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    Strap a Carbon Dioxide Scrubber on the wrist to breath clean air

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    With the rising CO2 levels in the air, our lungs are stressed to purify every inhaled gulp of air. But keep your fingers crossed for the future as David Keith and his team have come up with an well-designed air-purifier. Powered by the kinetic energy, this green watch-like device is designed to take in carbon dioxide directly from the air to purify it and in turn keep the air around the wearer cleaner. Dubbed, Carbon Dioxide Scrubber, it is also known as eCO2 for short. The intake vents suck in the CO2 and the exhaust vents push out the clean air…….much like the green plants in our surroundings. And did I miss telling you that this CO2 purifier also plays the role of a regular watch? However with the abundance of CO2 in air around us, when such a device hits the shelf, users will need to strap on at least half a dozen of these eCO2s to allow free flow of clean breathable air.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 22, 2009
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    iLoveLamp renders light and clean air to a geek’s workplace

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    Although still a concept, I have already fallen in love with the iLoveLamp! Mikhail St-Denis has bought many features under one design with his iLoveLamp. Playing a role of desk lamp, this desktop device also houses a mini-garden to spread a bit of greenness. Targeting the eco-sensitive folks, the designer intends to craft the lamp out of eco-friendly material like recycled plastic or bamboo. Getting it juice via USB cord connected to the computer, the iLoveLamp also transfers data via the same. Displaying a clock and a watering meter, the lamp emits natural sunlight to illuminate dark times. By growing herbs or small plants, the user can also breathe cleaner air while working!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 19, 2009
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    Solar-Breeze Pool Skimmer soaks the sun to keep the pools clean

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    Pool maintenance doesn’t have to be a tedious chore that consumes grid energy or human energy. And Solar-Breeze pool skimmer is the best alternative to keep your pool at its cleanest. GWS Technologies has joined hands with Eco Pool Technologies, Inc. to bring the green pool skimmer to the pools of United States. Free from the dependence on electricity, the Solar Breeze pool skimmer is a smart solar powered, robotic pool surface skimmer and chemical dispenser that allows you to use your pool pump only half the time. Soaking in the sun rays with ease, this pool cleaner dispenses as it skims like no other skimmer. as it goes about its job to keep the pool clean, it promises to leave no carbon footprint behind. Such green cleaning will ensure that your swimming pool remains inviting and free of debris too.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 16, 2009
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    Eco-friendly nPower PEG juices up the gadgets as you walk, run or dance

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    Eliminating the need to depend on the grid or waiting for the sun to shine bright or the wind to hit the turbine, here is a charger that solely depends on the user’s movements. Not at all meant for couch potatoes, the nPower PEG is ideal for those who are up on their feet. Harnessing the juice from the kinetic energy generated as the user walks, runs or dances, this Personal Energy Generator keeps the gadgets charged all the time. Simply drop it in the pocket or the bag and plug it to the iPod or cell phone and let it handle the rest without much fuss. Transforming the kinetic energy from the motion in to electricity, it can fill up about 80% of battery with just one hour’s walk.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 12, 2009
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    Solarbulb soaks sun and recycles bottles to get rid of darkness

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    Top used plastic bottles with Solarbulb and arrange for an eco-friendly light source for your patio. Recycling those unwanted bottles couldn’t get better! Fitted with 0.18 W solar cells, this alfresco lamp can get rid of the darkness for 6 hours at a stretch. Simply fit this green device on to any bottle and the sensors automatically illuminate the darkness away. However 3-4 hours of soaking in the sun is a must to keep fully charged. With a movable top, the Solarbulb can adjust to make the best of the sunlight. This weather-proof, water-resistant bulb will hit the shelves for about $25.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 10, 2009
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    Samsung’s well-designed energy-efficient LED TVs show up at CES 2009

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    Treading on the green path, Samsung is also vying for green attention at the ongoing CES 2009 with their new range of LED TVs. this eco-friendly light source not only helps to increase the life of the device but also enhances the performance and appearance. Featuring ultra-high contrast ratios, the new Luxia high-definition TVs barely measure more than an inch. Using the light-emitting-diodes as their primary light source, this third generation of LED TVs can help to reduce energy consumption by 40 percent over traditional liquid crystal display models.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 9, 2009
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    LG HFB-500 Solar Bluetooth Speakerphone soaks up sun to keep you connected

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    CES 2009 is in full swing and so is the blogoshpere swarming with news about products found at the exhibition. Slashgear reports about LG’s solar-powered Bluetooth car-kit from CES 2009. Grabbing it juice from sun, the LG HFB-500 can also fill its charge by connecting to the standard in car adapter. Either ways, this kit renders up to 16hrs talktime or 1,100hrs standby. Attuned with the headset or handsfree feature, this green device is also compatible with most of the cell phones in the market. The solar speakerphone also supports last number redial, voice dial, call reject, call waiting, and auto-reconnect with selected cell phones. Providing half and hour of talktime on a three hour of solar feed, the LG HFB-500 Solar Bluetooth Speakerphone retails for $100.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 9, 2009
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    Sony unveils energy-efficient BRAVIA VE5 LCDs for eco-entertainment

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    Sony is making news at the CES 2009 by taking the wraps off their eco-friendly BRAVIA VE5-series. Fine tuned to be more energy efficient, this green series is fitted with a micro-tubular Hot Cathode Fluorescent Lamp that helps reduce power consumption by almost 40 percent. Presented in three sizes, 52-inch KDL-52VE5, the 46-inch KDL-46VE5 and the 40-inch KDL-40VE5, these models also sport a power saving sensor too. A zero-watt standby power switch, along with motion and light sensors helps to minimize energy usage without compromising performance. Such energy conservation features will also help to cut down on user’s electricity bills. Roll over to read about the techie side of Sony’s eco-friendly series….

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 8, 2009
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    Portable Solar powered refrigerator cools like human body

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    Blessed with a talent to invent stuff to improve the lifestyle of the underprivileged from the Third World, Emily Cummins has once again hit the jackpot with the solar powered refrigerator. Created out of household materials, this green fridge maintains a cool temperature at 6 degrees by absorbing the scorching rays of sun. Based on the principle of evaporation, this cooling gadget helps to preserve perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days. Comprising of two cylinders fitted one inside the other; it uses the simplest method of biological cooling. Akin to the human body that cools off by sweating. While the inner cylinder is made from metal, the outer cylinder can be made from anything a person can lay hand on, including wood and plastic.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 8, 2009
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    Fuji unveils eco-friendly EnviroMax batteries at CES 2009

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    A vast variety of green gadgets are waiting to show their true green color at the CES 2009. And amongst them are Fuji’s latest EnviroMax batteries that are boasting of being green in addition to being disposable. Since it packs these two contradicting qualities, a few eyebrows are raised to know the reason behind it. EnviroMax batteries make do without the cadmium and mercury. Also their eco-friendly packaging eliminates the need of PVC as it is made entirely from recyclable materials. These batteries also require no special disposal. Just hold on to your non-eco-friendly or a-menace-on-landfill batteries till spring time as Fuji intends to ship these green-disposable batteries then.
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    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on January 7, 2009
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