This week at TreeHugger: We discover an e-book whose pages actually turn. Cleverly named the Turnover, is it the best of both book-reading worlds? Some new software, called GreenPrint, helps save trees, money on paper, disposal and ink cartridges for those things you can't read by e-book, and should be a standard feature on every computer, we think. In the latest installment of our series on "How to Green Your Life," we take a closer look at the precious electricity we all need to power our computers and gadgets, with a few tips on keeping the green juice flowing to all electric essentials. Lastly, Mitsubishi has a new line of wall-mounted AC units that, in addition to using up to 50% less power than the average air conditioner, sports the "Human Sensor Move Eye" which follows and tracks the location and habits of the living things it encounters, and conditions the air accordingly.
Like the convenience of e-books, but long for the good old days of turning actual pages in a real book? Have we got the gadget for you: the page-turnable e-book concept from Timothy Yeoh called The Turnover. It would have two electronic ink screens that lay on top of one another. Finish with one "page," turn it around to the back, exposing the next "page." The page you've just been reading refreshes with the text from the next page, and when you turn again, it's changed. Magical.
Designed to cut back on wasted pages, ink, trees and time, GreenPrint is new software that we've determined should be standard issue on every computer. Greenprint software lets you see the whole document, easily click on what you want to keep and what you want to disappear, and then prints it, either on paper or PDF; no more documents with phantom pages or only a lonely "page 3 of 3" stuck at the bottom. Not only does this save forests; it also saves money on paper, disposal and ink cartridges. It even comes with a little meter to tell you how much paper and ink you have saved to make you feel that much better.
We've been working on the "How to Green Your Life" series for a couple of weeks now, but few topics impact everything we do (and remain as invisible) as much as electricity. We took a closer look at all the electricity we need to keep computers running at full bore, rechargeable batteries fully charged and gadgets fully juiced. Learn all about how to shape up, cut down and otherwise keep it green while keeping everything you need buzzing, whirring, spinning and playing.
Mitsubishi is releasing a new line of wall-mounted air conditioners called the ZW series, that have a few innovations that could have them using up to 50% less power than today's average air conditioner. The first (and less interesting) innovation, is a self cleaning air filter; the real innovation is addition of the "Human Sensor Move Eye" which tracks the location and habits of the living things it encounters, and conditions the air accordingly. It points itself directly at any hot object, cooling it down, and also automatically shifts into power-save mode when all living things leave the room. The unit can track and condition air for one or two people in any given room and isn't fooled by non-moving heat sources, like kitchen appliances. Even creepier, the the unit will log the activities of moving heat sources and adjust accordingly. For example, if it registers a heat source every week day at five o'clock for a couple of weeks, it will start blowing at around 4:30, every weekday, of its own accord, in order to most effectively please its master.
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