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Samsung's Blue Earth Uses Solar Power and is Touch Enabled

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Feb 12, 2009, 7:33 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Samsung announced the Blue Earth, an environmentally-minded phone made from recycled materials that can use solar power to charge the battery. The solar cells are built into the back of the phone. The Blue Earth, which was designed to resemble a pebble, has a touch screen and custom-made user interface for input. It can go into a low-power "Eco-mode", has a built in pedometer, and will let users know how they are reducing CO2 emissions by walking rather than driving. Its charger has a 5-star energy efficiency rating and draw very little power. Samsung said more information about the Blue Earth will be available at Mobile World Congress next week.

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aDUB

Feb 14, 2009, 5:14 PM

Make It Bio-Plastic and Mercury-Free

The introduction of the Blue Earth phone with solar-powered charging marks the most important innovation in wireless devices since bag phones lost the bag and car phones lost the car.

It's an absolutely brilliant achievement!

This phone could be the first of a new generation of increasingly non-toxic and environmentally responsible products.

Meaningful communication is intrinsic to our experience as humans. It becomes even more meaningful when communication connects us to our surroundings in a healthy and productive way.

Hats off to Samsung for their genius to create an object which embodies that synthesis.

Thumbs down to flippant and shallow remarks by those with screen names referring to explosives, dead animals and Rush alb...
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Sorry Rush album guy. I meant someone else.

You posted an excellent link:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.ht ... »

Wow! Current CO2 levels are 27% higher than at any time within the last 650,000 years.

And all that the dead...
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Because the production and use of mobile phones creates some of the most intensive inputs into the carbon cycle, a small reduction by a new generation of phones would have a large effect.

In addition to the previously posted link the the NOAA site,...
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On an unscientifc note, everyone that I have spoken to is overwhelmingly excited by the prospect of a solar-powered mobile phone!

The fact that it is made of recycled plastic without brominated fire-retardant is an achievement that deserves equal e...
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An excellent app for this phone would be a timer to remind someone to take their medication.
purplelotus

Feb 12, 2009, 7:59 PM

Interesting...

I think this is going to be an awesome phone for tree-huggers who have no cell phone yet. And for people who are interested in a phone that doesn't go hog-wild on their battery life, it sounds like this little ditty would totally do the trick!

I can't wait to see what else it does!
What's more interesting to me is the whole solar aspect. With the right balence of energy expenditure and performance, hopefully in the near future we could all have phones that never need to be charge via a wall outlet. The preverbial 'charger' could...
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The article didn't say how much better the battery would be.

We sure do have a lot to look forward to next week when MWC starts.

I'd like to hear something concrete about much improved cell phone batteries, they still have a very, very long way ...
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NapalmBBQ

Feb 12, 2009, 10:38 PM

The Samsung Gore

The solar thing is cool, less need for a car charger. But walking doesn't save trees. Any wood burning factories around? Nope. Trees need CO2 so they can produce oxygen! Maybe we aren't producing enough CO2....maybe the trees are starving now... Bring on the cow flatulence and SUVs and let's save some trees! (soon to be on a bumper sticker) It's just science. Very Happy
Maybe Toyota will give one away with every Prius Laughing
the idea of a solar-charged phone is absolutely brilliant.

reduced CO2 production is equivalent to increased CO2 uptake, and for the next 200 years we need much more of both. a tree is an excellent symbol to represent and quantify progress toward t...
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to have a pedometer in a phone would be extremely useful especially since many persons have their phones with them at all times.

walking and using public transportation greatly reduces car miles. do it several times per week, and tally your miles a...
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