Top 10 green gadgets
Updated: 2010-11-23 11:05
Editor's note:"Low-carbon" has now moved from a concept to become a lifestyle.
With their unconstrained ideas, some designers presented a great number of creative "green" gadgets for our daily use.
Here we've selected some impressive designs from the year 2010, and hope they will enlighten you on the way to trimming your carbon footprint.
The straddling bus is 6 meters wide, 10 meters long per car and 4 to 4.5 meters tall, with two levels: passengers on the upper deck, while vehicles under 2 meters can go through under it. [Photo/Beijing Times]
Nokia's bicycle-charger kit
Want to talk more? Keep pedaling, says Nokia.
The world's largest mobile phone maker on Thursday launched four low-priced handsets and a recharger that can be connected to a bicycle, and charges when the wheels turn. [Full story]
ZTE, Kenyan firm launch solar-charged mobile phone
Bulb water heater
The kettle by Ecole Nationale graduate Estelle Sauvage uses a light bulb to heat water for a cup of tea.
It works with the heat of an incandescent light bulb of 100 watts, the sale of which has been banned since September 2009 (in France).
This project is a kind of tribute to the death of the bulb. [Full story]
The Airnergy Charger is a device that harvests wifi signals and converts them into usable electric energy! If you think that is unbelievable, well, just have faith.
It charges itself and also can charge cellphones and other gadgets in no time when it detects wi-fi hotspots. [Full story]
Portable solar lamp
The lamp designed by Swedish designer Jesper Jonsson offers portable illumination solutions by combining photovoltaics with lighting.
It is charged during the day through solar power to provide energy to light the lamp when it gets dark.
To light the lamp, you unfold the shade through a twisting motion.
It will let us continue social activities outside when it gets dark. [Full story]
"Green Seeds" chewing gum bottle
Bottled chewing gum is becoming more popular than the traditional paper-packaged one. Convenient as it is, though, sometimes you may find it fussy to dispose of the residue without paper at hand.
The chewing gum bottle designed by Jiang Gonglue, a student from Zhejiang University, helps people store chewed gum with sticky paper settled at the bottom of the bottle and throw it away later. [Full story]
Conceived by Viva Design Team of Guangdong University of Technology, the Green Pass turnstile at subway entrances produces electricity whenever someone passes through.
The energy is used to power the card readers, coin counters and other electronic services.
Thus they will need no external power supply, reducing their power consumption.[Full story]
Green transportation in China
Not everyone pays 'fare' share on Shanghai subway
Subway security checks to stay until end of year
A group of scientists from Taiwan has discovered a way to potentially add more trees to the urban landscape while reducing the number of street lights.
And the secret is gold.
By injecting gold nanoparticles into the leaves of plants, the scientists were able to affect the chlorophyll inside the plant's leaves, which resulted in a blue-violet fluorescence, bringing a touch of Avatar to the city. [Full story]
[Photo / flickr.com/photos/mrhayata]
'Coal city' consolidation leads to leaner, greener production
Green legacy sprouts in Shanghai
Shanghai forum explores green IT solutions for China
Solar camera strap
Most photographers use a sturdy camera strap while clicking pictures, and here's an idea from designer Weng Jie that may capitalize on it.
This is done by making the strap solar-savvy! Adding thin solar films across the width of the strap, it enables you to harness solar energy when out in the field. [Full story]
Solar camera strap designed by Weng Jie [Photo / yankodesign.com]
Pedal-powered washing machine
The pedal-powered washing machine is aimed at saving time, labor and fossil fuels by washing clothes without a generator.
The open resource project, called "les outils des l'autonomie" (the tools of autonomy), provides instructions on how to build your own manually powered washing machine - washer x bike - using recycled components. [Full story]
Wimbledon semifinalist Li Na led host China to capture the team tennis title on Tuesday at the Asian Games, accomplishing her Asiad tour with three consecutive victories.
Born into a family of doctors, Maxime became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the age of 12, after hearing about TCM theories such as health preservation and recuperation.
Acupuncture and Peking Opera have been selected as candidates for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status.
A groom carries his bride from a wedding coach in Xuchang, Henan province, Nov 11, 2010. Produced a local factory, various original hand-made wedding carriages were displayed on the streets, attracting young people chasing fashion and an environment-friendly lifestyle.