Archive for the 'Innovative Projects' Category

Wind-Up Battery…

From the designer Qian Jiang comes these rechargeable batteries. With charge times taking 5min for 40% capacity to 20min for 100% capacity, they also can be used as a traditional rechargeable battery and can be charged in classic AA chargers. I’m sorry but these don’t seem to have a price point or production date, but look and sound amazing…
Article Link: www.yankodesign.com
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The Enicycle…

Invention of Slovenian inventor Aleksander Polutnik is the Enicycle, a single wheeled electric scooter which has 3hour battery life and 30km range…
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Official Website: www.enicycle.com

The Reprap 3D Printer…

Look at your computer setup and imagine that you hooked up a 3D printer. Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think Lego bricks and you’re in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make most of the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself..
Video Link: www.vimeo.com
Official Website: http://reprap.org

RepRap from Adrian Bowyer on Vimeo.

Damien Walters Showreel (2009)…

Like this 27year old says on his site, He is “The Next Great Action Hero”..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Official Website: www.myspace.com

Earthships…

Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.
Website Link: www.earthship.net
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Ultra Motor A2B…

This is a great combination of the bicycle and the motorbike, it has a 500-watt motor in the rear hub and motorcycle-like twist throttle delivers a comfortable and steady amount of power as you cruise along at the max of 20 miles per hour. The lithium-ion battery yields just over 20 miles of range. The final price is about $2,700..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Article Link: www.wired.com

HYmini…

This is an awesome device which allows you to generate and capture energy multiple ways. Either use wind, solar or a hand crank. The HYmini allows you to store the energy in its internal rechargeable battery, which you can then use the USB plug to charge a range of devices, from phones to mp3 players..
Website Link: www.hymini.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Mike Adams installing a Brumby Pump…

Demonstration of the Brumby Pump by the Health Ranger (Mike Adams) in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. This device pumps water out of a well by using compressed air, providing a simple, reliable irrigation solution for remote areas. The pump is available at www.BrumbyPumps.com..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Article Link: www.naturalnews.com

Get Back Up…

While reading one of my favorite blogs, www.fourhourworkweek.com by Tim Ferriss, it had this great video, so thought I better share it here as well, Born with no limbs, Nick Vujicic is one of my new hero’s..
Video Link: www.youtube.com
Website Link: www.iwasborntowin.com

Google on Climate Change…

A Climate Change Conversation with Google Founders, moderated by Tom Friedman, held at the World Economic Forum’s Annual General Meeting in Davos, January 2008..
Video Link: www.youtube.com

The Final Inch…

Gone from the modern world, but new cases of polio continue to afflict mostly children under age 3 in the poorest regions of just a few countries (India, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan). Luckily a film project portraying public health heroes working in the field to eradicate polio has been made, so people can stay educated on the subject and help stop polio..
Article Link: http://googleblog.blogspot.com
Website Link: www.thefinalinch.org
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Take Time To Balance…

This is a short documentary on Rock Balancing by artist Kent Avery in Stanley Park, Vancouver..
Article Link: www.37signals.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Tongue Joystick…

Imagine changing channels or surfing the web with just a flick of your tongue. Researchers have come up with such a device. As this ScienCentral News video shows, its for those who are paralyzed that the system holds the most promise..
Article Link: www.sciencentral.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Ponoko: Turn Designs Into Real Life Things…

You can now turn digital photos of your hand drawings into real life products simply by uploading them to the Ponoko website. This means you do not need to use graphics software to make something. This significantly lowers the entry barrier for all creative people who can hand draw using pen and paper but do not know how to use design software..
Website Link: www.ponoko.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

The Wind Car…

Ok this is another awesome project, the founder of Ecotricity (wind power provider in the UK), Dale Vince has started the ‘Wind Car’ project, where he is taking a petrol Lotus and turning it into an electric Lotus, view the video below to see his progress..
Official Link: www.zerocarbonista.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Windbelt Wind Generator…

Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor has created a new type of wind generator which works on a very small scale (but has plans to create large scale ones in the future). Till then the idea is to get his generator the ‘Windbelt’ to replace diesel-powered and kerosene-based lighting in third world countries..
Official Website: www.humdingerwind.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Google for Non-Profits…

