“Green Tap”: NEC develops energy-saving power strip

15 11 2009


NEC subsidiary NEC System Technologies has developed a power strip [JP] with a built-in processor, sensor (the device pictured on the right) and remote control that can cut power consumption by as much as 15% and more. The company says the so-called Green Tap, which sports four outlets, can be used by both offices and private homes.

The device can be used for all kinds of electric appliances. The sensor monitors various data such as the luminosity, temperature, humidity or human heat around it. If you’re out of the room in which you placed your TV, for example, the sensor makes the power strip send an infrared signal to the remote control, which then makes the TV go into standby mode or turn it off completely. If you return, the TV will be turned on again.

The Green Tap works similarly for air conditioners or heaters, automatically setting the temperature in a room, for example. It will even cut off power supply in case of an earthquake (the sensor has a built-in accelerometer).

NEC System Technologies plans to start commercializing its technology in 2011 but hasn’t decided about pricing and other details yet


Mitsubishi Electronics goes Green – Recycle your old projectors

5 11 2009

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In its continuing effort to lessen its impact on the environment, conserve natural resources and be socially responsible, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Presentation Products Division is announcing a recycling program for projectors.

Projector owners can now have peace of mind when replacing and disposing of their older projectors. Customers who purchase a new Mitsubishi projector can access the company’s new recycling program online. The program is based on a one-to-one replacement rate: For example, if an end-user purchases five new Mitsubishi projectors, they will be eligible to recycle up to five projectors of any size from any manufacturer.

“Mitsubishi Electric is committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, and this program is just one of several steps we are taking to be ‘green’ in every way we can,” said James Chan, senior director, product marketing, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Presentation Products Division. “We understand the impact that some high-tech products can have on the environment, and our new recycling program lets us do our part to help keep our planet healthy.”

The program starts with a visit to http://mitsubishirecycle.tradeups.com where users input information about their new Mitsubishi projector purchase as well as the projector(s) to be recycled, including manufacturer and model number. Once the purchase is verified, the customer will receive a kit with appropriate recycling shipping information. Once the old projector is shipped by the customer to the recycling center, Mitsubishi takes over and will be responsible for the rest, including the processing fees for material breakdown and recycling.

“We are all concerned about the environment, and many communities still don’t have recycling programs for tech products,” added Chan. “Our customers want to be sure that their old projectors are being responsibly disposed of, and we’re glad they can rely on us to take care of this important responsibility.”

All Manufacturers’ Makes and Models Are Eligible Under One-To-One Exchange Plan

via [press release]

Green Light Bulb – But USD40?

3 10 2009


Oh man, I thought those compact florescent lightbulbs (CFLs) were expensive at around five bucks a pop. Say hello to the $40 LED light bulb — and that’s an introductory price. It’ll apparently cost $50 later. So what’s the big deal? Well, the bulb only consumes six watts of power and puts out light equivalent to a standard 60-watt bulb. Also, unlike standard light bulbs, this one’s got an estimated working life of 25 years. Imagine moving into a new house or apartment and bringing the lightbulbs over from your old place. The lightbulb is made by Lemnis Lighting and will soon be available at Amazon — there are 40-watt versions currently available. According to the company, you’ll realize a return on your investment in power savings within three years.

via [crunchgear]

Using the Internet is totally Green?

15 09 2009


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CES 2009 – We have to go GREEN

7 01 2009


In the near future, the “greenness” of a gadget will have a big influence on whether consumers will buy it, suggests research published as CES begins.

Consumers will soon look for more information about the environmental impact of a gadget and how it was made.

Published by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), it suggests people will pay more for truly green products.

But, it warned, consumers are very sceptical about the green claims made by hi-tech firms for their products.

“Green is becoming a purchasing factor,” said Steve Koening, director of industry analysts at the CEA, which organises the giant annual Consumer Electronics Show.

CEA research found that consumers were becoming increasingly curious about how products are made and packaged, whether the processes involved were environmentally friendly and what provision is made to recycle a product once it became obsolete, he said.

“More than half are willing to pay a little more for ‘green’,” said Mr Koening. “22% said they were willing to pay up to 15% more for it.”

But, he said, this conversion to environmental causes went hand-in-hand with a demand for more information about green gadgets.

More than 38% of those interviewed by the CEA said they were confused by green product claims and 58% wanted to know the specific attributes that prompted hi-tech firms to label their products green.

Many, said Mr Koening, were also very sceptical about the claims many manufacturer’s made for their products.

Clear trends

The CEA research tried to identify key trends in consumer purchasing for the next four years. Alongside a desire for more green technologies went desires to do away with wires, have the internet embedded in everything and a wish to gain more control over gadgets.

Projected growth in 2009
Organic LED devices – 149%
E-readers – 110%
HD flash camcorders – 106%
Netbooks – 80%
Climate systems, smart thermostats – 71%
Next-generation DVD – 62%
Ultrahigh refresh rate LCD TVs – 57%
Car navigation systems – 52%
Wireless mp3 players – 41%
Set-top box home theatre – 30%
Source: CEA

One clear trend, said Mr Koening, was a demand for more products to be untethered and use wireless technologies wherever possible.

With this, he said, went a growing desire to be virtually tethered by the services and content available via these wireless, portable gadgets.

