It’s 2012, and society’s view of technology is starting to change. Be it from the creeping threat of climate change or even something as simple as one’s own bloated electric bill, more and more people are looking toward innovative new environmentally friendly, “green” solutions to all their technological needs. Interested in joining them? Whether you care about the environment or your own wallet, take a look at some of these green gadgets.
SolarKindle Lighted Cover
The Kindle, arguably the most popular of the many new e-readers, makes reading easier and more convenient than ever before. It’s a relatively simple product and pretty light on energy consumption itself, but some may be interested in taking it to the next level. Those with a Kindle 4, especially those who enjoy reading outside, can stop worrying about charging their Kindle altogether, thanks to SolarFocus’s SolarKindle Lighted Cover. The SolarKindle will be constantly charging when exposed to not only direct sunlight but also outdoor shade. And the efficiency of the product is nothing short of impressive; an hour of charging in direct sunlight can provide up to three straight days of reading. All in all, at $79.99, the SolarKindle is a bit pricey, but it’s a useful option for anyone looking to maximize their Kindle’s energy efficiency.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750/K760
If you’ve ever been interested in a wireless keyboard, Logitech has a new solution for you. It’s the K750 for PCs and K760 for Macs, but it’s the same deal for both: a keyboard that will most likely never run out of power. The Wireless Solar Keyboard is called solar, but it doesn’t only charge in sunlight; it charges in any kind of light, from lamplight to low light. No matter where you’re sitting, it will be charging. But even if you’re the sort of person who likes to sit in total darkness while working, this keyboard can work for you. Fully charged, it will last three months without any source of light. Both the K750 and K760 are $79.99, a high-end price tag for a keyboard, but because of this one’s completely hassle-free nature, it’s well worth it.
Smart Strip Power Strip
Did you know that devices powered off but plugged in still consume idle energy? Did you know that on average, 5 to 10 percent of household energy consumption is from these devices? Most power strips only exacerbate the problem, using up even more energy. For people looking for efficient energy-saving strategies, the Smart Strip Power Strip may hold the solution. The Strip utilizes smart technology to cut off power to unused appliances and only uses up one watt of power when fully engaged. The cost of the Smart Strip Power Strip ranges from $30 to $40, but it will likely pay for itself within six weeks.
LG Viper 4G LTE
If you’re part of the increasingly small demographic who doesn’t yet have a smartphone, or if you’re just due for an upgrade, the LG Viper 4G LTE for Sprint may be the solution. It’s a solid all-around phone, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 5 MP camera, but what sets it apart from the rest of the market is its recyclability. The Viper is made from 50 percent recycled plastic and utilizes an energy-efficient charger. Though the Sprint network is not the most popular, newcomers to the market should seriously consider the Viper. It’s definitely one of the greenest smartphones out there.
ROHIT RAVIKUMAR can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.