Kenwood has developed stereo speakers that also contain OLED lighting. The company claims that there will be about 80% energy savings, which means you can purchase a couple more speakers. Kenwood also plans on using the light/speaker as an energy-efficient Fire Exit sign that can double as a loudspeaker and deliver emergency announcements. We hope they plan on using very calm voices if used in public venues.
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Sharp and Japanese mobile network KDDI have teamed for a new cell phone that should please anyone who is trying to help the planet. The cellie has a solar panel in its lid that will recharge in direct sunlight up to 10 minutes. That will give it one minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby, and the panel can contribute up to 80% of the total power supply. The handset is also waterproof and expected out in June.
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The iGo Laptop Charger knows when your laptop is fully charged and then automatically shuts it down. The company’s Surge Protector also has an auto shut-off and can handle up to 8 devices/peripherals, etc. IGo also has a travel adapter, multi-card reader and a wall outlet that will not only save you energy, but make you feel less guilty. They have plenty of tips available to fit almost any electronic gadget and even more eco-friendly adapters on their site. Prices are quite reasonable considering all the energy savings.
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Let’s file this one under, “It’s about time.” Amazon is now working with retailers to help eliminate those pre-boxes and plastic sealing that is almost impossible to get open without way too much work. Instead, items will be packed in plain brown cardboard boxes and envelopes. Companies to step up to the plate first are Microsoft, Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Transcend. We figure that will not only make Amazon greener, but should certainly keep shipping costs lower. Let’s hope that they pass some of the savings on to us.
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Five hundred lucky folks in Southern California, New York City and New Jersey will be given a chance to test drive the new 3-door MINI E before it is released to the general public. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor and can reach 62 mph in only 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 95 mph. The motor is made of over 5,000 individual power cells to make up a single battery. Head over to the MINI site to sign up and you may be one of the lucky ones to be chosen.
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Home Energy International in Holland has created the Energy Ball, an egg beater shaped wind turbine. Moving parallel to the wind, it generates less noise than the wind itself. It works at speeds as slow 4.5 mph while the average turbine needs about twice that to turn. The Energy Balls are sold in 1 and 2 meter versions, for $3,500 and $7,000 (not including installation,) but we would much rather see these dotting the landscape than more nuclear power plants.
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Toshiba’s LED projector is tiny, tiny, tiny. At a size of 45 x 17 x 100mm, it weighs a mere 100g. Shown recently in Berlin, Germany, at the IFA expo, the phone-size device should make its presence known early next year. How wonderful that with the advent of LED, we no longer have to suffer with huge, roaring fans to cool projectors down and still do our part to save the planet. No price is available as yet.
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DIY mechanics can now build a Hybrid to save some bucks and help the planet. The XR3 holds two passengers and can get 125 mpg on diesel and 225 mpg when combined with electricity. Weighing a mere 1,480 lbs., designer Robert Q. Riley promises fast acceleration and a maximum speed of 80 mph. With a clam shell canopy and three-wheel platform, use battery power alone for up to 40 miles distance. You can build the XR3 in a diesel only model for less than $10,000.00 while a Li-ion version can cost up to $25,000.00. Plans will set you back $170.00 to $200.00.
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People who leave their computers on 24/7 have a new gadget that will save some energy. Attach the Ecobutton to your PC via USB and if you leave your desk, it will put your computer on “ecomode.” Even better, it will record how much power, money, and carbon units you have saved. Tap a key and it turns back on. Made from recycled plastic, it will keep track of the last time it was used and the total over time. Guilt just doesn’t get any better for £14.95 (~$29.00.)
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Life doesn’t get much simpler than this. The eco-friendly Water-Powered Clock from Bedol works when electrodes harvest energy from the water. You simply pour salted water into it to get it to run. At a size of 4 x 3 1/2, this timepiece is a step up from a solar-powered one. At the price of $16.00, you get your choice between orange, green, charcoal, or blue. Just remember to carry a receptacle next time you hit the ocean so that you can tell your buds you are saving the planet.
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