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A Light Powered by Salt Water

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Thanks to the Sustainable Alternative Lighting project, rural communities in the Philippines will no longer have to depend on kerosene and candles to light their homes at night. Dubbed SALt, a new device provides illumination using just the power of salt water. One glass of water and two tablespoons of salt makes the lamp glow for up to eight hours.

The Philippines is made up of more than 7000 islands, so there's no shortage of ocean water. Unlike kerosene lamps, the efficient light source is safe and poses no risk of fires. SALt turns electrolytes into a non-toxic saline solution, a science similar to what's behind the Galvanic cell. No harmful gasses are emitted during the process, ensuring a minimal carbon footprint. 

As an added bonus, the lamps boast a USB port that you can use to charge your phone.

The innovative creation was brought to life by engineers Aisa Mijeno, Raphael Antonio Mijeno, and Joefrey Frias. Aisa Mijeno thought of the idea while volunteering in the Philippines’ northern Luzon province. She would watch villagers travel extreme and unpleasant lengths just to get kerosene to light their homes. 

“That’s when the SALt Lamp was born,” Mijeno said. “My vision was to solve this problem for the 16 million Filipinos who have no access to electricity—those in the mountains, on small islands, people off the grid.”

SALt is not for sale to the general public yet, but you can send in a request to pre-order a lamp. At the moment, the start-up is focusing on local needs first. 

[h/t: Inhabitat]

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ABBA Is Going on Tour—As Holograms
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Missed your chance to watch ABBA perform live at the peak of their popularity? You’re in luck: Fans will soon be able to see the group in concert in all their chart-topping, 1970s glory—or rather, they’ll be able to see their holograms. As Mashable reports, a virtual version of the Swedish pop band is getting ready to go on tour.

ABBA split up in 1982, and the band hasn't been on tour since. (Though they did get together for a surprise reunion performance in 2016.) All four members of ABBA are still alive, but apparently not up for reentering the concert circuit when they can earn money on a holographic tour from the comfort of their homes.

The musicians of ABBA have already had the necessary measurements taken to bring their digital selves to life. The final holograms will resemble the band in the late 1970s, with their images projected in front of physical performers. Part of the show will be played live, but the main vocals will be lifted from original ABBA records and recordings of their 1977 Australian tour.

ABBA won’t be the first musical act to perform via hologram. Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, and Dean Martin have all been revived using the technology, but this may be one of the first times computerized avatars are standing in for big-name performers who are still around. ABBA super-fans will find out if “SOS” still sounds as catchy from the mouths of holograms when the tour launches in 2019.

[h/t Mashable]

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This VR Headset Promises a Movie-Viewing Experience That Rivals Theaters
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Movies in 2017 are typically viewed one of two ways: on a big screen in the theater or from the comfort of your home. A new VR headset called Cinera claims to combine the best of both experiences. As Mashable reports, the device, currently seeking support on Kickstarter, lets viewers enjoy theater-quality home entertainment without so much as lifting their heads, let alone a finger.

Unlike other VR headsets on the market, Cinera is designed primarily for watching movies and TV shows rather than playing video games. Inside there are two screens—one for each eye—which create a 3D, IMAX-like effect. According to the product’s Kickstarter page, the picture resolution is eight times that of an iPhone and three times that of a professional theater screen. And because Cinera is all about enjoying theater-quality media in the comfort of a home setting, it includes one vital feature most VR headsets don’t have: an adjustable arm that holds up the hardware so your head doesn’t have to.

With less than a week to go in the campaign, Cinera has already surpassed its $50,000 funding goal at least five times over. Cinephiles looking for a different type of VR experience can reserve their headset for a pledge of $450 with shipments set to go out in November.

[h/t Mashable]

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