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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eco-Metrics: Part 2

Continuing my previous post on monitoring your energy use or carbon footprint with iPhone and/or Android apps, here are a few more.

iPhone

Accufuel - Track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.



Carticipate - A ride-share app that allows the user to find people in their area to carpool. Think social-carpooling.



Android

PedNav - Helps the user plan their activities efficiently. The app is location aware, so it has the capability of telling the user what is near and of the necessary transportation to get to the suggested destination.


http://www.routeme2.com/products/pednav/

Teradesk - Connects the user to their computers and/or mobile devices and allows them to store files in a digital "cloud" accessible from anywhere, eliminating personal paper trails.


http://www.teradesk.com/tera/index.html

And it's not just the software that is allowing people to be more "efficient." There have been developments in the hardware as well. Here are a couple examples.

Nokia's 3110 Evolve
- The covers are made from over 50% renewable material, has smaller packaging made of 60% recycled content, and the charger uses 94% less energy than the Energy Star requirements.



Motorola's Renew
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Recently introduced, the “Renew,” is made using plastic from recycled water bottles and can be completely recycled.



Nokia's Eco Sensor - Equipped with a wearable sensor unit with wrist or neck strap made of solar power cells as its power source, it can analyze your health, environment, and local weather conditions simultaneously. It's still in the "concept" stage, so don't look for it anytime soon.

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