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Now, Smartglasses to track your Emotions soon

Now, Smartglasses to track your Emotions soon | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Though the wearable market is still at nascent stage but major technology giants are gearing up, leaving no stone unturned to lay hold of the billion dollar opportunity of recent future. Though Google is leading …

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We shall have to see if this is truly a real and valuable tool 

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Mental Health Wearables Presentation

Talk I developed and delivered for The Wearable Adoption & Monetization Summit in San Francisco, April 20-21, 2015. Please let me know if you believe I have m…

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A layout of the issues, players, business models, effectiveness (for the moment) as well as the challenges in developing this product space - interesting and well thought through analysis - worth reading.

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Hands Omni Is A Glove That Lets The Wearer “Feel” Objects In VR

Hands Omni Is A Glove That Lets The Wearer “Feel” Objects In VR | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
While virtual reality (VR) is an immensely promising technology, the industry has yet to overcome its biggest usage hurdle: the so-called input problem. Most VR games right now rely on conventional...
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Hands Omni is a glove that lets the wearer “feel” objects in virtual reality. This is achieved with tiny inflatable pockets located underneath the surface of each finger, which act a little like air-based bladders: when a user grasps at a computerised object, triggers around the fingertips cause the pockets pressurise, providing physical feedback. “When you reach out and grab a virtual object, it feels like you’re grabbing that object,” mechanical engineering student Thor Walker told Gizmag.

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MSFT HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

MSFT HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
At the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tries to prove that its mixed reality headset is more than just a neat gimmick.
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Microsoft showed how architects could use HoloLens to interact with 3D models, laid out virtually in front of them on a table. They might also be able to examine aspects of a building site at full scale, with virtual beams and walls rendered before their eyes.  Another demo showed how medical students could learn about the human body without having to cut open a cadaver. The headset showed a 3D model, which users could separate into different parts and blow up for closer examination. With everyone wearing a HoloLens, students and teachers could all interact with the same model, so it’s easy to imagine virtual surgery as the next step.

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Wearable technology, meet Mini

Wearable technology, meet Mini | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
BMW Group banks on its Silicon Valley's skunkwerks to innovate in the fashion-forward realm of active safety.
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BMW Group just unveiled an eyewear product concept that uses augmented reality technology to display virtual information overlaid on a driver’s view of the road. The glasses, dubbed Mini Augmented Vision, emanated from research conducted at the BMW Group Technology Office in Silicon Valley.  The Value to Drivers:To show how heads-up displays could be worn as eyewear, anchoring graphical information to the actual environment, rather than offering limited dashboard data in a small portion of the windshield. It’s an early step from a “look to” approach to a “look-through” strategy.   -  “There’s clearly room for improvement,” said Jay Wright, vice-president of Qualcomm Vuforia, the company’s mobile vision platform. “But compared to what’s been done in the past, it’s delivering on the promise.”

Wright explained the phenomenon known as motion-to-photon latency, a slight lag in displaying information in virtual environments to match the movement of users wearing augmented-reality headsets. “If you want the object to stay in exactly the right place, we need to do that with effectively zero processing time,” said Wright. Based on the fact that my glasses got warm during a 20-minute demonstration, it appears that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, running on an Android operating system, was working overtime.

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MIT invents system that makes salt water drinkable

MIT invents system that makes salt water drinkable | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has won a competition to desalinate unusable water and make it drinkable for humans and crops.
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The MIT team, which includes participants from India's Jain Irrigation Systems, designed a photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system that desalinates water using electricity to pull charged particles out of the water. It also further disinfects water using ultraviolet rays.  -  The announcement from USAID said the MIT-Jain system was designed for low energy consumption, thereby limiting costs, especially in areas without easy access to electricity.  -  Desalination is one of several ideas that have been proposed to combat California's four-year drought, though experts point out that the process is still expensive and can create its own environmental problems.

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Vuzix Corporation - The World of Augmented Reality

Vuzix Corporation - The World of Augmented Reality | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The wearable devices market is gaining popularity, among smart watches, smart glasses, virtual reality headsets, and other fascinating technology, augmented reality seems to be the
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According to a report published yesterday by Technavio, a leading technology research and advisory company, the smart glasses market for augmented reality is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound annual growth rate) of 194% from 2015 to 2019. Besides the major high tech companies mentioned above, the report also emphasized the importance of companies that pioneered in the industry like Vuzix Corp. as well as of smaller vendors that are using crowd funding sources like Kickstarter to develop and manufacture their produces.   -  With such technology the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive, and can be manipulated, which can be highly beneficial in several industries.  For example, in construction and architecture, augmented reality can be utilized by creating a 3D model of a certain design on an existing space, giving the architect a better look at how the project will end up looking at a specific spot. The same functionalities are already being widely used in the video game industry, as well as in the media entertainment industry, though their gadgets are highly priced, and designed specifically for graphics manipulation.  A newer generation of augmented reality technology, that will be far more affordable and offer a far wider range of functions is on the way.

