Solar Powered Gadgets

Artist's Concept

Saving electrical costs is a top-priority for homeowners. Solar power, until recently, has been an expensive option for everyday consumers. Unless you required an entire city block’s worth of power, going green really wasn’t monetarily feasible. That all changed last year, when a wide variety of solar-powered gadgets debuted at the consumer technology tradeshow, CES. Not only is the next generation of green gadgets affordable and utilitarian, but they look wonderful and will add an artistic flair to any tech setup. The first on our list is solar powered wi-fi pictured above. This is best for on-the-go internet needs, as it’s essentially just… read more

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries are one thing that a lot of us depend on. Many people don’t know that a potential charge or two can be left behind in alkaline batteries that were thought to have run their course. There are products available to help extract that last bit of power, and you can also make your own battery reviver at home with a few supplies to extend their lifespan and also prolong their trip to the recycler for as long as possible. The Battery Wizard for alkaline batteries is one example of a product on the market to bring back non-rechargeables another… read more

Practically Green Launches New Enterprise Platform for Sustainability and CSR

Practically Green Launches New Enterprise Platform for Sustainability and CSR

A new enterprise platform, designed to help motivate companies and their employees to implement sustainable choices both at work and at home, was launched by Practically Green, which could help to further the sustainability and CSR efforts at large, global, businesses. “This platform is groundbreaking in how we use customized programs, game mechanics and internal social networks to engage employees, build awareness and drive measurable action locally and globally. It also enhances the tools available to clients who have large, global and increasingly mobile-enabled workforces and diverse sustainability and responsibility initiatives.” – Susan Hunt Stevens, Practically Green’s Founder & CEO… read more

Turn Your Smartphone Into Smart Remote for Your House

Turn Your Smartphone Into Smart Remote Control for Your House

We can watch funny cat videos while we wait for the bus, or check our email while on a walk, or share pictures of our lunch, almost instantly, with our smartphones. We’re almost always just a click away from being connected to the internet, whether we’re at home, at work, or at play, and our smartphones, with their powerful processing power, can make so many things easier for us. However, our smartphones aren’t nearly as connected they could be, as we still need to manually turn off the lights at home, or lower the temperature for the AC or heater,… read more

10 Green Gadgets for Dad for Father’s Day

Green gadgets fathers day

Picking out a gift for your dad or husband or son on Father’s Day can be tough enough on its own, but getting the perfect gift for the green guy in your life can be even more difficult, as you also have to try to keep in mind their ecofriendly lifestyle so that you end up picking something both useful and green. But you’re in luck, because if your favorite dad is a gadget-lover, we can help point you in the direction of some excellent green gadgets for Father’s Day, covering the spectrum from solar power to smartphone to home… read more

The electree Grows Power and Visual Appeal

The electree Grows Power and Visual Appeal

What do you get when you cross the natural form of a tree with artful technology? A prototype for a solar design that looks like no other, called electree. Surfacing as a project on Kickstarter a while back, this design features both aesthetics and necessity. Adding sunlight to this digital tree won’t make it grow, but it will charge gadgets. Resembling a sculpture of a bonsai tree with many mirrored branches, the electree is a solar charger with interesting appeal. It charges smartphones as well as other devices, and the sample creation has some promising features. The tree absorbs sunlight through its… read more

Robots and Us

Robots And Us

The integration of robotic assistants into modern society has progressed much slower than perhaps Isaac Asimov or Stanley Kubrick had imagined. And yet, in many ways, we have evolved far beyond the original assessments of robotic usefulness. When Asimov penned I, Robot, he envisioned a world in which robots become self-aware and attempt the extermination of their human creators. Fortunately, that scenario is highly unlikely, if not downright ludicrous. While it’s true that some researchers are attempting to create robots with evolved brain capabilities, scientists have all but counted out the possibility of a robotic uprising anytime in the future…. read more

We Care Solar Suitcases Essential For Saving Lives

We Care Solar Suitcases Essential For Saving Lives

Real world issues need solid solutions. There are many solar lighting designs and companies that provide safe, reliable lighting to those in need. There are however, solar products that incorporate more than much needed light. One such design is an all-inclusive suitcase from We Care Solar. Dr. Laura Stachel, an obstetrician and researcher, has been in the field for years, fighting for a basic right for women around the globe – safe childbirth. Pakati – This word means pregnancy in a certain region in Malawi. Dr. Stachel, upon asking for the literal translation of this local term, was told by… read more

SolePower Puts Energy Harvester in Your Shoes

SolePower Puts Energy Harvester in Your Shoes

Could you walk your way to a full battery charge? If you had a pair of these insoles in your shoes, you just might be able to. Producing energy from the movement of our own body is not a new idea, as a common bicycle generator demonstrates, but adding an energy harvesting device to something we do in our daily routines, without interrupting our natural flow, has not gotten a lot of attention. But lately we’ve seen some renewed interest in it, such as the PediPower, from students at Rice University, and PaveGen floor tiles show. The latest approach is… read more

Xbox One Versus PS4: Less Is More

Xbox One vs PS4 - Concept Image

The gaming world is not often where one turns to seek out eco-conservative devices, considering the tremendous amount of processing power and energy these machines need to function, yet in 2013, this is exactly where we’ll find them. The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are currently the hottest topics on the block. They’re the newest versions of our favorite consoles, and are due to hit stores later this year. We know quite a bit about each device, minus what the PS4 actually looks like, but that’s a minor inconvenience. Right now, Microsoft’s device appears to be the frontrunner when… read more