In keeping with the old proverb that rolling stones gather no moss, this stationary table not only gathers plenty of moss, but gathers plenty of electricity as well, hacking into the photosynthesizing plants to harvest enough power to keep small devices like clocks charged up and happy.
The innovations coming out of China aren't always the most high-tech or even the most practical, but they are almost always born of amazing ingenuity. Such is the case with this new wind-powered car.
It's a simple but powerful concept. If everyone devoted just some of the time and energy they devote to social media to making changes in our behavior, we could change the planet.
Steve Jobs' well known attraction to Asia's philosophy of Zen minimalism has influenced nearly every Apple device produced. Now one designer has taken a literal approach to that philosophy by introducing the simplest iPhone speaker you'll ever find.
Philips was the only entry in the Department of Energy's L Prize for designing a super-efficient light bulb, so I guess it's not really surprising that the company managed to win. But, Philips did manage to meet the DoE's stringent efficient criteria with its new bulb, and the result of their efforts is officially going to be on sale as of this Sunday.
Did you know that whenever you blink, part of your brain temporarily shuts off? This is a fantastic idea that our brains have had, and an even more fantastic idea is to rig up all of our home electronics to work the same way.
The developing world has a continuous need for two things: electricity, and clean water. But more than that, there's a need for a decentralized way to produce both of these things, without a lot of additional infrastructure, and a new type of wind turbine that can suck water straight out of the air seems like the ideal solution.
The only way that solar power is ever going to contribute an appreciable amount of energy to the betterment (and cheaperment) of society is if we plaster solar panels on everything, everywhere, all the time. And we might just be able to do it now, with this new generation of panels that are thinner than a strand of human hair by a factor of 20.
What's creepier than scary fast, scuttling spider robots and powerful tentacled automatons? A robot designed to mimic the most alien-looking creature native to planet Eartha jellyfish.
When you design a city around a car, you end up with a sprawl — just look at Los Angeles or Houston. The architects at SOM are designing a green-minded city for China that will still let cars in, but the focus of the city is such that you won't really even need one, even if you're traveling all over China.