Making the world ‘greener together’ is the need of the hour. On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, let’s explore the world of gadgets which offer a green update to our lives
WATER-POWERED TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK
Why it’s green: Tells time by using salted water; the device’s electrodes harvest energy from the liquid to fuel the nightstand-friendly gizmo’s simple digital LCD.
Why buy: No batteries necessary, it’s small enough to stuff into any carry, and it’s especially easy and cost-effective to keep going the next time you’re cruising the coast of Sicily.
Practical applications: Ensuring you’re prompt for massage appointments, walking tours, and naturally, dinnertime at Chateau Elan.
Why it’s green: Fan-shaped solar panels can juice the portable power supply’s 3.7V rechargeable lithium ion battery. Long-lasting storage capacity provides an instant jolt up to one year later.
Why buy: Universal adapters offer additional compatibility with digital cameras, cell phones, iPods, and PSPs, making it an all-purpose refueling solution.
Practical applications: Keeping you from keeling over with boredom on transcontinental flights, on-call in emergency situations, and always just one GPS query away from a shortcut to Edinburgh Castle.
PHOTO MEMORY CARD
Why it’s green: Shunning traditional prints and their chemical byproducts, this 2GB SD memory card stores hundreds of digital images instead. Automatic uploading to PC/Mac or picture-sharing sites via home network or Wayport Wi-Fi hotspot also nixes shipping waste, plus saves the time and energy you’d expend sorting and uploading manually.
Why buy: Just turn on your camera to transfer scenes to desktop, online album, social network, or blog, and let friends and relatives ride shotgun on scenic detours. Optional location tagging adds geographic info when photos appear on Picasa or Flickr for quicker cataloguing.
Practical applications: Eliminates film costs, saves time and energy.
Why It’s Green: Clothed in resilient, biodegradable bamboo-wood trim, this svelte soon-to-be-released laptop will make an instant eco-fashion statement. Energy-efficient innards reduce CO2 emission and boost battery life without sacrificing environmental awareness.
Why Buy: Beyond its earth-conscious industrial design, it has a 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo T9400 Processor, 256MB RAM, a GeForce 9300M graphics processor, and a 320GB hard drive suitable for Web surfing, word processing, and editing vacation snaps.
Practical Applications: Stows away easily on any voyage, letting you catch up on correspondence on the road or upload video diaries to YouTube.
ULTIMATE RECHARGABLE BATTERY
Why it’s green: These USB-powered rechargeables last for 500 charge cycles, so say goodbye to the 15 billion disposable alkaline batteries produced annually, and their toxic runoff.
Why buy: Functions like your standard everyday AA battery. When empty, though, just pop the top to expose a USB connector, and then connect to a laptop or other portable device to enjoy a quick refill.
Practical applications: Powering in-flight movie marathons, mobile alarm clocks
PORTABLE ECO-FRIENDLY SPEAKERS
Why it’s green: Made from recycled cardboard, these minuscule 3.25-inch cardboardlike cubes let you blast music sans batteries by siphoning power from MP3 players themselves.
Why buy: The lightweight, portable party-starters fold flat for easy transport and come in a rainbow of catchy colors. Connect them and your digital music player immediately becomes a mobile boom box.
Practical applications: Airing the perfect soundtrack for a lazy day by the beach or a romantic waltz beneath the tropical moonlight. It also makes a smart gift for the audiophile in your life.