Monday, March 31, 2008

Plasma Fusion

This video shows the state of the art in Plasma Fusion.
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Microchip Runs on Body Heat

MIT has developed a microchip that uses body heat to power a microchip. This opens up the way for bionic implants to be powered from within the body.

Solar Powered Emergency Generator

Now you can go green even with your emergency generator.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Design a New Idea, Sell it, Manufacture in Minutes, ship it

A low cost to get your ideas to paying customers, and make a profit on low volume.
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Invisible Electronic Components

A penny, seen through an array of 70 indium oxide thin film-transistors on .7 mm-thick glass.
Research at Northwestern University has resulted in see-through electronics. This will be very useful in heads-up displays.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Bendable Electronics

New bendable stretchable Integrated Circuits (IC) work while they are being stretched and bent. Makes Nokia's concept phones seem more real, doesn't it?
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Nokia has two Cool Concept Phones

These two videos show what can be done with OLED's and Nanotechnology.

High Tech Swimwear gets Faster

Speedo's new high tech swimwear is breaking records "everywear".
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Air "Trees" in Madrid Spain are an Interesting Way to Green the City

If you read carefully you will find that the greenery are vines not trees. Look closely at the photos and you can see them. Another thing people need to remember is this is a whole process to green the city. It is a cool idea. Go Spain!
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Super Thin Solar Cells that Work, Even After the Sun Goes Down

The Idaho National Laboratory has made a thin sheet of nanoantennas that collects infared energy as well as visible light.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Transparent Ceramics Sapphire Windows

These windows are bullet proof.
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The New Technology of Tree House Living

I have to admit I would like to not only see how a real one of these would be built, but I think I would like to try living in one.
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Terreform Site

Animation of Tree House - 12 Seconds

Saturday, March 22, 2008

New Plasma Light Bulb is Very Efficient

Plasma is on the rise in the future of technology.
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Print Your Own Solar Cells!

Here is another strong step to make anything in the sun, or a light source, generate power.
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Power Plant Generates Power Using Gravitational Vortex

Vortex Without Turbine Generator
This type of power plant is a novel way to generate power.
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Vortex With Turbine Generator
Audio Interview with - Inventor Franz Zotlöterer - 55 minutes

Video of Working generator - 12 Seconds

Friday, March 21, 2008

Solar Leaves Provide Power

It is an interest idea, but not so practical.
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Cruise Ships in the Sky

Airships are always cool. I would love to take a cruise in the sky.
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New Bionic Ankle Allows Solider to Return to Active Duty

Bionics has taken another step forward (Pun intended) in its quest to make fully functioning artifical limbs.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sports Car vs. Jet Fighter

This is so Cool!

Deep Lake Water Provides Cold Water for Cooling System

Toronto Canada is using water from 83 metres down in Lake Ontario to cool down its office buildings. The system provides a 90% savings over conventional chillers.
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Maglev Wind Turbines

There are two places where maglev wind turbines are said to be up and working or being built. The first is China (pic to left) using small 300w horizontal turbines.
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Very Detailed Info and More Pics

Next, is Arizona (pic to left) propossing a huge 5000w vertical turbine. The Arizona one sounds really cool.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

An Amazing Rotating Building to be Built in Dubai

Dubai's Time Residence is a rotating building; 30 stories that can rotate individually. It looks like they may break ground this year.
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This Video takes a little while (7 min) but it is worth the wait.
Time Residence Site

South Korean Company to Make Deep Water Tidal Generators

If all goes well with the test of a 1 mw generator, Korean Midland Power Co. plans to have 300 60ft-high tidal turbines installed in deep water by 2015.
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Online Library of Public Domain Media

This site is great! It has a huge selection of free movies, books, audio, games, software, educational material, and the past web. They are trying to put all public domain media online.
Internet Archive Site

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Crayon Physics Deluxe--Very Cool!

