WeBike- pedal + recharge your tech while working!

New idea for library furniture…. pedal to recharge your tech while working at a desk with the WeBIKE. You can exercise and produce energy at the same time!! WeWATT is a Belgium Company who created these  combo-desk-bikes and they are now in many places in Europe (check out photos of examples here). Watch this  excellent  Mashable Video to learn more!.

These WeBikes can be in laid out in a row or circle (think group work). They say  they are make with some recycled materials too. Takes about 30 minutes of pedaling to charge your iPhone.  Though its a small company, customizing each request, so it’s probably not ready for most libraries yet at a cost of around $1300 a bike!?!  But the concept is so worth considering….


WeWatt Concept

From WeWatt website, their concept


Photo from WeWATT website of Antwerp railway station (Belgium)


From Inhabitat’s website



iconPFLooking to print a website  (“greener”) without wasting paper and ink on all the unnecessary pages and formatting? Try this web-based tool called PrintFriendly. You can print almost any website by simply pasting the URL on the Printfriendly website, or email the page to yourself, or print to PDF as well.



Also, add the tool as an extension to your Chrome browser to use as needed. And you can download the button code and add to your own website.  (find out more!)

TIP:  As suggested by the Tech Bits column in C&RL News June 2014 (brought to you by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee) this tool  “…could be a powerful visual tool for librarians to compare website content and reliability during instruction” (- Jaki King)

Think before you print

A new year and new resolutions. How about an easy one – less printing? A new green format called WWF that allows one to save in a pdf style format but allows NO printing.  Created by World Wildlife Fund, this free downloadable format for both PCs and Macs, allows you to save emails, messages, resumes, documents, etc. in this WWF format but those receiving the document will not be able to print it.  could be annoying at times but also a good way to change habits for yourself and others, with things do not need to be printed on paper.  Read more & download  the format here.

Print What You Like of a web page

PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds  saving money and the environment.  It helps you eliminate printing web pages full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want.  Enter a URL and you get a screen with the web page image and legend of options such as to show or hide the  background, images, and  margins; change the font size and style; and save as various format. The best part – on the page itself, you can choose different areas/pieces of the page (indicated by their red box that highlights as you mouse over it) and the  isolate, remove, widen, resize, save clip or select only.  View the demo for details.

Solar Powered ebook Reader

The new LG Display used photovoltaic solar to power this ebook reader. Four to Five hours of sunlight will give the users a whole day of use w/o recharging.  It uses a thin-film solar cell – 10 centimeters squared – to  fit the 6″ display panel for the e-book, which  is produced “by placing electrodes onto a glass or plastic substrate. Contrary to widely adopted crystalline solar cells that employ silicon wafers, the thin-film solar cell is generally light-weight and easily adjustable in size and form for applications such as e-books or mobile phones.” (from LG Display Web site) It’s not available in the US yet but stay tuned. Read more at the Inhabitat Web site.