Monthly ArchivesJune 2009

ARE YOU A FREELOADER?: PORTABLE SOLAR CHARGER standard

Blogging has been a cinch lately thanks to readers sending me tips for all kinds of art and design to write about. A big THANKS to all those who’ve been pointing me in interesting directions! One recommendation I received recently was to check out thinkgeek.com. While browsing nerd inventions (some too nerdy even for this geekette), I came across The Freeloader Portable Solar Charger. The Freeloader powers up from its solar panels or a charging cable that plugs into a computer USB port. Once charged, the internal Li-Ion battery can power any number of different hand held devices such as an iPod for 18hours, a cell phone for 44 hours . . . etc. Once charged, it can store a ...

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BEANZAWAVE: USB MICROWAVE image

Meet the Beanzawave. This prototype is the world’s smallest microwave measuring 7.4 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide and 5.9 inches deep. The Beanzawave works by using mobile phone radio frequencies to create heat enough to cook food products in under a minute! (It certainly brings up issues of what phone frequencies must be doing to our brains.) How did this project all start? Heinz asked microwave expert Gordon Andrews and industrial design authority Stephen Frazer to develop this portable USB powered microwave to promote their Snap Pots. Andrews, the managing director of GAMA Microwave Technology, stated that users can ‘tune’ the radio-frequencies to provide best results. ‘It is possible to heat a pie, a burger, a cup of soup ...

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