Greener Gadgets

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

Drift-Light is a new type of self-dimming LED lightbulb that works with any regular household light switch. Mimicking the setting sun to help you sleep better, the bulb uses an internal microprocessor in

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Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest for $3.2 Billion

Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest for $3.2 Billion

Soon, Google may be a greater part of your life than simply the sites and apps you use on your computer or phone: the company's tech may be wired into the appliances that run your home. Yesterday, Google

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Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Electronics that rely on batteries have the disadvantage of succumbing to obsolescence once their charging and discharging cycles have reached their limit, but one firm is moving away from that model.

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FlyKly Smart Wheel Snaps Onto Any Bike to Give it an Electric Boost

FlyKly Smart Wheel Snaps Onto Any Bike to Give it an Electric Boost

Lots of people would love to bike to work. Or school, or the theater. Pedaling your way around town is a great way to burn calories and curb carbon emissions. Unfortunately, the trade off is a lot of

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Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale and commercial ship collisions are a tragic side effect of global shipping, but a new app called Whale Spotter has been designed to arrest such occurrences. In the busy ports of the San Francisco

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NliteN’s New Ultra-Thin LED Light Bulbs Could Cost Just $9.99

NliteN’s New Ultra-Thin LED Light Bulbs Could Cost Just $9.99

Although much more efficient and durable than the ordinary incandescent light bulbs, not to mention more sustainable, LED bulbs are still too expensive for the average customer with prices ranging from

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for tree-sitting

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Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy has created an incredible miniature plotter made from Finnish cardboard, rubber bands, glue, tape, glue, and a welding rod. Roy designed the gadget while teaching a workshop at the

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Bandu: A Stress-Detecting Wristwatch To Help You Slow Down, Chill Out

Bandu: A Stress-Detecting Wristwatch To Help You Slow Down, Chill Out

It can be hard to know exactly when and how to chill out when you're becoming agitated and stressed, but Boston-based health device company Neumitra has developed a device that just might help you out.

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

SpareOne Emergency Phone Squeezes 15 Years of Battery Life and 10 Hours of Talk Time From a Single AA

In an emergency situation, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your cell phone has enough charge to make a call. The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a mobile phone that operates on a

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Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hurricane Sandy has many people thinking about what they would do without power for days on end, particularly when it comes to the need to keep essential items like cell phones charged, ready and

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The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

If you've ever been freaked out over the dangers of riding your bicycle at night, the Xfire Bike Lane Safety Light might be able to offer you a little more security. This battery-powered safety light

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3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new “power-generation LED lamp” called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for

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The audioJar Turns Mason Jars into a Transparent Speaker System

The audioJar Turns Mason Jars into a Transparent Speaker System

Designer Sarah Pease gives the humble mason jar a high-tech makeover with the “audioJar“. Using the glass container as a housing for open-source speakers, the audioJar takes readily available

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, “conflict minerals” are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a

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TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

TU Delft’s iWEB Pavilion to be Transformed Into a Climate Research Laboratory

An icon for innovation, iWEB was first unveiled at the Floriade World Exhibition in 2002. The pavilion looks like a grounded flying saucer, and it functions as a multidisciplinary facility, encouraging

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Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

The wooden-framed iameco (pronounced “i-am-eco”) computer is easy on the eyes and on the environment. A result of a collaboration between German and Irish designers, the PC is the first of

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Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

A team of researchers from Yale University is developing the Map of Life, an online platform that will monitor the existence of all plants and animals on the planet. When completed, users will be able to

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Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass,

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CF Salicath Builds Fully Functional TLR Camera from LEGOs

CF Salicath Builds Fully Functional TLR Camera from LEGOs

Norwegian photographer Carl-Fredric Salicath yearned for the mechanical simplicity of traditional film photography. So when he set about building his own camera he used the most elemental construction

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Genius Unveils World’s First Battery-Free Wireless Mouse

Genius Unveils World’s First Battery-Free Wireless Mouse

Genius just took a big step forward for computer peripherals by launching the world's first wireless battery-free mouse. The mighty mouse eschews wasteful AAAs and heavier lithium-ion batteries in favor

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SolarKindle: SolarFocus Debuts Its Sun-Powered Cover for Amazon’s E-Reader at CES

SolarKindle: SolarFocus Debuts Its Sun-Powered Cover for Amazon’s E-Reader at CES

SolarFocus Technology Company Ltd. has just unveiled one of the most ingenious and practical solar powered gadgets that we've seen in a long time -- a sun-powered cover for the most popular e-reader on

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Miniwiz’s Trashy “RE-case” has got your iPhone 4 Covered!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Miniwiz’s Trashy “RE-case” has got your iPhone 4 Covered!

Taiwanese green design firm Miniwiz is back at it again with the launch of their newest line of sleek, and “trashy” iPhone cases made entirely from, you guessed it, recycled waste. Akin to their line

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Four Cooking Stove Designs That Can Save The World

Four Cooking Stove Designs That Can Save The World

The technology is dubbed the rocket stove, a seemingly simple device that has a large vertical cylinder to hold a pot and an opening at the bottom to feed the combustible biomass to efficiently cook a

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VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

Our 2008 Greener Gadgets Conference featured speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Not only did we invite inventors, engineers, and representatives from the world's biggest

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VIDEO: Photo Artist Chris Jordan on Greener Gadgets

VIDEO: Photo Artist Chris Jordan on Greener Gadgets

Following his inspiring keynote at the first ever Greener Gadgets Conference, we were lucky enough to sit down one-on-one with photographic artist Chris Jordan to talk about his work, e-waste, and the

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