Watercone, a Solar Powered Water Desalinator

Simplicity in design and offering real results and benefits are the hallmark of a great invention and the Watercone seems to have it all.

Water Cone Working

Fill it up with salt water and let the sun do its thing

Water Cone Fresh Water

The results is fresh clean drinking water!

The Watercone® is a solar powered water desalinator that takes salt or brackish water and generates freshwater. It is simple to use, lightweight and mobile. The technology is simple in design and use and is discribed by simple pictograms. With max. 1,6 liters a day the Watercone® is an ideal device to cover a childs daily need of freshwater. UNICEF: “every day 5000 children die as a result of diarrhea coused by drinking unsafe water”

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A Flying Toy

I think my favorite inventions are those related to flight. This one is a flying toy invented by A. K. Bilder from 1955. I always wonder if the inventor ever built it and if so where is it now. You also have to wonder if they did build it did they also do a test flight?

Flying Toy

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42.8% Efficiency: A New Record for Solar Cells

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Narrowly edging out the previous record set by Spectrolab late last year, two scientists at the University of Delaware have just created a new device that can convert 42.8% of the light striking it into electricity. The solar cell, built by Christina Honsberg and Allan Barnett, splits light into three components — high, medium and low energy light — and directs it to several different materials which can then extract electrons out of its photons.

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Mushrooms as Insulation

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I love it when someone sees something new in something old. This is a perfect example of developing a product to fill a need. Excellent…

Combining his agricultural knowledge with colleague Gavin McIntyre’s interest in sustainable technology, the two created their patented “Greensulate” formula, an organic, fire-retardant board made of water, flour, oyster mushroom spores and perlite, a mineral blend found in potting soil. They’re hoping the invention will soon be part of the growing market for eco-friendly products.

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Seeing Eye People

I remember reading science fiction as a child and marveling at the magic of the technology of the future. My visit to the New York Worlds Fair in 1964 and a ride through Futurama II reinforced my belief in the future of technology. I always liked the idea of how advances in technology would make the things we do not only easier but also connect us all in a way we had not seen before. The Internet is one of those science fiction/Futurama promises come to life and the almost daily advances in science makes me happy to be alive right now.

I like how as technology advances new opportunities for new ways to do common and not so common tasks reveal themselves.

Guide Dog Guide Dogs
I am sure all of you are familiar with guide dogs, also known as seeing eye dogs. Trained to guide a visually impaired person the dog gives that person something they would not have otherwise, freedom. Read more

Decoy Wallets

How many credit card offers do you get in the mail? Well if you are like me you get a lot, especially if you own several domain names. Seems like all that personal info you attach to your domain name is fair game for credit card companies. But I thought they at least did a search to see if the name they send a credit card offer to is a real person.

Mr Drive Faster Here’s one card I got recently addressed to Drive Faster. I have no idea where they got this name from but apparently somewhere deep in my past I am associated with Driving Fast? Read more