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21 Technologies Decentralizing the Economy & Bringing Power Back to the People
The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system. Yet, at the same time, there is another movement that is actively working to decentralize the world. The 21 decentralizing technologies and i...
A small, self-governing island may hand over its roads to self-driving cars
Is this a sign of progress? Or just a gimmick to stay current. Phil Gawne, the transportation minister on the Isle of Man, is working 16-hour days on two projects rooted in radically different eras. First, he’s trying to salvage the island’s horse-drawn carriages that date to 1876. At th...
All-Weather,Electro-Bike is Fun & Practical!!
Have you ever heard of a bicycle car?  We hadn't either until we came across the PodRide.  PodRide is a velomobile that is meant to be a practical every day vehicle. It has approximately the same seating position and seat height as a small car, allowing easy access and good visibili...
Artificial intelligence: Elon Musk backs open project 'to benefit humanity'
What is your opinion in regards to AI? I don't know why but even though I admire the concept of it, a sense of fear always comes with it.  Non-profit research company OpenAI to seek ‘a good outcome for all over its own self-interest’, say Tesla boss and others donating a combined $1...
Back To The Future; The Hoverboard Is Finally Here! And The New Tech Is A Worldchanger!
It has taken a whole generation.  When I was a kid, and we saw Marty McFly use the hoverboard in October 2015, and we were told that the hover boards were out, and would soon show up in stores.  To our dissappointment, that never happened, and either it was a myth or the tech was supp...
Batteries made from salt and water last 10 times longer
Jane Mountain The 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize has gone to Jay Whitacre for his invention of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery. The battery, used primarily in combination with solar and wind energy systems, was created using abundant and non-toxic resources including salt water and carbon. W...
Disaster Communication for Preppers
Disaster communication is important for our survival. There is no way for us to know exactly when or where a disaster can strike. Advanced technologies can help us predict these occurrences but try as we might, nature seems intent on finding ways to surprise the unsuspecting population. Just think o...
DIY REMOTE INTERNET CONNECTION MAKE YOUR OWN OFF-GRID INTERNET CONNECTION
They say that one of the many blessings of country life is that you appreciate the little things. Like clean air, water and food. And I do. I also VERY much appreciate our internet connection, now that we’ve finally got it (kind of) sorted. Our hidden valley is questionably blessed with being ...
Elon Musk nominated for 'Luddite' of the year prize over artificial intelligence fears
Washington thinktank claims SpaceX founder, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, are contributing to ‘alarmist’ concern about machine intelligence.  It has been a remarkable year for Elon Musk, the CEO of the high-end electric car company Tesla and SpaceX, which on Monday announced that...
Ford is first to 'Grow' Automobile Parts On The Farm
PLASTIC, LONG regarded as villainous by environmentalists, was born in part from an effort to protect natural resources. In the 1860s, inventor John Wesley Hyatt, aware of the shrinking supply of elephant tusks for billiard balls, concocted a durable replacement for ivory: an early form of plastic. ...
Ford joins Tesla in opening up its electric car patents
One of the biggest issues in the automotive industry is that when car makers come up with an innovative new technology, it can take years for others to catch up. Tesla made a positive change when it opened its patents to further the adoption of electric cars, and now Ford is getting in on the act to...
Google Says Its Quantum Computer Really Works – 'It’s 100 Million Times Faster Than PC'
Can you even imagine a computer this fast? I guess that for all the algorithms and complex problems that Google has to solve and go through on a daily basis, a computer like this is the only solution. I wonder if we as a consumer will ever get to get our hands on something this powerful. Short Bytes...
Gorgeous Energy-Absorbing Trap Light Never Needs to be Plugged In
Completely cord and battery-free, the Trap Light utilizes special photoluminescent pigments to absorb “waste energy” from surrounding light sources, which it then emits as a soft ambient glow at night. A thirty minute ‘charge’ of recycled light from a traditional incandescen...
Hancocks Airless Eco Tires To Hit The Market Soon
We are in the midst of a generational shift towards environmentally friendly vehicles, yet there are other innovations being perfected – including non-pneumatic, or airless, tires. Hankook Tire has finished putting its latest design, the iFlex tire, through a rigorous set of tests that have pr...
It's Tesla Time! This Simple Gadget Grabs Power Right Out Of The Air To Power Your Devices!
What you see above may look like an unremarkable slice of electronics, but it can theoretically power a low-energy device forever, and for free. If that sounds like a big deal, well... that's because it is. Drayson Technologies today announced Freevolt, a system that harvests energy from radio frequ...
Keshe Foundation To Begin Distribution Of Free Energy Device To The World
3rd Ambassador Meeting, Rome 8PM CET October 16thThe Keshe Foundation is an Italian firm that has been making free energy claims since 2007.  Dr. Keshe is a nuclear engineer, but information should be reviewed with a cautious eye and with skepticism based on previous "releases" of tec...
LED vs Fluorescent: Should I Switch?
Fluorescent tubes have been around for years. They have been consistently proven to be economical while producing the illumination required in working and public environments. In recent years, however, a newer form of light source has come to the forefront: The LED. Both fluorescent tubes and LEDs h...
Mark This Moment In History: Tesla Home Battery To Transform The Electroscape Of the Planet
This is the big release we've all been waiting for!  We are at a precipice... the cliff of change that will mark a new era in the history books (or cds... i mean sd cards).  When We started the Living off the Grid page back in 2012, earth homes created an excited buzz throughout the intern...
Meet MOW: A Fun Wireless Light Solution
by Emilie DELTORT Meet MOW   Fun and simple, MOW is perfect to light up all your activities! It is intuitive by design. Really handy, there is no buttons, just tip over to switch on! With simple gesture, it is possible to change the power of the light, the colour or the effect. MOW is for eve...
