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Recycled Cardboard FlexibleLove Chair

We love green and recycled products here at Gadget XS. So when we saw this we just had to tell you all about it. So take a look at this video to tell you a little more…

As you can see it can be placed into any arrangement you wish.

FlexibleLove Chair 1

And also it sits 8 or 16 people, depending on what model you purchase.

FlexibleLove Chair 2

FlexibleLove Chair 3

From FlexibleLove.co.uk or FlexibleLove.com

Inspector Gadget Theme Played on a Guitar

Enjoy

TRON LEGACY The Official Trailer

So if you want to view the new TRON LEGACY official trailer you will have to go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9szn1QQfas, as those fun people at
Disney do not let us embed the video no more, sorry folks.

Chariots of Tire(s) – Bicycle Skates

Testing 1st samples from new moulds in Sydney & China from Chariot Skates on Vimeo.

When inline skates were first introduced, lovers of the traditional roller-skate model thought they looked dangerous. Rollerbladers may suffer the same reaction when they see the Chariot Skates, which recently won the “People’s Choice award” on an episode of the ABC show New Inventors. They ride less like skates – or even rollerblades, for that matter – and more like skis, or even a stripped down, rearranged bike.

Chariot Skate

The large wheels have supports for the feet below the axles, meaning that the feet don’t go into restrictive boots. The legs and feet are free to move more fluidly and naturally. The big wheels let riders explore a wider variety of terrains, while the lower center of gravity makes the ride feel stable. Riders can stop with any of the time-tested braking techniques roller skaters and rollerbladers have been using for decades, or simply reach down with gloved hands to slow the wheels’ spinning.

Chariot Skate

There’s an additional, smaller wheel on the back of each skate to provide additional stability. The inventors claim that the motion provided by the knee-high large wheel and unique suspension of the feet feels more like skiing than skating. The company is promoting them as a commuting tool rather than sport equipment, so we may soon be seeing executives cruising down the sidewalks in their Chariot Skates. There’s no exact release date (or price) yet, but their website indicates they’re expecting to release them sometime in the summer of 2010.

From Gajitz

Green Power Generation Reward Scheme

From April, households and communities that install generating technologies such as small wind turbines and solar panels will be entitled to claim payments for the electricity they produce.

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband today announced details of the feed-in tariff (FITs) for small-scale low-carbon electricity. It is estimated a typical 2.5kW well-sited solar photovoltaic (pv) installation could offer a homeowner a reward of up to £900 and save them £140 a year on their electricity bill.

From 1st April, those who install low-carbon electricity technology such as solar pv panels and wind turbines up to 5MW will be paid for the electricity they generate, even if they use it themselves.

Ofgem will administer the feed-in tariff scheme and suppliers will be responsible for paying the reward to their customers.

The level of payment depends on the technology and is linked to inflation. They will get a further payment for any electricity they feed into the grid. The scheme will also apply to installations commissioned since July 2008 when the policy was announced.

The energy secretary also revealed a blueprint for a similar scheme to incentivise low-carbon heating technologies in April 2011. It is believed this renewable heat incentive (RHI) will be a world first.

The incentive guarantees payments for those who install technologies such as ground-source heat pumps, biomass boilers and air-source heat pumps. Under the proposed tariffs the installation of a ground-source heat pump, which is one that uses the earth as a heat sink to store heat or as a source of heat, in an average semi-detached house with adequate insulation could be rewarded with £1,000 a year and lead to savings of £200 per year if used instead of heating oil.

Commenting on the FIT announcement today, Steve Mahon, chief investment officer at Low Carbon Investors, the investment manager for AIM-listed Low Carbon Accelerator, said: ‘We’ve long been in favour of feed-in tariffs as the best policy mechanism to stimulate the small-scale market.

‘Today’s announcement should help encourage the levels of finance required to make this a viable form of generation in the UK. It is encouraging to see that policy-makers have been long-sighted enough to make this an index linked payment so that real term returns will not drop as wider economic conditions change.’

‘I am concerned that the headline figures being quoted for financial returns could encourage people to make unwise investments,’ cautioned Doug King, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Building Engineering Physics at Bath University. ‘Unlike the previous capital grants scheme, feed-in tariffs will pay according to the amount of renewable electricity generated and studies have shown that small-scale renewable systems often generate far less in practice than originally anticipated.

‘A 2009 study of small-scale domestic wind turbines by the Energy Savings Trust found no urban or suburban installation that generated more than 200 units of electricity per year. Under the new feed-in tariff this level of generation would pay a homeowner just £69 per year on top of the electricity bill savings of £26.’

‘I would encourage anyone planning to invest in renewable energy as a result of this announcement to have a proper appraisal of their generation potential. There is no question that a well-designed renewable energy system in the right location is a benefit.’

From The Engineer