Fast Company reports on a solar powered lamp developed to help refugees and those in developing nations reliant on kerosene lamps. From the article:
The SolarPuff is a two-ounce, flat-pack solar lamp which quickly expands into a 4.5-inch cube. The lantern can last eight hours and easily recharges with clear sunlight. It provides enough light for refugees or people in impoverished areas to perform tasks at night, without instigating any dangerous fires or needing batteries.
Air quality, Emergency, Health, Light, Refugees, Safety, Solar, Solar power
Kerosene lamps, Refugee safety, SolarPuff, Solight Design
Jul · 26
Batteries, Chemicals, Computers, Design, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Power, Safety, Smartphones
Fast-charging batteries, Lithium ion batteries, Safer batteries, Solid-state batteries
Mar · 24
FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.
The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
Air quality, Cars, Climate change, CO2, Design, Environment, Global warming, Health, Pollution, Power, Safety, Transport
Air pollution, Air quality, Particulate matter, Smog, Vacuum cleaner
Nov · 04
SHENDY is an open-source and low-cost arsenic detector being developed by an international group of students. The aim is to create a smartphone connected device that can test whether groundwater is safe to drink based on its arsenic content, which is often at poisonous levels in post-conflict zones and after natural disasters.
Development, Environment, Food & Drink, Health, Medicine, Pollution, Refugees, Safety, Sensors, Smartphones, Water
Arsenic, Clean water, Drinking water, Ground water, Shendy
Oct · 26
Wired features a concept drone lifeguard – called the Otari – that could help people at risk of drowning in swimming pools.
Design, Drones, Emergency, Robotics, Safety, Sensors, Water
Concept, Drones, Drones for good, Drowning, Lifeguard, Lifesaving, Swimming pools
Oct · 08
Inhabitat highlights a new approach to making cycling safer, particularly at night or during shorter winter days – a glowing bicycle pathway.
MIT Tech Review features a collar designed to protect athletes and soldiers from head injuries, by limiting brain movement within the skull after one or more blows to the head.
Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia’s coast –
The Verge highlights that research into heat shielding by NASA is being shared with fire agencies in the US to better protect firefighters when they are tackling particularly dangerous forest fires.
Inhabitat features the ASMO charger, which claims to be “the most sophisticated charger” ever made: it stops power being wasted when gadgets are charged and stops overheating, reducing the risk of fire.
Futurity reports on the development of a CO2 sensor – using poly(ionic) liquid aka PIL – that is smaller, easier to assemble and requires less energy than existing sensors.
The size and power advantages could allow for numerous applications, including giving divers or climbers an easier way to track CO2 levels.