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Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

Smart Highway: The Sustainable, Interactive Road of the Future

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Dutch designer presents a plan to reinvent the highway

It's strange to think of how far cars have advanced since being invented, while the roads we drive them on have barely changed. With his Smart Highway concept, Rotterdam-based designer Daan Roosegaarde aims to move road technology deep into the future.  The proposal, selected as "Best Future Concept" this week at the Dutch Design Awards, outlines a plan for......read more

The Skysphere

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A Futuristic Treehouse Controlled Via Smart Phone

Jono Williams, who designed and built The Skysphere in Linton, New Zealand,  calls it 'not the ordinary treehouse'. It not only features a 360-degree window, but can be set up virtually anywhere. Its main characteristic is the futuristic- shape of the 33-foot tall tower and includes cool features such as: a fingerprint entry motorized door, high-speed internet, a rooftop stargazing......read more

FlyKly Smart Wheel

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Lightweight smart wheel turns your bike into a pedal-assisted electric vehicle $580.00

New York City designer Niko Klansek is on a mission to make electric bikes available to everyone. To that end Klansek and his team have developed FlyKly, a lightweight smart wheel that fits on practically any bike. Simply swap your rear wheel with the FlyKly, set your desired top speed using the FlyKly App, start pedalling, and the motor will automatically bring you up to that speed. The app also......read more

Danboard Mini Power Plus by Cheero

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Keep your iPhone juiced with this cute portable charger $39.00

Here's a cool little smartphone battery pack from the gadget makers at Cheero. The charger takes the shape of Danboard, an iconic manga character made of cardboard, but don't be fooled by the cuteness--this thing packs a lot of juice. How much juice, you ask? 6000mAh, we answer. What the hell is mAh, you ask? It's a measure of battery capacity, and in this case it means you can charge your iPhone......read more

Wireless Cherry Charger by O'Dea Design

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A freestanding induction charger with a cherry wood base and soft felt top $449.00

With its newly launched Raw Induction Series, Odea Design aims "to create a piece of modern art which doubles as a wireless induction charging pad." The Cherry Charger is configured for a single device and features a square-shaped black cherry wood base with a soft felt top. The Raw Induction Series, which also includes a concrete-and-cork dual device version, is based on the Qi standard as found......read more

FRX3 by Eton

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Stay prepared for anything with this hand-powered, portable radio/smartphone charger/flashlight $60.00

Eton's FRX3 keeps your household prepared for any emergency. The rechargeable FRX3 features with AM/FM, all seven NOAA weather band stations and the "Alert" system. When the "Alert" function is on, the radio will automatically broadcast emergency weather alerts for your area such as hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storms. Set the solar panel in the sun or spin the hand turbine for one minute to......read more

Rugged Rukus by Eton

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Soak up sun and songs with this solar-powered, smartphone-charging speaker $100.00

Eton has upgraded its popular solar-powered Rukus wireless speaker with tough, splash-proof housing that lets you take it camping--or really, anywhere you want--without having to coddle it. And as long as the sun is shining, the Rugged Rukus with stay charged. The wireless speaker is Bluetooth-enabled, so it will happily pair up with any device that supports streaming, then deliver tunes through......read more

Jambox - Charity: Water Edition

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Wicked wireless hi-fi setup from Jawbone benefits one of our favorite nonprofits $200.00

For people who travel a lot, Jawbone's petite Jambox is the audio unit for you. Measuring a meager 10"L x 3.1"W x 3.6"H, the super-portable wireless hi-fi setup delivers a sound that defies its diminutive size. This jerry can yellow joint is a limited run edition that benefits the worthy cause of bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. With $50 of each......read more

The Grid House

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Modular Brazilian home settles into its natural surroundings.

We normally associate the grid with two-dimensional design, like print. With the Grid House, a home in Serra da Mantiqueira, Brazil, Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Architects apply a structural grid to the third dimension. The Grid House was developed according to the topography of the land; it sits within a valley, providing privacy and protection from the elements. Because of high......read more

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