Tag: solar powered

Earth Day 2015 picks: 5 cool tech gadgets to get you excited about solar power

It’s Earth Day 2015, and this is always the time we stop and think of ways that we can save energy — and money — in our everyday lives. One of the trends we’re really starting to see blow up, at last, is the use of solar power. There are so many smart products out there, and they’re getting even more affordable, accessible and truly useful for everyday people. When we’re out and about, we’re even seeing solar-charging laptop backpacks on the shoulders of people you’d least expect, so it’s clear it’s catching on. And that’s a good thing.   So we’re happy to...

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Solpro takes solar chargers to a whole new level. And speed.

I’ve seen no shortage of solar chargers, many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. But the new Helios solar charger from Solpro that we discovered at CES 2015 lets you charge smarter and waaaay faster. Yep, the new Helios only needs 90 minutes in direct sunlight to give your smart phone one full charge. That’s crazy fast, though it probably varies a bit depending on your phone. Still, nothing on the market comes close to that right now. To get the max out of the Helios, which is equipped to charge up to two USB devices at a time, it...

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Juse: The solar powered mobile phone charging case we’ve all been waiting for.

We have covered hundreds, if not millions (Okay, probably not millions) of mobile phone cases over the years, and loads of mobile phone chargers too. But this super cool Indiegogo project I just learned about named Juse is the first solar-powered mobile phone charging case ever created, and it if does what it says it will do, it very well may get rid of those pesky charging cables for once and for all. Not to mention saving money and being a bit kinder to the earth. Juse looks to be an amazing tech accessory that relies on–you guessed it–solar power to keep your...

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5 of our favorite tech pins on Pinterest this week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 awesome tech pins, plus lots more techie coolness from our site and around the web.   1. This cute #onesie for #baby is totes #adorbs. 2. A social network that lets families share info privately. 3. Make a fashion statement at the gym by tying this ribbon wristband around your fitness tech. 4. A long time ago, in a crib far, far away can be a lot closer with this awesome Star Wars mobile. 5. With this solar-powered, Bluetooth-enabled, wifi-connected, theft-alerting, crash-reporting bike lock you’ll...

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9 of the easiest steps towards more sustainable living, thanks to tech

As fans of the planet–and yeah, humanity in general–we’re always looking for ways to live more sustainably and to help our kids be more aware of it too. And as we’ve all discovered over the years, it doesn’t have to be about massive life changes or suddenly turning your guest room into an organic vegetable garden. Even the smallest changes can make really make huge difference. In other words, all that nagging the kids about turning off the lights really does help. So we’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor PURE Energies, a big deal energy adviser that aims to help families across North America adopt solar power and...

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Web Coolness: Tom Hanks’ new app, ice bucket challenge, and more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   A custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle NES. So cool. Will these solar-powered chargers (now being tested in Bryant Park) be coming to a park near you? What would happen if Doctor Who met Gravity Falls? We hope it’s like this animated tribute. The ALS ice bucket challenge has made it to the top of the Internet. Look at the big names who are participating! How many robots does it take to self-assemble into awesome shapes? You’ve...

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7 terrific tech gear picks for camping and hiking

Having recently returned from an awesome family camping trip, I was surprised to find how helpful tech could be — even on a trip that was as tech-free as we could make it. Turns out that some technology, when chosen wisely, can make getting in touch with nature even better than roughing it the old-fashioned way.. Here, my recommendations for essential tech gear while hiking and camping with your family. (We’re not talking saw-your-arm-off quality stuff for you hard-core hikers.)   Goal Zero Solar Charger Kit You really don’t want to be caught with a dwindling battery and no way to...

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Skylock bike lock: If you’re a cyclist you’re going to want this. If not, you’ll want to take up cycling.

Being a cyclist myself, I love seeing all the new advances to help keep bikes and their riders safe, and Skylock is at the top of my list for a bunch of cool reasons. The Skylock bike lock is a solar powered, Bluetooth enabled, wifi connected, theft alerting, crash reporting bike lock that can lock and unlock automatically as it senses your presence. This upcoming gadget is so intelligent, it might even be smarter than a 5th grader. Ha.   It communicates with your phone via Bluetooth (or WiFi, when you’re out of Bluetooth range), and the Skylock app ( iOS...

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The Solar Schools Project: How you can help our schools without even selling gift wrap.

Growing up in the midwest, our neighbors had two solar panels on their roof. I always thought that was so cool. Now panels are popping up in my neighborhood, and it’s still just as cool to me. I would love to see even more solar energy sources, especially since Denver enjoys 300+ days of sunshine each year.   I’m really excited about this new Indiegogo campaign, The Solar Schools Project from the National Resources Defense Council, which will help bring solar power to schools to save money over the long run, and of course, our natural resources.   Basically, it’s a...

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Cool tech stocking stuffers under $10, all in one place

I’ve always loved Kikkerland Design, because guaranteed, every time you click over you’ll see something you never noticed before that you kind of have to have. Or at this time of year, that you have to give to someone else. Then hope they let you borrow it.   Right now, I love this Leaf Solar Flashlight from Danish designer Jan Habraken, who also brought us that awesome Lightning Bolt Power Strip. For just $7 it’s a nifty little stocking stuffer. Look around for more ideas like the cord wrap piranha, an iPhone cable that looks like a frog or random purple monster, a retro pen and...

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