iPhone-controlled Xkuty One Electric Bike Calls for Help in Emergencies

September 25, 2013 by  
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Remember when telephones were strictly used for making phone calls? Now smart phones are used to control everything from small homes to this awesome new Xkuty One electric bike . Alicante, an Electric Mobility Company from Spain, has made a stylish, silent e-bike that uses an iPhone attached to the center of the handlebar to control various features. Equipped with the exclusive free Xkuty app, the phone allows riders to set maximum speed (top speed is 35 kph/21.7 mph), select different acceleration styles, monitor battery consumption and even navigate by GPS. Read the rest of iPhone-controlled Xkuty One Electric Bike Calls for Help in Emergencies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alicante , bike calls for help in emergencies , e-bike , electric bike , electric bike controlled by phone , Electric Mobility Company , green transportation , iPhone , iPhone dashboard , iPhone integration , smart phones , Spain , Xkuty One        

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San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

May 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all new mobile phones sold within the city limits. On Tuesday, the city Board of Supervisors voted to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance. However, the city was quick to point out that legal fees prompted the action, and that fears about the health risks posed by phone radiation still exist. Read the rest of San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cell phones , health hazard , mobile phone industry , radiation , safety , San Francisco , smart phones        

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Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers

November 20, 2012 by  
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Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for…

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Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

February 29, 2012 by  
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Spotted by our friends at Treehugger , this epic Pegasus Sculpture , crafted by London’s Machine Shop from 3,500 Huawei smartphones stands nearly 19 feet tall and boasts a 16 foot wingspan. The mass of Ascend D Quad handsets rest on a frame made from over 650 yards of iron rods, and the whole piece took more than 720 man-hours to craft. Unfortunately, it misses the boat on being a legitimately cool piece of corporate art – read on to learn why. Read the rest of Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ascend d quad , electronic waste , green marketing , huawei smart phone , smart phone environment , smart phone pegasus , smart phone waste , the machine shop

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AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

February 29, 2012 by  
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Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask , a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity via small wind turbines . At best it makes the wearer look like they’re living in a chemical war zone; at worst it’ll make you look like a futuristic Hannibal Lecter. But looks aren’t everything! Read the rest of AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , AIRE Concept , AIRE mask , iphone charger , Joao Paulo Lammoglia , kinetic energy , mobile charger , renewable energy , wind energy

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The Cleanweb Hackathon Invites Innovative Minds to Do Social Good Via Technology

September 5, 2011 by  
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The  CleanWeb Hackathon is an upcoming gathering (September 10 & 11th) in San Francisco to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints. The goal is to organize a competition to build apps and hacks exploiting new sustainable business models while leveraging the mobile and social web. The hackathon is an interesting concept that builds on creative thinking and information technology. We challenge attendees on what they can do in 24 hours with utility, transport and smart grid datasets that might just change the world just a little bit. You will spend an intense 24 hours hacking and presenting with some of the nation’s brightest developers. At the end of a marathon hack session, teams will demo their apps and hacks for the audience and a group of select judges. The event will bring together Developers, Entrepreneurs, Students interested in CleanWeb. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop something great, learn about CleanWeb and meet like minds. Sunil Paul is the brain behind CleanWeb and his group is looking to bring in inspired and talented developers who want to create CleanWeb tools in an attempt to win some $5,000 worth of prizes. Sunil invests in cleantech and is also co-founder and chairman of the Clean Economy Network , the largest green business organization the US and Spring Ventures , venture fund that invests in and incubates novel technologies and companies addressing resource scarcity, energy security and climate change. So What is CleanWeb? “CleanWeb” is a category of clean technology that leverages the capability of the internet, social media, and mobile technologies to address resource constraints. At the Green:Net conference  in April, the Spring Ventures founder said “The next big wave will be in the “CleanWeb,” which marries information technology enhancements — such as Twitter, Facebook and the social web — with green initiatives. Information technology is actually going to prove as valuable as the application of new materials and nano-technology and bio-technology have been for the environment.” Watch Sunil’s speech on the topic at Green:Net in April here . Some examples of the CleanWeb in action are the rise of car-sharing services, which reduce emissions dramatically by allowing users to find rides with others. Another example is the room-sharing service  AirBnB , which allows people to rent out rooms their homes, and has already booked two million nights around the world since 2008. Another promising area for CleanWeb innovation is transportation. Paul says, “There are a wave of companies trying to make more efficient use of your vehicle by sharing it with others,” including  Spride , And mobile applications for these services put a car at your fingertips. If there is a symbol of CleanWeb’s opportunity it is the cell phone.” With all this potential, the upcoming hackathon promises to harness technology and human ingenuity to bring about greater social good. It has caught the attention of companies like OPOWER and Microsoft who are platinum sponsors of the event. Some of the most creative minds will be at this event include  Yves Behar , who will be judging the competition. Yves is the founder of  fuseproject , the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999 and is a well-known futurist, humanist and naturalist! Important Media and the Ecopreneurist are proud to be media sponsors of the CleanWeb Hackathon. Stayed tuned this week as we cover the event and bring you some of the awesome new ideas featured through this competition!

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World’s Smallest Portable Printer Doesn’t Use Ink

February 1, 2010 by  
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Computing on-the-go couldn’t be easier with the bevvy of smart phones , laptops and netbooks on the market. But printing documents while away from the home or office is a whole ‘nother story — until now.

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Luxgen Electric Minivan Promises To “Think Ahead”

January 4, 2010 by  
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Aside from lithium-ion batteries, cell phones and electric cars don’t have all that much in common. Or do they

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