Saab Unveils World’s First Biofuel Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Saab has unveiled its automotive vision for a greener future at the British International Motor Show. The Swedish subsidiary of the embattled American automotive giant General Motors has already made a name as a leading maker of biofuel cars, which can run on any mixture between ordinary gas and E85, a fuel blend that contains 85% bioethanol made from plants. …

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Very Efficient: Vari-Cyclone Ceiling Fans

by Justin Thomas •

These “Vari-Cyclone” ceiling fans from FanWorks are perhaps the most efficient ceiling fans available. The fans utilize what Fanworks calls “Gossamer Wind” blade design technology, which is said to deliver 40% more air flow without any increase in power use. They also run on DC power, which also adds to their efficiency when off-grid power is used.

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Chainless Bikes

by Justin Thomas •

Besides the wheel the invention of the chain is probably what made the modern bicycle possible but ironically it’s also the bike’s biggest downside. The chain usually needs a lot of maintenance and care to keep it functioning properly and of course there’s always the risk of pant legs or loose shoelaces getting caught. If the Dekra D-Drive (Direct-Drive) system …

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Ultra-Bright Solar LED Spotlight

by Justin Thomas •

This durable spotlight comes with its own solar panel, and uses 16 LEDs to produce light. It can run for 12 hours on a single charge. It has a weathertight anodized aluminum housing, and impact-resistant hand-soldered circuitry. The result is a solar light that will perform year after year (many solar lights are meant to be replaced every summer). Available …

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Airstream Basecamp by Nissan

by Justin Thomas •

Airstream partnered with Nissan Design America and tent-maker Kelty to produce a new lightweight multi-purpose hybrid called the Airstream Basecamp tent-trailer. Designed both with low cost and flexibility in mind, the Basecamp is meant for outdoor adventures rather than just another living room on wheels. Camper comes with tent extension to double the available living space and can be towed …

Airstream Living: Interior Design For Efficiency and Comfort

by Justin Thomas •

Airstream trailers have become known for their sleek, classic design. Modern examples feature can feature high-end audio and video equipment. Going beyond simple remodelling, these trailers are made more efficient through additions of solar panels and more effective appliance (see the Airstream Life for more information). The authors of Airstream Living sought out restored, remodeled, and reconditioned examples of the …

Icelight: LED Desk Lamp

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a new LED Desk Lamp from Koncept. It features 66 “super bright” LEDs. The IceLight is about as bright as a 40–60 watt incandescent bulb. A single bright white LED puts out about 1.7 lumens of light, so 66 of them produce about 112 lumens. This 112 lumens is focused in a 50-degree viewing angle, compared to an incandescent …

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6 in 1 Keyring Tool by Swiss Tech

by Justin Thomas •

At first glance, this keyring tool looks just like any other key. When you open it up, you’ll find that it’s actually 6 tools in 1. Here’s what it contains: straight knife blade a serrated cutting surface a micro-sized screwdriver a Phillips screwdriver an eyeglass screwdriver bottle opener The whole thing weighs in at only 0.5 oz, so you won’t …

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ZEN Aurvana Earphones by Creative

by Justin Thomas •

Creative has released these ZEN Aurvana earphones, which are said to block out 90% of ambient noise. The $100 phones are apparently first being released in Singapore. But they should be available in the U.S. soon because they are already featured prominently on Creative’s site. The earphones weigh just 13g, making them the lightest in their class according to Creative, …

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Stirling Power Electric Cooler by Coleman

by Justin Thomas •

This is a very efficient electric cooler based on the free piston Stirling cycle that will maintain freezing temps even in a hot car. The power consumption is only 24 watts. It’s quiet, lightweight and works great. It’s more practical than the portable compressor or propane based freezers. According to Cool Tools, these coolers are quite reliable and last many …