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Archive for June, 2008

Combined Washing Machine and Toilet

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 27th, 2008

Combined Toilet and Washing Machine

Washup is a bizarre conceptual design that combines a washing machine and a toilet in the same place. The idea is that waste water from the washing machine is used to flush the toilet, rather than wasting fresh water to flush the toilet. (more…)

Solar Pool Cleaner – Solar Breeze Skimmer

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 25th, 2008

Solar Pool Skimmer

Having a swimming pool in the backyard might be a dream for many, but the cost of keeping a pool is surprisingly expensive, particularly when it comes to cleaning costs. Light debris such as dust, bugs, pollen and light leaf litter end up floating on the surface of the pool. Over time, this lightweight dirt sinks, causing the bottom of the pool to feel slimey. The Solar Breeze is a simple cleaning device that floats on the surface of the pool removing the light debris before it sinks. (more…)

Colourful Zero-Power Self-Watering Plant Pots

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 23rd, 2008

Self Watering Plant Pots

If you have house plants, then you know it’s hassle to remember to water the plants all the time. If you don’t water the plants, they die. If you over-water the plants, you can get root-rot, and so the plant also dies. The Grobal self-watering plant pots take care of the watering for you. You just fill up the water chamber, and it will automatically add water to the plant soil to help ensure they don’t die from under- or over-watering. (more…)

Water-Powered Desktop Calculator

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 20th, 2008

Water-Powered Calculator

This neat calculator uses a water-based battery to generate enough current so that you can do your sums with the environment in mind! Just top this eco gadget up with some water and it will run for up to 3 months until the water has evaporated. Then you just need to top it up again. (more…)

Aleutia E2 – 500MHz PC using just 8W of power

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 18th, 2008

The Aleutia E2 is a fast little PC that uses just 8 Watts of power with a peak power usage around 15 Watts when used with external USB hard drives. To put it in context, it has roughly the same power consumption as an energy saving lightbulb. Many PCs and laptops draw around 300W and 200W respectively, so it’s a huge energy saver. It’s eco friendly technology has been inspired by developing countries as an answer to remote and cheap computing. (more…)

Inflatable Solar Panels that fit in a Backpack

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 18th, 2008

Inflatable Solar Panel

A British company by the name of IDC has announced it’s about to release a new eco gadget, a solar panel product designed to replace hot water tanks. The SolarStore product is designed to heat up to 3 full tanks of water a day by harnessing heat energy from the sun and storing that warmth in the water within the inflated solar panels. (more…)

Profolio Solar Bag – Charging On The Move

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 16th, 2008

Profolio Solar Bag

The Profolio Solar Bag is an example of a green gadget, one of many solar-enabled clothing products that are reaching the market. The solar attaché bag has room for a 17inch laptop and a variety of gadgets using its many internal pockets. The solar panel can produce up to 6.3Watts of electricity to charge up your devices, but strangely is no good for charging your laptop! (more…)

Ultra-Violet Sun Exposure Warning Card

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 13th, 2008

Ultra-Violet Exposure Card

We frequently hear on TV and the media that we should be reducing our exposure to the sun to reduce our chances of getting skin cancer. However, it’s really difficult to know when you should cover up, and when you can show your skin to get a tan. (more…)

Japanese Ingenuity – Brasserie Solar Panels

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 11th, 2008

Solar Brasserie

Sometimes inventors create strange devices in the name of the environment. The solar underwear is supposedly designed to show that you can generate electricity from virtually any clothing. The underwear generates electricity for a mini electric bulletin board to display messages. (more…)

Hand-powered Cranking MP3 Player

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on June 9th, 2008

Cranking MP3 Player

This intriguing little MP3 player is recharged from either a traditional USB connection or by hand. With just 60 seconds of cranking by hand, you get up to 10 minutes of power to play the music. If you’re in the middle of nowhere without a USB power source, it’s a great way to keep your batteries going and it’s good for the environment too. (more…)