Samsung and Lenovo Talk Green, Diji-Touch Vending Machines Unveiled

Today in New York, Samsung and Lenovo held the Power Green 2009 luncheon where they presented all of the Green initiatives that they are currently involved in. Both Samsung and Lenovo were touting the green benefits of using SSD drives. SSD Drives are quickly becoming more and more popular because not only are they faster than traditional hard drives, they run cooler, they are more shock proof, and it turns out that they also require less power. Samsung in particular talked about their Enterprise Solid State Drives that consume about 38% less power than traditional server HDDs, while also being a lot faster than traditional HDDs. So why should we care about what data centers are using anyway? Data centers consume so much electricity, that by 2011, 3% of electricity in the USA will be used by data-centers. Samsung says that if we move to SSD, that number can be reduced to 2.25%. Today, Samsung also announced their 32 Gigabyte DDR3 Memory Module for Low-Power Server Operations.

On the consumer side, Samsung’s SSDs for laptops and netbooks can require as little as 1/8th the power of traditional HDDs, they also require super-low operating and standby needs, and they can extend battery life up to 10%. Aside from SSD drives, Samsung also spoke about other green friendly components that  they are using, such as DDR3 ram which boasts a 25% reduction in power from DDR2, and their new R-DIMM for servers which provides higher density and performance. Samsung’s latest LCDs are also an important green product in the display arena. Their LCD consumes 40% less power than their previous year’s model and it’s also super slim – slimmer than your finger. They also have a new display technology called OLED PenTile Matrix which is smart enough to only consumes power for active pixels, so that it automaically dims pixels that aren’t in use, thus saving power.

Lenovo also talked about their green programs. Soon they will have a total of 25 Energy Star compliant products in their lineup. They also spoke about the power manager software that they provide with their ThinkCenter desktops and ThinkPad laptops. The software features an intuitive interface that lets you adjust power saving settings just by moving a slider, which in turn, dims the brightness, turns off your optical drive and wifi, and so on. Lenovo has also developed an online energy calculator, so that you can see just how much each of their systems will cost you in the long run, they are producing sustainable packaging, as well as providing Recycling programs for old Lenovo laptops.

But perhaps the most exciting topic at the event was the announcement of Diji-Touch. Well, you can start saying goodbye to traditional vending machines. Because within a few years, these Futurama-style vending machines using Samsung’s LCDs, are sure to take over. Instead of a traditional vending machine with a glass front encasing products, Diji-Touch has a touch screen LCD on the front of it that lets you interact with the vending machine in unique ways. For example, you can use it to find out about how many calories that Snicker bar you’re eyeing is, or you can  find out about which is the healthiest snack available in the machine. Alternatively you can use the display to play games and have the option to win cool prizes, or in some cases, you could win additional snacks from the machine. The Diji-Touch machines will begin being tested in the first half of ’09, and you can expect to see them around town starting mid 2010. But as much as these do look very cool, we can’t help but wonder… what will you do now if a snack gets stuck? It’s not like you’ll know to shake the machine to knock it out, nor it looks like you’ll be able too – the system looks heavy.


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