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The Devil wears Hi-Tech: Wearable Computing in the workplace

The Devil wears Hi-Tech: Wearable Computing in the workplace | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
With the launch of the Apple Watch adding to the plethora of wearable devices already on the market, is it time that organisations prepared for the inevitable influx of these devices to the workplace?
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Nobody, it seems, wants to repeat the mistake of eight years ago, when the Apple iPhone set all competitors back several years in a revolutionised mobile market. That includes, of course, Apple itself, which finds itself in the tricky situation of having to continue innovating to retain its first-rate brand reputation.  -  While no smart watch is yet to be considered a big success, and a lot of scepticism around their relevance remains, the vast industry backing – particularly from the hugely influential Apple – is likely to generate some to substantial adoption.  That means the enterprise must now take notice. Businesses found themselves tragically behind in developing mobility strategies that could control the onslaught of smartphones on corporate networks, and are unlikely to be forgiven if they are equally unprepared for wearable devices.

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Toshiba Develops Low Power Control Technology for Wearable Devices with Multiple Sensors

Toshiba Develops Low Power Control Technology for Wearable Devices with Multiple Sensors | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the development of an innovative low power control technology for microcontrollers supporting multi-s
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Toshiba’s technology reduces the frequency of the mode transition by gathering the separate data acquisitions from multiple sensors which get data at their own regular intervals. In this way, the number of mode transitions can be decreased, hence the reduction of power consumption from mode transitions is achieved. On the other hand, if aggregating leads to significant failures in data acquisitions, it will have a considerably negative impact of the functions of the application, such as step measurement or behavior analysis in activity monitors. Toshiba has developed an aggregating method that optimizing timing of data acquisition to suppress failures.  -  To evaluate the method, Toshiba ran an activity monitoring application on TZ1001MBG. The result showed a 31% power reduction, proving efficient power saving technology. Toshiba has now embedded this technology into TZ1000 series MCU.

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Do Ants Hold the Secret to the Fuel of the Future?

Do Ants Hold the Secret to the Fuel of the Future? | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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If you know anything about Formic acid you may know that it is a natural substance and one that is secreted by certain species of ants. You may not realize that formic acid is also a great candidate to be our liquid fuel of the future. Safe to use and high in hydrogen this fuel can also be used in a fuel cell to make electricity directly.

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Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race

Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Google researchers have joined the search for better batteries to power Google’s expansion into consumer electronics and other hardware.
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Dr. Bhardwaj of the Google X research lab has told industry executives that Google has at least 20 battery-dependent projects. The company’s latest self-driving car runs on batteries recharged by electricity. The first version of Google’s Glass Internet-connected eyewear suffered from short battery life, which the company hopes to improve. An effort to use nanoparticles to diagnose diseases relies on a small battery-powered monitoring device.  -  “Google wants to control more of their own destiny in various places along the hardware supply chain,” said Lior Susan, head of hardware strategy at venture-capital firm Formation 8. “Their moves into drones, cars and other hardware all require better batteries.”

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Stanford has a battery that charges in a minute

Stanford has a battery that charges in a minute | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Batteries. The lifeblood of our mobile devices and ironically also somewhat their Achilles heel. Although the evolution of lithium-ion batteries has made all
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Researchers, lead by chemistry professor Dai Hongjie, might have stumbled on the answer in a new variant of an aluminum-ion battery.  -  Cheaper, safer, faster charging. That's the promise of the aluminum-ion battery that Dai has been working on. This type of battery has already been the focus of many chemists, researchers, and industry experts as the next evolution of batteries. But they have always been foiled by the type of materials to be used, which, in turn, would determine the performance of the battery. Dai says they "accidentally" discovered that a cathode, the positively charged electrode of a battery, made of graphite gave the best performance.  -  The result is a battery that has many of the ideal properties that a next generation power source could have. It will be cheaper, for one, considering aluminum is a more affordable material than lithium. It is also safer. It won't catch fire even when damaged, even when you drill a hole in it, says Dai

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5 Secrets to Success From a Former Head of Talent Acquisition

5 Secrets to Success From a Former Head of Talent Acquisition | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
In a highly interconnected world, the foundation you build today will define your success tomorrow.
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Excellent well written article on the principles of leading yourself first.

Principle 1: The Art of Pursuit - Effective pursuit is about observation, assessment, and calibration.  Any good pursuit begins with doing your homework. You must know your goals and standards before you can hope to live up to them.

Principle 2: The Impact of Energy: Confidence is the closest thing in this world to magic.  The human brain is amazing. Its complexity and magnificence is unquestioned in science and religion alike; it synthesizes complex information and seemingly unseen cues to make dozens of decisions each instant without any awareness from us.

