Posted: 11 Oct 2011 11:34 PM PDT
Solar iPhone ChargerHow to build a solar charger for your iPhone
iPhone by Apple, has become such a popular device that every one wishes to own one at least. In the default packing it comes along with a connecting wire which charges the phone and act as a USB connector. What if one has to take it somewhere, where there is no electricity? Initially there was no solution to it other than carrying a laptop and a battery pack to connect and charge it, but now we have the instrument, the solar charger for the iPhone.
Moderate: This is not a difficult task at all to make this solar charger. One doesn't need to have prior knowledge of circuits to make it, as it is simple science not a rocket science. So constructing this charger is an easy process i.e. anyone can build this.
The time required would vary from person to person based on the person's ability to understand the steps. Otherwise this can built easily within 2-3 hours of time, if one has all the materials required for constructing it.
For making this instrument one would require some commonly used instruments and some others which one could get really easily by searching on e-bay. The parts and instruments which one would require are, soldering iron w/ Solder and flux, needle nose pliers, wire cutters/stripper, multimeter, 10watt solar panel, 7805 5volt regulator, iphone/ipod cable, USB extension, zip ties, red/black small-gauge wire and electrical tape.
The estimate cost for making this gadget is around $50. The costliest part of the charger, which is also the main part, is the 10watt solar panel which is worth $41.50. The other parts do not cost much, they come under the hood of $1.50 and some of them can be arranged for free.
1) To make a solar charger one needs to make a simple circuit before that.
2) For this process you need to have one black and one red wire.
3) Then you cut-off 5-6 inches of wire from the wires of both the colors and after that cut their plastic insulation, an inch of both ends, from each wire.
4) Then the USB extension cable has to be cut into 2 parts and the cut half of the female end has to be stripped off. The extension wire contains four wires, Green, White, Red and Black. You are required to remove the green and white wires completely as they are for data, with the rest two wires left only an inch and half coming out of it.
5) Then the remaining red and black wires are to be stripped little bit less than an inch.
6) There is only one ground pin in the 5v regulator so you solder the two cut black wires together along with the black wire coming from the USB extension carefully, so that the wires stay safely connected.
7) Cover the open ends of the wires with the electrical tape.
8) Putting the 5v regulator at the right place is bit of a hectic job as it requires serious attention. To make things easy and neat it's better to use zip ties to hold the wires to the regulator.
9) As the wires were not connected to anything, the soldering of wires is an easy job, but one should always remember the output pin is at the top with the input pin at the bottom when the regulator is lying flat on a surface.
10) When you connect the red wire from the USB extension cable to the red wire of the regulator, only two wires are left to be connected, the first on being the black wire connecting the USB extension cable connecting with the Ground Wire of the 5v regulator and the red wire connecting to 5v regulator's input pin.
11) Since the solar panel has a simple connection panel it is very easy to fit in the wires into it.
12) See how so ever you are good with circuits or wiring you should always check the connectivity. Use a multimeter to ensure a proper flow of current.
13) To find the input voltage in the 5v regulator, connect it to the multimeter. The reading should show somewhat around firstname.lastname@example.orgA and the output voltage when measured should come out to be around 5.00V @ 0.50A.
14) If you get these readings, it implies that the charger's going to work properly.
15) So after testing the working condition of the charger seal the open ends of the wires using an electrical tape. Then plug in the iphone to see how it works.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1) Where to buy stuffs from?
Ans. One can shop from e-bay.com, Amazon.com or can simple search on Google.com to find the places where one would get the required stuffs.
2) Are zip ties very necessary?
Ans. No, it's not. If you have a really steady hand and focused concentration you can do the soldering without zip ties also.
3) Would the built-in-blocking diode trickle charge the iPhone after it's fully charged?
Ans. No, iPhone doesn't counts on the charger to do anything. The charge circuitry is in the phone.
4) Why such a big solar panel?
Ans. Even though a lot of energy is lost while regulating 20v down to 5v to match USB standards, having bigger panel helps in continuous flow of current.
