Environmental enthusiasts, developers, inventors, and companies anxious to show off their efforts toward sustainability made their way to the Greener Gadgets Conferencein New York City last week. Along with discussions, the conference also showcased the latest in green consumer technology and what’s in development for the future. Take a look at some of the gadgets that can help make your life a little more eco-friendly.
LightSpeaker System Developed by speaker manufacturer, Klipsch, this system combines LED lighting and speakers to emit sound and light all in one unit. Users can transmit music from a digital source such as a computer or iPod to the unit. The system installs like a light bulb, and with its 10-watt LED lamp, the company says it reduces daily lighting expenses by 80%. The speaker uses a 20-watt digital amplifier to deliver energy efficient sound. The unit can be purchased on the Klipsch Website and Amazon.com. Retail: $599.99
ANDREA Plant-Based Air Purifier The ANDREA plant-based air purifier uses any household plant to naturally remove harmful toxins from the air and converts the toxins into clean air. Harmful gasses from paints, carpets, and fabrics can create an unhealthy living environment. This system purifies air by drawing it in with a fan to propel it through the leaves and root system of a plant, then out through water and soil filtration and back into the room environment. And users won’t have to worry about replacing filters. The system can be purchased at Amazon.com and Home Depot. Retail: $200
HP Photosmart Premium Touch Smart Web All-in-One PrinterHP‘s “photo smart” printer allows users to easily cut paper usage in half with automatic two-sided printing. Users can also give their computers a break with the Web-connected, Energy Star-qualified printer, which has the ability to edit and print photosand print from the Web—without a PC. The printer can be purchased on the HP Website and Office Depot. Retail: $329.99 (after $70 instant rebate from HP)
Samsung Reclaim SPH-M560 Sprint is venturing into the eco community with its Samsung Reclaim SPH-M560 eco conscious smartphone made up of 80% recycled materials. Users can text, e-mail, access the Web, or find their way around town with the device’s GPS navigation. About 40% of the Reclaim’s casing is built from bio-plastic materials extracted from corn. The phone can be purchased on Samsung.com. Retail: $279.99, or free with online purchase of two year contract
picoWATT Tenrehte Technologies is giving consumers smart grid control with the Picowatt. Turn appliances on and off and set timers with the Picowatt via a aWi-Fi-enabled computer or Facebook application. Consumers can set up their own home energy monitoring with this device, which collects data including historical energy usage. The Picowatt will be available for under $100 by the end of 2010 on Amazon.com.
Micro Innovations Luxury Bamboo KeyboardDigital Innovation created this eco-friendly solid bamboo keyboard and mouse. The Bamboo material gives them a natural look and is less harmful to the environment than its non-biodegradable counterparts. The keyboard and mouse can be purchased in the Digital Innovation Website. Retail: $49.99