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Go Green

Walk by to trigger the lights and enjoy VR in an easy way or go e-reading with the all-new thinner, lighter Kindle. Alvin Thomas sheds light on some of the greenest gadgets you can lay your hands on

Kindle the Fire

All right, so we’re not completely sold on the idea of an e-reader. We’d rather a book any day of the week. But let’s face it: Books aren’t going to be around for much longer. So, in view of that, we’re picking the new Amazon Kindle to be our e-reader of choice. Sure, it’s small, light and lacking in features but that, we strongly feel, is what is required from the Kindle. This new version is also 11 per cent thinner and 16 per cent lighter than the previous model – but it still packs the essentials. For instance, you get 4GB in-built storage for all your needs and battery life is pegged at four weeks. The reader comes in black and white, and includes Bluetooth audio so you can listen to an audio version of the on-screen text through headphones or a speaker. This is yours for RO29.9 from amazon.com

Lights Out

Not many people know this, but simply leaving the lights in your house running can add up to your monthly electricity bill substantially – especially if you’re still using old fluorescent tube lights and tungsten bulbs. Avoid this by installing the Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor in your home. The device can control your lights via WiFi and, more importantly, can detect motion to switch the lights on and off, depending on the activity. Keep in mind that you’d require the Phillips Hue Lights in order to make use of its features. The battery-powered device can also be controlled by voice with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or the Google Assistant. Buy this from amazon.com

Virtual Reality

Most VR viewers are traditionally large, bulky and made from cheap plastics. But Google has been working to turn things around with their Google Cardboard project. Not only are these devices eco-friendly, they’re also light, compact and easy on your face during long VR movie or gaming marathons. The devices can be purchased in different shapes, sizes and designs to suit your personality. But what’s important is that they all come with high quality and adjustable lenses. Get yours from vr.google.com for about RO5.7


Sunny side up

Charging your phone has never been this easy. You don’t have to scurry around the office, airport (or wherever you are) looking for a socket to plug in your charger to top up your smartphone anymore – and all thanks to the Anker PowerPort Solar Lite. The device, as its name suggests, packs an array of solar panels to provide about 15 Watts of power. It will also support fast charging for two devices at a time if placed under direct sunlight. The panels comprise industrial-strength polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sewn into a rugged polyester canvas. Buy this for RO20