While these ideas are still in various stages of creation and are not expected to hit the market quite yet, these technological gadgets are new, energy efficient may be ways to implement sustainable technology into your home in the future.
Have you ever watched a child at play and thought that if we could bottle that energy and sell it, we you’d be a millionaire? Well, this product may be a step in the right direction. Making a huge hit at the Greener Gadgets Design Competition in 2009, Fastronauts are children’s toys which are powered by—the energy of children! Instead of continually feeding batteries into toys or plugging them into the wall, these toys are able to be recharged through the motions of the children playing with them. The toys are energized either by the rotation of bicycle wheels or being rolled on the ground, allowing the toys to make noise, light up, and do other things. Sort of along the lines of a kinetic flashlight, this idea is not only green but it is healthy too. With childhood obesity hitting hard in the United States, this kind of toy encourages kids to keep moving! In addition, there is an educational aspect which hopes to get kids involved with alternative energy concepts at a very young age.
While rechargeable batteries may be great for keeping landfills empty of masses of little cylinders, they still take up a great deal of energy from the electricity in your home. Instead of recharging batteries through electricity, Febot is working to be able to produce batteries which are recharged through wind-power. Along the same lines as giant wind turbines, a Febot is a little gadet about five inches long which is able to capture the energy of the wind and store it back into the AA battery. This kind of re-juicing through wind energy is clean, waste-free and, well, it’s just free. If the product comes to the market, once you purchase the product up front, the energy coming from the wind would be cost free. Look for new developments as this viable concept continues to gain ground.
Coffee grounds have been used in gardening and composting for many years, but this latest craze would put used coffee grounds on the map, or the paper. While traditional inkjet printers produce a great deal of energy waste and ink waste, as well as cartridges which end up in landfills, this coffee printer aims to minimize that waste. In addition, while a lot of ink is made from petroleum, which is a non-sustainable resource, coffee grounds are in a continual supply. These printers would aim to use less electricity by making use of the USB energy which is already running the computer. In addition, there are no wasted trips to the office supply store for ink, no cartridges in the landfill, and you can still compost the coffee grounds after the printer is finished using it.
Look for these and other innovative sustainable technology ideas to hit the market in future years.