Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced
Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 
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Neurio is a connected home technology system that combines a sensor with the cloud and an app to turn an ordinary home smart. The Neurio sensor is connected to your home’s breaker panel and measures your home’s energy use. The sensor then sends you notifications and reports based on appliance use. 
The system is expected to start to ship later this year. A basic package, which includes a sensor, the app and free subscription to the Neurio cloud, is being offered for $249.00. 

Angel Sensor (title picture) took home the editor’s choice in the Connected Body category. Angel is the first open sensor for health and fitness which monitors activity, vitals, weight & calories, and sleep.
The wristband collects your body’s vital signs 24/7 and then sends this information to a companion app on your smartphone. The device is expected to be equipped with acoustic, optical, acceleration and temperature sensors.
Although Angel is still under development, they say that once they have completed its wearable they will be able to detect certain health conditions and warn you and your physician. Bold claims. 
But Angel Sensor and Neurio were only two winners from this year’s awards. Here are the full list of winners who took home the Editor’s Choice award:
Best Connected Home Product: Neurio
Best Connected Body Product: Angel Sensor
Best Smart City Application: Bitlock
Best Entreprise Application: HyGreen
Best Technical Enabler: Raspberry Pi
Social Impact Potential: BRCK
Best Networked Art Project: MIMMI
Best Design Fiction Project: Counting Sheep
Best IoT DIY Project: FUKUSHIMA Wheel
Best IoT Open Source Project: The Thing System
IoT Breakout Startup of the Year: NinjaBlocks
To see the companies that won People’s Choice and Runner-up head on over to the Postscapes site.

Postscapes IoT Award Winners Announced

Internet of Things database and industry resource, Postscapes, have wrapped up their annual IoT awards and have announced the winners. The award program honours the best connected products in multiple categories as selected by the Postscapes Editorial team and voted by the People. This year’s top winners included connected home product, Neurio and connected body product, Angel Sensor. 

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Carbon Solar Watch Wants You To Stop Wasting Those Rays
Short battery life is one of the biggest complaints for wearable technology. But the truth of the matter is that running out of juice too early in the day is a problem with all tech including smartphones.
What’s ironic is that we are walking around with an endless supply of solar energy which could be used to keep all of our electronics going for a lot longer than the typical 4-6 hour day. 
This is where a new wearable called Carbon comes in. Carbon looks like a wristwatch but without any numbers or arms. That’s because the display is a high tech monocrystalline solar cell meant to harvest solar energy and use this to power mobile devices on the go.
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After two years in research and development, Energy Bionics, the company behind Carbon, is getting ready for their Kickstarter campaign which is expected to go live in January/February of this year. 
Energy Bionics told us that Carbon is expected to sell for around $110 USD and will ship as early as Summer of 2014. The team is optimizing the energy harvesting circuitry and completing/testing the programming. 

Carbon will sport a stainless steel case and offer black, blue, green and red accents. The device is expected be dust and waterproof, making it ok to hike or walk in the rain but you wont’ be able to go swimming with it. 
Carbon will come with a wide variety of mini cables for charging that support anything from an iPhone to an Android device. They are considering creating a key ring adaptor or connector so you can charge your phone on the go.
The first version of Carbon will concentrate solely on energy harvesting, energy storage and charging. But Energy Bionics told us that they are looking to include additional functionality in future models such as an OLED time/energy display depending on customer feedback.
UPDATE: We asked Energy Bionics to give us some information around charging times for Carbon.
According to the company, Carbon’s current 650 mAh Li Ion battery should be fully charged in 6-8 hours using both indoor and outdoor light. It will then have the capacity to charge your smartphone by no more than 50% (obviously taking in account different battery types for different devices).
Also interesting to note that Carbon is designed with an output of 1 Amp, 5 Volts and 5 Watts which will allow a wide range of USB devices to be charged or powered including Google Glass.

Carbon Solar Watch Wants You To Stop Wasting Those Rays

Short battery life is one of the biggest complaints for wearable technology. But the truth of the matter is that running out of juice too early in the day is a problem with all tech including smartphones.

What’s ironic is that we are walking around with an endless supply of solar energy which could be used to keep all of our electronics going for a lot longer than the typical 4-6 hour day. 

