And The 2012 CES Green Tech Innovations Are

Each year the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) – the trade group for consumer electronics manufacturers – announces ahead of the Consumer Electronic Show its Innovations Design and Engineering Awards winners. These awards look at new products, choosing the best of across a range of categories. They are said to be chosen by a panel of “independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press.”

image via Nest Labs

One category’s results  for the 2012 awards – reprinted here courtesy of the CEA – focuses in on Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies. There are 10 items total, with the best of this category being the Nest Learning Thermostat.

  • Eastern Asia Technology Limited
  • ECO-Friendly USB Power Socket
  • The UP1102 ECO USB Power Socket includes two USB charge ports to provide up to 2.1 Amps (2100mA) charging current. With the Green design “Turn to Power” mechanism, turn CCW to cut off power thoroughly with no any standby power wasting.

  • ecoATM Inc.
  • ecoATM
  • ecoATM is a patented, retail-based, automated, self-serve kiosk system using advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy-back used electronics directly from consumers for cash.

  • Lighting Science Group
  • Lighting Science World Bulb
  • LSG’s World Bulb is the 1st high-performance, sub-$15 omnidirectional A19 LED bulb, commercially available in India by Dec., 2011. The payback vs a traditional incandescent bulb is 8 months, with a lifetime of 17 years based on 8 hrs/day usage.

  • MED COMPUTER SRL
  • iNature
  • iNature is the first iPhone cover in the world manufactured in soft 100% biodegradable bio-plastic. Totally produced in Italy, trendy and with an unlimited shelf life, once discarded properly, it biodegrades in less than 6 months, becoming compost

  • MINIWIZ S.E.D. Co. LTD.
  • Re-Wine
  • Re-Wine is made of 100% recycled materials and its innovative design allows it to be used in at least 3 different ways: as a wine carrying case, a lampshade, or interlocked with other cases to form furniture.

  • Nest
  • Nest Learning Thermostat(TM)
  • The world’s first learning thermostat learns your preferences, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. It saves energy when you’re away and adjusts to your changing schedule.

  • Samsung Electronics LCD Business
  • Samsung Transparent LCD Panel
  • The Samsung Transparent liquid crystal display panel is a glass-like, eco-friendly see-through viewing device with low power consumption, HD picture quality and . and the ability to operate wirelessly on solar-replenished battery power.

  • Samsung Electronics
  • Samsung NC215S Solar Netbook
  • Samsung’s NC215S is the world’s first solar-powered netbook delivering power, portability and performance while also being environmentally and economically friendly

  • SolarFocus Technology Company Ltd.
  • Solar book cover for Kindle E-reader
  • The first solar book cover for Amazon Kindle E-reader. Not only the epitome of GREEN, but also provide consumers with utility for powering their Kindle while “On the go”.

  • Switch Lighting
  • Switch75
  • Crafted with an incredible aesthetic, powered by a unique driver, and fitted with a technically advanced cooling system, the Switch75 LED bulb makes no compromise in sustainable, affordable lighting.

I am the editor-in-chief and founder for EarthTechling. This site is my desire to bring the world of green technology to consumers in a timely and informative matter. Prior to this my previous ventures have included a strong freelance writing career and time spent at Silicon Valley start ups.

  • Dcalvoman

    I would love to see the products in the marketplace