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And Speaking Of Smart Phones...

Check out this funny short film.  Written and directed by Alicia MacDonald.  ...read more

On Tuesday, March 24, an overturned fish truck turned Seattle into a parking lot, giving residents of this traffic-clogged city yet another reminder of the pitfalls of a transportation system built almost entirely around automobiles. The truck was headed south on State Route 99 carrying a load of frozen cod when it tipped, blocking all southbound lanes of one of just two main north-south......read more

Cortica, the Cork Coffee Mug

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Smart, stylish alternative to disposable cups $25.00

Natural, lightweight and highly renewable, cork makes an excellent product design material. The Cortica coffee mug makes smart use of the wood, which acts to house a 12oz porcelain mug while also keeping your coffee warm. From designer Robert Knox: I’ve been building houses, furniture, and longboards for years. Recently, I started building my own fly rods and working with cork. I......read more

Chisel iPhone 5 Dock

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iSkelter's 'chiseled' smartphone stand, handcrafted in the US from renewable bamboo $40.00

Phoenix, AZ design outfit iSkelter delivers another tech accessory win with the Chisel iPhone Dock. Featuring a minimalistic aesthetic with a dash of sustainability, the Chisel Dock is handcrafted from renewable bamboo and offers a nice alternative to run-of-the-mill iPhone stands. The dock is "chiseled" to provide a snug home for iPhone 5, 5c or 5s, with the lightning cable tucked away in a......read more

Vessyl by Yves Behar

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Fuseproject-designed smart cup detects the nutritional contents of your drink $99.00

The latest groundbreaking design from Big SHFT star Yves Behar is Vessyl, a smart cup that keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric content of any liquid poured into it. San-Francisco-based scientist Justin Lee commissioned Behar’s studio Fuseproject to come up with the design. The result of the collaboration is a sleek-looking cup with a spill-proof......read more

A Net Zero House in Holland Redefines the Smart Home

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Say hello to the home of the future

Adele Peters for Co.Exist: We still don't have flying cars (not quite, anyway, despite some works in progress). But the 1950s vision of the futuristic home is fairly close to reality. Inspired in part by mid-century designs like the flying saucer-shaped Futuro house and a "home of the future" designed for the 1956 Ideal Home Show, a new house in the Netherlands is remote-controllable,......read more

Smart Web Platform Diverts Energy Waste to Charity

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Ohmconnect offers users cash or charitable donations in exchange for saved energy during peak hours

From writer Rachel Signer and our friends at Collectively: Maybe you've heard of smart homes, where devices and appliances are connected so they can "talk" to each other. Well, they're getting smarter, and greener.  Imagine: it's around 6pm, and people are arriving home from work. Everybody turns on their lights, stoves, and heating or air conditioning all at once, placing demand on the......read more

Wooden iPhone Case by Woodbuds

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Sleek smartphone protection in sustainable hardwood $49.00

Woodbuds, the UK company whose wooden earbuds merge sustainability with high-quality sound, has introduced a new line of iPhone cases based on similar design principles. Made using sustainably-produced plantation hardwood (either walnut or bamboo), the cases are available in either a "fullwood" or "middlewood" design, both of which are lightweight, attractive and tactile. The click case ensures......read more

Bulb Flashlight

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This smart, rechargeable light doubles as a regular bulb and an emergency flashlight $45.00

Stay prepared for disasters with MoMA's Bulb Flashlight, which does double duty as a regular bulb and an emergency flashlight. The LED bulb screws into a standard socket, where it recharges and emits 40W of light while using only 6W of electricity. When calamity hits, unscrew the low-heat bulb, extend the neck, and flip the switch for three hours of flashlight use....read more

Flower Remedies by Alexis Smart

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These LA-made, botanical-based formulas can help with everything from anxiety to writer's block $25.00

Nearly ten years ago, after a blend of floral essences helped cure her of panic attacks, Alexis Smart started studying the system of herbal infusions developed by Dr. Edward Bach. Today, she has a thriving homeopathy practice that includes a line of flower remedies based on Bach's teachings. Ingested orally, Alexis Smart Flower Remedies are natural essences that work on a vibrational level to......read more

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