Archive for July 2016

The Hidden Danger in Your Fridge

You may not be aware of it, but there are some pretty powerful and toxic chemicals lurking in your home. Where is lurking you may wonder, well there are many culprits unfortunately, but the big ones I am going to discuss here today can be found in your refrigerator and air conditioner and, pose as big of a threat to, “life on the planet,” as the threat of terrorism according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry was recently in Vienna negotiation with other nations in regards to our global warming needs moving forward and how to deal with the phasing out of chemicals that are used as refrigerants in basic household and commercial appliances such as our air conditioners and our refrigerators. The culprit in all of this is a chemical called hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs. The chemicals are a robust source of greenhouse gas emissions that many scientist are blaming in a big way for the contribution of greenhouse gasses.  Kerry came out in what can be seen in may ways as a kind of pep talk for negotiators who are working through the weekend to amend a 1987 treaty called the Montreal Protocol to deal with similar chemicals.

Kerry remarks that, “Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations-defense ministers and foreign ministers as we were working together on the challenge of (islamic state) and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we are doing here right now is of equal importance because it  has the ability to literally have life on the planet itself.” 

So no doubt the stakes are high and we need to act fact in understanding what is in your refrigerator and finding alternative means of achieving an ideal end. This is not the only product which poses great threat to your health and you should definitely be aware if your home was built before the 1970’s there is a very high chance that your home is insulated with asbestos which is a chemical that has a very high rate of causing mesothelioma and other cancerous diseases. Anther thing to be aware of is the fact that most paints had a high rate of lead in them during this time frame as well and should be taken into consideration before any renovation or removal of paint that may be older than this period.

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is one of the U.S.’s lead negotiators in the discussions in Vienna. She reassured the people there that her goal is to move the HFC agreement into force by the end of this year. This deal could be monumental and would match new EPA regulations and ban HFCs in the US and promote alternative chemicals for the use in appliances. Until then you should be vigilant of your own refrigerator usage and if it is damaged or other ways punctured it is a good idea to avoid direct bodily contact with any liquid inside, and it should be avoided from injecting any food it came into contact with. Better yet just throw out the whole lot, you don’t need it.

Podo Takes the Market by Storm

In recent years there rise of the selfie has become a phenomina that we have not seen on this scale or interest. Although there is the selfie demand we have since neglected any real innovation in this regard, and we are in a kind of selfie infancy. We Barely have stepped into selfie adolescence with the rise of the selfie stick. This gets the job done but it is cumbersome and has actually accounted for several deaths a year since people wondering off cliffs or into oncoming traffic. But you got to imagine if this is the way you die, it was probably just a matter of time until something similarly embarrassing accounted for your down fall. That said we may be ready step into full selfie adulthood with the creation of the podo camera which is the first stick and shoot anywhere camera. When I mean stick anywhere, I mean just that, it can stick to any surface with ease and can be re-stuck with ease after a quick rinse and wipe.

This all started in a small startup in Oakland California where the founder, with no background in tech or really anything, was a kid who became aware of the material behind their success. It enables them to stick it anywhere and knew, this needs to be a camera. It was not until they acquired electrical engineering hot shot John Fitz that they were able to push production into overdrive and make something that would actually take pictures. John Fitz was a kind of knight in shining armor and was able to save this company from floundering on several different occasions.

Podo is trying to combine their experiences as a tiny camera and launch on kick starter which raised nearly a half a million dollars. While its about the size of a GoPro you can easily fit it into your pocket or purse. That is the point, they are trying to fundamentally disrupt the way we take our pictures and the world. Think about you have a nice gathering and you want to capture it, you pop out your podo stick it to the wall and it don’t have to seek the help from anyone else to aid in your photo taking en devours. This seems to reflect the general trend that things are changing in the industry and we are all going to be keeping an eye on where this goes. Another really cool feature is that you can stick it to the wall and have a time lapse video made easier than ever before.  Podo has had a lot of trouble getting to market and as you can imagine the competitors are hot on their tail. The thing is that they are trying to get in the price point of 99 dollars that said their competition is going around 50. True they have an inferior product, but when it comes to that price point people usually don’t really car and will most likely just go for the cheaper option.