Still not charmed by LG’s robo-vacuum? Well, the Korean electronics manufacturer has plenty more appliances up its capacious sleeves, including a washing machine that won’t require water. Alas, Senior Vice President for LG Electronics Home Appliance Division, Kevin Cha, wasn’t willing to divulge to us exactly how this laundry magic trick will be performed, or whether it’ll be totally waterless rather than just virtually waterless – it’s still in the early stages of development and is (for now) a trade secret.
What we do know is that another LG model, the Styler that was unveiled at CES this year, can already ‘freshen’ clothes without detergent or water. This, too, is also going to pick up a feature upgrade, with the company set to add some kind of ironing functionality to the upright clothes cabinet soon. LG is also looking at an ecological re-imagining of the refrigerator, with a prototype that can keep itself cool for six hours without any power assistance. In general, LG says it’s focusing on next-generation smart appliances in a big way next year. Hopefully, those plans will include some of the interesting patents we’ve picked up recently
If you live in or travel through a desert region, having access to clean water is always going to be an issue. If you can’t carry enough for your journey, you have to ensure your route allows for a few water bottle refills. But the lack of water in deserts and other arid locations may soon be a thing of the past if a new wind turbine system is implemented on a large scale.
Marc Parent, founder of Eole Water, realized that he could extract water from the air after noticing how much water an air conditioner unit collected. He decided to combine a green energy source with the necessary components for condensing water directly from the air. The end result after 10 years of R&D is the WMS1000 wind turbine, capable of condensing and storing up to 1,000 liters of water every day.
The 34 meter tall turbine requires 15mph winds for its 13 meter diameter rotor to turn and generate sufficient energy. It then produces 30kW of power for the system to function. Air is drawn in through vents in the nose of the turbine and a generator heats it producing steam. That steam is then fed through a cooling compressor to form moisture that gets condensed into water. The resulting liquid is piped into a storage tank at the base of the turbine after being purified.
As long as an area meets the wind speed requirements this is a completely self contained system. It effectively allows mass water storage in some of the most arid places on earth.
The Eole Water wind turbine isn’t just an idea. A prototype unit was constructed and erected in Abu Dhabi 6 months ago and has consistently produced up to 800 liters of water a day. With that test proving the system works, Eole is now working with a number of manufacturers to produce the turbines
Although the desert example shows off the potential of the system, the turbines can be deployed anywhere. Eole believes they can be erected anywhere that is isolated, does not have a reliable water source, in disaster areas, and as a source of wtare for organic farming where a low impact on the environment is highly desirable.
Most inflatable water toys are about as stable as a prolonged game of Jenga. But thanks to witchcraft, voodoo, or possibly even science and intelligent engineering, this inflatable mat can support up to six people without sinking or flipping.
In fact, with 90 square feet of surface area it can support up to 1,000 pounds, so it’s strong enough to let you run, jump, and even do cartwheels on it. Everything you’ve always been encouraged to do when near the water.
Inside, the two-inch thick mat is supported by thin PVC piping and an air bladder that can be inflated in about five minutes. It can also be easily collapsed and carried in a shoulder bag, because at $1,000 you’re not going to want to leave this inflatable toy just lying around.
This is the swimming pool that allows swimmers to practice laps in a space the size of an SUV. At only 65′ sq., the pool sets up in garages, backyards, basements, or rec rooms. It uses a harness that wraps around a swimmer’s waist (22-42″ waists) and a flexible elastic tether that suspends swimmers in the water, providing varying resistance–stronger strokes and kicks yield more resistance.
Requiring no special tools, plumbing, or electrical work for installation, the 4 1/2′-high pool can be filled with 1,500 gallons of fresh, chlorinated, or saltwater–the included pump and filter maintains optimal water cleanliness. Supported by a sturdy powder-coated steel frame, the pool’s liner is made from rip- and tear-resistant PVC-coated 2,000-denier polyester fabric; the included floor mat provides further protection for the pool’s bottom.
A built-in ladder provides easy entries and exits.
iDevices announced today iShower, a water resistant, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that plays music directly from all Apple devices (including iPhones and iPods) and Android devices. iShower mounts in your shower or can be taken to the beach or pool for up to 15 hours of safe listening.
iShower remembers up to 5 Bluetooth pairings, letting users enjoy their favorite music with their preferred music source in aqua-centric environments that would otherwise potentially harm their device. Featuring long-range Bluetooth with a 200-foot range, the iShower is easily detachable for use in the backyard, the pool, or even the beach.
