The Greener Gadgets Conference, which happens in New York on February 27th, is hosting a design competition through the 20th. They've compiled fifty concept products that you can vote for on their site. The ten most popular designs will be awarded at the conference. A few of the designs have already shown up on Unplggd, including the Blight Venetian shades, the ReCompute, and a printer that uses old coffee and tea as ink. After the jump we roundup our ten favorite ideas submitted to the GG competition. What are your faves?
A power socket that's made with digital tech in mind. Most sockets are designed with an output of 120 volts, what analog devices use. Most digital devices have a five volt input. This plug would allow you to plug your digital devices straight into the socket without needed a 120v-to-5v converter cable.
An apartment buzzer/intercom system that lets you send out voice-top-text messages to your neighbors. These pings are meant to harness community sharing/recycling.
One end of the hourglass features solar panels and collects solar energy during the day. The other end is composed of a series of LED lights for nighttime illumination. When fully charged, its NiMh Battery can illuminate 12 LED bulbs for up to 8 hours. A photo resistor on the solar panel side turns on the light as soon as you turn this side downwards.
A rocking chair that powers the LED lamp attached to it through its rocking motion.
A Venetian blind with flexible solar cells that suck in energy during the day and use it to power low power electroluminescent foil on the blinds at night.
A battery recharger in the shape of a flower pot that uses solar energy to juice up dry cells.
Plop this doodad in the water and you can use a river's hydro power to charge up your cell phone or light source while camping. Stick it in the ground to get wind power. It can generate 12 volts of power.
A small water meter device made to tell you just how much water you use in the shower or when you wash your dishes. Attaches to a shower or kitchen tap and draws its power from the water stream).
Vote for your favorites at the Greener Gadgets Design Competition site.