Listing 11 blog articles for the tag Technology.
It’s 2015, the year that Marty Mcfly went “Back To The Future” – so its about time that someone invented a working hoverboard. While several promising prototypes have already been produced, car manufacturer Lexus might have designed the most tangible realization of our transportation dreams yet – check out the sneak-peak video of the SLIDE board below…
The jury is out as to whether this is a marketing gimmick or the real deal, but if it becomes a reality – TAKE ALL OF MY MONEY. All of it. Let's do this Lexus.
Attention Mac-using architects: Apple just announced a new 12-inch MacBook. First, the pros: It is astonishingly thin, includes a Retina Display, a new touch-sensitive trackpad and a new port for data transfer and charging in a single connector. It's being offered in 3 colours: silver, gold, and the effortlessly cool slate grey.
However, somewhat perversely, Apple's latest iteration uses Intel's new low-power Core M processor. This seems a peculiar backwards step, altough it does provide for a longer battery life (up to 9 hours) and that über-thin design. Then there is this big controversy about ports... there's just one of them in the super slim device. Yes... one.
Check out the images below and decide whether this one could be for you... or if it's another major faux pas from the tech giant in the wake of mixed reviews for their latest luxury accessory, the Apple Watch.
A group of Italian scientists have unveiled CoeLux, a new lighting system that imitates natural sunlight more accurately than ever before. Unsurprisingly given the occupation of its creators, the product employs no small amount of scientific principles to achieve this effect: Light is passed through a filter consisting of nanoparticles closely correlating with the properties of Earth’s atmosphere.
This phenomenon, we are reliably informed, utilizes the same scientific process that “makes the sky blue.” This means that the color and quality of the resulting light matches sunlight perfectly, raising the possibility of well-lit environments in the depths of single-aspect buildings, or even subterranean spaces.
The lighting and interior finishes in the images presented by Coelux are pristine, to the point that one assumes they must be computer generated. However, the company insists that these photographs are not digitally altered, and the accompanying video (below) appears to back up their claim: Collaborators Kevin Andrew of Ideaworks and Professor Paolo Di Trapani of Coelux are seen chatting about the project whilst bathed in the soft white light from their skylight above.
As liberating as abandoning ye olde office cubicle sounds, working out of a café, library, or other public or coworking space can leave even the most focused person distracted and open to prying eyes. Electronics guru Becky Stern has an unusual solution: a knitted garment that fits around your head and your laptop like an oversized sock or cocoon. Sure, you’ll undoubtedly draw quizzical stares, but what price privacy and peace—even at the risk of looking like Mr. Snuffleupagus?
Okay, we’ll level with you: Stern isn’t exactly in earnest. Her “Compubody” garment is more of a statement on our relationship with technology than a marketable product. (Instructions to knit one are available on Instructables, however, if you’re so inclined.)
Rather, she explains, it’s a “fun commentary on how attached and concentrated on technology we are, and to highlight the lack of movement that happens when we’re engrossed in our laptops, keyboards, PDAs, etc.” Stern adds: “I plan on making many more and would be curious what ideas fellow crafters might have for different iterations.”
The Compubody is part of a larger collection of satirical knits, including the “Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich,” the “Cellphone Ski Mask,” and marginally more useful, at least for touch typists, a keyboard cozy that keeps your hands warm as you type.
Images and info via: Inhabitat
Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward – just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have been doing it wrong this whole time. While studying residential solar power’s impact on the power grid, researchers at Pecan Street Research Institute uncovered an unexpected result: homes with west-facing solar panels generated more power than those with conventional south-facing panels. Depending on the time of day, west-facing solar panels produced at least two percent more power and sometimes much more.
In the northern hemisphere, architects, utilities and home owners have long believed that directing solar panels to the south will give them maximum exposure to the sun because they get a bit of sun all day long. But when the Pecan Street researchers studied homes in Austin, Texas, the results showed that south-facing solar panels actually produce less energy. In the afternoon, when energy demand increases, west-facing panels generated even more power.
During peak hours, a typical home with solar panels in Austin reduces reliance on the power grid by 54 percent. That number went up to 65 percent for homes with west-facing panels. That’s a significant power savings right when the grid needs it most. While this is just one study and further testing will be necessary to confirm the findings, there’s a chance that something as simple as shifting the angle of future PV installations could translate to significant solar power production gains.
Images and info via: Inhabitat
Now this, I could use...
A pen that combines an RGB sensor and a five-color ink cartridge allows artists to match any pigment they can see.
The pen is known as Scribble, and it's not yet available for sale. However, if you can't wait to get your hands on it, and the $150 pricetag does not deter you, you can sign up to an alert (and be encouraged to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign).
“For the color blind, kids, interior decorators, homeowners, teachers, artists, photographers, designers and students the Scribble color picker pen will make copying an exact color, any color from any object and absolute breeze,” an anonymous company spokesperson said in a media release.
The scanner is located at the top of the pen, and when pointed at any consistent color will allow the pen to save the shade and match it with an appropriate combination of inks.
Scribble's manufacturers claim it is capable of storing 100,000 colors in its internal memory, and runs on a lithium-ion (and therefore rechargeable) battery. The weight is just 39grams, making it easy to operate.
For those who consider paper passe, there is a stylus with the same capacities that can be used on digital devices at little more than half the cost.
Images and Info via: I Fucking Love Science
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