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    Tusk system generates energy while you walk

    tusk_02.jpgSoon, the source to power up your smartphone or portable music player could be your very own body! With technology like the Tusk system, designed by Jerry Mejia, the energy expelled by the human body could soon be put to better use. Using rotary dynamos, rectifiers and linear regulators, the Tusk system generates energy by using the user’s walking pattern, converts it all into electricity and juices up portable devices like smartphones and music players. Also, this could work pretty well particularly for those who spend a larger part of their time outdoors on foot or on bicycles.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 19, 2011
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    Panasonic unveils green line of home appliances, made of recycled materials

    20121214_top01.jpgPanasonic, in a green move like none other, has pulled the veil off its new line of appliances, all made from recycled materials! The line includes a refrigerator, a rice cooker, washer/dryer and a vacuum cleaner. The appliances use recycled resin and recycled glass and will show up on store shelves in Japan by 20th February 2012. In an attempt to decrease its carbon footprint and promote the use of recycled materials in manufacturing, Panasonic seems to have done a pretty marvelous job with this line of appliances. The NR-F506T-X refrigerator sports a top-mount compressor, with the SR-SX101-X induction-heating rice cooker, NA-VX7100-X drum-type washer/dryer, and MS-SS310GX-X cyclone vacuum cleaner making up the rest of this super-green line.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 14, 2011
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    YoYo Mouse uses no power; charges up when used as a yoyo!

    yo_yo_mouse2.jpgIf you’re one of those computer-worms who spend the better half of their lives seated on computer chairs, clicking away to glory, here’s a device that’s designed to help you stay healthy. Prolonged computer use is known to cause sore-wrists, stiff backs and numb legs. This mouse, called the YoYo mouse designed by Shih-Chan Chiu drains out of charge after a short time, and requires you to get off that chair, stand up, and use it like a YoYo to charge up! Without the use of electricity, this one’s a pretty green peripheral too, and makes use of alternative energy, in the form of a little play time, to power up instead of conventional grid connections.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 14, 2011
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    Bourns College of Engineering building powers with energy worth 1.1 million AA batteries

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    We all know AA batteries to contain a single watt-hour of electricity. And to power up the new University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering building, you’d probably require about 1.1 million of them in all! And these are enough to cover the bottom of a 50 meter long Olympic sized pool! The system installed in the building uses high-end lithium-ion batteries and donated by Winston Global Energy CEO Winston Chung worth $2.5 million. Yet another building to go green, the world could do with more of these, given the current environmental situation today.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 15, 2011
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    Airborne Avalanche Rescue System uses solar energy to power up; helps locate avalanche victims

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    Avalanches can prove hazardous and to decrease the amount of casualties caused due to these landslides of snow, designer Tatjana Rolle came up with the Airborne Avalanche Rescue System. This autonomous drone is capable of detecting and marking the position of victims and powers up using solar energy. Once notified in cases of avalanches, the drone quickly leaves its solar charging bay, looks for victims and marks their positions with bright paint contrasting against the white snow, enabling rescue workers to work their way to the victims quicker! Complete with GPS and ultrasonic sensors to measure distance.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 12, 2011
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    Sharp makes history with world’s highest solar cell conversion

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    Japan’s Sharp has made a world record with the world’s highest solar cell conversion efficiency. It will feature a stacked three-layer structure. The cells make use of these photo-absorption layers that are made from compounds which comprise of two or more elements. This technology was the outcome of a research and development initiative that was promoted by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
    [Ubergizmo]

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 8, 2011
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    Pavegen, the energy-generating street tiles use kinetic energy

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    With the grids running dry and human kind setting out in search of alternative energy sources, designers world around have begun penning their thoughts with some pretty revolutionary designs, that could trickle in energy into our grids using some previously unperceived energy sources, like say, footpaths! Pavegen Systems have come up with a design for the Pavegen tiles, kinetic energy harvesting street tiling solutions that generate energy every time users walk over them! Perfect for cities where pedestrians crowd footpaths, these tiles could generate tons of energy, lighting up every time someone steps over them to make the inform the user about the part their footstep has played in generating a considerable amount of energy.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 24, 2011
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    Changers solar-powered kit charges up portable devices using sun-juice

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    Charging up your portable devices with solar energy now gets easier, with Changers’ new solar-powered gadget-charging system. This little masterpiece juices up everything, from your kindle, smartphone, USB device to your iPod and iPhone with solar energy. Using a “Kalhuohfummi” (TM) solar battery and Changers “Maroshi” (TM) solar module, this module generates up to four Watts per hour, a considerable amount indeed. Also, the solar panel can be attached to any window or sunny surface and can charge the kit’s 16-Watt battery in about four hours! For $149 a pop, this Changers solar-powered system seems to be quite the green way to juice up!
    [Techcrunch]

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 21, 2011
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    Apple acquires patent for using solar energy to juice up iDevices

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    Smartphones running out of juice isn’t a new phenomenon, and no matter just how brilliant the technological upgrades get in these phones, the battery life always seems to fall short! Now, Apple received a patent for solar energy generation systems for smartphones that could change the way iDevices in the future charge up on the go! From what we’ve made out of Apple’s plans, the company might just have photovoltaic panels on phones soaking up energy from the sun to illuminate the display! It isn’t long before we finally have a bunch of new generation Apples making use of solar energy, and this patent acquirement could indeed be Apple’s baby-steps into a cleaner and more energy-efficient smartphone industry.
    [Ubergizmo]

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 21, 2011
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    LG unveils energy efficient LED TV with 400 nits brightness using 28W of power

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    LG seems to have struck gold with energy-efficient television technology recently. The company’s newest baby, a Full HD 47-inch panel is claimed to be the world’s most energy efficient television till date. Using a single vertical edge backlight to achieve 400 nits of brightness with just 28W of power, this one’s more energy efficient than any other television above the 40-inch size limit and consumes lesser energy than 20-inch PC monitors! In what could be an industry-changing development, LGs new television technology could help pull down those soaring electricity bills our home has been shedding.
    [Engadget]

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 12, 2011
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