Ann Makosinski: Young inventor harvesting surplus energy

Young inventor Ann Makosinski wants to harvest surplus energy. The 20-year-old Canadian has invented two creations including Hollow Flashlight – a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand – and eDrink – a mug with a USB port that converts excess heat from a hot drink into electricity and allows you to give your iPhone or iPod an extra boost of energy. … Continue reading Ann Makosinski: Young inventor harvesting surplus energy

Marine biologist Douglas McCauley looks to technology to take on threats to oceans

Marine biologist Douglas McCauley is looking to technology for new ways to take on some of the ocean’s biggest challenges and threats such as overfishing and illegal fishing. The Santa Barbara native and his colleagues at the Benioff Ocean Initiative (BOI) – a collaboration between marine biologists, tech innovators, and citizen scientists – have developed platforms such as Global Fishing Watch, an interactive global map that tracks fishing vessels via … Continue reading Marine biologist Douglas McCauley looks to technology to take on threats to oceans

Ethical Barcode: App exposes the ethical credentials of products you buy

Ethical Barcode is an app which allows consumers to shop ethically, enabling them to check the ethical credentials of companies simply by scanning the barcode of a product while grocery shopping. The app, which is available for both iPhone and Android, aims to educates consumers about the products they buy and the companies who make them. It was built to enlighten customers about the brands they … Continue reading Ethical Barcode: App exposes the ethical credentials of products you buy

iFixit: Championing a world of repairers

A repair culture is beginning to become the norm rather than the exception as more and more people become knowledgeable about living more sustainably. iFixit is a wiki-based site which is empowering a whole new generation of the DIYers. iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. The online site offers free wiki-based repair manuals for consumer electronics, and troubleshooting technicians. … Continue reading iFixit: Championing a world of repairers

Rainforest Connection: Using smartphones to save the rainforest

Rainforest Connection is helping rangers to protect rainforests from illegal deforestation by turning old smartphones into solar-powered lookouts, which are able to detect the noise of chainsaws and so allowing for intervention  in real time. Rainforest Connection use technology and big data to enable on-the-ground partners to save the world’s most threatened rainforests and habitats. Installed in the trees, the RFCx device consists of an old … Continue reading Rainforest Connection: Using smartphones to save the rainforest

Litterati: An app that’s solving the world’s litter problem “one litter at a time”

Litterati, an app that encourages users to pick up and track litter, aims to help businesses and organisations to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. The app enables users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter before properly discarding of it – allowing them to take photos of what they’ve collected and track their environmental efforts. The company currently uses the … Continue reading Litterati: An app that’s solving the world’s litter problem “one litter at a time”

Little Sun: Take the sun wherever you go with this mini solar lamp

Have the sun accompany you wherever you go with the Little Sun powered LED lamp. The iconic high-quality portable solar lamp, made from recyclable ABS and a solar panel, feature a sun shape with its bright rays protruding like petals of a flower. The Little Sun powered LED Lamp is the perfect introduction to personal solar-powered light – you can use it for camping, festivals, at the … Continue reading Little Sun: Take the sun wherever you go with this mini solar lamp

Go Jauntly: App encourages city dwellers and families to walk in green spaces

Walking is one of the best exercises and enables one to see and explore the most beautiful spaces that Mother Nature has to offer, rather than being confined by the walls of a gym and wondering what the heck you are doing there. What’s more, walking can be enjoyed by the whole family and it’s a great opportunity to strengthen the bonds with loved ones as … Continue reading Go Jauntly: App encourages city dwellers and families to walk in green spaces

Leafsnap app: Identify tree species on your nature walk

Leafsnap is a cool app that uses visual recognition software to identify tree species from photos of their leaves. While the leaves are still falling during the remainder of Autumn, Leafsnap makes a perfect nature companion for those who like to pick up leaves. The way it works is that you take a photo of the leaf, with the leafstalk still attached, against a white background, … Continue reading Leafsnap app: Identify tree species on your nature walk

Fixfest: A global gathering for community repair

Fixfest, the first ever international festival bringing together community repair groups and individuals interested in making things more sustainable, takes place from 6-8 October in London. Fixfest will bring together volunteer repairers and tinkerers, activists, policy-makers, thinkers, and companies from all over the world in the name of taking greater care of the things we own – and creating better products. Fixfest will host a … Continue reading Fixfest: A global gathering for community repair