Technology + Ethics Behind Turning Trees into Power Generators

In its earliest stages, and developed by graduate students from Keio University in Tokyo, the “biological microgrid” Raiki will aim to harvest electricity from trees by drawing from the “triboelectric” effect in foliage. This is a phenomenon of movement, much like static electricity, generated when positively charged leaves come into contact with negatively charged materials (like a tree trunk). Industrial designer Catalina Lotero explained this …

Adventure-Proof Power from Brunton

Charge multiple devices with these waterproof trail-ready tools

With roots in developing navigation tools going all the way back to 1984, Boulder, CO-based Brunton has applied its sensible and utility-driven approach to design toward creating tools for the modern-day adventurer. Whether seeking solace in the wilderness or setting up the perfect photograph, portable power is a contemporary essential. While urban smartphone addicts have it made, those looking to Instagram and charge up to …

Ventev USB Chargers

Two slim, power-packing options for your mobile battery needs

In our collective, constant quest to keep all mobile devices charged, CH came across two great options from Ventev that had us super-charged. The company covers all the mobile and wireless bases, from phone accessories and charging packs to wireless infrastructure packages, but their battery and charger combinations are quite handy while also being pretty good looking. The top picks offer one option for car-commuters …