Principle 3: The Wisdom of Surrender  - Never use the good to chase the bad.  Take time to re-evaluate every so often, not only on how you are making progress on achieving your goal, but also whether your goal is worth the long-term investment.

Principle 4: Be the Driver of your Success - To achieve success in personal and work relationships, define what success is. Then, bend the world to match that definition.  Set measurable, transparent, and, more importantly, agreed-upon goals for the relationship. You must be able to define and articulate what happiness or success would be, so that all parties are moving toward a common place. 

Principle 5: You Get What You Give - In a highly interconnected world, the foundation you build today will define your success tomorrow.  Look for ways to provide value to everyone you can on a daily basis. These actions, if consistent become behaviors which are highly desirable and never go unnoticed forever. 


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IoT May Drive Distributed Generation Microgrids

IoT May Drive Distributed Generation Microgrids | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
A number of technology companies and utilities have embarked on a testbed project to demonstrate a microgrid architecture for integrating solar, wind...
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The first phase of the testbed project is to design and deploy a smart grid network in each of the utilities' research and development centers. The architecture behind the testbed project is based on Duke Energy's Open Field Message Bus that will provide a common means for its currently disparate distribution systems to communicate across. Duke Energy is using RTI's Connext data distribution service standard to develop the architecture.  The second phase of the project, scheduled for 2016, will demonstrate the scalability of the communication and control framework. The third phase of the testbed will deploy the architecture in an actual grid setting. The first two phases will take place at SoCal Edison's Control Lab in Westminster, Calif., while the final phase will deploy at CPS Energy's "Grid-of-the-Future" test area in San Antonio.

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Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone

Nikola Labs' case uses stray radio waves to charge your iPhone | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
To hear Nikola Labs co-founder Dr. Rob Lee tell the tale, some 97 percent of the energy a smartphone expends to forge data and voice connections using ra
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Unlike more involved solutions like the ultrasound power transmission system that uBeam has raised over $13 million to help build, there aren't any transmitters you need to stand in range of. The end result? A case that silently, slowly captures your iPhone's wasted power and uses it for recharging.  This all sounds a little magical for our liking too. Let's take a moment to reset some expectations. It's not like slapping this case on your phone will bring it from bone dry to fully charged. The harvesting antenna and DC power-converting rectifier circuit that make up Nikola Labs' secret sauce can only extend an iPhone's battery life by about thirty percent... and it does so sloooooowly. On the plus side, it's a passive process that'll continue as long the case is connected to the phone, so you'd theoretically see slower battery depletion over time instead of a sudden burst of charging activity.

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Trimble and MSFT Bring HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry

Trimble and MSFT Bring HoloLens Wearable Holographic Technology to the AEC Industry | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
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Microsoft HoloLens is a head-mounted, holographic computer that provides a mixed-reality experience for a range of commercial and consumer applications. When used by architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change. 

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Cablevision strikes deal to offer Hulu streaming services

Cablevision strikes deal to offer Hulu streaming services | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Cablevision Systems Corp. struck a deal with Hulu to offer the Internet television service's on-demand content to its Optimum customers, the first pay-TV company to do so.
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New York-based Cablevision did not provide pricing or say when the service would become available. It has more than 3.1 million customers in the New York metropolitan area.   -  The deal comes a week after Cablevision announced that it is offering an Internet package that includes a digital antenna for TV service. That is aimed at so-called "cord-cutters" who detest pricey channel packages. The company will offer HBO's stand-alone streaming service.


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Ex-Lucasfilm Veterans Join with Jaunt VR to Form 'Jaunt Studios' to Create Cinematic VR Content

Ex-Lucasfilm Veterans Join with Jaunt VR to Form 'Jaunt Studios' to Create Cinematic VR Content | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Jaunt VR have today announced they’re launching ‘Jaunt Studios’, a venture dedicated to producing immersive cinematic experiences for virtual reality. The new
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Jaunt VR is a company formed on the belief that not only that virtual reality had finally arrived, but that it would fundamentally change the entertainment industry. Last year, the company received funding totaling over $35M to build an end-to-end pipeline for producing 360 degree, stereoscopic cinematic content designed to be viewed via a VR headset. Since then, Jaunt have been prodigious in their production of cinematic VR content, releasing numerous 360 3D experiences, each aimed at a particular form or genre of entertainment.   - However, the team of people Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen has brought together to run the new venture is undoubtedly impressive.  -  Heading up the new studio is Cliff Plumer, former CEO of effects house Digital Domain, CTO of Lucasfilm and the legendary Industrial Light & Magic. Joining Plumer as Chief Business Officer is former COO and General Counsel of Lucasfilm, David Anderman. Finally, Miles Perkins joins as VP of Marketing Communications – another Lucasfilm and ILM veteran with over 20 years service at the firm.

