Earth Day Green Gadgets Ideas

With Earth Day (April 22) just a few weeks away, I thought you would be interested in information on new eco-friendly gadgets designed to help minimize our energy use while maintaining our high tech mobile lifestyle. The green gadgets below help us save energy and money – from GreenZero chargers that automatically shut off when your mobile device battery is full to LED lamps that last 40,000 hours to a self-charging baby stroller that generates power with its wheels.

Bracketron: Mushroom GreenZero 
Ergonomic and eco-friendly charger is the greenest and most efficient way to charge mobile devices

•    Immediately starts charging when connected to a device with low battery levels by simply pressing the “mushroom” button with your hand or foot.
•    When the device is fully charged or unplugged, the charger will automatically shut off to save energy and your battery.
•    Green technology allows for zero standby energy consumption. 

•    Lightweight, compact design and an integrated cable reel make charger ideal for travel and portable use
•    Available in three models – one for USB-connected portable devices such as tablets, cameras, and cellphones; another with an embedded microUSB cable for Android and other smartphones; and a third model that includes an Apple 30 pin cable for iDevices.

Available: May 2012
Price:  $27.95-$34.95
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Verbatim: LED Retrofit Lamps 
High performance ENERGY STAR certified lamps bring cost savings to businesses and consumers

•    Provides up to 80% reduction in energy consumption
•    Estimated lifetime of 40,000 hrs or over 13 years at 8 hrs of use a day
•    Variety of models replaces halogen bulbs of up to 85 Watts
•    Uniform beam distribution, high quality warm white light and fully dimmable
•    Do not contain mercury and are fully recyclable
•    5 year warranty

Available at:
Price: Varies

Iconosys: Alternative Fuel Apps
Smartphone apps locate and guide you to green refueling locations along your travel route

•    Apps include: “Alternative Energy Fueling Directory”, “Where to get Biodiesel”, “Where to get NGV” and “My Plug-In Directory”
•    Saves time and money by helping you find the most convenient fueling stations/charging points
•    Search function allows you to identify fueling points in target areas by entering zip code
•    Provides numbers for top roadside assistance companies that specialize in popular electric and hybrid vehicles
•    Alternative Fuel Apps are available on the Android operating system in English and Spanish

Available and from the Android Marketplace
Price: Free

4moms: Origami – World’s First Power-Folding Stroller
Strollers are all the same and haven’t changed in decades. That’s why 4moms developed the self-charging Origami power-folding stroller. At the touch of a button, it folds itself.

•    Power-folding: The Origami opens and closes itself at the touch of a button
•    Self-charging: Generators in the rear wheels charge the Origami while you walk
•    High tech lighting: Daytime running lights make you and your baby more visible all the time, and pathway lights located under the stroller turn on automatically in low-light conditions
•    Child safety: Built-in sensors detect when a child’s in the seat (so it’ll never fold by accident)
•    LCD Dashboard: Includes thermometer, speedometer, odometer, tripometer and lifetime tripometer
•    Cell phone charger: Optional cable accessory can be used to charge your cell phone while you walk
•    What strollers should be: Equipped with four cup holders, handlebar bag, lots of storage, luggage-style pull wheels, one-push brake, four-wheel suspension, reclining seat, sunroof, and the ability to buckle-in car seats/bassinets directly – the Origami reinvents the stroller – it’s what a stroller should be

Available at:
Price: $849.99

AOC: 16” USB Monitor
16-inch portable LED monitor is the must-have laptop accessory and receives both power and signal via a single USB cable for plug-and-play connection

•    Ultra-light LED monitor is ideal dual monitor setups at the office, home and on-the-go
•    Eco-friendly Energy Star monitor offers low power consumption, features several power saving modes and is EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment) Silver certified for its minimal impact on the environment
•    Mercury free LED panel reduces environmental impact, while monitor comes in packaging made from recycled materials
•    Powered solely by USB and do not require a power cord or VGA cable

