10 eco friendly products that made debut at CES 2012
There were a lot of innovative gadgets that were based on green technology at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas. This year witnessed a great display of eco friendly gadgets as compared to the previous years that had a very limited display. Here is a preview of ten amazing green gadgets whose debut was made at the 2012 CES with the ultimate high-tech designs and innovation.
Rukus Bluetooth Solar-Powered Speaker
The Rukus Bluetooth Solar-Powered Speaker will now get you high on music almost anywhere with its high-powered portable speaker. This audio device is powered with a high-performance monocrystal solar panel so as to stream music wirelessly from any device that is Bluetooth-enabled. The Rukus also has an inbuilt handle that makes it easy to carry around. This speaker is solar powered and has the capability of charging any kind of device.
Eco ATM Gadget Recycler
The Eco ATM Gadget Recycler was certainly an eye-grabber at the CES 2012. Electronic waste is a hot topic at present and many environmentalists are keen on trying to find a definite solution to this growing menace in this era of fast-changing technology. Many of us are not aware of the proper manner in which e-waste should be disposed. The Eco ATM is a great way for people to dispose their e-waste in return for cash from this self-serve ATM kiosk. It makes use of artificial intelligence to evaluate the used gadgets and rate them accordingly.
The House of Marley Bag Of Rhythm
The House of Marley has great products on display at the CES this year and one thing that is extremely attractive is the portable Bag of Rhythm Portable Sound System & dock for iPod and iPhone. The system is made by using eco-friendly materials such as cotton canvas and FSC-certified renewable birch wood. This device can charge iPhones and iPods when they are docked and can also connect hundreds of such devices through a cable that is included in the system. The output of this boombox is crisp and clear with high quality audio.
AOC 22-inch HD USB-Based Monitor
The AOC also launched its 22″ monitor that is powered via the USB port. This amazing gadget is retailing at $199. The monitor has a plug and play panel that would be having HD resolution at 60 Hz and would be compatible with operating systems like Windows Vista / XP / Windows 7, Apple MAC OSX Tiger / Lion and Leopard. The monitor is ultra slim with a width that only measures at10.6-mm thin. This eco-friendly monitor conserves energy, is mercury-free and the packaging of this device is made out of recycled materials.
OLPC’s XO-3 Tablet
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program’s XO-3 Tablet has made its debut at last at the CES 2012. Costing $100, this 8″ tablet with HD resolution beasts of power savings with an e-paper-like quality. This tablet comes with various accessories such as a bigger battery and solar panels. However, this tablet are presently being sold out in bulk to education systems and would be available for the regular consumers.
Solar Focus’ Solar Kindle
SolarFocus Technology Company has launched the SolarKindle at the CES, which is touted as the first solar-backed e-reader cover in the world. The SolarKindle is designed innovatively with a lightweight solar panel that is built within the cover as well as a reserve battery that has a dual-charging capability which can extend reading time. The device also features an inbuilt LED reading lamp that can be used for up to 50 hours without using the main battery of Kindle.
Wagan Tech Portable Solar Power Generator
Two of Wagan’s Tech Portable Solar Power Generators – Solar e Power Cube 1500 and Solar e Power Case 450 – both have been showcased at the CES this year. These generators are easy to use and can be installed and set up very quickly. They feature solar panels, an AGM/gel hybrid battery as well as Wagan’s legacy power inverters. These generators are a great way to use the solar energy for powering a home or any other space during a power outage. Both the generators come along with compact compartments that can fold out to display the solar cells.
Switch75 LED Light Bulb
The Switch75 LED Light Bulb has received a tremendous response and has even graced the cover of Wired – how cool is that? This light bulb belongs to the LED family of bulbs and has caught the imagination of all the LED bulb fans these days with its eye-catching design. Not only is it the most geeky looking LED lamp, but the Switch75 has also been hailed as one amongst the top 50 inventions of 2011 by Time magazine and also received the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honoree. These light bulbs could virtually last forever and the design is such that it has the warm glow of the incandescents that can be turned on instantly. The innovative liquid cooling mechanism in the LED inside the Switch is non-toxic and also saves on energy. The company claims that the Switch bulbs have a lifespan of around 25,000 hours.
SmartLook Home Energy Display
Wireless Glue Networks has also created interest at CES 2012 with its latest second generation display device called SmartLook which provides energy consumption details in one glance. This device works with a smart meter and provides the users with real-time information regarding energy usage. The SmartLook also has the capacity to store historical energy information to be viewed later. Real-time pricing of energy being used can make the user plan out the entire energy usage by the household in a single day, which means smart home management. This innovative device is manufactured by Hoseiden.
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Eco Blu-ray Player
The Eco Blu-ray player was unveiled by Panasonic at the CES 2012 in the home electronics section, wherein dozens of such gadgets were introduced to customers for the first time. The Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Eco Blu-ray Player is indeed one product that has a great eco-friendly appeal and is also Energy Star qualified. This special feature in this Blu-ray player is called Smart Eco Sensor which can detect the movement of the owner and quickly switch to the start mode automatically when the user is within a 16 feet radius of the player. This function saves on energy. However, the player has other features that make it very attractive such as HD video playback, HD support, a slim design, as well as a slot-in drive and many other features. This player was also given a special award for its design at the CES.