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    Intel to showcase solar-powered processor at International Solid State Circuits Conference

    solar-chip.jpgIntel has just turned the world of computing a shade greener with this latest release, a processor with a low-power solar-powered chip that will show up at the International Solid State Circuits Conference. And that’s not all. Intel has also announced processors with integrated Wi-Fi, for now, both of these have been developed on an experimental basis. The solar powered chip in particular runs at speeds between 3 MHz and 1 GHz and uses energy ranging from 280 millivolts to 1.2 volts. A development that could soon spread its wings around graphics processors, memory, and other PC components, computers in the near future could soon turn seriously-efficient, using energy from the sun to power up!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 22, 2012
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    Solar-powered iPhone case redefines ruggedness

    aqua-tek-s-cases-lead.jpgIf you’re particularly butter-fingered or you simply love turning the sleeker things in life more rugged, this iPhone case is ideal for you! Called the Aqua Tek S, this is one of those cases you can slip your iPhone in and go fight a full-fledged war or have a tank run over you. Sculpted for the iPhone 4 or the 4S, what makes this one green is the fact that it packs a solar panel on its backside, good enough to trickle in juice while you’re outdoors. Waterproof and battery-powered, the case is currently a concept seeking funding on Kickstarter and could cost anywhere up to $130 if it does it production lines.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 16, 2012
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    NTT tests wind-powered data centers in Japan

    1.jpgData centers have been known energy suckers and tend to suck the living daylights out of electricity grids. Various firms around the world have striven hard to turn data centers green before and now, NTT Facilities Inc will try its hand at the same. Installing a container-type data center in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, NTT has begun testing stages for wind-powered data centers. This marks the first field-test of a wind powered data center in Japan and NTT is looking to test technologies for combining a high-voltage direct-current power supply system with the wind-powered data center. A development like this could help turn data centers around the globe green and decrease the stress on the world-electricity grid as a whole.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 10, 2012
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    Toshiba unveils energy-efficient T-type daylight and incandescent LED lamps

    2.jpgIt is a known fact that LED bulbs use lesser energy to power up than the conventional bulb and using these help shorten electricity bills substantially. Now, Toshiba has unveiled two new LED lamps, a daylight-running lamp and an incandescent lamp with brightness levels of 600 and 485lm respectively. These LED lamps matchup to the brightness levels of a 40W incandescent light bulb and use just 7.4W of power. These are the first T-type (cylindrical) LED lamps by Toshiba and will be included in the E-core series.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 6, 2012
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    Portable K-TOR’s Power Box lets you juice up your devices with pedal power!

    K-tor-power_box.jpgK-TOR has come up with an innovative way to help you workout and create some green juice too. Behold the Power Box! This efficient contraption is portable and can be carried to work or used at home. Essentially a charging device that uses pedals to charge up your gizmos including tablets, smartphones and media players, the K-TOR Power Box sports outlets enabling you to simply plug in your device adapter and have it juice up as you pedal away to glory. This works as a fantastic way to exercise your legs and burn some calories in the bargain too. Measuring 4.5 x 4.5 x 8.75 inches and weighing in at just 4 lbs. (1.8 kg), the Power Box is your answer to an eco-conscious healthy living.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 3, 2012
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    Acoustical- waves powered biomedical sensors uses use thumping bass notes to juice up

    ziaie-music-537x402.jpgHip Hop has been accused of ruining people’s vocabulary before. However, the pumping thumping music that usually lacks the need for great lyrics does have its benefits too. Those deep and heavy bass notes for one could pretty much help power these new implantable sensors being developed at Purdue University. These biomedical sensors uses acoustical waves and particularly those of lower frequencies found in house, hip hop and trance music. The researchers found hip hop to work best however, and these implants could pretty much change the way we live in the near future.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on February 2, 2012
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    Leaf self powered wireless mouse uses kinetic energy to juice up

    leaf_mouse.jpgComputer peripherals have long since been destined to go green sooner or later. The day’s here, starting from the mouse. The conventional two-buttoned pointer device could soon turn obsolete with designs like the Leaf Wireless Mouse showing up. Designed by Lu Hairong and Zhang Xuehui, the Leaf is a self-powered mouse that converts the kinetic energy generated from its movement into usable electricity that in turn powers this device. Also, this pretty much makes battery-powered wireless mouse devices seem silly, given that the conventional device requires a fresh set of batteries every now and then.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 27, 2012
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    Apple to recycle old iPads, iPhones and offer favors in return

    c.jpgLooking for a better way to trash your old Apple device? Well, Apple is now offering gift cards for the value of your old iPads and iPhones if you hand it over back to the manufacturer instead of simply tossing it in a trash can or selling it off elsewhere. On returning iOS devices including old iPhones and iPads, Apple will present users with an Apple gift card of the appropriate value for United States users. In France, Germany and U.K., Apple will directly deposit the amount in users’ bank accounts. Also, these old devices will then be recycled by Apple, reprocessing materials and reusing components for new devices. A great way to retire your old iOS device, Apple seems to have being going pretty green by the day, and this initiative helps the manufacturer further score brownie points

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 16, 2012
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    Samsung Smart Window uses solar energy to power up

    d.pngTrust Samsung to come up with an innovation that completely shocks the world, and yet manages to stay green. Unveiled at CES 2012, the Samsung Smart Window could be the next to-die-for addition to your home. Essentially a large transparent touch screen that doubles up as a full-fledged window, this is the type you wouldn’t want people throwing rocks at to grab you attention when your parents are asleep and your phone line’s dead. Enabling you to check you social network accounts, watch movies, book flight tickets, keep up with presentations and a lot more, this fabulously intelligent window uses solar energy to charge up, keeping your energy footprint minimal. A brilliant innovation that the world is bound to welcome home, the Samsung Smart Window concept could change the very way we peep out of our homes!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 16, 2012
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    Cardboard Hexapod robot by Mike Estee is eco-friendly

    10-Cardboard-robot.jpgWhy sway towards plastic when it comes to building artificial life-forms when we could probably do the very same in an environment-friendly way! Given the fact that the world will indeed look to robots to fulfill its needs in the future, designer Mike Estee came up with an environment-friendly way to build robots, using cardboard. To start off with, Estee came up with this Hexapod made from servos, servo controllers and laser-cut cardboard limbs. Now this artificial being probably wouldn’t be all that useful as its plastic counterparts, though the fact that it uses an eco-friendly design that partly blends into the environment once retired and is partly bio-degradable makes it a promising development indeed.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 12, 2012
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