eco-friendly

Electronic Eco-Friendly Rickshaw Designed by Japan Firm

Electronic Eco-Friendly Rickshaw Designed by Japan Firm

I have the distinctive honor of presenting to you the very first post on SlashGear to feature a rickshaw. This rickshaw is both electronic and eco-friendly. This is the Meguru, a three-wheeled, three seat tiny vehicle that's made to go what they call "maximum speed" and range of about 25 miles per hour. Of course that's just with the out-of-the-box build, you can add batteries as you like for a longer ride.

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Ocean Empire Super Yacht is Self-Sustainable, Costs $17 Million

Ocean Empire Super Yacht is Self-Sustainable, Costs $17 Million

$17 million for a self-sustainable super yacht may seem like a steal to some people. But, as many yachts have proven in the past, it's all about the features on board that make the price make more sense. For the Ocean Empire, being called the first-ever zero carbon life support vessel isn't good enough. No, the designers wanted to make sure that there's plenty of eco-friendly elements, along with plenty of room for people to live their day-to-day lives on board.

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Biolamp Concept Cleans the Air, Fuels Eco Cars

Biolamp Concept Cleans the Air, Fuels Eco Cars

While we've seen concept designs recently really focus on helping the environment in one fashion or another, we haven't seen many that actually focus on two separate causes at once, and aim to fix both of them with one device. The Biolamp concept design is meant to not only clean the air, but also fuel eco cars. The design implements solar energy, as well as the usage of a specialized liquid to make the magic happen.

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Hydroleaf Shelter Collects and Purifies Water, Acts as Bus Stop

Hydroleaf Shelter Collects and Purifies Water, Acts as Bus Stop

Integrating eco-friendly features into our every day things may be one of the best ways to actually implement the technology, along with the way of life, especially for those who haven't embraced the movement. For something like the Hydroleaf Shelter, it's a great and easy way to provide clean, drinkable water for those who might be waiting for a bus, or other forms of public transportation. Or simply just need a drink.

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Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Saving money on gas is one thing, but having a car that doesn't go through fuel like its not a precious commodity is also part of the equation. Ford announced today their plans to bring their Auto Stop-Start Technology to the United States in 2012. Also called idle-stop technology, or even microhybrid, it's designed to turn off the engine when the car is not in motion. The electrical system stays on, so you'll still have music and heat, but the engine will be off. As soon as the driver puts their foot back on the gas, the engine fires back up, and they can be on their way.

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Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

There's one way that will usually make a concept go from a plan to the real deal pretty quickly: make it cheap. While some concept designs may focus on helping the environment, or finding new ways to help humans in certain situations, they may make it too impractical due to costs. But, if you can manage to create something that is practical and costs less than five dollars to make, we're pretty sure that means you've got a winner on your hands. At least, that's what students from the University of Washington are hoping.

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ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

If you're claustrophobic, then travelling on any kind of vehicle for transportation is probably pretty rough. Especially an airplane, where you're sitting right next to a lot of people, in a relatively small space (depending on how you fly, of course). So maybe a giant tube system wouldn't be to your liking. But, if you've got to get somewhere, even somewhere around the world, in a hurry, the ET3 system could be just what the world has been waiting for.

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Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

For a concept design to become real, and find its way into consumers all over the world, it needs money. That's where Kickstarter comes in. A service designed to help creators find the means to get their ideas off the ground, and hopefully onto shelves where people can actually buy them. We've seen an iPod Nano watch hit the big time thanks to Kickstarter, and now a solar-powered portable gadget charger is looking for some funding. Designed by Eric Strebel, it's a simple device with a lot of potential.

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SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

Finding alternative energy sources is a cause that many corporations and companies are attached to. And governments, along with entire cities, aren't new to clinging onto new methods for saving energy, and costs. California, which has been known in the past to incorporate solar and wind energy, is now looking at opening a new solar plant, which uses molten salt to store and release energy. The permit was just approved recently, the company behind the plant, SolarReserve, announced late Wednesday.

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