Headed to CES? Some green tech companies you should visit there

CES will continue its tradition of showcasing greener gadgets and the technologies that go into making them as part of the Sustainable Planet exhibit area.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor

From renewable energy battery innovators to technology recycling coordinators to even GreenPeace, there are close to 40 green-tech wannabes exhibiting as part of the special Sustainable Planet exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Some of the more novel items you could expect to see:

  • The YoGen by Easy Energy (yes, Yo as in YoYo) - This is a small device that is powered by, get this, a rip cord that you pull to charge your handheld, MP3 player or other mobile gadget. It attaches to devices via a mini USB. Here's a prototype photo.

  • Bits Limited will show its third-generation Smart Strip. These power strips sense which attached devices are being used, and which are not, and switches them off accordingly. (It is smart enough to know, supposedly, which devices relate to each other, so that if your computer is on, your monitor will be on, and vice versa.
  • Solar Technology will be talking up the Freeloader Pico, a new solar charger that comes with four different connector tips for charging several different sorts of devices.

There's a lot more in store for green tech enthusiasts. Here's the complete Sustainable Planet exhibitor list.

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