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Sensordrone: a Practical, Tricorder Like Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers

Sensordrone: a Practical, Tricorder Like Platform for Consumers and Mobile Device Developers | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Mobile computing is the way of the future, but most sensor products have not kept up, and are still very expensive and bulky. Sensordrone is a multi-purpose, configurable sensor that dramatically extends the sensing capability of smartphones & tablets. It is a key Fob sized platform for both consumers and developers (software and hardware developers).

 

For consumers, Sensordrone includes multiple environmental sensors allowing people to run a variety of Apps, like carbon monoxide monitoring, temperature, humidity, breath alcohol, stud-finder, light, weather, altimeter, barometer, data-logging and many more. The beauty of the device is that a single device could replace a number of single purpose instruments. All a user needs to do is run a new app. It's also very small and affordable.

 

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Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material - New Scientist on nano crystalline cellulose or NCC

Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material - New Scientist on nano crystalline cellulose or NCC | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

[N]ot only is NCC transparent but it is made from a tightly packed array of needle-like crystals which have a strength-to-weight ratio that is eight times better than stainless steel.

 

Even better, it's incredibly cheap.

 

"It is the natural, renewable version of a carbon nanotube at a fraction of the price," says Jeff Youngblood of Purdue University's NanoForestry Institute in West Lafayette, Indiana...

 

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Sunflower-Inspired Solar Panels Track Sun Without Motors

Sunflower-Inspired Solar Panels Track Sun Without Motors | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A new solar tracker maximizes the sunlight solar panels can capture, without using additional electricity to do so.

 

The system depends on a new material Jiang's team developed, which combines a rubbery material, called liquid crystalline elastomer, with tiny carbon fibers. The fibers are able to absorb a wide range of light, including light waves in the visible and infrared spectrums.

 

When sunlight falls on the carbon fibers, they heat up. The difference in temperature between the hot carbon fibers and the cooler outside air causes the liquid crystalline elastomer to shrink. When the sun moves on, the material cools and expands again to its original size.

 

Jiang stood hexagonal solar panels on top of an array of six columns made of his new sun-activated material. Whenever sunlight hit one of the columns, it shrank, tilting the panel on top toward the sun. Compared with solar panels that don't move, the sun-facing panels harvest 10 percent more energy, Jiang's team found.

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Motore magnetico di Rovella

Motore magnetico ispirato al motoperpetuo. Sogno o realta ?

 

A magnetic motor inspired by perpetual motion. Is is a dream or reality?

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Record-setting electric airplane exceeds 200-mph (w/ Video)

Record-setting electric airplane exceeds 200-mph (w/ Video) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Last week’s record of the fastest ever manned electric aircraft was set by electric-vehicle record-setter Chip Yates. He already had credentials as holding the world record for fastest electric motorcycle going over 196 mph last year. As a test pilot this time around, Yates flew an electric airplane and achieved 202.6 mph in level flight. This topped the previous record of 175 mph last year by the electric aircraft Cri-Cri. The latter, flown by French pilot Hugues Duval, broke the record during the Paris Air Show. The aircraft was powered by a pair of 35-horsepower electric motors and a pair of lithium polymer batteries.

 

Test pilot Yates is now the first person to ever fly an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour, in his test flight last week at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert.

 

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EVUR - ELECTRIC VEHICLE UNLIMITED RANGE

EVUR - ELECTRIC VEHICLE UNLIMITED RANGE | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
An all electric vehicle that is equipped with an on- board, kinetic charging system that will allow the vehicle to travel an unlimited range without the need to stop and recharge, utilizing its own...

 

Comment: Neat idea, but is it vapor ware?

 

So far, all that's on that site are graphic designs and text that extols the virtues of a range of technologies. no details about what's been done so far.

 

They ask for funding - 25 million $ to produce the prototype.

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18 Rotors Keep the Volocopter In the Air and Energy Efficient

18 Rotors Keep the Volocopter In the Air and Energy Efficient | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
European startup E-volo introduces a new concept for its Volocotper. The revised design ups the blade count on its unique helicopter to 18, but stays energy efficient and stable.
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Mustafa's Space Drive: An Egyptian Student's Quantum Physics Invention

Mustafa's Space Drive: An Egyptian Student's Quantum Physics Invention | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Forget Schrodinger's Cat: The cutting edge of applied quantum science is in a new type of space drive for satellites and probes patented by a 19-year-old Egyptian student.

 

"The universe's supposedly empty spaces are filled with a roiling sea of particles and anti-particles that pop into existence, then annihilate each other in such a short space of time that you can't readily detect them.


