A Stanford engineering team, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.
The Chargeboard powers itself, or charges your phone, by gathering energy as the board rolls. A dynamo is built into the back wheel, so as you push the board, you generate power. Being on it for an hour charges a battery enough that it can recharge your phone several times, but that’s not all the Chargeboard offers. It’s also been built to serve as a dock, so when you’ve arrived at your destination, you can flip over your board, plug in your phone, and start listening to some music. It’s a green way to dock and charge your phone.
Scientist at Auckland University have designed a virtual baby that learns. Called BabyX the computer programme can recognise words and images (shown). When spoken to the machine responds just like a real baby would. Using algorithms BabyX is trained to respond to certain situations.
As small as a grain of sand, the latest motion-sensor chips provide new opportunities for wearable electronics.
What if your smartphone or office window could soak up enough sunrays to produce electricity? Researchers at the Michigan State University say they’ve developed a clear panel technology that could do just that.
Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes
Now available in public parks throughout the city are “Soofas,” new smart benches featuring USB ports for charging mobile devices while out and about. Because sapping the city’s resources wouldn’t be the best idea, the benches actually feature solar panels and a battery for storing the sun’s energy throughout the day.
Organic solar film producer Heliatek has signed a development agreement with glass provider AGC, to provide solar glass products for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).