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Computer driven cars will convulse the automotive industry

Computer driven cars will convulse the automotive industry | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
You'll have to rethink everything you thought you knew about cars when they start driving themselves. (http://t.co/8K8M5AeNyj the ability to go to the bars and back drunk is near!
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Just what we need cars that drive themselves so that you don't get a DUI for driving drunk because your car drives you home.  

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This striking chart shows why solar power will take over the world

This striking chart shows why solar power will take over the world | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
We're in the middle of a revolution. Most people will only realize it when it's almost over.

Over the past few years, many graphs have been worth thousands of words on the rise of solar power. It's almost impossible to overstate how important the revolution that is happening right now is, and like most transitions, most people will only realize what's going on after it's mostly over. But not you guys and gals, you are ahead of the curve, and you're grasping the importance of all this. In fact, I'm sure that many of you are driving this progress forward and helping it happen!

The chart above clearly shows that all of the solar power that we've installed on the planet until about 10 years ago basically didn't amount to anything compared to what has been built in recent years. At some magical threshold, the price of solar per watt (in orange) hit some tipping point and installation exploded (the blue part), dwarfing anything from the past. And the beauty of having exponential growth on your side is that very quickly, even the current blue spike will look tiny. In 2020 or 2030 we'll look back on 2015 and it'll barely register as the beginning of the curve on the chart.

Here are a few other very telling charts that clearly show why solar will take over the world: Read more: click image or title.



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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 29, 11:11 AM

#Renewable Energy is accelerating at an incredible rate. There may still be hope!

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Obama says there’s an energy revolution underway

Obama says there’s an energy revolution underway | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
What's he got to lose? The President embraces the ambitions of the energy entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley.
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The President embraces the ambitions of the energy entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley.  While President Obama took the opportunity to unveil new federal actions to boost clean energy during a speech at a conference in Las Vegas on Monday, he also used the time to do something a little more inspirational and a little bit geeky. Obama told the audience—filled with entrepreneurs, politicians and executives, many in the clean energy industry—that there’s “an American energy revolution” underway and that Americans are beginning to take control over their own energy use. This transformation represents the future of energy use in America, according to Obama.  -  Obama said this transition includes moving from using fossil fuel energy to using clean energy, and from managing energy with analog technologies to managing energy with digital tech. In addition, Obama referenced the introduction of energy storage technologies like batteries that can store energy to be used when needed.  Saying the energy transformation is similar to if the telegraph evolved into the smartphone “in less than a decade.” “It’s happening that fast,” said Obama. Geeky energy technologies, like smart appliances and energy pricing data, and not oft-discussed energy programs like net metering and Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), peppered his speech.

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Scientists accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan

Scientists accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Until someone figures out a replacement for lithium-ion in rechargeable batteries, research will continue into how to cram more energy inside as well as extending their useful lifespan. Two scientists believe they have [...]
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Until someone figures out a replacement for lithium-ion in rechargeable batteries, research will continue into how to cram more energy inside as well as extending their useful lifespan. Two scientists believe they have managed to extend the life of such batteries significantly, and all because of an accident in the lab.  A better alternative to using graphite for the anodes would be aluminum, but aluminum expands and contracts too much during each cycle. If scientists could stop that happening, we’d have much better performing batteries.  Dr Wang Changan of Tsinghua University and Dr Li Ju of MIT have been working together to stop the oxide coating that forms on the surface of aluminum nanoparticles when it is exposed to air. Their idea was to soak the nanoparticles in a sulfuric acid and titanium oxysuplphate mix, which would dissolve the aluminum oxide and replace it with titanium oxide.  Rather than discarding this forgotten batch, they decided to test it by building batteries using these particles. It turns out they have potentially solved the problem of using aluminum for the anodes in the battery. The extra long soak meant the anodes did not expand and contract, in fact they created a battery that over 500 charge/discharge cycles retained up to four-times the capacity of the equivalent graphite anode batteries. These batteries last considerably longer in terms of usable lifespan and, according to MIT, can hold up to three-times the energyThe discovery is expected to be an easy one to scale up to mass production, meaning the next-generation of rechargeable batteries could use aluminum anodes, bringing with it longer battery life per charge and batteries that have a much improved lifespan.

