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  • Diffus pollution dress is turned on by CO2, prefers a clean environment

    by 
    Vlad Savov
    Vlad Savov
    12.22.2009

    We've seen LED-laced dresses before -- though sometimes we'd rather we hadn't -- but this one here is almost refined enough for us to consider wearing. Stitched together using conductive embroidery, hundreds of LEDs are connected to a CO2 detector and react to its input with anything from a slow pulsating glow to a blinking signal of doom. No mention of Morse code messages, unfortunately, but this is run by an Arduino chip -- which means programming malleability (read: near-limitless possibilities) should be built in. Just know that when you see the next Bond girl communicating with Daniel Craig via her haute tech outfit, we had the idea first. A closeup of the dress and processor awaits after the break.

  • UK Lord looks to video games for climate awareness

    by 
    Jason Dobson
    Jason Dobson
    02.09.2009

    As chair for the UK's Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, Lord David Puttnam has been a voice for raising awareness about issues affecting the environment. Now the film maker and Labour Party politician is looking to video games as a means to help educate people about dangers impacting the world's changing climate. "Serious games based upon real-life geography should be vital tools in our fight against climate change," said Lord Puttnam in a statement, adding that "Educating people about the impact of prolonged changes to our climate in an accessible way is the best catalyst for action I know." Socially conscious games have enjoyed a wider spotlight in recent years, with developer Red Redemption specifically addressing climate-related topics in its serious games Operation: Climate Control and Climate Challenge. We imagine Lord Puttnam is hoping however to put the issue on a grander stage, as it's all fun and games until someone pokes a hole in the ozone. Oops, too late.

  • Komfort Pets' climate-controlled pet carrier

    by 
    Darren Murph
    Darren Murph
    07.30.2007

    For the seasoned traveler who just can't leave their home country without bringing along their dear pet, Komfort Pets is out to make your animal's trip much more bearable. The firm's climate-controlled carrier not only cools Fido off when the ambient temperature reaches 72-degrees Fahrenheit, but also utilizes its patent-pending technology to heat things up if the outside air temperature dips below 65-degrees. The crate is said to be suitable for non-climate-controlled garages, and could be equally useful in homes, cars, boats, or RVs. Currently, a 19-inch x 13-inch x 16-inch rendition is available for $399, and while this one is only meant to hold creatures up to 12.5-pounds, larger carriers are slated for release later this year.[Via BookOfJoe]

  • Entrak's ventilationVest cools you down, ensures public humiliation

    by 
    Darren Murph
    Darren Murph
    07.12.2007

    Air conditioned clothing is far from new, but thanks to Entrak, now the civilians in the crowd can don their own AC-equipped vest -- if you don't mind getting stared at while out in public, that is. The aptly-named ventilationVest is dubbed a "personal climate system" wrapped inside of an otherwise vanilla polyester vest, and reportedly utilizes "two battery-powered ventilation units concealed in its side pockets to circulate air" through a permeable liner. Additionally, the vest weighs just under three-pounds with all the gadgetry strapped in, and can purportedly keep a fresh breeze flowin' for a whopping eight hours sans a recharge. Unfortunately, there's no word on how much this fan-filled article will run you, and yes, it looks like that clashtastic blue will be your only color choice when ordering.[Via MedLaunches]