There are no short cuts or quick tips as such but try to make things carefully and neatly as this helps in having a higher success rate. Moreover the solar panel has a weatherized aluminum frame, so one should not worry about rain.
Things to Watch Out for
Whenever one is working with circuits, one should be wearing rubber slippers/gloves, because even though the currents value is less it can hurt someone. Other than this the whole setup is safe and secured.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 11:31 PM PDT
Visually impairer's GPS devicesVisually impairer's GPS devices to navigate the visually impaired
The conceptThe world is beautiful and colorful, but for a visually-impaired person, it is all black and dangerous. Every step requires care and safety. This is usually the case while traveling where these people have to encounter unknown situations that may lead to fatal accidents. However, with advancement in technology and arrival of GPS navigation, these people have got the support they very much needed in the GPS- tracking devices.
The target and the needThese GPS devices are especially made for those visually impaired people who have to travel to distant places, unknown zones, and difficult terrains. These people also face the gravest risks of their lives, such as road-accidents and stumbling. These devices help in overcoming such risks and also help people in places where a different language is used. There are cases when blind people get lost. In such a case, these systems help in tracking them down, as well as helping them remap their path.
If the above features are incorporated into the navigating device, the device can become an excellent aid to the visually-impaired people. Moreover, these devices are designed in such a way that they do not hinder with the user’s traditional friends; dogs, and sticks. This makes these devices effective and practical.
If the above features are incorporated into the navigating device, the device can become an excellent partner to the visually-impaired people. Moreover, these devices are designed in such a way that they do not hinder with the user’s traditional friends; dogs and sticks. This makes these devices effective and practical.
1. na:vi: GPS navigating system
Navi GPS navigating systemNavi GPS navigating system to navigate the visually impaired
2. Munivo handheld navigation device directs the blind to walk free
Munivo handheld navigation deviceMunivo handheld navigation device to navigate the visually impaired
3. Touch & Go navigator
Touch & Go navigatorTouch & Go navigator GPS device to navigate the visually impaired
A product of Natalia Ponomareva, the "Touch & Go" is a navigation system for the visually impaired people who navigate them in the outside world. This device makes them independent of others. It is a two-piece device: an earpiece and a hand piece. The beautiful look of this gadget helps it to function as an accessory as well. The direction the user has to go is shown by an arrow. These directions can also be found out by the auditory system provided by the device through the earphone.
4. Brainovi 3D Braille GPS navigation system
Brainovi 3D Braille GPS navigation systemBrainovi 3D Braille GPS navigation system to navigate the visually impaired
The Brainovi is a device that is based on the coordination between audio guiding system, via a Bluetooth earpiece, and a physical three-dimensional map, which develops on the pin matrix surface of the Brainovi. The best part about the device is that the user does not have to specifically point out the location by the finger. Merely uttering the location can make this device map out the best possible route to reach it. However, its main drawback is the presence of the handheld device that may hinder the person’s activities that require a stick.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 11:27 PM PDT
Creative CubiclesТhe cubicle, cubicle desk, office cubicle or cubicle workstation is a partially enclosed workspace, separated from neighboring workspaces by partitions
Someone rightly said it about cubicles - it is the second home of a regular office goer and it defines or sets your mood for work, makes you comfortable; creates an atmosphere where you can do all work and no play. The Latin word, actually, refers to a small chamber for work, or study space. To adjust the increasing number of workforce in organizations, the usage of cubicles or workstations are increasing. Cubicles actually separate the work space from different individuals and gives a sense of privacy and are actually the symbolic representation of human working condition in modern day office. But as organizations are growing, keeping the workforce motivated and involved, becomes a challenge in itself. The work starts from the basic thing i.e. the cubicle which is like a home to an employee. Many organizations have recently started to adopt various mix of work culture and innovative trends and designs thus placement of cubicles in such a fashion that employees are psychologically attracted and motivated to spend more time at their desk. This increases the productivity of the organization. Here, we see 10 such innovative designs for cubicles that will surely prevent you from distractions.
