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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Bicycle Barometer: Bike Or Ride Train To Work?

Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. PopeThe Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. Pope is doing more than just tracking the weather to determine the best way to get to work each day – it’s also receiving information about his local rail station (open/close, delayed) and the amount and type of precipitation. Mr. Pope made the Bicycle Barometer from an old clock he found at a flea market and he’s posted information on his site so DIY’ers in the UK can build their own. [OFTCC via Neatorama]


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HTC Smartphone Is So Big That HTC Had To Give It A Little “Phone Call” Friendly Brother.

HTC Butterfly with HTC MiniDr. Evil would be so proud. In an effort to build the next big thing in smartphones, one manufacturer is now producing a “mini-me” version of itself in order to be more useful. It’s the Mini and HTC has added it as an accessory for the 5.5″ HTC Butterfly to make it more phoning-friendly. From Gizmag:

“The device (HTC Mini) connects to the Butterfly via Near Field Communication (NFC). It’s small, light, and could be dropped in a shirt pocket while the much larger Butterfly sits in a deeper pocket or purse.”

So here’s the recap: HTC built a phone that was too cumbersome to use as a phone so they built a separate phone to work with the original phone in order to be a more convenient phone. Makes me wonder if cutting out the middleman (HTC Butterfly) would be the best way to go. [Gizmag]


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The Loud Bicycle Horn Is GENIUS!

The Loud Bicycle Horn from Loud Bicycle.The Loud Bicycle Horn is a great idea that will allow cyclists to share the same sound/warning footprint as a car. Currently, bike riders are only able to alert drivers of their presence by yelling at them or via hand gestures. Here are its features:

  • Sound: is like a typical car horn, both in volume and pitch.
  • Honk: for up to 30 seconds at a time.
  • Batteries: are rechargeable Li-ion batteries that will last 1-2 months.
  • Button: snaps on to either handlebar and honking does not interfere with braking.
  • Weather resistant: works in rain, sleet and snow.

The neutral car horn sound will make the road safer for cyclists by warning drivers without escalating the situation. The current warning system of calling a driver a “shithead” won’t be necessary and instead of offensively giving the finger, cyclist will choose to use that finger and activate their Loud Bicycle Horn. The Loud Bicycle Horn is currently fundraising on Kickstarter. [Laughing Squid]

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GravityLight: Gravity Powered LED Light.

GravityLight - Gravity powered LED lightWhat’s not to like about the GravityLight? It harnesses gravity to power an LED light for 30 minutes with just one lift of the included weight bag. The creators of the GravityLight, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves, are currently on Indiegogo raising funds to expand production. Their goal is to manufacture and promote the GravityLight as an inexpensive alternative to kerosene lamps in developing countries. [Grist]

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When The Power Goes Out, Briefcase-Sized Sugoi Battery From Japan Can Keep The Fridge Going.

Sugoi Battery Portable Power BackupWho wouldn’t want a Sugoi Battery? The 5.5 lbs Sugoi Battery is a 75,000 mAh portable backup lithium battery ($467) that can keep your refrigerator going for up to 7.8 hours (smaller Japanese fridge?). Sugoi Battery is also working on an adapter so you can use it to charge up to 16 mobile devices at one time. In addition to the lithium battery version, Sugoi Battery has a more affordable ($121) old-school lead acid version that holds 12,900mAh of power.

The Sugoi Battery has 5 power outputs (including 2 USB) and can be recharged via standard power outlet, solar or through your car’s lighter port. Not sure if the Sugoi Battery is available in the US but if works to its translated specs, it would definitely have a market in homes where using a diesel/gas generator is not an option… and even in homes where a generator is an option. [RocketNews24]

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