If last week’s insights on smart thermostats – a must-have device among clean technology enthusiasts – piqued your interest, then the following green gadgets are sure to grab your attention. They may not be in the mainstream consumer market just yet, but these clean tech devices could represent some of the next-generation technology supporting eco-friendly lifestyles.
Year-Round Green Gardening
Several companies are expanding the capabilities of green gardening to give consumers more options for growing plants and food year-round. Among the latest innovations in this category is XYZprinting’s Green Cube. The company, which is perhaps best known for its desktop 3D printers, has recently introduced a printer that produces hydroponics boxes for growing vegetables in an accelerated growing climate during all seasons. Another new green garden gadget is 3Dponics’ 3D-printable hydroponics system. The company’s platform allows consumers to create customized gardens specific to their living spaces and needs.
Watering Lawns and Gardens with Precision
The Edyn Smart Garden System and the Droplet are two innovations designed to help consumers use water much more efficiently than ever before. When planted in the soil, the Edyn Smart Garden System monitors environmental conditions, and sends valuable information on plant nutrients and on real-time changes in the condition of the garden directly to any WiFi-connected device. The device ensures plants stay healthy by telling you exactly how much water they need and when they need it most.
The Droplet is a smart sprinkler system that combines the latest technology in robotics, cloud computing, and connected services to water plants with precision. The state-of-the-art device delivers water according to plant type (lawns are watered row by row, trees are watered at the drip line instead of at the trunk, etc.) and provides advanced analytics to show how much water is being consumed in each area of the yard.
The Mogobike is a new product supporting innovations in eco-friendly transportation alternatives. This electric scooter is designed for street use and can reach speeds up to 20 mph. The lithium battery can be charged up to 80 percent in just two hours, and the brakes are regenerative, meaning that power is actually fed back to the battery when the brakes are applied.
Another product to watch is the Gogoro SmartScooter. This electric scooter can be driven up to 62 miles at speeds up to 25 mph using two batteries. What’s unique about this product is that consumers don’t need to buy the batteries that power the device. Instead, batteries are swapped out at energy network stations, which will one day be available in major urban areas (as of now, these stations are only available in Taipei, Taiwan).