The World's Largest Battery-Electric Vehicle Is This Articulated Bus

If when you think of electric vehicles you picture tiny lightweight cars designed to maximize their battery life, BYD Motors is about to blow your mind. At the recent 2014 American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, the company revealed a new articulated bus that it's claiming is the world's largest… » 10/20/14 10:25am 10/20/14 10:25am

Chopsticks Made From Rice Are the Perfect Pairing

It's estimated that over 130 million wooden chopsticks are produced every day, and most are destined to end up in the trash after just one use. Sure, wood breaks down a lot better than plastic, but a couple of engineers from Barcelona have a better idea. They're producing chopsticks made from rice husks—an unwanted… » 6/20/14 12:40pm 6/20/14 12:40pm

LG's Glueless Packaging Is Almost as Impressive as the OLED TV Inside

A product's packaging is usually nothing but the last obstacle between you and a shiny new gadget, but often there's as much thought that goes into the design of a cardboard box as the device inside. For instance, LG put a remarkable amount of design effort into the box its OLED TVs ship in, and most consumers will… » 6/18/14 3:40pm 6/18/14 3:40pm

Folding Cardboard Stools Only Make It Look Like You're a Hoarder

If you're a student who knows you'll only be living in a cheap apartment for a couple of semesters, what's the point of buying and moving heavy furniture? Especially when there are so many flat-packed, lightweight cardboard options to choose from, like these wonderful stools designed to look like stacks of pizza boxes » 6/13/14 11:00am 6/13/14 11:00am

Replacement Caps Upcycle Coke Bottles Into Water Guns and More

Products like the SodaStream let you make your own carbonated beverages at home without the need for yet another plastic bottle to be recycled. But the number of bottled Cokes bought around the world every day is still staggering, so to encourage consumers to upcycle those plastic containers, Coca-Cola created sixteen… » 5/29/14 4:40pm 5/29/14 4:40pm

Ikea's Selling an Electric Bike To Help Get All Those Boxes Home

As far as large corporations go, Ikea genuinely strives to be as environmentally responsible as it can. It stopped selling incandescent bulbs in its stores ages ago, there's not a plastic bag to be found, it's wholeheartedly embraced solar power for its buildings and many products, and soon it will be officially… » 5/21/14 2:00pm 5/21/14 2:00pm

Human-Sensing Fan Only Blows Where There Be People

Nothing puts a strain on your local power grid like a hot, humid summer day. In many cities rolling blackouts are needed to cope with the strain, so it makes sense that companies would start developing smarter cooling devices. Quirky's Aros air conditioner is leading the charge, but this smarter oscillating fan is… » 5/16/14 4:20pm 5/16/14 4:20pm

Hypnotic Flapping Wing Turbines Keep Working in the Gentlest Breeze

There have been many proposed alternatives to the spinning propeller blades used on wind turbines installed all over the county, but none as unorthodox as Festo's new DualWingGenerator. Inspired by the company's work on winged flying robots, the design keeps working when winds are as slow as nine miles per hour. » 4/01/14 4:20pm 4/01/14 4:20pm

Color Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they're typically very dark in color. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimizing their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world's first… » 3/03/14 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

Water Vapor Will Be the Only Emission From Toyota's New Fuel Cell Car

Electric-only cars might be envogue right now, but Toyota is pursuing another eco-friendly alternative to gasoline engines with its FCV concept. The company is now claiming the vehicle will be available sometime in 2015—at least if you live in California where (hopefully) hydrogen refill stations will be plentiful by… » 1/06/14 4:00pm 1/06/14 4:00pm

A Shock-Absorbing Airless Tire That Will Never Go Flat

Inspired by Bridgestone's puncture-proof tires, and Michelin's Tweel, Hankook has decided that it wants to get into the next-generation tire market with its own i-Flex. Like the previous creations from its competitors, Hankook's tire trades an air-filled bladder that's prone to leaks and punctures for an engineered… » 9/10/13 8:50am 9/10/13 8:50am

Throw & Grow Confetti Turns Celebrations Into Lush Flower Gardens

Are you worried about the eco-impact of all that tossed confetti at your upcoming nuptials? Or maybe you don't want to have to pay someone to clean it all up. Either way, just opt for Niko Niko's new Throw & Grow eco-friendly confetti. Made of a biodegradable paper-like material shaped like little blossoms, the… » 4/24/13 12:20pm 4/24/13 12:20pm

Don't Spill Anything On This $55 Foosball Table

You'd assume that a foosball table made from 100 percent renewable materials—cardboard and wood—would be best suited for college frat houses on a limited budget. But even with a handy cup holder, the odds are the Kartoni would be soaked in spilled beer after just a couple of games, destroying its structural integrity. » 4/11/13 8:49am 4/11/13 8:49am

These Durable Foam Solar Racers Could Last and Run Forever

Nerf showed the world that toys made from soft foam could survive a kid's abuse for weeks, even months at a time. But guns and arrow-launching cannons aren't particularly educational. So if you want your kids to learn a little something while they play, consider these foam Volta Racers which run on the power of the… » 4/09/13 5:20pm 4/09/13 5:20pm

Safer Bladeless Windmills Could One Day Dot the Countryside

Opponents of windmills cite the dangers the spinning blades post to birds, the risk of damage due to storms, and the maintenance required to keep all those moving parts running smoothly. But what if a windmill lacked blades and didn't move at all? That's the idea behind the Delft University of Technology's EWICON » 4/02/13 5:40pm 4/02/13 5:40pm

30 Quadrotors Form a Star Trek Constellation In the London Skyline

It's supposed to be an hour when everyone conserves energy by turning off the lights and other superfluous power drains. But apparently Paramount is still not up-to-speed on what Earth Hour is all about since over the weekend it celebrated the event by sending 30 quadrotor drones into the air, forming the Starfleet… » 3/25/13 8:25am 3/25/13 8:25am

Drink Like a Pixie WIth This Adorable Leaf-Shaped Cup

Unless you're completely snobbish about only consuming bottled water, this cute silicone cup—crafted in the shape of a leaf—will let you enjoy a drink without having to get your mouth anywhere near a tap, faucet, or bubbling spring. And it's just $12 and washable, so you'll never have to feel guilty about asking for a… » 3/01/13 11:40am 3/01/13 11:40am

This Film Can Turn Your Window Into a Mirror and Back Again

Windows that can automatically adjust from transparent to opaque to keep out the sun can already be found in use all over, including Boeing's new 787. But while they provide shade, the glass still absorbs and transmits heat to a room. So researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and… » 2/12/13 10:53am 2/12/13 10:53am