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HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP has just unveiled an incredibly ambitious project to create a "Central Nervous System for the Earth" (CeNSE) composed of billions of super sensitive, cheap, and tough sensors. The project involves

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EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

We love gadgets that glean energy from everyday actions, so we were thrilled to find this energy-generating rocking chair among this year's 18 Greener Gadgets Design Competition finalists. Perfect for

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“Living Goods” Barcode App Makes Buying Local a Breeze

“Living Goods” Barcode App Makes Buying Local a Breeze

How many miles did your lunch travel to get to your plate? Even if we eat organic and fresh, most of us don’t know the origin of our produce, meats and dairy, and we often fail to realize that our food

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Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Portable wireless mice have a problem: most of them rely upon disposable batteries, which often wind up in landfills as e-waste. Adele Peters' Corky mouse aims to change all that -- it's a kinetic

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World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

World’s First Solar-Powered Circuit Could Revolutionize Touchscreen Tech

Imagine: a solar-powered screen that could quickly charge up your new iPad. Solar chargers are certainly nothing new, but this circuit is embedded right in the touchscreen, so you don't have to set the

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Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

This spinning kinetic cellphone battery is a smart solution for times when your phone is dangerously low on juice. With a simple twirl of your finger, you can charge your battery with enough energy to

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Ingenious ‘Black and White’ Wireless OLED Digital Clock

Ingenious ‘Black and White’ Wireless OLED Digital Clock

It's black, it's white, but it won't be tough for you to get by with this ingenious light-sensitive OLED clock that automatically shifts colors so that it is readable by day or night. The perfect antidote

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FASTRONAUTS: Action Figures Powered by Play

FASTRONAUTS: Action Figures Powered by Play

Kids have a ton of energy, so wouldn't it be great if we could bottle up some of that excess energy and use it in lieu of batteries in battery-operated toys? That's precisely the idea behind Fastronauts

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The Buzz on Greener Gadgets at CES

The Buzz on Greener Gadgets at CES

With the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas this week, we've been dreaming of green electronics innovations that can satisfy our desire for cleaner, greener technology. We might have

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HP Announces Flexible Computer Screens On the Horizon

HP Announces Flexible Computer Screens On the Horizon

Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center and HP recently announced a prototype of a flexible lightweight computer screen that stands to revolutionize computers and electronic devices. Created

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CES 2009: Owikits 6-in-1 Solar Toy Building Kit

CES 2009: Owikits 6-in-1 Solar Toy Building Kit

From tiny hydrogen powered vehicles to pint-size solar powered cars, we love seeing toys that put renewable energy into growing kids hands. Thus we were excited to see this 6-in-1 Solar Building Kit by

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Greener Gadgets Announces Keynote: Saul Griffith

Greener Gadgets Announces Keynote: Saul Griffith

ATTENTION GREEN GADGET GEEKS! The Greener Gadgets Conference is returning to New York City this February, and promises to be even bigger and better than our inaugural event in 2008. We've been talking

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A Greener CES Kicks Off This Week

A Greener CES Kicks Off This Week

The world famous Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas, and this year the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has joined forces with Greener Gadgets to produce the greenest CES

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Solar Power Sunglasses Can Charge Your Gadgets

Solar Power Sunglasses Can Charge Your Gadgets

With the snow coming down fast this time of year, we can't help but dream of laying on the beach listening to our iPod and relaxing. But how to keep it charged? If we had this handy pair of designer

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ANNOUNCING: The 2009 Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

ANNOUNCING: The 2009 Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

Calling all designers, inventors, and green gadget geeks! The 2009 Greener Gadgets Conference is shaping up to be an incredible event, and we're excited to announce the details of next year's Greener

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Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Perfect for emergency preparedness and cute to boot, this adorable penguin eco flashlight would make an excellent addition to any home. The bright light eschews a landfill-bound battery for a pump powered

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The iYo Magnetic Induction iPhone Charger

