Use Your Favorite USB Keyboard On Your Phone With This Backup Battery

It can be hard to choose a backup battery when the market is as flooded as Bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases have become. Manufacturers are now finding ways to include added value with their emergency power supplies, like Cerevo's new EneBrick that can turn your favorite USB keyboard into a wireless Bluetooth… » 4/01/14 3:40pm 4/01/14 3:40pm

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

The world's largest solar plant is killing birds melting them with heat

The world's largest solar plant is awesome—unless you're a bird like the one in this image published by the corporation BrightSource Energy. This bird flew over the plant and was killed by its deadly heat levels, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (537C). Apparently, this was expected. » 2/18/14 11:38am 2/18/14 11:38am

Every Living Room Needs a 15-Foot USB Charging Hub

Like it or not, living rooms around the world are no longer dominated by the TV. Sure, it's still on in the background, but our attention is now mostly held by smartphones and tablets while we lounge about. So forget a surround sound setup, the best upgrade for your living room is now an extra long cable to keep… » 2/12/14 5:00pm 2/12/14 5:00pm

Wastewater from Cheese is Generating Electricity in Wisconsin

As the country's largest producer of cheese, Wisconsin is also the country's largest producer of cheese waste. But why think of that as a bad thing? In the hands of some enterprising Wisconsinites, what was once wastewater is now electricity. This is, after all, the same state that's using salty cheese brine to de-ice… » 1/30/14 10:00am 1/30/14 10:00am

There's a Surprising Amount Of Power Inside This Super-Thin Battery

Last year Vorson managed to squeeze a 2,500 mAh battery into its Bookmark power pack that measured in at just 4.7 millimeters at its thinnest point. Impressive! But it's a wimp next to EnerPlex's new Jumpr Slate, which packs a heft new 10,000 mAh battery into a binder-friendly, blade-thin package. » 1/15/14 1:20pm 1/15/14 1:20pm

These Beautiful Solar Orbs Are So Efficient They Even Harvest Moonlight

Photovoltaic panels aren't the most glamorous technology: They're usually tucked away on a roof, and when you can see them, they're ugly. And inefficient. But what if they made architecture more beautiful? And what if they were more efficient, working even at night? Say hi to Rawlemon, a solar ball lens that is quickly … » 1/13/14 2:00pm 1/13/14 2:00pm

A Charging Cable That Saves a Little Power For Later

A backup battery for your phone is only useful if you're willing to carry it with you. So Native Union has come up with the JUMP which integrates a little extra power into your smartphone's charging cable, ensuring it's light enough to carry and always has a little bit of extra power to keep your device running. » 1/10/14 11:25am 1/10/14 11:25am

Strap This Wind Turbine To Your Electric Car To Stay Juiced in Park

Electricity-generating windmills churn out free energy as long as the wind is blowing. So strapping one to the roof of your car where there's always a breeze as long as you're driving just seems obvious. The Transport Turbine—seen here as a 3D printed proof of concept—puts four small wind turbines on the roof of your… » 1/08/14 4:07pm 1/08/14 4:07pm

Swap Your Phone Charger For This Thin Transforming Adapter

Technically there's nothing really wrong with the charging cable that came with your smartphone. Except for that long cord you need to constantly wrap, unwrap, and more often than not, detangle. That won't ever happen with the Thinium, though. It trades an annoying a cord for an ultra-thin transforming design that… » 1/06/14 11:59pm 1/06/14 11:59pm

The ChugPlug Adds a Backup Battery To Your MagSafe Power Adapter

If you own a smartphone and actually use it on a daily basis, there's a good chance you've always got a backup battery close at hand. But what about your MacBook? Instead of desperately hunting for a plug when its battery life dwindles, Lenmar's new ChugPlug is designed to integrate with the MagSafe adapter giving you… » 12/30/13 4:30pm 12/30/13 4:30pm