This is where a new wearable called Carbon comes in. Carbon looks like a wristwatch but without any numbers or arms. That’s because the display is a high tech monocrystalline solar cell meant to harvest solar energy and use this to power mobile devices on the go.

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Systems Will Turn Air, Water into Transport Fuel
Mimicking a natural process perfected over billions of years to capture solar energy, researchers at Cambridge Univ. are creating artificial photosynthetic systems that will turn air and water into transport fuel.In a matter of decades, homeowners might have their own power plants that use sunshine not only to power their homes but also to synthesize gas for their cars. This is the vision of chemist Erwin Reisner, who is working towards developing the process that could make this future energy scenario possible, and could also be scaled up to provide industrial levels of fuel production.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/10/systems-will-turn-air-water-transport-fuel

Systems Will Turn Air, Water into Transport Fuel

Mimicking a natural process perfected over billions of years to capture solar energy, researchers at Cambridge Univ. are creating artificial photosynthetic systems that will turn air and water into transport fuel.

In a matter of decades, homeowners might have their own power plants that use sunshine not only to power their homes but also to synthesize gas for their cars. This is the vision of chemist Erwin Reisner, who is working towards developing the process that could make this future energy scenario possible, and could also be scaled up to provide industrial levels of fuel production.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/10/systems-will-turn-air-water-transport-fuel

Future Tech Report Hits 3,500 
Thanks to all the Future Geeks out there!
We hit 3,500 today which means there are LOADS of us out there with a heart-on for robots, cyborgs and 3D printed wonders! Keep sharing! 

Future Tech Report Hits 3,500 

Thanks to all the Future Geeks out there!

We hit 3,500 today which means there are LOADS of us out there with a heart-on for robots, cyborgs and 3D printed wonders! Keep sharing! 

Is Your Smartwatch Battery Dead? Connect It To Your Wearable Solar Energy Shirt 

Imagine wearing clothing that make you an energy source! 

As we speak, there is a project which is attempting to create flexible solar cells that you can wear. See - all wearables don’t have to be about consuming power! 

The team behind the Wearable Solar project are trying to make wearable solar clothing happen. At this time, the ideal wearable solar cell will be a piece of textile but that currently only exists in the lab.

One hour of sunlight on our planet is comparable with the quantity of energy that humanity uses in a whole year. The enormous potential of this sustainable resource is what inspired us to start the ‘Wearable Solar’ project.”

Learn more about this project here: http://wearablesolar.nl/

Fashion for Fusion: Solar Energy Conducting Dress
fashionhideandseek:

Check this out, its so cool..
Made in a lab: the dress that charges an iPhone, shown here by a student at Cornell University’s annual fashion show. The dress is made of cotton fibres that can conduct electrical currents, giving it the ability to charge devices just by using solar energy. Photograph: Robert Barker/Cornell University
http://www.theguardian.com/science/small-world/2013/aug/28/fashion-nanotechnology-iphone-charger-cornell

Fashion for Fusion: Solar Energy Conducting Dress

fashionhideandseek:

Check this out, its so cool..

Made in a lab: the dress that charges an iPhone, shown here by a student at Cornell University’s annual fashion show. The dress is made of cotton fibres that can conduct electrical currents, giving it the ability to charge devices just by using solar energy. Photograph: Robert Barker/Cornell University

http://www.theguardian.com/science/small-world/2013/aug/28/fashion-nanotechnology-iphone-charger-cornell

Water-powered Fuel Cell 

Pretty cool. Wish more and more of these ideas would be incorporated into some of the bigger tech items like smartphones and laptops and tablets. 

csarchive:

myFC Power Trekk charger uses water as a source for creating electricity. The device based on the Fuel Cell technology and can produce electricity power by itself.

(via myFC PowerTrekk Charger Works with Water)

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
via: joshbyard

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

via: joshbyard

As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.”

Learn more in the latest radio story from KQED Science.

via: kqedscience

Solar powered plane lands in NYC after Historic Flight Across the US

Its like the Wright brothers all over again but this time with zero-carbon emissions! Love this story.

