Greener gadgets design competition – NYC
Greener Gadgets has its annual conference in New York City on February 25, 2010. They also sponsored a design competition for green gadgets. A winner will be chosen from the finalists that day. Here are four of my favorite entries:
BioCharger180 (United States; 2917 votes): How many times do we plug in our cell phones and charge them all night? The charger keeps charging even after the phone is fully charged, thus wasting energy. Besides being made of recycled materials, this consumer electronics products charger stops charging the product after 3 hours, which is enough charge time for today’s electronics.
Econav 480 (Spain; 1421 votes): I have been known to drive a little faster than I should and I have a few unfortunate tickets to prove it. When I speed I may not be driving as efficiently as I could. Econav 480 is a GPS that provides audio and visual indications in real time indicating appropriate gear shifting, excessive speed, excessive acceleration, inadequate braking, etc, to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.
IllumiCharger (United States; 1009 votes): For our electronic devices which can be charged via usb, this cool-looking wall charger charges those by harnessing light energy from ceiling lights (just like your old solar calculator).
Turbine Light (Unites States; 562 votes): While a bit far-fetched, the idea here is to generate electricity for highway lights by harnessing the wind energy from cars passing by. As an architect this is appealing to me.