Google has a special site designed to help non-profits get the tools they need to work more efficiently, watch the video below to see a non-profit get the Google make over. This is why I love Google, they offer so much technology and tools to people for free!..
Article Link: http://googleblog.blogspot.com
Website Link: www.google.com/nonprofits
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Formula Zero…

Formula Zero is a World Premiere that researches and promotes zero emission technology through organising races. It is a new zero-emission race class for open fuel cell single seaters. The only rule: zero emissions. The 2008 Championship is a competition between university teams that develop their own fuel cell kart. This race class will scale-up to full-size racing cars, as commercial interest and the technology develop..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
Official Website: www.formulazero.nl
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Dew Transformed into Drinking Water…

In the arid coasts of Northwest India one engineer is searching for a solution to the region’s drinking water crisis. Dr. Girja Sharan has installed a large rectangular tank on the grounds of a school in the area. He’s experimenting to verify if dew formed from water vapor in the air can provide a viable supplement to human drinking water. An array of flat, plastic-lined panels run along the surface of the tank. At night the panels are kept at a temperature cooler than the surrounding air, allowing tiny droplets of water dew to condense on their surface. During the night the water accumulates into a relatively substantial amount. In one night 40 litres of water was collected..
Article Link: www.celsias.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

The Windspire…

The Windspire is a low cost, plug-n-produce wind power appliance. At only 30 feet tall and 2 feet in radius, Mariah Power claims it will generate 25-30% of your home’s power. The Windspire sells for $4,995 and comes complete with a high efficiency generator, integrated inverter, hinged monopole, and wireless performance monitor so you can check your stats via your computer. Mariah Power also talks of a 3 kW version which is claimed to be able to supply 100% of your household power needs, this model is twice the width, but the same height..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
Official Website: www.mariahpower.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Calculate your roof’s solar power output…

This is a cool site that uses Google maps to allow you calculate your roof’s potential solar power output..
Website Link: www.roofray.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

100 Push Ups…

If you’re serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you’ll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups! Think there’s no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal!..
Official Website: www.hundredpushups.com

SYSTEM3 Prefab House…

At the MoMA Exhibition: Home Delivery, a SYSTEM3 prefab house was put up. Watch the incredible video where the house arrives in two containers at 6:00 AM and they complete assembly at 1:30 PM. The house is 53 square meters, which is around 570 square feet, and is fully equipped with a kitchen, bath, and lighting. It has a staircase to access the roof, which can serve to connect floors in the case of a vertical expansion of the units. Since the staircases are always located at the same fixed position, you can easily stack the serving units..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Innespace: Seabreacher…

The Seabreacher is the latest watercraft created by Innespace. This two seat vessel is powered by a supercharged Atkins marine rotary engine coupled to a Hurth V-drive transmission. The Seabreacher is currently undergoing testing and will be available in limited numbers for Racing and demonstration events in spring 2008..
Official Website: www.innespace.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

First Freerice Delivered!…

Freerice.com, a simple website which donates 20 grains of rice for every correct word meaning you get in their learning game, has now just had its first shipment of freerice delivered to Bangladesh..
Website Link: www.freerice.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Power Generating Dubai Tower…

With its wind turbines built in between each floor, and the claims that the building will generate 10 times more energy than required to power it. The new tower is the first building of its size to be produced in a factory. Each floor, made up of 12 individual units, complete with plumbing, electric connections, air conditioning, etc., will be fabricated in a factory. These modular units will be fitted on the concrete core or spine of the building at the central tower..
Article Link: www.treehugger.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Robot Fish…

Robotic fish with flapping fins and tails have been programmed to swim in a school by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. They say that artificial fish with group behaviour could track marine pollutants or wildlife such as whales..
Article Link: www.newscientist.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Floating Wind Turbines from Magenn…

