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InStep Nanopower Shoes Create Electricty While You Walk (and Hopefully Won’t Electrocute You)

InStep Nanopower Shoes Create Electricty While You Walk (and Hopefully Won’t Electrocute You)
There’s something intrinsically logical about harvesting the energy that we create by walking so that we can power up some of the gadgets that we have on our person all the time. These InStep Nanopower shoes will do something like this, and they actually use liquid metal to get the job done.

Switch Plug: Making Plugs Safer, One at a Time

Switch Plug: Making Plugs Safer, One at a Time
I’m a pretty forgetful person, so the responsibility of unplugging some plugs from the wall outlets at night was given to my sister. I also have this unusual (or typical?) fear of sparks flying around whenever I plug a plug into a socket, so I also don’t like having to be the one to do the plugging at home.
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Ecopad Tablet Concept: Let Your Fingers Do the Charging

Ecopad Tablet Concept: Let Your Fingers Do the Charging
It’s true that most tablets do need to get charged up regularly, so it would be nice to come up with a way to reduce the need for recharging. The Ecopad concept was given a special award in Fujitsu and designboom’s ‘A Life with Future Computing‘ design competition for its innovative approach to juicing up.

How to Erase a CD, Permanently

How to Erase a CD, Permanently
There are plenty of ways to get rid of data on a CD. If you have a rewritable disc, for instance, you can just delete the files off of it and empty the trash can on your computer.

Taser Grenade Tested on Reporter from The Daily

Taser Grenade Tested on Reporter from The Daily
Everytime I hear that someone has been Tased, or a reporter has allowed himself or herself to be Tased I hope they crap themselves. I would think if you have been holding in a deuce all day and you get hit with a Taser you’re going to have more than a turtlehead poking out.

Kinect Hacked to Control Tesla Coils

Kinect Hacked to Control Tesla Coils
I am starting to think that there is no end to what a geek with some ingenuity and a Kinect can’t hack. Some geeks at MakerFaire over in the UK got bored and ran across a dude that had built some Tesla coils.

Thermobility Wireless Power Generator Makes Power from Heat

Thermobility Wireless Power Generator Makes Power from Heat
Don’t look now, coppertop, but the Matrix has you. A company called Thermobility has unveiled a power generator for mobile devices that makes power from heat. The little device is aimed at low-power applications and is the size of a golf ball right now.

Electric VeloMini Bike: Green and Geeky

Electric VeloMini Bike: Green and Geeky
If you are the sort that has to commute a relatively long distance each day, but you want to do that commute with a small and green bike you don’t have to pedal, the VeloMini could be just the ticket.

Haloipt Shows Off Tech That Can Charge Electric Cars Without Wires

Haloipt Shows Off Tech That Can Charge Electric Cars Without Wires
I am forgetful when it comes to car maintenance. If my car didn’t ding to tell me when I had 50 miles of driving range left on a tank of gas, I would know the roadside assistance dude by name.

High-Voltage Washer Launcher: Nerd Power

High-Voltage Washer Launcher: Nerd Power
If you live near Bob Davis, before you get out of your house listen closely for machines charging up, tin cans being crushed, or for this weird alien whistling noise. If you hear any of the three, it’s not safe to go outside – Bob Davis must be out playing with his 2,000v washer launcher, and he could very well hurt you.

Concept Lets You Trade Poop for Power

Concept Lets You Trade Poop for Power
I once knew a dude that had this strange fetish of farting in a ceramic duck that his mom had on the shelf. I once saw him fart in the duck, then turn around and light the fart lingering in the duck so I know you can burn a stinky groupie.

Booby-Trapped Briefcase Shocks Thieves, Forgetful Owners

Booby-Trapped Briefcase Shocks Thieves, Forgetful Owners
Do you keep valuable items in your briefcase? A bunch of secret documents perhaps? Maybe you should keep them somewhere safer. Kidding. With a bit of hacking and modding, you can have a remotely-toggled electrified briefcase.

Wet Circuits: the Safest Power Strip, as Seen on Youtube!

Wet Circuits: the Safest Power Strip, as Seen on Youtube!
The Wet Circuits power strip is a water resistant power strip that also has a circuit breaker to prevent overheating. It’s patented design ensures that electricity will be conducted only when a “proper plug is 100% inserted into the outlet.“

Electricity-Grabbing Hook: Bender Would Want One

Electricity-Grabbing Hook: Bender Would Want One
Developed by Air Force engineers in Ohio, the RAPS (Remote Auxiliary Power System) was designed to provide electricity to field operatives by taking power directly from power lines. The hook has a sharp blade that can pierce the insulation of power lines.

Electric Cars Might Work Like Blanka in the Future

Electric Cars Might Work Like Blanka in the Future
The Imperial College of London is currently working on a composite material that can store and discharge electricity but is also strong enough to be used as material for something like a car’s body. Volvo is one of the sponsors of the €3.4 million project, obviously hoping to find a way to build electric cars that lasts a long time between charges.

Mercury Arc Valve Rectifier is Something Every Mad Scientist Should have

Mercury Arc Valve Rectifier is Something Every Mad Scientist Should have
I have no idea what this is for, but I like it! As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind having one of these in my living room – or at least in my la-bor-a-tory. It’s actually something called a mercury arc valve rectifier, and it sure looks cool when powered up.
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