How Tech is Helping Us (and Itself) Go Green

The world is a pretty cool place, and one never knows what they might find: a cool record store, a new favorite trail, a great café.  And with all of these cool things to do and see, it is not only tech’s responsibility to help you find them and make them more accessible and fun (in our opinion), but to make sure that the world is there for you to enjoy in the first place.

Each day new innovations are concocted to help people live cleaner more efficient lives, with a limited footprint, and it is incredibly cool to see technology companies  are not only creating great green gadgets, but also how they are leading by example as well. Here are a few of our favorite green tech tid-bits.

Beautifying Data

We love advanced data and analytics, but there is no way around the fact that they require a quite a lot of “juice.” And as such, tons of data centers are switching from the good old-fashioned grid to hip new fuel cells. Take CenturyLink for example, who just installed a brand new fleet of fuel cells to become a mean, clean, less dependent on the grid, data machine. Data never ceases to amaze.

Paper Power Plant

Books are old school, but everyday e-readers and other new age devices are proving they are not. And thanks to innovative teams over at Disney Research, people may soon be able to power their devices just by running their hands over their device’s screen by way of flexible, flat power generators that can be plopped right into common tech products. Brings a whole new meaning to renewable energy.

Green Tech Goes Mainstream

Much like almost any emerging field, green technology has become more wide spread, and thus cheaper over time. Of course, installing a massive solar field in your backyard will still cost a pretty penny, but  going green is not nearly as cost prohibitive as it once was.

For example, Nest is taking home heating to a whole new level with their smart thermostats, while companies such as Belkin are keeping your wasted energy under control with smart socket technology, all for a fraction of the cost that early solar tech was (which is of course what we like to hear).