And, he said, whatever people are carrying around they definitely want it connected to the internet so they can keep in touch with friends and family or get at all the digital content they subscribe to, own or have generated themselves.

The final trend was a greater demand for control over gadgets, said Mr Koening. Instead of just relying on keyboard and mouse, consumers will want innovative ways, such as voice and gesture controls, that let them get more out of their hi-tech toys.

“It’s about getting access to the ecosystem of products we have built up in our homes,” he said.

Together the four trends look set to keep electronics hugely popular with consumers and help the industry buck the gloomy economic conditions, said Mr Koening.

‘A necessity’

CEA economist Shawn DuBravac said: “Consumers are spending more of their money on technology purchases. It’s helping bridge their personal and private lives.

“Consumer electronics are a necessity not a luxury; even though we have a background of economic catastrophe, enthusiasm for consumer electronics remains robust.”

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Consumers want as few of these as possible

Tim Herbert, senior director of research for CEA, said although consumer spending on home electronics would not hit the highs seen in recent years it looked set to remain positive.

“We do expect a slowing in 2009 but, relative to other sectors, the consumer electronics industry will outperform,” he said.

Growth in 2009 should hit 4.3%, said Mr Herbert, compared to 13.7% in 2008.

Over the last few years, said Mr Herbert, consumers have splashed out on the big expensive items such as large flat panel TVs and game consoles and now were hungry to do something with their purchases.

For instance, he said, in the games industry sales from software looked set to significantly outstrip sales of hardware such as consoles and handheld players in 2009 and beyond.

“It’s important for the industry to understand how content and services interplays with the hardware side of the business,” said Mr Herbert. “We have built an enormous installed base that will be hungry for content.”

via [bbc]

Da-Lite Screen Company Announces GREENGUARD® Certification Addition to Da-Lite Screen Green™ Program

13 04 2008

Environmental Institute certification (#90068) for low emitting projection screen fabrics. This significant achievement contributes to Da-Lite’s overall Screen Green™ program by including the Institute’s GREENGUARD Certified Products and Children & Schools Certification for low-emitting audio visual equipment used in sensitive environments such as daycare, K-12 and healthcare facilities.

The Institute awarded the certification for five of Da-Lite’s proprietary projection screen fabrics; High Contrast Matte White, Video Spectra 1.5, Silver Matte, Matte White and High Power. Da-Lite offers the widest range of GREENGUARD® certified fabrics that make specifying the correct screen fabric easier for architects and end-users, while observing the demand for low-emitting materials for children and schools.

The GREENGUARD® Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program, the largest independent certification program for low-emitting products. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings.

The GREENGUARD® certification mark helps architects, builders, designers and specifiers identify products and materials that undergo rigorous testing and meet stringent standards for chemical emissions. The GREENGUARD® Children & Schools standard was developed by evaluating the chemical sensitivities of children and the unique building characteristics of schools, and presenting the most stringent emissions criteria to date. Da-Lite certified projection fabrics meet the criteria of CA DHS, and are specified in the USGBC’s LEED for schools Rating System, the CHPS Best Practices Manual and the Green Guide for Healthcare.

According to GEI, children in the U.S. miss over six million school days per year due to asthma alone and the U.S. EPA estimates that half of U.S. schools have indoor air quality problems. The specification and use of Da-Lite’s GREENGUARD® Certified Products attacks indoor air pollution at the source and can significantly reduce the levels of pollutants in the indoor air.
All five of the Da-Lite GREENGUARD® Certified projection screen fabrics can be found on the web at da-lite.com/products or at greenguard.org, then select either GREENGUARD® Certified Product Guide or Children & Schools Certified Product Guide and follow the prompts. Copies of the Da-Lite GREENGUARD® Certificates can be downloaded from the GREENGUARD® site for inclusion in building proposals and specifications.

via [pressrelease]

Are you green when it comes to sustainable design for corporate AV?

6 04 2008

Here are five things to consider as you begin your journey along the “Green Brick Road.”

1. Do your homework. Just because an idea is touted as being “green” doesn’t mean it is. This is where third party certifications can be helpful. Has the product been certified by a neutral organization, such as GREENGUARD or Green Seal?

2. Don’t sacrifice. Just because a product is green doesn’t mean it can’t perform–nor should it. By choosing a green product that meets performance specs, you improve the chances that it will actually be used, and not replaced in six months with something that is not nearly so environmentally friendly, but which does the job.

3. Think big picture. Sustainability works best as part of an overall design strategy. For example, using more windows for daylighting will save on electricity used to light a room, but for maximum benefit glare and heat transference issues must also be addressed, through window treatments and specification of proper projection surfaces.

4. Decide what is most important to you and your client. Some products are highly efficient; others give off low VOC (volatile organic compound) levels; some may even operate through sustainable means. Sometimes you can find a product that combines several of these advantages, but often different products will have only one “green” advantage, and you must decide which is most important. For example, should you install a product that is made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials, or one that contains no PVCs and does not off-gas VOCs?
5. Confused? Deal with an expert. Find out if the manufacturers you work with have LEED-Accredited Professionals (accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council) on staff and talk to them. If you’re really gung-ho, seek LEED-AP status yourself

Join all of us at Techlogique in turning the AV Industry Green….

via [The Techlogique Team}