SilenceAir: Noise Blocking Bricks

SilenceAir looks like a transparent brick, and uses “passive resonators” to allow fresh air into buildings while leaving 85% of the noise behind. “Cities are noisy. When we block the noise from our offices and homes, we usually reduce the ventilation…the result is sick buildings and people,” says the inventor Chris Field. Chris developed the concept during his doctoral research …

Self-Regulating Aeroponics System: AeroGrow

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We don’t usually feature products that are prototypes or not yet on the market, but this aeroponics system looks quite intriguing. It is due to be released in the next month of so, and it is aimed to take aeroponics to the mass consumer market. Aeroponics is similar to hydroponics, but the roots of the plants are exposed to the …

Efficient Booklight: LightWedge LED

The LightWedge is another LED book light. We like the night vision-friendly red LED illumination version. The light has two illumination modes, and can be changed at a touch. If it were not made of acrylic, it would be that much more meta-efficient. Takes four AAA batteries. Thanks to Thomas for the tip. Available from: Amazon

Geämi: Metaefficient Packing Material

Geämi is a new biodegradable and very effective packing material. The name means “earth (ge) friend (ami)” in Latin and Greek. The Geämi system expands kraft paper into a honeycomb with thousands of little hexagonal cells. The result is a lightweight, extremely protective material that reduces overall packing size. Geämi packaging is also easily recyclable and is biodegradable. Crate & …

Carfree Cities

Imagine life in a city free from the noise, stench, and danger of cars, trucks, and buses. Imagine that all basic needs, from groceries to child care, lie within a five-minute walk of every doorstep. Imagine that no commute takes more than 35 minutes from door to door, and that service is provided by a fast, cheap, safe, comfortable public …

LED Booklight with Flexible Neck

This booklight has a flexible neck that works well to illuminate the entire page. It uses a single bright LED bulb. I accidentally left this light on and it was still burning bright after about 40 hours. It takes AAA batteries including rechargeables. Available from: Always Something Brilliant ($28.95)

ZAP! Smart Cars

ZAP, an electric vehicle company, is offering a 60 mpg gasoline powered SMART Car. The company says the SMART City Coupe has an impressive handling and a stylish, roomy interior for two passengers. The SMART Car is popular in Europe, so ZAP is bringing the Americanized version that is a U.S. compliant direct import automobile. Pricing runs between $12,000 for …

MetaOptimal Bass: Tactile Transducers

You may have heard of subwoofers, which provide very low-level bass frequencies. Tactile transducer go beyond that range because they vibrate solid objects rather than air. The Buttkicker uses a “suspended magnetic system” to reproduce soundwaves that are not air dependent, and can reproduce frequencies down to 5HZ (below human hearing). Variations of the Buttkicker are found in professional settings, …

Plyfold Containers: Trans-Meta-Effective

These folding containers, can be made flat for travel or storage, and then refolded into three-dimensional containers. Made with recycled leather and Climatex® Lifecycle™ Felt, the containers are completely biodegradable. Climatex® Lifecycle™ Felt is made of discarded scraps from weaving factories. It can be used as upholstery interlining, felt coasters or felt slippers and as mulch in gardening, eliminating the …

Transefficient: Porous Pavers

Porous pavers are permeable replacements for concrete or other hard surfaces. They reduce rain water runoff by 90% thus avoiding erosion. Less pollution reaches the waterways because the rain water penetrates the underlying ground more effectively. Permeable pavement is slightly different — it looks like concrete but is structured to be porous so that rain water seeps through it. See …