This is a very cool game/learning tool. Parents should get it for their kids. I found this video at Kim Komando's Website. Crayon Physics Website

Cool New Seating

This is a fun seating, and space saving system.
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New Biofuel made from Bacteria, Water and Sunlight

A collection of science teams from various colleges and universities known as BioSolarH2 are using bacteria to produce Hydrogen using only water and sunlight. This process has the potential to create huge amounts of clean energy.
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More In Depth Info from Penn State

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sky Tran is a New Way to Travel

Sky Tran is a maglev system of pods that transports two people at a time at up to 240 kilometres per hour. Here in Los Angeles would be the best place to construct one of these systems.
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"Frozen Waves" Probably a Glacier

Wow! Very cool! That is all I can say. Full Story & More Pics

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Transgenic Goats Produce Spider Silk

Dr. Randy Lewis of the University of Wyoming is on the cusp of making artificial spider silk body armor out of 600 gallons of goats milk.
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Ms. Frankenstein's Spider Goat Video

Costa Rican Spider Farm

It will be interesting to see if they are able to make a larger farm.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wireless Earbuds--Finally

Sennheiser has finally made some real wireless earbuds. But, wait for the other shoe to fall, they're $600. Dispite this they are cool, and they will eventually come down.
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The London Super Tower

The London Super Tower is an amazing project that would house 100,000 people, with all the amenities. A vertical city.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

10 Star Trek Technologies that are Coming True

What can I say? Star Trek Tech is always cool.
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Nanotechnology Takes Another Step Toward Reality

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Virtual Touch Surface Helps Manufacturing

By using a virtual touch display manufacturers are able to virtually follow a manufacturing process from start to finish, and by means of the touch screen, adjust it.
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Energy Islands Combines Several Renewable Energy Sources to Generate Power

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The idea of an energy island is a good one. But, all of this technology has been around and available for quite some time. It remains to be seen whether or not someone will spend the money to build one. Full Story Cool Pics

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Jupiter just got a Little Bit Smaller

This mouse has a coolness factor, but I'm not sure it is something I would want to use.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lamps Made Out of Cardboard

Now this seems to have a clear use, and very stylish too.
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Bloxes: Walls & Designs made out of Boxes

This is a cool idea, but useful? It has yet to be seen.
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Monday, March 10, 2008

Saki Glows Green

This is a cool new bottle with LED technology. Full Story

Microsoft makes Virtual Cell

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Canadian Robot goes to Space Station

Seven-armed robot Dextre will take over some of the basic repair and maintenance tasks outside of the International Space Station.
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The Future of Cars

Friday, March 7, 2008

Unmanned "Jules Verne" to Supply Space Station

The first of the European cargo ships will be launched on March 8th and begin to supplying the International Space Station.
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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Plasma Pong

This game is super cool!
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Suntory Mermaid II to Sail on Wave Energy from Hawaii to Japan

On March 16th 2008 Ken-ichi Horie will sail 4,350 miles from Hawaii to Japan at a top speed of 5 knots, using only the wave energy from the ocean. His unique engine translates the up and down motion of a wave into forward motion for the boat.
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Nano-Silcon Batteries

New Nano-Silcon Batteries that hold 10 times the capacity of regular batteries could be just 3 to 5 years away.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Remote Control by a Wink

Kazuhiro Taniguchi of Osaka University's has developed a remote control that works by winking. Full Story

Monday, March 3, 2008

An Avalanche of Ice and Rock on Mars, was Captured on Film

This is great, to actually capture an avalanche happening on Mars is quite a coup.
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Carbon Nanotube Material Absorbs 99.9% of Visable Light

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This is a very cool story. It seems that Rice University's Pulickel Ajayan has created a substance that absorbs 99.9% of light. It could be used for super efficient solar cells, or even stealth applications.

Bionic Contact Lens that is an LED Screen

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A bionic contact lens that includes light-emitting diodes, basic wiring for electronic circuits and even a tiny antenna. It could change the way we surf the Internet or monitor medical conditions.
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Saturday, March 1, 2008

The OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Revolution is Here!

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Sony’s Industry First OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) HDTV. You might be tempted to say so what, who cares about a new TV? The reason is that this TV signals the beginning of a "Screen" revolution, Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs).

First, I would like to apologize for breaking my blog format. But, it seems no one is fully understanding the significance of the OLED revolution that has started. How would you like to change the color of your walls, floors, and ceilings instantly, any time you choose? How would you like to turn any surface into a display for your TV or Computer? Quoted from March 1994 Science Magazine, “Imagine, for instance, a 10-foot-wide flat plastic panel on the wall that turns into a TV screen at the touch of a button.” All of these things and more are either here now or on their way.
Everyone needs to understand the amazing technology of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). The emerging field of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) is important because it is going to replace all TVs, monitors, and all other items that require a display. OLEDs will quickly become so inexpensive, they will also pop up in places we did not expect, and on objects that will surprise us.

