MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

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(image credit: ETON) ETON MOBIUS | US$tbc78.00 | etoncorp.com

Eton is not new to everything that’s solar-powered and coming soon is the solar-power case for iPhone 4, dubbed the MOBIUS. not much real info is available at this point but the MOBIUS is touted to double your iPhone battery life with its enhanced monocrystal solar panel built onto a durable protective case – all without adding much bulk to your phone. the MOBIUS debuts at this week CES 2011 in Las Vegas, though there are no words on its pricing yet. Continue reading MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

Spiral Garden System is the garden of the urbanized future

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we see future in two aspects: concrete and steel structures replaced greeneries, and physical socializing becomes whole lot lesser. i don’t know about the rest of the pops but i see bleakness in the future. something has to be done to encourage a little more greens and more real socializing instead of Facebook. well, presented here is the vision of four designers, Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar that could prevent the human of the future from being zombiefied.

introducing the Spiral Garden System which is a self-sufficient, sustainable public garden. the people of future, who has sudden craving for greeneries, could just head on to this beautiful light structure where within lies native vegetation coexisting with urban orchard along a walkway that spirals skyward. these greeneries are shared and planted for the neighborhood and thus encouraging them to be involved in the creation and up-keeping of this garden, which no doubt will improved the social relations greatly.

the funny thing is, people tend to associate this type of social gathering with older folks but maybe, that will not be the case for the people of the future. socialization will be great, at least not until some neighbors started vying for the fruits of the labor. nevertheless, at least there’s some sight of light in the bleakness. however, i just don’t see the ‘self-sufficient’ part, though. we also noted that people of the future probably won’t be able to do frisbee throw in there.

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motorMOUTH II turns your car audio into Bluetooth-enabled system

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(image credit: SCOSCHE) SCOSCHE motorMOUTH II stereo handsfree & streaming audio car kit | US$79.99 | www.scosche.com

these days, most gadgets are Bluetooth-enabled if not WiFi-enabled. even car audio are getting Bluetooth equipped but do not fret if your car audio doesn’t has Bluetooth. there’s always the SCOSCHE motorMOUTH II stereo handsfree & streaming audio car kit that will turn your car audio into a Bluetooth-enabled system with A2DP streaming capability – as long your existing audio has an auxiliary audio input.

when plugged in and pair with, for example, your iPhone, this nifty gadget allows you to perform handsfree phone calls played through your car stereo speakers and stream your music from your iPhone to the car audio system. in fact, audio streaming will work with any A2DP devices. included in the package is a ‘Y’ audio splitter which allows portable media player to be plugged in at the same time.

for some cars that has its AUX input at the center console, motorMOUTH II can be routed to the dash area using the supplied AUX relocation cable. i thought the price tag of $79.99 is a little on the high side but it’s still a much cheaper option than changing the entire dash unit.

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charge up your devices on the go using passive kinetic energy

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(image credit: Tremont Electric) nPower PEG | US$159.99 | npowerpeg.com

portable chargers for our ever juice-hungry devices are not new. the norm is to get the portable charger charged up and carry it with you for those just-in-case situation. what if the portable charger ran out of juice as well? not a good thing, especially when there is not a single wall outlet in sight. nPower PEG or Personal Energy Generator from Tremont Electric is the world first hybrid portable charger that promised to address this issue.

encased within this bicycle pump-looking device is a miniaturized kinetic energy harvester which translates your everyday motion into electrical energy and store them in a built-in 1000mAh lithium polymer battery, ready to charge your portable devices. the PEG measures 9 inches tall with a width of 1.5 inches at its widest part and weighs in at 11 oz. (312 grams). placed in your backpack, for example, the PEG will constantly be charged while you are moving around and even works when your biking or traveling in an automobile.

the nPower PEG works with devices that charges with USB 2.0 standard, thus it will not work with iPad and laptops. the nPower PEG is set to retail at $159.99, and it will comes with nPower PEG, iGo cable, iGo adapter tip of your choice and an USB cable (for quick-charge the PEG from an USB port). it is a coming soon product, but you can reserve yours over at nPower website.

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concept theme park goes the vertical way, right in the middle of the city

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theme park is land intensive and often, far away from city centers. it not only takes up huge land mass and visitors have to travel long distances just to experience the theme park. it is no coincident that traveling, usually by automobile, chalked up carbon emissions. what if we could have a theme park that doesn’t take up huge land mass and it is near to majority of the population? apparently, this is what New York-based architect Ju-Hyun Kim has in mind and the concept? it’s an urban vertical theme park right smack in the middle of New York City.

this vertical theme park scape like any other skyscrapers in the city comes complete with thrill rides, children rides and amenities that you would expect of a typical theme park. going skyward not only reduce the land required significantly, and being in right in the city means less traveling and accessibility via public transportation systems to the theme park is possible. indirectly, this will reduce our carbon emissions and less gas being used by the visitors for those who still do drives to the theme park. admittedly, we do have enough land space but it is the traveling which contributes to the carbon emissions and also the gas used to reached this places that impact the environment. not to mention, walking around the park to get from ride to ride could be an extremely tiring activity.

