The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) made its way to Las Vegas, once again, occurring January 7-10, 2010. As the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, we’ve been excited to see the green tech presence grow over the last several years. Here’s a rundown of some of the cool, green gadgets featured at this year’s show:
If you’re the kind who likes to wear your love of technology on your sleeve, the Asus Waveface Ultra (pictured here) is for you. The not-yet-available OLED wristband can be worn as a bracelet, but functions as a smartphone.
While just a promise at the moment, Horizon introduced the HydroFill, which converts water into hydrogen, then converts the hydrogen into energy for your gadgets. Supposedly the product will be available by year’s end. CNET provides the following description, “The HydroFill extracts hydrogen gas from water and stores it in Hydrostik cartridges with a metal alloy that absorbs the hydrogen. To then charge electronic devices, people use a pocket-size fuel cell charger, called a MiniPak, which pulls hydrogen from the cartridges and a produces an electrical current.”
Solar chargers are ready for prime time!
Kinesis Industries showed off its portable Wind & Solar Charger. A true hybrid, this charger collects energy from the built-in fan or integrated solar panel, then stores its power in a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A USB port allows you to plug mobile devices in to charge. According to Kinesis, one hour of sun and wind charging provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a typical phone or 300 minutes of music on a MP3 player. It retails for $99.95.
The Sony Vaio W series “Eco Edition” mini laptop is tinted green (in case you didn’t get it), made from 23% recycled CDs, and even has a carrying case made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition it has an Energy Star 5.0 rating and EPEAT certification. At just $450, it’s a reasonably-priced offering for a web browsing laptop.
The YoGen handheld emergency charger makes electricity generation a breeze. Simply pull on the string to generate a 5 watt charge. Because the YoGen generates the same charge as a plug-in charger, it’s easy to keep track of how much power is being produced. The charger sells for $39.99 in the YoGen online store.