Thereâ€™s talk that this yearâ€™s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will have fewer visitors this time around, but no matter. The worldâ€™s biggest consumer electronics trade fair is set to kick off on January 7 with the usual aplomb, glitz and razzle-dazzle; add to that a bit of green. No, make that a lot of green.
CES 2008 will be a-buzz not only â€œabout megapixels, megahertz and megabytes, but (also) about smart power adapters that don’t waste as much electricity, batteries that are easier to recycle, and components made from plants,â€ says an Associated Press report.
“Everything I’ve heard from folks out there is that there is going to be a lot of emphasis on green this year,” said Scot Case, a vice president at consultancy TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc.
Japanâ€™s Fujitsu Ltd., for example, will be showing off a notebook PC with a plastic case made from corn, not petroleum products.
Z-Power has developed a battery technology that could replace the lithium-ion batteries that power today’s laptops and cell phones. The metals in Z-Power’s batteries will be recoverable.
Samsung Electronics Co. is introducing a 31-inch TV made of organic light emitting diodes, or OLEDs.
Also at the show, the EPA is expected to announce an initiative to provide consumers with more places to turn in cell phones for recycling, in partnership with manufacturers and retailers. Thereâ€™s probably a hundred million unused and unwanted cell phones that are still being kept at home by owners who just don’t know what to do with them.