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Blest H Plastic to Oil Converter

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on September 5th, 2010

Ever have the urge to turn some of those annoying plastic bags back into oil? Well, now you can do just that at home thanks to the Blest H, a desktop machine which can convert plastic back into oil. The company doesn’t say exactly how this is done, but it looks neat.

They make industrial sized machines as well, but this one is for home. The machine currently costs around $9,500.00 to buy, but they’re hoping prices will fall over time. Hey, if you make enough oil, maybe you can sell it and be your own BP.

Liquid Wood could replace everything plastic

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

We use a ton of oil to create plastics for everything from watches to bicycle helmets. It hasn’t been easy to find a replacement material that can be just as tough, versatile and easy to produce, but German inventors have developed a new material that has a lot of promise. It could replace everything plastic using something as natural as wood.

It looks like wood and feels like wood. The material is called Arboform and is produced after combining lignin, a discarded element of regular wood with natural resins, flax and fiber. Arboform is ideal since it can be molded into any object form which is normally made using petroleum products.

Machine turns plastic back into oil

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Plastics are an important part of our lives, but there are some environmental issues. That’s why the Japanese have come up with a machine that is capable of turning plastic back into oil that can be used to create gasoline, diesel, or kerosene.

That’s big time recycling there. The process can turn 1kg of plastic back into 1l of oil, which isn’t to shabby and it doesn’t even create any CO2 during the process. With this technique we can get far more out of our resources.

Recycling Robot sorts plastic

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Most plastics in stores, in our homes and in our recycling bins are recyclable, but not very much of that actually gets recycled. Only about 6%. And that’s understandable. It’s hard for humans to sort through all those types of plastics. Plus we’re lazy and we tend to daydream a lot. That’s where a robot comes in handy.

This robot was designed by Mitsubishi and Osaka University and uses lasers to sort through all kinds of plastics very quickly. It has five different lasers that measure the reflectivity of each kind of plastic, allowing it to sort them all out.

Rethink Hanger uses plastic bottles to hang clothes

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

In the quest to eliminate waste, or at least stop some waste from hitting landfills, humans have created some interesting designs in the last 2 years. This is the latest. The Rethink, a hanger that’s not a hanger until you ttach two plastic bottles.

It’s from designer Xuan Yu and it’s just a hook with two holes that hold empty bottles. Just pick from all the empty bottles you’ve been hoarding and screw them into the holes. Now you have yourself a hanger. One that isn’t as flat as a normal hanger and won’t let you hang as many garments in your closet, but at least you are being green right?

Google’s recycled wireless computer mice

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2008

Google’s recycled wireless computer mice
Just when you think Google is finished branching out and taking over the world, comes another Google…something. In this case, it’s the Google mouse. They have a bright vivid look and these mice are recycled, so Google is already scoring some green points. And they’re wireless too. When you’re Google, your mouse has to be up to par and be at least wireless right?

They come with a WiFi dongle stored on-board and feature an 800dpi resolution. The material they are recycled from is plastic. They’re a tad loud and fugly for my taste, but hey to each his own search giant inspired mouse.

Four-way USB Hub…with a fish

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

Four-way USB Hub…with a fish
Sometimes it’s like they just combine stuff together and hope the end result is great. I can’t decide if this combo of fish and USB hub is proof of designers on drugs or brilliance.

But, if you are lacking a little fish friend in your life, maybe this one’s for you, fake fish and all. It’s even got a few shells, some greenery and real water. If that’s not enough, it illuminates, cycling through four different colors. It will only cost you $12 and there’s no danger at all of you killing it from lack of attention.

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Craftsman CompuCarve will carve anything

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2008

Craftsman CompuCarve
Hey oldtimer. Whittling is now officially dead. The Craftman CompuCarve brings it into the 21st century, so put away that pocket knife and clean up your mess. This is a fully automatic carving machine, capable of carving most soft materials like woods and plastics. It’s all done with assorted carving bits, which are easy to change with QuickRout technology.

It also has a pretty cool memory card system so you can load your designs. So you won’t need to consult the old garage computer first. Just design a 3-dimensional project, load it onto the memory card and insert it into the machine. It walks you through the rest. It’s a bit pricey, but if you do this sort of work regularly I imagine it’s well worth it at $1,800.