1. A3 Curvilinear Cubicle
A3 Curvilinear CubicleSemitransparent screens with wide side openings to balance the need for privacy with the desire for an open, airy feel
2. Google Cubicles
Google CubiclesThe design team began by working closely with Google through the pre-design process by interviewing all 350 employees with the intention of incorporating their ideas into a new workspace
3. Kithaus K3
Kithaus K3Kithaus offers modular prefab kits that provide a smart solution to the never- ending quest for space
4. Pixar Cubicles
Pixar CubiclesThe workplaces at Pixar consist of different huts which employees can design to their liking
5. Selgas Cano Architecture Office
Selgas CanoSelgas Cano Architecture Office
6. Privacy Cubicle
Privacy CubicleBy creating a desk that combines bookshelves, a vaulted ceiling, four walls, look-out portals and interior lighting, you can spend your days defending your domain from the invading middle-management hordes
7. Luxury Cubicle
Luxury CubicleMeet the luxury and refinement in Jared Nielsen’s executive cubicle
8. War Cubicle
War CubicleMark MacAskill’s Cubes of War cubicle won the Lifehacker’s Coolest Cubicle of 2008 contest
9. Engine’s office
Engine’s officeEngine, as designed by Jump Studios architecture firm
10. Studio 53 Cubicle Concept
Studio 53Studio 53 Cubicle Concept
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 11:20 PM PDT
Bijendra Singh Rana:
Hi-tech lawn mowersHi-tech lawn mowers to ensure a lush green garden
1. Solar powered lawn mower
Solar powered lawn mowerDesigned by Marguerite Kahrl and Paul Ruff
2. Remote-controlled lawn mowers
Remote-controlled lawn mowersThe GOAT from Evatech is the latest addition to the fleet of remote-controlled lawn mowers
In this fast paced life where every second holds the key to success you just can't find time to mow your garden. However, here is the solution to all your problems. With remote-controlled lawn mowers, you would mow your entire front or back yards in no time. This one is from the reputed Evatech and has been named ‘goat’ as it resembles the same. Goat mower is available at a price of $5299 and is able to climb a 45-degree incline of own. With its 22" blade rotation, this mower easily mows the garden in no time.
3. RBZG001 lawn mower
RBZG001 Lawn mowerLawn mower powered by solar energy
This one is again a solar powered lawn mower which is designed for commercial as well as domestic usage. Far superior when compared to the gasoline or electric mower, RBZG001 lawn mower offer noise free operation. This law mower is automated in such a manner so that it could maneuver without any assistance on its own. It can easily identify routes, obstacles and slopes. This one even collects the scrap in one place making sure that you don't have to make a minimal effort at all.
4. Black & Decker cordless electric mowers
Black & Decker cordless electric mowersEnvironmentally friendly mowers powered by batteries
5. All-electric Lawn mower Scooter
All-electric Lawnmower ScooterDesigned by Vicky Petihovski
6. Husqvarna’s robotic lawn mower
Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmowerHusqvarna automatic electric solar powered hybrid robotic lawn mower
7. ReCharge Mower
ReCharge MowerZero-emission lawnmower is powered by electricity.
8. Solar-electric lawn mower
Solar-electric lawnmowerConcept electric lawnmower powered by solar energy
Solar-electric lawn mower has to its credit the Red Dot Award in the Design Concept 2009. This mower has very compact and elegant design so that it easily accommodates into small outdoor spaces. Based on the photovoltaic technology, this lawn mower is a future-oriented concept. It is highly demanded across different markets as it is compact, inexpensive to operate, requires low maintenance and very low on noise. It is installed with a removable polymer-ion battery system that allows optimum functioning.
9. Manual-solar hybrid lawn mower
Manual-solar hybrid lawnmowerConcept lawnmower powered by solar energy.
