Archive for the ‘Green Gadgets’ Category
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 |
At the tender age of 19 where others are busy playing on their PS or glued to their smartphones, Boyan Slat has took up the responsibility of cleaning up the oceans of the non degradable plastics on his shoulders. A hardcore environmentalist and an avid diver and photographer Boyan presented his idea to the world. He says “It will be very hard to convince everyone in the world to handle their plastics responsibly, but what we humans are very good in, is inventing technical solutions to our problems. And that’s what we’re doing.” This idea has got him the Best Idea of South-Holland award, and a Guinness World Record.
The Ocean Clean up is the device that will reportedely clear the ocean of 7,250,000,000 Kg of plastic in just 5 years per gyre. Gyre is the most dense accumulation of plastic.This is the design that they have put up for the proposed project. The Ocean Cleanup Array has been awarded Best Technical Design at the Delft University of Technology, and became second at the iSea Clash of the Concepts sustainable innovation award by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.Take a look at the anchor shaped device that smartly uses this design to cover up larger areas and collect wastes.
The plastic pollution problem is of very serious concern as it endangers the acquatic flora and fauna. Plus the resultant growth of algae will hamper vessels and tourism as well. Would you like visiting beaches filled with green alga and bad odour? Its high time that we perform some clean up of the wastes that we have been so carelessly dumping into the ocean. This ocean Clean up device array will cost much less than the billions countries need to shell out in order to clean the ocean. This device will use solar and tidal energy for the working so its completely a green gadget.
The smart use of booms instead of nets allows to only accumulate the plastic that lay afloat however this hypothesis stays yet to be tested. The best part is the cost to build this would look like penny when the accumulated plastic would be sold for recycling from the 5 gyres.
This is an open project waiting for funds to be operational. So here is the time that we could do our bit by contributing to them. Check out their page http://www.boyanslat.com/ for more details and information. They also require lots of technically skilled and environment lovers for performing the extensive and exhaustive study to check out the rumoured feasibility in the fields of engineering, oceanography, economics, recycling, maritime law and more. So you could visit their facebook page and try out if you fit into the various positions that are available. If not that atleast spend in this awesome cause and lets help to save our oceans and the lives dependent on it. I am going to do my bit, are you?
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 |
Love listening to songs, constant messaging, updating on social media, clicking and posting photos and most importantly gaming? Silly question right? with the onset of various smartphones into the market cellphones have taking a large section of the time. On an average a person spends almost six hours with his cellphone in a complete day. This includes complete cellphone usage. As a result there is resulting draining of the battery. Charging the cellphone again and again during the whole day is a task really and if not done be prepared that a favorite soundtrack or talk with loved one will be cut short abruptly. This problem has got a solution in the problem itself!
The kickstarter has exposed a new horizon of non-conventional source tapping by bringing the idea of solar charge headphones. These headphones will now charge your phone while listening to music anywhere in the park, on the road just anywhere about!! The OnBeat headphones are the integrated with photo voltaic cells as a panel over the full headgear. This headband helps to trap the solar energy while being outside in the sun. We all know that solar energy is the clean and efficient source of non conventional source. Thus it saves use of fossil and organic sources thus making it Eco-friendly. It gives the feeling of doing your bit for the planet.
The solar headphones have the cell with a surface area of about 55 cm2 producing a power output ranging somewhere around 0.55W. This isn’t much actually speaking. Would not charge the cellphone but could keep it alive for some more time. This energy pack is been stored in two lithium Ion based batteries that are been stuffed up into the ear cups. There is also option to charge the batteries using USB attached to main socket or desktop computer. So you could use it even at night or in the rainy season without worrying about it. The headgear is fully adjustable with folding ear cups to carry it with ease.
The overall specifications are as below
-Audio driver unit size: 40mm
-Frequency response: 20hz to 20kHz
-High powered flexible solar panel (poly-crystalline silicon)
-Impedance: 32 +/- 10% Ohm
-Sensitivity: 100 +/- 3 dB
This is created by self-funded group which is in talks to get the headphones for around 100$ in the market. Depending upon the number of orders they will be tracking the dispatch dates which is tentatively slated for the coming March.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 |
In this technology era all the people use all kinds of gadgets that are invented by the specialists and are sold on the market, but they are not necessarily very useful. Let’s take the laser flashlights for example. Now they can have different colours and you can choose a red laser flashlight or a green laser gadget, depending on your taste. Now there are differences between these gadgets because some of them are highly powered and some just normal.
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They can be used to point at things when you make a presentation or something in fron of the class, when you show a certain town or country on the map or when you want to make fun of some of your colleagues by playing with the colored spot on their clothes or head . The more powerful laser gadgets can be used to point at certain thing in the distance, to point at birds in the forest for example if you are birdwatching with your club members and you spot a nice looking bird, but the others just can’t see it. You can use it in the astronomer’s club to point at different stars on the sky and at different groups of stars. Of course the laser beam is not strong enough to get to the star, but it point the direction in which tolook in order to see the planet or star you are pointing at.
The latest models of green laser gadgets are powerful enough to let you see the beam, too, not only the dot where the laser beam touches a wall or a still object. After trying some of these thing bought from the internet, some of the kids I know realized that these things can be used both indoors and outdoors, during the daytime or at night and they can even light a room enough to allow you to walk around without bumping into objects. I also read some reviews of these gadgets on some internet web sites and one guy who posted some comments there said he was able to scare the crows that were making noise in the trees in front of his house. And he did it from the distance, from the window of his room, without having to make a lot of noise or get down and grab some stones to chase them away.
