Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

cool tech June 25, 2009 posted by

Orange Solar Tent – if you go down to the woods today…

For camping lovers who can’t live without their eco-friendly gadgets, the solar tent is a must have. UK mobile company Orange has created this cool tent with photovoltaic fabric – specially coated solar threads woven into conventional fabric – plus a heated groundsheet that triggers heat automatically once the interior temperature falls below a set level. There’s also a magnetic induction charging pouch and a wireless hub which displays energy generated and consumed and provides a wireless internet signal. All…


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Orange Solar Tent – if you go down to the woods today…
Eco Friendly June 15, 2009 posted by

SolCHAT – solar powered hands free unit provides eternal comms

The SolCHAT solar powered hands free system, lets you chat away while keeping your eyes on the road, all the while knowing you haven’t killed any trees, spent any fuel rods or burnt the carbon dry in our fragile ecosystem. In other words the sun is your friend. No news on night time talking, so maybe it’s good to get in some quality silence? $99.99.  Talking on your cell phone and driving safely just got easier–and greener. Mount the solCHAT…


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Eco Friendly June 15, 2009 posted by

Wind powered motorbike helmet helps you power your way through traffic

 (image – Flickr) In the “so wacky it just might work” category, Taiwan students at Cheng Shiu University have invented a motorcycle helmet with five integrated wind turbines to power the bike’s headlights, turn signal lights and tail lights. The helmet starts generating energy when the bike’s running and distributes the power using a Bluetooth transmitter. Four batteries embedded into the helmet store the electricity generated by the fans. The gadgets in this bizarro product will cost around 1,000 Taiwan…


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Wind powered motorbike helmet helps you power your way through traffic
Eco Friendly June 9, 2009 posted by

FILEminimizer Office compresses files and creates space

Need more space on your jammed up computer? Balesio’s FILEminimizer Office helps you do just that by compressing all Microsoft Office files mightily. The software compresses pictures and embedded objects up to 98%, including PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. The makers claim you can reduce a 50MB file to less than 1MB while keeping the file format intact and easily readable. Best of all, folks receiving files via FILEminimizer Office don’t need to have the software to view…


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FILEminimizer Office compresses files and creates space
Eco Friendly June 9, 2009 posted by

GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – world’s first Energy Star water heater

The new GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – set to premiere in late 2009 -gives you the hot water you want, using half the energy you’d expect. The system takes natural heat from the ambient air and transfers it into the water, thereby saving around $250 per year in heat-up costs. The electronic control system gives you set and forget control, and the onboard sensors enable the device to self-monitor and notify the homeowner of potential problems. This trendy looking…


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GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater – world’s first Energy Star water heater
Eco Friendly June 8, 2009 posted by

Eco Mouse – green rodent also calculates your value to the planet

This Eco Mouse features a small green button which instantly punts your computer into stand-by mode. Apparently this little innovation will help save the planet, and in order to prove it the rodent comes with a bit of software which calculates just how much energy and money you’re saving. Fast route to a rosy, self-satisfied glow. £15.66.  This nice design mouse has an ECO button; when pushing this button the computer will automatically go into the “stand by” mode. A computer…


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cool tech May 29, 2009 posted by

EyeStop – the ultimate Star Trek tech bus shelter

Apparently they’re about to deploy these EyeStop high tech bus shelters to the streets of Florence in Italy. Heh, where I come from these solar powered marvels of electronics would be trashed within 30 minutes of being erected, but Italians are clearly made of better stuff. And it glows with different intensities as the next bus approaches? Awesome!  EyeStop… aims to enrich the city with state of the art sensing technologies, interactive services, community information and entertainment. The project is partially…


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Eco Friendly May 25, 2009 posted by

Solar & Hand Cranked AM/FM Radio – big wheel keep on turnin’

This Solar & Hand Cranked AM/FM Radio is definitely green. I mean, lookatit. Totally green. We think this is the future of eco gadgets in general. A nice little solar charger for daylight and a hand crank for night. All the bases covered, see? $24.95.  Never be miss an important game or your favorite NPR show again with this handy AM/FM radio. Powered by the sun’s rays it will play for seven hours when fully charged. Or use the hand…


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diy May 22, 2009 posted by

Pedal Gen – DIY power generator gets you fit and saves the planet

The Pedal Gen is a DIY power generator based around a discarded bicycle motif. You get on, you pedal, you light up a city. Or something. The plans – sans bike of course – will cost you £4.99/$10.00. Rush out and help us all. While we order another Latte.  An average reasonably fit human being can generate a constant 100 watts of power in 20 minute sessions – a great cardiovascular workout. If this generated power is stored in a…


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cool tech May 21, 2009 posted by

Orange Power Pump – let foot power charge your mobile phone

Mobile phone service Orange has launched its innovative Orange Power Pump which utilises air pressure from a conventional airbed foot pump to charge up your mobile phone. Of course it’s all a marketing gimmick for the upcoming Glastonbury Festival, but still it’s an interesting idea. The idea is you thump the pump, the pump drives the air, the air powers a charger which fills the phone with juice. Simple eh? Five minutes of talk time from the amount of pumping it…


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Eco Friendly May 19, 2009 posted by

FlameDisk Charcoal Alternative – a creative but dubious use of Ethanol

Marketed as eco-friendly, the FlameDisk Charcoal Alternative claims to reduces carbon monoxide output by 99% and deliver 91 percent lower VOC. Oh and it comes in recyclable packaging. So now you can grill large animal parts safe in the knowledge that you are almost, but not quite, saving your planet at the same time. Pass the mustard!  Available in a 5-pack for $19.90.  Grilling aficionados will really flip for the FlameDisk 5-pack Charcoal Alternative. Fuelled by solid ethanol, the FlameDisk provides a grilling experience that’s…


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FlameDisk Charcoal Alternative – a creative but dubious use of Ethanol
Eco Friendly May 15, 2009 posted by

Solar Powered Bank Note Checker – the perfect gift for the hedge fund manager in your liffe?

We can’t help feeling that these racy sports car shaped Solar Powered Bank Note Checkers really should be branded with major bank logos and sent to every short-sighted, incompetent, careless politician on the planet along with a gently worded demand for reparation embossed on a piece of soiled toilet paper. But maybe we’re just over-reacting. $4.99.  Features: 2 Front White LED Light # 2 Rear UV Light (Money Checking light) # On/Off Switch at Top of the Car # Solar panel under the car…


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Eco Friendly May 13, 2009 posted by

Casio Edifice Solar Watch – more power and a fair amount of glory

Casio’s newest Wave Ceptor watch – the Edifice 3D Chronograph EQW-M1000DB-1A – is a solar powered, radio controlled time magician designed for non-stop, self-adjusting performance. The dual-layered stripped back dial face gives it just the right amount of macho to suit testosterone fueled buyers, and the 100m water resistance means they’ll never suffer from foggy glass blues after a swim session. The solar power system combines a solar panel with a rechargeable large capacity battery, and goodies like a 24-hour…


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Casio Edifice Solar Watch – more power and a fair amount of glory
Awesome May 8, 2009 posted by

Gruber Assist – the invisible electric bike retrofit

The Gruber Assist kit is a very cool electrical motor retrofit for standard bicycles which gives pedal assist power from an invisible drive train. The clever bit is to embed the 22 inch long motor and drive assembly into the frame by making it tubular, so instead of having to replace wheels, you just have to replace a seat pillar (video). The kit offers 200W of power, weighs a trifling 900 g and comes with a saddlebag housed NiMH battery (or LiION option)…


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