Looks like e-readers are a hot item, as LG is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon. Their devicee has a 10x10 centimeter solar cell that is designed to work in conjunction with the 6-inch TFT LCD. This allows the reader to get a whole extra day of reading with just four to five hours worth of pure sunlight.
Pricing and availability have not been announced as yet, but we’ll keep you updated.
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We haven’t used a hand calculator in a very long time, but if we did we would surely choose one of Canon’s eco-friendly line, with upper and lower casings made of 100% recycled plastic from Canon Copiers. Each is lightweight and has a large liquid crystal display and runs on lithium coin mercury-free batteries and/or solar power. Choose between the LS-154TG for $10.99, the HS-1000TG at $15.99 or the TS-1200TG with a price of $19.99.
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iUnika’s new netbook is an inexpensive alternative for anyone who wants a basic system. The Gyy has a mini 8-inch screen, 128MB RAM, a 400mhz processor and weighs only 1.5 lbs. The best part is that its body is composed of bioplastics and recyclable biodegradable material that was made from starch and cellulose. The mini-computer is equipped with solar panels and has a MSRP of only $180.00. Look for the Gyy in June or July.
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Get your green on with Kinesis Industries’ gadget that can charge your cell phone or MP3 player by either solar or wind power. The K3 is heavy duty, weatherproof and can provide 30 minutes of talk time or 300 minutes of music after one hour. When full, it can charge a cell phone about 5 times and an iPod or other player about 10 times. It has a USB port built in with various adapter tips and an inside space for storing them. Due out in June, contact Kinesis for price and more specifications.
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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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Want your own mini-power plant? Dow Chemical has been working on the project Solar Solutions for the past year. They are developing solar roof shingles and hope to sell them by 2011. In collaboration with Global Solar Energy and home builders, they have been testing them with both simulated hail and fire to make sure they can handle extreme conditions. “The Beast,” a $2.5 million injection and molding machine, produces the shingles that should have a 20 year life span.
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We have found a new solar charger, perfect for those of us that are watching the snow and gloom come down as we speak. The iCharge eco works on iPods, PSPs, Nintendo DS and cell phones. It features an output of DC5.0-5.5V/600mA with its 1,350mAh battery. Expect 15 hours to charge via solar, 5 hrs. on USB and 3.5 hrs. with an AC adapter. At a size of 107.5 x 51.5 × 15.3mm, it comes in a choice of 7 colors.
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The SunTable automatically stores back-up energy of laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, small appliances, and other electronic devices. The silicon solar cells charge the battery for about 4 hours for a laptop. It has volt and hour meters and a 12V DC output. Add its inverter and you have an extra outlet. Made of moisture-resistant teak, stainless steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and acrylic, there are no moving parts and it ships flat. And should it ever wear out, you can recycle it. At a size of 18 x 31 x 54-inches, it was created by Devang A. Shah and Mike Low and is priced at $2,200.00. For that price we wish it would give us a suntan, too.
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Yesterday a solar powered golf cart, and today we found that LISA Airlines is developing the Hy-Bird, a 100% electric plane powered by hydrogen and solar electricity. The prototype will contain Trina solar photovoltaic cells on the wing and tail for takeoff. In addition, a fuel cell will assist its cruise flight. An electric engine will keep the plane in the air. LISA is hoping that the the plane will be out by the end of 2009.
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It’s summer, so that means it’s time to get out and swing those clubs. How fortunate that Hammacher Schlemmer is willing to make your game simpler with their Solar Powered Golf Cart. The vehicle’s 160W array offers up to 3 amps per hour on its 48V rechargeable battery. This will equal about 10 rounds of golf before needing another full charge. At a size of 7 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 ft. and a weight of 1,100 lbs., the claim is that that the array extends the life of the battery system by 60% more than other golf carts. You have to really love the game to fork over the $8,999.95 and it would help to live in a sunny climate.
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