Estream is the world’s smallest hydro power plant

August 12, 2016 by  
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Moving water becomes stored energy as the device’s turbine turns, even during a weak current or when dragged behind a kayak or canoe. The battery takes about 4.5 hours to charge completely, then it is fully portable and able to fuel three smartphones , GoPros, or even tablet PCs. Its modular design also allows it to transform into an underwater lantern. Related: Riversimple launches a 250 mpg hydrogen-powered car The rechargeable nature of the Estream depends on the consistent presence of running water, as compared to unpredictable wind or solar power . Being lightweight, small, and easy to use means both experienced and technologically disinclined users can use hydro power on the go. A Kickstarter campaign is in effect, offering backers a chance to get in early on the innovation. Enomad takes pride in the Estream, stating, “Not only does it minimize the environmental impact of your energy consumption, but it allows users to take an active role in experiencing how energy is produced and used.” + Enomad Images via Enomad

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NatureZap uses light, instead of pesticides, to rid your garden of weeds

August 12, 2016 by  
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As concern mounts over the amount of pesticides we use, one company is pursuing a promising alternative to harmful herbicides . Global Neighbor has developed NatureZap , a device said to kill weeds with heat and light . Now the U.S. Air Force is testing out the device. NatureZap is an innovative wand-like device that shoots out a beam of heat and blue light to kill weeds. According to Global Neighbor president Jon Jackson, the device gets “about a 70 to 80 percent die-back without regrowth.” The device won’t hurt wildlife or people, and runs on batteries. Global Neighbor says the device will run for a little over a half hour before it needs to be recharged, and that weeds zapped with NatureZap die as soon as three days later. Related: Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer As part of the Sikes Act , the military must reduce pesticide use. 412th Civil Engineering Group scientist Danny Reinke, who works at Edwards Air Force Base in California, worked on NatureZap with Global Neighbor. Reinke said NatureZap could assist the military as they work to meet Sikes Act requirements. Central State University scientist Cadance Lowell has also run independent tests on NatureZap. She presented research at the annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America back in February, and said NatureZap works as well as glyphosate (used infamously by Monsanto) on ragweed. Plants with deeper roots like dandelions may be more difficult to exterminate with NatureZap, but Lowell said if the device is used a few times it can ultimately kill off those plants as well. Center for Biological Diversity scientist Nathan Donley told TakePart, “It if truly works, I think it will be very successful, because change cannot come quickly enough in the world of pest management. Most weed-killing chemicals in use today have been around for more than 50 years. Innovation is nonexistent in this realm.” Global Neighbor has received close to $900,000 via the U.S. government’s program Small Business Innovation Research . A few different versions of the product are available on Amazon; the NatureZap DE Cordless currently goes for $199. + Global Neighbor Via TakePart Images via screenshot and Global Neighbor

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This portable hotel room can pop up in almost any Scandinavian location

February 19, 2016 by  
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Amplio is an electricity-free, sustainable speaker for your smartphone

November 18, 2015 by  
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Amplio is the portable, compact sound amplifier for your smartphone that evokes the timeless aesthetics of classic radios, but does not need wires, batteries or electricity. The Amplio catches the sound from the phone speakers and amplifies it through its cone shaped interior, adding a stereo effect that makes the sound come alive. Amplio is non-electric, so does not need to be charged or plugged in. It is made from bamboo, a sustainable material which grows three times faster than wood. The designers were inspired by the minimalist classic designs of old radios, to create a modern, desirable object that works with many smartphones, so you can update your phone and still use it. Help make Amplio a reality on Kickstarter. + Amplio on Kickstarter 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!

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Retired Teacher Spreads the Love of Reading with Hand-Built Library on Wheels

February 25, 2014 by  
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Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian schoolteacher, decided that after 42 years of teaching, he could do even more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a used Ape motorbike and modified it to create a portable library that houses 700 books. He’s been traveling in the “Bibliomotocarro” ever since. Read the rest of Retired Teacher Spreads the Love of Reading with Hand-Built Library on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antonio la cava , basilicata , children’s books , education , il bibliomotocarro , italy , libraries , library on wheels , library truck , portable library , reading        

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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

July 25, 2013 by  
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The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere, and it can be used in any reused plastic bottle to purify water from the tap. Each WaterBean can safely filter 280 bottles worth of H2O into clean and pure drinking water . Read the rest of WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , plastic bottle filter , sustainable design , water filter , WaterBean        

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Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers

July 9, 2013 by  
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It’s pretty easy to control the air quality in your home; you can open the window, turn on a fan, or even invest in an air filter. But in public places it isn’t so easy. Enter the  Ohita , a portable air purifier designed by  Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco , an industrial design student in Mexico who suffered asthma attacks that were brought on by smog and air pollution. In response to that experience, Blanco designed the small, diamond-shaped device to filter the air in urban settings. Read the rest of Ohita: A Wearable, Portable Air Filter for City-Dwellers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition , air filter , air pollution , Air quality , asthma , electrolux design lab , Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco , Ohita air filter , urban air pollution , urban air quality , wearable air filter        

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Cradle Turns iPhone into Incredible Biosensor that Detects Pathogens and Environmental Toxins

May 31, 2013 by  
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You may have already suspected that your iPhone was capable of almost anything. Emailing, gaming, snapshots, video recording, satellite mapping-it certainly can accomplish an amazing number of tasks. Now, with just a little augmentation, it is also possible for your smartphone to function as a high-end biosensor for a fraction of the price. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a wedge-shaped cradle that can detect and analyze bacteria, toxins, proteins, viruses, and other molecules using the phone’s built-in camera and processing capabilities. The iPhone’s GPS can even help to map the spread of pathogens and provide on-site evaluations of environmental conditions. Read the rest of Cradle Turns iPhone into Incredible Biosensor that Detects Pathogens and Environmental Toxins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: analysis , Android , biosensor , cradle , gps , iPhone , nsf , pathogen , photonic crystal , portable , scanadu , spectrophotometer , star trek , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign        

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The Chug-A-Lug Will Turn a Plain Old Jar Into a Cute Portable Drinking Glass

May 8, 2013 by  
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Chug-A-Lug  is a handcrafted leather cozy that can be slipped onto just about any jar, turning it into a portable cup or even a hanging flower vase. The design also features a handy clip that can be affixed to just about any bag, ensuring that you’ll keep on chuggin’ everywhere you go. Chug-A-Lugs have been crafted to last a lifetime, and they sure do look cute! + Chug-A-Lug 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: Chug-A-Lug , cup cozy , hanging flower vase , leather cozy , reusable cozy , reusable cup        

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MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself

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The first sure sign of a robot uprising will be when robots gain self-awareness and begin acting autonomously – and if this self-assembling robot is any indication, we’re well on our way to the robopocalypse. Researchers at Harvard and MIT teamed up to produce a 3D-printed inchworm robot that is able to aseemble itself. Using shape memory polymers that automatically fold into desired shapes, the remarkable bot transforms itself from a completely flat, two-dimensional object into a walking inchworm-shaped robot with almost no help from human hands. Read the rest of MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 3d-printed inchworm robot , 3D-printed robot , harvard , ICRA 2013 , inchworm robot , MIT , robots , self-assembling robot , Self-folding robot        

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