FlymoAutomated Solar-Powered lawnmower
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 11:12 PM PDT
Unusual yet creative buildingsOld tires turned into amazing works of art
If the photo above makes you take notice for its charm, then here is an amazing fact about it; old, used tires of cars and motorcycles can be transformed into such remarkable works of art. Discarded tires are considered harmful for the environment but they can be recycled efficiently. Most unused tires are discarded either by burning or by land-filling, but some people have come up with certain new techniques of recycling rubber. It requires creativity to convert ordinary things like rubber into something extraordinary.
Tires are one of the most useful inventions of mankind but if the rising numbers are not managed properly, tires can be very dangerous for the environment. With the increasing number of vehicles, the production of tires has also gone up. Most companies are concentrating on recycling tires in different, innovative ways to mitigate pollution. Recycling of tires is not only a responsibility but also has immense business opportunities.
For the right use of recycled tires, there are many artists whose artwork inspires us. There are many eco artists who create masterpieces and designer artworks by transforming used car tires. A recycling group from Uruguay, named Eccotrack, creates an exquisite range of rubber furniture like coffee tables, bar tables, chairs and belts. The products of Eccotrack are made as an inspiration to be eco friendly and water proof. It is to reuse the tires which are otherwise a threat to the environment. Another artist from Korea, Yong Ho Ji makes sculptures from recycled tires which are connected by synthetic resins. The inspiration behind such amazing sculptures is to convey the message to the world about humankind’s responsibility towards the conservation of nature.
The extraordinary work from recycled tires is the Hybrid human tire sculptures by Yong ho Ji which is one of the best among his series of the mutant mythos collection. The work of Eccotrack of making a range of rubber coffee tables, bar tables, chairs and belts is also extraordinary. Some of the other extraordinary creations by recycled tires are rubber tree playground by Anne Marie van Splunter, a horse sculpture by Mirko Siakkou Flodin; the art Installations in Studio Millegomme by designer Martijn Turkenburg.
The target group
The target group for making this type of different innovative products are for the Eco Lovers. The Eco Lovers are concerned about the environment surrounding them. Therefore they are interested in those recycling products made from recycled tires. The much exhibited collection of eco friendly products made from old tires is the Hoops which is designed by Kiss Miklos. They can be used both indoors as well as outdoors and they come in different shapes, forms and sizes. The Hoops can also be transformed into different seating patterns. Also the designer furniture and belts made from recyclable car tires by Ecotrack are much in demand among the Eco Lovers.
There is also a range of elegant bags made from inner tubes of the tires. The target group of this product is the eco friendly fashionable lot. The range of bags includes backpacks, messenger bags, briefcases and wallets. It is a unique idea by a designer Colombian company. The bags are made from recyclable materials.
Apart from artifacts, furniture and accessories, there are many uses of old tires.
1. Hybrid-human tire sculptures
Hybrid-human tire sculpturesHybrid-human tire sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
2. Horse Sculpture
Horse SculptureHorse Sculpture by Mirko Siakkou Flodin
3. Rubber Tree
Rubber TreeDesigned by AnneMarie van Splunter
4. Shark with road hugging traction
Shark with road hugging tractionShark with road hugging traction by Ji Yong Ho
5. Studio Millegomme's amazing art installations
Studio Millegomme's amazing art installationsProject by Mantas Lesauskas, Denis Oudendijk and Jan Korbes
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 10:47 PM PDT
LEGO GuitarUnique LEGO Guitar, creative.
Designers all over the world have designed various guitar models, some of them appealing in looks, others enticing the users and the audience alike with their features. Following are some of the unique and interesting guitar design-concepts that may not be practical to play but are fun to look at.
1. Big Foot Guitar
Big FootBig Foot creative guitar.
2. Foldable Guitar
Foldable Guitarunusual and creative Foldable Guitar
Daniel Mapp came up with an ingenious idea. Instead of cutting the whole out, he cut it down to half and folds it into the body, allowing the guitar fix comfortably into a bag. This has been made possible by the use of Fretless aluminum as the fret-board, instead of the wooden one. This affects the sound produced, making it quite different from the traditional guitars. Also, the lack of frets ensures that only the learned ones can play this instrument.
