Sharp has introduced its LE700 series LED TVs, using edge-lit LED backlight technology instead of CCFL. Unlike Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and Vizio, Sharp’s LE700 series have no local dimming function.

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The lack of local dimming means that, in tests, the blacks in bright scenes won’t be on par with the best of those TVs above. The Sharp LE700 series lack both video streaming and use of Yahoo’s widget platform for services such as Amazon or Flickr.

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The video below from the BBC shows you some of the electric, eco-friendly cars from a competition / project recently run by the UK government to encourage automakers to get more creative in thinking about low carbon emissions. Eight car making groups have won a £25 million prize from the government to fund the next generation of greener, cleaner cars.

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Current Cost, a company which specialises in high tech products for improving energy efficiency, reducing energy costs in both individual households and large scale organisations have launched a new product called ENVI. ENVI as you would imagine is an energy monitor, monitoring your home’s electricity usage. What is unique about Current Cost’s real-time energy monitors is that these allows you to read the gathered data using an application on your PC. Connecting a serial cable to the display downloads the information in XML format. A number of developers have created applications which uses the data gathered by the energy monitor (see examples here). Analysing this data will allow the user to hopefully change their energy consumption behaviour and therefore lead to improved energy efficiency.

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We’ve been told, we’ll soon be sent a demo unit to try out, so hopefully we’ll have more news and thoughts on this eco-friendly gadget for you very soon.

Full press release to follow after the jump.

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Update (31/04/2009): Thanks to those who got in touch, we’ve now posted some videos of Samsung’s new LED TVs which may be of interest.

Long gone are the days when every household would queue up to upgrade to the latest trend of LCD / plasma television sets. Samsung have now upped their game by launching their latest LED (that’s right, Light Emitting Diode) widescreen tellies.

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Hope everyone is having a good start to the week. Here’s something which we meant to post about but somehow ended up not doing so earlier on this year. Its about Sony’s new Bravia TV range which focuses on being green, eco-friendly as well as power saving.

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Asus has recently introduced it’s latest version of the Eee Box desktop PC called the B203. As you will be able to imagine, the Eee Box B203 is a low powered desktop computer just like the rest in its sereis and not a super computer that emits tons of CO2. Running only on Intel C220 Celeron processor, it is light on carbon footprint but also in terms of weight, weighing in at just 2.2 lbs!

The machine runs Windows XP Home, and has the option of an 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB hard drive. There’s 4 USB ports, a flash card reader, Ethernet, Wifi and a DVI port.

The entire desktop is small – it weighs a mere 2.2 pounds. It’s design is nearly identical to the previous versions, and is wite, with circular designs on the side, and the now-popular Eee branding.

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The greenMeter, recently released by Hunter Research and Technologies, is an iPhone application with a mission to keep track of your car’s carbon footprint and fuel efficiency (as you can see in the picture below).

The program uses a multitude of variables to make its calculations, including weather conditions, cost of fuel, and vehicle weight. More advanced measurements such as drag coefficient, vehicle pitch, and rolling resistance can be calculated using estimates available on the company’s website.

It’s been said the greenMeter is most accurate if it is placed on the dashboard or console between the two front seats. If you’re a keen environmentalist and is planning on trying out the greenMeter, just be careful that you don’t run into the problem of looking at the screen more than the road!

The greenMeter is available for download from the iTunes App Store for $5.99, it runs on the iPhone as well as the iPod Touch (for iPhone, firmware 2.0 or above is required).

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