Inhabitat’s Week in Green: solar aircraft, freshwater wind farms, and the Automotive X Prize

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

AT&T handing out free 3G MicroCells to loyal customers?

While we’ve no clue how widespread AT&T’s generosity is, or how you might get one, it appears that the company’s “most valuable customers” are now receiving free range-boosting femtocells .

Switched On: Photography is dead, long live photos

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On , a column about consumer technology. Portraying the digital still camera as an endangered species has been a popular pastime for years in the cellphone industry, and with the high-resolution stills and high-definition video capabilities of the latest round of smartphones, the argument is more convincing than ever when applied to the casual snapshot. But this week at the World Expo in Shanghai, Canon — a name synonymous with high-quality photography — offered a vision of a device that not only supersedes the digital still camera, but will likely eliminate photography as we know it.

Cellphone inventor Marty Cooper says he knew everybody would have one someday

Marty Cooper may have kept a fairly low profile since inventing the cellphone in the early 1970s, but he has been out in the public eye a bit more recently , and has now given a fairly lengthy interview to CNN in which he ruminates on the invention that quite literally changed the world. Perhaps most notably is that he says he and his team at Motorola always “knew that someday everybody would have a cellphone,” but that he found it “hard to imagine that that would happen in my lifetime.” Of course, he was also once again asked about his current cellphone, and surprisingly revealed that he’s actually been trying out a Vertu recently. Hey, you’ve earned it, Marty

Solar Impulse returns from 24 hour test flight 26 hours later

Rest easy, fans of solar-powered aeronautics. Captain Piccard’s Solar Impulse has safely returned after 26 hours in the air — powered by nothing but the sun. The four-engine aircraft, which features 12,000 solar cells arranged on its wingspan, reached a height of almost 29,000 feet before touching down at Payerne Airport near Berne, Switzerland today

Sony’s latest Cyber-shots boast 3D sweep panorama, background defocusing

It’s getting to be that time of the year again — time for Sony to expand / refresh its Cyber-shot lineup. Say hello to the 14.1 megapixel T99 and the 12.2 megapixel WX5 and TX9