At TED 2010, Bill Gates gave a talk that laid out his vision and hope for the world’s energy future, citing the need for what may amount to a miracle to avoid planetary catastrophe, with the goal of zero carbon emissions across the globe by 2050. One of the more interesting, and most talked about, moments involves Bill take out a jar of fireflies (at last years talk, he used mosquitos) to make a point. Definitely a great video to take in, and it gives you a nice idea of what Mr. Gates is up to these days.
Every major display manufacturer is working on some sort of flexible display, and we’re excited to see the technology come to fruition. The display you see here ist 0.2mm thin, which is totally impressive.
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When the Chumby hit the market two years ago, it was a cute Wi-Fi widget gadget. It would appear that the next iteration, the Chumby One, loses the squishiness, going with a hard frame instead.
What can you expect out of the Chumby One? For starters, a faster processor that’s been bumped up from 350MHz to 454MHz. It still relies on the widget architecture, so you’ll have access to things like Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, and all other web-connected weather, news, and services. If you want one, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks until its official release. It’ll cost you $100.
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What you see here is a video from the Robo-One humanoid robot competition in Japan, with a real-life transformer. The Omnizero.9, designed by Takeshi Maeda at Vstone, is a 3.5 foot tall, 55 pound . As you can see from the above video, it can transform into a rolling vehicle, and can even hold a person’s weight on their shoulders. We’ve got another video of the robot after the jump, where you can watch it beat down another robot. 3.5 foot tall, 55 pound robot beating up another robot. That’s one bad Deceptacon.
The Power Bridge is a concept device that solves the problem that most anyone with a computer or home entertainment system has run into: power strips, with their mess of cords, are unsightly. The simple idea, designed by Hyukjae Chang, takes the outlets and flips them upside down. The result? Something that is functional, and appears to even be a bit safer. Way to go, Mr. Chang, for this long-needed idea of improving the power strip aesthetic. We hope it catches on and sees the light of day.
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For those parents that are nervous about their kids, and really want to know where their children are, then they should probably purchase the Amber Alert GPS 2G device. It works as a GPS beacon, which allows not-so tech savvy parents text to find out the exact location of their kid. True, I’m not certain whether a longitude and latitude will help, but the “Breadcrumbing” feature allows them to track their steps like Billy from the Family Circus. The Amber Alert costs about $379.99, with monthly plans being $9.99 and $59.99.
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We try to cover concept technology with some form of regularity, because it generally sounds cool. The problem with concept tech, however, is that it fails to become what we in the business like to know as “reality.” With that caveat stated, check out the Window Phone.
This Window Phone looks like an iPhone screen, with the main feature being that it gives you a weather report by simulating what a Window would look like in that kind of weather. See the rain? Just imagine what happens if it snows. When it is clear and sunny out, the screen is crystal-clear.
By the way, you can also fog the phone up and draw on it, as seen by the illustration after the break. This would result in your illustrations being sent over MMS.
Fun concept, but not something we think will see the light of day anytime soon.
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Looks like Duracell is looking to follow in the footsteps of products like the Wildcharge system with one of their own. Yup, the copper-top battery giant is jumping on the wireless charging bandwagon with their new “Smart Power” line.
The MyGrid that you see here is one of those that can charge several mobiles at one time including products from Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It should be available in October for $80.
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The toy robot, Evoia, that you see in the picture here has actually broken two Guinness World Records. The first was its climb of the Grand Canyon, and the other is the “longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote controlled model car”.
Yes, you can watch the YouTube video below of Evoia trailing a car going 0.6 miles per hour on the historic Le Mans race track. It traveled for 24 hours, covering 14.82 miles, on just two EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries.
I’ll be Evoia is feeling good about itself, and I’m sure the Energizer Bunny wants to kill him.
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Okay, we get it, watching colors change on a lamp is supposed to be therapeutic, but aren’t these soothing treatments supposed to get us away from our technology-overtaken lives? Modula doesn’t seem to think so, as their therapy lamp allows you to manually change the colors with a Bluetooth-enabled, device like a mobile phone. Yeah, I don’t know exactly how it works either, but if you want to find out for yourself, feel free to lay down $281 for it. It might be more expensive than a relaxing fish tank, but at least it will have less maintenance.
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