Any way, I think he was just trying to find some reasons why he bought the device in the first place. Like I said in the beginning these gadgets are not always very practical, but they are very cool. And it is very normal for teenagers to be fascinated by all kinds of gadgets, more or less unusual that spice up their lives and make them feel cool. Of course you can point our to a map with a wooden pointer, but then it would not be so cool. Any way, I am not against this kind of gadgets because they stimulate curiosity and innovation and they are the product of technology development. And I am also aware that this is just a normal phase in the life of a teenage boy that will pass.
If you are interested in finding out more about this funny gadget, you should follow these links: www.gadgetsmantra.com, www.thinkgeek.com, www.hackedgadgets.com, www.gadgetvenue.com.
Saturday, February 13th, 2010 |
The green gadgets are eco-friendly gadgets and they use alternative technologies to run. The first green gadget is one for your mobile phone from Strap-Ya. Running out of battery when you have an important conversation on the phone is not very pleasant, so the next gadget comes with an alternative – a cell phone strap that runs on the solar power and has the capacity to recharge your phone’s battery. This gadget won’t work as well as your original phone charger but it will give extra talking time.
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The next green gadget is a concept from Chrysler. This gadget is the Dodge ZEO which is an electric car with a rechargeable battery. The battery is a 64Wh Li-ion and will keep this car running for about 250 miles in a single charge. The name ZEO means that this concept car has zero emission. This is a nice concept car with four-door and the manufacturer says that Dodge ZEO can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.
All concept cars and eco-friendly are not that popular because they are slow and they can reach high top speeds, but this car in an exception because it has a top speed of 130 mph. Being a concept car we don’t have information about the price and if the car is going to be released on the market or not.
If you want the perfect boat, you should try the Solar Powered Silent Boat. This is a nice green gadget that is maintenance free, quiet, clean and safe to use. The boat can hold 4 adults and the cruising speed is about 5 mph. The motor is powered by the solar panels during sunny days. This solar powered boat can be also use at night, because the batteries hold up for about 6 hours.
The next green gadget is the first bio-recyclable USB drive. This USB dive is called the EarthhDrive and you can find with 1GB or 8GB. This eco-friendly device is not cheap and it comes with prices between $20 and $100. This USB drive is also dustproof, shockproof and waterproof.
Other green products you can find on the market are: a green laptop bag which is made with 100% natural dyes; recycled CD cases made of paper, not plastic; solar powered media player which uses to power of the sun to operate and it is also a portable device, so it is perfect is you want to take it with you camping or somewhere else;
EcoBalls which are an alternative for the tablets and the washing powders – they are chemical-free and eco-friendly; eco –speakers which are made from 100% recycled materials, you can use them with your mp3 player and they don’t run on batteries; rugs made from recycled plastic and many
Friday, August 14th, 2009 |
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the green geek in your house, or you are just looking for green gadgets, you are in the right place. With all the interest in living green, the technology producers have changed their manufacturing processes and they started creating eco-friendly products, for a greener lifestyle. The tech supply available on the market in practically endless, and you can find thousands of products which can reduce your life’s impact on the environment. I selected the most useful gadgets and innovations, which are worth to grab your attention.
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There is a gadget which brought into your house will help you decrease the energy use in your house, and not raise it, as you may think. DIY Kyoto has developed Wattson, which uses very little electricity to help you save money of your electric bill. You have to plug a transmitter into your fuse box, or in the electric meter, and it will send information to Wattson through a wireless connection. It will display the amount of electricity used, and it if it a low value, Wattson will glow a blue light, a calming color. When you use a lot of electric devices in the same time, and the amount of used electric energy will grow, the color will be changed into an angry red. I think it is interesting because it uses the universal unwritten color code to warn you about the waste of energy. You can purchase it for $256 and be sure that it is a low power device.
One of the battles on laptop market is given also on battery life. Each producer is trying to prolong the life of the batteries in the laptop he produces, but in reality, the technology seems to fall a bit short, and if you want to spend some money on a laptop, you should think about battery life too, because you don’t want a device which needs to be plugged in and charged very often. Actually, you want a laptop because it is portable, right? Here is the “SolarRoll”, a flexible solar panel which can roll and fit in your backpack or laptop case and which is also waterproof. It is very useful because you can use now the laptop in the park or in remote locations, not only in a coffee shop or in an electricity hot spot. This device is not specially designed to power only laptops. It can support other devices too, like cellphones, radios, cameras and even the car battery.
This alarm-clock doesn’t have the coolest design ever, but it has the “eco-friendly” characteristic, and this makes it special. This alarm clock has a battery pack, visible on the side, which powers the clock for several months. I like this gadget because, for a proper functioning, you have to add more water right from the tap. It features include the alarm, a countdown timer, temperature and a gravity sensor which allows you to switch from function to function by changing the clock’s position. This product is entirely recyclable and you don’t have to buy batteries for it. Never!
Even if this is kind of creepy, you can be green even after you die! Now you can ask to be buried in your favorite place in the park, because this coffin is made from harden, 100% recycled paper, which offers a totally non toxic burial, perfect for use in greenfield locations.
You can live a green life from the beginning to the last moments, and even after death, because there are plenty of gadgets which were designed to make your life easier and more eco-friendly. Think about the future and about the next generations, and stop wasting resources!