Sprāv – The Wireless Smart Shower Meter That Will Tell You When To Get Out. [Video]

Sprav - The Smart Shower Meter.Ok, who’s in for shortening their next shower? For the few that did raise their hands, Sprāv is the product for you. Designed by students from Case Western Reserve University, Sprāv is a wireless water meter that gives you control of your water and energy consumption. Sprāv attaches to the arm before your shower head and uses green, yellow and red lights to let the shower taker know how long they’ve been showering. The goal of the changing lights is to encourage users to shorten their showers.

We’ve seen shower shorteners in the past (ie Waterpebble) but what makes the Sprāv different is its ability to track your shower and instantly report to you how much you are saving by changing your showering habits.

Sprāv is now on Kickstarter. [Sprāv]


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]


Pedal And Solar-Powered ELF Electric-Assist Vehicle From Organic Transit.

Organic Transit's ELF Electric-Assist Vehicle
Organic Transit’s
ELF ($4000) is three-wheeled, one-person electric-assist vehicle that can be recharged via a rooftop solar panel, pedaling or by wall-charging the ELF’s removable battery. Its slim design and bicycle classification allows the ELF to travel on the road or bike paths in all 50 states. The ELF can travel up to 30 miles on one charge and it’s also able to carry approx 350 lbs of cargo in addition to the rider.

Organic Transit has turned to Kickstarter to help raise funds and their timing couldn’t be better – pitching a product called ELF in December couldn’t hurt fundraising. [Clean Technica]


Radast Design’s LightDrive LED Lamp: A Bad-Ass Upside Down LED Lamp That My Broke-Ass Can’t Afford.

Radast Design LightDrive LED table lampRadast Design definitely challenges the norm with their upside-down LightDrive LED table lamp. From their website:

“This contemporary bulb-less design uses specially engineered optics to channel light from the high‐power LEDs in the base to the top of the lamp where it is softly diffused. Heat is carefully managed via a system of machined aircraft grade aluminum components resulting in a lamp exterior that is neutral to the touch and with no exposed hotspots.

The LightDrive LED table lamp is expected to last for 15 years and comes with a 5-year warranty. Radast Design’s LightDrive LED table lamp is now looking for funding on Kickstarter to help cover the added cost of ordering components in quantity, getting certified (UL Listing etc.), package design and to cover tooling costs.

Retailing at $799, the LightDrive LED table lamp is definitely in the “neat but hard to justify” price range. It’s not for everyone. But if it delivers as promised for those willing to spend $799, it’ll hopefully work like a gateway LED and motivate satisfied LightDrive customers to make the switch to LED lighting throughout their home. [Core77]


999Bottles Stainless-Steel, Reusable Water Bottle Tracks How Many Plastic Ones You DIDN’T Consume

999Bottles Stainless Steel Water Bottle - Artefact GroupSome people feel the need to track and broadcast their eco-friendly acts. A big part of Jubbling is not keeping score and that’s why at first glance, products like 999Bottles by Artefact Group don’t move us much. It looks like a well-designed, stainless-steel water bottle but what makes it different is the dial on its base for tracking how many times you’ve refilled your 999Bottles and avoided bottled water. And once you’ve hit certain numbers, you can check the 999Bottles’ app to put into context what you didn’t consume.

Without the counter, 999Bottles would just be another stainless, reusable water bottle in a crowded market. With the counter, it’s just a “more expensive” water bottle in a crowded market. Now I don’t want to see their idea fail but at the same time, it’s hard to find value in tracking how much bottled water I DIDN’T consume. I avoid paying for water and I’ll drink water out of a gas station sink before I’ll purchase the bottled stuff. Still, tracking it seems unnecessary.

Of course, everyone is motivated differently and hopefully 999Bottles will be a hit with consumers. Their goal to get people to consume less bottled water is a good one and I hope they’re successful. If you’d like to pledge, 999Bottles is on KickStarter and they’re deadline to raise $99,999 is June 22, 2012. [Gizmag]


The Sonastand iPhone 4 Speaker Amplifier And Stand Is So Jubbling!

Sonastand iPhone Stand and Speaker AmplifierIt’s not too late to pre-order the all-aluminum Sonastand iPhone 4.0 speaker amplifier and stand manufactured by Kinetic Custom Machine. They’ve already met their $20,000 pledge goal on Kickstarter and should be in production in April.

Why did I pre-order the Sonastand? Because it’s a simple solution that will not only amplify the audio from my iPhone 4 speaker but it’s also designed to display video in landscape / widescreen mode. Most iPhone 4 docks only work in portrait mode and I’m tired of propping my iPhone up with socks, erasers and the back of remotes.

Why does Jubbling like the Sonastand? Because it’s durable, doesn’t require a lot of resources to build and it allows users to watch Netflix hands-free on a power sipping iPhone. [Sonastand on Kickstarter]

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