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Feds, Police working on safe, Anti-drone Technology

Feds, Police working on safe, Anti-drone Technology | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Several U.S. government agencies are working with state and local law enforcement to develop new technology to track and disable drones safely, according to sources familiar with the project.

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Several U.S. government agencies are working with state and local law enforcement to develop new technology to track and disable drones safely, according to sources familiar with the project.

The revelation comes amid heightened security concerns as more rogue drone sightings are being reported. Earlier this month, pilots reported multiple illegal drone sightings at John F. Kennedy International Airport, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to issue a terror warning.    Last New Year’s Eve, New York police used a microwave-based system to try to track a commercially available drone in Times Square and send it back to its operator, a source involved in the testing told Reuters.  The previously unreported test, which ran into difficulty because of interference from nearby media broadcasts, was part of the nationwide development effort that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Defense Department, the source said.

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The Future Of Augmented Reality

The Future Of Augmented Reality - Lynne d Johnson WebVisions Portland 2014 #Wvpdx
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An overview of Augmented Reality for those who don't already have the understanding on the basics, useful.

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How Cheap Can Solar Get? Very Cheap Indeed

How Cheap Can Solar Get? Very Cheap Indeed | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Very interesting read on the Solar Market and when the technology could get to breakeven to compete with fossil fuels.  The author attempts to make some projections (tentatively) here.  If current rates of improvement hold, solar will be incredibly cheap by the time it’s a substantial fraction of the world’s electricity supply.  The Future of Solar Prices – If Trends Hold:  The most important, question, for solar, is what will future prices be? Any projection here has to be seen as just that – a projection. Not reality. History is filled with trends that reached their natural limits and stalled. Learning rates are a crude way to model the complexities involved in lowering costs. Things could deviate substantially from this trendline.That said, if the trend in solar pricing holds, here’s what it shows for future solar prices, without subsidies, as a function of scale.

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A 3D-Printed, 30-Cent Stethoscope Could Help Save Countless Lives

A 3D-Printed, 30-Cent Stethoscope Could Help Save Countless Lives | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
It's dirt cheap and just as good as more expensive models.
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Stethoscopes are an important medical tool, but good ones are expensive. They're so expensive that in some countries, like Palestine, it would cost a doctor a month's salary just to buy one that's good enough to use. But 3D printing could solve that problem, as The Register reports, and bring the cost of a stethoscope down to just about $0.30.   Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician working in the Gaza strip, has been hard at work helping to develop such a thing as part of the Gila project, an effort to provide alternatives to expensive medical equipment in the form of open-source 3D-printed versions.  The stethoscope, which cost some $10,000 to actually develop, is just one of Gila's projects, but it's a wildly successful one. The 3D-printed device is just as good as its non-3D printed competition. As Loubani tells The Register, "This stethoscope is as good as any stethoscope out there in the world and we have the data to prove it." The device has yet to be peer-reviewed, but Loubani expects the process to be a "cake walk." - That last part of a cake walk remains to be seen, but we're hoping that it is.

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DRONE Report: Forecasts, Regulatory barriers, top vendors, and leading commercial applications

DRONE Report: Forecasts, Regulatory barriers, top vendors, and leading commercial applications | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The commercial-drone industry is still young but has begun to see some consolidation and major investments from large industrial conglomerates.
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Some of the world's top industrial firms — including Qualcomm, Intel, GE, and Boeing — have already invested in startups focused on drones, and the space is heating up as venture-capital money and international firms pile in. The industry will generating $2.3 billion in investments in the US market in 2016.  

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Why Oculus isn't pursuing Augmented Reality

Why Oculus isn't pursuing Augmented Reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe outlines why the company is wholly focused on virtual reality, and how its technological cousin won't factor in for a long time

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Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, who outlined the reasons for keeping the realities divergent. In short? Augmented reality isn't advanced enough yet to match what Oculus can do with immersive VR, and they don't expect it to be for a long time yet.  "It is a different market because it's a different user experience," Iribe says. "You see the real world and [rendered models will] appear holographic for a long time, because matching the lighting of the real world through the glasses is incredibly difficult. You have an incredible perceptual system that can detect when things aren't quite right."   While that's a problem Microsoft may have to address with its own upcoming AR project, Hololens, Iribe thinks the industry may see a half-way point hybridising VR and AR.