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MINI Cooper designers have created a cool x-ray vision device for drivers

MINI Cooper designers have created a cool x-ray vision device for drivers | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
They give you x-ray vision.
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Why does anybody need this?"  -  MINI's Manager of Product Planning, Patrick McKenna, put it this way, "it's that next-level of head-up display, not designed to replace the driver, but to aid them instead."


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Ikea to release new line of phone-charging furniture

Ikea to release new line of phone-charging furniture | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
This gives highly-charged design a new — and more literal — meaning.
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Swedish retail giant Ikea, best known for its build-it-yourself pieces, has entered the electronics space with new technology that allows you to turn any piece of furniture, and even windowsills and kitchen counters, into a wireless charging spot for your phone.  -  There’s a new furniture range to go with it, including coffee tables, lamps and sidetables, all of which incorporate the charging technology while hiding wires, as well as freestanding charge pads that can be placed throughout the house.

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Vuzix Acquires Two New Patents in Wearable Display Space

Vuzix Acquires Two New Patents in Wearable Display Space | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI) (
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Vuzix announced that it has acquired for an undisclosed cash payment two patents, one covering gesture controls of 3D virtual objects, including within augmented reality applications and the other ambient light management in see through wearable displays;

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Vizio Releases Low-Priced 4K TV Series

Vizio Releases Low-Priced 4K TV Series | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Vizio’s M-Series of 4K TV start at $599.
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The Vizio P-Series of TVs start at $599 and go all the way to $3,999. The TVs have full array LED backlighting which spreads out the light evenly across the panel. In addition they have an upscaling engine that can convert 720P and 1080P video to “near 4K” resolution.  - 

Vizio’s M-Series of TVs are available now, and are the lowest priced 4K TVs available in North America market by a long shot (Xiaomi hasn’t made it across the Pacific yet). Very likely this entry-level priced 4K market is where the growth will be, as the low price points will mean even skeptical consumers are not deterred from making the jump to 4K.

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New energy storage plant could 'revolutionise' renewable sector

New energy storage plant could 'revolutionise' renewable sector | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Flywheel plant being built in Ireland with potentially unlimited storage capability could solve the problem of clean energy supply shortfalls when there is insufficient sun or wind
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The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply shortfalls.

The project in Rhode, County Offaly, is expected to launch commercially in 2017, with an operating capacity of 20MW.

Although the system will initially feed off all energy in the grid – clean and dirty alike – it has the potential to resolve the transmission system operators’ dilemma of how to store large amounts of energy created during windy or sunny conditions for instantaneous use when the weather changes.  -  At the moment, such energy shortfalls are compensated for with fossil fuel generators such as coal or gas-fired power plants, or by hydro pump storage. Unlike conventional coal and gas generators which have an efficiency ratio of 35-40%, the flywheel operates at upwards of 85-90% efficiency.

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Facebook Tests Bluetooth ‘Beacons’ to Feed Users Local Content

Facebook Tests Bluetooth ‘Beacons’ to Feed Users Local Content | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
Facebook Thursday said it would begin testing a service to deliver information about shops and landmarks to users who are nearby, in part by using localized transmitters known as “beacons.”

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Facebook said it will begin testing Place Tips in New York City in coming weeks after installing beacons at eight shops, including the Strand Book Store, The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel and Dominique Ansel Bakery, inventor of the “cronut.”  -  The service also will work around landmarks such as Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Because those areas are larger, Facebook will use GPS signals, cellphone towers and Wi-Fi signals, but not beacons, to locate users.  -  Place Tips will deliver information derived from the locations’ Facebook pages, above the news feeds on users’ smartphones. For now, the service is free for businesses, but Facebook said it could one day sell ads tied to the information, giving it another way to make ads more personal, and potentially relevant.  -  The service will contribute to a trend, on Facebook and in other media, of blurring the distinction between content and marketing. Facebook already mixes advertisements into its news feed so that the ads blend in.

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The Standards-Based Microgrid Meets the Industrial-IoT

The Standards-Based Microgrid Meets the Industrial-IoT | Low Power Heads Up Display | Scoop.it
The Industrial Internet Consortium brings tech vendors and utilities on board to test and deploy interoperable grid-edge technology.
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The end goal is to allow smart solar PV inverters, energy storage systems, plug-in electric vehicles, responsive building energy loads, and other grid-edge systems to work in real time with the utility smart grid platforms they’re connected to -- not through complicated, project-by-project integration, but in a more “plug-and-play” fashion.  -  That’s a tough challenge, as we’ve noted in our ongoing coverage of efforts on this front. To date, the world’s microgrids have been built with components from different vendors, using different technology implementations, which makes integrating them a complex and time-consuming task, not easily replicable from one project to the next. 

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