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Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Apparently, there were one too many complaints about how quiet the Prius is, over in Japan. Citing the safety of pedestrians, it looks like Toyota is getting ready to implement a new speaker system that they will install under the front hood, which will project a sound loud enough to mimic that of a "normal" car's engine, and therefore letting folks know that the sneaky vehicle is approaching behind them.

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Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

We don't know why we didn't think of it first. A solar powered toothbrush is exactly what we need. After all, your toothbrush sees the rays of the sun all the time, right? Oddly enough --or perhaps not--, we imagined that reading about a solar powered toothbrush wouldn't be interesting enough to give a second glance to, but sure enough, scientists over in Japan have managed to pique our interest. After all, if you create a toothbrush that's energized by solar power and can literally destroy bacteria without toothpaste, well, you deserve some attention.

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Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

As far as concepts go, this one's sitting at the top of the hill, at least until it gets dethroned soon enough. Brought to you by Sony, the Eclipse is designed to give you a truly wireless, and eco-friendly way to manage --and listen to-- your media. And considering we know we're not the only ones out there that hate wires, we imagine that something like this would be a smash hit.

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SteriPEN Sidewinder Water Sterilizer Features UV Bulb, LED Indicator, and Hand-Crank

SteriPEN Sidewinder Water Sterilizer Features UV Bulb, LED Indicator, and Hand-Crank

We can't help but enjoy pieces of tech out there that showcase some aspects of current generation technology, but then throw in a curve ball by including something a bit more "old-school." And, when it comes to old-school, a hand-crank is pretty much as old as it gets. In the case of SteriPEN's Sidewinder water sterilizer, it does make sure that you'll be able to keep your water safe to drink, no matter where you are. No need to worry about that power outlet or faucet. So that's a bonus.

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DIY LED Air Sensing Balloons Light Up to Signify Air Quality

DIY LED Air Sensing Balloons Light Up to Signify Air Quality

Being able to test the air that you breath on a regular basis is becoming a real thing that people worry about, so if we have to start doing it, of course we're going to find ways to make it so that it's cool to look at and use, right? And, if you can do it yourself, it just makes it so much better. In this case, all you need is some pretty big balloons, some LEDs, and air sensors, and you'll be good to go.

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USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub with Flashlight Now Available for $22

USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub with Flashlight Now Available for $22

Every been out and about, and realized that you forgot your car charger? And then you realize your phone is about to die (or, maybe you realized both things at the same time). So, what do you do? Ask some store around you, or perhaps the person you're with, if they know what to do? Well, what if you had a small USB hub on you at all times? One that's solar powered, no less? That would just solve all of your problems, now wouldn't it?

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Volkswagen Bio-Bug Aims to Bring Biogas to the UK

Volkswagen Bio-Bug Aims to Bring Biogas to the UK

Alternative fuels for cars are all the rage now-a-days. Well, they have been for awhile, but with vehicles like the Chevy Volt just about ready to hit the mainstream, well, we can see how the whole endeavor will follow suit soon after. Of course, when you start talking about biogas --which is fuel created from human waste--, you might begin to get people raising their eyebrows at you. But, Volkswagen doesn't care. They've created the first Bio-Bug, which runs on Biogas and gasoline.

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VeloMini Electric Folding Bicycle Has Top Speed of 12mph, Costs More Than it Should

VeloMini Electric Folding Bicycle Has Top Speed of 12mph, Costs More Than it Should

When it comes to electric-powered vehicles, we know that they're still at such a premium, that usually the price tag will follow suit. In the case of the VeloMini electric bicycle, that's certainly the case. Though, that's not saying that the little bike isn't worth taking a look at. We've seen bikes that can fold (and even fold around a lightpole), but this one's unique in that it's powered by electricity. And, considering the focus on doing something for the environment, that's certainly not a bad thing.

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Mega-Straddle Bus Conceptualized for China, Fits 1,200 Passengers

Mega-Straddle Bus Conceptualized for China, Fits 1,200 Passengers

China's a busy place. With millions of people already filling their giant cities, and with the population to explode in the next 30 years, those in charge are forced with a dilemma. How to make it so people can get to one place, to another, without running into one another every six steps. While they may not have every solution nailed down, at least one ingenious designer out there has an idea: the mega-straddle bus. And yes, it does pretty much what it sounds like.

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Uplink Audio Strap System Makes Solar Panels Flexible Enough to Take Jogging

Uplink Audio Strap System Makes Solar Panels Flexible Enough to Take Jogging

If you're someone who likes to run, whether for fun or exercise (or both), then you know that while headphones are currently the best way to take your music, or whatever it is your listen to, with you, there's always got to be options. And, thanks to this new concept, we can safely say that someone out there will probably be super excited about this. No, it's definitely not as light weight as, say, an MP3 player, or even as unobtrusive as headphones (like these were giving away, right now!), but this shoulder-pad looking device has its endearing features, too.

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