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Effective VR means constructing a "new" environmental experience independent of "reality." (Truly we need better words to differentiate these things). AR overlays reality and reality isn't controllable so it will continually be a noncooperative participant in the creation of presence and immersive experience. Successful AR installations needs a shift in conceptualization of what it can do and the purpose of juxtaposing information over reality. Is it integrative or does it provide a portal for experience? Is immersion really the goal? #mediapsych

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He says. "It won't show you video [via external cameras] because that won't be comfortable, but it'll scan in local space."

It seems to me like some techs already starts to emerge allowing just that (http://www.ximmerse.com/#!stero-camera/c1k4c) but I guess he knows wht is talking about right :)

 

"You see the real world and [rendered models will] appear holographic for a long time, because matching the lighting of the real world through the glasses is incredibly difficult. You have an incredible perceptual system that can detect when things aren't quite right."

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City of San Jose approves one-year program for police drone

City of San Jose approves one-year program for police drone | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The San Jose City Council approved a pilot program that allows the San Jose Police Department to use a drone.
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After much debate and discussion, San Jose City Council members voted on the implementation of a one-year police drone pilot program.

"The drone needs to go up, it can save lives, it can make the officers more safe. It's not about surveilling the public, it's about giving us another tool that we can use on the street," Sgt. Paul Kelly from the San Jose Police Officers' Association said.  San Jose police acquired the $7,000 drone as part of a federal grant last year, but it's been grounded ever since, pending approval from the city.    -   "It will not be used for surveillance, it does not have telephoto lenses, it does not have infrared lenses, it does not have any types of weapons or anything disruptive," Larry Ames from the San Jose Neighborhoods Commission leader who also say the drone won't be able to record any video and will also be prohibited from flying at night. Furthermore, the drone would only be used in specific circumstances, such as an active shooting scenario or dealing with an explosive device, but community groups have raised concerns.  "The rules can be bendable, and it could very much become a slippery slope," Raj Jayadev from Silicon Valley Debug said.  Jayadev says privacy and civil liberties are at stake. He explained, "The use of new technology is one experimental, it's the reason why drones have been challenged in cities and counties, and jurisdictions all across the country."

The pilot program still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The earliest the drone could go up would likely be 2017.

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Stretchable battery technology could triple smartwatch longevity

Stretchable battery technology could triple smartwatch longevity | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A research team from Arizona State University has created a flexible and stretchable battery, which it hopes could power future smartwatches and wearables. The idea for the battery came from kirigami, similar to origami, but involves cutting as well as folding, according to Embedded Computer Design. The design means the batteries can stretch 150 percent…
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Not the 1st time that I've reported on this specific technology, but in an attempt to capture greater understanding of its value -  The battery in the demo only has a capacity of 80 mAh, but the team said in it's Scientific Reports article, if it was scaled up to the size of the wristband, it could achieve about 700 mAh. and the density of the battery is similar to the lithium-ion batteries found in current smartwatches and phones. That could more than double the battery capacity of the original Samsung Gear 2, and more than triple the Apple Watch's.   -  Battery life is a constant problem in wearables, and some of the biggest names like NASA and Microsoft are trying to address it. Whether it's changing the way wearables use power, or how much power they have, this problem is hard to ignore.  When this issue is solved, it's safe to say the wearable industry will quickly and completely change for the better.

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Report details threat of attacks by drones

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A report by the Department of Homeland Security says the growing availability of drones in the U.S. increases the chances of one being used to carry out a terrorist attack or commit a crime. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.
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Pros and Cons: Nokia's OZO VR Cam Impresses with Capture Quality - Unique Playback Solution

Pros and Cons: Nokia's OZO VR Cam Impresses with Capture Quality - Unique Playback Solution | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Nokia has taken a firm stride in VR territory with the introduction of Ozo, a VR camera designed for professional content makers,

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There is more work to be done on this VR platform from Nokia,  with the capture quality and playback issues noted, the success or failure of Ozo will be equally decided by whether or not the camera can find adoption among professional VR filmmakers (the real market it is shooting for).

