Archive for March, 2010

Recycling Electronics

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Disposing of old electronics needs special attention. Cell phones and other gadgets often contain toxic substances and don’t belong in landfills. Now there are some websites that will recycle your electronics and may even give you some cash back. Here are some websites to check out:

  • Cells for Cash accepts used cell phones and will pay for newer models. They send a postage-free mailer and send back a payment if the phone has value. Cells for Cash refurbishes the phones they receive and sends them to developing nations.
  • Gazelle is a website that accepts all types of electronics (gaming consoles, MP3 players, laptops, etc.) and will send payment for new models. You can determine the value of an electronics item on the website and will receive payment when you mail it in. Even if your item has no value, Gazelle will pay for shipping and safely dispose of it.
  • YouRenew is one more website that takes all types electronics and lets you determine before sending it in whether or not you’ll receive payment. This website refurbishes and resells the donations they receive and then makes donations to environmental causes.
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    Hand Cranked Phone Charger

    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

    If you like your gadgets green, you’ll love this hand cranked Wind Up Mobile Phone Charger. If you find yourself without access to electricity or you just want to save power, all you do is turn the handle for a few minutes and the Wind Up Mobile Phone Charger will generate enough power to run your phone for 25 to 30 minutes.

    The charger also has a handy built-in LED flashlight in case you find yourself in the dark without a light. The Mobile Phone Charger is lightweight, portable and easy to pack. It’s compatible with a wide variety of mobile brands, including Samsung, Nokia, Siemens, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

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    Robot Floor Cleaners

    Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

    The new Mint Cleaner is a robotic sweeper and mop that will automatically sweep or wash your floor. Like the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, the Mint detects obstacles and automatically changes its path. See it in action in this YouTube video:

    The Mint has not yet been launched, but the price is said to be set at $249.

    Roomba also makes a floor cleaner called the Scooba. The Scooba 380 retails for about $500 and only washes the floor (no sweeping). Looks like the Mint Cleaner could be a lower cost alternative with more functionality.

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    Cute Japanese Rice Cooker

    Thursday, March 04th, 2010

    The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker is state-of-the art in the world of rice cookers. This cooker is fully automated, taking the guess work out of cooking perfect rice every time you try. All you have to do is selecte the type of rice you plan to cook from the front panel (i.e., long grain, basmati, jasmine), add water and rice, and then let the Neuro Fuzzy do its thing. A built-in computer chip takes over and before you know it you have a bowl of perfectly cooked rice.

    The Neuro also plays a tune at the start and end of each cooking cycle.
    Find out more at the Zojirushi website.

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