4 New Technologies to Help You Protect and Appreciate Nature

(StatePoint) The possibilities of new technology to improve the world are seemingly boundless. And these days, the state-of-the-art can help you protect and appreciate nature in your daily life.

Here are a few new eco-conscious technologies helping people go green and get outdoors.

Smart Home

From thermostats that can be controlled remotely to water heaters that alert your smartphone or tablet when a leak is detected, smart home technology can help you get a handle on your carbon footprint. Today, consumers are using this technology to program lights to dim, window treatments to open and close, and more -- in an effort to save energy. For simplicity and ease, consider a system allowing you to control many appliances via one platform.

Smart Outdoor Watch

Get outside to hike, cycle, fish, walk and appreciate the earth’s beauty. Whether you’re on a nature walk with your family in a local park, or biking to work instead of driving, free up your hands with a smart outdoor watch designed to help guide you on your path. One example, the new WSD-F20 from Casio, has a rugged build and is equipped with GPS and new color map functionality that can be used offline. With its Location Memory app, customize maps with markers and text, so you can revisit otherwise unmarked spots, such as a great viewpoint on a hike or the perfect fishing spot. Features like a compass, altimeter, barometer, weather radar and water-resistance, can give outdoor enthusiasts an extra edge on their next adventure.

Nature at Your Fingertips

Leave the field guides and journals at home. New mobile apps, such as Birds Pro can help you identify species. Other apps, such as iNaturalist allow you to log your journey, uploading photos and information about flora and fauna sightings seen on the trail.

Green Your Data Projection

Whether it’s in the classroom, the boardroom or the living room, consider going green when shopping for a projector. For instance, the lineup of LampFree projectors from Casio lessens the hazardous waste from the hundreds of thousands of mercury lamps that get deposited into landfills annually. Plus, its hybrid light source uses both a laser and a LED, and has a lifespan of approximately 20,000 hours, using about half the electricity consumption of a mercury lamp projector.

From improving your energy efficiency at home to exploring the great outdoors, new technology can improve your relationship with the natural world around you.

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