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The Wallmounted Waterbutt – save rain water for later us

watersavergutter  The Wallmounted Waterbutt – save rain water for later us

Prestige Wall Mounted Butt
(100 Litre Wall Mounted Water Butt) * Space Saving, Attractive, Prestige Design
* Mounts over your downpipe with built in Rain Divertor
* Cannot overflow, excess water goes back down the pipe
* Rotationally Moulded to a High Quality, Robust finish
* 100 Litres Usable Water Capacity
* Tap can be fitted on either side
* Supplied with brackets and fixing kit
* 3 Year Guarantee
* Totally Child-Safe and Pet Proof
* 122cm x 46cm x 23cm
* No Stand Required
* UV Protected Design

How it works:  Demo

Source:  Wallmounted Waterbutt

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High Tech oil spill solution oil busting robots

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oil spill capture boat

oil capture how it works

There are some new bots called OSP on the drawing board. Using advance robotics, these guys autonomously work together to contain an oil spill by surrounding it with an inflatable barrier. Once contained, clean-up crews can jump in and suck the oil out. After reading this, my Roomba just quit.  The faster a spill can be dealt with – the better the outcome.

Source:  OSP Oil Capture Bots

Popularity: 12% [?]

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Medis Portable Fuel Cell Charger

Medis Cell Fuel Charger

Gadgets lose their power rapidly nowadays with increasing usage and how often do we feel helpless when we discover all of a sudden that our cellphone cease to function due to lack of charging? Especially when you are outside and not carrying a battery-powered charger you cannot do anything about this one.

Well Medis technology has developed the world’s first generation portable fuel cell charger that could help you to run your devices as well as act as a charger for the depleted battery of cell phones, iPods, MP3 and iPhones on the go keeping in mind the green brigade. As soon as you want to use the charger, simply push the top and through ‘direct liquid borohydride technology’ your device receive the optimum power. Finally the fuel cell technology has become commercially feasible.

What’s more it has capability to provide sufficient energy up to 30 hours of talk time to an average mobile phone or 60-80 hours of play time for an average iPod. However the fuel charger itself could not be recharged and it has a limited shelf life for about 3 months.

Source:  Medis Technology

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Army Sponsoring Bat-Like 6-inch Solar Spy Plane

bat wideshot  Army Sponsoring Bat-Like 6-inch Solar Spy Plane

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat would gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information back to a soldier in real time.

That’s the Army’s concept, and it has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five-year, $10-million grant to help make it happen. The grant establishes the U-M Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology, called COM-BAT for short. The grant includes an option to renew for an additional five years and $12.5 million.

Miniaturizing the various systems of “the bat” and making them more energy efficient are big challenges for the groups working on COM-BAT. The tiny plane must be able to collect large amounts of surveillance data and travel great distances while running on 1 W of power. But COM-BAT is ambitious and they fully anticipate being able to shrink all the systems. For example “They expect their autonomous navigation system, which would allow the robot to direct its own movements, to be 1,000 times smaller and more energy efficient than systems being used now.”

Source:   University of Michigan

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The Solar Powered Robotic Automower

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automower

Being the worlds first fully automatic, robotic lawn mower, the Auto Mower is the ultimate user friendly mower. You don’t have to lift a finger to get a perfect lawn.

Before the Automower can get to work, you will need to simply staple a wire to the perimeter of the lawn. The wire will be overgrown and become invisible within a month. This wire can be sensed by the robotic mower and will ensure that only this area of grass is cut. The Automower will then work irregularly around the lawn – whatever its shape – until all parts have been covered. This gives the lawn an even result and a carpet-like finish. ‘Islands’ can be created by laying the wire around plants and flower beds. And if the mower hits any other obstacle, such as a tree or rock, it just reverses safely and selects a new direction before continuing.

The Automower comes with an automatic charging station. Once placed in a suitable position in the garden, this will keep its maintenance-free battery charged at all times. Besides the low running costs (around 12-25 dollars a year for the electricity consumed, depending on lawn size), the mower is so quiet that it won’t disturb your neighbours. And with no emissions, it is environmentally friendly.

