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iFan keeps your iPhone juiced using wind

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen our share of chargers for the iPhone, but the iFan is…different. It features a huge fan on top. The creator of this mod claims that it took him six hours to charge the phone, which probably is a little longer than most of us are willing to wait.

Still, if you are desperate for a charge and have lots of wind, it could come in handy. The designer thinks he can even reduce a few charging hours by redesigning the fan blades. Holding it out of a car window might help to.

Eolic: Foldable wind-powered generator

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2010

The Eolic is a foldable, portable wind-powered generator for the masses. The idea is that you just set it up where a breeze is, and start turning that wind into energy for your TV, Xbox 360, whatever.

It’s certainly an idea whose time has come, but to be practical, it would need to generate a large amount of energy. You would also need windy days on a regular basis. But we like it and would love to give something like this a try.

MSI Wind Top AE1900 desktop PC released

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2009

MSI Wind Top AE1900 desktop PC releasedIf you’re in the market for a good quality desktop PC, you can do far worse than this Wind Top AE1900 desktop PC. It’s got everything you need in one package. Luckily for you, MSI just made the Wind Top AE1900 desktop PC available for purchase.

Its available in black and as a bonus, it’s an serious energy saver, consuming 80% less energy than other PCs of its type. You’ll get an 18.5-inch widescreen display with touchscreen capability, SRS Premium Sound and a DVD rewriter built-in.

MSI Wind U110 launches abroad

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on March 17th, 2009

msi_wind_u110_eco-sbThe market is flooded with netbooks coming from most every computer maker. Among the most popular of the netbook crowd are the MSI Wind systems. At CES MSI was talking up its newest netbooks including the Wind U115 and the Wind U110 ECO.

While the Wind U115 hybrid will be coming stateside, the U110 ECO is still up in the air for America. The U110 ECO has launched outside of America and looks much like the U115, but offers features tailored for ultimate battery life. Features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, integrated webcam and more.

Pantech’s blow-controlled Sky Wind

Posted in Pantech by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Pantech’s blow-controlled Sky WindPantech’s latest creation, the Sky Wind, features blow-controls. What this means is that you can huff and puff and interact with your phone. The handset will run on the Emotion Engine developed by Fantalog Interactive. Blow controls include the ability to switch wallpapers, adjust the brightness level and even take a photo.

Hell, you can probably literally blow somebody off if you get a call you don’t want. Obviously this is pretty much a novelty. I mean it can’t be nearly as useful as the iPhone’s accelerometer for instance. The Pantech Sky Wind will be available this February. No word on price yet, but we think it blows.

MSI unveils new pink Valentine’s Wind U100

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2009

MSI Wind Valentine’s EditionGuys if you are lucky enough to have a girl or wife in your life that is geeky and likes to get digital things as gifts get ready; Valentine’s Day is coming soon. If you are looking for something digital to give your sweetie, I have your gift today.

MSI has introduced a new pink version of the Wind U100 called the Valentine’s Edition. The netbook reminds me of the Love edition that was already available with the little hearts on the cover. The Valentine’s Edition is pink with little hearts that combine to form a larger heart on the cover.

Aliens to UK: We hate wind power, consider this a warning

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Aliens to UK: We hate wind power, consider this a warningSomething caused this wind turbine in the UK to break. It could have been any of a million things, all very rational. But residents of the village of Conisholme, in Lincolnshire are having none of that. They know that aliens did it. And they don’t need any stinkin’ Men In Black, Mulder & Scully, Leonard Nimoy, Agents from Majestic or Alien corpses to prove it.

They claim that they saw bright lights in the sky “like an octopus’ tentacles” right around the time that the blades were damaged. Others claim that the damage was the result of a “cow-sized ice chunk” and even a “robot stealth bomber” was blamed. According to The Guardian, the mysterious lights were most likely from fireworks being shot off for one of their 80 year old residents. But what are you going to believe, something rational, or stories about aliens in robot stealth bombers?


Febot concept recharges AA batteries using wind

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2008

Febot concept recharges AA batteries using windChances are you have quite a few spent AA batteries lying around. Probably because you played with your WowWee robots too much. Well, here’s an interesting concept for quick and easy re-charging of all your AA batteries.

The Febot is a design by Ji-yun Kim, Soon-young Yang and Hwan-ju Jeon out of Korea. It would be suction mounted to your window so it can catch the breeze and recharge your single AA inside. A pretty interesting solution. I have a feeling it may take a while though, unless you are in a hurricane.

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next month

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next monthThe U120 will hit store shelves in November at $552 in both white and black. Some features include an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory and a 120GB hard drive loaded with Windows XP, plus a built-in 3.5G module. We’re not sure yet if the November date is worldwide or Asia only.

Cranking MP3 player from Thanko

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Cranking MP3 player from Thanko
Here’s an MP3 player from Thanko that can be hand-cranked, so you can enjoy your music no matter where you are, and not have to worry about batteries or the sun for power. They say that a single minute of cranking will get you 10 minutes worth of music. The device is capable of storing up to 1GB worth of audio, and supports MP3 and WMA formats. It even has a built-in flash light for when you are rocking out in the dark. The player retails for about 40 Euros. It’s not heavy on style and it won’t win mp3 player of the year by a long shot, but it gets the job done.