This week at TreeHugger: The world's first solar-powered scooter: is there anything the sun can't do? Our love-fest with LEDs continue with not one but two features: LED backlighting, making electronics brighter everywhere, and an LED "light engine" that produces a warm, soft light-bulb-like light. Ahh. Lastly, a TreeHugging pizza delivery guy/superhero dons a cape, saves the day: film after the jump.
Just unveiled last week, the Solarin Turtle is "the world's first solar-powered scooter," according to the company that developed it, Solarin Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd. Though it will be built in Malaysia, interest in the scooter around the world has already been strong; China has placed an order for 100,000 units, though they won't be built until next year. Details on the scooter remain a little incomplete (we can't even find a real picture of it), though it's reported to have a top speed of 55 mph and will also be rechargeable by thermal heat or electrical charge.
TreeHugger loves us some LED; with their super-long life, super-bright light and super-low energy consumption, how could you not? LED technology is now being used to make LCD displays brighter and more energy efficient. Once unattainably expensive, prices have come down, and LED backlighting is now starting to trickle in to the market. In some devices, particularly smaller ones, LED backlights are already becoming common; Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming device is one prime example. Sony also uses LED backlights in some high-end Vaio PC monitors and premium laptops, such as its Type T and Type S series.
As if one LED story weren't enough: Lamina Ceramics recently launched a new product line called Titan, which features an LED "light engine" that produces the same warm, pleasing light associated with incandescents and compact fluorescents. At greater than 1,200 lumens, the Titan daylight white model is competitive with compact fluorescent bulbs, and Titan's 60-degree projection angle eliminates the need for the reflectors required in fluorescent applications. Look at them long enough, and you'll get that warm, glowy feeling, too.
And last, but certainly not least, is the story of a Galactic Pizza delivery guy. Aside from using wind power to make almost-organic pizza and driving electric delivery cars, the delivery drivers are also (at least dressed like) superheroes; like other caped crusaders, they also fight crime. Recently Luke Pie Rocker was getting into his electric Gizmo delivery vehicle when he heard cries for help from the victim of a purse-snatcher. The Gizmo isn't too fast so he took off on foot. "I probably wouldn't have been able to move nearly as quickly if I weren't in my full superhero gear," said Luke, whose real name is Cameron Evans. The video of this is priceless.
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