Green Gadget

Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

If you're finding that you need some environmental friendliness to go along with your morning coffee, you might want to check out Nespresso's new Pixie coffee maker. According to Nespresso, 98% percent of the machine is made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, so when you've used your capsules up, you're invited to deposit them at one of Nespresso's stores so that they may be used in the creation of another Pixie machine. Sounds pretty cool, no?

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Boogie Board Released new Sizes and Accessories

Boogie Board Released new Sizes and Accessories

The Boogie Board product line has been updated to include the new sizes of 10.5 and 8.5 inch writing tablets, along with some new accessories. For those not familiar with the Boogie Board line-up, it is part of Improv Electronics’ Push Green efforts. The slate is not competing with new tablets like the XOOM or the Galaxy Tab. In fact, its biggest competitor is probably the white-board and eraser, or possibly even the post-it note.

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EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

There are lots of gadget recycling options out there, and sometimes the number of choices can be overwhelming. EcoSquid is a site that compares many different websites and lets you choose the best option for selling, trading in, or recycling your old device. You just type in what gadget you want to get rid of, and the site will give you a list of options. So step away from that blender...

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The Umeox Apollo Solar Powered Cell Phone – with Android

The Umeox Apollo Solar Powered Cell Phone – with Android

The latest solar powered cell phone was just announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain, the Umeox Apollo. The phone runs on Android, and would take about 2.5 hours of sunlight for refilling the battery after daily use. This is great news if you want to go camping and not be without your smartphone. The phone is headed for production, but there is no word on when it will actually be available in the US.

The phone could also be great for travelling. But for daily use, leaving your phone out in the sun for 2.5 hours at a time probably isn't realistic. More likely, the phone would charge for 10-15 minutes throughout the day in between uses. In the event the phone goes completely dead, it would take up to 17 hours in the sun to charge it back.

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Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

According to a new survey, more than half of American and British consumers would rather have an easy to use gadget that works consistently, than a "cool," but complicated gadget.  The survey also says that while consumers will embrace innovation and pay extra for smarter devices that can automatically handle their daily needs, but they're becoming extremely frustrated with gadgets that freeze or crash on a regular basis.  Does this mean that new technologies are moving faster than the public can embrace them?  The survey seems to suggest so.

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HiSaver power strip uses motion to cut power to peripherals when you leave

HiSaver power strip uses motion to cut power to peripherals when you leave

I have seen a few power strips that use timers or have a button that the user can press to turn off connected items when they are leaving. The catch is that timers may leave things on for longer than you are actually using them and many folks just don't remember to turn things off when they leave. A new power strip called the HiSaver has debuted that uses motion-sensing tech.

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Lemur Monitors offers EconoDriver, SafeDriver, and AlertDriver car monitor systems

Lemur Monitors offers EconoDriver, SafeDriver, and AlertDriver car monitor systems

Have you ever handed the keys to your car to someone you know or a teen and feared as soon as they drove away that they would do something stupid in your car? I know one person that gave the keys to his new car to a worker from a car washing service where they come get your ride for you, only to be passed by the guy driving his car later that day driving way over the speed limit.

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E-Rope charges batteries as you jump it

E-Rope charges batteries as you jump it

I was never that great at jump rope in grade school. Our coach could do all these crazy jump rope tricks he used to try and make us do, just so we would get tangled up and fall I think. A new design concept called the E-Rope can charge batteries inside the rope as you jump, and you don’t have to do any stunts.

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