The Solar Powered Tank

Student-built solar powered tank

Watch this solar-powered tank as it explores Greenland. Created by students of Goddard engineering bootcamp, a future iteration will eventually be used by NASA to study climate change phenomenon…

Masdar City And The World of Tomorrow

Masdar City

We’ve written about floating islands, Mars colonies, the future, and more. Now we’ll give you a glimpse of what the next eco-centric city might look like, and you’ll find it, of all places, in the Middle East. Why would a place known the world over for its petroleum exports build a solar-powered city? Well, for starters, because it’s in their best interests. At this point and time, alternative energy is on the up-and-up. Oil-powered vehicles will be a thing of the past in the next couple of decades. Masdar City won’t be built overnight, so it’s wise to plan ahead…. read more

Imitating the Power of Nature

Artificial Leaf

No matter how far into the future technology takes us, mankind has always been in awe of Nature. Modern computers and electronic devices may give us ideas and stimulate our imagination but it is always from Nature that we derive our greatest inspiration. Man built aircrafts and ships because we longed to conquer the air and the sea, like the creatures that inhabited those foreign landscapes. Solar energy is no exception. The Sun is a part of nature and we have always acknowledged its power and centrality to our own existence. The process of photosynthesis by which abundant solar energy is used to… read more

The Industrial Internet: An Eco Future

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The Industrial Internet is a new term being thrown around that describes the correlation between corporate internet usage and the energy grid. Currently, we’re living in the “consumer internet”, according to General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt. Basically, it means the internet today has predominantly been designed to function for consumers. However, in the not-so-distant future (perhaps 10 years from now), this consumer internet age will pave the way for the industrial internet era, and “Big Data”. That means that companies will use the internet to cut down on waste and exorbitant spending in all areas of company functions, in order… read more

3D Printed Batteries as Small as a Grain of Sand

3D Printed Batteries as Small as a Grain of Sand

In the quest for smaller and smaller devices, some of our technology has kept pace, while others, such as tiny batteries for mobile devices, have not. But a recent breakthrough of a microbattery the size of a grain of sand hints at the next generation of tiny energy storage devices. A team of researchers have successfully built a tiny lithium-ion microbattery by using a 3D-printer to precisely print interlaced stacks of electrodes that are thinner than a human hair. The team, based at Harvard University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, first developed specialized inks that are both electrochemically active… read more

Cellphone Charging Stations In New York

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Today, an ambitious (and much-needed) project went live in Brooklyn, New York. Goal Zero, the company behind the program, unveiled their newest array of cellphone charging stations, and announced plans for nine more in the immediate future. Beginning in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene park, the charging station project is available for the public to utilize. The stations are solar-powered, and were funded in part by AT&T Wireless. Each station has USB charging ports that can charge 6 cellphones at a time. The ports have 3 15-watt solar panels that provide the necessary charging power. Goal Zero believes this project is long… read more

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

Solar energy gadgets are all the rage, but a new solar product is in the house. Or on the house, or the car – and possibly on fabrics, among other things. One company based in France is setting the solar bar a bit higher. Sunpartner Group, an award winning, sustainably minded business is looking into a way to integrate solar power in everyday items and structures. Their innovative brainchild called Wysips®, which stands for ‘what you see is photovoltaic surface’- is a solar technology in development that is certain to weave its way into future designs. Extensive research on how… read more

Using Silkworms To Create Buildings

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The 3-D printing industry is set to become the next big architectural trend. You should not be asking yourselves “how” but rather, “how could it not?” With printers dropping in price from $2k – $10k when they first debuted, to just a little over a couple hundred dollars today, everyone can now own a personal insta-creating device. Schools, manufacturing companies, hospitals, and more have begun adapting to the new world of construction. These devices are already remarkably eco-friendly themselves, but what about something even more green? Does it exist? The answer is yes, and you can find it in Asia… read more

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

Smartphone Cases That Do More Than Cover

The days of phone cases that just protect your phone may be over. In the past couple of years solar gadgets have been gaining in popularity for their smart, functional designs. They are also becoming more advanced. Many companies are offering solar powered chargers for smartphones and other gear, but some are going beyond basic chargers and are incorporating them into the actual case of the phone. Resiliently made solar panels integrated in a sturdy case can eliminate the problem of battery drain, which is a notorious problem with many smartphones. The SLXtreme from Snow Lizard Products is a durable… read more

Scent Vision: Providing Smelly Entertainment

Scent Vision: Providing Smelly Entertainment

Looking at ways to incorporate the sense of smell into entertainment systems is on the drafting table. How to enhance your TV viewing time with a pilot olfactory display system is being developed by researchers in Tokyo, Japan. Called the smelling screen, it has fans on each corner of the display. Odor vapors in a pellet form can be placed into the mix and dispersed through the airflow created by the fans. The scent produced is projected and can be recognized by onlookers. Moreover, the focal area of the smell can be moved around various areas of the screen, making… read more