If there is one thing that continues to plague the modern world, it would be this: the lack of energy or power. Developing countries are hungry for energy resources to power their industries and development, while developed countries all the more require massive amounts of energy to keep the wheels of life turning every single moment. A blackout or brownout might be rare these days for many people, but when it happens, it goes to show just how dependent we are on electricity. Matrix might be on to something new here, having announced the world’s first all-in-one integrated thermoelectric energy PowerStation that is touted to power anything from nothing.
When it comes to clean energy, many of us would love the idea of having a virtually inexhaustible supply of energy which is free and plentiful. That would certainly get gadget lovers’ adrenaline running: imagine being able to play with your smartphone all day long without having to worry about it running out of juice simply because you have the means to keep it powered up to maximum at all times, for free! Hanergy figured out the next best thing, a new generation mobile energy solutions that arrives in the form of a thin-film solar charging pack. This is an on-the-go electricity generator and storage device, where it boasts of thin film solar panels that provides an avenue for on-the-go charging when it comes to personal electronics.
An electric car is not something that all of us are able to afford, although some of us do dream of driving up in a Tesla that offers exceptional acceleration performance with looks that could kill. However, if there is one thing about electric cars that continue to invoke doubt in motorheads, it would be the battery life. Most electric vehicles have to “suffer” from limited range and long charging times (relatively speaking) as opposed to a petrol or diesel-powered ride. Fisker would like to turn such conceptions upside down with their modern day marvel, the EMotion that will be powered by the patent-pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery.
Most of the time, we would think that a watch is powered through one of three methods: the traditional button cell battery, kinetic energy, or solar power. Matrix decided to take the road less traveled with a no-less adventurous timepiece known as the PowerWatch X, allowing it to run on one’s body heat alone. It is starting to sound as though we are entering an era like the Matrix, where we humans end up as “batteries” for the machines. Still, Matrix’s PowerWatch X is something that boggles the mind, where it will be powered by the wearer’s body itself, which is made possible by a proprietary thermoelectric energy converter.
When it comes to bicycles to get around for the urban commuter, there are many different kinds of models to choose from. Many of us would settle for a regular two-wheeler with a fair number of gears in order to help us tackle the trickier uphill segments along the route. However, regular sized bicycles are normally not allowed to be carried on board trains, making end-to-end connectivity a wee bit more challenging. Portable bicycles or foldable ones, on the other hand, do not really offer the same kind of “kick” as a regular sized bicycle. Enter GreenWheel’s G-Bike, the first carry-on style electric bicycle in the world.
We don’t need to invest in precautionary measures, but it’s never a bad idea. Doing so normally results in making sure potentially big problems only have a chance to be little ones that are easy to manage. The more preventative measures you take, the more smoothly your day-to-day operations will remain for a longer period of time. This can be big things like changing your oil early and stocking up on toiletries to putting a drain catcher in place to prevent obstructions.
I am quite sure that anyone who has had gourmet coffee would have tried The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at least once in their life. Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, and Peet’s are also other names that have become household mentions .While the kind of coffee served there might not necessarily be all that great, many people do hang out at their cafes for the simple fact that it is all nicely done up, and is the perfect place to relax and catch up with your family and friends. Most of these venues also come with their own charging points and free Wi-Fi, as some executives do go to such places to do their work. Well, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf rebrand and refresh their premises with ZON and its premier product – the Powersol.
SolarWindow Technologies has a name that is pretty easy to reveal its intentions — that is, it has something to do with harnessing the power of the sun in order to generate electricity in the long run. Well, they are the developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings when it comes to glass windows and flexible veneers, and have just announced plans to work on electricity-generating flexible glass. If that were to be realized on a large scale that can be incorporated into building projects all over the world, it would be big news indeed.
Winter is slowly but surely making its way out, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still freezing our buns off in the evenings. The sun might make an appearance or two during the day, but as soon as its gone, all the warmth goes along with it. We’re still stuck wearing multiple layers and an uncomfortable amount of socks to keep the cold from affecting us, wishing that we could hug a space heater without being burned.
You can make someone sit down in a classroom and read a book about how to put together an IKEA chair, but until they’re building it, not all of the dots are going to connect. Humans need real world experiences to understand why and how things are happening around them. Any day you don’t learn something new, you’ve probably died.