Outerwall, the company behind those ubiquitous Redbox and Coinstar kiosks, announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Tenth Annual Meeting that it plans to collect at least two million pounds of mobile phones, tablets and other devices and accessories over the next three years. It’ll do so through its 1,100 new ecoATM recycling kiosks located in shopping malls and retailers.
There are entire countries on this earth who live in squalor, poverty, hunger. There are countries like Germany, which has committed to making the transition to alternative energy and which has become one of the world’s strongest economies as a result. And then there’s America, where people are so privileged and pampered that they’ll deliberately waste energy and pollute the air to make some kind of deranged anti-science, anti-regulation political statement. Or, even worse, doing it just to be a jerk.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t look that bad either. While big companies shove it out in the wearable tech arms race (technically, wrist race), EnergyBionics is taking a slightly different approach. Instead of having a companion mobile device masquerading as watch, why not wear a watch with some useful, clever features? That seems to be the premise behind the Carbon watch, which has already surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter.
Each week, we bring news about the latest industry shakeups and articles about upcoming gadgets. Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, it’s all first-world chit-chat. As audiophiles flock to Neil Young’s Pono Player, speculators discuss the latest smartphone rumors, and consumers research their next purchase, there are those in the world struggling with energy poverty.
Energy saving is a trend that’s growing more and more popular, especially as technology is developed to make products better. But as mobile devices have continued to grow and saturate the consumer market, so has vampire energy.
If you’re ever up in the night staying up late with a movie, heeding the call of nature, or maybe for a midnight snack, you probably have some kind of illumination to help you out. It could be a small lamp, night light, or even the light above the stove. But if you’re ready to save an outlet while still having light at night, grab your wallet while you check out the SnapRays Guidelight by Snap Power.
Mobile phone companies are constantly developing smartphone batteries that last longer and charge quicker. It has seemed like this battery struggle would continue forever because consumers are not satisfied as long as their battery noticeably dwindles. Personally, if my iPhone isn’t at 100%, I’m not at 100%. Anders (That’s my phone’s name. It’s not weird.) and I are one.
While roaming the halls of CES 2014, you couldn’t get very far without passing another booth showing off an assortment of Bluetooth speakers and/or headphones. Bright colors had been a recurring theme as well, with some products looking more like polished candy than pressed plastic.
Solar power is a popular choice for camping and outdoor activities. Sunlight is free, and a good solar panel can collect a lot of energy during the course of a day, enough to fully charge most smartphones (and then some). But what happens when it’s too cloudy, or once the sun sets? That’s where the more »
While most products are fantastic on their own, the creative strive toward improvement and/or perfection leads to some interesting results. Some work, other’s don’t, but most are pretty darn unique.
When the PowerPot first launched on Kickstarter, it turned into a huge success. Huge. Now the company is back on Kickstarter again with a newer level of “huge”. The PowerPot X and XL feature the same thermoelectric generation, but in a bigger size with more power.
Just in time for the holidays, the Lumen TL800 Bluetooth smart bulb is available for purchase. It provides energy-efficient light in over sixteen million color options, selected via an app for your Apple or Android device.