Source:  Auto Mower

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Reflex LCD Writing Tablets

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No more paper, pencils, or pens. Reflex™ LCD Writing Tablets are the environmentally-friendly alternative that replaces them all! Simply press on the surface with a stylus or other suitable writing instrument (even your finger) to create an image and then erase with the push of a button. By utilizing Reflex technology, no power is used retain the image, only to erase (typically supplied by a 3V watch battery).
eNote LCD Electronic Memo Pad

The portable Reflex LCD Writing Tablet from Kent Displays that easily slips into a briefcase or back pack for use at school, office, car even the athletic field – or leave it by the phone at home to leave notes for family members, make shopping lists and more.
Custom Reflex™ LCD Writing Tablet

Reflex LCD Writing Tablets can be custom designed, cut, and conformed to integrate into a wide variety of other products including toys, entry signs, appliance fronts, car visors and more.

Source:  Reflex LCD Writing Tablet

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EZ Toilet Flusher Step On Hands Free

ez toilet flusher

This is a really helpful product for those with arthritis, back pain, limited mobility – or germaphobia! This hands-free, step-on toilet flusher works with a gentle tap of the foot pedal – no back strain, hand pain, or body contortion necessary. You’ll never have to touch that germy handle again. Installs easily.

You’ll never need to stretch, reach, or bend to flush your toilet again – and you won’t need to touch a dirty handle, either. The EZ Toilet Flusher works so easily. Just place the foot pedal in a spot that’s convenient for you, and give it a tap when you’re ready to flush.

The foot flusher installs easily too, and without tools. It fits any standard toilet, and you don’t even have to dismantle your current handle. The regular handle continues to work for those who prefer a manual flush.

Source:  EZ Toilet Flusher

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Ecoblaster Rechargable Air Horn

rechargable air horn

Ecoblaster Rechargable Air Horn-  Never buy another refill with this handy, economical rechargeable air horn. Simply refill with air from included pump or any bicycle pump, service station air pump, or compressor using the standard air valve. You get over 70 blasts per recharge. Adjust volume up to a powerful 115 dB. Boaters and sports fans will love it.

Source:  Ecoblaster Rechargable Air Horn

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Get Free Hot Water From Our Solar Power Shower

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You Can Rinse Off Chlorine, Sand, Salt or Sweat — Without Freezing!

Our Solar-Power Shower uses heat from the sun to warm the water in the base. Just connect to your garden hose to fill the base to its 8-liter capacity. In less than 2 hours of sunlight, the water reaches 140°F!

Use the mixing valve to blend heated water in the base with cold water from your hose to a pleasant 86-90°. You and your family can take several showers consecutively before the tank needs to reheat. Keeps your pool or hot tub clean, and lets you avoid chlorine itch!

Source:  Solar Power Shower

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BucketVac – turns any 5 gallon bucket into a vacuum cleaner

bucket vac

Work smarter with the patent-pending BucketVac from SpeedClean. Designed for the job site, the portable and convenient BucketVac turns any standard 5 gallon bucket into a lightweight professional grade wet/dry vacuum. Simply snap the vacuum onto your bucket and get the job done, fast. Powerful suction makes short work of any mess – wet or dry, chunky or fine dust. And when you need to switch between wet and dry vacuuming simply swap in a new bucket. No more gooey messes or stopping, dumping and cleaning. Plus the size and convenience of the bucket makes this a breeze to move around. Just grab the bucket handle and go. And when the work is done, the lightweight BucketVac pops right off the bucket for easy storage. With the BucketVac from SpeedClean, there’s no more lugging around a bulky wet/dry vacuum – just snap and go. Now that’s smart.

* Extra wide and flexible 2″ hose picks up chunky and fine debris
* Lightweight and easy to store
* Includes a variety of sturdy attachments to tackle most any need
* Fits virtually any standard 5 gallon bucket

Part#: BV-5 Price: $99.99
Part#: BV-5-HD (Head Only, No Bucket Included) Price: $97.99

Source:  BucketVac

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