Archive for January 11th, 2010

How will Intel’s New Proof of Concept monitor your Energy Usage

Intel states on it’s website that, “Intel’s intelligent home energy management platform based on the Intel® Atom™ processor makes energy management as easy as flipping a switch. Reduce utility bills, make informed choices, be proactive about home maintenance, connect with family members and activate security systems from one central dashboard.” The Intel Atom processors are designed to deliver higher performance per watt of energy used, this quality makes them ideal for use with smart appliances like “interactive kiosks, point-of-sale terminals, in-vehicle infotainment systems, media phones, industrial automation equipment, digital security systems, and residential gateways.”

Right now this smart device is only in the ideation stage and Intel has launched it’s teaser to show all the cool stuff it’s doing and to create anticipation and demand for the product. The product is definitely very futuristic and it would definitely be worthwhile to have a gadget that can monitor and help reduce energy consumption in our homes. Think about lower electricity and other utilities bills and a cleaner safer world.

Oled-display.net lists the Technical features of this product:

Technical features:

  • Intel® Atom™ processor Z530
  • Intel® System Controller Hub US15W
  • Low-energy 11.56 inch OLED capacitive touch screen
  • Motion sensor support
  • Video camera support
  • Stereo audio
  • Zigbee* home area networking
  • Open software API with dedicated private data access
  • Wi-Fi enabled for communications with Internet devices

To see a further demo about this product click on the Intel link here.

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Intel’s Intelligent and it plans to monitor your Home energy usage

Yes, we have been going gaga over green tech products but as we step into a new year it becomes important to think about new beginnings and to work towards them. 2009 was the year of the crisis where everyone from the government to the individual employee was fighting to resolve basic issues: issues of poverty, joblessness, health care, climate etc. What we learned from 2009 was that it’s time to CHANGE. I know I m talking about the much awaited change and in the midst of our current economic situation, this change doesn’t seem to be happening. But if you really look around you the change is taking place, slowly but gradually things are improving. And one change that is very significant is the move towards Clean Tech and Green Energy.

From President Obama giving Clean tech breaks to CES 2010 adopting a Green theme 2010 seems to be about social and environmental responsibility. In such a climate it becomes important for every individual to step forward and make sure that their surroundings are environmentally friendly. And thanks to current technologies we can make our homes a safer place to live in. Intel has introduced it’s Intel Atom Proof of Concept – a device that will monitor the energy consumption in your home. Today, Intel took this concept further and launched a website to educate customers about this new gadget and energy efficiency.

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IKEA shows off new array of solar lights

We leave home innovation, style and design to IKEA and IKEA always seems to come with cheap, fascinating designs that look good in any home. Like always IKEA has once again out done itself by revealing a new line of solar lights. Solar Lights have been available at IKEA for a while now but every year IKEA launches styles and trends for the upcoming season. So its line of Solar lights for the summer is on display now.

In a few weeks the new solar collection called SOLIG will be available in the IKEA stores. Inhabitat states that, “…All SOLIG lighting will feature solar cells able to transform sunlight into illuminating electricity. Each lighting fixture has been fashioned with LED bulbs that reduce their energy consumption by 70 percent while increasing bulb life at least four times longer than an incandescent bulb. The lamps also emulate popular IKEA designs, so there’s no need to fret over clashing décor. Priced from $9.99 for a solar powered light tube to $39.99 for a solar powered floor lamp, these pieces definitely won’t break the bank, and they’re sure to provide wonderful outdoor ambiance while keeping your electricity meter low.”

Everyone needs a cozy, well decorated, homely place to live in. If you have ever walked in an IKEA showroom you would have noticed that they do every effort to provide their customers with variety, fun and style. As the tech world moves towards Clean energy and Green design IKEA is a step ahead. Their solar lights collection has been available in their stores worldwide for some time now and each year they introduce new designs to cater to the changing needs and desires of their customers. This years designs are very chic and would definitely be a welcome addition in your home. Not only are these lights environmentally friendly they will add an aura of grandeur to your house.

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Green is Good: Top 10 Green Gadgets at CES 2010 Part 2

The Top 5 list of Green Products at CES Web includes some cameras and photo accessories. Yes, Camera equipment can be sustainable too. We already published some AMOLED and LED photo frames in Part 1 of this series. But it gets better in Part 2. CES 2010 brought to the world an amazing collection of Eco-friendly products that will dominate the market for years to come. Top 5 covers the very best of CES 2010.

5. Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Digital Camera with inbuilt projector

No doubt this camera is very cool because it comes with an inbuilt projector and is actually the worlds first camera to offer this technology. However, what makes it sustainable is the fact that it has longer battery life (Approximately 220 shots) meaning it consumes less power  and the fact that it eliminates the use of multiple tools for image projection. Powering up a projector, a computer and a camera at the same time take up a lot of energy but with Nikons Coolpix S1000pj you can enjoy image projections and much more with a single and simple gadget.

4. Casios Green Slim Video Projector

Casio launched the world’s first Mercury free projector at CES 2010. Casio named it’s line of projectors the “Green Slim” line. These projectors use a “hybrid LED and laser system” and beams image of upto 3000 lumens.

3. ASUS WaveFace Ultra OLED Bracelet

It is literally a bracelet, but this isn’t ASUS’s attempt at making jewellery. In reality this is a Smartphone bracelet launched by ASUS.  Don’t be confused it’s an OLED internet ready cell phone that is designed to empower the user and offer control through the gesture of your fingers. See video below for more details:

http://www.youtube.com/v/oTmzBsx6p_I&hl=en_US&fs=1&

2. ASUS Seashell 1005HA Net Book

ASUS won EPEAT Certification for 3 of it’s Net Books at CES 2010. 90% of the parts used in the Seashell 1005HA Net Book and 80% of it’s packaging is created from recycled materials. The ASUS Net Book also offers longer battery life and ASUS as an organization is pushing hard to use Green design behind most of it’s products.

1. SAMSUNG NX10 Camera

Samsung released it’s NX10 at CES 2010. The camera is a hybrid that has a 3-inch AMOLED display. Digital Trends reports that, “Samsung has announced its new NX10 camera, which the company is billing as a hybrid camera with the “heart of a DSLR” packed into a frame not much larger than a compact digital camera. And the NX10 seems to be backing the specs to back up some of that claim, with a 14.6 megapixel resolution, an APS-C size CMOS sensor, a 3-inch AMOLED display, HD video capability, a new DRIMe II Pro image processing engine…and the ability to use those interchangeable lenses the DSLR crowd so love. What’s missing? The optical mirrors at the heart of a DSLR system.” This Camera is our very favorite Green Gadget and we wish that more manufacturers would adopt green technology and make it accessible to media professionals.

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Green is Good: Top 10 Green Gadgets at CES 2010

CES 2010 is officially over and has left the tech world with a million ideas, thoughts and products to ponder over. One of the most dominant trends at this years Consumer Electronics Show was Green technology. Every vendor from Asus to Kodak to JVC worked towards showcasing how green gadgets would take over the consumer market in 2010. Some very interesting and futuristic products were revealed this year. We have been following the CES 2010 and have reviewed the products on display at the show. And after hours of debate and discussion we have come up with our list of Top 10 Greenest Gadgets at CES 2010.

This article will be posted on Amvona in two parts.

10. LG OLED TV

LG released it’s OLED 15″ television at CES. The television  sets gained a lot of popularity and were aimed to a environmentally friendly audience. The TV sets are energy efficient and are priced at $2,300. LG recently bought out Kodak’s OLED business and we would be expecting more energy efficient products from them in the near future. The product is also listed in CES 2010 Eco-design and Sustainable technology Honoree list.

9. Samsung AMOLED Photo frame

Samsung released several Green products at the CES 2010. But the AMOLED digital photo frame is one of our favorites. The photo frames introduced by Samsung are eco friendly, consume less energy and offer users added options like wireless transfer of photos etc. The product is also listed in CES 2010 Eco-design and Sustainable technology Honoree list.

8. Skiff Reader

The ultra thin e-newspaper reader by Skiff modernizes many different technologies. It eliminates the waste created by newspapers and saves energy while pulling news off the web. It is trendy, slick and energy efficient. It takes the e-book reader to a newer dimension and shows that the world of multimedia is changing forever.

7. Kodak Easyshare S730 Digital Frame

The Kodak Easy share S730 Digital Frame was released in 2009 and was added to the list of Eco-design and sustainable technology Honorees at CES 2010. Kodak got funding from energy star to design and manufacture this product.  The product includes many eco friendly design elements like ENERGY STAR qualified power adapter, mercury free panel and auto saving settings. It has a rechargeable battery and can store up to 8000 photos. The frame also offers many other options like collage, toggle button to switch between modes etc.

6. Samsung’s UN55C9000 3D LED TV

Who said 3D TVs couldn’t be sustainable. Samsung was one of the few retailers at CES 2010 to unveil a plethora of eco-friendly products. The Samsung UN55C9000 3D LED TV is one of the world’s first 3D Sustainable and Eco-friendly televisions. This TV reverts back to 2D too to allow users to view both displays on their screens.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series. The Top 5 Green gadgets will be published in part 2.

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