How about a tablet that’s as eco-friendly as it gets? Jun-se Kim, Yonggu Do and Eunha Seo created the Ecopad slate, pictured below and no using any external power source, but instead relying on a nano piezoelectricity film that gathers power from each touch or press of the screen.
The device features a LCD display and I’m guessing it runs some light OS such as Honeycomb or Chrome OS. After hearing about phones charged by the user’s voice, now this… charging via touch. Also Japan intends to have all its buildings covered in solar panels over the next years. I quite like the direction we’re going with eco-friendly technology and let’s hope it won’t only remain a concept.
This tablet design looks great and if I were to guess its specifics, I’d say it comes with a 10 inch screen, lots of gigabytes of memory and a pretty good camera.
I’m the type of guy who spins his keychain on his finger when bored and I bet that some of you do too… How about generating some energy through this action? The idea comes into play with the RevOlve Kinetic Phone, that gets charged when you spin it around your finger using the hole it includes.
This is an eco-friendly device, that’s also ergonomic and gets dismantled without damaging Mother Nature. The shell and the parts of the handset can be recycled separately and we sure hope the designers though about the risk of dropping the phone when its spinning velocity increases… Wouldn’t want to hurt anyone, right?
Since we mentioned the designers, there’s a team behind this project, with the following members: Da Deng, Chandra Baker, Chris Platt, Jason Schuler. Will kinetic phones rule our future?
Joseph K. Lee recently posted on the web a phone design called Sign, a device that uses sun power to charge the battery up to 80%. The design of the Sign is pretty futuristic, as you can see in the images below. The handset has a concealed screen, based on transparent OLED technology.
Numbers, text and icons will be appear when required, since the keypad area is also concealed and “triggered” by the user’s actions. A solar panel is placed at the back of the device, giving it the needed energy. This is a very sleek phone, one that’s both eco friendly and elegant, plus it can be a fashion accessory, since no one would know it’s a phone, with its hidden display.
The following ZTE Corporation design is an award winner, having received the Red Dot Concept Design prize. Known as the Double Phone, this handset has solar cells across its front side and comes with a 360 degree rotating hinge.
Its specs list includes a 3.2 inch LCD display, touch interface and a transparent screen for notifications. So, this is both an eco-friendly and a fashionable piece of gear. Like it or hate it?
How about a new Nokia design based on eco-friendly technologies? Patrick Hyland created the interesting Nokia E-Cu concept, that can be charged simply by using heat. The handset integrates a thermogenerator, that turns heat into electrical energy, so while in your pocket the device can get charged.
The E-Cu name is a combo between Environment (E) and Copper (Cu) and we learn that this phone is surrounded by a copper layer with engraved heatsinks. You’ll never need a phone charger for this piece of gear, so you’ll be saving Mother Nature again. We have to say that this is quite a slim device, with a solid design and a strong idea behind it.
We’re once again on the green side of things, thanks to a concept smartphone designed with recycling in mind. Dubbed the Revive Smartphone, this unit was created by Kinneir Dufort, while the UI is the work of Duncan Shotton. Revive can be easily disassembled and recycled, with its components being replaced immediately.
Also, replacing components will help you upgrade the phone and continue its repairs over the years, so basically you’ll keep owning the same device for a long time. There’s also a membership system in the mix, rewarding owners for their long years of handset usage. As far as the design is concerned, Revive uses a curved form factor and a touchscreen display.
As you can see, there’s a 10 megapixel camera on board with 3x zoom and a leather back, for extra comfort. This sustainable phone reveals its interface in the video at the end of the article, while the video immediately below will show you how the device is recycled and re-manufactured. It’s all in the diagnostics process…
Some of you might remember Cyrene Quiamco as the designer of some very hot concepts we’ve seen a while ago and now shes’s back, with the Aeolus handset, pictured below. This eco-friendly cellphone gets its energy from wind and solar power, charging its onboard battery.
The phone allows the user to charge the device as he goes and we learn that it integrates a power-generating fan, that uses the slightest breeze to generate electricity. This green device will get quite a boost from being attached to a bike or car, as it speeds up and charges the phone.
The Aeolus phone is made out of renewable materials and it comes with a single color display, an energy efficient LCD.
Described by its maker, Terrillo Walls as the “perfect multimedia phone”, the Jaybird handset is a concept packing an 8 megapixel camera. The latter comes with Xeon Flash, 720p video recording and we learn that the phone also includes a speaker and solar panels, for charging purposes.
This eco-friendly phone incorporates a huge speaker for music listening purposes, a front 3.2 megapixel camera for video calls and a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, with a 900 x 600 pixel resolution.
The display is a Super AMOLED and among Jaybird’s specs we must also mention a full SD card slot, HDMI output and a camera button.
Wearable phones are nothing new, but when this sort of design meets eco-friendliness, something interesting is bound to be created. Mexican designer Veronica Eugenia Rodriguez Ortiz created the Yuxa wearable cellphone concept, that can be worn around the user’s wrist, just like a bracelet or a watch.
The device vibrates to let you know about calls, it supports Bluetooth and it’s made from ecological materials, like plant fibers and biodegradable plastic. This is an eco-friendly phone featuring an OLED display and rechargeable battery, plus an innovative means of communications: sending vibrations to other users.
This is almost like poking someone on Facebook, only it’s done in real life…
Nokia’s more busy with real handsets these days, than with concepts, but we’re glad to have stumbled upon such a design, created by Matteo Trisolini. He made the EC509 Green Core phone for Nokia, as an eco-friendly device, that comes with a PRT packaging carton, that can be re-used in order to send back the handset to its manufacturer for service.
Nokia EC509 relies on kinetic energy for powering it up and, as you can see, it features a hole, used to spin and charge the phone, without even requiring a battery. This is a sustainable mobile phone, also featuring a recycled PET display cover, LED battery indicators and rubberised areas.