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Top Five Green Gadgets We Wish Really Existed

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 20, 2009 @ 9:00 am In green gadgets,Greener Gadgets | 6 Comments

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From time to time we come across some ideas that are so brilliant that it’s a no-brainer for them to be out there in the marketplace. This last year in particular we’ve seen a number of green gadgets [2] that are so ingenious that we’re left scratching our heads and wondering why they haven’t been produced yet — especially because they are all powered by renewable energy [3] sources. With this in mind, we present to you our top five green gadgets that we wish existed!

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1. Solar Powered Bluetooth Headphones [4]

We hate untangling the cords to our headphones when we pull them out of our bag, so we love these Q-Sound headphones [4] that are Bluetooth enabled and don’t have any wires to get tangled up in. As an added bonus, these sleek headphones are completely powered by the sun via a set of flexible hexagonal solar panels [5].

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2. Kinetic and Flexible OLED Phone

Our current cell phones get dropped on the ground all the time, but if we had a flexible phone it wouldn’t get nearly as beat up and we could easily fit it into our pocket. Kyocera’s concept for a flexible OLED cell phone [6] is fascinating not only because it is slim and sleek with a fabulously wide screen — it’s also powered by kinetic energy [7], so all it takes to charge it up is a walk around town.

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3. Illuminating Window Blinds Store Sunlight [8]

We’re convinced that solar cells will eventually be integrated into a variety of household objects (especially the surfaces of our homes), so venetian blinds that are covered in solar cells makes perfect sense. During the day these Solar Blinds [8] are angled to capture sunlight with flexible solar cells, while at night the stored energy is transferred to a layer of electroluminescent foil [9] that provides energy-efficient light.

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4. Solar Powered Bracelet Phone

For those that tend to loose their phones, this wearable bracelet phone [10] might just do the trick. It’s a relatively simple cell phone with calling, texting and address book features, except it is flexible and solar powered — it reminds us a bit of those slap bracelets from when we were kids.

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5. Solar Power Generating Sunglasses [11]

We all wear sunglasses to shade our eyes from the sun, so why not put them to good use soaking up those rays to generate power? These solar sunglasses [11] feature dye solar cells that are integrated into their lenses, which can collect and convert enough energy to power your handheld gadgets, like phones and ipods. A little wire on the back of the frames connects to your devices and charges them on the go.


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[2] green gadgets: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[3] renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/energy/

[4] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/27/q-sound-solar-powered-bluetooth-enabled-headphones/

[5] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com../2008/05/14/solar-table-the-solo-lounge-by-intelligent-forms/

[6] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/16/kyocera-unveils-kinetic-flexible-oled-cell-phone/

[7] kinetic energy: http://inhabitat.com../category/kineticenergy/

[8] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/05/blight-blinds-by-vincent-gerkens/

[9] electroluminescent foil: http://inhabitat.com../2006/09/30/glowing-butterfly-nightlight/

[10] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/12/wearable-solar-powered-leaf-phone-charges-on-the-go/

[11] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/05/power-generating-sunglasses-by-hyu-joong-kim-and-kwang-seok-jeong/

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