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CES Green Gadget Wrap Up

Eco TVCES 2008 is wrapping up, and with it the Consumer Electronics Association maiden’s attempt to “green” their conference. Katie already hashed out some of the ironic pitfalls of a green consumer electronics show, including noting the particularly small “Sustainable Technologies TechZone.”

Still, CES has definitely yielded some interesting new and greener gizmos, like low-power HDTVs. And an usually large number of automakers were present this year, pushing their new energy-efficient vehicles. Below is a rundown of the greenest gadgets from CES:

  • Philips Eco TV Wins “Best in Show”: The Danish Dutch electronics giant unveiled its 42-inch, 1080p, HD LCD beauty this week. The Eco TV sips only 75 watts of power by dynamically dimming the screen, saving power as well as improving black-level performance, according to Philips. The Eco TV is expected to be available in March for $1,399.
  • Angstrom Puts Fuel Cell in Cell Phone: Angstrom Power, of Vancouver, Canada, said it has successfully completed a six-month test of a “fully integrated fuel cell-powered mobile device.” In other words, they put a fuel cell in a standard Motorola MOTOSLVR. Angstrom says their fuel cell power source performed twice as long at the conventional lithium-ion battery and can charge in just 10 minutes.
  • MTI Announces Micro Fuel Cell Production: MTI MicroFuel Cells (MKTY) said it’s begun production of micro fuel cells as part of a pilot program in Albany, N.Y. MTI is working to reduce the size of their fuel cells and the company’s CEO Peng Lim said they are on schedule to start producing micro fuel cells for consumer electronics in 2009.
  • Chung PakChung Pak’s Green Batteries: Founded in 1980, the Hong Kong-based battery maker btought with it two new environmentally friendly battery lines. Their Vinergy batteries are standard button cell and alkaline batteries, but contain no mercury or cadmium. Chung Pak dubs its Vinnic battery line their “green series” and in addition to no added mercury or cadmium also have no lead. All of their batteries come in standard sizes but are simply made in a more environmentally way, using fewer toxic chemicals.
  • MedisMedis Offers First Consumer Fuel Cell: Medis (MDTL) makes a fuel cell-powered charger designed to keep the modern-day road warriors arsenal of gizmos charged. Medis offers few details on their fuel cell technology but stresses that it is unlike some other fuel cells in that it does not use proton exchange membrane or methanol-based technologies. The company says “the Medis 24-7 Power Pack will be widely commercialized later this year”
  • Toshiba’s Direct Methanol Fuel Cell: Toshiba showcased a direct methanol fuel cell integrated into one of its gigabeat portable media players. Toshiba says the that device can get 10 hours of playback per charge.
  • belkin2Belkin Has Remote Controlled Power Strip: There was debate on the Earth2Tech team whether this was really “green” enough to be included. It’s a $50 power strip with eight plugs, six of which can be remotely and “conveniently” turned off with Belkin’s hand-dandy remote! No more crawling under desks or reaching behind home theaters to reduce your phantom power consumption — the energy used by devices in “standby.” “Baby steps,” as Katie told me. Still, I’m not sure the world needs yet more remote controls.

14 Responses to “CES Green Gadget Wrap Up”

  1. Green energy is definitely the best solution in most cases. Technology like solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, zaps electric vehicles, EV hybrids, etc have come so far recently. Green energy even costs way less than oil and gas in many cases.

  2. Get a good universal remote, folks. Quit whining.

    Now that I know of the Belkin, I can see saving another $10-20 a month being able to turn off strips with transformers sitting there sucking electricity overnight.

    If you’re a creaky old fart – as well as a cranky old fart – every little bit helps.