The iYo Magnetic Induction iPhone Charger

For those times when you are hanging out in your underground lair with no sunlight to speak of, this little device could power your iPhone should the battery die. The iYo Induction Power Charger,

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TwistTogether LED Block Lamps from Glide

TwistTogether LED Block Lamps from Glide

We first spotted Glide Design's gorgeous TwistTogether Block Lights back at BKLYN Design in 2005, and we've been fans of the innovative design ever since. Like a design product love-child between Legos

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Sony’s Twirl N’ Take Battery Free Camera

Sony’s Twirl N’ Take Battery Free Camera

In the age of digital photography, photographers on the go know that keeping charged is an essential consideration. Whereas most cameras use batteries for power, Sony recently revealed a unique looking

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SOLAR POWERED MOON JAR by Tobias Wong

SOLAR POWERED MOON JAR by Tobias Wong

Ever wish you could bottle moonlight to light up your room at night? Well, now you can with the Moon Jar. We've written about the Sun Jar on Inhabitat before - the cute and clever solar powered jar lamp

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EnergyHub: A Simple Solution for Energy Efficiency

EnergyHub: A Simple Solution for Energy Efficiency

One of the many barriers that impedes us from living a greener life at home is the lack of any simple and reliable way to gauge how much energy we are consuming. We can turn off our lights and computers,

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World’s Smallest Solar Car: Select Solar Mini

World’s Smallest Solar Car: Select Solar Mini

Talk about bringing solar power to the palm of your hand! The World's Smallest Solar Racing Car is a tiny, fully-functional solar powered vehicle topped with a minuscule photovoltaic panel. The Select

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Hand-Cranked Super Battery Juices your Gadgets

Hand-Cranked Super Battery Juices your Gadgets

It's something that could happen to us all - accruing so many USB-bound gadgets that there's no way to keep them all charged. They clutter the desk and drawers, constantly vying for attention from the

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Junyi Heo’s Digital Pot Gives Your Plant a Face!

Junyi Heo’s Digital Pot Gives Your Plant a Face!

If only plants could speak, it would be so much easier to take care of them. Thats why our faces lit up when we spotted this awesome Digital Pot by Junyi Heo. Designed to relay the needs of individual

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Sunplant photovoltaic foliage on display in Milan

Sunplant photovoltaic foliage on display in Milan

Clearly a design better suited to sunny Italy than our native London, Toshiyuki Kita’s Sunplant, which we spotted in Milan this year, is an elaborate outdoor energy installation that fuses art with

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APPLE FILES SOLAR PATENT: MacBook going solar?

APPLE FILES SOLAR PATENT: MacBook going solar?

If you read Inhabitat with any frequency, you know we are always on the lookout for greener gadgets that will reduce the amount of energy and waste associated with wireless mobility. Well, we just

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Robotic Environmental Risk Assessment Rover by EcoArtTech

Robotic Environmental Risk Assessment Rover by EcoArtTech

Imagine if R2D2 didn't project images of Princess Leia, but rather an assessment of local superfund sites. Objectively, it's nothing like the very adorable R2D2, but the Environmental Risk Assessment

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DAY FOR NIGHT SOLAR POWER DRESS!

DAY FOR NIGHT SOLAR POWER DRESS!

We love our green fashion here at Inhabitat, but 'green gadget couture' is something for us to really get charged up about! This white (hot) tiled frock (think Paco Rabanne circa mid-1960’s) is the

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WIND POWERED WATCH: Urwerk UR-202

WIND POWERED WATCH: Urwerk UR-202

High-end watchmaker Urwerk is bringing new meaning to the term "small wind" by replacing the traditional self-winding mechanism in their UR-202 watch with miniature wind turbines. While this small scale

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VERS AUDIO’s Handcrafted Wood Speakers

VERS AUDIO’s Handcrafted Wood Speakers

We have seen mobile media players go green by utilizing the wind, the sun and our own muscles, what about when we use those gadgets in our home? Vers Audio has taken on the task to provide our homes with

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