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    Ecigs vs analog cigarettes, which of these are a better health and environment-friendly option?

    Kicking the butt isn’t an easy task and most people find this route to a healthier lifestyle to be quite difficult. Well, while nicotine does have a bunch of negative effects on a person’s health, perhaps one of the most dangerous contents of a regular cigarette is the tobacco and the myriad chemicals all packed into one death-stick. This is where ecigs or electronic cigarettes rise and shine. While many have jumped aboard the continual debate of the use of ecigs vs analogs, smokers do benefit from shifting to the former, particularly because of the fact that these lack smoke, ash, odor, and chemicals. Apart from this, ecigs also work better with the environment and don’t pollute both, our lungs and the environment.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 28, 2013
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    Hevo Power brings wireless EV charging systems to New York City!

    Wireless EV chargers are now more than just someone’s imagination poured out on a drawing board! Hevo Power plans to bring this fantastic way to juice up electric vehicles to the city of New York. To make things more interesting, these EV chargers placed in roads will be disguised as man-holes. Quoting Hevo’s CEO and founder Jeremy McCool in an interview with Wired, “I was standing at 116th and Broadway, and I was looking down and saw a manhole cover. And thought, that’s the ticket. There are no cords, no hazards. Everything can be underneath the manhole cover.”

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 22, 2013
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    Solar Power-Dok solar-powered picnic table installed at the Boise State University

    Having green and energy efficient installations set up in educational institutions have several benefits. Firstly, this is a great way to teach younger minds all about eco-consciousness, in a subtle and practical way. That apart, these installations are used more often, given the fact that they cater to a bigger audience, i.e. university folk. It goes without saying that the move by the Boise State University to install a solar-powered picnic table is a fantastic idea. Called the Solar Power-Dok station, the table basks in the glory of the sun, soaks energy and uses the same to charge up smartphones and more!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on October 7, 2013
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    University of Houston installs solar trashcans that work like garbage compactors

    Installing trashcans in public spaces is never a bad idea. But what’s better, is a trashcan concept like the one developed by Massachusetts-based Big Belly Solar. These trashcans have been installed at the University of Houston and are a step above the conventional dumpster you use. Priced at $8,000 a pop, these trashcans are, in essence, miniature solar-powered garbage compactors! With a capability to fit five times more trash than a regular garbage bin, these also include sensors that automatically signal the authorities when full.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 26, 2013
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    Oltu concept uses heat expelled by refrigerators to cool vegetables

    Refrigerators are known to expel heat energy, most of which is left unused and is wasted. Industrial designer Fabio Molinas has come up with the Oltu concept, a system that uses the heat generated by refrigerators and uses the same to cool vegetables! The system uses the heat emitting from the back of a fridge and cools vegetables using evaporation. To function as it is intended to, the system uses clay containers. Heat rises and affects the double wall of the clay containers. Using water contained between the walls, the temperature inside is lowered.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 18, 2013
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    The EV Power Station Socket Model juices up electrical apparatus using electric vehicles

    The tale all along has been all about powering electric cars using various energy sources. It’s time these green modes of transport give a little back to the community, right? Nichicon Corp has developed an EV charger that is capable of supplying electricity from an electric vehicle to electric appliances, devices and other such apparatus in emergencies! Called the EV Power Station Socket Model, this charger will be released in early October 2013 and will be priced at about $4,811 a piece.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 17, 2013
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    Extremely energy-efficient T 8881 S EcoComfort fabric dryer powers with solar energy

    Human-kind has used the sun to dry clothes before, though not in this technologically-enhanced way. Designed and developed by Miele, here’s introducing the T 8881 S EcoComfort, a solar-powered clothes dryer that’s a lot more energy efficient than the electricity sucker you currently use to dry fabrics. The appliance is connected to a home central heating system which is powered by a solar-thermal rooftop array. The T 8881 S EcoComfort sports an A+++ energy efficiency rating and is 80% more efficient than a regular dryer.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 6, 2013
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    Sol Chip, the everlasting batter powered by the sun

    By now, we’ve all come to agree with the fact that solar-energy is indeed a game-changing way to power the world, particularly in an environment where fossil fuels are quickly draining out. Recently, an Israeli company showcased its most recent development called the Sol Chip, a one-of-a-kind everlasting solar battery that continuously generates energy from the sun’s rays to power up smaller electrical devices like smartphones and tablets.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 31, 2013
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    OnBeat conceptualizes solar-powered headphones that juice your smartphone

    Take a conventional piece of technology, add a bunch of flexible solar panels, and the result’s bound to be a lot better, like these solar powered headphones that we’ve spotted recently. These high-end headphones by OnBeat are capable of producing some of the best sounds you’d look for and is an audiophile’s tool, complete with accurate highs and lows. Besides its great sound, the OnBeat Solar Powered headphones are also comfortable to wear and use. The headphone sports small solar panels on its headband that soaks in the sun and is capable of juicing up electronics and USB-chargeable devices, like your smartphone for instance!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 13, 2013
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    How the most environmentally-friendly businesses find their green solutions

    Being environmentally friendly is an absolute must, especially at a time when energy costs are soaring. Fortunately, some businesses have managed to stay ahead of the curve, prioritising energy-saving measures and investment in green technology. Whether they’re new to the idea of being greener or have done so for decades, some industry-leading firms provide inspiration to all.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on June 24, 2013
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