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Archive for July, 2008

The Greenbar: The Eco-community Toolbar

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 30th, 2008

There’s no doubt that awareness of green issues, products and news is growing at a staggering rate. The green community is often a surprisingly passionate group of individuals, so it’s nice to find out about other green sites on the Web. The GreenBar ToolBar is a tool bar that makes it really easy to access other green websites. You can find Blogs, News sites, eco-related gadgets like Carbon Footprint calculators, Green PodCasts and more. It’s all easily found just using the Toolbar. (more…)

Toilet Humour – Actually a Crap Idea

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 28th, 2008

The “Shit Box” is a wonderful trademark name, despite not being a product you’d chat about with your parents or other prudish family members. You’d need to be a fairly liberal individual to want to use the Shit Box, which is an eco-friendly portable toilet. All components are biodegradable, yet the toilet box itself is re-usable. Inside the toilet are special bags that will happily breakdown if left to compost. (more…)

Solar-powered Fairy Lights

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

Solar power can be used for the essential things in life, such as replacing your primary electricity source. However, due to the small amounts of energy generated by solar cells, it makes sense to use them for the more novelty eco gadgets, such as these Solar Fairy Lights. On a 5 hour charge, these fairly lights can twinkle away for up to 8 hours on one of six different flash patterns. (more…)

Buffalo Solar Powered Wireless Keyboard

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

Buffalo Japan will soon be launching their solar-powered keyboard, the BSKBW01SB. Given that wireless keyboards can eat quite a few batteries in their lifetime, it saves on batteries going to landfill as well as some small energy costs. The solar panel is in the top right of the keyboard, and can be adjusted to any angle to get the optimal light from your environment. (more…)

Solar-Powered Japanese Shoji Lanterns

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 21st, 2008

Solar garden lights are far from new, but many garden lights suffer from being very poor in terms of light output. They serve no real practical use, and if you put them along a garden path, your path looks like a pathetic airport runway! So if you are going for the decorative look, how about some Japanese-style solar lanterns to add some artistic flair to your garden. (more…)

Solar-Powered Nintendo Wii System

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

The team over at Tom’s Hardware Guide have had a flash of inspiration and created a new eco gadget, a solar powered Wii gamestation. Using a high-def screen, a Wii, solar panel, inverter and heavy duty battery, they’ve created a slightly odd looking portable and green entertainment device. The whole system gives them an estimated 8 hours of playing time, however, the charging time via solar panel is a little longer than that. (more…)

Enlightenment from a Lemon

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

This curious lemon light exploits an old trick of creating electricity from a lemon (along with some zinc and copper metal). The device was created by artist Yuri Suzuki to highlight the wastefulness of society. (more…)

Woodern Keyboard & Optical Mouse

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 14th, 2008

If you think about it, as a society, we’ve moved away from more natural materials (wood, clay, fibres) and replaced them with a massive range of plastic-based compounds. However, plastic materials have a nasty impact on the environment, often taking thousands of years to break down. However, a rather novel green gadget by a UK company is a wooden optical mouse and wooden keyboard. (more…)

Shark & Tuna Inspired Power Generation

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

We’ve learnt a lot from nature, such as flight and medicine. Scientists in Australia have designed an innovative power generation system inspired by the shape of the tailfins of Tuna and Sharks. The currents on the ocean floor impose a force on the fin of the BioStream device. The to-and-fro motion of the fin is directed into a specially designed gearbox that converts the oscillating motion into a rotational motion that drives a conventional dynamo. (more…)

Hand Powered 2-way and AM/FM/NOAA Radio

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

If you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, the last thing you need is to be scrambling around for batteries so that you can radio for help. You might have a solar panel, you might even have a few AA batteries floating around. But batteries don’t last forever, and solar powered chargers take several hours to charge standard batteries. The emergency crank radio exploits a hand-powered dynamo to give you several hours radio use on a 2-way radio. (more…)