Tag: eco-friendly

Web Coolness: a Nintendo-themed game room, LED eyelashes, how to make your own smart speaker, and more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hands up: how many of you wish you had this Nintendo-themed game room in your home? This manufacturer will only sell electric cars starting in 2019. Here’s how to stock your vacation rental kitchen so you can enjoy unplugging for a bit. Or maybe you’ve banned screen time altogether like Kristen? Crank up your iPod and use The Hamilton instrumentals to put on a show. Hooray! One in four Google employees in leadership roles are women. Who...

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Tado offers smart climate control, now for homes without central heat or air

We do our best to save energy at home, but it is easier said than done with three kids who like to leave lights on all day long. (Even in the closets. Just, why?) That said, smart thermostats have been making it easier for so many families to conserve on heat and air conditioning usage for the last few years,  without even having to think about it. Devices like the ecobee and Nest have been huge hits, and now tado° has entered the market with a smart thermostat for heating systems that’s very impressive and definitely worth a look. It’s even on sale right now through our...

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An eco-friendly printer with ink cartridges that don’t need changing every minute? Whoa.

There’s a pop-up on my computer that alerts me when the ink on my home printer is running low. And every time the little window appears, I think, wait, didn’t I just put new cartridges in the printer? It’s definitely an annoyance and a huge expense. And one that you can now gladly avoid thanks the new Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank printer. The name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, but what does is every two years,  as in how frequently you need to change the printer cartridge. Seriously. You’ll have changed the batteries in your smoke detector three or four times, before you change the ink...

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4 Eco-friendly headphones we love. Now you can save the planet while you listen.

When I think about high-tech headphones, I don’t usually associate them with natural materials like wood. But some big brands are now making eco-friendly headphones that sound amazing with beautiful, earthy textures instead of the glitzy metals and plastics I’m used to. Plus, they’re infinitely more sophisticated than my daughter’s hot-pink dollar-store set I’ve been borrowing lately. And uh, they sound a whole lot better. Related: 5 of the best sports headphones for women (and other folks with small ears)     The Rise Up over-ear headphones that we discovered from House of Marley still remain a favorite. They are eco-friendly throughout, from the bamboo cushions...

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Avakai dolls: beautiful handmade wooden toys with a magical tech twist

At first glance, the gorgeous handmade Avakai dolls look like heirloom dolls my kids would love to play with all on their own But hidden inside these matryoshka-inspired Waldorf dolls is some very cool tech that will spark creative play without attracting your kids to a screen. Tech that gets my kids active and helps them be creative, without the help of screens? I’m in. This is the first toy we’re seeing from the German design team Vai Kai, and they have a philosophy we love: make toys well, then improve them over time. Don’t throw them out to buy a newer model. And so these are handmade in Poland from sustainably forested wood, then brought...

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5 smart ways to live greener without making major changes to your life. (As in, no turning your bathtub into a hydroponic garden.)

We are always looking for ways that we can live a greener lifestyle with our families, but trust us, we know how overwhelming it can be. As we’ve discovered over the years, it’s the small things that can really add up — in effort and attention — and make a huge difference. We’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor JetBlue, who is continuing their own greener efforts through technological advances, as well as through their work with CarbonFund.org. You might not know that when CO2 is released into the atmosphere it remains there until it is absorbed in some...

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Earth Day 2015 picks: 5 cool tech gadgets to get you excited about solar power

It’s Earth Day 2015, and this is always the time we stop and think of ways that we can save energy — and money — in our everyday lives. One of the trends we’re really starting to see blow up, at last, is the use of solar power. There are so many smart products out there, and they’re getting even more affordable, accessible and truly useful for everyday people. When we’re out and about, we’re even seeing solar-charging laptop backpacks on the shoulders of people you’d least expect, so it’s clear it’s catching on. And that’s a good thing.   So we’re happy to...

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Solpro takes solar chargers to a whole new level. And speed.

I’ve seen no shortage of solar chargers, many of which we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. But the new Helios solar charger from Solpro that we discovered at CES 2015 lets you charge smarter and waaaay faster. Yep, the new Helios only needs 90 minutes in direct sunlight to give your smart phone one full charge. That’s crazy fast, though it probably varies a bit depending on your phone. Still, nothing on the market comes close to that right now. To get the max out of the Helios, which is equipped to charge up to two USB devices at a time, it...

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TZOA: A wearable to measure air quality and help you breathe easier

Don’t laugh, but I rely on frequent deep breaths to get me through the day, especially when my kids are being especially ornery. And thanks to a really cool gadget to measure air quality called TZOA, I can see if those calming breaths I’m taking are full of clean air. TZOA (pronounced Zoa, silent T) is a Kickstarter campaign offering the first wearable environmental tracker that measures both air quality and UV rays. Cool, right? We have covered tons of awesome wearable gadgets, but most of them have involved fitness tracking or baby monitoring. So it’s really cool to see wearables going in the direction of monitoring the environment. Especially if you consider...

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Juse: The solar powered mobile phone charging case we’ve all been waiting for.

We have covered hundreds, if not millions (Okay, probably not millions) of mobile phone cases over the years, and loads of mobile phone chargers too. But this super cool Indiegogo project I just learned about named Juse is the first solar-powered mobile phone charging case ever created, and it if does what it says it will do, it very well may get rid of those pesky charging cables for once and for all. Not to mention saving money and being a bit kinder to the earth. Juse looks to be an amazing tech accessory that relies on–you guessed it–solar power to keep your...

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