3. Touchscreen Guitar
Touchscreen Guitarunique and creative Touchscreen Guitar
4. Transparent Guitar
Transparent Guitarstylish and creative Transparent Guitar
This guitar will turn the daylights of the electronic geeks on. Without having to dismantle a precious guitar, one can actually see the configuration from outside of this transparent guitar. It has an acrylic body and in-built speakers, which can emit quality-sound. Its fret-board is impressive for a beginner’s guitar and can be played by a novice.
5. Sword Guitar
Sword GuitarCreative Sword Guitar
For those who want to go back to the times when the swords used to do all the saying, the sword guitar is the ideal choice. Designed for Takamizawa, the Japanese band Alfee’s guitar player, this guitar has unusual fret-board and angel-wings-style body that can leave wondering how the thing can be played. This guitar, nevertheless, manages to satiate the guitarist’s hunger for Gothic-themed guitars and audience’s hunger of having a look at another extraordinary guitar.
6. AK-47 Guitar
AK-47 GuitarCreative and unusual AK-47 Guitar
AK-47 can leave you deaf and maybe dead, but the inspired guitar will definitely leave you speechless. This weird-looking guitar has 22 frets and a body resembling that of the dreaded gun. So realistic is the look that if someone stands on the stage with this guitar, the audience would tend to flee from the place.
7. Hot chrome Guitar
chrome guitarunique & creative chrome guitar.
Hot Chrome Guitar is a guitar with a metal body that is laid out in a pattern that will keep the onlookers captivated. With 24 frets and shiny metal finish, this guitar carries a message of caution: play only when you are sure you won’t get electrocuted.
8. Shovel Guitar
Shovel guitarStylish Shovel guitar.
Are you a fan of the Undertaker? Do you like digging someone’s graves? Or do you simply like gardening? Shovel-guitar will surely pull the people of above kind towards itself. It is made up of the home-used shovel. The appearance itself is enough, unconventional and eye-catching. Such a guitar may not find a place in the society, but will surely earn praises from its users. It sounds like a real guitar, with good tone-quality. The process of making this guitar is loaded as an online video.
9. Pikasso Guitar
Pikasso guitarCreative and stylish Pikasso guitar
What is formed when you attach four fret-boards to a single guitar-body? Linda Manzer’s pikasso guitar. With two sound-holes and forty-two strings, this guitar weighs 6.7 kg, facing about 1000 lbs pressure when all the strings are taut. This custom-made guitar is designed in such a way that the guitarist feels no problem while playing it, or even switching from one fret-board to the other. By using the guitar, the guitarist can play any scale and tune to his/her own liking.
10. LEGO Guitar
LEGO GuitarUnique LEGO Guitar, creative.
Remember the small plastic building blocks you used to play with in your childhood? It seems like the ghosts of your past has come back to haunt you. This time, it is in the form of a guitar, the body of which is made up of black LEGO bricks. It has everything - from pickups to in-built amplifiers - but lacks the strings. If the latter are fitted, the guitar is ready to rock the world.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 10:41 PM PDT
Sai Kiran Kandhari:
Innovative Golf GadgetsIt truly is a acknowledged truth that gadget addicts go to any extent to purchase the new gadgets that comes up
1. The X1R Remote Controlled Caddy
The X1R Remote-Controlled Golf CaddyThe X1R Remote-controlled Caddie lasts up to 27 holes on a single charge
SegwaysThe Segways are ideal for those who like to golf in style or for those who prefer to not share a ride on the course
3. Get Go Golf Ball Retriever
Get Go Golf Ball RetrieverWhy bother getting out of the cart to pick up the ball when you have a GetGO Ball Retriever
4. Hook And Slice Talking Swing Meter
Hook and Slice Talking Swing MeterThe Hook and Slice Talking Swing Meter is an electronic golf coach offering instant audible feedback to let you master a winning swing
5. Radar Golf System
RadarGolf SystemRadar Golf uses a Ball Positioning System technology by scanning for the tiny microchip embedded in the core of the golf ball
6. Kaala Sports Golf Bag
Kaala Sports Golf BagThe Kaala Sports Golf Bag is fully enclosed and will keep your clubs dry at all times
7. Electronic Drink Caddie
Electronic Drink CaddieElectronic Drink Caddie is a Golf Club Drink Dispenser
8. Nikon Laser Caddy
Nikon LaserNikon Laser 1000A S with Innovative Golf Mode
All the latest technology makes golf a much better game to play and it is real fun to play with these gadgets around.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 10:39 PM PDT
Motorize DesignsUnique designs to motorize your world
Keeping motorization in mind, we've compiled a list of 7 of the most unique designs that will floor you.
