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Developing Green Tech that Could Change Your Life

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Tech and green do not always go together, but some researchers around the world are really working hard to achieve just that. And some of the innovative projects they are working on have the potential to not only help save the planet but to revolutionize peoples’ everyday lives. Here are a few of our favorites:

Solar Powered No Paste Toothbrushes – Take a walk down the tooth care aisle in any pharmacy and you are faced with a huge array of products for keeping your pearly whites bright. The downside (apart from the cost) id that many of these products are packaged in wasteful cardboard boxes. A solar powered tooth brush is being developed however that will do away with the need for toothpaste altogether, while still providing, its creators relive, a superior clean.

Kunio Komiyama and Gerry Uswak, both dental professors are developing the Soladey-J3X. It has has a small solar panel and titanium dioxide rod embedded inside and when a small amount of light hits the brush electrons are sent to the bristles that react with the enzymes in the user’s saliva to remove plaque and kill of disease causing bacteria. The brush is currently being trialed by a group of 120 teenagers to see how they think it stacks up before the Soladey-J3X goes into production.

Biodegradable Festival Tents – One of the problems that music festivals organizers face is the debris left behind by festival goers after the show is over. Rather than pack up and leave many people just leave, discarding their cheap tents and leaving someone else to clean up the mess.

To address the problem a Canadian researcher is working on a biodegradable festival tent. . One of Vanessa Harden’s more recent prototypes is a foldable cardboard tent embedded with local seeds, coated in bees wax, covered in biodegrading cellophane and anchored with biodegradable potato-based pegs.

She trialed her creation at this year’s T in the Park festival in Scotland. The tent she reported fared well, standing up to the rain and mud very well. However returning one night she found that her creation had completely disappeared. She is still not sure if it blew away or was stolen by a shelter-less soul. Her work continues though.

The Human Monorail – If you are like me the idea of cycling to work sounds great, until it comes to dealing with all those roaring cars and trucks that are far from cyclist friendly. A new monorail system being developed in New Zealand might help green conscious commuters feel a little safer though.

The monorail is based on a fairground ride already in existence. Inventor Geoff Barnett got the idea while in Tokyo, wishing he had a quicker and safer way to get around the city. His system uses pods locked onto an enclosed track that work efficiently with low resistance. The pods have reclining seats, ventilation holes and roofs that reflect the sun’s bright rays. The team developing it recently received a $1 million grant from the Google funded

10^100 to continue their work.

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