February 6, 2012
Mr. Light Creeps Along
It's Mr. Light Kit, a robotic worm that runs on solar power. The kit is all inclusive with a cell, pre-punched wooden boards, gears, motor, shafts and hardware. Made for those aged 10 and above, after assembly the creature will crawl along, freaking out your pets and amusing your loved ones. In a pinch, he will also work by AA battery (not included.)
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December 19, 2011
Two Solar Kits For Fun
Even robots come solar as evidenced by this Solar Robot Kit. After building, the 8.2 x 7.2 x 15.5" T3 can transform into a tank, robot or scorpion. There is no soldering needed and as long as there is sunshine, he will keep truckin' on. For those who prefer speed, the Solar Bullet Train has 18 parts that snap together and needs only 4 screws. There are 2 cars that attach to the engine and it runs without rails.
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October 10, 2011
Inexpensive Hobbit Home
It's nice in this hectic day and age to find someone like Simon Dale, a throwback to the 70's attitude of staying real, mellowing out and living in harmony with the planet with a Hobbitish home. Not a skilled architect or builder, he, his dad-in-law and friends and passersby created this house in West Wales for about £3,000 (~$4621.00,) in less than 1,500 hours.
Built with local, natural materials like scrap wood, stone, straw and mud, there is a woodburner for heating, a skylight for natural lighting, solar panels for power and a compost toilet. For things like windows, wiring, etc., he says "anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere."
The best is yet to come. Dale is now building his second eco-house as part of a project in Wales backed by the Lammas Organization, who are struggling to build an eco-village despite the hassle of paperwork and proper permits. (Bummer, man.) You can give them a donation or, even better, volunteer your time and energy into assisting the communal project. Hang on Simon, we're comin' to Wales.
Via Simon Dale
April 4, 2011
Transformer Goes Solar
Are you the first in line when a new Transformer movie comes out? Then the T3 transforming Solar Robot Kit is for you. After assembly you get a robot, tank or scorpion that will walk, roll or creep when it is charged up. The solar cell has a two year life span, a lot cheaper than batteries.
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February 14, 2011
DIY Solar Remote: 10 Minutes, Little Expense
Take a SunMod Solar Kit, solder, tape or glue and blade and you can make yourself a solar remote in about 10 minutes. Figure out the size you will need by the battery voltage in use, add a couple of rechargeable batteries and a small diode, and you have yourself a nifty device.
March 11, 2010
Mini-Racer Runs on Solar Energy
The Solar Powered Racer is a fun vehicle that comes in a kit for both kids and adults. There are 8 parts to assemble and when completed, will run on moderate sunlight or one very bright bulb. Start your solar engine for £7.45 (~$11.00.)
February 26, 2010
Solar Kit Purifies Water and Cooks
Easybake Ovens have come a long way. With this Solar Science Kit, you can purify water or cook with the sun's energy and foiled cardboard. All parts are included as well as easy to follow instructions.
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February 12, 2010
Solar Kit Has 150 Things to Do
The Tree of Knowledge Solar Power Kit comes with 150 experiments. Build a generator, furnace, mobile, crane, motor and more. The kit, recommended for those over the age of ten, includes instructions for playing with color optics, stroboscopes and thermodynamics.
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February 9, 2010
Thomas Clark Recycles to Create Solar Heaters
Cabinet maker Thomas Clark was inspired by high gas prices and his work being cut to part time to start his own business. He builds solar air heaters from aluminum cans and discarded 2 x 4 plywood sheets. The devices circulate indoor air through the pop cans that are painted black and heated by the sun. So far, he has sold about 25 of the 2000 BTU units for $150 each on eBay.
January 14, 2010
UNR Student Develops Solar Distillation Pond
Francisco Suarez, a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno, is developing a process that will save ecosystems in closed basin regions, such as the Great Salt Lake and Salton Sea, where the evaporation rate leaves a high concentration of salt and minerals. His solar pond traps heat in the storage zone on the bottom, which can reach temperatures of up to 195º F. It can then desalinate the water with a patented membrane distillation system that uses the solar heat as the energy source.
January 1, 2010
DIY Solar Food Dryer
Eben Fodor, an organic gardener and travel guide writer with a background in engineering and solar energy, has written The Solar Food Dryer with step-by-step details on how to build your own. Keep your extra vegetables, fruits and herbs all year long by preserving them in the dryer made with inexpensive, readily available materials. Not only does the book come with several designs, it also has resources, solar charts and food drying tips.
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December 23, 2009
Eitech Kit Makes Solar Fliers
Keep your kids/spouse/partner amused for hours with this Eitech solar powered Metal Building Kit. There are over 188 parts for building an airplane or helicopter, with all tools included. Made in Germany, it provides illustrated instructions to help you in your efforts. Best of all, after construction, it actually performs.
December 4, 2009
Malibu Four Light Kit
No wimpy lighting for you, eh? Then the Malibu Metal Bollard Four Light Kit is a good choice for your outer walkway or back yard. Each lamp comes with 2 LED lights and 3 NiMH AA batteries. The remote panel charges by day to create up to 10 hours of light by night. The kit includes all fixtures and 20 ft. power leads.
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December 3, 2009
DIY Solar Miniball
We know that you have made countless clever contraptions with your solar kit and are looking for something new. Jérôme Demers created this wanna-be Miniball as part of the Solarbotics' BEAM robot project. Follow along with the instructions and you will have your own in about 2 hours. While he uses an 80mm Transparent Plastic Sphere, we expect a less expensive hamster ball will do the trick.