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Green tech finds: the monster trade shows edition

Green tech finds: the monster trade shows edition

CES and the Detroit Auto Show are going on this week, and we’ve got finds from both!

The tiny electric pick up: Need to haul stuff? You won’t get much into the Smart For-Us, but, as Charis Michelsen at Gas 2.0 points out, it’s awfully cute, and may serve the actual hauling needs of most truck drivers.

Your plants are Tweeting: And they’re thirsty. That’s right: the Botanicalls gadget (not sure what else to call it) sends you a tweet when your plants need watering. Only marginally green, but kind of cool. (via Crisp Green)

Green tech finds: Wildlife goes virtual, Farmville gets real

Green tech finds: Wildlife goes virtual, Farmville gets real

Assembly lines rolling out the Focus Electric: Think Nissan’s the only game in town for a true electric vehicle? Not anymore: Ford’s started production of its 2012 Focus Electric in Michigan. (via @edbegleyjr)

Ranger Rick comes to the iPhone: Your kids bug you to play games on your smartphone? The National Wildlife Federation has created a way to make sure they’re learning something. The new Ranger Rick mobile apps provide games for kids as young as 2 (yes, 2!) to sharpen their knowledge about wild animals.

Julia Child, the original gear head

Julia Child, the original gear head

In 2001 Julia Child donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and not only is the entire kitchen (walls and windows and all) on display, but so are a bevy of gadgets. Child was a confessed gadget freak, and it’s evident in the array of standard kitchen fare: mixers, ricers, blenders, processors, mallets, cleavers, saws and of course her beloved “fright knife.”