Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

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Eco Friendly February 4, 2011 posted by

Nokia Bike Kit charges your phone with pedal power

If you spend a lot of time on your bike, you might want to consider putting some of that effort you’re expending to good use. Not that getting yourself from point A to B without needing to use a gasoline-powered vehicle isn’t a good use. But now you can also charge your Nokia phone while cruising the city streets. Now pedal-powered charging devices might not be a new concept, but Nokia seems to have implemented the idea rather well with…


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Nokia Bike Kit charges your phone with pedal power
Eco Friendly February 4, 2011 posted by

Spark Tablet Case uses solar power to charge your tablet

If everyone we were to switch completely to solar power, life would be a whole lot cheaper. Sadly, we can’t do that just yet, but this new iPad case helps the cause just a little bit more. The Spark Tablet Case is covered in solar panels and can get about 8 watts of power to give your iPad about an hour of a charge for every hour in the sun. Though this may take some time, consider if you were…


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Spark Tablet Case uses solar power to charge your tablet
Eco Friendly February 3, 2011 posted by

Yellow Pages finally makes opting-out an easy task

The past couple of months have been filled with nothing but ice and snow where I live. Just this past week we’ve been hit with a severe ice storm. The entire city was shut down for a couple of days. But you’ll never guess what somehow made its way onto my front step. That’s right, a Yellow Pages book. How on earth it got there in its plastic wrapping in that terrible weather is beyond me. Well now I can…


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Yellow Pages finally makes opting-out an easy task
cool tech February 2, 2011 posted by

EV Himiko – retro styling meets electric power delivers 550 km a charge

The EV Himiko is a retro styled coupe from Japanese auto maker Mitsuoka Motors, which takes a basic running chassis from a Mazda MX-5, mates it to a fancy pants top half and inserts a shed load (i.e. around 168) of Lithium batteries to get a retro roadster capable of running for 550 km between charges. There’s no word on price as yet, but rest assured it’s not going to be cheap, unless the developers have suddenly come up with a…


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diy January 31, 2011 posted by

Make a solar-powered TV remote

In this age of electronic gadgets, it’s always good to do your part to be eco-friendly. It’s not always the easiest of tasks, but it can be fun at times. If you enjoy little DIY projects, then you might like the idea of converting your TV remote to recharge via solar power. The people over at Make have put together a nice little guide to turn any remote powered by AA or AAA batteries into a solar-charged device. It requires…


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Make a solar-powered TV remote
Eco Friendly January 26, 2011 posted by

World’s first “Bio Mouse”

There seems to be a craze to save the planet lately, and a lot of us tech junkies are feeling some backlash for using plastics that were made in a factory setting. Well now there is a light at the end of the tunnel with Fujitsu’s new M44, which they are touting as the world’s first eco-friendly mouse. The creation of this mouse takes less carbon dioxide than it’s regular plastic counterpart. The other plus to this device is that…


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World’s first “Bio Mouse”
Eco Friendly January 17, 2011 posted by

Sinclair X-1 Electric Vehicle – ooh look, Sir Clive’s back with some more tomfoolery…

Veterans of the tech scene will no doubt remember dear old Uncle – aka Sir –  Clive Sinclair’s first foray into sustainable transport with the much ridiculed C5 product back in 1985. Well he’s back again, 26 years later, and things haven’t moved on an awful lot, it seems. His new product, due out in July or thereabouts, is the Sinclair X-1 Electric Vehicle, a 30 kg recumbent electric bicycle with 16 inch wheels, a 10 mile range and the styling smarts…


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Eco Friendly January 12, 2011 posted by

PT40 Tuner is rechargeable, uses vibrations for tuning

I’ve been trying to learn to play the guitar for a while now. I’m still not very good, but that’s a different story. One thing I’ve learned in my time with the instrument is that not all tuners were created equal. In fact, I really don’t like those that depend solely on sound emitted from the guitar to tune. If I can plug in a cable for a direct connection, I’ll do it, even if it is a bit of…


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PT40 Tuner is rechargeable, uses vibrations for tuning
Eco Friendly January 4, 2011 posted by

nPower PEG charges your gadgets using kinetic energy

Being able to charge your mobile gadgets is pretty important. After all, with a drained battery, a phone or MP3 player isn’t going to do much good, is it? There are a variety of portable battery solutions out there, but what if you’re also trying to be eco-friendly when charging your gadgets? Sure, you have the option of going solar, but that depends on good sunshine. Wind power is good, as long as you can keep a steady breeze. So…


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nPower PEG charges your gadgets using kinetic energy
announcement December 30, 2010 posted by

Europe to get standardized cellphone chargers next year

How many cellphones have you owned in the last 10 years? Now how many of those used the exact same charger? Not many I suspect, unless your phones were from the same manufacturer, and even that wasn’t a guarantee. Well if you live in Europe, this issue will be a thing of the past. Starting next year they will all be using the same charging connector. To be specific, mobile phones will be required to use a microUSB connector for…


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Europe to get standardized cellphone chargers next year
Awesome December 24, 2010 posted by

The Crayola Crayon Maker recycles old half-used crayons

Crayons provided an outlet for our childhood imaginations. One of the main problems with using crayons however is that they can be used down to their tiniest stub and are annoying to draw with after that. (Don’t lie, you all know it’s true and still want to draw with crayons) The allure of a brand new crayon always wins out over the five or six thumb-sized stubs of colored wax that you never want to see again. Now that positions…


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The Crayola Crayon Maker recycles old half-used crayons
but is it art? December 24, 2010 posted by

Artist creates a solar-powered rainbow maker

Rainbows are one of those little wonders in life that you can’t help but admire, and smile at. Perhaps it’s their rarity that contributes to this factor. Sure, you can produce small ones with the right conditions, but ones like you see after a rainstorm aren’t so easy. Well, at least for most people. Artist Michael Jones McKean, however, seems to have figured it out. He has been working for several years to create a machine that can not only…


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Artist creates a solar-powered rainbow maker
Eco Friendly December 23, 2010 posted by

Water Powered Micro Car teaches kids about alternative fuels

Remote controlled cars usually get their power from a rechargeable battery pack. Cheaper ones might use a set of AA’s, but those generally run out of juice pretty quick. Of course, these aren’t the only things you can use to get your R/C car moving. Heck, you could even use water! This Eco-Racers Water Powered Remote Control Micro Car is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tiny car that runs on water. If you’re imagining a stream of water…


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Water Powered Micro Car teaches kids about alternative fuels
Eco Friendly December 20, 2010 posted by

Green Wall USB Charger uses timer to curb energy waste

When you plug your phone or other device into the wall to charge, it will continue to draw power until you unplug it, regardless of whether or not it has a full battery. While it isn’t using a large amount of energy, it’s still money that you are wasting, and it’s not exactly helping the environment or anything. Well this Green Wall USB Charger can help put a stop to all of that. This wall charger can power up to…


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Green Wall USB Charger uses timer to curb energy waste
Bookmark This! December 16, 2010 posted by

Barcoo – freeware lets you scan barcodes and get lots of lovely product info

Barcoo is a very cool freeware application for smartphones which lets you scan products and view a bunch of useful data. You get price comparisons (offline and online stores), test reports, health info for foods and even eco information to help you maintain that sustainable lifestyle. It’s easy to use, very fast and the database of information is growing all the time. One of the neat features of the software is the ability for users to add their own reviews,…


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