WATERisLIFE has a really innovative ad campaign you may have seen recently. They are more than just the ad, however, and offer some really innovative projects and solutions for delivering clean water to the world.Read More
LiFX is re-imagining how the light bulb is part of our lives. A bulb that requires no special wiring, can be any color you want, and can be turned off with your smartphone. Nice! Find out more today.Read More
The Nuru Project sells photojournalist prints and gives 50% of the profits to charity, 25% to the photographer and keeps 25% for operational costs. Find out more about the prints and how to buy them.Read More
The ReadySet charger allows for independent, grid-free charging options for your digital lifestyle. It also brings a power option to 1.6 billion people who don't have easy access to electricity. Find out more about this unique device.Read More
From FastCo.Design, as part of their Innovation by Design Awards comes this solar oven who's purpose is to create drinkable water from salt water. Designed by Gabriele Diamanti, he's encouraging others to take his design and improve upon it. He's won awards for this design already and stands to win some more. The concept is simple and can lessen the need for aid and travel to wells that might not be a simple stroll for some people.
The solar oven uses the heat of the sun to create steam which is then, because of pressure, forced down a tube into the water chamber. From the FastCo article:
“My goal was to design something friendly and recognizable for the users,” he explains. “The process developed quite naturally to determine the current shape; every detail is there for a reason, so the form, as well as production techniques, represent a compromise between technical and traditional.”
Here's wishing him the best and hopefully these will be mass-produced soon.
People who know me know that I've proposed a very similar idea to this one, and I'm really really glad to see someone put this into action. Sixth grade teacher, Robert Litt was concerned about the lack of technology access in his school. He'd been given some old pc's running older versions of Windows and found that they were not very usable. So, he did some research and found out about Linux. Linux is an alternative open-source operating system that costs nothing. It's free. One very popular version, and the version Robert used, is called Ubuntu.
With the help of a local Linux Users Group (LUG), Robert revamped the computers and had machines that were running much faster and opening up new worlds for the kids. Great work, Robert!
Cool piece on Good.is about a design project from Elaine Tong at the University of Toronto's Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD) School. Called Filtration Block, it's a modular natural air filtration system. The various plants have the ability to remove toxins from the air and require little in the way of maintenance. It's a functional terrarium. Not sure about production or logistics for this, but it's showing some clever thinking.
What a tremendous solution to a growing problem. Healthy food is becoming harder to access in poorer communities and even some major cities creating what has been termed 'food deserts'. The entire city of Detroit is without a supermarket meaning that those who don't have access to dependable transportation have a hard time getting healthy food. Good.is profiles Rick Schneiders, who founded Mogro, a mobile supermarket that carries not only fruits and vegetables, but other items as well. Currently only operating in New Mexico, Mogro is an innovative idea and solution that could be very useful in major metropolitan areas as well.
(ALL IMAGES FROM MOGRO'S WEBSITE. PROPERTY OF MOGRO.)
I love seeing this type of innovation. Think how many more books will be read, how many more projects finished because of this. Outstanding.