The seemingly endless technological innovation in today’s society is constantly making our gadgets and software faster, smaller, more powerful and more functional. However, the pursuit of green tech innovations is one of the noblest, as some of our brightest minds tackle issues of renewable energy, recyclable materials, sustainable production and waste reduction.
As 2013’s Earth Week draws to a close, let’s take a look at some of the newest, coolest and even a few of the weirdest example of green tech available today.
Thermostats That Are Smarter Than We Are
The Nest is a popular new “smart” thermostat that learns from your local weather conditions, temperature preferences and even your personal schedule to automatically adjust the temperature within your home to maximize energy efficiency. By automating the temperature management process and sensing whether your home is occupied, the Nest can save you up to 20% in heating and cooling costs by reducing your wasted energy.
Solar and Wind Combined
Whenever solar power is mentioned, the same question arises: what do you do when the sun’s not shining? Simple — combine solar with wind energy! The Ecopole™, an innovative street lamp design from SavWatt, features both solar panels and a compact wind turbine to create a self-contained and eco-friendly outdoor lighting solution.
Some Zen for Your Desk
Looking to bring a little eco-friendliness to your office? iZen™ has created a Bluetooth-capable keyboard hand-crafted almost entirely out of bamboo. The keyboard is completely renewable and recyclable, and quite handsome to boot. The iZen Bamboo is the perfect wireless addition for your computer or Smart TV.
Project Frog, a six-year old startup based out of San Francisco, is pioneering the field of commercial prefabricated buildings. You know when you buy a DVD holder or bookcase with “some assembly required,” complete with the requisite bags of parts and labeled wooden panels? Imagine that but on a much, much larger scale.
Project Frog’s prefabricated constructions can create buildings much faster, as much as 50% cheaper and with considerably less construction site waste than traditional methods. And they’ve got a big focus on sustainability — their buildings are specifically designed to reduce electricity and heating and air costs.