For the birds: Tech Culture
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Your favorite green gadgets are up for vote, we look at a printer that uses no ink, and Best Buy has a new billboard that New York pigeons will love.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hey, I'm Mark Licea, and this week get ready to vote for your favorite green gadget. We'll show you a printer that uses no ink. And find out why the Best Buy's new billboard is literally for the birds. The Green Show starts now. ^M00:00:14 [ Music ] ^M00:00:23 If you've seen an interesting idea for a green gadget, it may be in the running for the Greener Gadgets design competition. This year, 18 eco-friendly gadgets are in it to win it. Some of the designs include a kinetic energy-harvesting rocking horse, a kinetic energy charger for cell phones in rural areas of India, and a GPS that instructs you on how to be a green driver. The finalists will be at the Greener Gadgets conference on February 25, and you can vote for your favorite at Greenergadgets.com. ^M00:00:52 There's a lot of places you can go to recycle electronics. Good news is that more people seem to be doing so. Earth 911 is a site that asks for your product and ZIP code, and then gives you a list of places you can drop off to for recycling. Their site had 12 percent more visitors last year than in 2008. Among the top 10 products searched for on the site, computers was number one, batteries too, television's, Number three, and CFLs, number seven. I'm pretty sure we connect the Green Show. ^M00:01:21 Here's a printer that requires no ink and uses reusable, plastic paper. They also made the hood of the printer green, just in case you didn't get it. The PrePeat RP-3100 uses special plastic paper that can be reused close to 1,000 times. It only prints in black and white and uses a special thermal head to print and erase marks on the sheet. ^M00:01:43 >> [Foreign language spoken] ^M00:01:55 >> So there you have it, very cheap to run. Oh yeah, and it costs $5600.00. ^M00:02:01 Best Buy is showing off its new green billboard in Times Square this week. It reads e-cycle -- no matter where you bought it, will recycle it. Okay, that's nice. But wait, look closer. The sign is made up of old electronics. My old stuff may be up on that sign. I never thought of turning my old electronics into one giant pigeon playground. ^M00:02:22 The idea of a gym that uses special equipment to gather kinetic energy and feed it back into the grid is nothing new, but a company is putting it into action. Florida-based ReRev retrofits treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical machines with this technology. They've been doing this for some time, mostly working with universities like the University of Florida and Oregon State. A 30-minute workout on one ReRev-equipped machine can power a laptop for an hour. That's the show this week. Greenshow@cnet.com for questions and comments. I'm Mark Licea. Thanks for watching. ^M00:02:56 [ Music ]