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The Week in Design: Buckminster Fuller Headphones and Algorithmic Chairs

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. The good...

DIY Bicycle Rigged to Charge USB Devices While Riders Cruise

With so many geeks riding bicycles, it was only a matter of time until the two-wheeled mode of transportation would get wired. An Instructables.com user recently posted a set of DIY instructions that demonstrates how to rig a bike to power USB devices. The user took a regular USB car adapter, and connected it to a voltage regulator, which leads to a stepper motor mounted near the bike's rear whee...

Nokia's Pedal-Powered Dynamo Charges Your Phone While You Bike

Nokia announced that later this year it would begin selling a dynamo-powered charger kit that will charge a cell phone while you ride your bike. The $18 (€15) pedal-powered charger is targeting developing nations, but will ship globally and may find success in bike-friendly cities like Portland, New York, Paris and Amsterdam. The kit will come with a handlebar mount for a phone, a dynamo ...

GenShock Powers Your Car from Bumps in the Road

Share Rather than dodge bumps in the road, GenShock drivers could use them to power their cars. According to Technology Review, Massachusetts-based Levant Power has developed a shock technology that absorbs bumps and generates electricity. Much like a typical shock-absorber, a car hits a bump and a piston moves through oil to soften the jarring sensation. But the GenShock also has a small genera...

Exploding Arts and Crafts: Popsicle Sticks Meet Kinetic Art

The coolest thing we ever made from Popsicle sticks was a tiny house. Come to think of it, that probably wouldn't be considered "cool," even to our fellow first graders at the time. These days a new trend called kinetic art is utilizing Popsicle sticks in ways we never imagined. The king of the kinetic art world is a man named Tim Fort. According to Boing Boing, Fort recently set the world rec...

Stix Cell Phone Only Charges When You Exercise

A phone that encourages you to lose weight? That's the novel idea behind the Stix concept phone. You can hook the phone, thanks to its pliable body, to a belt loop or wrap it around your wrist. As the phone can only be charged by kinetic energy, you'll have to walk, run, or otherwise work out if you plan on talking to your friends and loved ones via the phone. It also has a built-in pedometer an...

A Self-Recharging Headset for Agreeable People

People tend to nod when they agree, and when they walk, and pretty much all day long whether they know it or not. It's a motion telephone headset maker Plantronics is hoping to exploit to recharge upcoming generations of wireless headsets. The company has filed a patent for a kinetic energy converter that would be small enough to sit within a Bluetooth headset, yet powerful enough to recharge the...