Intelligence and monitoring

Created by a team at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, a camera encased in a 3D printed body operates without traditional battery power, alternating between gleaning images and converting light to energy.

The prototype camera, completely self-sustaining, can power itself continually. The key is the image sensor with diodes that can go back and forth between using light to generate electricity and current for measuring light and producing the image, as well as retaining solar light as pure power to run the device.

Slash Gear - by Shane McGlaun - 04/07/2015

Solarbike is able to recharge its battery using solar panels that are embedded in both sides of the wheels on the front and back of the bike. When the bike is parked, the power gathered by the solar panels is sent to the battery. Since the solar panels are sideways, they don’t gather as much power as normal solar panels that face up towards the sun.

Forbes - by Amit Chowdhry - 04/07/2015

Researchers at Stanford University are building an aluminum-ion battery prototype that speeds up the charging times. And the aluminum-ion battery could eventually replace many of the lithium-ion and alkaline batteries used in many smartphones today.

Euro News - 03/12/2015

It’s being touted as the first smart bicycle, which warns riders of traffic dangers and obstacles. The brainchild of a group of scientists from the Netherlands, it is equipped with a radar mounted just below the handlebars that checks the road ahead for unexpected movements and objects, as well as a camera above the rear wheel that keeps check on what’s going on behind the rider.

inhabitat - by Theresa Harmanen - 03/14/2015

What if your lamp and laptop could be powered by plants? Biophotovoltaics‘ Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology.

Nano Werk - 03/16/2015

Hard-wiring beetles for radio-controlled flight turns out to be a fitting way to learn more about their biology. Cyborg insect research led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns.
By strapping tiny computers and wireless radios onto the backs of giant flower beetles and recording neuromuscular data as the bugs flew untethered, scientists determined that a muscle known for controlling the folding of wings was also critical to steering. The researchers then used that information to improve the precision of the beetles' remote-controlled turns.

CNET - by Stephen Shankland - 03/09/2015

The Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of an attempted 20,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe -- an unprecedented journey for a sun-powered craft.

Extreme Tech - by James Plafke - 01/29/2015

The consumer world is becoming powered by mobile devices, but those devices are still powered by being tethered to a wall or a reserve power pack. What if you could generate power for your mobile devices simply by moving your body, and the power source was almost unnoticeable? A new device developed at the National University of Singapore aims to fulfill both of those requirements.

Gizmag - by David Nield - 01/27/2015

Wearable technology is popping up in more and more areas of life — and that includes the ski slopes. The RideOn AR snow goggles have just appeared on Indiegogo, offering skiers and snowboarders a view of the mountain augmented with digital overlays. Don one of these headsets and you can get directions, messages, weather reports, virtual gates and more projected right in front of your eyes.

Gizmag - by Nick Lavars - 01/27/2015

There's nothing like slipping into bed on a cold night when your electric blanket has been hard at work, but warming up the linen to create that toasty sleeping cocoon of course requires you to flick it on in advance. The makers of Luna believe that poor foresight isn't worth losing sleep over, so they've created an internet-connected mattress cover that adjusts to your lifestyle. This means automatically setting the bed's temperature, tracking the quality of your rest, and even kicking your coffee machine into action when you wake up.

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