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Living Light

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Seoul's smart city shelter displays air quality in real time.

What if buildings could talk? David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang (aka "The Living") answer the question, helping lead the burgeoning movement of interactive architecture, which seeks to engage citizens with environmental and other issues. Living Light is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul, Korea with a dynamic skin that lights up to show real-time air quality data in the......read more

Greener Gadgets Winners Announced

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First place goes to local food-promoting smartphone app.

The results of this year's Greener Gadgets design competition were announced Friday in New York. And while according to Treehugger neither the judges nor the audience were roundly impressed with the entries, there were some pretty cool ideas on the shortlist. The defining concept of the conference was that we need is not more stuff, but innovations that make stuff we already have help us......read more

Local Plate

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Smart, well-designed dinner ware reminds us to eat local.

According to the United Nations 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are from food production. That's more than transportation, and second only to electricity production. Studies show local food creates 4 to 10 times less greenhouse gases during production than typical supermarket fare. You can scream EAT LOCAL! until you're hoarse, but sometimes you need to give people visual cues to......read more

BoostSolar Charger by Eton

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Solar-powered backup battery delivers off-grid juice to phones or tablets $100.00

The BoostSolar Charger, new in 2013 from Eton, is a handy backup battery that gets powered up by the sun then can be used to charge smartphones and tablets while you're off the grid. On one side, the BoostSolar features a 5" solar charger; on the other, a removable 4,000mAh lithium battery. The solar panel can charge the battery in 10 hours, giving the battery enough juice to charge two iPhones......read more

Soccket, the Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball

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Uncharted Play's regulation-size soccer ball converts kicks and headers into off-the-grid power $99.00

The Soccket by Uncharted Play harnesses the kinetic energy built up by kicking it around then converts it to useable electricity. Thirty minutes of play can power an (included) LED lamp for up to three hours. More than just a cool novelty gadget, the Soccket has enormous potential in resource-poor areas of the developing world with limited access to electricity. After obtaining some invaluable......read more

McSwain and Chambard: Off the Grid

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Outdoor product design comes indoors for an exhibition at NYC's Gallery R'Pure

As lovers of both product design and the great outdoors, we're pretty into this collaborative project from designers François Chambard of UM Project and Frederick McSwain. Currently on display at Gallery R’Pure  in NYC, "Off the Grid" is an eclectic collection of objects inspired by the outdoors.  Included among the items are a tent that doubles as lighting, travel......read more

'Lumigrids' Lights Up the Road While Cycling at Night

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LED projector helps cyclists avoid crashes by emitting a square grid on the ground ahead

Night cycling is about to get a whole lot safer (and more Tron-esque) thanks to Lumigrids, an LED projector developed by a team of engineers from Sichuan University. The device, which can be powered either by battery or by the rotation of the wheels, affixes to the bike's handlebars and projects a square grid on the ground ahead. As the road surface changes, the grid bends, curves and......read more

Off-Grid Modernism in Rural Ontario

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The House on Limekiln Line, designed by Lisa Moffitt, is a self-sustaining country home

It's always a challenge to apply the principles of modernism to architecture in rural places. In urban neighborhoods, clean lines and square angles sit harmoniously with the street grid, but out in the country they can come off as rigid and unnatural. Architect Lisa Moffitt manages to avoid these pitfalls with the House on Limekiln Line, an off-grid home in Ontario’s rural Huron......read more

Topanga Cabin Photos by Ye Rin Mok

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Outstanding images of an off-grid hideaway in Topanga Canyon

For the 95-or-so percent of us that live in urban centers, the image of a quiet retreat somewhere in the country holds a special appeal. One look at the wildly popular Cabin Porn site, where internet surfers go to daydream about chopping wood, shows the imprint that images of nature retreats have on the city-dweller's consciousness. Browsing LA photographer Ye Rin Mok's site, we came across......read more

Houses, "Endless Spring"

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Off-the-grid island bliss.

There's not a ton to this video. Actually there's very little. But the song is some lovely, blissful pop, and there's an interesting backstory. The standout single from All Night, Houses' first full-length, "Endless Spring" was recorded in Hawaii where sole bandmember Dexter Tortoriello spent time with his partner living off the grid. In his words: "We moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou,......read more

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