Dahon Jack: An Inexpensive, Folding, Full-Size Bike

Dahon Jack Urban Utility Bike

The Dahon Jack folding bike. It weighs 28.4 pounds (or 12.9 kg). I’ve treated this bike harshly for a year now, and I haven’t had any problems with it. It costs $459. The Dahon Espresso. It has 21 gears instead of 8. It weighs 13.3 kg (or 29.3 lb). I’m currently testing this bike — so far it been as …

Old Running Shoes Never Die – But Brooks BioMoGo Really Does Fade Away

A critical aspect of a product’s “efficiency” involves not just what it does, but also where it comes from and where it goes after its useful life. Brooks has taken an innovative step to improve the life-cycle efficiency of its running shoes with its biodegradable BioMoGo cushioning material.

World’s Brightest Single LED Flashlight: Neofab Legion II

Update: There are now many other LED flashlights that exceed this one, see my article the Brightest LED Flashlights. A triumph of careful thought, detailing and thorough testing, the Neofab Legion II is a new single LED flashlight that is said to produce a whopping 742 lumens. If accurate, this light will be the brightest single-LED in the world.

The Best Rice Cookers

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I recommend a fuzzy logic rice cooker if you eat rice every day, basically making your cooker an always-on device. Your rice will take about twice as long to cook as it does in on-off rice cookers — but if rice is part of your daily routine, that will never be a concern. In a fuzzy logic cooker, there will …

SmartSwitch Takes Human Error Out Of The Energy Efficiency Equation

The quest for low-impact, efficient living is often at odds with the human flaws of sheer laziness and absentmindedness. This couldn’t be more poignantly-illustrated than in an average American home. Much electricity is wasted each and every day by very simple, avoidable behavior. One of the most common examples is the vast amounts of electricity that are essentially thrown away due to …

New Longtail Utility Bike: The Madsen kg271

Here’s a rare find — a new longtail bike. This bike is called the kg271, and it’s made by Madsen Cycles. They describe the bike as an “urban utility bike”. It comes in two versions: one with a rack built with oversized steel tubing, and another version with a bucket that incorporates a removable seat and two seatbelts.

The Best Commuter Bikes Of 2010

Felt Cafe Deluxe 8 Commuter Bike

The sales of commuters bikes in the U.S. have grown quickly in the last couple years. Commuter bikes are those that include features useful for commuting to work or around town — like fenders, chain guards, storage racks, comfortable seats, lights and puncture-resistant tires. You may also be interested our reviews of folding bikes and electric commuter bikes and women’s …

Sony Introduces Smart Green LCD TVs

Sony is introducing a new LCD TV called the Bravia WE5 that it claims to be the greenest ever. The WE5 uses a new backlight called a micro-tubular HCFL backlight, which cuts the active power consumption by 50%. The television also incorporates a “Smart Presence Sensor”.

AeroGarden: Easy, Efficient Indoor Gardening

In 2004, MetaEfficient.com pre-reviewed the AeroGrow aeroponics growing system. That was before the system was released. A couple of years ago, you couldn’t cut on your TV without seeing an ad for AeroGrow indoor gardening systems. It isn’t as ubiquitously advertised now, but it hasn’t disappeared from the market. In fact, five years after its initial release, there are several …