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Energy and Data Converge in Microgrids

Energy and Data Converge in Microgrids | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Nimble, resilient microgrids will be an important part of creating a smarter energy infrastructure, but machine-to-machine middleware platforms like Real Time Innovations' DDS are important to keep them up and running.
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The Siebel Energy Institute, a grant-making and research organization founded by software entrepreneur Thomas Siebel, estimates that $2 trillion is being invested this decade in upgrading the power infrastructure globally. One of the ways utilities, technology companies and energy producers are working toward modernizing the grid is by building microgrids. These are small electrical grids designed to accommodate and quickly switch between a variety of energy sources, including renewable energy generated in neighborhoods or by businesses.   Microgrids use sensor networks and real-time analytics and control systems to provide a framework for quickly responding to demands for electricity, and for ensuring the most efficient use of its various power sources. (Earlier this year, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a member organization working to accelerate the deployment of industrial Internet of Things technologies, announced that it was partnering with a range of vendors, including Real Time Innovations (RTI) National Instruments (NI) and Cisco, to create the Communication and Control Testbed for Microgrid Applications to develop a repeatable industry framework for building and managing microgrids.   RTI, which provides messaging software that is used to connect a range of devices such as microcontrollers or actuators that control processes in distributed systems such as microgrids, has announced RTI DDS 5.2, a major upgrade to this machine-to-machine middleware. Built on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, which describes a common language to enable distributed systems used in any industry to send and receive data messages and commands, RTI DDS 5.2 has more than 40 new features. Key enhancements include support for data exchange both within devices and in the cloud-based applications, and support for load transaction processing via a message queuing service.

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Sony shows off Aerosense camera drone prototype

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Aerosense, a joint venture between Sony and ZMP, has released a video of its camera drone prototype
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Sony has unveiled a prototype of a camera drone shaped like an aeroplane, which can take off and land vertically and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of 106 miles an hour.  The drone has been developed by Aerosense, a joint-venture launched in July between Sony and Japanese robotics firm ZMP. The venture is part of Sony’s efforts to move beyond its core consumer products into enterprise markets.  The Aerosense partnership brings together Sony's camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP's automated driving and robotics technologies.   The drone is reportedly capable of carrying objects weighing up to 10kg. However, its primary use will be to capture images from the sky, process these images in the cloud, and provide a range of services to businesses such as measuring, surveying, observing and inspecting.

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How Much Can You Save With Solar Panels? Just Ask Google

How Much Can You Save With Solar Panels? Just Ask Google | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
How much dough can you save if you install solar panels on your roof? The brains at Google—both human and artificial—can tell you.
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IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING solar power but aren’t quite sure it’s worth the expense, Google wants to point you in the right direction. Tapping its trove of satellite imagery and the latest in artificial intelligence, the company is offering a new online service that will instantly estimate how much you’ll save with a roof full of solar panels.  On Monday, the company unveiled Project Sunroof, a tool that calculates your home’s solar power potential using the same high-resolution aerial photos Google Earth uses to map the planet. After creating a 3-D model of your roof, the service estimates how much sun will hit those solar panels during the year and how much money the panels could save you over the next two decades. “People search Google all the time to learn about solar,” says Google’s Joel Conkling. “But it would be much more helpful if they could learn whether their particular roof is a good fit.”   -  As Google notes in a blog post announcing Project Sunroof, the time is ripe for such a tool. “This is an extremely useful thing,” says Roland Winston, a professor at the University of California, Merced, who specializes in solar energy. “Solar technology is cheaper than ever.” Indeed, others have developed services along these lines, including academicsand companies like Geostellar and Mapdwell.

But Google’s service is a bit different. It has Google behind it—and the company is taking a particularly comprehensive approach. In analyzing satellite images of your home, Google uses “deep learning” neural networks to separate your roof from the surrounding trees and shadows. “Even a strong solar advocate like me wouldn’t recommend putting solar panels on your trees,” Elkin says. Mimicking the web of neurons in the human brain, this sort of neural network is the same technology used to recognize faces on Facebook or instantly translate from one language to another on Skype.   Project Sunroof also simulates the shadows that typically cover your home on any given day (see animation above), and it tracks local weather patterns. “We’re able show how much energy is hitting each part of your roof,” Conkling says. And if you like, you can further hone that company’s calculations by providing how much you typically spend on electricity (otherwise, the service relies on public utility rates in your area).

