The green home of the future will not only waste less water and energy, it’ll be a lot more convenient to operate thanks to smart features that are either automated, or controllable using our mobile phones. The following intriguing inventions give us a glimpse at what appliances and gadgets might be featured in an eco-friendly environment within a decade or two – and some are already available!
A Discotheque in London gets most of its electricity needs from people dancing in their specially equipped dance floor. How cool is that? All the flashing strobes and pounding speakers at the dance club are massive consumers of electric power. So, bar Suya in London, re-outfitted its floor with springs that, when compressed by dancers, could produce electrical current that would be stored in batteries and used to offset some of the club electrical burden. The club owner, Andrew Charalambous, said the dance floor can now power 60 porcent of the club's energy needs.
Free Meal for Those Who Generate Electricity
The Crown Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen , Denmark , is offering a free meal to any guest who is able to produce electricity for the hotel on an exercise bike attached to a generator. Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity - roughly 15 minutes of cycling for someone of average fitness. They will then be given meal vouchers worth $36 (26 euros).
Desktop Printer that Doesn't Use Ink Nor Paper
Who says printers only use paper to print documents? It's time for you to meet the PrePeat Printer then. Different from conventional printers, PrePeat adopts a thermal head to print on specially-made plastic sheets. These plastic sheets are not merely water-proof, but could be easily erased, just feed the sheets through the printer again, and a different temperature will erase everything or just write over it. Also claimed by the manufacturer, such one sheet could be used up to 1,000 times so that you'll reduce your expenses on paper for sure.
University Constructs a Green Roof
Green design is an enormously popular trend in modern architecture, just take a look at this amazing green roof at the School of Art , Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore . This 5-story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.
Shower Stops When you've Used Too Much Water
Twenty percent of our total domestic energy usage is from hot water for showering and bathing. That's over 6 times the energy usage of domestic lighting. So designer Tommaso Colia came up with his Eco-Fiendly Shower design that will force you to get out when you take too long and waste much water. The Eco Drop shower features beautiful concentric circles that will rise to force you to stop showering when you take too long, and accordingly save water.
Bottle Opener Remote
Sauce Dispensing Chopsticks
Self-Locking Bendy Bike
Pillow With Arm Hole
Retro Vision Glasses
Tea Pot Frame
Keyboard Food Tray
Waterless Washing Machine
Waterless washing machines are already a reality with Xeros, which uses a unique absorption system to drastically cut back the amount of water used to get a load of laundry clean. No, it’s not technically altogether ‘waterless’, since you need one cup per load; the dirty water is absorbed by plastic chips, eliminating the need for a rinse cycle. But a cup is nothing compared to how much water many machines use.
Grow herbs and vegetables right in your kitchen with an attractive tiered appliance featuring climate-controlled panels, built-in lighting and even an attachment to a water source, making it all-in-one. Since light, water, fertilization and temperature can be controlled in each individual tier, you can grow all kinds of thing that would normally be tough to care for in a basic windowsill garden.
Dishwashers are bulky, and they use an awful lot of water. This concept for The Eco-Friendly Steam Dishwasher is so small, it’ll fit on your countertop, and it uses pressurized steam to blast food particles off dishes and utensils and sanitize them. The best part is, it requires no detergents at all. The water is collected and filtered using ‘membrane technology’ to remove all the grime, and recycled for use again in the next load. Fresh water is brought in periodically.
Zero-Energy Bio-Gel Refrigerator
Okay, this is a bit of a weird one: a refrigerator that uses a special gel-like substance to suspend and cool foods. A transparent panel lets you see your fruits, fish, butter and whatever else you keep in your fridge hanging out in non-sticky, odorless green goo. The gel is full of ‘bio robot’ cooling agents to preserve the food, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in. Could you get used to this?
Portable Washing Machine
When you only get a little bit of dirt on a shirt, blanket or other textile, it seems like a waste to have to wash the whole thing. This Portable Washing Machine gadget can be placed over targeted areas like an iron to steam out soil. It’s powered by a high-density sugar battery.
Green Smart Glass
Don’t you hate it when you’re dying to take a sip of your coffee, but it’s still too hot to drink? The Green Smart Glass draws some of that heat out of the coffee through the inner wall of the mug, and converts it into electricity that can later be used for other purposes.
Bediator Bed and Radiator in One
Why constantly heat spaces that you’re not even using? At night, you could concentrate heat in the place you need it most – your bed – with the Bediator, an innovative bed platform that’s also a radiator. The best part is, it’ll also circulate cool air in the summer. It features a calendar, built-in alarm clock and thermometer, and folds up when not in use.
Green Cuisine Healthy Cooking Modules
In the future, you might not have to think too hard about preparing healthy meals, even when you’re short on time and don’t want to deal with messy cleanup. Philips Design presents ‘Green Cuisine‘, an integrated coking solution with gadgets built into kitchen surfaces that will cook, steam, and automate energy expenditure to save as much energy as possible. Interactive touch screens appear on countertops and table surfaces for easy control of all your cooking appliances.
Here’s a cool idea for a shower that wastes far less water than conventional shower designs, without leaving you in the cold. The water automatically starts when you’re standing under the showered, and stops when you’re not – but if you want to pause it just long enough to lather up, shave or do other tasks that don’t require a full stream of water, it’ll send out a cloud of steam to keep you warm. There’s a touch-screen so you can choose the exact water temperature you like, plus it monitors water usage and saves the information. It even has built-in speakers with Bluetooth and wifi so you can stream music from your smartphone into the shower.
Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer
Not only does this clothes dryer design eliminate the need to bend over while loading and unloading laundry, it uses an ultrasonic atomizer system instead of a conventional electric heater system to blast the water out of clothes. The mist formed during the drying process can be cooled and collected for use in the washing machine.
Cooker EMS: Energy-Harvesting Bracelets
Wear these weird little bracelets around your wrists for a few hours, and they’ll transform your body heat and kinetic energy into energy that can be used for cooking. Either slip the bracelet around a mug to heat up a beverage, or roll it out into a flat heating pad.
White Goat Toilet Paper Machine
It doesn’t come cheap, but there’s a machine you can purchase that actually turns office paper into toilet paper, so you never need to worry about running out again. And when we say it doesn’t come cheap, we mean the White Goat toilet paper machine costs an astounding $100,000. Maybe this bulky and expensive machine won’t be a fixture in most homes anytime soon, but it presents an intriguing solution to the problem of cutting down so many trees for toilet paper.