Mustafa invented a way of tapping this quantum effect via what's known as the dynamic Casimir effect. This uses a "moving mirror" cavity, where two very reflective very flat plates are held close together, and then moved slightly to interact with the quantum particle sea. It's horribly technical, but the end result is that Mustafa's use of shaped silicon plates similar to those used in solar power cells results in a net force being delivered. A force, of course, means a push or a pull and in space this equates to a drive or engine.

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Novel fuel cell uses solid-state hydrogen to power laptops - Taipei Times

Novel fuel cell uses solid-state hydrogen to power laptops - Taipei Times | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The nation’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on Friday unveiled a portable fuel cell that is believed to be the first in the world to use solid-state hydrogen.

 

The device combines solid-state hydrogen fuel, water and a catalyst in a bottle the size of a beverage can, and it can generate sufficient electricity to power laptops and LED lights, the researchers said, demonstrating the product at a news conference held at an ITRI research park in Tainan.

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Rasa's Zero Point Institute Announces Emerging Generators Galore

Rasa's Zero Point Institute Announces Emerging Generators Galore | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A theoretical physicist and networker in India describes the scientific basis
for magnetic resonance generators.
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A Fuel Cell That Cleans Water and Makes Electricity—Simultaneously

A Fuel Cell That Cleans Water and Makes Electricity—Simultaneously | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A new design devised by a team of Penn State graduate researchers opens up a future of sustainable wastewater treatment.

 

The same kinds of bacteria used in wastewater treatment plants can also generate small amounts of electricity. But these two abilities have rarely been combined so cleverly.

 

In a study published last week, Penn State University researchers outlined a system called the microbial reverse electrolysis cell (MRC) that both cleans water and creates electricity.

 

Today it’s too expensive for practical applications in the field, but it opens up the possibility not only for more efficient wastewater cleanup, but also for hybrid water-treatment and power plants that can do both.

Read more: A Fuel Cell That Cleans Water and Makes Electricity—Simultaneously - Popular Mechanics

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Research group creates highly sensitive photodetector from graphene and quantum dots

Research group creates highly sensitive photodetector from graphene and quantum dots | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Researchers in Spain have succeeded in building a photodetector that is a billion times more sensitive than other such detectors based on graphene and could herald the use of graphene based light sensors and solar cells.

 

"To build their photodector, the team first created a graphene substrate using the standard graphite sticky tape procedure, to which they affixed tiny gold electrodes using nanoscale lithography.

 

Following that, they applied lead sulphide crystals to their device via a spray bottle. Because the crystals weren’t filtered, they came in a variety of sizes, which accounted for virtually all of the different wavelengths of light."

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'Synergy' Aircraft Promises Better Fuel Economy than Cars

'Synergy' Aircraft Promises Better Fuel Economy than Cars | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
An aircraft designed to have better fuel efficiency than cars is looking for online donors through Kickstarter to reach the flight-testing stage.

 

My comment:

 

This is an aircraft in development - it promises great fuel economy thanks to a new tail shape that cuts aerodynamic drag. They are on kickstarter to finance the next step of development...

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/launchsynergy/synergy-aircraft-project

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Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3)™ :: Create the Future Design Contest

Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3)™ :: Create the Future Design Contest | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Transportation is the master key to survival. A new mode of transportation (independent of diminishing fossil energy) is necessary to achieving an environmentally sustainable yet thriving economy in an urbanized world.

WHAT: ET3™ is literally ‘Space Travel on Earth,’ a global transportation system that is silent, low cost, fast, secure, safe, and environmentally friendly.

 

ET3 utilizes automobile sized capsules weighing 400lb empty that carry 6 persons or 800 lbs of cargo.

 

The magnetically levitated capsules operate in two-way networks of 5' diameter tubes. Air is permanently removed from the sealed tubes to eliminate drag force...

 

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New Ultralight Material is Strong but Flexible

New Ultralight Material is Strong but Flexible | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Wispy-looking aerogel has been around since the 1930s, but the latest version has some new tricks.

 

Researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are developing the new aerogel for space missions first, but it may find a place on Earth, too. "Primarily we've been developing these materials for NASA mission applications, such as spacesuits," lead scientist Mary Ann Meador said during a news conference.

 

In the future, the material could go into thinner housing insulation, roomier refrigerators and TV antennas that capture broader frequency ranges, she added. Like other aerogels, it is an excellent insulator and has unique electrical properties.

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The Solar Pocket Factory: an Invention Adventure

We are two inventors working to revolutionize the world of small-scale solar panels. Follow our story and make awesome solar things!

