Glass LED Lamp: Rechargeable and Cordless

This “Rotondo” rechargeable lamp uses LEDs for illumination — it will run for about eight hours before it needs a recharge. The lamp is also water resistant and is made with mouth-blown parnaterraglas with a frosted finish. It will cycle through a spectrum of colors, and can be stopped when the hue you desire is reached. It’s available from Lightology …

Groningen City: 57% Of All Trips Are By Bike

The On the Level: Car Free Blog has an interesting first-hand account of the bike-friendly city of Groningen in the Netherlands. According to the report, 57% of all trips are made by bicycle in this student town. The city has just completed a new underground bike park at their railway station. The post continues: The station now has room for …

Stirling Power Electric Cooler by Coleman

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 …

Steam Cleaning Washer For the Home

This washer from LG Electronics uses steam to clean your clothes. Steam washers are common in the industrial world, but this is the first one available for the home. LG says the washer “remove creases from your garments, eliminating the need for ironing” and steam-cleaning “reduces shrinkage and extends the life of your threads”. They also claim it uses 35% …

Efficient Prototype: Washman Washer and Dryer

This washer, created by Jan Čapek and Kryštof Nosál, was designed to look attractive anywhere in your home. It’s called the Washman, and it finished second in the Elektrolux Designer Competition. The washer is targeted at younger users who don’t have space, or only need to do small loads of laundry. It features low water usage, and a high speed …

Rubberwood: Renewable Timber

Rubberwood (also called Parawood in Thailand) is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. After about 26-30 years, the latex yields from the tree become extremely low and the planters then fell the rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the …

AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Batteries

AGM is a newer type of sealed battery uses "Absorbed Glass Mats", or AGM between the plates. This is a very fine fiber Boron-Silicate glass mat. These type of batteries have all the advantages of gelled, but can take much more abuse. AGM batteries have several advantages over both gelled and wet (flooded) batteries. Since all the electrolyte (acid) is …

“EcoPower” Faucet Recharges Itself

This EcoPower faucet by Toto is the type of faucet that uses a infrared sensor to turn on automatically. What makes this faucet unique is that it harnesses the electrical power generated by its own water flow. It has a miniature turbine generator to maintain its rechargeable battery. It can keep itself charged on as little as 5 uses a …

Swampy IceStrMystr 12-Volt Model IM-30

Notes from Manufacturer: The IceStrMystr IM30 combines ice induced Air Conditioning with the age-old art of evaporative cooling. The cold water rushes through a special Cooling Core to produce air-conditioned air instead of merely evaporative cooled air. You can now choose your own size of cooling container. The water contained in your Ice Chest is cooled by ice or ice …