1. Motorized couch
Motorized CouchMotorized Couch a unique designs to motorize your world
2. Motorized snooker table
Motorized Snooker TableMotorized Snooker Table a unique designs to motorize your world
3. Motorized barstool
Motorized barstoolMotorized barstool a unique designs to motorize your world
4. Motorized TV lift
Motorized TV LiftMotorized TV Lift a unique designs to motorize your world
5. Motorized armchair
Motorized ArmchairMotorized Armchair unique designs to motorize your world
6. Motorized mirage-mirror conceals flat-panel TVs
Motorized Mirage-Mirror Conceals Flat-Panel TVsMotorized Mirage-Mirror Conceals Flat-Panel TVs unique designs to motorize your world
7. Motorized plasma screen fireplace
Plasma Screen FireplaceMotorized Plasma Screen Fireplace a unique designs to motorize your world
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 10:18 PM PDT
circuit board designsIncredible circuit board designs.
Building on this property, designers have unleashed an array of products that are bound to electrify you. Here, we present eight such incredibly designed products, made entirely out of circuit boards.
1. Circuit board shoes
Circuit Board ShoesRecycled Circuit Board Shoes
2. Circuit board notebook
Circuit Board NotebookGreat way to bind your books.
3. Circuit board necklace
Circuit Board NecklaceCircuit Board Jewellery
4. Circuit board sneakers
Circuit Board SneakersGeeky yet stylish circuit board sneakers.
5. Circuit board clipboard
Circuit Board ClipboardA cool clipboard design.
6. Circuit board clock
Circuit Board ClockA must-have for any geek’s desk!
7. Circuit board car
Circuit Board CarA car decorated by recycled circuit board
8. Circuit board dress
Circuit Board DressMake a fashion statement with the uniquely styled dress.
Posted: 11 Oct 2011 10:13 PM PDT
Waterproof GadgetsGoing waterproof is a big deal for gadgets, especially when it concerns smaller models like smartphones and portable media players since those tend to slip out of the hands of butterfingers
Here is the list of some cool water proof gadgets:
1. Speedo Aqua beat 2.0 underwater 4GBMP3 player
AquabeatSpeedo Aquabeat 2.0 Underwater 4GB MP3 Player
2. Panasonic HX-WA10 Waterproof Full HD Camcorder
Panasonic Waterproof CamcorderPanasonic HX-WA10 Waterproof Full HD Camcorder
3. Pentax Optio W80 waterproof camera
PentaxPentax Optio W80 waterproof camera
4. Flash survivor GTR High Performance64GB USB Flash Drive
Flash SurvivorFlash Survivor GTR High Performance 64GB USB Flash Drive
5. Waterproof Bluetooth speaker
ElimaWaterproof Bluetooth Speaker
6. Shower tap radio
Shower Tap RadioIt officially goes by the name of Shower Tap Radio and sticks to the wall of your shower thanks to a suction cup
7. Sonim waterproof GSM phone
SonimSonim Waterproof phone is really one if the toughest phone in the world
8. Garmin Oregon
Garmin OregonGarmin’s new Oregon 550t is a rugged, waterproof outdoor handheld GPS that combines a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with a built-in 3.2-MP autofocus digital camera
9. Waterproof high definition video CameraSpy Watch
Waterproof Spy WatchWaterproof High Definition Video Camera Spy Watch
10. Shieldpro Waterproof Laptop
Waterproof LaptopShieldPro is a good waterproof Laptop