Watch Akash Sablok on City’s Breakfast Television, talking about the latest “Green” and “Home” Tech.Enviro Tech ** Dirt Devil Accu-Charge Handeld 15.5v $60** Dirt Devil Accu-Charge Stick 15.5v $70www.dirtdevil.com2 tier Hydro now, uses 70% less power to recharge, longer life battery, recyclable productRechargeable handheld vacuum cleaner with cordless easy-to-maneuver designAccuCharge technology provides longer battery life, faster charging, and increased efficiencyEnergy Star approved; retractable bristle strip; on-board quick-flip crevice toolGreat for dry spills and everyday messes; dirt cup removes for simple emptyingENERGY STAR® QualifiedProducts that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy–plus they help us all save money while making a difference.Motorized brushroll shuts off when cleaning bare floors; 9-1/2-inch-wide nozzle / AccuCharge technology for longer battery life, faster charging, and less energy use / Dirt cup; standard filtration; Energy-Star approved; fold-down handle2-year limited warranty
** Sony OLED 11” TV, $2500www.sonystyle.caSony’s OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV, the XEL-1, is truly the next big thing in television technology. It boasts a 3 millimeter thin panel and offers unparalleled picture quality with amazing contrast, outstanding brightness, exceptional colour reproduction, and a rapid response time. It delivers astounding performance in all the key picture quality categories. OLED technology can completely turn off pixels when reproducing black, resulting in more outstanding dark scene detail and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. OLED also creates unmatched colour expression and detail and enables rapid response times for smooth and natural reproduction of fast moving images like those found in sports and action movies. The XEL-1 features the latest connectivity options including two HDMI™ inputs, a digital tuner, and a Memory Stick® media slot for viewing high-resolution photos.The Industry’s First OLED TelevisionEnergy EfficiencyOLED technology delivers a more efficient means of utilizing light, which is generated by the organic material itself instead of an always on backlight; also, when elements are in their “off” state, they consume no power whatsoever.Wide Viewing AnglesOLED colours and contrast look amazing even at wide 178° viewing angles due to the direct view nature of the panel. Pixel colours look fantastic even at wide 178° viewing angles for an outstanding viewing experience.When turned “on,” individual organic elements are stimulated directly by electric current, and therefore response time is incredibly fast.
Canon HS-1000TG solar powered calculator, $14www.canon.ca
– Made from plastics salvaged from recycled Canon photocopiers.
– Lightweight, portable bodies and key features such as large liquid crystal displays and solar power.
– The paper packaging and instruction manuals included with the calculators are made from recycled paper.
** Linksys Dual Router wifi Ultra N, $250www.linksys.comThe sleek Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router works in two radio bands at the same time, delivering twice the bandwidth for smooth high-definition video, lag free gaming, and uninterrupted music in one band, while browsing the Internet, sharing files, sending e-mail, and printing in the other. Wireless-N gives you incredible range and speed in both bands, while Linksys’ Entertainment Optimized Networking (EON) technology prioritizes network traffic so that time-sensitive applications like HD video stream smoothly. What is so “green” about the packaging?
- Linksys has removed the “sleeve” (outer packaging that contains all the printing and information about the product). Instead of having a “sleeve,” Linksys plans to print all the information on the box itself, eliminating the extra “sleeve” material.
- Linksys also reduced the size of the box its products come in.
- All packaging and internal documents are printed on paper that is made from 80 per cent recycled content and we now use vegetable and soy inks.
- Internal packaging is transitioning to more recyclable material.
- The use of plastic bags is being eliminated where possible.
The eco-friendlier packaging will be available this month throughout select retailers and online retailers on the Wireless-N Routers (skus: WRT310N, WRT160N, WRT610N, WRT110, WRT54GS).
Linksys received ENERGY STAR® certification on more than 30 of its consumer networking products including wired and wireless routers, gateways, game adapters and modems. This means these products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. The energy consumed by the power adapters has been cut almost in half. For example, a router used 4.6 watts of power and a new router with one of the ENERGY STAR® certified power adapters can use as little as 2.6 watts of power.**** This equates to a power reduction estimation between 14MW and 17MW (based on Linksys’ top 10 shipping product volume, which is approximately 11,000,000 units). That is enough power to light 14,000 houses for one full day. ***
** Toshiba Protege R500 notebook, $2,300www.toshiba.ca World’s lightest widescreen 12.1″ notebook at 1.72 pounds.World’s first laptop with a 7mm DVD-SuperMulti drive.World’s first widescreen 12.1″ indoor/outdoor transreflective LED backlit display.The Portégé® R500 laptop offers the world’s longest battery life on a widescreen 12.1″ notebook. World’s thinnest notebook with an optical drive. 0.77″ Consumes the lowest amount of energy of all Toshiba’s. Energy Star 4.0 compliant for energy consumption. ENERGY STAR 4.0 is a much tougher and more complex standard than the previous ENERGY STAR 3.0.Toshiba also offers a proactive environmental program to ensure that PC hardware and any associated components that pose environmental risks will be collected, dismantled and safely disposed of, regardless of the manufacturer. Any Canadian resident with unwanted or outdated PC components can alert Toshiba that they’re ready to safely dispose of their hardware by registering at www.toshiba.ca/TERRE
Belkin Conserve, $50www.belkin.comOffers 8 surge-protected outlets: 6 “switchable” and 2 “always-on” outlets, allowing users to control energy use easily.Place behind cabinets. Control multiple Conserves with a single remote control from virtually anywhere in the house with user-selectable channels “Switchable” and “always-on” outlets ideal for home theater or small office/home office. Comes with a $100,000 Connected Equipment Warranty
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** Under The Roof Decorating – Hang & Level tool, $20www.hangandlevel.com Invented by Liette Tousignant a Canadian women interior decorator, this little yellow tool has been pleasantly surprising picture hanging advocates from coast-to-coast with its ease of use and helpful nature. To use, simply hang your picture on the tool, position it on the wall, remove the picture, press thebutton to mark exactly where the nail goes, hang your picture and then level it. “As a decorator I found the most frustrating task was to hang pictures, artwork, paintings and clocks without punching a bunch of holes in my client’s walls,” said Liette Tousignant, Inventor of Hang & Level.“After discovering that there wasn’t a tool on the market to dispel this frustration, I took the plunge and decided to invent one.
