Like-A-Hug Vest Gives You A Virtual Hug Each Time You Get A ‘Like’ On Facebook. Jubbling Wants ‘Unlike-A-Pants’

Like-A-Hug vestThe Like-A-Hug vest designed by Melissa Chow, Andy Payne, and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab is a cute idea but totally unnecessary. It works by inflating when somebody gives one of your Facebook posts a Like. Now if they could port the technology to pants and include a kick to the butt or groin for Unlikes… it would still be wasteful but definitely much cooler. [CNET Crave]


The Orée Board Is A Wireless Wooden Keyboard That Might’ve Been Inspired By

The Orée Board.  Wireless and sustainable computer keyboard.The Orée Board from Orée Design is a cool, wireless and sustainable keyboard that is made from a single piece of wood – walnut or maple. Awesome. But the first thing I thought of when I saw the Orée Board on Inhabitat was the scambaiting website, 419eater, and the wooden keyboard hand-built by a Nigerian scammer who had the tables turned on him. If you get a chance, you have to read the full story on 419eater.

The Incredible Shrinking Artwork - 419eater.

A mouse chewed through the keyboard! 2006

The wireless, wooden, sustainable Orée keyboard – great; keep them coming. But remember to keep an eye out for mice. Thanks Mikey! [Inhabitat and]


Personal Energy Orb (PEO) Motivates Computer User To Ride Their Bike… Or Get Angry At Their Mouse.

The Personal Energy Orb (PEO) wants you to get off your computer and ride your bike. If you don’t, your computer mouse will move around the screen sluggishly until you recharge it with a bike ride.

Good intent but probably not a viable idea. With a deadline to meet and your mouse not keeping up, the color-changing globe has “unplug me and throw me against the wall” written all over it. And the over-sized glowing globe itself, when magnetically attached to your bike for recharging, announces that you should be mugged and/or beaten.

Stamina InStride Cycle Pedal ExerciserNow if the creators figured out a way to recharge the PEO in the home or office by connecting it to something like the Stamina Pedal Exerciser, they could have something. They’ll still encourage exercise which stays in line with their product’s goal.

A commenter on PEO’s Vimeo page points out that “PEO” is the Spanish word for fart but please don’t change it. That alone could quadruple sales in Spain and Mexico. [Treehugger]


Apple Decides To Break-Up With EPEAT. (UPDATE: It’s Makeup Time)

Apple and EPEAT break-upThey had a good run but it just couldn’t last. One side was solely focused on creating the most advanced computer on the market and the other hoped meeting those design goals wouldn’t come at the expense of cleaner production and end-of-life recyclability. We were all witnesses to the end of this relationship, especially when the next-gen computer created was described as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable” upon its release.

We’re all holding out hope that you can reconcile. More than likely on updated terms but you two need each other and we need you to need each other. (There’s a thorough article on the Apple/EPEAT break-up on Core77)

Update: July 13, 2012 The relationship is on again and we’re positive it had nothing to do with our article encouraging a reconciliation. According to GigaOM in “Apple backs down: Macs will stay EPEAT certified,” Apple wanted EPEAT back. And outgoing Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, believes that “[Apple’s] relationship with EPEAT has become stronger as a result of this experience.” The Retina display MacBook Pro will not have a room in the renewed Apple/EPEAT household but 39 other Apple products will.


Google Is Using Sewage To Cool Data Center In Georgia

Google Douglas County Data CenterGoogle is getting down and dirty and expanding into the sewage treatment business. The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) in Georgia is diverting 30% of their sewer water to a Google data center where it’s treated and used to cool their servers. After working it’s way through the servers, the water enters a cooling tower and evaporates into the air at the Google owned water treatment facility. Any remaining water is then processed one more time and then returned to the Chattahoochee river. It’s an amazing symbiotic relationship.[Wired]

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Apple’s iCloud Service Will Be Partly Powered By Solar

Apple's new data center in Maiden North CarolinaApple is the next tech company to move toward renewable energy as a source of power for their data storage. In this case, it’s for Apple’s iCloud service which now has over 100 million users. The data center is located in Maiden NC and it’ll generate 20 megawatts of power annually via solar at their 100 acre facility. Apple is also using captured rainwater for cooling which will be chilled during off-peak hours and recycled 35 times.

Apple managed to keep details about the iCloud data center secret, even kept it from appearing on Google maps until June 2011, but now their talking and taking pride in their LEED Platinum certification. Seems like Apple is moving toward using renewable energy in the same stealthy way they release their products. [Wired]

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