Eco-chic uberblog Treehugger has written up the winners of the "Light Objects" sustainable design competition hosted by Core77, and the first-prize gadget looks something like...an iPod. Called "Pulse," this slender little device monitors energy output and glows red when you're dealing with a nasty energy hog (oink, oink). Designer Daniel Sutherland has said that he intends "Pulse" to be used as an indicator of how many electronic products we leave on standby throughout the course of the day and night--and how many of those, like our computers, could be turned off instead.… Read more
To go on a proper energy diet, first you'd have to measure the power consumed around the house, outlet by outlet. Just like counting calories, that would take all the fun out of gobbling up electricity. But if you're really geeked about saving money and greening your home, then you might follow the lead of one Silicon Valley engineer who crusaded around his apartment with the Kill-a-Watt energy meter, measuring the appetite of nearly every appliance.
Eric Boyd calculated that over a year, his refrigerator, desktop PC, and iMac used the most electricity. He estimated that his stove, … Read more
But does it come with a doughnut holder?
As the Segway struggles with various problems, upstart T3 Motion is targeting a pedestrian-alternative rival at local police departments. The three-wheeled T3 Series, according to Edmunds.com site Inside Line, made its debut at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Boston last weekend.
The "environmentally friendly" vehicle, which runs on two lightweight rechargeable batteries that can be exchanged in the field, has been tested on the mean streets of tourist-packed Catalina Island off the coast of L.A. "Equipment includes an integrated LED lighting system, sirens, … Read more
The full $695 for the Tumi PowerPack goes to the celebrated aid group that sends doctors to war zones. On top of that, this solar-powered bag can charge your smart phone on the go. Its water-repellent, nylon frame encases an electric adapter, secret pouches, and a laptop sleeve (but no way to charge a laptop). Tumi's solar panels are the smallest yet for a bag in its league, tucked away on top … Read more
Most of these gadgets are pretty out-there; I'd never heard of most of them before. But the Solar Cool Cap looks oddly familiar. I won't be a bit surprised if I ever see one atop the head of a Segway rider; they both have the same sort of socially-conscious-but-still-really-dorky aura about them.
(Photo: About My Planet)
If you're an 80-year-old resident of a retirement village who has a need for more than school-zone speed, Cruise Car has got the wheels for you.
The Sarasota, Florida-based company is showing off its line of solar-powered golf carts this week at Solar Power 2006 in San Jose, Calif. The top-of-the-line Cruise Car can reach 65 m.p.h., considerably faster than the average golf cart, for a cool $7,000. Or you can just get the solar panel, which sits on its roof, for $1,500.
"They are street legal in 35-mile-an-hour zones," says sales director … Read more
If you had $3.65 million to drop on a private jet, would you be concerned about fuel economy? Honda apparently thinks so and stresses its efficiency on this score in the brochures for its new jet aircraft.
"Key specifications and performance figures establish HondaJet as the fastest and most fuel efficient aircraft in its class, while setting a new standard for interior space and comfort," Honda Aircraft says in announcing the plane. The frugal reference does make some sense, given that Honda claims to have produced the first gas-electric hybrid car in the United States.
Of course, … Read more
Doyle Doss is out to popularize a source of energy that was big when the coal scuttle was fashionable and society debated whether children should spend ten hours a day, or just eight, on a factory loom.
It's the candle, and his product is the Kandle Heeter, a series of concentric ceramic pots held together by a steel bolt strung with washers. Basically, the Kandle Heeter is perched above a jar candle. The heat from the flame is absorbed by the steel and then radiated out by the ceramic pots.
Candles put out quite a bit of heat, Doss … Read more