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Living in a virtual environment with Microsoft HoloLens

More demos with HoloLens from Microsoft World Partner Conference 2015.
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Living in a virtual environment with Microsoft HoloLens

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LG bets that OLEDs are the future of displays

LG bets that OLEDs are the future of displays | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
LG really, really likes OLED -- enough so that it's investing $8.5 billion in the display tech over the next 3 years.
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It's no secret that LG has been fond of OLED screens as of late, but the company is now proving that it's committed to those organic displays for the long haul. It's investing the equivalent of $8.5 billion into developing OLED technology over the next three years for everything from TVs to cars to wearables. LG only describes this as a bid to "pioneer this untapped OLED market" and "keep the competitors at bay," but it's not hard to see a few reasons why it'd pour cash into this relatively exotic technology -- and it's not all about one-upping Samsung.  -  The move is certainly necessary for cars and wearables, where flexible OLED is important for putting displays on less-than-flat surfaces. However, LG is also doing this to resist the race-to-the-bottom trend in screen pricing, especially in the TV space. Like 3D and 4K, OLED gives LG a reason to ask a premium for that giant TV or banana-shaped smartphone -- it doesn't have to compete as much on price. That effect will only last for so long -- OLED TV prices have fallen rapidly in the past few years -- but it could keep LG ahead of the pack (or at least, near the front) for a little while longer.

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Bears can be somewhat annoyed by drones

We all know that drones can be annoying if you're a pilot, a national park visitor, or the Japanese prime minister. But what if you're a bear? Researchers led by the University of Minnesota's Mark...
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This was not the most rigorous of studies. The researchers buzzed a small quadcopter around four American black bears, all of whom were wearing collars equipped with GPS and heart rate trackers. In 17 flights, there was only one occasion where a bear seemed to change its behavior in response to the drone.   However, every one of those flights saw the bears' heart rates increase — in one case by as much as 123 bpm, and also for another bear that was hibernating. The heart rates usually returned to normal resting pace soon after the drone finished its flight. In short, the bears didn't often exhibit behavioral changes, but always showed physiological responses.  The study doesn't give a comprehensive answer to the question of how drones affect wildlife, but it's important for more research to be conducted on this topic given the rapid pace at which drones are being adopted around the world. Also given that bears are both awesome and very low on the list of animals that you would ever want to upset.

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Proponents see huge potential for Drone Racing League

Proponents see huge potential for Drone Racing League | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Why on earth would Dolphins owner Stephen Ross invest $1 million in drone racing? Proponents of the futuristic sport say it's an addictive blend of thrills and technology with huge potential.
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Imagine a sport in which remote-controlled, custom-built, four-propeller drones that can travel faster than 70 mph embark on races through gated obstacle courses or even dogfight in mid-air -- all while sending back live feeds that are viewed through virtual-reality FPV (first-person-view) video goggles.  Pilots and spectators wearing their own goggles say part of the pull is you literally feel as if you are flying.

"It's a completely immersive experience," says 34-year-old Drone Racing League founder Nick Horbaczewski.  "Flying these things is like a drug -- when you experience the sensation once, you want to do it again and again," says pilot Ryan Gury, a 32-year-old Pennsylvania native who dovetailed his racing-drone design company, DroneKraft, into the DRL this spring and now works as the DRL's chief of product, handling the company's race course designs as well as some marketing work because, "I've never been this obsessed with anything."

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UK councillor wants armed drones to kill seagulls

UK councillor wants armed drones to kill seagulls | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Drones are being used for almost everything now -- from monitoring property to delivering packages -- but according to the BBC one UK councillor wants to u
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After a boy in Whitehaven, UK, had his ice-cream stolen by seagulls, town councillor Graham Roberts plans to propose the use of drones to cut back on the bird population.   Apparently the birds “could deter tourists going to the town” though seagulls seem like a fact of life that we all put up with when near the coast.   The idea is that drones could spray seagull nests with chemicals to stop eggs from hatching, which would slowly cut back the population of birds.  -  Roberts plans to bring the idea up with the town council on 27 August, though the council said that seagulls cause mess but nobody has complained about attacks in the past.

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Redneck Shipping Container House Comes Complete With Solar Panels & Camo Decor

Redneck Shipping Container House Comes Complete With Solar Panels & Camo Decor | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A two-shipping container house in the woods features a composting toilet, solar power and lots of camo decor.
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The two-bedroom, one-bath house features a composting toilet to save water and makes use of both photovoltaic panels and solar hot water heaters to reduce energy demands. The home is partially buried into a hill in the back, which helps moderate interior temperatures while a wood-fired stove provides heating. Although we’d certainly have liked to see a skylight or two for more daylighting, the resident’s hunting trophies are at least adequately lit. Vintage and antique furniture pieces pair nicely with the camo decor, creating unified redneck aesthetic.

