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Ubisoft talks about the Wii 2′s power

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2011

Well we already suspected as much, but Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned that his teams will be able to use a lot of the work done on titles for the current HD consoles when developing for Nintendo’s new platform. Guillemot says, “So we will not have to redo completely the games that we create. We’ll be able to use all the capacity the console is giving but also use all the work we do for the other platforms.”

Good news for them and it’s not a surprise, but it does confirm that Nintendo’s next console will be as powerful or more powerful than the current generation of HD consoles. Yes, it should be a great console. Then again these are the same people who released the Wii with only 480p, so who knows.

Coffee Cup Power Inverter

Posted in Automotive by Reuben Drake on April 13th, 2011

Sometimes having a regular AC power outlet in your car can be necessary. And if you want that, you better have a power inverter in your car. Thing is, even if you have one, there is no good place to put it. Well, this Coffee Cup Power Inverter solves that problem. Just put it in your cup holder. Perfect.

This 200 watt inverter will help you with your many gadgets. It features a pair of AC plugs and a USB port and will cost you just $30. If you need one, this is the inverter for you. Just make sure you have another spot for your coffee. That is a must.

Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The latest offering from Motz is a new wooden portable speaker that will work with the iPhone, iPod, and other sources. It looks like a vintage transistor radio that just happens to be made of wood. It’s appropriately called the Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker.

The internal battery of the speaker can be used to charge USB devices that are plugged into the USB port. The speaker also has a SD card slot for playback of digital tracks. There’s also an integrated FM tuner with a built-in antenna. The unit only takes three hours to charge.

PowerUSB Bar helps you save energy

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

There are plenty of power saving power strips for your electrical outlets. But what about for your USB ports? This new PowerUSB Bar is the perfect accessory to start cutting down on power waste. It features a 6 foot USB cord that connects to your computer and allows you to put those devices on an energy diet by programming when to shut off power to them.

It looks like a standard 4 port power strip, but 2 of the outlets are programmable. Let the PowerUSB Bar govern the power of all your energy wasters.

New Xbox 360 “Valhalla” chip, power use detailed

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2010

A teardown provided a closer look at the Valhalla-powered slim Xbox 360 and the biggest change compared to the outgoing Jasper platform is what looks like the integration of the CPU, GPU and eDRAM onto a single chip. If this turns out to be true, this lets Microsoft use a single heatsink and fan for these components.

The new chip helps the new Xbox be more power efficient and it now requires a smaller, less powerful 135W adapter. Compared to the Jasper-powered predecessor, the new one is about 33 percent and 20 percent more efficient at idle and when playing Gears of War 2.

Microsoft Develops Power Slashing App

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

Many of us keep our work or home PC’s on when not in use. It’s convenient, but it increases our power consumption. So Microsoft has designed a new sleep proxy system that will allow you to switch off your PC or put it in Stand By and still access everything you need whenever you need it remotely.

This will cut power consumption by 60 to 80 percent. That’s awesome news. It’s good for the environment and it will save you some money as well. We like this one a lot.

The Belkin Conserve Insight can save you some money

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

If you know what’s happening with your energy, then you have the power to change the way you do things and save some cash. You need to know just how much energy you use and where you’re using it. The new Belkin Conserve Insight is a $30 power-outlet adapter with a small screen that tells you just how much the item plugged into it is costing you.

Knowing is half the battle. The display can tell you just how much juice is being used by any device in watts, dollars or carbon dioxide. When you see how much money is going out the window, you’ll be inspired to change things around a bit and stop leaving things running when not using them.


sOccket soccer ball makes power from getting kicked

Posted in Green Gadget by Shane McGlaun on June 14th, 2010

I like gadgets that are functional in one aspect and then can do something completely unexpected as well. Such is the case with the sOccket. It looks like your average soccer ball and then it has a completely unexpected use — powering a small LED light.

The sOccket soccer ball has some sort of tech inside the normal looking ball that is able to generate electricity from the force of kids kicking it around and store that power for later use. This is important because many kids in countries like Africa don’t have power.

Orange announces boots to charge your gadgets

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

Orange has launched a new accessory. One that won’t be winning any fashion awards anytime soon. I mean look at that pic. Why would you put an ugly pair of boots on such a hot girl? Anyway these boots are designed to charge your mobile phone and are called Orange Power Wellies.

The Orange Power Wellies will give you enough power to charge your phone for one hour after you’ve walked for twelve hours. Your feet will be sore, but at least you’ll have an hour of juice.

HP says that cows could power server farms

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

The folks over at HP have a special place in their hearts for cow manure. And I’m not talking about their press releases. Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Seriously, HP is into dairy cows now in a big way. They think that they could turn manure into fuel and use it effectively.

With the right equipment, methane can be extracted from the manure and since the average cow makes enough waste per day to power a 100-watt light bulb, if they had 10,000 cows…That’s enough fuel to generate a one-megawatt data center.

Leech Plug unplugs itself when its finished charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s something that’s good for the environment and will save you money. We all know that our devices continue to cost us money even when the device connected to a power outlet is turned off or fully charged, but it’s a pain to keep unplugging these things.

The Leech Plug will help with this situation. It works like an actual leech, when the device is fully charged, this power adapter is smart enough to disconnect itself. It does this using a timer circuit and electromechanics that allow it to detach itself once fully charged.


Blue Line PowerCost Monitor to be big with green gift givers this holiday season

Posted in Green Gadget by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

bluelineenergymeterIf you are the green type that likes to give gifts that help make the world a better place or you are shopping for a green type, Smarthome has a great gift for you. The device is called the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor and it is a wireless device that helps track energy usage through the entire home.

The system includes a wireless monitor that connects to certain types of meters outside the home without needing an electrician to install. The wireless sensor sends data on energy usage to a wireless LCD screen.

Asus Sabertooth 55i motherboard

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2009

Asus Sabertooth 55i motherboardAsus’ Sabertooth 55i motherboard is part of the TUF Series, a series made especially to handle heavy duty computing, whether you demand lots of power or are a hardcore gamer. It will perform under the most extreme conditions.

You can count on the fact that Asus TUF Series motherboards have been put through their paces in their testing program. The Sabertooth 55i motherboard features the Intel P55 chipset along with a CoolMem! Fan Frame that will fit most standard 40mm or 50mm computer fans. These boards are solidly made and equipped with components that have passed military-style testing.

TV TrickleSaver cuts off game console power

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

TV TrickleSaver cuts off game console powerWe all know that some game consoles consume a whole lot more power than others. Wii won’t mention any names. TrickleStar knows this and so has introduced their TV TrickleSaver device aimed at cutting down on some of that wasted power consumption.

Just plug both your TV and game console into the device (it will also work with a power bar), and then the device does it’s thing, cutting off power to the game console when you shut off your TV. It even works with other devices other than game consoles. TrickleStar outs the PS3 as its primary target, with the Xbox 360 a close second.

Supermarket uses power-generating parking lot

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

Supermarket uses power-generating parking lotEngland is a very innovative country. They’ve created such things as Policemen in tall hats, Palace guards that don’t flinch, Time-traveling Police boxes and now they are powering their supermarkets with their own parking lot.

At least one supermarket in England is setting up a high-tech parking lot that will generate energy simply from cars driving back and forth on it. The energy created will power things like cash registers and lights inside the store. It may even “power your savings”… At least, that’s how I would pitch it to customers.

The system will work using a series of plates that, when driven over, will create a rocking motion underground which turns generators. As more cars drive over it, more energy is created. About 30kw of energy an hour. It’s a smart idea. Hopefully …