There has been a slow yet persistent splurge of green announcements since CES kicked off, although, as Ashley commented over on Tech Digest, not nearly enough. Panasonic proudly kicked off its EMRM manufacturers' recycling campaign, pulling other giants like Sony on board. Although this is new to the US (and US-only), there are European initiatives like this already in place. Other than that it's been the smaller companies that are holding up the green end.
Here's a quick run down of what we've heard on the eco-friendly front:
Green Plug - This is essentially a campaign to form a coalition of manufacturers agreeing on one universal low-energy USB charger.
Eton – Best known in the UK for making rather stylish hand cranked radios, Eton went one better at CES and has announced the Survival Radio the FR100. It has AM/FM/2-Way GMRS radio capabilities, a torch, emergency siren and mobile phone charger, though I suspect the latter will take a lot of arm work to get going.
Nokia – At CES Nokia is talking up its Eco Sensor range of technologies. These include recycling initiatives and a drive for more environmentally friend packaging. However the interesting part is that Nokia talks of looking at ways that mobile technology could employ mobile sensing to monitor and report on both the health of the user and the surrounding environmental conditions. So I am guessing if you start feeling a little queasy because of high levels of radiation in the atmosphere your phone will let you know about it.
Marvell – The company might be as high profile as some of its rivals, but Marvell is doing some sterling work behind the scenes in developing low power video processing, computing lighting and Wi-Fi technologies.
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