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AQUA TEK S – rugged, waterproof, solar-charging iPhone 4 case


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This is the perfect iPhone case for off-grid outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, snorkeling, skiing and spelunking (charge it before entering your favorite cave). The poly-carbonate case is the creation of Snow Lizard Products.

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Snow Lizard touts the AQUA TEK S as “the first ever battery powered, solar charged, rugged underwater iPhone 4/4S case on Kickstarter.” The sturdy solar case is designed to double an iPhone 4’s battery life, protect it from bumps and bruises and keep it dry to a depth of around 20 feet.

Snow Lizard is looking for $75K worth of support from technology enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies to make this product a reality. Minimum donation is $1 @ kickstarter.com

Related: more green gadgets on The Alternative Consumer

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

green concept – the willow 3-wheeled electric scooter


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The Willow Run-A-Bout is the brainchild of designer Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.

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The three-wheeled electric scooter concept features a low-cost laminated wood frame, a front hub-less wheel, a rear basket and recycled rubber airless tires.

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The vehicle’s storage baskets are made of native European willow using local flexible manufacturing (the Willow was designed for scooting around Amsterdam). The two-seater also sports dual electric motors, a hub-less front wheel and independent rear suspension. The EV features a smart phone app to manage your charging voltage and navigation during driving.

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Details: the design features locally sourced sustainable materials. Great care was taken to use wood, metal and natural fibers. Virgin plastics were avoided at all cost, only the wheels are made from recycled rubber.

If you like the concept, you can give it a vote in the local-motors.com design contest.

Related: more cool green design on The Alternative Consumer

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eco deal of the day – Lux programmable thermostat


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Today Only: receive 45% off the Lux Touchscreen Seven-Day Programmable Thermostat. Stop wasting money and energy; control the temperature in your home or office simply with the touch of a finger … a great way control the heating and cooling of your home – especially when you’re not around.

  • easy to install
  • compatible with a variety of heating and cooling systems
  • responsive touchscreen
  • large lighted display for programming and operation
  • lists for $79.99
  • now, today only $43.99 (45% off)
  • buy @ amazon.com
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