 

What if you could have electricity anywhere there was sunlight? What if the charge on your phone could last for weeks, the poorest, most remote homes in the world could have electric home lighting, and adding a USB charge outlet was as simple as slapping a sticker onto a sunlit wall? All of these are becoming possible thanks to microsolar: small solar panels that are small and cheap enough to go anywhere...

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Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge

Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Korean designer Jihyun Ryou created Save Food From The Fridge, a charming collection of objects to keep food fresh longer and delicious using zero energy.
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Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear.

 

Comment: Great stuff - the makers are coming...

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The Most Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012 - Technology Review

The Most Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012 - Technology Review | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
By now, many of us are aware of the Leap Motion, a small, $70 gesture control system that simply plugs into any computer and, apparently, just works. If you've seen the gesture interfaces in Minority Report, you know what it does.

 

More importantly, if you're familiar with the touch modality -- and at this point, most of us are -- the interface is entirely intuitive. It's touch, except it happens in the space in front of the screen, so you don't have to cover your window into your tech with all those unsightly smudges.

 

To understand how subtly revolutionary Leap will be, watch the video below...

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Solar Ice Maker: No Moving Parts, No Electricity | greenUPGRADER

Solar Ice Maker: No Moving Parts, No Electricity | greenUPGRADER | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"The tubing (or heat exchanger) is filled with a liquid refrigerant material. The reflective panel focuses light and heat energy from the sun onto the piping which vaporizes the refrigerant. So far, no ice. When the sun goes down however the vapor goes through massive heat loss due to pressure differences and roughly 14 pounds of ice are produced depending on the design.

 

The refrigerant rapidly cools once it hits 104 degrees Fahrenheit, due to its unique properties making, it perfect for typical temperature ranges in warm climates.

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Virginia Tech: Interactive 3-D printing station [video]

The DreamVendor is an interactive 3-D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic and personal design projects.

 

The station is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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StarDrive Engineering-1 "The Quest for Quantum Gravity"

StarDrive Engineering-1 "The Quest for Quantum Gravity" | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"The preceding material will hopefully prepare us for a look at some very basic trans-light mechanics, for I will acknowledge myself to be conversant with respect to such an abstract and complex concept only in general terms! It should be possible, however, for us to examine certain fundamental principles which would be involved in the workings of a hyperspace "warp-jump" with an application of straightforward logic and a couple of basic relativistic formulas that are actually easy to work with.

 

"The analytical procedure we'll use in this discussion derives from the method of breaking the time-light barrier that was proposed at the end of the last Chapter: whereby a StarDrive [EDF] Generator will be driven to a speed sufficient to cause its relativistic mass to very closely approach a level which would ordinarily correspond to the Chandrasekhar limit ...

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The Zoetrope - a low-cost open source wind turbine

The Zoetrope - a low-cost open source wind turbine | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Zoetrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine made from common materials such as stove pipe, metal brackets, plastic sheet and a trailer hub. Many of the materials can be found at local hardware or home improvement stores, the rest can either be made at home or purchased online.

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Electricity generated from water: BlackLight Power announces validation of its scientific breakthrough

Electricity generated from water: BlackLight Power announces validation of its scientific breakthrough | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"BlackLight's continuously operating, power-producing system converts ubiquitous H2O (water) vapor directly into electricity, oxygen, and a new, more stable form of Hydrogen called Hydrino, which releases 200 times more energy than directly burning hydrogen," said Dr. Randell Mills, Chairman, CEO and President of BlackLight Power, Inc., and inventor of the process.

 

Hydrogen is not naturally available and has to be produced using energy. But, H2O vapor is ubiquitous and free, obtainable even from ambient air. Dr. Mills says that BlackLight has achieved critical milestones in scaling its new technology with typical electrical gain of more than ten times that which initiates the process, operating over long duration at the 10 Watt (W) scale.

 

A 100 W unit is planned for completion by the end of 2012, and a 1.5 kilowatt (kW) pilot unit that can serve the residential power market, as an initial target commercial application, is expected to become available by 2013.

 

Another article, perhaps a bit more thorough about the Black Light Power breakthrough is on

http://tinyurl.com/Blacklightpower

 

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Air-powered Car Coming to India : Discovery News

Air-powered Car Coming to India : Discovery News | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
India's Tata Motors says it will build a car powered by compressed air.

 

This will still take a while, but Tata apparently has tested the motor in two vehicles and is ready now to work with Guy Negre's Motor Development International (MDI) to actually set up a line for production of a marketable car... time needed: a few years. 

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