Key features of iShower include:
· Play/pause/forward/rewind & volume functions.
· 200-foot range — leave your device anywhere in your home away from potential water damage.
· 15 hours of streaming audio on 3 AA batteries (included).
· Water resistant.
· Time of day display.
· Easy installation (no tools needed).
· Detaches, easy to use on the go.
· Standing and hanging options.
· Optional anti-fog shower mirror.
Priced at $99.99, iShower is available immediately through iShowerinc.com and select retailers. iShower comes with 3 AA batteries for 15 hours of music. For more information, see iShowerinc.com.
The Molokini is an all-transparent two-passenger kayak made out of the same durable polycarbonate material used in the production of bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies.
It comes equipped with an anodized aluminum internal frame system, dual flotation bladders and a three-quart water bailer. The Molokini features a removable lightweight anodized aluminum frame system, allowing the user to minimize space consumption, thus making transporting and storage of multiple units easy and convenient.
This model is recommend for areas that experience calm ocean conditions. New retractable skeg system included in the standard version improves tracking, a feature especially convenient for long distance paddling.
Tests performed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, have proven that the visibility on a sunny day and during non-turbulent water conditions can yield views to depths of 75 ft plus for the exploration of new worlds waiting to be discovered.
Well here’s a clever way to encourage people to conserve water while they’re washing their hands. As you use the Poor Little Fish Sink, designed by Yan Lu, the water in the fishbowl slowly drains away.
So if you use too much the goldfish will meet an untimely demise. According to Yan the “Poor Little Fish basin offers an emotional way to persuade consumers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible” though I’m sure there are still a lot of people who would value clean hands over the life of a small fish.
Of course thanks to some clever and hidden plumbing in the base of the sink, the water that comes out of the faucet doesn’t actually come from the fish tank, nor will it ever drain out completely. And when shut off the water in the bowl does slowly refill so the fish is never in any real danger, though I suspect it might suffer some emotional distress every time its home drains away.
The dust proof and water resistant Gingerbread device can be under three feet of water for up to thirty minutes, and offers a 1GHz CPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, on-screen heart rate and pulse monitor using ANT+ and 3-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen with wet finger tracking ability.You can choose orange or white as well.
Key Features of Sony Ericsson Xperia active
- Android V2.3 OS
- 5 MP Primary Camera
- Secondary Camera Support
- Water And Dust Resistant
- 3-inch LCD Touchscreen
- 1 GHz Scorpion Processor
- HD Recording
- Expandable Storage Capacity Of 32 GB
We’ve all heard or seen horror stories about trampolines, but the potential for disaster increases when you own a version that can carry a pool of water on the jumping surface. The springs and frame are covered with foam padding, but that doesn’t offer much peace of mind. Kind of like wearing a giant foam cheese helmet while skydiving into a puddle with just enough water to drown in.
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- square heavy duty 12 gauge galvanized steel frame that will never bend, break, or rust and a structural capacity of 1500 lbs
- frame sits 34½ inches above the ground to make it difficult for little ones to get on without supervision, and give bigger jumpers more clearance
- 112 rustproof galvanized steel springs with tapered design that minimizes stretching – 6 year warranty
- jumping mat tested up to 440 pounds
- 100 square feet of jumping space
- can also be used without water
- heavy-duty jumping mat made from 20oz vinyl– specifically designed to hold water
- extra large foam padding 17″ wide and 1.5″ thick completely covers springs and frame
- heavy duty mesh on the underside vents the pads and prevents them from becoming waterlogged
- pads are constructed from two layers of foam – a soft “open cell” layer to soften any impact and a stiffer “closed cell” layer to allow jumpers to walk across pads without sinking
- padding is also warranted for 6 years.
Designed by the young designer Vuk Dragovic based in Belgrade, a concept luxury yacht that has the distinction of being equipped with a retractable rear module to materialize a pool of sea water . Resolutely centered around fun and water sports discover all the details in the following pictures!
Other luxury yachts might have various ground sports blend into their yachts’ design concepts, however water sports is a neglected aspect that has triggered Vuk Dragovic, to develop such an intriguing Atreides’ concept.
If you love the sea and thinking of owning a private yacht, this concept is one you might not want to miss