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K3: The Power of the Sun and Wind now within your reach!

The K3 is ” a “tribrid” device since it can be charged by wind, sun or electricity from an AC wall outlet.
A fully charged K3 can charge a mobile phone over five times and an iPod/MP3 player over 10 times. Just one hour of sun and wind provides 30 minutes of talk time and over 300 minutes of MP3 music. However, performance figures may vary based on different mobile phone models and iPod/mp3 player models, as well as sunlight intensity and wind speed consistency’…The retail price of the K3 is $99.95 and the K3 will be available through the company’s online store at

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Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

“These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are entirely powered by
the sun and are able to accept close to eight times as much waste as a
regular trash can. Pretty cool, we thought – especially once we found
out that they are calling the new bins Big Bellys and that they stand to save the city close to 12 million dollars over 10 years!”…. Via Inhabitat

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Toyota’s 3g Prius Has Solar Panels, Remote Control Air Conditioning

“The most energy-efficient Prius yet–50 mpg compared to 46 mpg for the 2009 model–comes with an optional solar panel on the roof to power cabin vent fans. Since the remote control-powered air conditioner is electric, it can run even when the car is off–so a quick trip to the store doesn’t have to mean an oven-like car upon return. Toyota’s new Prius also comes with LED headlights that save 17% of power used by high-intensity low-beam lights”….<More>
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Prefab: Clayton i-house

“Low-E windows, solar augmentation, high-efficiency appliances and superior insulation. The solar panels on the roof don’t supply all the home’s needs, but they do cut electricity consumption in half. There’s also a tankless water heater and a cistern that collects rainwater from the roof for use in gardening, car washing or other outdoor uses. Floors are made of fast-growing bamboo, and paint and insulation are low- or zero-emission.Clayton hopes to deliver it for about $100,000″….<Via TinyHouseBlog>

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Eco Modular Prefab

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Most of the energy system of this modern modular house is located at the end of the garden, called an “eco-hub”. Rather than relying on bolting on a mass of solar panels or wind turbines to the house itself, which depending on the orientation of the house may not be most efficiently positioned, the architects have centralized them within a shared community space….<More>

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15 Recycled Lighting Fixtures


“WebEcoist:Egg cartons, Legos, ballpoint pens, blenders and plastic spoons: these are just a few of the items that have been transformed into awesome light fixtures by creative DIYers. Why buy new when you could have a stunning chandelier or lamp that puts junk to good use? These 15 examples of brilliant eco-illumination show just how stylish and fun recycled materials can be”….<More>


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Atom CPU on Credit Card sized Mainboard

“Toradex have begun sampling their latest COM Express module, just 84 x 55mm in size, toradex woodpecker robin atom module

which uses Intel’s Z5xx Atom processor range. The Toradex Robin (shown here on the right, to scale – but not actual size – with its Toradex Woodpecker sibling, announced last year) has seven USB 2.0, gigabit ethernet, a microSD slot and a SATA connection, and is suitable for highly-compact embedded applications.

Toradex Woodpecker Robin Atom Module

The Robin will be available with either the Atom 1.1GHz Z510 processor or the 1.6GHz Z530 processor, the former having a 400MHz FSB and 1GB of onboard storage and the latter with a 533MHz FSB, 2GB of storage and hyper-threading support. While the Z530 is the obvious choice for speed, the Z510 Robin fights back with its super-frugal power demands: just 3.5 to 5 Watts. Saying that, the Z530 Robin isn’t exactly a hog, using from 5.1 to 7.6 Watts.

Each comes with 512MB of soldered-on RAM and can support up to a 1366 x 768 external display over VGA. Other connections include one PCIe, ExpressCard, a TV output and HD audio. These look like incredible boards offering plenty of DIY scope; they’re priced at €129 ($163) for the Z510 Robin and €179 ($227) for the Z530 Robin”…. <More>

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