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  • Spread @1:57AM, 2017-02-12
    Tags: , , , , technology   

    Flecks of “solar glitter” can make almost anything solar powered 

    A solar technology invented years ago at Sandia National Laboratories has gotten a step closer to being on the market and that should make you pretty excited. The technology — miniature, flexible solar cells called “solar glitter” that can be integrated into objects of any shape or size — could change the way we approach solar energy generation.

    Read the rest from TreeHugger

  • Spread @12:15AM, 2017-02-08
    Tags: , solar. green energy, technology   

    The state of residential solar power 

    As children, many of us have been fascinated by solar-powered calculators and watches. A few of us may even have received science kits with tiny motors attached to palm-sized solar cells. Generating electricity from light seems magical. Why can’t we run the world this way?

    Read the rest at Ars Technica

  • Spread @12:51AM, 2017-01-25
    Tags: , names, robot, technology   

    Mykie. Kuri. Yui. Yobi. Asimo. Ozlo. Jibo. Cujo. 

    Say those five times fast, and you could be speaking an entirely different language. But these aren’t just words: They’re the names of a slew of automated home robots and virtual assistants—all of which seem to be in competition for the cutest name. Their names also sound astonishingly similar—and according to the linguist and verbal branding expert Christopher Johnson, there are a host of reasons why. A linguist explains the nuances behind the names we give technology.

    Via FastCo.Design

  • Spread @12:32AM, 2017-01-25
    Tags: , killer app, paper, technology   

    Paper is the real ‘killer app’ 

    With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times. A quick scan of social media illustrates a quiet return to the humble charms of stationery and lettering. Many people are using cursive writing and colouring in to help organise their lives or work on certain goals — whether it’s fitness, finances, or fast-tracking their careers. And, despite the proliferation of apps, other back-to-basics ideas have gained popularity online.

    Via BBC-Capital

  • Spread @1:15AM, 2016-08-08
    Tags: Samuel Beckett, technology   

    Beckett & Technology 


    Samuel Beckett died at Christmastime a quarter of a century ago. His work for the theatre remains in constant production throughout the world, and a recent spate of “new” publications (the abandoned short story “Echo’s Bones” and a slew of previously uncollected poetry and translations1) has kept him contemporary and current in literary and theatrical circles. Academia continues to feast on Beckett, with new and frequently quite brilliant books of criticism and analysis (Beckett attracts the best minds) and doctoral dissertations endlessly streaming from departments of literary studies and, more rarely, “Performance” studies. But a quarter of a century also has transformed Beckett into a Classic. I am about to argue and exhort the point that Beckett (or his practice in aesthetics) should still be integrated into the most up-to-date of new and innovative technologies—especially in new digital media or multi-media hybrids he could not have known about.

    Read the rest from Robert Scanlan @ The Battersea Review

  • Spread @1:45AM, 2015-09-29
    Tags: science nature, technology, virtual reality   

    In The Eyes of the Animals 

    Immerse yourself, tread carefully, and step into the sensory world of the creatures. From the forest floor to the tops of the trees, come and observe through the eyes of the animal.

  • Titus Toledo @3:11AM, 2015-07-27
    Tags: , filipino, , , , technology   

    A lamp powered by salt water 


    Via salt.ph:

    Add 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt, use the lamp for 8 hours.

    Cost Effective. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and most of these islands do not have access to electricity. We want to eliminate the sustaining cost in areas that rely on kerosene/battery powered lamps and candles as their main source of lighting. And to provide a more efficient light source for people who use lamps and candles as an alternative source of lighting. Replace consumable every 6 months! Using SALt lamp 8 hours a day every day will give you an anode lifespan of 6 months. Use this as an alternative light source will prolong the life of your anode for more than a year.

    Watch the LEDs glow! Light your way with a lamp powered by saltwater.

    Safe. There are no materials and components inside the lamp that may cause fire accidents. One less thing to worry about for families that rely on kerosene lamps as their main source of lighting. This lamp uses the science behind the Galvanic cell, the basis for battery-making, changing the electrolytes to a non-toxic, saline solution — making the entire process safe and harmless.

    Charge your smartphones! For emergencies, you can charge your smartphone using this lamp. Just plug in your USB cable.

    Environmentally Friendly. According to a study conducted by the United Nations, The Philippines ranked 3rd as the most disaster prone country in the whole world. And in disaster situations such as super typhoons, earthquakes — a steady supply of food, drinking water and sustainable light source is very essential. The importance of the product in terms of short term usability and as a long term household staple can be attributed to how easy and common the elements needed to power the lamps are. It also does not emit harmful gasses and leaves minimal carbon footprint making it very environmentally friendly.

    You can also use the ocean water to power up your lamp!

    If you are living along the coastline, no need to create your saline solution, instead… use the ocean water to operate your lamp.
    Easy to Use. The salinity of ocean-water can operate your lamp. Use the ocean-water to power up your lamp and it will give you 8 hours of running-time. Salinity is expressed by the amount of salt found in 1,000 grams of water. The average ocean salinity is 35 parts per thousand. Store ocean-water in bottles and use them to power up you lamp anytime, anywhere.

    *here: salt.ph

  • Spread @3:55AM, 2015-06-28
    Tags: , , technology   

    Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity 

    Hydroelectricity is one of the oldest techniques for generating electrical power, with over 150 countries using it as a source for renewable energy. Hydroelectric generators only work efficiently at large scales, though—scales large enough to interrupt river flow and possibly harm local ecosystems. And getting this sort of generation down to where it can power small devices isn’t realistic.

    In recent years, scientists have investigated generating electrical power using nano-structures. In particular, they have looked at generating electricity when ionic fluids—a liquid with charged ions in it—are pushed through a system with a pressure gradient. However, the ability to harvest the generated electricity has been limited because it requires a pressure gradient to drive ionic fluid through a small tube. But scientists have now found that dragging small droplets of salt water on strips of graphene generates electricity without the need for pressure gradients.

    Read the rest at Ars Technica

  • Titus Toledo @2:51AM, 2014-08-10
    Tags: , lia chavez, , rehabstudio, technology   


    From RehabStudio New York-based visual and performance artist Lia Chavez approached us for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Lia works with multimedia to explore the behaviour of light in a state of meditation, and instead of a still, calm and quiet place, she’s discovered that deep meditation can in fact trigger visions of stroboscopic light and cataclysmic storm systems. She wanted to share this visceral experience with others, so she came to us to help create her next piece: an 8-hour live performance in Dundee, Scotland.

    We created custom code that reads Lia’s brainwaves and, via bluetooth, transmits its signal to a strobe light. We were able to control the signal’s frequency and strength, so that when Lia is in a deep state of meditation, the strobe flashes brightly and intensively, and less so when she is in intermediate states.

    Lia’s final performance turned out to be the perfect meeting of technology, science and art that inspired us all to collaborate in the first place.

    Here for Poiesis/Tumult


  • Titus Toledo @2:36AM, 2014-05-28
    Tags: , , technology   

    Solar Roadways to a greener future 

    Solar Roadways are solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. It is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds).

    These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots.

    A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole (http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml). They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

    Support Solar Roadways and the campaign to make it happen at Indiegogo

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