MIT researchers develop thinnest, lightest solar cells ever made
Imagine solar cells so thin, flexible, and lightweight that they could be placed on almost any material or surface, including your hat, shirt, or smartphone, or even on a sheet of paper or a helium balloon. Researchers at MIT have now demonstrated just such a technology: the thinnest, lightest ...
NYC will get 500 solar-powered food carts this summer
In a pilot program designed to reduce GHG emissions and safety risks and provide better clean food preparation in mobile food vending, the Big Apple will be home to the next generation of eco-friendly food carts. Food carts, while being convenient for consumers and a good small business venture for...
Porsche’s new Mission E electric vehicle packs 600+ horsepower and recharges in 15 minutes
by Marc Carter Rumors have been circulating that Porsche is developing a rival to the Tesla Model S – and the automaker just gave the world a preview with its new Mission E electric vehicle. Debuting this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 600-hp Mission E concept is Porsche’s first ...
Powered By Air! Tesla's Dream Is Here Through Wifi Powered Electronics
The researchers note that Nikola Tesla dreamed of getting rid of wires. While wireless communication has been successful – think cell phones and wireless internet connectivity – powering electronics wirelessly has been slower to take off.   “More recently researchers have dem...
Scientists Accidentally Created Nanorods That Harvest Water From The Air
Researchers have accidentally created nanorods that can absorb water at low humidity and expel it as the humidity increases. Learning from your mistakes is a key life lesson, and it's one that researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) can attest to. After unintentionally creati...
Solar Panels With 100x less silicon.. Micro-thin and more efficient on the way!
Rayton Solar has paved the way to the the next step in solar technology innovation with the ability to use 100x less silicon than was previously possible, and produce increased efficiency through laser technology.  With R&D out of the way, they are working to get their technology ...
Solar Powered Fontus Captures Water From The Air When You Ride
Fontus is a self-filling water bottle for your bicycle. This device collects the moisture contained in the air, condenses it and stores it as safe drinking water. Powered by solar cells, it can harvest up to 0.5 l water in an hour´s time under the right climatic conditions.   The Inspirat...
Solar Powered Wearables Guaranteed To Give You A Charge
Your summer forecast: sunny with a chance of spontaneous combustion. Make that giant ball of helium and hydrogen work for you for a change with these seven solar-powered wearables. No power outlets necessary—simply plug, play, and perambulate at will. Above, a custom-made solar-powered bikini ...
Tesla revolution: scientists manage to recharge batteries via Wi-Fi
Another dream of the great Nikola Tesla might become a reality: Experts from the University of Washington, USA, have managed to recharge batteries wirelessly thanks to implementation of a special "router." The system which researchers have called PoWiFi manages to recharge batteries at a distance of...
Test Flight; Drone-Style Craft With Human Pilot
German copter company E-Volo still has its CEO. Not that engineers had any doubts about the safety of the Volocopter’s recent first-ever manned flight, which the company’s boss bravely piloted.The extraordinary drone-helicopter hybrid is essentially a two-seat flying machine that gets of...
The Laws Of Physics May Be Broken; SCIENTISTS CONFIRM 'IMPOSSIBLE' EM DRIVE PROPULSION
Today we see ideas that have been tossed around for a long time that are scorned and ridiculed as going against the laws of physics.  They have all been heaped into one place at the same time on youtube, and they go viral because some think it's amazing, and the doubters scorn the tech.  F...
This Big Idea Is Projected To Reduce Fuel, Energy, And Expenses Around The World
It’s just over 50 years since the shipping container took its first trip. Though it has changed little in the subsequent half century, standardised containerisation has dramatically reduced global transportation costs and supercharged international trade. Containerisation remains a beacon of e...
This Cool New Ice Chest Doubles As An Off Grid Air Conditioner!
Back in November, I heard there was a new product helping off-grid and camping enthusiasts to beat the heat, and they had set up shop right in my back yard in Bixby Oklahoma.  I went for a tour of the factory and enjoyed chatting with the guys.  My videos are giving me grief at the mo...
This Is An Amazing Combo Tool You Just Have To See To Believe!
From corded tools to cordless tools... and now this... It seems that everything gets better and better every year.  This time it's not only a tech advancement, but conserves space and the purchasing of a variety of tools.  The video starts a little slow, but wait til you see what it does. ...
This Wall Sucks Co2 From The Atmosphere Like 100 Acres Of Forest
Well, it may not be the most beautiful of solutions, but it's nice to know someone is working hard on a potential solution to controlling the carbon dioxide in the air.  Carbon Engineering is doing just that, and trying to create a large scale viable solution to the global need.  Watc...
Watch 50 drones controlled at once in a record-breaking swarm
DAILY NEWS  Up, up and away. A team at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, has succeeded in launching 50 drones that were all controlled by a single person. “To our knowledge, this is a world record for the number of UAVs under single operator control, by quite a long...
Which Powerless Laundry System is Best?
I’ve wanted to decide on a powerless laundry option ever since I lived on our stored water for a few days.  But I didn’t want to invest in something, put in in my closet and then just pray and hope it would work when the time came.  I wanted to make sure that whatever I investe...
Why Our Off-Grid Kids Are NOT Screen Free (Video)
I'd love it if we lived in a screen free world, but we just don't. Here's how we deal with it. What do you think? via Youtube...
Why You Need a Good Radio Receiver
Hallicrafters Sky Champion I have written several posts on radio communications.  Now I know that some of you don’t like the idea of transmitting after or during an emergency.  In addition, I know some people don’t like the idea of getting a federal license.  You have to ...