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50%

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50% | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of the butterfly.
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Butterflies’ ability to fly on cloudy days is limited by the energy the insects can get from the sun. But the Cabbage White butterfly is able to take off sooner than other types of butterflies even on cloudy days. Researchers discovered this is because the Cabbage White positions its wings in order to concentrate sunlight onto its thorax and speed up the “charging” process.  -  Taking a cue from this information, the researchers were able to create a new, lightweight material that can be positioned in a v-shape to concentrate sunlight on solar panels. And in so doing, they increased solar output by nearly 50%.   TRIZ Biomimicry in engineering is not new. However, this truly multidisciplinary research shows pathways to develop low cost solar power that have not been done before,” said Professor Tapas Mallick, lead author of the research.  -  Crucially, by replicating this 'wing-like' structure, the power-to-weight ratio of the overall solar energy structure is increased 17-fold, making it vastly more efficient.

The research by the team from both the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, based at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall, is published in the leading scientific journal, Scientific Reports.


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Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016

Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016 | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Elon Musk revealed there have been more than 100,000 reservations (roughly worth $1 billion) of Tesla batteries, which have sold out through 2016. The batteries
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Demand for Tesla Energy’s revolutionary battery “has been crazy,” according to the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk. Yesterday, in a second quarter earnings call, Musk revealed there have been more than 100,000 reservations (roughly worth $1 billion) of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which have sold out through 2016.  As Musk boasted during his call, “You can basically, in principle, shut down half of the world’s power plants if you had stationary storage.”  The Tesla Powerwall offers homes and small businesses the means to use and store energy generated from residential solar panels or when utility rates are low. The larger Powerpack (for large businesses and utilities) allows battery owners to store excess energy on site, or as Forbes contributor Jeff McMahon explained in a report, the “batteries allow utilities to store energy when demand is low and use it when demand is high, without turning on more power plants.”  

With the battery, utilities no longer need to build power plants to meet peak demand, McMahon added.  -  “The fundamental economics of cost are always true, meaning there’s always a cost advantage of system-wide implementation of stationary storage because of high peak to trough of electricity usage,” Musk said.   The energy stored by Tesla’s batteries doesn’t necessarily have to come from renewables, Musk pointed out. “It seems like people link this too much to renewable energy,” he said. “Of course we are great believers in renewable energy, but that is not the gating function for stationary storage.”

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These are the most funded VR and AR startups

These are the most funded VR and AR startups | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it

There is no VR revolution without an affordable way for people to experience presence so they can travel to other worlds.


Via Timo Ilomäki
Richard Platt's insight:

(1) MAGIC LEAP:  Investment: $542 million led by Google in October 2014, following $50 million in February 2014.

(2) MATTERPORT:  Investment: $30 million raised in June 2015, $56 million to date.

(3) RAZER:  Investment: $50m in 2011, “undisclosed figure” from Intel Capital.

(4) JAUNT:  Investment: $35m over three rounds, including a $27.5M series B in 2014.

(5) IMPROBABLE:  Investment: $20 million added in March 2015 by the same people that helped Oculus.

(6) WEVR:  Investment: An investor’s release in July 2015 indicates Vive-maker HTC is buying a 15 percent stake for $10 million, bringing the total to $18.6 million over 7 rounds.

(7) HIGH FIDELITY:  Investment: $17.5 million over four rounds, $11 million raised in series B in February.

(8) NOD LABS:  Investment: $16 million in total, $13.5 million series A in June.

(9) ALTSPACEVR:  Investment: $15.7 million over three rounds,  $10.3 million series A in July.

(10) VIRTUIX:  Investment: $7.5 million over four rounds, with $1.1 million in Kickstarter backing.

(11) NEXTVR:  Investment: $5 million raised in July 2014.

(12) RELOAD STUDIOS:  Investment: $2 million raised in June 2015.

(13) WORLDVIZ: Investment: “Multi-million” dollar investment from Intel in April 2015 as well as a $1 million seed round in 2014.

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