Greener Gadgets is an annual competition which aims to promote outstanding design innovations for greener electronics.
The competition’s design brief invited designers to
“explore the concept of ‘Greener Gadgets.’ Designs sought to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Areas of sustainability to consider included energy, materials/lifecycle/recycling, social impact, and educational development.”
This year Ladyada, an MIT graduate, created a particularly interesting gadget which is bound to create get Twitter buzzing. The gadget is called Tweet-a-watt and it monitors and tweets your home’s daily energy usage to your Twitter account! For just $50 you can monitor your domestic power usage without having to dig into your mains, which as inhabitat highlights is particularly useful if you’re renter! Otherwise of course, you could just use it to brag about your internet usage..if you’re into that kind of thing!?
Not up to paying $50 dollars for the gadget? Well Ladyada has also provided instructions as to how to make your own, complete with instructions!
If this doesn’t shock/impress you, how about a look at Kickbee – The Twitter Fetal Kick Monitor?