Drink Coaster’ish Epiphany onE Puck Charges Your Mobile Phone With Hot And Cold Drinks.

Epiphany onE Puck mobile phone charger.The Epiphany onE Puck from Epiphany Labs uses a small Stirling engine to recharge any USB device drawing 1000 mA or less (iPods, iPhones and Android devices). Stirling engines have been around for almost 200 years and they quietly work exhaust-free by turning heat differences into energy.

Here’s the Epiphany onE Puck video:

Seems pretty simple – place a warm drink on the red side or a cold drink on the blue side to charge your mobile device. Epiphany Labs is on Kickstarter where a $115 pledge will get you a Epiphany onE Puck, t-shirt and window sticker. It’s not mentioned on their Kickstarter page but I assume the Epiphany onE Puck will also charge your mobile device if you defrost an item or let a pan cool on it. There’s no mention of an internal battery.

Would I buy an Epiphany onE Puck? No. In a pinch, a $25 solar or hand-cranked charger would be more practical. Being on the road and having to purchase a cold/warm drink in order to charge my phone seems a little backwards. I might as well bring my phone’s USB cable and adapter to get a quick charge everywhere rather than paying for several beverages to get a partial charge. [Gizmag]

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FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System

EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring SystemFor a limited time at $99, the EnergyBuddy starter kit home energy monitoring system is a reasonably priced way to track the power you consume in your home. FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy is simple to set-up and includes current clamps and a wireless transmitter that attaches and resides at your Zigbee compatible smart-meter. Once connected, the EnergyBuddy’s color changes between red/yellow/green depending on your power consumption goals set through the app. The $99 package doesn’t include the SmartPlugs that allows the user to remotely turn on/off connected appliances via smartphone/app – they’re $50 additional.

You can pre-order the EnergyBuddy through the crowd-source fundraising site Indiegogo. The $99 EnergyBuddy starter kit price reflects a 40% discount off of its eventual retail price of $179 and is good for the first 75 Indiegogo orders. Their goal is to raise $60,000 by August 19, 2012.


EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System
Yeah, we weren’t too high on the other $99 power conserving product – Insteon SmartLinc Hub. That’s because it only controls their $29 LED light bulb and doesn’t track home energy use. Out of the box, the $99 EnergyBuddy will do more by allowing users to monitor their entire household and the simplistic changing colored-lights will also encourage kids to be involved in reducing power consumption. And oh, the video is awesome too. [Electronic House]

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Hay-Sous! Just Sell Me An LED Light Bulb Without Smartphone Control And That Other Unnecessary Crap.

Insteon Networked Dimmable LED Light BulbIt’s like cracking nuts with a sledgehammer. I’m so tired of hearing about overly complicated green products that make us unnecessarily consume more in order to consume less. Crave posted an article, Control this LED bulb with a smartphone, about the $29.99 Insteon networked and dimmable LED light bulb. The Insteon LED light bulb can be dimmed and turned on/off by a remote control or with the addition of a $99.99 Insteon SmartLinc Hub, controlled via a iOS or Android mobile device.

Getting an LED light bulb: good. Super-sizing your Insteon LED with the SmartLinc Hub just so you can monkey-around with it with your smartphone: dum. [Crave]

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2XL Games’ XLR8 App For iOS And Android Will Make Your EV Sound Like It Has A Pair (Inside Car Only)

Now, if you could only blast outside your Nissan Leaf what you’re hearing inside with 2XL Games’ XLR8 app…

The XLR8 app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone or Android device to track your speed, braking and cornering. It then converts your driving data and lets you hear through your car’s audio system* the sounds of driving a V-8 muscle car that shotgun’s fuel versus sipping or not consuming it at all. It’s the spanx / toupee for your EV or hybrid.

For an additional fee, you can unlock the engine sound produced by Ferrari, Lamborghini, NASCAR vehicle and Ford GT40. Giddy up! [Wired]


* XLR8 App is compatible with Bluetooth or wired connections

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DIY Scrap Wood iPhone Stand, Meet The iDuplo Stand

DIY scrap wood iPhone standKate Pruitt’s iPhone stand on Design Sponge is about as minimal as you can get. Built out of scrap wood, the Jubblinged up stand takes about 15 minutes to build and costs next to nothing. Any search on iPhone stands and you’ll get prices ranging from a basic model for $5.00 all the way up to $30,000 for the iNuke dock/speaker that is the size of a small car.

Kate’s stand is perfectly uncomplicated and best of all, it inspired me to build an iPhone stand of my own. I’ve been using the sticky bottom of a remote control and some ABC gum to prop my iPhone and it’s not the best solution. iDuplo iPhone Stand So I raided the kids toy box and 2 minutes later, Voilà – iDuplo iPhone stand. Duplos, which are Legos chunkier cousin, are easy to build with and the stand I created works. I’m still waiting for my Sonastand but until it arrives, iDuplo iPhone stand is perfect. [Design Sponge via Treehugger]

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Guitar And iPhone Amplifiers Made Out Of Hungry Hungry Hippos Game, Ghostbusters Thermos Etc.

Hungry Hungry Hippos iPhone Speaker

Hungry Hungry Hippos iPhone Speaker

Robert Brenne can turn just about anything into a guitar or iPhone/iPod amplifier. His website, Artistic Amplification,

[youtube width=”225″ height=”169″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMjbDU6XtQs[/youtube]

is loaded with previous amp projects and current ones that are available for sale. His guitar amplifiers for sale are built into a cigar box, Japaneses vase and a duck sculpture. iPhone/iPod speakers are also available and incorporated into a Super Nintendo console, Jack Daniels tin and a Ghostbusters 2 lunchbox.

Each amplifier produces a unique sound based on what it’s built into. Cool idea that could be big with street musicians. [Wired]

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