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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.
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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. Here’s a nice video of a loving family repeatedly shocking their elder: You can order the shocking tanks at Amazon for $50 (USD).

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. This unassuming looking prototype might not look like much, but it’s actually the EZ-REM-0001, the very first remote control to require no batteries at all.

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. The Canadian game  just plain sucked; fortunately the DoE’s offering is better and more polished, plus the website has other fun activities for kids as well.

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. Referred to as Kirlian photography, the technique dates back to a 1939 discovery (by a man named Kirlian, of course) that when an object is placed on an electrified plate, tiny coronas around the item can cause photo paper to expose in unusual and beautiful ways.

Fake Gadgets Deliver Shocking Consequences

Fake Gadgets Deliver Shocking Consequences
These may look like your typical cheap schlock shop knock-offs of popular gadgets, but they’re much more devious than that. You see, while they may bear a slight resemblance to a certain portable gaming system, media player and a dime-store pocket laser, they’re actually practical jokes that deliver a nasty shock. Available in PSP, iPod and laser pointer versions, the $3.95

Shocking Car Remote Zaps Bad Valet Parkers

Shocking Car Remote Zaps Bad Valet Parkers
If you’ve got a really cruel streak, here’s a new prank for your arsenal of practical jokes. This may look like an ordinary car keychain remote, but it won’t actually open any vehicle. Instead, it lets out a tiny jolt of electricity when your unsuspecting victim presses the wrong button. The thing that makes me a bit nervous about this gag is that the company who makes them says there’s a laser pointer built into it, but it’s broken out of the box.
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