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  • Now (well, soon) it's easy to recycle your Sharp electronics

    Now (well, soon) it's easy to recycle your Sharp electronics

    Most people aren’t going to go out of their way to recycle a TV or set of speakers. That’s why Sharp has helped set up a proper recycling program that will be up and running in several states by next month before spreading to all 50 of ‘em within the next three years. Even better is that, in addition to accepting Sharp products, the program will also accept stuff made by… Read More

  • Philips' green HDTVs to grace lux hotels across the nation

    Philips' green HDTVs to grace lux hotels across the nation

    Although luxury hotels are, in every respect, incredible and conspicuous wasters of resources (in the name of comfort), at least that means they’ve got nowhere to but green. So although you may safely blast the Sheraton, W, and Westin hotels among others for things like washing clean towels, throwing away used card keys and so on, at least you’ll know that when you turn on the tube… Read More

  • London taxis going electrical, old sport, didn't you know?

    London taxis going electrical, old sport, didn't you know?


    The iconic TX4 taxis that crowd the streets of London are going to be getting an overhaul. In the interest of reducing costs, improving air quality, and replacing the aging fleet, they’ll be introducing new TX4 E electric taxis starting in early 2009. I think we can all agree that the air in London could use a bit of scrubbing; maybe they could mount big filters on the tops of these… Read More

  • HP goes green with new desktops, display

    HP goes green with new desktops, display


    This is the Phoenix. See how it resembles the mythical creature? As if being green were some passing fad, HP announced two new desktops and a display today. The HP Pavillion Verde Special Edition a6645f (really?) and Pavillion Phoenix SE a6655f have energy-efficient AMD procs and they’re Energy Star qualified. The SE desktops can handle up to 5GB of RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium… Read More

  • Using corrugated signs to heat your house (Tip: Don't burn them)

    This little experiment is fairly complex but it’s an interesting examination of forcing heat through corrugation in order to absorb head and blow it through your house this summer. Doable? Sure. Cheap? Sure. Kind of weird? Absolutely. Read More

  • Ecobee thermostat has a Wi-Fi connection

    Ecobee thermostat has a Wi-Fi connection

    Here’s a way to control the temperature in your house from far, far away. The Ecobee “Smart Thermostat” has all the stuff you’d expect with a standard digital thermostat and adds a pretty nice-looking touchscreen interface and – gasp! – a wireless connection, allowing you to log in and control it via the web. It’s not super-duper expensive either, at $385. Read More

  • ‘Aquaduct’ adult-sized tricycle produces clean drinking water, keeps you from tipping over

    Look at this environmentally-advanced mama jama. It’s called the Aquaduct, and though many are referring to it as a bicycle, it’s got three wheels. That, my friends, is a tricycle. Forget semantics, though, because the Aquaduct not only gets your from Point A to Point B (and occasionally Point C), but it also filters cruddy crap-water into delicious drinkable water using an… Read More

  • Carbon Diem tracks your carbon footprint on your cellphone

    Carbon Diem tracks your carbon footprint on your cellphone

    A company has developed software for your cellphone that automatically calculates your carbon footprint. The program, called Carbon Diem, uses your GPS to calculate how fast you’re moving. It then interprets that data to calculate your carbon footprint. If you’re traveling by car you’re killing Mother Earth; if you’re walking about you deserve a gold star. Carbon… Read More

  • Step right up, get your plug-in Jeep

    Step right up, get your plug-in Jeep


    Chrysler really threw their hat into the electric vehicle ring today, revealing not one, not two, but three electric or semi-electric vehicles. The one getting all the eyeballs, of course, is the Chrysler EV (real creative name there), which is all-electric, based on a Lotus Elise, and does 0-60 in five seconds. Of course, that one probably won’t ever enter production, or if it does… Read More

  • Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Environmentally friendly products are all the rage these days and Dell’s determined to help with LED back-lighting. Never mind that retooling production lines and importing the “green” material generally carries a higher carbon footprint than the current material, but still, it’s nice to feel like Captain Planet sometimes. Read More

  • How to build your own wind turbine (it's not easy)

    How to build your own wind turbine (it's not easy)


    I like Instructables, if only because it’s reassuring to know that there are people out there who are not only have not only the knowledge to do something like this, but also the inclination. I can write blog posts and… uh, I can count real high (mom says), but even looking at the ingredients list for this particular tech recipe nearly gives me a panic attack. Still… Read More

  • Would you like that spy camera in hickory, or maple wood?

