Batteries not improving, so gadget efficiency is goal
by SALLY BUCHAN on OCTOBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in mobile

WSJ 5th Oct – There is no Moore’s law for batteries. That is, while the computing power of microchips doubles every 18 months, the capacity of the batteries on which ever more of our gadgets depend exhibits no such exponential growth. In a good year, the capacity of the best batteries in our mobile phones, tablets and notebook computers—and increasingly, in our cars and household gadgets—increases just a few percent.

It turns out that storing energy safely and reliably is hard in a way that miniaturizing circuits is not. A pound of gasoline contains more than 20 times as much energy as a pound of lithium-ion batteries. And then there’s the expense: The battery pack in a Tesla Model S costs approximately $30,000. (more…)

Great Autos for the Boonies
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 4, 2014 - 2 Comments in mobile

Off-=Road best in a Chevrolet

Take a Chevy to the Levee

Getting away from it all – really away – is harder than most would like to think.

I went to an off-grid festival last month at Thoulestone Park, and all I could hear was the hum of the nearby freeway. Escaping completely from roads while hauling all the gear you will need requires the right auto. Too big and you will have trouble on mountain tracks.

Here’s my pick of the new off-roaders for any action excursion. (more…)

Portable tiny house and airstream-ish office
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 24, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile


Ann Holley wanted to create an off-grid, transportable tiny house that would be technically an RV, but with an aesthetic that wouldn’t feel like living in an RV. What she created with her partner Darren Macca is a 125-square-foot “stick built” home with a cedar exterior and a refreshing and expanding all-white interior. “Living in something the size of an RV doesn’t actually have to be like living in an RV,” explains Holley. (more…)

Delivery Van to RV for £6000
by VEG-HEAD on JULY 22, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

RV conversionThe ordinary-looking blue van has a chimney protruding from the roof.
This leads down to a wood burner in the former window-glazing truck, which a pair of university graduates have converted into an RV.

Stuart Humphreys, 24, and Claire Bragg, 25, from Leeds spent just over £6,000 and two years transforming their second-hand van into what will be their home while they travel around Europe.


Off the Grid and On the Cloud
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in mobile


Why do we have the slogan “off the grid and on the cloud?”

Because we advocate combining ancient wisdom with the latest technology.

It’s great to be on your mountain hauling your own water to your homestead and chopping logs. Its also good to be able to earn a living on the net to support your eco-lifestyle. (more…)

Gear you need in your bug-out location
by TECHSTAR on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in mobile

Imagine the collapse of society because there is an extreme weather event or the Chinese economy implodes bringing down the global system

No reason for you to suffer a moment’s discomfort with this list of handy gadgets to keep in your bug-out bag.

Fend for Yourself Related

1. Medical Kit

What: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/WaterTight 7 Medical Kit

Features: It’s super lightweight and has enough supplies for four people for up to four days. Bandages, dressing, tape, and more are included. The DryFlex waterproof liners help the bag stay waterproof.

How Much: About $27 (more…)

off the grid but on the cloud
by TECHSTAR on JUNE 13, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

Cloud computing may seem incompatible with being off-grid, but there are ways to live in the cloud even when you don’t have an Internet connection. The most common situation occurs when you are actually in the clouds — stuck on a remote mountainside with no Wi-Fi, or, more likely, Wi-Fi so slow it might as well be nonexistent.

The key to using your cloud services without a connection is preparation: You must set up offline access before you head off the grid, either to individual files or to an entire collection. Here are instructions for some of the popular options. (more…)

Satellite Panic Buttons – Boon or Bane?
by VEG-HEAD on MAY 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

images (6)Spot satellite emergency signalling devices have saved 3000 lives to date – but are they an essential piece of kit for the outward bound, or a darned nuisance that is unleashing a bunch of idiots into the most unspoiled and peaceful places on the planet, especially in Canada.

The company that makes them proudly announces that SPOT products have been used to initiate 3,000 rescues around the world since the technology’s launch in 2007. “With over 200,000 units in service, SPOT is now averaging a rescue a day; approximately one-third (829) of all worldwide rescues to date have taken place in Canada,” the company announced.

SPOT says it delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage. But its prices are absurdly high. (more…)

The wearable revolution
by SALLY BUCHAN on MAY 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

By Rachel Botsman – a global thought leader on the power of collaboration.

What if you could draw a dollar sign in mid-air, followed by any amount, and that would be all you needed to instantly pay your grocery bill?

A silver ring, only slightly bigger than your average wedding band, is about to hit the market and it promises to do just that, and more. Simply named Ring, the device is filled with motion sensors that detect hand gestures and can wirelessly sync with other smart devices. If you drew a musical note, it would activate your music player, while drawing a light bulb would control your lights. You will also be able to write texts by drawing letters in the air. (more…)

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