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Boston city park bench with addition of a shiny, new solar-powered charging station. (via Boston Globe) It's all the rage - single function devices are being updated to accommodate multi-functional needs. Imagine a bench; it's just sitting there, accommodating workers during the lunch hour, giving rest to the homeless, and/or providing a pulpit for  intellectual conversations. That’s so yesterday!  Now, park benches are getting a 'smart' upgrade with solar cell- powered phon ...
For years energy experts have been telling consumers to unplug their devices and chargers when not in use because a lot of them have high standby currents, so called "vampires"   How much energy do household appliances use?Appliance When on (watts) Standby (watts) Stereo 22 12 TV 100 10 Video recorder 13 1 DVD recorder 12 7 Digital top box 6 5 Computer + peripherals 130 15 Computer monitor 70 11 Laptop computer 29 2 Broadband modem 14 14 Answering machine 3 3 Battery charger 14 1 Mobile ph ...
A smart-battery that connects to your phone via WiFi to tell you when it's low on juice (via the Roost Team) In a world where everything is 'smart,' here is one more thing:. a 'smart' battery created by the Roost Team which can link up to your home's Wifi to send your smartphone updates on its battery life and more. The battery is intended for fire alarms, and can also be used in carbon monoxide and water leak alarms. The battery helps to ensure that your batteries are always up-to-date so ...