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Tag: Electricity

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.

Hydrofill: Generate and Store Hydrogen to Power None of Your Gadgets!

Hydrofill: Generate and Store Hydrogen to Power None of Your Gadgets!
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies’ hydrogen station the HydroFILL is a small and portable hydrogen generator, and the battery-shaped HydroSTIK cartridges are even smaller, but right now there’s no sense in buying it unless you have gadgets that can harness the hydrogen.

Zaggsparq USB Charger Recharges Gadgets With or Without an Outlet

Zaggsparq USB Charger Recharges Gadgets With or Without an Outlet
From Zagg, the makers of the popular Invisible Shield, comes the Zaggsparq, a sleek and powerful portable USB charger. Despite its ugly name, the Zaggsparq seems to be a very practical portable USB charger. Not only is it quite small, it also has 2 USB ports, so you can charge two devices at once.

Tesla Coil Christmas Tree: Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Electrocute Santa

Tesla Coil Christmas Tree: Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Electrocute Santa
Christmas trees haven’t changed much in decades, but this innovative Christmas tree blows all of the others away, thanks to the use of a Tesla coil. Peter Terren made a similar tree two years ago, but he upped the ante this year with a 30-foot tree using a Tesla coil.

Shocking Tanks Let You Feel the Agony of Defeat

Shocking Tanks Let You Feel the Agony of Defeat
Do you want to teach your kids to become competitive? Then get a set of these radio-controlled shocking tanks, and in no time at all they will appreciate the value of winning. Instead of bullets or shells, the tanks fire infrared beams; whenever a tank is “hit” by the other tank, the person controlling it will receive a mild shock via the controller.

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential

Green Algae-Based Batteries Show Tremendous Potential
Almost every aspect of electronic devices have been vastly improved – or at least miniaturized – these days. Touchscreen displays are becoming common. Monitors and TVs are becoming larger, thinner and the overall quality of their displays are improving as well.

Nec Batteryless Remote Control: We Don’T Need No Stinkin’ Batteries

Nec Batteryless Remote Control: We Don’T Need No Stinkin’ Batteries
How many times have you had to get your lazy ass off of the couch to get up and change the channel because the batteries in your remote died. Well thanks to some fine high-tech minds, someday you may never need to worry about changing the batteries in your remote again.

Wire Pod Extension Cord: Functional Art, Refreshing Design, Luxury Price

Wire Pod Extension Cord: Functional Art, Refreshing Design, Luxury Price
Designed by Joris Laarman, Artecnica’s Wire Pod manages to avoid the messy tangle of wires that we’ve come to expect from an extension cord while actually adding style to a space. This is one power cord that you won’t want to hide even if it’s not being used.

Electric Shock Bottle Opener Gives You a Buzz Before Your Booze Does

Electric Shock Bottle Opener Gives You a Buzz Before Your Booze Does
Give your dad’s Monday night football an extra jolt with the electric shock bottle opener. But obviously you risk getting grounded as well. See what I did there? The electric shock can opener is sold at BudgetGadgets for only $4 (USD). 

War on Wires Update: Witricity Developing Wireless Power Using Magnetic Resonance

War on Wires Update: Witricity Developing Wireless Power Using Magnetic Resonance
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to have WiFi-like access to electricity? While wireless power is by no means a novel concept – Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla already explored the possibility of wireless power –  US-based company WiTricity claim that they have one of the most feasible methods of making the world a lot more wireless.

Build Your Own Tesla Coil

Build Your Own Tesla Coil
And some people think junk is just, well, junk. But to the more visionary among us, that junk could be anything. Anything. Even a Tesla coil, if you’re innovative enough. This DIY Tesla coil was built entirely from items found in the garbage.

The World’S Most (Face) Shocking Videos

The World’S Most (Face) Shocking Videos
What do you get when you take four of your closest friends, attach electrodes to their faces, and then fire off small jolts of electricity to the beats of electronica? Video genius, I say. Tokyo electronic artist / programmer / composer /DJ Daito Manabe connected each of his four friends to the business-end of his “Face Visualizer” device, which shoots computer-controlled myoelectric charges through the wires.

Hey Kids! Let’S have Some Fun With the Department of Energy! Woohoo

Hey Kids! Let’S have Some Fun With the Department of Energy! Woohoo
One of my first posts here at Technabob was about a flash game about saving energy. The US government’s Department of Energy heeded Canada’s example and came up with their own entertaining website to encourage people – particularly kids – to save energy.

Microfiber Clothing Could Power Your Gadgets for Free

Microfiber Clothing Could Power Your Gadgets for Free
If you’ve ever walked along a carpet in the wintertime, you know all about how you can generate electrical shocks without ever plugging in to an outlet. Now it looks like your body movements could be harnessed to provide electricity for your mobile electronics.

Kirlian Images: Electricity Meets Photography

Kirlian Images: Electricity Meets Photography
No, these striking images weren’t made using Photoshop trickery. They were actually taken using a unique process which involves placing photographic paper onto an object, placing them both on a high-voltage plate, then cranking up the juice.