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Philippe Starck back with a designer consumer wind turbine


Designer Philippe Starck got a bit petulant last spring, looked back a lauded career in design and proclaimed it all "unnecessary." I've been known to traffic in those same fruitless feelings of hopelessness about gadgetry myself, cathartic as they may …

Don't lick your fingers: the Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter


Think Geek's Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter has some great product pictures and even better copy. Designed by Art Lebedev, the developer of the Optimus Maximus keyboard, it's being marketed by Think Geek as a tool — inspired by various Soviet-era KGBA …

Nanotech clothing will recharge your gadgets by capturing your movement


Within a decade or two, we might all be wearing clothing with built-in USB ports capable of recharging our gadgets, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology:

The fiber-based nanogenerator would be a simple and economical way to

Compex Sports Trainer: Electroshock Your Muscles to Buffness


CNET's Michael Kanellos tries out the Compex Sport Trainer, essentially an electroshock machine that shocks your muscles into tensing all at once, Bruce Lee-style. It looks brutal. I want one.

But man, does it hurt. I did a set of

Super Soaker Inventor Develops Mega-Efficient Solar Energy Engine

Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear engineer who just happened to have invented the Super Soaker water gun, is talking up a new invention he's calling the JTEC, for "Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Conversion system." He's claiming up to a 60% energy generation …

CrustaStun: Restaurant-Grade Crustacean Electrocuter


Most chefs kill lobster in one of two ways: they either put them in a pot of water then bring it to a boil, causing the steam to escape from the carapace with a horrible keen, or they give them …

Using Less Power Good; Using None at All Better

The Simple Dollar, while making a point last week about how plugged-in gadgets can cost around $3 a month in unnecessary energy consumption, also suggested buying the Smartstrip LCG4 power strip with auto-shutoff for groups of devices. In turn, …

Lenovo's Power-Efficient ThinkCentre A61e Desktop


While the dainty power needs of the new Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e desktop machine are laudable—it can be powered by an optional solar panel alone (although who knows how big it might be)—the press release announcing the desktop PC underlines both …

EEStor's "Ultracapacitors": Quick-Charging Battery Replacements

The AP has a decent high-level overview of the "ultracapacitor" technology from EEStor, an as-yet-untested, quick-charging capacitor that its inventors claim will replace batteries entirely.

EEStor's secret ingredient is a material sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a

Venturi Fetish Almost on the Street


With a production rate of just five cars a year—making 800 cars a year Tesla look a lot bigger—Monaco-based Venturi is about to release its take on the electric sports bra car, the squickily-named "Fetish."

The Fetish will have a …