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ChotuKool: the $69 fridge for rural India

By - December 28, 2009 2 Pictures
Is this the world’s cheapest refrigerator? Launched by Indian conglomerate Godrej and Boyce, ChotuKool's $69 price tag is not the only reason it can be called super economical. The portable, top-opening unit weighs only 7.8kg, uses high-end insulation to stay cool for hours without power and consumes half the energy used by regular refrigerators. This is a product that has crossed several technological barriers and is designed to cross several social barriers as well. Read More
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CastOven microwave provides bite-sized YouTube entertainment based on your cooking time

By - December 21, 2009 4 Pictures
There’s no doubting the time saving convenience of microwave ovens. But what about the time wasted because of them? Their super fast cooking means there really isn’t enough time to go and do something else while we wait for our food, so we find ourselves loitering around watching the seconds tick down. A couple of researchers from Japan’s Keio University have come up with the perfect solution for those of us who need to be entertained at every minute of every day in the form of the CastOven, which lets users enjoy a bite-sized piece of YouTube goodness while they wait for their food. Read More
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sugru – the silly putty that isn’t so silly

By - December 10, 2009 6 Pictures
sugru is an extremely versatile, moldable silicone modeling clay that sets to a tough, flexible silicone allowing users to modify or repair just about anything. Coming in a range of colors this Play-Doh-like material boasts the potential to be used to modify a wide range of objects as it is self-adhesive, waterproof, flexible, dishwasher-proof and is highly temperature resistant. Read More
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Project Runningblade - the 100mph lawnmower

By - December 8, 2009 4 Pictures
The world speed record for lawnmowers is currently 80mph, but Project Runningblade, launched at the UK’s Beaulieu National Motor Museum this week aims to raise it to more than 100mph using a highly-modified Countax-based machine. At that clip, it could cut an entire soccer pitch in 2 minutes and 42 seconds not to mention setting world records for both speed and eccentricity. Read More
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Special edition Mailer book comes with its own piece of the moon

By - December 3, 2009 5 Pictures
Looking for the ultimate Christmas gift? How about a limited edition copy of Norman Mailer’s epic tale of the Apollo II journey, including a signed print of Buzz Aldrin for just US$1500? And if that takes your fancy, a Marc Newson designed “Lunar Rock Edition” of Mailer’s tome including your own piece of genuine moon rock is sure to blow you away…and it will only set you back US$90,500. Read More
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Sanyo's Air Washer Plus eliminates airborne nasties

By - December 2, 2009
Sanyo has just released a home-use air purification system that could save hayfever sufferers a lot of sniffles. Billed as the first of its kind in the United States, the Air Washer Plus is designed to use electrolyzed water technology to suppress bacteria and germs, reduce the amount of airborne pollen and allergy-causing dust, and eliminate unpleasant odors in the home. Read More
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