PodXtreme Sound Box


The PodXtreme Sound Box claims to have a secret resonator (Ooh!) that gives this little speaker a great big sound. It’s powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium ion battery which sucks power via USB or mains. Supposedly it functions the “same way as a quality subwoofer”, which seems like a suspiciously good deal at $29.95. (But it would be totally worth it if it did create “rich, powerful, party casing sound.” I always wanted to case rich parties courtesy of a dingdong in my pocket.) [GT]

PodXtreme Sound Box [viaThe Red Ferret Journal]

Wind-powered apartment complex to be built in London


It’s not surprising from the look of the Waugh Thistleton 66-unit scheme for Ramsgate Street in Dalston, London, that it’s intended to be super-high tech: it’s thin, it’s sleek, and it’s got weird crenelations that look all futury. What you can’t see, however, is the helical wine turbine on the backside which will not only provide power for the building (and therefore reduce environmental impact) but reduce cost for the inhabitants, which is important as it’s being constructed in a low-income area. The turbine is expected to provide 15% of electricity required to run the building. Also, it looks incredibly cool and/or sexy (pick two). [GT]

Waugh Thistleton [via Dezeen]

3 megawatt solar roof will be largest in Europe


Shopping malls could be in danger of losing their cachet as bastions of gratuitous consumerism and excess if they all go the route of the Ciudad de las Comunicaciones. Located in Madrid, this office complex sports an enormous array of 16,600 solar panels on its 1km long rooftop, giving it the capacity to generate 3 megawatts of energy. Result: savings of 15% on climate conditioning in winter, and 34% in summer, plus an unknown (but non-trivial) amount on lighting. Investment on the project was 21.8 million euros. [GT]

Office complex – Ciudad de las Comunicaciones [via Metaefficient]

The Slurpr: WiFi aggregator


The idea behind the Slurpr is that it can grab open networks with its six wireless interfaces and aggregates them into one huge broadband connection. The inventor of this little doohickey, Dutch hacker Mark Hoekstra, is now working on an upgrade that will allow the user to aggregate closed networks as well. (Legality of that subject to inquiry.) You can pre-order the Slurpr for a thousand Euros, and then everyone can link all their Slurprs and it will eat the world. [GT]

Slurpr- the mother of all wardrive boxes [via Gadget Lab-Wired Blogs]

Don's solar scooter DIY


Don at Built It Solar has posted plans for how to turn a standard scooter into a solar-powered one. Basically it involves attaching a set of panels in a folding wing-style formation on each side of the scooter, and retracting them alongside the scooter when in use. Don emphasizes that this mod is entirely street-legal and that he’s put well over 2000km onto his scooter using it largely for commuting. Since commutes involve a lot of idling, you can multiply that out when calculating how much pollution and fuel he hasn’t touched. [GT]

Don’s solar scooter [via Sci Fi Tech]

Voyager robot fence, if you have land-lots-of-land


Cows tend to over-graze a certain area because it’s convenient, and moving them over to juicier pastures requires, until now, determined humans. Now, with the Voyager robotic fence, it could be as simple as programming a schedule and an area to cover, and letting it take care of the rest. The fence physically moves inward according to a program, forcing the cows to move along to avoid it, so the cows end up with more consistent nutrition and yield better milk. It’s better for the fields, too, since they’re cropped more evenly and don’t suffer the root damage of overly determined bovines. [GT]

Voyager robotic fence [via Robot Gossip]

Brain Machine: tune in, turn on, drop out


Drugs are so passé. The 21st century way to turn in is by hacking your brain – and the hack itself is a DIY. The resultant machine flashes LEDs in your eyes and blips sound in your ears to sync your beta, alpha, theta, and delta brainwaves, allowing you to take a trip whenever you like, legally, and without the traditional destructive effects associated with controlled drugs. It’ll be interesting to see how governments respond as devices like this become commoner and finer-tuned. [GT]

Make your own Brain Machine [via MAKE]

LG washing machine with built in MP3 player


Okay LG, I understand, washing machines are noisy, music players are noisy, so a combination washing machine and MP3 player may have seemed like a natural. And if, like on the Simpsons, it was possible to convert the noise of the former into the noise of the latter, the patent application would almost make sense, instead of seeming gratuitous and inexplicable. It seems to somehow also involve hooking the washing machine to the internet, presumably so you can put your underwear on YouTube more conveniently. [GT]

United States Patent Application: Home appliance with MP3 player [via Unwired View]