Saturday, February 28, 2009
Going off-grid doesn’t have to mean giving up luxuries like hot tubs, blended drinks, flat-screen televisions or electric razors. In fact, as proven by these 15 awesome (and sometimes a little weird) off-grid gadgets.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Modular furniture units are getting all the attention these days. This modular office concept by Florian Jouy could come handy in modern apartment settings, where space is a major problem. The design of this modular office has been inspired by the way students live.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tramontana R is a supercar from Catalan marques Tramontana. Based in Girona, Spain. It is an evolved version of the standard open-wheel two-seater, packing a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-liter V12 available in 550 hp guise or a twin-turbocharged 760 hp version that dolls out an astonishing 811 lb-ft of torque. 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and a 10.15-second run to 200 mph. Speed is electronically limited to 325 km/h.
The utility has made a long-awaited announcement that it plans to develop 250 megawatts of photovoltaic solar projects that it will own itself, along with another 250 megawatts to be built and owned by independent developers.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Fisker Karma S hard-top convertible plug-in hybrid, which was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and has a drivetrain similar to the Chevy Volt, which Fisker calls the Q-Drive Powertrain, is now available for pre-ordering. Fisker’s PR head honcho Russell Datz confirmed that the Karma S would be shipping in 2011, and that people could reserve their spot in the queue with a deposit.
Grizzled eBay veterans know all too well that the action on any auction doesn't heat up until the last few minutes. Bidding wars can be won and lost by who had the fastest click--or the highest auto-bid. To aid in this nail-biting process is Snipe Swipe, a "sniping" tool with a new Firefox add-on that does the bidding for you at the very last possible second.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A Cambridge, Massachusetts-based desalination start up has closed on a $10 million round of funding to develop its proprietary technology to produce clean, potable water from salt water using one tenth the amount of energy used in traditional desalination plants.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Ask a ten year old what the largest bird in the world is and the chances are you will get the right answer - the ostrich. Asked about the second largest and the odds are still very good that they will be able to name the Emu. Go for third place in the size league and you may well start to get blank looks from all but the keenest young ornithologist. The answer is the Soutern Cassowary - and not only is it endangered but is also classified as the world's most dangerous bird.
Moving away from the conventional symmetrical gestures seen in traditional fireplace and furniture design, the After6 Design Studio (A6DS) has launched its latest fireplace/display case for modern residential apartments. Boasting a completely unique and contemporary design, the “A6DS Fireplace” incorporates a 6 foot linear gas burner, a display unit and seating space for up to two people (based on type of assembly).