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Eco Chic: The world’s first solar powered keyboard

The new Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the first light-powered keyboard  by Logitech which powers itself whenever there’s light, even indoors, making battery hassles a thing of the past. It powers itself through its integrated solar panel — no power bricks or charging cables needed, and it stays charged for at least three months in total darkness.

The included solar power app features a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, making it easy to get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.

It looks good too at only 7.5mm thick its a pretty stylish, streamlined keyboard. The low-profile keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys™. Using a concave design, Incurve keys support the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys.

It also offers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no delays or dropouts, so you get all the benefits of a cord, with the convenience of wireless. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes 128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard — one of the highest levels of security available.

Plus, the tiny Logitech® Unifying receiver is small enough to stay in your laptop, so there’s no need to unplug it when you move around. And you can easily add up to six Logitech Unifying and Unifying-ready mice and keyboards — without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.

Pricing and Availability – Price £69.99 available in January 2011

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My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Loads of you seemed to LOVE the Playstation Move on the show yesterday, Lovejoy was pretty good at the archery! Here are my gadgets from the show…P.S GirlGeekChic is a finalist in the Cosmo Blog Awards! Please vote for me here! Thanks! xx


 

Playstation Move

The Playstation Move is the latest in Sony’s games console range. It is a set of controllers that give you motion control gaming above and beyond what the console’s current Sixaxis controller offers you. It’s a stick that you wave around in front of your console, the game reacts to your movements and then relays that positioning information on screen meaning you’ve just swung a golf club or pointed your gun at someone.

What actually happens is that you plug the Sony Eye webcam into your tv, turn on the Move controller and then the camera tracks said controller as you use it. Because it is actively tracking it visually rather than just through motion detection, as is the case with the Wii Remote, it means that the console knows exactly where the device is. That precise positioning means that the data can be used more effectively in-game, which in turn means an improved experience over the competition from Nintendo. N.B – You have to go through a short calibration process for some games.

Price £34.99

The Waterpebble

The Waterpebble is a new, green gadget designed to help you think about using only as much water as you need, and therefore reducing your water bill and effect on the world’s water supply.  This is a gadget that monitors how long you’re taking in the shower by flashing red when it’s time to get out.

But what makes Water Pebble different from other timing devices is that it memorises how long you took for your first shower and sets about gradually minimizing the amount of water you use by reducing the time it takes for the device to flash red in subsequent showers. It effectively trains you to use less water when you shower. Using a series of “traffic lights, it grades your water usage from green (start) through to amber (halfway) to red (time’s up). So when it starts flashing red it’s time to get out!

Price £8

Spinner 360 Lomography Camera

The Spinner 360 Lomography Camera is designed to take 360 degree panoramic shots. Take the Spinner in one hand, pull the cord with the other and release it. In a split second the camera spins 360° around its own axis and records everything in its path on a frame more than 4 times longer than a conventional landscape picture. The mechanism is powered with a rubber band drive, so no batteries are required. You can create up to 8 full 360° panoramas on a 36-exposure roll of film. The camera can work with any variety of 35mm film.

Price £100

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Eco Chic: Top 10 Tips to be a Greener Gadgeteer

 

As I’m sure you all know green is the new black so check out my top 10 tips to make your way to being a green gadgeteer. 

1.Browse the internet on your mobile

Updating your Facebook once on your PC uses the same amount of energy as updating it a hundred times on your phone.

2.Use Eco Font

Eco Font (www.ecofont.com) has been designed to reduce the amount of ink used when printing. It has small holes in it which are barely visible to the naked eye. If you don’t want to use eco font, or can’t for any reason, why not ask everyone in your office to use the low quality option when printing? You’ll be helping save energy (and a few pennies too).

3.Reduce your printing

Pretty simple this one. Consider how many pages you print a day and if you’re printing more than you actually need to, don’t print so much. No brainer!

4.Ink cartridges

Loads of environmental charities offer a freepost service to send off empty ink cartridges to be refilled and reused. Not only do you reduce the volume going into landfill, but you also help these charities to continue to do their bit. Refilled ink cartridges are available in most stationers and cost no more (and sometimes considerably less) than newly manufactured ones. So buy them instead.

5.Extend your gadget’s life

If your current gadget does everything you need, consider hanging on to it a little bit longer eeeek we know how hard that can be though!!  Not only will you save yourself some money, you’ll also be making more efficient use of the materials that have already been deployed. If you do get a new device and your old model still works, consider donating it to a non-profit organisation such as Computers with Causes, which refurbishes computers for educational institutions. 

6.Use an energy efficient computer

Manufacturers are now making more energy-efficient computers so when it comes to buying a new PC, do your research thoroughly to find the greenest possible option.

7.Recycle your gadgets

Approximately 70% of the heavy metals found in landfills emanate from electronics, and PCs (especially the older ones) contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and polyvinyl chloride. For more information on how to recycle your gadgets (and in some instances get a bit of cash out of it too) visit www.recycleyourgadget.co.uk

8.Use your computer more efficiently

If you go downstairs to put the kettle on, put your computer into power-saving mode. Consider turning down your screen brightness and turning off any hardware such as printers, that you’re not using. Pull the plug on your laptop. Your battery (and Mother Nature) will thank you.

9.Use rechargeable batteries

Instead of buying disposable alkaline batteries over and over again, consider purchasing a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries to save money and help reduce landfill waste. They might cost more upfront, but they quickly pay for themselves the more you use them. And they usually have a longer battery life too. Duracell do a great range of these.

10.Use solar chargers

Solar chargers utilise energy directly from the sun and turn it into usable power. Because sunlight is  free to everyone, it makes for a pretty good power source. Without the need to generate artificial energy we preserve our valuable resources and reduce the amount of emissions that pollute the air.

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