•    Perfect display for business presentations, photo frame applications, multiple monitor displays and as a companion monitor for laptop and netbook users
•    Built-in Smart Stand pivots out when needed and stores flush against the back of the monitor when not in use
•    Monitor supports both portrait and landscape display
•    Offers driver support for Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 bit) and Intel based MAC OSX Tiger/Leopard and Lion

Available at: National retail and office superstores
Price: $139 (e1649fwu)

Ematic: eSport Clip
A stylish, compact 4GB MP3/Video player with a built-in clip for hands-free use while working or exercising

•    The eSport Clip has 4GB flash memory which can store up to 2300 songs, 20 hours of video or thousands of pictures
•    1.8” inch color display allows for sharp, clear video or images
•    High speed USB 2.0 connection ensures quick transfer of music, video, or pictures
•    eSport Clip has a video recorder and 5MP digital camera
•    The eBook function allows user to read eBooks and other TXT files
•    Ink used in production is environmentally friendly and made from recycled ink cartridges
•    All packaging is 100% recyclable
•    Ematic supports green initiatives by running power-conscious facilities

Available at:
Price: $24.98

Edifier: Luna5 encore
Elegantly designed 5-driver speaker system features iDevice docking, Aux input, FM tuner & more, and is manufactured under eco-friendly and humanitarian conditions

•    5 driver speaker system incorporates unique vibration and resonance control technologies for stellar audio
•    ROHS certified (restriction of hazardous substances)
•    Speakers include: 5.5” woofer, 2.5” mid-range drivers and 1” silk tweeters
•    iPhone/iPod docking station & auxiliary input for additional audio sources
•    Features built-in FM tuner and remote control
•    Available in white & black
•    Edifier is committed to running facilities that constantly work to lessen environmental impact. Details of these efforts are outlined in the chart below.

Available at:
Price: $299

Verbatim: Store ‘n’ Go® USB 3.0 Colors
Stylish SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable hard drive transfers data 10x faster than USB 2.0

•    Portable hard drive features USB 3.0 interface (up to 10x faster than USB 2.0)
•    Fully compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
    Includes Green Button software that offers 3 sleep/suspend settings, saving power when the drive is not in use
•    Includes Nero BackItUp & Burn software (compatible with Windows OS) for automatic back-up/storage recovery
•    Available in Caribbean Blue and Hot Pink
•    Available in 500GB storage capacity
•    7-year warranty
•    Windows, & Mac compatible

Available at:
Price: $139.99 (1TB); $119.99 (750GB); $89.99 (500GB)

Scosche: solBAT II
Solar Powered Back up Battery and Charging Device

•    Works with almost any handheld USB powered device
•    Simple two light design – red means charging, green means it’s powering a handheld device
•    Charges handhelds at the same rate as a wall charger
•    Two suction cups make it easy to attach to a window or windshield
•    When fully powered it will charge a cell phone twice

Available at:
Price: $29.99

Hub Innovations: REV360 for iPad & iPad 2
A revolutionary rotational iPad case that maximizes functionality and protection

•    Made from 100% recycled plastic and resin, the REV360 includes a rotating disk that allows the user to spin the iPad 360 degrees to effortlessly swivel from landscape to portrait
•    The perfect ergonomic solution to holding your iPad that prevents accidental application launches and enables the user to scroll with no fumble or fuss
•    Durable, semi-flexible silicone case that provides reliable protection for you iPad without scuffing
•    Integrated stand that allows for optimal viewing and comfortable typing for tabletop or desk use
•    One size fits all hand strap to hold the iPad firmly in place and enables your free hand to easily manipulate the touch screen
•    Available with Smart cover compatible option
•    Simple, elegant and durable design, the REV360 for iPad & iPad 2 comes in white, black, pink, orange, green, blue, copper, gray, navy and red as well as patterns such as animal print, carbon fiber and digital camouflage
•    Perfect solution for industries using the iPad including Healthcare, education, real estate, business, etc.

Available at:
Price: $49.95-$69.95