having a skyscraper as a theme park seems like a logical way, since we already have some on top of buildings. so why not take a bolder step? don’t let the prospect of vertical theme park scares you off. it will have rides and amenities that are on par with any typical theme parks. the vertical theme park will includes favorite thrill rides such as the Flume Ride, Roller Coaster (that scales down the peripheral of the building), kiddie rides such as the Vertical Carousel, Ferris Wheel and family spots such as the Sky Promenade and Space Theater. for extreme thrill seekers, there’s the City Diver – bungee jumping, the city-style, from 550 feet above ground.

of course, staples such as eateries and other service facilities will not be left out. now, as a side advantage (of being in the city), everyday white collar workers can hit the theme park any time of the day to relief themselves of the stress they had accumulated in their offices. in business point of view, it will be more business everyday and not just during holiday seasons. certainly an interesting concept that theme park lovers will love to see it becomes a reality someday. concept design is out, now it is time for some bold company (with excellent engineering brains) to take on the challenge. anyone?

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generating electricity from wind power need not to be expensive

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typically, a wind turbine would cost millions of dollars to construct and that’s not including the cost of the operations yet. an Israeli company, WINFLEX, is set to change this with this low-cost Winflex Inflatable Turbine. on the wind harvesting end, the Winflex Inflatable Turbine’s rotor is an inflatable wheel with pressure within being maintained by a central inflationary system.

the rotor has sail-like blades that spanned from the inner circumference of the inflated wheel to the center hub. constructed out of light, flexible composite material, this wind turbine is inexpensive to manufacture and install unlike the typical wind turbines we have today.

harnessing the wind energy might be a common thing in near future with this low-cost wind turbines where previously, the prohibitive cost for a modern day steel structure wind turbines has forbid us from doing so. very soon we could be seeing these wind turbines popping everywhere, and probably not a very good news to the grid, isn’t it?

as an affirmation of their innovation, Winflex was one of Innovation Award Winner in GE’s Ecomagination Challenge.

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in the age of digital music, there’s still a CD player that cost $77k

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(image credit: Metronome Technologie) Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server | approx. £50,000 | www.metronome-technologie.com

it is hard to believe that at this age of digital music, there would be any CD player going around, not to mention one that cost a whopping (approximately) £50,000. new from French firm, Metronome Technologie, is the Kalista Ultimate SE CD Transport – a top load CD transport which features the Philips CDM12 PRO 2 pickup mechanism with custom modifications and a new clamp.

wow. unbelievable. not the specs, but the price tag. then again, there are some who still swear by cassette tapes today, so why not the Compact Disc? for those who have extremely, ultra, super-duper deep pockets and swear by CD technology, this is the one for you.

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holy matrimony between Morpheus Music Server and Music Center

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(image credit: Sonneteer) Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server | US$tbc | www.sonneteer.co.uk

this week, we celebrate the holy matrimony between Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server and Morpheus Music Center. may we wish them a harmonious and happy days ahead. nah. obviously, both Sonneteer Morpheus Music Server and Morpheus Music Center are not humans but are the latest products from British luxury music systems brand, Sonneteer. hand made in UK, the music server will be showcased in this week CES 2011 working harmoniously with the music center and hand-crafted loudspeakers, Penaudio.

lets bring our attention to our groom.. i mean the music server. the Morpheus Music Server rips music CD and stores them in its 3TB hard drive. for those who experienced corrupted hard drive will appreciate that this music server employs two drives which mirror each other (i.e. RAID technology), therefore in the event that one of them should fail, your stored music will still be safe and sound. the ripped contents are catalogued with essential info such album name, artist, song titles et cetera and Morpheus Music Center ready.

this hand crafted, engraved aluminum coated music server, sits silently in on corner while the music center pull off music from it and if you have more than one music center, other music centers can also pull off music from the music server at the same time. it also has a Bluetooth option which enables streaming of music from iOS devices, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and devices. so how much will it cost? no words yet, but i am sure it will be announced this week at the CES 2011.

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hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

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automobile are fast going green with electric propulsion system, prior to full-fledge electric vehicle (EV), there were hybrid vehicles which uses a little bit of both electric and petrol power. sea faring transport is heading that way too, and it is not new, at least to Sauter Zero Carbon Design who is known for concepts hybrid yachts. the latest to join the rank of Sauter hybrid boat is this 44 meters Ocean Empire LSV (or Life Support Vessel), with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities for harvesting from the sea. Continue reading hybrid Ocean Empire superyacht harvest from the sun, wind and waves

iRobot Scooba 230 is the smallest floor washing robot

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iRobot Scooba 230 Floor Washing Robot | US$tbc | www.irobot.com

i am sure most of us are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba which takes the chore of vacuuming the floor off our hands. but the Roomba is big and it doesn’t cover wet area such as the laundry area and bathroom, so in comes the Scooba, the newest and smallest cleaning robot from iRobot.

measuring just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the petite Scooba not only differ in size from the Roomba but also its capability. the robot cleans your floor with its three-stage system which washes, scrubs and squeegees your floors. being tiny, means it is able to reach those hard to reach places, including under the furniture.

asides from the sensors and electronics, inside the machine is an active-reservoir that separating the fresh cleaning solution and dirty water. as the robot cleans, the fresh cleaning solution reservoir shrinks, while making room for dirty water collected during the cleaning process.

i am tired of mopping even though i have only a small area to cover. in any case, i would love to have of these.

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