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    Smart Windows being developed to save up on energy costs

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    Energy conservation today is vital if the world’s to be given any future chances of survival, given that resources are depleting on rapidly these days, and the best way to preserve the eco-system is switching to cleaner and greener energy sources, and doing our very best to save up on energy today. We just stumbled across this “Smart Window” technology developed by Ho Sun Lim, Jeong Ho Cho, Jooyong Kim and Chang Hwan Le. Using polymers, counterions and solvents such as methanol, these windows reflect the sun’s rays away during the summer time and turn completely transparent during the winter, helping reduce air-conditioning and heating costs.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 22, 2011
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    E-MiLi system reduces WiFi chipset clock speed to increase smartphone battery life by 44%

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    In the future, the now-inescapable situation of having your mobile phone drain out of battery, leaving your mode of communication to the world outside dead and useless, might just be a phenomenon of the past. Doctoral student Xinyu Zhang and Professor Kang Shin from the University of Michigan together have come up with the E-MiLi, or Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening that could help phone batteries survive longer, saving up 44% of a smartphones battery life. The system works for devices that hook up to WiFi networks and simple drops the WiFi chipset’s clock speed down to a sixteenth of its normal speed, waking up only when data is received. That’s not all. The technology works perfectly fine for other devices that use low-key data monitoring!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 19, 2011
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    Intel designs solar-powered CPU chip juiced by single solar cell

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    Well, it’s about time the computing world turns to some pretty serious green technology, and a good start-off is this CPU powered completely by a single solar cell. Shown-off by Intel, it’s always been common knowledge that powering up electronics can be a pain while using solar panels, let alone a single solar cell! And Intel proved just how efficient computing could get with this CPU, capable of running windows with energy from a solar cell. Now don’t go expecting an entire computer to power up with a cell. The motherboard and the rest of the PC were powered by a regular power-supply.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 15, 2011
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    Eco-friendly Portable Spot Cleaner device wins Electrolux Design Lab 2011

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    Remember how an ink stain on a shirt meant its demise? Or how a ketchup spill from your breakfast in bed on your white sheets meant a sure shot replacement? Well, times have changed, and you no longer need to throw away those garments and furnishings when adamant stains refuse to come off, not with the Portable Spot Cleaner designed for the Electrolux Design Lab 2011 around. Designed by Adrian Mankovecký from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava in Slovakia, the Spot Cleaner uses two components; each to be placed on either side of the stained area of the cloth. Powered with sugar crystal battery, it uses negative ions and steam to successfully refresh clothing and remove stains.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 8, 2011
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    Stem vacuum cleaner uses 43% reduced energy

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    Vacuum cleaners these days tend to suck a lot more than they’re really needed to, and we literally mean that. These home-cleaners tend to suck in a load of energy too, while cleaning up the mess. The Stem concept vacuum cleaner however, chooses to go the greener way, with 43% reduced energy usage. Developed by Cambridge Consultants, this vacuum cleaner is smart, and switches between differential power modes automatically according to the type of surface you’re cleaning. Also, unlike conventional cleaners, this one has its air path from the floor head itself, and is also capable of hibernating when not in use for short intervals.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on September 8, 2011
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    OLED equipped UrbanTiles use solar power to light up building facades at night

    8521-629782-p.jpgWhen it comes to energy efficiency, OLEDs are right up there, and are expected to change the home-electronics industry for the greener good forever. Israeli designer Meidad Marzan’s UrbanTiles concept uses OLED lights to spice up building facades aesthetically. These two-sided reversible tiles have photovoltaics on one side which collect sun energy during the day and OLEDs that light up using the energy collected at night. These when used on building facades could turn our city skylines into an eye-pleasing treat like never before!

    Posted in Architecture, Gadgets and Tech on August 29, 2011
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    Researchers develop system to charge portable electronics on the go

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    Juicing up portable electric devices on the go using energy emitted from human bodies is a dream long conceived by researchers and technology-developers. This might now be near-possible with this latest development by Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Using reverse electrowetting technology that converts the energy generated by moving liquid into electricity, the system will be embedded in footwear to generate about 20 watts of usable electricity, using heat lost from the body during walks. This can charge up small portable devices and in the future, might generate enough juice to power up those hefty energy-drinking mobile phones too!

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 25, 2011
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    Samsung unveils quite and eco-friendly printers

    Untitled-1.jpgPrinting has never been greener before! Samsung recently pulled the veil off its new lineup of monochrome laser, multifunction, eco-friendly printers specially chiseled out for small-to-midsize businesses. These high-speed printers print 29 pages per minute and are a lot more silent than the conventional printers today, with noise levels less than 50 decibels. Besides this, the printer can also have its toner usage adjusted, making it eco-friendly and a lot cleaner when it comes to environment-consciousness.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 24, 2011
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    United Airlines replaces paper flight manuals with 11,000 Apple iPads

    d.jpgUnited Airlines recently decided to ditch paper use, and opted for iPads instead, with technology pushing away conventional paper flight manuals. In an environment-conscious move, the airline decided to upscale its technology and reduce its carbon footprint, and decided to start off by distributing 11,000 iPads to make paper-use for flight manuals obsolete. The pilots will use Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, a premiere application for the iPad with interactive, data-driven enroute navigation information and worldwide geo-referenced terminal charts.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 24, 2011
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    Microbial fuel cells use waste water to generate green energy

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    Not everything is waste. Not even sewage water! Today, waste water has multiple uses, with nuclear power plants using treated waste water, cities switching to toilet to tap technologies and breweries using waste water to generate biogas. Not too far away in the future, waste water-powered batteries might just help power up our homes and lighten up our streets too! Microbial fuel cells that rely on wastewater bacteria are currently being developed by environmental engineer Bruce Logan.

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on August 23, 2011
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