Have you been waiting patiently for months on end to geek-out, green style? Well, your time has come: the polls are open and the clock is ticking (get your vote in by Feb. 12!) for the design competition segment of the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual green gadgetry hoedown, the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York.
Last year, the Tweet-A-Watt, a “tweeting” power meter, took top prize; this year, a diverse pool of 18 international entrants are duking it out to see which gadget will be considered a finalist and get the chance to be named the greenest gadget in the land at the conference on Feb. 25 in New York City. Your (single) vote will determine which gadget makes it to the finals which will then be judged by Dwell Senior Editor Sarah Rich and ReadyMade Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wagner at the conclusion of the conference. Let’s see which gadgets in the running caught MNN’s eye, shall we?
For gadget-hounds with an appreciation for the great outdoors there’s the Orange Solar Tent (U.S.); for eco-conscious kids and playful adults there’s Rocco, the Energy Pal (U.S.), a post-consumer recycled plastic rocking horse that creates kinetic energy when in movement; for desk-topers there’s Corky (U.S.), an adorable wireless mouse powered by the motion of your hand instead of batteries; and for audiophiles, there’s the Automan 500 Subwoofer (Canada) a “décor sensitive” tubular speaker cabinet handmade from stock car tires.
While we at MNN love a good eco-innovation competition — we’re anxiously awaiting this summer’s inaugural European installment of the Solar Decathlon — there’s much more to Greener Gadgets 2010 than the centerpiece design competition. A stellar roster of speakers and panelists are lined up including, but not limited to Yves Behar, founder of fuseproject, Robert Fabricant, vice president of Frog Design and Jeff Omelchuk, founder and director of the Green Electronics Council.
MNN will be at Greener Gadgets 2010 attending talks and rooting for our favorite green gadget designs. Which lucky gadget will be receiving your vote this year?