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From Planting Trees via iPhone to Tree-Shaped Solar Gardens

 - May 9, 2010
These tree-inspired tech innovations illustrate the close relationship technology has with nature--and trees in particular. In this cluster, you'll see mobile and online apps that allow you to push a button to have a tree planted elsewhere in the world. You'll also see tech-savvy architecture and small-scale home decor that plays upon the tree's ability to serve as a giant solar collector.

After seeing these tree-inspired tech innovations, geeks who might not ordinarily be tree-huggers just might join the converted.