Technology doesn’t always have to be complicated, sometimes the simplest materials and concepts are the best. The Eliodomestico works like an upside-down coffee percolator to desalinate salt water. The ceramic oven has three main pieces. The top black container is where the salt water is poured. As the sun heats the salt water and creates steam, the pressure that builds pushes the steam through a pipe in the middle section. The steam condenses against the lid of the basin at the bottom and then drips into the basin, where it is collected.
The oven can make about five liters of fresh water a day.
With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.
The company’s technology allows a picture’s focus to be adjusted after it is taken. While viewing a picture taken with a Lytro camera on a computer screen, you can, for example, click to bring people in the foreground into sharp relief, or switch the focus to the mountains behind them.
But is Lytro’s technology just a neat feature, or is it the next big thing in cameras? (NYTimes.com)
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Don’t you wish your stylin’ shoes would grow into trees after you threw them away? Via Good:
“The second-place winner at Amsterdam’s Green Fashion Awards last week, OAT’s ‘Virgin Collection’ is the world’s first line of sneakers that, upon disposal, will biodegrade and sprout trees. The materials—some developed by OAT itself—are all easily broken down, and tree seeds packed in the lining will hopefully leave saplings where your sneakers once stood.”