July 31, 2009

Whole Earth Catalog Lives On

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Stewart Brand launched The Whole Earth Catalog in 1968. If you were fortunate enough to have grabbed a copy of any of them, you learned early how to help the planet. For example, we learned of an early solar washing machine that one could make with a used barrel with detergent and water. Add clothes, seal the barrel, place it in the back of a truck, go about your normal day, and the sun's rays heated the water while the agitation cleaned your garments. Of course, you still had to rinse, but no system is perfect.

We were pleased to see that the WEC lives on, in its original catalogs for sale, tools, words of advice and website. Take some time to read the original, contribute to the site and help keep Mr. Brand's vision going.

Via Whole Earth Catalogs

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July 30, 2009

Travel With Pluggage

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Ohad Folman designed the Pluggage as a final project at ITP-NYC. Kinetic energy is captured from the wheels rotating via a generator/turbine and converted into electrical energy while a flexible solar power soaks up rays from the sun. The energy is then fed into a Duracell PowerSource Mobile 100 battery pack. Walking around for an hour can provide 45 minutes for a laptop, 9 hours on a cellphone or about 4 days of operation on a BlackBerry.

Via Pluggage

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July 29, 2009

Suntrica SolarStrap - Portable Power

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Finland's Suntrica has a solution to using renewable power when on the go for 5V devices like cell phones, MP3 players, cams and GPS devices. Their SolarStrap can be placed on clothing or bags and is portable so it can be transferred from one item to another. At a minute size of 144 x 97 x 25mm when folded, it adds a mere 60g of weight. Contact Suntrica if you are interested in either purchase or product incorporation.

Via Suntrica

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July 28, 2009

Devotec Solar Sound Speaker

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Devotec Industries has a new Solar Sound Speaker that is light, portable and has Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP support. Featuring dual 2W drivers and a 1500mAh battery, it will run for 8 hours on a single charge and can be recharged in 12 - 24 hrs. by sun or 4 hours when plugged into your USB port. At a size of 16.5 x 5.5 x 5.5cm and a weight of 260g, the speaker was designed for iPhones or music players via its 3.5mm audio jack. The SS is ready to hit the beach for $96.00.

Via Devotec

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RC Portable Radio - Just in Case

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You never know when that next tornado or hurricane will appear, so be ready with this American Red Cross AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with flashlight and cell phone charger. Available in red or white, the solar-powered device with Ni-MH battery can also be powered with a dynamo crank or AC adapter. The FR 150 radio has a built-in cell phone charger, flashlight and 3.5mm earphone jack. At a size of 126 x 60 x 46 mm, it comes with a handy preparedness guide and card to order cell phone tips.

Via Red Cross AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio

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July 23, 2009

Rainbows Made by Solar Power

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Kikkerland always comes up with the most creative toys and their Solar Powered Rainbow Maker is no exception. Stick it to your window via suction cup and its Swarovski crystal rotates by solar power and refracts sunlight to make rainbow patterns. At a size of 6 x 2 x 1", the David Dear design is sure to improve the mood of even the crabbiest friend or relative.

Via Kikkerland Solar Powered Rainbow Maker

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July 22, 2009

Pure Makes Water Potable

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Designer Emilian Dan Cartis has found a solution to turn polluted water to something usable with Pure. Inspired by evaporation and condensation in leaves, the solar gadget won the BraunPrize in 2003. Considering that 71% of the planet is water and only 2% is potable, Pure has a lot of work to do.

Via Emilian

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July 20, 2009

Striking Solar CD/MP3 Player

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This lollypop shaped solar CD/MP3 player was designed by Nature et Decouvertes. Feed it for light for 4-5 hrs and you will get about 10 hours of music in return. It is equipped with 2.5W stereo speakers and has the option of rechargeable lithium batteries for gloomy days. The player will set you back €99,00 ($137.00.)

Via Nature et Decouvertes (translated)

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July 17, 2009

OwiKit 6 in 1 Educational Solar Kit

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We figure one can never be too young to go green so we figure both adults and kids will dig this 6 in 1 Mini Solar kit by OwiKit. There are 21 snap together parts that will create an airboat, windmill, puppy or one of 2 airplanes. The kit has a solar panel output of 75mA, a motor that runs 12000 rpm/DC 1.2V and a solar cell with a life of 3-5 years.

Via OwiKit


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UV Monkey Indicates When to Recharge

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The UV Monkey is clever enough to check levels to ascertain when to charge any of your solar gadgets. It changes through shades of purple with a darker shade depicting a higher UV level. Attatch to your keychain and it will indicate 4 different ranges of the UV Index. Of course, it also lets you know when to grab the sunscreen. At a minute 1.5", you can get yours for a mere $9.99.

Via Think Geek

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