Solar Inside Bench Provides Wi-Fi and Nightlights

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Unless you're a homeless person or an old guy with a bagged lunch, park benches are pretty unappealing. The Solar Inside concept, by Boston-based Owen Song, makes these respites a point of interest by fitting them with solar panels and Wi-Fi. At night, the bench uses its spare juice to light up. The electronics are tucked into the bench frame itself and covered with solar panel. The whole...

The P.U.M.A., from GM and Segway

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Okay, so the Segway didn't exactly change the way cities are built, as inventor Dean Kamen once suggested. After all, how many people need and can afford a $5,000 gyroscope scooter that you still have to stand in to ride? Now, GM and Segway are working on a reinvention, dubbed the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project, or P.U.M.A., for now. With help from a lithium battery, the...

Tweet-a-Watt Tells Power Usage to the World

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As if Twitter didn't already focus on the most excruciating details of daily life, the Tweet-a-Watt is here to broadcast your power consumption to the world. Plus, each device only reads one outlet, so you can really get down to the nitty-gritty. Modified from a Kill-a-Watt energy reader, the Tweet-a-Watt slowly charges up just enough power to communicate with a nearby computer via an XBee...

Monitor Energy Use From Anywhere with Efergy Elite

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Every kw/h counts when you're trying to go green or save money on bills. The Efergy Elite helps the cause by reading household energy use and displaying the data on a wireless device. Because it can instantly show how much power is being drawn, it's possible to determine which individual gadgets are the biggest drains by turning them on and off. As Dvice points out, it would be cool if the...

Best Buy Stores to Stock Electric Motorcycle

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We've previously written about the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle, which rides for 45 minutes on a single charge at up to 53 mph. Come May, you'll actually be able to get one for just $12,000 if you're near any of the five selected Best Buy locations to carry it. Eventually, the bike will come to all of Best Buy's U.S. stores, plus some in Europe and China. Interestingly enough, Brammo CEO...

No Need for Charger With Solar DS Mod

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If you've got a Nintendo DS and about $20 bucks to spare, this could be a mod worth doing. With four 60 mm x 60 mm solar panels, each providing a maximum of 3 volts at 40 ma power output, modder "dark sponge" made his DS self-sustaining. There's a bit soldering and wiring required, but nothing that demands a master electrician. The trickle charger completely does away with the need for a...

Solar-Powered Blue Earth is Quite Green

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Samsung appeases the treehugger set with the Blue Earth mobile phone. The first thing you'll notice is its solar panel that provides enough charge to make a phone call in sunlight, but that's not all. An "eco-mode" cuts down on unnecessary backlighting, brightness and bluetooth. The body is made of PCM -- a plastic extracted from water bottles -- and there are no harmful substances, such as...

Solar Tree: Cool Product, Dumb Name

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Despite the glaring need for a more creative, interesting name, the Solar Tree is a great solution for all you casual green enthusiasts that aren't keen on fully converting your home to solar power. Throw it in your backyard, unfold it to get a little r & r in the shade,  and harness the power of the sun to provide electricity to your home. The Solar Tree was designed by Gurdeep...

Western Digital's 2TB "Green Power" hard drive

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Western Digital has debuted a new 2TB Green Power hard drive. The drive earns the “green power” designation because it uses variable spin speeds, lower temperatures and quieter decibel levels than your traditional drive.  "While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level or higher,...

Make Your Own Energy With mPower Concept

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Bored at home? Why not make your own energy with Sofian Tallal's mPower. It's as simple as stepping onto the two leaf-shaped pads, pressing the fingerprint detector and shifting your weight from one pad to the other every 10 seconds. Hydraulic cylinders beneath each pad pass fluid back and forth with each step, generating power through a micro-hydro turbine. To keep you occupied, an...

Miniwiz Shows Off Cute Solar Solutions

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We know what you're thinking: Isn't a sunlight-powered light a little redundant? But with six hours of juice after four hours of charge, you could easily take Miniwiz's Solar Bulb into darker locales once it's fully powered. The bulb, a a 0.07 W high output LED with magnifying lens, comes in a Big Mac-esque package. It'll screw onto any standard water bottle or Miniwiz's own POLLI-brick...

Kinesis K2, Draws Solar and Wind Power

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At this year's CES in Las Vegas, Kinesis unveiled a 2-in-1 handheld recharger aimed to solve the sweet irony of seeing gadgets run out of battery.  Reminiscent of the HyMini, the K2 uses both solar power and wind energy, ensuring you never have to see that 'battery low' sign again.  The Kinesis K2 packs a battery that is large enough to charge your mobile 5 times over; something no one else...

Change your iPhone with power from the sun

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Looking to go green with your iPhone…or at least be able to get power when there isn’t an outlet around? This solar powered iPhone case from SolarArcadia can re-charge a completely empty iPhone battery in three hours using the power from the sun (or course the case will have to set in the sun for 12 hours beforehand to make that magic happen). While not exactly the most useful for...

The Hemp-Mote: an Herbalized WiiMote Mod

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Hemp and video games.  Does anything go together better?  The enterprising modder DHRECK has moded the first ever WiiMote encased purely in hemp twine.  This fully functional WiiMote is covered -- from the tip of the Wii chuck all the way to the sensor on the WiiMote -- in pure hemp rope.  While our days of hemp and video games are in our past, we must give DHRECK a strong salute to this...

Pedal your way to power with the Yogen Max charger

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Ever feel like you’re not involved ENOUGH in the process of charging your laptop? Yogen Max has just introduced a laptop charger that charges your PC via foot pedal. That’s right, a foot pedal. The green gadget will supposedly work with other small electronics like digital cameras, PDA’s and cell phones. While you’d definitely draw some stares whipping out one of...

Harness the power of the sun with the iPower SX

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How many times have you been out soaking up rays only to discover your favorite gadget is losing battery power? Rather than make you head in out of the sun for a recharge the iPower SX solar powered charger charges your gadgets for you outside using the power from the sun. The device captures solar energy in a 2200mAh battery that once charged is said to be able to power an iPod for FIFTY...

Potenco PCG1 Power Generator

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Want to convert a few calories into some power for your gadgets? The Potenco PCG1 Power Generator is a pull-cord generator that creates electricity for portable gadgets with far greater efficiency than hand-cranked devices. It weighs 14 ounces, has both an internal NiMh battery and a mini-USB output jack and convert two minutes of effort into 40 minutes of cellphone talk time. It's a brilliant...

Smart, Green Home: 3 Innovative Energy Monitors

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On average, American consumers spend over $100 per month on home electricity costs.  For those like us, however, this tech-driven life pushes home electricity costs far higher.  Let's face it, we're not going to give up the gadgets-- but there is a way to fight this pricey little fire with fire.  There is a new trend in green gadgetry, one that promises to curb our home...

EasyBloom takes the guesswork out of gardening

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The EasyBloom USB stake sensor takes the guesswork out of your gardening. The sensor analyzes the soil it’s placed in for 24 hours and then reports back to you on whether or not you should plant there as well as what plants might be a good fit for your environment. The stake can also analyze the earth where a struggling plant is growing and tell you what the issue may be. The EasyBloom...