Electronic Gadget News: Power circuits

Rub to charge, with a sheet of teflon

Here’s an interesting one highlighted by New Scientist. Disney Researchers are building what they call “Paper Generators” creating simple interactivity via energy harvesting Basically, rubbing a conductive sheet with teflon creates a voltage, and basic interactions – such as displaying images, simple animations and lighting LEDs – can be supported. Possible…

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Open Source Circuit Design?

Here’s an interesting one to flag – have you come across it already? The website, which is still in ‘beta’, is www.circuits.io The people behind it write: Circuits.io was founded in 2012 by Karel Bruneel and Benjamin Schrauwen. After struggling for years to design and teach to…

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Potato power for organic electric batteries

Here’s a story that caught Gadget Master’s ever-roving eye – Potato Power – “Potato Batteries for Use in the Developing World” A company is investigating using boiled potatoes to provide a green and inexpensive answer to the low power energy needs in third-world areas, lacking access to electrical…

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From Dawn to Dusk Sensor to Timer Charger

Thanks to reader Tim Asquith for sharing this project to enable correct charging of batteries: he has modified a Timeguard TG85 Dawn to Dusk Sensor to a 1 to 24 hour NiCad battery charger timer adaptor. “I have grown up using NiCad batteries and with proper use they least a…

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Tesla musica electronica

More musica electronica… Joel Young has already blogged about Nikola Tesla today, and here is another spectacular varion on the theme – tesla coils playing music. Check out this video from YouTube demonstrating the possible audio effects.mankee1337 writes: My 250,000 volt Tesla Coil playing Mario Brothers. All the sound…

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Google PowerMeter records your power usage

A challenge for all inventive Gadget Masters out there – harness the newly found power of a Google power management widget. The uber search giant has just announced a UK angle for the Google PowerMeter, a free software tool that provides information on how much electricity your home is using…

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Video: Tom builds his own Electric Sportbike

Hats off to Tom Miceli, a 22-year-old student who built his own cool electric motorcycle during his final year at Appalachian State University. Wired has the full story of how he stripped a ’96 Kawasaki ZX6 Ninja to the frame and applied some DIY to build an electric…

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Stormbringer coming - Defend against the static!

Thanks to Steve Bush, our Technology Editor, for flagging this one – a self-built passive infra-red detector, to help protect electronic equipment from the effects of static in violent storms of thunder and lightning. The inventor, Jeff, lived in Majorca and felt the vulnerability of devices that had to…

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