Wind turbines at ground level produce at a rate of 20-25%, but when placed at altitudes from 600-1000 feet, energy output can double. Ottawa-based Magenn Power is in the prototype stages of the world’s first floating wind turbine. The Magenn Air Rotor System or MARS is a stationary blimp kept afloat with helium and tethered into place on an electrical grid. Centrifugal blades on the MARS can generate up to several megawatts of clean, renewable energy at a price well below our current grounded wind turbines..
Article Link: www.inhabitat.com

17 Year Old Building Electric Vehicles…

Andrew who is a 17 year old from Flint, Michigan, United Sates is building himself his own electric vehicles. He says on his blog “I’ve always had an interest in vehicles of any kind. I also have a do more with less attitude, and a concern for what the petroleum industry is doing to our society and our environment. I want to show how easy it is to convert to electric, and how practical these vehicles are for everyday driving.”
You can check out his first build which was a 1988 Mazda Ute or his new project which is a 1992 4-door Toyota. Also you can follow his progress on his own blog. All linked below..

1988 Mazda B2200: www.evalbum.com
1992 Toyota Tercel: www.evalbum.com
Official Website: http://greenflightev.blogspot.com

Solar Thermal Energy…

BrightSource Energy has just raised a massive $115 million in Series C funding and has added some big new names to its list of investors including Google.org, BP Alternative Energy, StatoilHydro Venture and Black River. Solar Thermal Energy is where they use large mirrors to heat a pool of water to produce steam and power trubines which then produce electricity. The video below is from BrightSource and is of the construction of their Israeli pilot plant..
Article Link: www.earth2tech.com
Video Link: http://video.google.com

The X PRIZE…

The mission of the X PRIZE Foundation is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. The Foundation fosters innovative, high-profile competitions that motivate individuals across all boundaries to solve grand challenges. The prizes are worth millions and capture the imagination of the public to draw attention to the goal.
Current X Prizes are:
Space – Google Lunar X PRIZE ($20 & $5 Million Dollar Prizes)
Medicine – Archon X PRIZE for Genomics (Multi-Million-Dollar Cash Prizes)
Automotive – Progressive Automotive X PRIZE ($10 Million Dollar Prize)

Official Website: www.xprize.org
Info Link: www.wikipedia.org
Video Link: www.youtube.com

Hippo Rollers…

Hippo Rollers are a water transportation device, the roller holds 3-4 days worth of water for a family of 7, about 5 times the amount of water that can be moved using traditional methods, which frees up time for more productive economic and educational activities. It’s an amazing product and an amazing story of good design enabling communities. Inhabitat.com has an interesting article where they are reporting on 75 Hippos that have been donated to a village in South Africa..
Article Link: www.inhabitat.com
Official Website: www.projecthdesign.com

DIY: Electric Vehicle…

Here in New Zealand a man called Gav has built himself a working electric car. Even better he has documented his whole process and has made it available so others can learn!
Gav’s EV reaches about 130km/h and can travel for about 35km, check out the interview video below that was on the NZ news..

Official Website: www.kiwiev.com
Video Link: www.youtube.com

SkySails: The Future of Shipping…

By using the SkySails-System, a ship‘s fuel costs can be reduced by 10- 35% on annual average, depending on wind conditions. Under optimal wind conditions, fuel consumption can temporarily be reduced by up to 50%.
The first pilot systems are in operation on board of cargo vessels. Currently, SkySails is offering SkySails-Systems for cargo ships, fish trawlers and super yachts with towing kite areas of up to 320m².
Virtually all cargo ships can be retrofitted with the SkySails technology trouble-free..

Article Link: www.ecogeek.org
Official Website: www.skysails.info

Potenco’s Pull-Cord Generator…

Potenco’s Pull-Cord Generator keeps portable electronic devices working all the time while providing freedom and independence from traditional power sources.Simply hold the PCG in the palm of one hand, pull the cord with the other hand, and generate instant energy..
A minute of pulling the PCG generates enough energy for:
– 20 minutes of talk time on a mobile phone.
– 1 hour of ultrabright LED flashlight use.
– 3 hours play time on an iPod Shuffle (about one pull per song).

Article Link: www.treehugger.com
Official Website: www.potenco.com