When did baby strollers get so high-tech? The Origami stroller power-folds itself open and shut at the touch of a button and has a built-in generator that charges the battery with every step you take. You can even choose to add options like powered speakers for your MP3 player, daytime running lights, or an adapter to charge your mobile phone. You want more features? Well read on…
Mobile Mini House
From French designer Stephanie Bellanger comes the Mobile Mini House, a compact trailer design that opens up into an abode not unlike a railroad apartment like you’d find in New York. (Pics)
Lithium-ion cells that use polymer electrolytes can be affordably packaged in compact, flexible pouches
A new incarnation of lithium-ion batteries based on solid polymers is in the works. Berkeley, CA-based startup Seeo, Inc. says its lithium-ion cells will be safer, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than current batteries. Seeo’s batteries use thin films of polymer as the electrolyte and high-energy-density, light-weight electrodes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is now making and testing cells designed by the University of California, Berkeley spinoff.
Biking is a great way to get around, what with it providing exercise and being totally eco-friendly. But what if it could be even more eco-friendly? Well, not only does the Grasshopper not use any energy, like all bikes, but it actually generates surplus energy that can be used for other things.
The Stitch Chair
It’s just so darn cool, I have to show it to you. The brand new folding chair by Australian designer Adam Goodrum is being produced by Cappellini! Colorful and compact, the chair gives new life and new practicality to the folding chair.
To make the ubiquitous kitchen that is part and parcel of every home an experience in itself, Jonathan Owen Pearson has designed a concept kitchen that looks to be an innovative solution for compact urban homes.
Test of the new motor from ETH Zurich’s Department of Power Electronics exceeds 1,000,000 rpm in the digital readout.
Industrial motors can spin at a head-spinning 250,000 revolutions per minute. But a new matchbook-sized motor runs circles around the competition.
Can You See A Projector That Fits Into Your Pocket In The Near Future??
Ask most people about projectors and they think of home theater setups, but many professionals use projectors to give presentations for business. This type of user doesn’t care as much about resolution as they do brightness and how compact the projector is.
Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase
Created by an aerospace engineer tired of having his trunk ruined by spilled takeout food and muddy sports gear, StowRightTM is the Extra Clever Cargo Carrier. It’s the only vehicle storage solution offering a generous 3.5 cubic feet of contained, leakproof storage that instantly partitions to keep items of any size from sliding, breaking or turning over. Plus, StowRight’s patented space-saving design folds flat to a lightweight storage case in just 10 seconds.
Keeping up with the spirit of up-scale alfresco entertainment that oozed from the 10 Best Tailgating options, here’s another equally smart, compact, self-sufficient alternative. Sadly still a concept, the Capsule Caravan is conceptualized by David Tonkinson for a fun-filled caravanning time. Intending to revive the old fashion of caravan living, David has shaped up this uber compact and light-weighted capsule that can comfortably house two people. Simply hook it to your city car and tow it to your destination to cut off from this chaotic lifestyle.
Toyota unveiled the Winglet.
Winglet is a “Personal Transport Assistants” similar to the Segway, balance on two wheels using internal sensors and gyroscopes to stay upright. The Winglet comes in three sizes, consists of the large (L), medium (M) and small (S) versions, the latter two of which don’t have handlebars and instead are gripped by the calves. Winglet’s body has a 10.4 x 18-inch footprint and stands 1.5-, 2.2-, or 3.7-feet tall (depending upon the S, M, or L model chosen). More videos after the jump.
If you drive down the average city street, you’ll see scads of ugly satellite dishes protruding from the side walls, balconies and roofs of homes like some sort of convex grey metal virus. So it was only a matter of time before someone would come up with a way to do away with all those unsightly dishes.