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Top 5 Greener Gadgets to Look for in 2010

Top 5 Greener Gadgets to Look for in 2010

As greener gadget geeks, we're pretty enthralled with the assortment of energy and earth-conscious gizmos that emerged last year, and we're even more excited about what this year holds in store. Check out

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ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

If you've got a toddler running about the house you may have asked yourself "Isn't there some way I could put all of that energy to good use?" Well the folks who came up with Rocco, one of the awesome

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Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

When the sun goes down many developing countries rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps, which emit hazardous fumes and generate 190 million metric tons of CO2 each year. Seeking an eco-friendly alternative

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Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Piezoelectric energy is nothing new, but researchers at Princeton University have developed a new type of electricity-harvesting rubber sheet that has the potential to change the way we power electronic

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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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Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Instead of just burning calories, why not use all that energy from exercising to power your MP3 player? The Dancepants Kinetic Music Player, a shortlisted entry in Designboom's Green Life competition,

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Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Instead of acting as one of the most bland parts of city landscapes, what if manholes served a purpose? That's what designers Cheolyeon Jo and Youngsun Lee propose with their "Eco Sign", an electronic

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Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Any one point on a busy street can receive up to 50,000 steps a day, so imagine if you could take all that foot traffic and turn it into something useful - like energy! A new product designed by Laurence

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Fountainhead Reposited: Water Island is an Exercise in Filtration

Fountainhead Reposited: Water Island is an Exercise in Filtration

Synch your workout with a little river detox, then rehydrate with a cup of the fresh water you just filtered. This people-powered water purification island, designed by Jakub Szczesny as part of the

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Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer's Murakami Chair, a winner in designboom's

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Hybrid Squared: Ingenious Energy-Generating Bike Rental System

Hybrid Squared: Ingenious Energy-Generating Bike Rental System

Designer Chiyu Chen has conceived of an ingenious transit system that encourages the use of sustainable transportation by crediting people for renting and riding bicycles. His Hybrid2 system consists of a

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Kinetic Prayer Wheels Transform Prayers Into Energy

Kinetic Prayer Wheels Transform Prayers Into Energy

Every year millions of tourists and locals descend upon Tibet’s temples and spin the prayer wheels contained inside. If the mechanical energy generated by the movement of these spinning wheels could be

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Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone

Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone

Charting the future of cell phone technology, Kyocera recently unveiled a kinetic energy-powered phone that is capable of folding up like a wallet. Designed by industrial designer Susan McKinney, the EOS

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POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!

POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!

Here's a brilliant invention that makes us wonder why all city sidewalks aren't covered in piezoelectric tiles. POWERleap is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into

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Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Engineers at Innowattech in Israel recently created a new type of road that generates electricity as vehicles pass over it! The supercharged surface is embedded with piezoelectric crystals, which

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Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Umbrellas that light up with integrated LEDs are nothing new: from Instructable's DIY illuminated umbrella to patio umbrellas available at Lowes, LED Umbrellas have been around the block. But here's a

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The World’s First Energy-Generating Revolving Door

The World’s First Energy-Generating Revolving Door

Harvesting the kinetic energy generated by crowds of people is one of our favorite approaches to renewable energy. Recently Netherlands-based Natuurcafé La Port installed an energy generator in a

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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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Energy-Generating Spinning Wheel Provides Power for the Poor

Energy-Generating Spinning Wheel Provides Power for the Poor

The e-charkha is an ingenious update to India's ubiquitous charkha [spinning wheel] that transforms the simple machine into a potentially significant source of energy for millions of struggling families

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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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M2E Charges Your Cell Phone With Kinetic Energy!

M2E Charges Your Cell Phone With Kinetic Energy!

Earlier this year we highlighted Idaho startup M2E Power’s push to develop motion-powered electronics for the military. Now M2E is emphasizing the commercial applications for their technology, with a

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New Hand-Crank Media Player goes on sale!

New Hand-Crank Media Player goes on sale!

We love our kinetic energy here at Inhabitat, and we are excited to announce inventive use of human kinetic power: The brandnew 2 GB Eco Media Player is hand-crank portable media player can play music,

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WIND-UP ECO BAMBOO PHONE: Charged by whirling!

WIND-UP ECO BAMBOO PHONE: Charged by whirling!

Here's a great idea for a cell-phone that is thoroughly green in every way: from its biodegradable bamboo materials, to its thoughtfully considered lifecycle, to its ingenious use of kinetic human power

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GRAVIA: Gravity Based Kinetic Energy Lamp

GRAVIA: Gravity Based Kinetic Energy Lamp

Gravia, a gravity based kinetic energy lamp concept, wowed our panel judges and the crowd at the Greener Gadgets Conference, earning a second place accolade in the design competition. Created by Clay

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Generate Energy with Fluxxlab’s ‘Revolution’ Revolving Door

Generate Energy with Fluxxlab’s ‘Revolution’ Revolving Door

The designers at New York City based Fluxxlab studio have come up with an ingenious sustainable energy harvesting idea that makes you wonder why no one else has thought of it before. Their Revolution Door

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Energy-Generating Green Microgym in Seattle by Adam Boesel

Energy-Generating Green Microgym in Seattle by Adam Boesel

A human-powered energy-generating gym like Hong Kong’s is now taking shape in Seattle, turning human sweat into usable electric energy. By connecting spinning bikes to wind-generator motors, clients at

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California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power

We’ve been following (and fascinated by) developments in wave power technology, from Portugal's wave farm to Finavera's AquaBuoy 2.0. And now we are thrilled to announce that San Francisco-based Pacific

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ENERGY HARVESTING SNEAKERS – Art students hack Heelys!

ENERGY HARVESTING SNEAKERS – Art students hack Heelys!

Pounding the pavement in your sneakers requires energy, and unfortunately, all that kinetic energy is mostly lost to the ground.... until now... Smart art students Christian Croft and Kate Harman have

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