I’ve always known Casio’s watches their rugged and indestructable nature but with the new Casio Pathfinder PRG110C-3, the watchmaker has probably taken even a step further. The new PRG110C-3 is a very ‘earthy’ eco-friendly watch for those who like their outdoor challenges.

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We decided to sum up some of the best solar gadgets we knew of that either have been designed for or are compatible with the iPhone (2G and 3G) / iPod Touch. We know solar gadgets are very popular these days especially among those who are cautious about being eco-friendly, the environmnet and of course the often talked about CO2 emission. We managed to put into this list five solar gadgets, we did think there

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Here are pictures of LG’s latest concept phone from the MWC last week, it is equipped with solar panels allowing it to help the environment by reducing the need to use non-renewable resources. When you think of technology and gadgets that harvest solar energy I tend to think of large chunky panels but in fact the concept phone below is quite the opposite.

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If the UK was as sunny as it is today on everyday then I believe this DIY would be ideal for Nintendo DS gamers. User dark sponge from Instructables, figured out a way in which after some wiring, some soldering of a few miniature solar panels you won’t ever need to recharge your NDS’ battery again. Yes, the NDS’ battery is pretty long lasting and can last up to hours on its own anyway, but wouldn’t it be cool if your NDS could be played while it was absorbing the essence of solar rays for power?

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Green solar gadgets – the glow brick

On January 16, 2009, in Gadgets, by KLS

For £14.95, you can now get your hands on this neat solar powered light bulb brick, thus the name glow brick. It is powered entirely from harnessing the very essence of daylight, this power is then used to produce an ethereal green spooky glow at night. Though it may not look like it, it could actually work as a children’s night light, excellent for those who are keen on energy saving.

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If you’re cautious about being eco-friendly and want to save money (don’t sure if you’ll save lots with this though), you might want to give this solar charging iPhone case a try. All you need to do is insert your iPhone, switch the power on and place it under a spot with as much sunlight as possible.

Here are the main features…

  • Lithiumion polymer Battery capacity: 3.7V  1500mAh
  • Output voltage: 5V (max)
  • Output current: 600ma (max) + solar battery 100 (max)
  • Charge voltage: solar battery 6V USB/DC 5V
  • Charge current: 100ma (max) + 500ma (max)
  • Charging ime: less than 3hours
  • Peak power supplied by photocell: 0.61W
  • Size: 125mm x 64mm x 25mm
  • Weight: 100g

The solar iPhone case is also unique in a way, as you can see above in the specs, it’s also got it’s own built-in battery, which I think means it is possible to charge up the built-in battery using solar energy and then reserve it for your iPhone later on, very neat and handy to have!

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To be honest, I haven’t heard of the GreenPIX, but apparently it was officially launched earlier this year… From the video below, it looks stunning, it sounds impossible for something this scale to be powered via just solar energy, hence it’s also called the ‘Zero Energy Media Wall’. Now if only more countries could follow its steps and build advert boards as eco-friendly as this, then we could definitely take another step closer to meeting our CO2 emission targets…

GreenPix is a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympic Games. Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, the building performs as a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle

The Media Wall will provide the city of Beijing with its first venue dedicated to digital media art, while offering the most radical example of sustainable technology applied to an entire building’s envelope to date.

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