Green tech finds: the monster trade shows edition
CES and the Detroit Auto Show are going on this week, and we’ve got finds from both!
The tiny electric pick up: Need to haul stuff? You won’t get much into the Smart For-Us, but, as Charis Michelsen at Gas 2.0 points out, it’s awfully cute, and may serve the actual hauling needs of most truck drivers.
Your plants are Tweeting: And they’re thirsty. That’s right: the Botanicalls gadget (not sure what else to call it) sends you a tweet when your plants need watering. Only marginally green, but kind of cool. (via Crisp Green)
Tree planting gets its own social network: The Grove describes itself as “an online community to engage and encourage citizens to plant trees and help protect the urban tree canopy.” I’m guessing screen names based on variations of “Lorax” are already taken. (via Care2)
The paper-powered battery: Sony has released a battery prototype that, according to the BBC, “generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel.” (via @edbegleyjr)
The wireless washing machine: The Samsung WF457 is very efficient in terms of both electricity and water use, but what makes it especially cool is that you can change settings remotely through your computer or smart phone. (via Earth Techling)
The DIY solar-powered lawn mower: Heather Clancy at GreenTech Pastures usually focuses on the enterprise space, but this video showing an engineering student’s sun-powered lawn mower project was too good to pass up.
The solar Kindle and self-programming thermostat: These are just two of Inhabitat’s seven picks of top green gadgets on display at CES.
Nope, we didn’t take the easy route of sticking just to the massive trade shows. If you found other green tech of note, whether on display in Vegas and Detroit or not, do share.
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