Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed.
"the cells are more efficient in the morning and afternoon when the sun shines at an angle, and they also outperform cells with current antireflective technology on cloudy days. The difference could be even greater in large-scale solar installations.
Not only could solar power become more efficient, but there are environment benefits as well – Natcore’s process does not rely on any hazardous chemicals."
As digital glasses like the Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap make their way to market, they’ll lean largely on the promise of augmenting our reality—adding interface and information to all of the mundane objects around us. And there are really two ways that the systems can do this without adding RFID broadcast chips to every box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
-The first is geolocation
-The second is image recognition
perspectives on the future developments that image recognition could allow.
As explained in the video below, once you’ve taught your tongue and brain to work together, you’ve effectively taught your tongue to “hear.” It will take weeks, if not months, of training, but eventually the brain will learn to recognize the tingles as useful sound information.
Mapping, calibration and training to interprete the impulses must be long, but this tool could be a good alternative to cochlear implant which requires surgery.
Here it could serve as a convenience tool like glasses - whenever a deaf person wishes to "hear"
Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and PES. While on set three years ago Markey tired of moving back and forth between the set, camera, and computers for each shot and conceived of a numerical keypad he could use to help control some, if not all, of the devices he uses for animating.
He could have done it with other tech as his need is rather simple BUT the Power Glove is FUCKING AWESOME :)
Less measures the storage conditions of your silo bag 24 hours, 365 days a year. It helps monitoring through a smartphone app and notify you against any deviation from moisture, carbon dioxide concentration and / or temperature inside.
It is also a monitoring system that detects potential theft at the time they are happening because it monitors the movements of the silo.
interesting tech that could easily be modded for other monitoring within a 2.0 farm
For each Soundscraper, 84,000 electro-active lashes would cover the metal frame and pick up noise from cars, trains, pedestrians and passing planes. Each of the lashes is armed with sound sensors called Parametric Frequency Increased Generators. Once the noise is picked up, an energy harvester converts the vibrations to kinetic energy. Transducer cells then convert the energy to electricity, which is stored or distributed to the grid for regular electric use.
The team estimates that just one Soundscraper could produce 150 megawatts of energy in a densely populated city, which roughly converts to 10% of the lighting needs of Los Angeles. The clean energy would also help the city reduce carbon emissions and reliance upon fossil fuels.
Mind blowing architectural innovation. They do look ugly, but isn't it the case with most skyscrapers anyway. AT least, they're good for something!
To hear Google's designers explain it, material design is more than a redesign. It's an effort to establish best practices for the fledgling field of interactive design as a whole.
That's ambitious... and Google ambitious tech revolution often fail because of the lack of relevant communication about the benefits (remember Google Wave). Here it's no different, I know it's powerful stuff in some extent, but I fail to see concretely why :)
At the time, unknown to anyone outside X, an impassioned split was forming between X engineers about the most basic functions of Google Glass. One faction argued that it should be worn all day, like a “fashionable device,” while others thought it should be worn only for specific utilitarian functions. Still, nearly everyone at X was in agreement that the current prototype was just that: a prototype, with major kinks to be worked out.
There was one notable dissenter. Mr. Brin knew Google Glass wasn’t a finished product and that it needed work, but he wanted that to take place in public, not in a top-secret lab. Mr. Brin argued that X should release Glass to consumers and use their feedback to iterate and improve the design.
The story behind Google Glass' rise and fall... Google is aiming higher and higher, but introducing paradigm shifting tools on the market requires way more than good ideas and cool prototypes :)
"I think bitcoin may very well be the best form of money we've ever seen in the history of civilization." Casares is a star of the Silicon Valley bitcoin scene, but his Argentinian roots inform much about him. The son of a cattle rancher, he sees the world in literary and philosophical terms, speaking of the arc of human existence over thousands of years.
bitcoins is not only a great way for criminals to get on the silk road, it can also get the 5billion people without a credit card with ways to participate in the XXIst century digital revolution - without any third party interfering on the way.
You can then easily understand how powerful it could be - both for good and worse purposes. Let's be optimistic
"Intel thinks wearables will be more ubiquitous than computers or phones. And it’s right. You won’t have just one wearable—you’ll have dozens. The biggest mistake everyone makes is assuming we’re going to wear the same one all the time.
That’s because, traditionally, wearables have done bits and pieces of what our phones already do. Aside from tracking movements, what are these bands and glasses besides proxy screens for our phones?
Well, wearables are about to explode into an array of novel, single-function devices. They will suit discrete situations rather than peeling off multiple functions from your phone—it’s use-case engineering."
Transform your world with holograms. Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world.
At its Windows 10 event in Redmond, Microsoft announced a new component of Windows 10: Windows Holographic, a version of its OS built for an augmented reality headset called the HoloLens that projects 3-D images you can interact with right in front of your eyes. Microsoft says the HoloLens will be available alongside Windows 10 this year, but pricing is unknown.
HoloLens looks like the one realistic stepping stone to integration of Augmented Reality in a natural way. The deaset looks clumbsy, but I'm pretty sure once there is a market, they will streamline the design.
IMO, it is one of the first promo video produced by Microsoft that actually delivers on the promise. I'm excited! Not about a new Windows OS (10) but the device in itself and all the potential it has for video gaming and other tech hungry human activities such as design.
Wired got a hands-on experience with it and here is the article
polyethylenimine (PEI) is an organic polymer, inherent in the process of detergent, cosmetics production, or employed as a wet-strength agent in paper-making process. however, the ingredient is most known for its capability of removing carbon dioxide, which has led to its use in the porous components of space aircraft interiors. while looking for the best and most permeable structure to impregnate polymer with, the scientists discovered that fumed silica is the most efficient material in terms of its absorption rate. once it is full of the chemical compound, the process can be reversed: heating the material to 85° C produces high-concentrated air (2 to 5% CO2), which could be used next to make methane or during the farming.
very interesting tool for technological urban permaculture
The team from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico designed an experimental new walking stick. Packed with high tech, it will be synchronised with a virtual map inside the stick and a GPS system so that it knows when the person is off course.
Researchers have put a charge into sticks that buzzes for up to three seconds if the user fails to turn when they should. Blind people are being shocked with electricity (2 milliamps) to make them go in the right direction.
The charge is connected to the user’s vestibular system, which is located in the inner ear and deals with balance and movement.
Alfredo Victor Mantilla Caeiros, a professor of mechatronics at ITESM, said that it was 99% accurate in tests so far.
Unlike apps which have been developed for the blind it does not interfere with other senses like touch.
a new visualization system developed by MIT researchers, combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot’s intentions in real time. (Learn more about the system: http://bit.ly/1thQBSQ) The researchers say the system may help speed up the development of self-driving cars, package-delivering drones, and other autonomous, route-planning vehicles.
looks like the MIT is going to get itself some Google funding on that one - but it might already be the case :)
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