturing Kids and Community in a Refurbished 100-Year-Old Japanese House

November 20, 2014 by  
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Most of us remember our favorite childhood playgrounds , where families got together to socialize and kids had the opportunity to run around and play . Many urban areas are noticeably devoid of such spaces, but a group of volunteers in Notogawa, Japan , didn’t let that stop them from creating a community hub: they renovated a vacant 100-year-old house and transformed it into a public space that they named “ Co-minka etokoro “. The name “ Etokoro ” in Japanese signifies painting/art ( e ) and ( to ) children ( ko ) and a good ( e- ) place ( tokoro ); a rather apt name, considering that the space is primarily being used as a children’s playground and parenting education facility.  Children , parents, and grandparents plant fruit and vegetables in the garden , make seasonal decorations, bake bread, and create art together, filling this old house with delight and promise. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Children , Co-minka etokoro , community center , community centre , Japanese , Japanese community centre , Japanese playground , Notogawa , Notogawa playground , old home , playground , playschool , renovated Japanese home , renovated old home

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