14 August 2008

why is this man holding a purse?

Funny, it doesn't look like a murse. Maybe he's holding it for his girlfriend. Oh, wait, I get it, power and technology are manly and women like purses and burly man muscles.

Despite this odd choice in marketing, the Power Purse is a great idea.

Portable solar power isn't just for the guys anymore. Like the Reware Juice Bag or Voltaic Systems Bags, the Power Purse lets you charge mobile phones and other small devices on the go. Features of the purse include: internal female port for charging, charging status indicator, clear acrylic handles, and lightweight flexible construction. Plus the bag stores a charge for later use.

The Power Purse is set to launch this fall.

[Solarjo via Fibre2Fashion and Crunch Gear]

beat nausea without drugs

Sea-sickness, car-sickness, morning-sickness -- or anything else that makes you feel pukey -- Psi Bands can help alleviate. They're reusable, adjustable, and come in cute colors and patterns. The best part is they're clinically proven to relieve nausea through acupressure, and without medication. Anti-nausea meds tend to have their own host of side effects, and anytime you can avoid taking drugs to treat a problem is all the better for your health (and the planet).

Bonus: The makers of Psi Bands support various charities and health-related causes.

You can get your own here.

best bulb yet?

Sure CFLs save loads of energy, but you have to admit, the light they cast is seriously drab, giving everyone and everything in their path a death-like pallor. LEDs are constantly improving, but they're not really affordable. Thankfully, there's a new light bulb that's ultra-efficient, cost-effective, and warmly glowing on the horizon.

Electron-stimulated Luminescence
(ESL, not to be confused with English as a second language)
It looks like an old incandescent bulb, but you won't find a filament inside it. The ESL, brand name Vu1, works by stimulating phosphor to make the surface of the bulb glow. And unlike CFLs, these bulbs don't need mercury to work. The Vu1 is also made utilizing glass from existing materials, i.e., glass from regular light bulb manufacturers.

ESLs are as energy efficient as CFLs, but they provide superior light quality. The price will be comparable to dimmable CFLs at about $12 and they might be available as early as September. Check out the differences between light technologies, at right. [Source: Vu1 Corporation]

[Vu1 via CleanTechnica]