Start Date: 
29 Jan 2011
$25 materials fee

In this workshop led by Eyebeam alums fluxxlab with collaborator Farrukh Zia participants will assemble and take home their own Personal powerPlant. The Personal powerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a hand crank generator (with solar cell option) into a rechargeable battery for use in powering portable electronic devices through a USB terminal.  The workshop will begin with   an introduction to circuit basics and a group discussion on sustainable energy harvesting.  Personal powerPlant DIY kits will be available for purchase during the workshop.  The first version of the kit (v1) can be seen on the Instructables website - http://www.instructables.com/id/personal-powerPlant/.

This workshop is for: Anyone curious, teen-adult; or pre-teens with adult collaborators. Previous experience with soldering is helpful, but not essential.

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We just got a brief look at the upcoming Notion Ink Adam Android-based "smartpad" device, which runs the new Tegra chipset and has a Pixel Qi display. The real win here is that since Tegra is already a power sipping affair -- a traditional tablet should get about 40 hours with regular use -- so with Pixel Qi's 10x power advantage over LCD, the device could get nearly 400 hours of battery in backlight-off mode. That sounds silly high (and most likely wrong), but even with 40+ hours of use as an e-reader it would be pretty great. The tablet device has a capacitive touchscreen, and like other slates we've seen recently, it's surprisingly heavy.

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