$1300 iRock Electricity Generating Rocking Chair: Nothing Better Than Making Grandma Charge Your iDevice.

iRock Rocking Chair iPad RechargerThe iRock developed by Micasa Lab is a rocking chair that uses its own rocking motion to generate renewable power. Rocking in the iRock for 60 minutes will charge an iPad 3 up to 35%. The iRock has built-in speakers so you can rock out as you rock out and it’s expected to sell for $1300. In other words, it’ll sell for $1250 more than I’d want to spend on a rocking chair. [Core77]

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The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution: DIY LED Lighting You Can Control With Your Mobile Phone. Necessary?

GreenWave Reality LED Lighting SolutionWireless smart bulbs or are they Wi-Fi lights? The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution, from GreenWave and NXP Semiconductor, includes a router, remote and 4-35 watt equivalent LED light bulbs. It’s a simple DIY lighting solution that allows users to remotely control their WiFi’d LED light bulbs. Here’s how you install the system:

    1. Screw in the GreenWave LED smart light bulb.
    2. Plugin the router.
    3. Setup each LED through an iOS or Android app.

There’s a lot of positive buzz about the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution and how great it is to be able to remotely control your homes’ lighting and I don’t get it. GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution Yes, migrating your lighting to more energy efficient LEDs is good and the tech behind this product is amazing but I still don’t get why we need the router and remote/app to control our lights. Haven’t we all figured out the light switch?

Products like this turn lighting and home efficiency into an unnecessary gadget and my guess is that with the Greenwave Reality solution installed, spooking your spouse/kids at home by remotely controlling the lights will get more play than genuine concern about leaving the lights on.

So here is our suggestion: use the $200 you might have spent on the GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution to buy and install 10 – 12 equivalent LED light bulbs. You’ve mastered the light switch and you deserve to save more electricity. [GigaOM, Gizmodo, Greentech Media, Inhabitat….]

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Uprise Energy’s Portable Power Center (PPC) Is A Transportable Wind Turbine. Didn’t I Already See This Video?

The Portable Power Center (PPC) simulation video created by Upside Energy of San Diego looks great. A transportable 50 kW wind turbine that fits in a shipping container would be beast (sorry kids for using beast). Looking forward to seeing this renewable energy generating solution on the road.

In other news, The Onion created an awesome parody of the TEDTalks videos. I’m looking forward to seeing compostable cars powered by compost on the road. [Treehugger]


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If You Can Afford It, You Can Consume It: Britney Spears Electric Bill For One Month Was $5,629.43.

Britney Spears electric bill.Holy sheesh – $5,629.43 for one month of electricity! Her gas and water bills are nuts too and my guess is she’s rarely home. I’m not going to cast a lot of hate on Ms. Spears but seeing her monthly utility bill kind of kicks Jubbling’s consume less mantra in the middle. It’s starting to make the crazy geoengineering ideas sound more viable and necessary because obviously, some people are going to consume as much as they can for as long as they can afford it. [TMZ]

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Certifiably Un-Jubbling: David Blaine’s “Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On” Stunt.

One million volts always on? That is a lot of wasted juice being used to power this effort by David Blaine. To Jubbling, standing and not eating or pooping for 72 hours is definitely the hit of this stunt; deflecting and wasting one million volts of electricity is just the unnecessary flair.

So DB, please bring back the street magic and levitation. Impressing people with a deck of cards and defying gravity was so Jubbling. [Opposing Views]


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The Wind Wants A Job: Promises If Harvested, It Will Cover The World’s Electrical Demand Times 20.

Airborne and land based wind turbines.Kate Marvel, Ken Caldeira and Ben Kravitz researched and reported that there are enough surface winds on the planet to supply 400 terawatts (TW) of power. And if we tapped into high-altitude winds with airborne wind turbines, we could produce approximately 1800 TW. Currently, the world consumes 18 TW.

Meeting our energy demands with wind turbines will affect surface temperature and precipitation but not substantially. The team estimated that by not clustering the wind turbines in one region, the climate changing effect of demand-meeting wind power generation can be minimized to around a 0.2 (F) and only affect precipitation by roughly 1%.

Jubbling’s take: generating renewable wind power at this scale seems like a more viable way to slow down the effects of climate change. Especially when it’s compared to other solutions like the geo-engineered crazy, Greenland-sized space mirror. Just sayin. [Science Daily via e360]

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