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    Transplant GPS Fuel calculator keeps a tab on gas consumption too

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    Till now the GPS devices helped travelers to reach their desired destinations without hassles. But this guiding gadget can now boast of a smart green feature as Transplant GPS is shipping out the first portable GPS devices with “gas counter”. Tweaked with this energy-efficient feature, it can calculate a best route based on the most efficient gas route. The RightWay RW400GPS can also calculate the cost of a trip’s fuel. For $200, you can watch out for text-to-speech pronunciation of street names, multi-destination routing and preloaded maps of the entire U.S. as well as most important highways in Canada. Such an energy-calculating device will help the roadies to keep a tab on their fuel consumptions in accurate figures. This in turn will certainly curb misuse of gas and also reduce carbon footprints.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 18, 2008
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    CES 2009 will phase in eco-friendly, energy-efficient HDTVs

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    EngadgetHD foresees a green sweep at the impeding CES 2009. Already following up on the energy efficient HDTVs, they report that the much awaited electronic show will focus on energy efficient HDTVs. Twice predicts that the latest television and video products slated to be unveiled at the show from Jan. 8-11, 2009, in Las Vegas, will definitely be greener, if not more profitable. Going by the market, visitors can watch out for new eco-friendly TV designs conforming to the Energy Star 3.0 guidelines by the first-tier manufacturers. Also a number of top-tier LCD TV model lines are expected to shift to the use of new back-lighting systems, such as LEDs, to reduce power consumption while boosting contrast and color saturation performance levels significantly.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 18, 2008
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    Latest Solar Powered MP3 MP4 Player can also juice up other gizmos on the go

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    Care to reduce your carbon footprint even as you rock to your favorite tunes? Then grab the latest Solar Powered MP3 MP4 Player by Actfind. Launched right in time for Christmas, this green music player needs to feed on six hours of sun’s juice to charge it self full. However, USB assistance helps to cut down the charging time to four hours. Offering a wide range audio support for WMA, WAV, M4A, FLAC, APE, and OGG, the players are fitted with solar panels that also store energy in Li-ion batteries. Further more the MP4 can in turn juice up other gadgets in dire need with its USB OUT feature.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 17, 2008
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    Work on muscles to charge up the GettaGrip Musclephone

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    All I can say about this gadget is that it will help to build up your fore arm muscles as you charge your cell phone. Since there isn’t much information about this GettaGrip Musclephone, I want to play safe with its description. Going by the image, I think it’s a concept phone designed by some eco-designer. Packing a lithium-ion battery inside, this gadget gets its juice by squeezing the grooved edges on the sides.Aptly contoured to fit between the fingers, the user just needs to apply pressure for forty seconds at a stretch for a full charge up. Wonder how that much can be enough to run the can-do-without gadget for hours at a stretch. Also dainty fingers will not be able to charge their Musclephone for non-stop yakking. Sincerely, such eco-friednly cellphones aren’t welcome as we can do with better options like the solar powered ones.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 12, 2008
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    Sony lights up elegant Hana-Akari prototype via dye-sensitized solar cells

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    At the ongoing Ecoproducts-2008, Sony has stirred interest amongst the visitors with its latest Hana-Akari prototype lighting fixture. Based on the innovative dye-sensitized solar cells, this lamp can light up dark times akin to photosynthesis technique. Unlike the current silicon solar cells, Sony’s dye-sensitized solar cells are more energy efficient and economical too. Easy to manufacture, such a modified and affordable version of solar cells will give a new life to the solar powered gadgets.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 12, 2008
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    World’s first green vacuum cleaner AirMAX Öko from Electrolux

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    In an effort to keep my den clean, I didn’t realize that I am contributing to the already polluted environment. It is time to chuck the power consuming dirt-sucking mammoth with Electrolux’s green vacuum cleaner. Dubbed, the AirMAX Öko, it is supposed to be the world’s first green vacuum cleaner. This ultra silent cleaner packs a 1.25 kW motor that helps to consume 33% less energy than ordinary 2 kW vacuum cleaners. More green points come from the fact that about 55% of its parts are made from recycled materials. This means that it has already reduced the burden on the landfills before setting off to clean your home. For $275, it certainly is easy on pockets too.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 11, 2008
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    Nokia Home Control Center reduces carbon footprint via Z-Wave ecosystem

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    This New Year, make a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint by switching over to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. And by saying this, I don’t mean that one needs to retire to the mountains and lead a saint’s life. These days it isn’t a tough call as we can obtain assistance via high-tech technology that promise to lure users to develop clean green habits. The latest buzz is about the Z-Wave-enabled Nokia Home Control Center. With just a simple smart phone kind of device, Z-Wave ecosystem can help the user to control and reduce his/her consumption of electricity, gas, water as well as carbon dioxide emissions.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 11, 2008
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    Enviro laptop batteries are eco-friendly, economical and efficient

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    Since solar powered laptops are still out of reach, most of the eco-geeks can switch to Hewlett-Packard’s new line of “Enviro” batteries for laptop. These batteries not only boast of long-lasting power but are also exceptionally eco-friendly. Eliminating the use of PVC plastic or heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic, or mercury in the manufacturing process, the company asserts that the batteries can also be recycled. Also the fact that it can last for at least three years makes its clear that such batteries reduce the e-waste burden on landfills. It has also received a number of “green” certifications.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 10, 2008
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    Solar powered Shiro SQ-S media player rocks under the sun

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    Usually, we don’t place our gadgets like music players to scorch under direct sunlight as it may harm the functioning. However this habit can be changed with the solar powered media player from Singapore’s Shiro Corporation. Christened as Shiro SQ-S, it is caked with solar cells on the backside. to juice up this doodad, all you need to do is place it under the sun with the rear facing the heat. Within four hours, Shiro will be full of energy that can last for 35 hours of music or up to seven hours of video. Roll over to know about its other techie features…..

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 10, 2008
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    Eco-Gift: An Eco-Friendly 7″ Widescreen LCD Digital Photo Frame

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    This festive season, are you short of ideas to gift someone with a green thumb? Why don’t you grab the Memorex’s Eco-Friendly 7″ Widescreen LCD Digital Photo Frame and be assured of reviving green memories. The eco-friendly tag can be attributed to the medium-density fiber wood substrate frame and the packaging that made of 80% recycled material. Also the manuals and other leaflets are made of 100% recycled paper. Discounted down to $70, this digital frame boasts of excellent picture quality with 480 x 234 resolution; 400:1 contrast ratio and 200 cd/m² brightness.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on December 9, 2008
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