** Magnique (6×8) picture frame – $30-$50www.magnique.com These picture frames are 6”x8” and 9”x13” leather and suede magnetic boards in solid wood picture frames. They are a stylish way to display and effortlessly interchange photos and personal keepsakes. Need a Mag-nificant gift for a shower, house warming or birthday – no sweat! Magnique Picture Frames are the solution
** Stanley 3-in-1 flashlight, $30www.stanleyworks.com The Tripod 3-in-1 Flashlight’s multi-directional head rotates 120-degrees to allow users to focus the high-brightness LED flashlights where light is needed the most and to provide multiple points of light – hands-free – for multi-tasking or multiple users. Slip-resistant rubber feet, rotating head, and shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses give it the versatility and reliability that makes it convenient for any situation.With the Stanley® Tripod 3-in-1 flashlight, you need never be left in the dark. For lighting up a DIY project, a professional construction job, or campsite, the Stanley® Tripod 3-in-1 flashlight provides outstanding light and versatility. When a flashlight in the ON position is removed from the tripod base, the flashlight remains ON. When one or more of the three flashlights is in the base, all of the flashlights can be turned ON or OFF at the push of any one button. When one or more flashlight is in the base at the ON position, each additional flashlight installed in the base will turn ON automatically.
** Actiontec Plug in Ethernet adapters, $90www.actiontec.comTurn any plug in your house into a gaming network connection.Perfect for PC, Xbox®, Playstation® and Wii ™ * gamers Very Fast…Up to 200 Mbps** Very Low Ping Rates, under 3ms Instantly connects the Gaming Console to your Internet Connection
** Brookstone Ion VCR 2 PC VHS-Ripping Recorder, $250www.brookstone.com Convert VHS to digital format the easy way. Recapture old memories with our easy-to-use USB analog to digital converter that lets you quickly and easily copy VHS to computer. Transfer and edit your wedding footage to create the perfect anniversary gift. Make a best-of edition from old home movies. Or post long-lost videos to the Web. You dream up the project, and Ion VCR 2 PC will help you convert analog video to digital footage. Order yours today! Convert analog video to digital files you can use on a PC. When you convert VHS to digital content, you can import old footage into EZVHS Converter Software (included) to create customized movies or burn to DVD. Our USB analog to digital converter also transfers video directly from your camcorder to your PC.
Eos Wireless, $250, Speakers $130www.eoswireless.com The system gives you true multi-room audio without any of the hassles. Just plug in your Eos base station/transmitter anywhere and get ready to enjoy music from your iPod/iPhone in any room of your house or in your yard (anywhere up to 150 ft distance). The Eos speakers are wireless/portable. In addition to MP3 players, Eos can be used with computers, CD players, and more. Both the Eos base station/transmitter and wireless speaker/receivers feature full 2.1 Stereo with left + right channel audio as well as a ported subwoofer for rich, full sounding bass.
** HP IQ506 22” Touch Screen PC, $1600www.hp.caThe combined power of Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of memory delivers the resources and efficiency you need for demanding multimedia applications, multitasking, and more.HP’s impressive 22″ widescreen touch-sensitive display is the single biggest evolutionary step in display technology. It lets you work with your media, documents, and the web in a completely new and intuitive way.Enjoy incredible graphics performance with NVIDIA GeForce 9300 M GS HD graphics with 256MB dedicated video memory.Built-in Wireless N WiFi gives you clutter-free wireless performance that’s incredibly fast, far, and secure.Record high definition content over the air with the built-in NTSC/ATSC TV tuner and then store it on the massive 500GB hard drive.Other great features include a slot-loading SuperMulti DVD burner, a built-in mic and webcam, 5 USB ports, 1 Firewire port, and a 5-in-1 digital media reader.
Rubbermaid Fastrack Garage System, $100www.rubbermaid.com Works with 16” or 24” studs. Strength and Durability: The FastTrack rail is available in two lengths, 56” and 88”. The 56” rail can hold up to 1750 pounds, and the 88” rail up to 2000 pounds.
** Bugalug, hair clip that stays in place, $5 and upwww.bugalugbaby.com Bugalug hair accessories are functional, reliable and truly stay put. Not to mention they are available in various styles of barrettes and headbands, come in unique designs and colours that take into consideration the fun and energetic personality of the little girls that wear them.