They are also being looked at to replace light sources as well as photovoltaic (solar) cells. If you did not know before, today you will be learning about what OLEDs are, and how Richard Friend discovered them. What we can do with OLEDs now. And finally, where this technology will take us in the future.

The first thing you’re might be wondering is, what exactly are Organic Light Emitting Diodes, and where did they come from?
There is a simple answer to what an OLED is, a piece of plastic that puts out light. Exactly how they work can be explained fairly easily too. Power or energy comes in one side of the OLED causing a photon of light to be released on the other. A thin film of Organic Light Emitting Polymer put between two electrodes will glow. A polymer needs to show florescence and to conduct electricity to be a Light Emitting Polymer.
In 1989 at Cambridge University in England, Professor Richard Friend discovered that a piece of plastic could produce light. It all happened quite by mistake. Taken from the October 1990 Nature Magazine, “We wanted to sandwich (the polymer) between two electrodes and use it as an insulator in these field-effect transistors. We were seeing how much voltage we could put across it and we saw a light emerging through this structure, actually through one of the electrodes, which was thin enough to be partially transparent. That was in February 1989, and that was the beginning of the polymer light-emitting diode.”
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OLEDS are already being used to make displays of all shapes and sizes.
There are even OLED keyboards. They are easier to make than LCD Screens because rather than use photolithography; they can be made using printers. A display can literally be printed where you want the screen to be.
Also taken from October 1990 Nature Magazine, “What we’ve demonstrated is that we can actually formulate polymer semiconductors as though they were the inks in an ink jet printer. We can then print them in the three colors—red, blue, and green—into the correct position on a screen. That notion of printing rather than using photolithography is very powerful. It is hugely attractive if it turns to be scalable in a manufacturing way. There are huge cost reductions in manufacturing these devices. Printed OLEDs.
Epson is even using OLEDs as print heads.

They say that it is as good as a laser printer.
Light Emitting Polymers are not limited to a certain size as LCD screens. Also from March 1994 Science Magazine, “They could also replace traditional liquid crystal displays, which are limited to a small size.”
OLEDs are lighter, brighter and more durable than any screen out today. Many companies already have products on the market, Phillips, Pioneer. Even Kodak has put OLEDs in its displays, Sony has made bendable screens. Click on video below to see the new screen.

If you’re like me, just thinking about what we can do now gets me anticipating what will happen in the future.
The future of OLEDS is an exciting area. OLEDs could replace the ink in tattoos. This would allow your tattoo to not only be changed at will and become animated, but with a small interface become a PDA or even a computer screen. If you put the tattoo on your knuckles, your hand could become a flashlight.

OLED Laser
If you continue to the next logical step OLEDs, just like LEDs today, could produce OLED lasers coming out of those same knuckles. As reported in Popular Science October 2003 A PDA that Really gets Under Your Skin, “A thin sensor transponder bonded to your skin detects bioelectrical signals and customizes your tattoo accordingly.”
The future of OLEDs will also be in solar cells. Because OLEDS will be able to be painted onto any surface, the outside of your house could become a solar panel. The roads, cars, electric trains, even the tarp you take camping with you could provide power.
From Oh Gizmo September 2006, “Imagine a cell phone with a bright but energy-efficient screen that also recharges itself when not in use. Or windows that collect energy during the day and function as lights at night."
Stated in the April 2000 Chemical Innovation, “Polymers are being developed that use dyes to increase light collection efficiency. Polymerization methods are being developed that increase the structural order, producing more efficient charge transport properties. Perhaps one day, you can convert the outside of your house into one big solar collector using photovoltaic polymer paint.”
It is not hard to imagine OLED paint on the packaging of every item out there. Animated (with sound) cereal boxes, soda cans, chip bags, clothing tags, etc. Every item could carry its own commercial. Companies could also change the displays over the internet. It’s fun to think about the wonderful future of Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
As you see them pop up as the display of your TV, computer, PDA, cell phone, etc. you can turn to your friend and say, “If you think this is cool, wait until you hear what is on the way.” As you tell them about animated tattoos, walls that change color or become giant screens, animated packaging, and solar panels on virtually any surface. You may find your voice getting a little higher, and the pace of your speech quickening. The future is almost here. If we take one more look into it we will see OLED tattoos providing power for the powerful nanites and nano-computers in our bodies that have become our most personal computers systems yet!