    Would you like that spy camera in hickory, or maple wood?

    Having a hard time keeping the ninjas riff-raff out of your ryokan, but can’t find a security camera that doesn’t clash with the tatami mats? Japanese security firm Const Net has the solution: Make the camera body out of wood. These creep my right the hell out. I mean, security cameras are inherently creepy, even in their standard industrial eye sore form. Wrap them up in a way… Read More

  • Stephen Colbert on the Volt: "Will it get me laid?" GM: "I think so"

    http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/video_player/view/default/swf.jhtml This is a great clip. I’ll let the guys do the talking, but although I’m sure GM’s point man Bob Lutz is in full spin mode here, it’s fun that he’s playing the game. Its off-the-line performance is “adequate,” a term well-known by carmakers as meaning “god-awful,”… Read More

  • Lenovo: Six new low-power, enviro-friendly monitors

    Lenovo: Six new low-power, enviro-friendly monitors

    Lenovo’s got six new LCD monitors to add to its ThinkVision line. Each uses 30-60 percent less energy than ThinkVision LCDs from the past and some of the packaging uses 65 percent recycled materials. Read More

  • This chair is made from Xboxen (and steel)

    This chair is made from Xboxen (and steel)

    British design house Pli has created a green seating solution for those of you who really, really love recycling. But that’s not all; the fun part is that the Reee Classic chair is made only from recycled game consoles — aside from the frame, which is steel. They don’t say which, but I’m guessing there is a lot of PS2 in there. They’d sell a lot more if you… Read More

  • Blowback from the Green Offensive

    Blowback from the Green Offensive

    Green marketing may be hitting a saturation point. At least, I’ve come to think that at some point it will. Is it now? I don’t know. It just seems to me that all marketing pushes eventually run out of gas. I would hate to see Green-thinking fall away as just another fad, because advertisers shoved it down our collective throat. Read More

  • Toshiba showing its green side at IFA 2008

    Toshiba showing its green side at IFA 2008

    Green is still a buzzword worth marketing and Toshiba is showing off its environment friendly products at this years IFA. The companies LCD power consumption is being slashed by 20% over ’06 model levels and are more of the flat panel displays are LED backlit. By 2010, Toshiba will no longer be manufacturing incandescent lamps and thus cutting CO2 emissions even more. The Portégé… Read More

  • New super-efficient and power-saving OLED-display unveiled

    New super-efficient and power-saving OLED-display unveiled

    It seems development of OLED displays is really picking up steam, with Japanese companies pioneering in this field: Toshiba Matsushita Display (TMD) and Idemitsu Kosan say they managed to develop a small-molecule organic electroluminescent display with a lifespan of up to 30 times longer compared to existing TMD displays. With 100 milliwatts, the prototype (lifetime: 60,000 hours) also… Read More

  • Green: New York City mayor wants to install windmills all over the place

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing his best to make the city as green as possible. He’s so obsessed with this fad (going green) that he wants to install windmills in strategic locations around the city, chiefly along the Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island coasts; skyscrapers and bridges could also see them. They’d be expected to generate as much as 10 percent of the… Read More

  • Japanese company offers "green", inexpensive digital camera

    Japanese company offers "green", inexpensive digital camera

    Tokyo-based Plaza Create started selling a recycable digital camera [JP, PDF] this weekend (Japan-only at this point). And considering its low price ($18), the camera doesn’t seem to be too bad. The so-called “Eco digi mode” measures 120×53×71mm (weight: 245g), is waterproof (up to 3m depth) and can be used for 50 pictures. After these are used up, the cameras can be… Read More