Cook up deliciously portable power with PowerPot

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The PowerPot can be used anywhere at any time.

The PowerPot is an amazing new product! It is a 5-15 watt electrical generator that is capable of charging any USB device! It’s waterproof, fire-resistant, and extremely portable, weighing in at just 12 ounces! Take it anywhere and use it day or night to charge cell phones, GPS devices, speakers, lights/lanterns, and more!

The PowerPot is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

After the jump, inventor David Toledo opens up about how he created a thermoelectric power generator for the masses, sourcing components for high temperature applications, and how he figured out all of the electronics needed for using the electricity generated by the PowerPot.

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The USB Typewriter Keyboard

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“Clickety clack” goes the USB typwriter keyboard.

If you’re tired of how calm and quiet your office has become, bring a taste of the good old days to work with the USB typewriter keyboard.

Full of noisy key clacking and an undeniable charm, this stylish computer accessory is sure to get your co-workers talking about you, even if what they’re saying is “shut that thing up!”

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Japanese spandex manufacturer makes elastic electric and USB cables

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Asahi Kasei Fibers, a Japanese company which manufactures spandex and other textiles, has applied its knowledge of stretchable materials to make stretchable elastic power and USB cables.

 

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Cotton Candy – USB stick-sized portable computer

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Cotton Candy

FXI Technologies, a Norwegian company, showed off an amazing USB stick-sized portable computer prototype on Friday. It is code-named Cotton Candy because its 21 gram weight is the same as a bag of the confection, the tiny PC enables what its inventor calls “any-screen computing”: the ability to turn any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box into a dumb terminal for its Android-powered operating system.

 

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USB Contest Winners

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The DIY site, Instructables, recently had a USB Contest.

“Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the USB Contest !

Before we get to the winners we have to say that judging wasn’t easy. There were so many good entries that we added an extra first prize and we still feel a little bummed about there being a cutoff. There does have to be a limit however.

So thank you very much to everyone who entered. You all rocked it with so many cool ideas in the different entries. It was an exciting contest and one that we’ll likely revisit in the future.

And now, on with the winners…

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The USB Typewriter

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The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.
At this website, you can buy buy a USB Typewriter of your very own, or you can buy a kit to make one yourself.  You can also send me your typewriter to customize.
Check it out:
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The USB Typewriter™ and Typewriter Dock™ are trademarks held by Jack Zylkin.  The project was developed at Hive76 in Philadelphia.

The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.

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Solar Pebble Lamp Doubles As Gadget Charger

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The new light of your life?

It might not change the world, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Plus Minus Solar has designed what it’s calling the LED Solar Pebble, a multifaceted device that requires just a pinch of sunlight (or maybe gobs of it, actually) in order to generate artificial light. And charge your arsenal of gizmos. It’s engineered to be built at a low cost and used in developing nations, but unfortunately there’s no confirmation on what exactly it’d charge…

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How To Make A USB Mini Fridge

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With some cheap parts and a little electrical magic
you can make yourself a mini fridge

Physics, how we love you. You keep our feet on the ground, ontologically-ambiguous cats locked in boxes and photons in two places at the same time. It also enables the Peltier effect, what’s that we hear you breathlessly ask?

If a current is passed between two different materials a heat differential is created; one side hot the other cold. The principle is used in all sorts of situations including cooling processors and mini-fridges, though apparently they’re not that efficient, just small and light…

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Illumicharger: Light-Powered USB Wall Outlet

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Illumicharger

USB is on the rise as a ubiquitous charging connection for everything from iPhones to cameras to computer peripherals, so we certainly appreciate the Illumicharger’s concept. As more and more devices come standard with USB ports we’re able to eliminate bulky wall warts that are destined for the e-waste pile, and It would be incredibly handy to have a set of ports available in any given room. (Pics)

 

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