Freddie James

The EcoSmart Zeta fireplace
February 4, 2010, 1:01 pm
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The EcoSmart Zeta fireplace is bizarre looking to say the least. Designed by John Dimopoulos, the director of a design and architects company in Sydney, the Zeta is named after the likeness of its shape and the Greek letter Zeta. Using stainless steel, wood and leather, the fire is completely portable and has no need for a conventional flue. A glass screen sits on either side of the fire to protect the flame (or apparently to enhance it according to the description).

Rather curiously, the fire is powered by denatured ethanol. As a snobby chemist, I think that “denatured” is actually the wrong word. “Mixed with non-drinkable chemicals” is more appropriate. Anyway, it uses what you might know as household ethanal or methylated spirits as a fuel source, cited as being an eco-friendly and sustainable fuel.

Assuming that the ethanol is produced using a form of fermentation or other eco-friendly process, it theoretically is an eco-friendly fuel. However, the combustion of ethanol does produce the common greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. It’s an interesting idea, however I’d question the amount of heat it actually provides in this form.


January 22, 2010, 4:19 pm
Filed under: 1, Eco Design, Technology and fun applications

Not much to say about this than it charges while you spin it. How cool is that, i can finally put my inability  to sit still to good use.

Headphones v. Helmetphones
January 20, 2010, 4:17 pm
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On January 30th, a Tunebug plan to release, the Shake. although not a speaker the $120 dollar puck transmits sound through the object attached to. Thus, the surface itself transmits the sound, like one big flat panel speaker rather than headphones allowing for more spacial awareness.

USB Rechargeable Batteries
January 20, 2010, 3:53 pm
Filed under: Eco Design, Technology and fun applications
  • Charge anywhere from any accessible powered USB
  • No need for a separate charger or cables when travelling. Built in intelligent USB charger
  • Easily charge cells in your game station and just swap over to continue play
  • Charging for just a few minutes provides extra hours of instant use for most input devices.

More over your friends will want them. believe me i have some……

Wii Remote Projection Tools
November 10, 2008, 11:34 pm
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This is a fantastic, cheap projection tool. what could this do for arts? 3d room sized instillation art the size of a TV. Whats possible? In life gaming? Micro film sets?  Its really clever turning the Remote into the receiver. Anyway its all in the video, just watch it!

MUTO – Street Art
November 10, 2008, 11:33 pm
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A fantastic wall animation. Shot in Buenos Aires. MUTO

Corn Starch Monsters
November 10, 2008, 11:31 pm
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Could some thing such as Corn Starch on a speaker find its way into contemporary art? You decide and tell me what you think.