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Does Tesla Know Proprietary is Typically Wrong?

August 4, 2014


BMW is working to build a charging network and unlike Tesla who is using proprietary tech, they are utilizing the SAE Combo 1 plug  inlet that American and German automakers have adopted for quick charging. Using this system, a battery will reach 80% charge in 30 minutes which is still way too-long when compared to gas. Still, if you believe electric cars are the future, then the proprietary versus open debate will likely be important to you. Typically it is the open system that wins.

Expect adapters to eventually be available to plug any car into any charging station.


TSO Logic Leverages Equipment Idle Time to Save Power

April 1, 2014

Aaron Rallo had a challenge… He ran an online photo finishing service provider for some of the world’s largest retailers and wanted to lower his costs. One obvious area to look was electricity… He noticed that even though order volume would increase and decrease greatly each month, his power bill seemed to resemble a straight line on a graph each month.

This led to the formation of TSO Logic where he is Founder & CEO… The Vancouver-based company has one customer, Arc Productions in Toronto which uses it solutions on 600 servers to save $140k year in power costs.

Hyperlapse Takes Street View to Next Level

April 9, 2013

The most fascinating demo I have seen today which seems to have no immediate use is Hyperlapse – a service which works with Google Street View to generate movies based on coordinates you enter on a map by dragging and dropping pins. To be fair, the service does allow the user to become familiar with a road or course before traversing it. It is more useful for this purpose than Google Street View because you don’t have to traverse the map a few frames at a time by hand.



Photoluminescent Paint Markers Could Save Taxpayers Billions

February 7, 2013

Apple to Launch a Pandora Competitor Next Week?

September 6, 2012

Apple is said to be getting into the music streaming business and there’s a chance we’ll hear more about it at the iPhone 5 launch event next week. As you may recall I surmised Apple would get into the home streaming market when it purchased LaLa in December of 2009. At the time I thought they would likely compete with Sonos and moreover mentioned there would be obvious implications for Pandora and the rest of the group.

Integration with iOS and possible tight links with iTunes were some of the areas of differentiation I pointed out we may see.

Liter of Light Turns Plastic Bottles into Solar Light

July 30, 2012


What is one of the most ingenious, low-tech inventions you never heard of but which has the potential to brighten the lives of not only people in the third-world but the west as well? Liter of Light of course - the organization founded by 10 Swiss grad students from University of St.Gallen in Fall 2011. Now at 20 people and counting the organization takes a simple 1.5 liter plastic bottle, fills it with water and bleach to keep algae from growing and uses a special adhesive to bond it in a hole of the ceiling  of a third-world shack for lack of a better term.


The result is the equivalent of a 55 watt light bulb with no electricity, wiring and of course the obvious downside - no light switch.


My sources tell me the company will bring this to the UN General Assembly on August 3rd. It just goes to show you that sometimes the most compelling new technologies are the simplest.


What may be even more impressive is how the organization makes buildings out of plastic bottles.









Are Switch Lighting's LED Bulbs the Future of Lighting?

March 8, 2012

With a heat dissipating aluminum heat sink as well as a proprietary liquid which not only cools the bulb but throws light in a very natural manner, it could be that Switch Lighting will be the GE of LED lighting. My editorial team and I were very impressed with what the company showed us at this past CES. One point worth making is these LED lights can work fine when hanging upside down making them useful for corporate/industrial applications. Other LED solutions have had overheating problems when they hang upside down and as a result the bulbs burn out quickly.

Sun-Believable: a Solar Paint Advancement

December 27, 2011


A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame has made a major advance toward this vision by creating an inexpensive "solar paint" that uses semiconducting nanoparticles to produce energy. The advance was made with nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide, which were coated with either cadmium sulfide or cadmium selenide. The particles were then suspended in a water-alcohol mixture to create a paste.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for researchers is to get the efficiency levels to be as great if not greater than typical solar cells which means around 10-15%.


American Superconductor and the Case of Chinese Industrial Espionage

December 15, 2011

 

Last year I had a chance to sit down with Jason Fredette of American Superconductor about their state of the art technology which allows wind turbines to be more efficient. Moreover the company talked about its strong focus on superconductor wire which is a small fraction of the size of traditional copper wire. I was intrigued – I figured this is the sort of company that becomes the next major tech innovator… One that will do very well for investors.

AAA Will Now Jump-Charge Your Electric Car

June 22, 2011

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