Where each city will have it’s fab-labs to build open source everything for its people

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Call me a romantic but I am trying to stray away from corporate world domination rat race and envision a life where communities will take their freedom back by democratizing most, if not all, of their needs and open source is a big part of that world. Fortunately its happening all over the globe, with innovative startups showing that it can be done.

Although we can’t escape the money incentive economic system yet « Read the rest of this entry »

Resize Picture in Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)

February 4, 2014 § 5 Comments

No need to install more apps to do a simple image resizing in Android. I had a hard time figuring out a way to do this without going to the mighty play store to install all kind of junk in my phone to expose my data via bugs and poorly written apps (yes, I don’t have Angry Birds installed).

I have searched on the web and didn’t find a solution so I took a step back « Read the rest of this entry »

Ever dreamed a late dinner cooked with solar power? It might just become real…

August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

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Sun Leftovers for late dinner cooking

After spending some time in Nigeria, where people rely mostly on wood to cook their meals, which  leads to all kind of respiratory illnesses as well as pollution,  MIT professor David Wilson designed a solar cooker that stores the sun’s power in the form of a melted mineral salt which can then deliver the heat for 25 hours at a time with constant  temperatures of above 450 degrees « Read the rest of this entry »

Good news on the mushroom green materials from Ecovative front

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

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green packaging, compostable car parts

Just want to quickly point this out: ecovative, the company that has developed the green packaging and insulation materials made using mushroom mycelia, and which I have already covered in a couple of blog posts, have made some significant steps to go into mainstream products.

First they have teamed up with « Read the rest of this entry »

Snapkeys seem to be the holy grail of keyboardless devices

March 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

Snapkeys technology turns virtual keyboards invisible

Snapkeys Virtual Keyboard

I was so amazed by this technology that I had to write about it on my blog. After seeing it briefly on an article that came in my feed reader, it fixed itself into my brain and wouldn’t let go. I’ve spent so much time trying to find an ergonomic keyboard that can be used with one hand or allow typing when jogging or « Read the rest of this entry »

My personal BIO-based foam quest has its first positive result

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Biodegradable foam plastic substitute made from milk protein and clay

Bio-based foam to replace petroleum plastics in several applications

I’ve been studying this area of bio-based foam products pretty actively over the last year and unfortunately no good news on this front happened. But this one from Case Western Reserve University scientists in Cleveland, Ohio, developed a new type of bio-degradable foam that could end up in all kind of products including furniture cushions, insulation, packaging, and many other products, displacing the petroleum-based foams that need hundreds to thousands of years to degrade in the environment, leaching many toxic chemicals in the process. « Read the rest of this entry »

Soy-Glue to rescue the increased toxicity of composite wood panels (like particleboard)

September 24, 2010 § 6 Comments

conventional plywood uses formaldehyde-outgassing adhesive

new wood glues based on soy proteins bring woodworking to new green heights

As sustainability grows into people’s consciousnesses and as the 8th largest economy in the world and 1st in USA, California, sets new rules on toxic chemicals and becomes more environmentally friendly each year, manufacturers are forced to follow and mobilize their herds of scientists to develop new products that meet the requirements. « Read the rest of this entry »

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