The Greener Gadgets Competition is at it again, now in its third year running. Held in NYC, the competition is part of the Greener Gadgets Design Conference–a gathering of forward-thinking electronic companies, innovators, and inventors from around the globe. Entrants to the event are put to the task of creatively and aesthetically solving energy consumption issues with an eco-responsible approach.
Some of the ideas are brilliant, some have obvious flaws, but all of them get you thinking about the possibilities that are out there! Here are a few of my favourite concepts from the 2009 finalists/semi-finalists (from Core77 – a totally brilliant design website)…. check out the Greener Gadgets website for the 2010 schedule!
“Power-Hog is a power consumption metering piggy bank designed to sensitize kids to energy cost associated with running electronics devices. Plug the tail into the outlet and the device into the snout; feed a coin to meter 30 minutes of use.”
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“With a single tap of the foot, WattBlocks easily disconnects devices in the home that are notorious for consuming standby power.
Few consumers understand that many of today’s electronics consume power while not in use. These energy vampires can account for $100 of a home’s yearly power cost, wasting up to $10 billion annually in the United States. The WattBlocks kit is designed to reduce this wasted energy. It consists of several WattBlocks, which are plugged in between wall outlets and vampire devices, and a master step switch that plugs into an outlet near the entry/exit of the home. As the user exits, tapping the step switch sends a signal through the home’s power lines, telling all WattBlocks to block power to the vampires.”
“Sun Stations are pieces of public furniture that provide free solar energy in open areas, allowing people to charge and use electronics in a greener way in a wider variety of places.
They are made of concrete, teak wood, and stainless steel. The energy (84W – enough for laptops, cell phones, etc.) is generated entirely by Mono crystalline solar cells located 3 meters above ground for less shading and higher efficiency. The solar cells are set on security glass allowing people to immediately recognize where their energy is coming from. The energy is stored either in a battery pack or in a grid-tied system under the seat.”