From the Guardian: “A plane entirely powered by the sun touches down in New York late on Saturday in the final leg of a journey across the US. The Solar Impulse began its trip over two months ago. The experimental aircraft has four propellers driven by energy collected from 12,000 solar cells in its wings which charge its batteries for night use”

Video source: The Guardian

Printable, foldable electronics demonstrated.
A Northwestern University team has developed a graphene based ink that is highly conductive and tolerant to bending, with the ink’s conductivity remaining virtually unchanged even when folded.
The team has demonstrated how the ink can be used in inkjet printers to allow for low cost printable electronics, which could also be scaled up to larger sizes reasonably easily.
Inkjet printing has previously been explored as a method for fabricating transistors, solar cells, and other electronic components. It is inexpensive, capable of printing large areas, and can create patterns on a variety of substrates, making it an attractive option for next-generation electronics.
via: 8bitfuture

Printable, foldable electronics demonstrated.

A Northwestern University team has developed a graphene based ink that is highly conductive and tolerant to bending, with the ink’s conductivity remaining virtually unchanged even when folded.

The team has demonstrated how the ink can be used in inkjet printers to allow for low cost printable electronics, which could also be scaled up to larger sizes reasonably easily.

Inkjet printing has previously been explored as a method for fabricating transistors, solar cells, and other electronic components. It is inexpensive, capable of printing large areas, and can create patterns on a variety of substrates, making it an attractive option for next-generation electronics.

via: 8bitfuture

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15 Year Old Canadian Invents Flashlight Powered by Your Hand
Another reason to be proud to be Canadian today!
treehugger:

Portable light sources have been one of the most evolving inventions in history — from the primative torches and oil lamps of yesteryear, to today’s battery-powered flashlights and headlamps. But through it all, most of these illuminating tools have required an outside energy source that would deplete when needed the most.
But now, thanks to one particularly enlightened 15-year-old girl from Canada, your next flashlight just might be powered by the heat from your hand. Introducing, the thermoelectric ‘Hollow Flashlight’ — submitted for the Google Science Fair.
— Teenager invents a flashlight powered by the heat from your hand

15 Year Old Canadian Invents Flashlight Powered by Your Hand

Another reason to be proud to be Canadian today!

treehugger:

Portable light sources have been one of the most evolving inventions in history — from the primative torches and oil lamps of yesteryear, to today’s battery-powered flashlights and headlamps. But through it all, most of these illuminating tools have required an outside energy source that would deplete when needed the most.

But now, thanks to one particularly enlightened 15-year-old girl from Canada, your next flashlight just might be powered by the heat from your hand. Introducing, the thermoelectric ‘Hollow Flashlight’ — submitted for the Google Science Fair.

Teenager invents a flashlight powered by the heat from your hand

AT&T Builds 25 Portable Solar Charging Stations in NYC
Here’s an interesting project that AT&T is currently working on. There will be 25 portable solar charging stations.
“The stations will have a 12.5-foot steel poles with three petal-shaped solar panels fanning out on top. It can accommodate up to six devices with dedicated ports for various mobile phone brands and standard USB charging cables.”
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AT&T Builds 25 Portable Solar Charging Stations in NYC

Here’s an interesting project that AT&T is currently working on. There will be 25 portable solar charging stations.

The stations will have a 12.5-foot steel poles with three petal-shaped solar panels fanning out on top. It can accommodate up to six devices with dedicated ports for various mobile phone brands and standard USB charging cables.”

Read more here: View Post

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Solar Engineer Challenge: Turn your Altoids Tin into an Iphone Charger

Solar Powered Chargers are a fun way to charge your devices, especially when you’re miles away from a power outlet. Take your old Altoids Tin and turn it into a solar powered iPhone charger! All you need is a cheap solar cell, a basic circuit, and the Sun. On a bright day you can be charged up in just a few hours. Tutorial here.

via subvertnonsense

via: diy

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Window Socket Makes Any Window An Outlet

Inventions like these will change the world. Go Solar Power! NOTE: This is just a concept but knowing what technology is out there - it is totally feasible.

Source: http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/04/26/plug-it-on-the-window/

timgspears:

Window Socket - Kyuho Song & Boa Oh

So this is an absolutley brilliant idea! Just attach the plug on to a window and it will harness solar energy. A small converter will convert it into electricity which can be freely used as a plug when you are in the car, on a plane or outside.

Love this design and I really think it has a great potential.

(via thescienceofreality)