Ditch The Charging Cords

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A handful of tablet and phone manufacturers today have wireless charging ports that come either pre-packaged with their products, or are available as an accessory purchase. This new charging option, the first iteration being the Touchstone Charging Dock was first popularized with the Palm Pre phone, and also with the HP Touchpad. The Touchstone Dock was an innovative device that solved a multitude of problems, first and foremost being the unnecessary cluttering of charging cords around the house. Secondly, wireless chargers can be faster than the wired traditional. They also act as a dock to stand your phone/tablet up and… read more

Simplifying Modern Life

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Technology makes life easier and more convenient. With the advancements in software and micro chip design, technology has enabled consumers to reduce their carbon footprint by consolidating many devices into one. For instance, it is no longer necessary to carry a camera, or an mp3 player, or a GPS or a laptop or a gaming console or an eBook. Instead a compact Smartphone can do the work of all the above mentioned devices and proves the proverb that “good things come in small packages”. Due to the personal nature of this mobile technology, we as consumers can modify our behaviour… read more

Eco-Friendly Washers

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Water is becoming a rare and valued commodity these days, especially in underdeveloped nations and countries with overpopulation problems. Solutions have been to ration water intake in places such as Australia, places in South Africa, cities in the U.S., etc. One of the main water-guzzlers is the washing machine. We typically wash 3-5 loads of laundry each week, which adds up over time. And up until recently, there hasn’t been a clear (or affordable) alternative to the traditional washing machine. According to the Energy Star website, to be considered an eco-friendly washer, the machine must use “20% less energy, and… read more

Tips for a Green Computer

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In a report last year by Environmental researchers some alarming information was released. They took four laptop computers of leading brands and took an x-ray scan which revealed that those laptops had some very hazardous materials inside them. Unavoidably, the manufacturing itself involves additions of hazardous materials in order to fulfill certain customer needs such as a sleek design and an appealing look. We cannot compromise the hardware by spending money on a “Green Computer” which would be made of non-toxic recycled materials; rather we can save the power consumed when we are using the computer. There are some very simple and… read more

A Light in the Dark

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From time to time we read a lot of news about innovation in the lighting industry and new means of producing light which is green and energy efficient. Apart from electricity which powers incandescent and LED lights, solar is another option for generating power. Due to its cost and practical application this alternative source of energy is not widely used in many developing countries. Recent research at the University of California claims kerosene lamps which are used in most part of India and Africa are more hazardous to the environment and human health than we think. Designers Martin Riddiford and… read more

Wireless Electricity

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Say goodbye to annoying charger cables, and welcome the future of electrical charging; wireless energy transfer. This marvel of science and technology was first invented by Nikola Tesla in 1890, with his “World Power” towers that unfortunately didn’t quite match up to his vision of free global electricity. Ultimately, Tesla’s idea laid the foundation and opportunity for modern scientists to perfect his design. The first iteration of these wireless devices is called Inductive Coiling. Not dissimilar to the size and appearance of a mousepad, this coil can transmit wireless electricity to a distance of a few inches. Nothing substantial, but… read more

Switching To E-Books

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Millions of books end up as fodder in landfills each year, ranging from torn-up classics, to collegiate textbooks.And while the number of discarded books continues to increase, a solution is available in the form of ebooks. All it takes is a Kindle, Nook, tablet, or smartphone with a reading app to get started. You can download entire libraries of books, usually at a fraction of the cost of a paperback or hardcover version. These ebooks can be read on multiple device platforms, and can even be shared with friends for a two-week period on Amazon, much like a library system…. read more

Recycling at an ecoATM

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The automatic teller machine was a mind-blowing concept during 1930’s but our ancestors did not have the technology to design the machine then. Several years later the machine was designed and people loved to use it. Users were able to make financial transactions without waiting in the queue or filling out forms. Late in 2012 a US based startup designed a fully automated machine, the ecoATM, which pays you instant cash for your old or broken electronics gadget. Recycling or making money with old electronic gadgets is usually a bit of a problem, not to mention, a hassle. Either you… read more

Electric Energy Unicycle

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The Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) V3 is total precision, crafted by hand with 6061 alloy. SBU is ultra-portable and is capable of 325-lb loads. This unicycle is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery pack that offers a city ride time of up to two hours, or one can go at what’s described as a nonstop sprint for up to an hour. Its 1000-watt BLDC electric motor can propel one from 0 to 10 MPH in about three seconds, and the SBU V3 has a top speed of around 15 MPH. The SBU’s portability and weight of 27lbs makes it… read more

Neat and Green Technology

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If you are into green gadgetry and products, then you know there are exciting advances on the horizon in the field of more responsible technology. Buying items that are practical as well as earth smart are becoming easier as more options enter the retail arena. Below are a few developments to keep your eye on. Solar is always a smart selection, especially when it comes to electronics. New things like solar keyboards, which run on solar power combined with a non-battery version of wireless capabilities, make using your computer more energy friendly. Also, for those whose daily trekking requires a… read more