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    Solar powered Thermy displays the temperature without fuss

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    Thermy makes the best of the sun’s energy to tap the temperature caused by the same. Though still a concept, this green thermometer displays the temperature of the surroundings in large, readable fonts. The designer hasn’t been generous with the details and all that we know is that it comprises of solar cells and e-ink paper. The use of such a paper helps to keep it uber thin. Wonder what the small sun icon denotes…..daytime? Also the since it is feeds on sun rays, I suppose one needs to stick this thermometer on the window pane or close to it. Designer, Ilya Tkach, needs to be more liberal and enlighten us with more details about this cute, green Thermy.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 25, 2008
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    World’s first eco computer evolves in Dublin

    eco_computer.jpg A few months back, the eco-blogosphere was buzzing with news about iameco, the world’s first eco computer. However, now it’s confirmed that this green system has been produced in Dublin. Built from biodegradable wood panels manufactured from waste products from the lumber and pulp industry, the iameco computer uses one third less energy than typical everyday computers. Also when out-of-use, this eco computer will not add on to the e-waste’s traumatizing mountain. The components of iameco are bio-degradable so when it hits the landfill, the wood gets wet, breaks down and new plants begin to grow from old computers. The biodegradable wood can also be used to manufacture the computer monitor casing, keyboard and mouse. So geeks with a green thumb can grab this eco computer to display their love for environment!
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 25, 2008
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    Solar powered Eclipse phone bows down to sun for power

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    Keeping up with the latest trend of going solar, almost everything under the sun is turning to sun only for power. And the latest to join the list is the solar powered cell phone, though a concept yet. Dubbed, Eclipse phone, this communicating device is designed to feed on sun rays to keep itself charged for non-stop yakking. Conceptualized by Brian Ho, I am still confused about how it got christened as Eclipse. The word eclipse implies to hiding or casting a shadow on and on the contrary, this unit will only get its juice if kept out in open. Anyways, Brian knows it better! Unusually shaped, this sleek, green concept may not see sunlight anytime soon as it doesn’t seem to support any other essential features, except for calling and texting.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 25, 2008
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    SoleCall – The most modest solar powered cell phone for the third world

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    Everyday, the blogosphere is buzzing with news of the launch of latest, multi-featured cell phones from all over the world. However Julia Schlegel is swimming against the tide to design a cell phone that can only be used to make a call. Targeting the under developed countries, the designer’s sole focus was to build up the communication network. And hence the product got its name, SoleCall. This economical, solar powered communicating device is sans any frilly features like MP3 player, camera or even text messaging. Sporting only the most fundamental number buttons and one single On/Off button, the SoleCall is crafted out of plastic and rubber. Though such raw materials are affordable and help to protect the phone dust and falls, they may generate negative points on the eco front. Since energy consumption is the most vital concern in such areas, this cell phone is designed to get its juice from the abundance of sun’s energy. The rear of SoleCall is plastered with solar cells for the same.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 18, 2008
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    Whirlpool Re-Cycle Laundry Center for clean green washing times

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    With the irrational exploitation of water, the future of water doesn’t seem to be promising. And that’s exactly why the topic for the Whirlpool 2008 Contest was “Future of Water”. A student from Mexico conceptualized the Re-Cycle Laundry Center Design for the same with winning features. The designer was inspired by the universal recycling logo to give shape this project’s form. And hence the name too! Though the system consists of three identical drums, they differ in functions. The first two make up for the usual washing machine components, one is a washing drum and the other is the dryer. However it’s the third one that functions as a filter and a water tank to recycle the used water. It has been designed to reuse the water as well as the steam from the first cycle.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 18, 2008
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    Limited Edition eco-friendly watch aims to turn back the green clock!

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    If only we could turn back the clock, we can rectify the slip ups that we have incurred on our environment as well as the globe. However since that is impossible, most of us could do with a limited edition watch made form recycled components to keep a tab on the current time. Coming from the house of Quiksilver, only 1000 pieces of The Ray will be shipped out. This green Ray got tagged as eco-friendly due to a number of reasons. Right from the raw material used in the making to the packaging material and also the manner in which it is shipped, all of it has been done in uber eco-friendly manner.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 18, 2008
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    Eco-Blinds light up the nights with Solar vertical lamp

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    Most of us fit blinds over our windows to keep the light and heat out through the day, along with the need of privacy. However Korean designers Yoon-Hui Kim and Eun-Kyung Kim have come up with an innovative usage of the blocked heat and light. Dubbed as the Solar vertical lamp, they have designed the blinds such that the outer surface that faces the sun is fused with solar pads. These pads absorb sun’s energy through the day and as the sun sets, this stored solar energy is utilized to light of the darkness of your den. Befitted with Led fixtures, the blinds give rise to integrated light lamps. The duo have presented three options of light fixtures too chose from. The stylish chandelier is best suited for the living room while the floor lamp can go in the study. The table lamp can light up bed side reading times. Cool light concept powered by hot energy!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 15, 2008
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    PC Standby Power Saver saves on energy as well as bills

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    Every geek and blogger can also be labeled as an irresponsible human in the eco world due to the criminal wastage of energy while their PC is on a standby mode. As most of us believe that by simply switching to stand by mode we are saving on our energy consumption and electricity bills too. However Hong Kong firm, TrickleStar, has come up with the world’s first power-saving device. Well the company claims so but folks on Everything USB assert some other company has already presented such a green gadget. Anyways, it doesn’t matter who came first as long as the device can help us to reduce our electricity bills. The TrickleStar PC Standby Power Saver can reduce the burden on our monthly budget by as much as 12%. Roll over to understand how this green gadget functions.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 13, 2008
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    Liquid tree maps the hot water wastage in the shower

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    Sine water conservation has become as essential as energy conservation; we can see an upsurge in gadgets that help us to keep a tab on the volume of water used while soaking under the shower. Designer Jia Yi Lin has conceptualized an exceptional product, dubbed Liquid Tree, to present the real data of water waste. Users can interact with the Liquid Tree display, and receive the feedback from it. Inspired by Brendan Dawes’s Book “Analog in, digital out: Brendan Dawes on interaction design”, and the art of ink bleeding on the paper, Jia was also inspired by form of iPod to shape up this water saving device. As of yet, it is designed to measure the hot water wastage only. However in the future, it can be tweaked to measure cold water too.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 12, 2008
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    Febot feeds on wind to energize the batteries on the go

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    The first thing that most of us put in our baggage while packing for a holiday is a rechargeable battery charger. And if you have kids along then this one is a must as most of the toys run on the AA rechargeable batteries. Korean designers Ji-yun Kim, Soon-young Yang & Hwan-ju Jeon have stuck out a green Febot for the same purpose. Shaped like a torpedo with wings, this eco-friendly device grabs up the energy of wind to recharge a single battery. Simply stick it out of the window and pray that the wind blows. The trio have managed to shape up a green charging gadget that promises fully charges batteries on the go. But who will take care of the blowing the wind in its direction? I suggest that the designers should have also fitted the Febot with a solar panel that could at least make use of some solar energy in case of non-windy days!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 11, 2008
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