Table Energy Generation – Photosynthesis to Power Devices

“The glass table surface contains a dye synthesized solar cell; based on photosynthesis it uses color properties to create an electrical current”

Like photosynthesis, it uses color properties to create an electrical current, unlike classic solar cells however, the colored cells do not require direct sunlight for power, they function under diffused light.

A dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC, DSC or DYSC) is a low-cost solar cell belonging to the group of thin film solar cells. The DSSC has a number of attractive features; it is simple to make using conventional roll-printing techniques, is semi-flexible and semi-transparent which offers a variety of uses not applicable to glass-based systems, and most of the materials used are low-cost.

Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has created ‘the energy collection’ a collection of everyday objects that absorb energy from daylight.

Via DesignBoom


Predictive Analytics Predictions For 2014

For years companies have been unable to leverage the full power of Big Data for predictive analytics.

Thanks to the popularity of social media, there has been huge growth in the amount of information that’s generated about a consumer in regards to their daily habits, activities and interests. These new external data resources will be combined with enterprise data to increase the predictive accuracy of the underlying models.

With the amount of information that’s compiled every day, it’s easier than ever for businesses to leverage and use this data to address their specific business needs. And the benefits go well beyond use in traditional marketing applications. For example, the last presidential election was essentially won as a result of leveraging predictive analytics and computer modeling.  Further, the energy industry alone is anticipated to spend $3.8 Billion on analytics in 2014.

According to a Reuters News report, Big Data will grow by 45 percent annually to reach a $25 billion industry by next year. That means that this year, we will see a rapid growth in the use and application of predictive analytics in businesses. Here are emerging ways in which predictive analytics will evolve and be used, for this year and beyond.

Predictive Analytics Predictions For 2014 @

Post by Chris Matty – CEO of Versium

Big Data for Sports – Tracking Basket Ball

Improving the game! Cambridge Consultants minitor realtime trayectory.

The ArcAid system, demonstrated at CES 2014, consists of three cameras mounted behind a basketball backboard — two on the upper sides of the basket and one behind it.

The two upper cameras analyze the arc, speed, and angle of a basketball in mid-air. The third one checks to see if the user sinks the basket. A large screen displays the data and the adjustments needed for the user to make the basket, like aim farther to the left or shoot harder.” via PSFK

Tiny Flying Robot is Inspired by Jellyfish – NYU Machine

The NYU machine, however, is able to remain stable simply by virtue of its design.

Created by Dr. Leif Ristroph, it consists of four wings that are arranged “like the petals of a flower,” that flap at a rate of 20 times per second. When rising or falling, its motions do indeed resemble those of a pulsating jellyfish. Once hovering in place, its actions are more like those of a moth.” via Gizmag

Ford Police Interceptor using Starchase – Fires GPS tracking units

“The system, known as Starchase, features an air cannon mounted to the front grill of a police car that fires GPS tracking units covered in a soft adhesive substance so they immediately stick to their target.

Once a pursued vehicle has been tagged, the police can stop their high-speed chase and fall back to a safe distance without losing tabs on the car. It also means the driver being pursued will slow down if they think they’ve lost the police.” via Gizmodo



3D digital model of your home from your photos – InsideMaps

The app launching today is a fairly simple affair. You fire it up, give it a few bits of information about your home and then begin scanning each room. You’re given the option to do a single or to zap the whole house at once and you’re turned loose to shoot what is essentially a series of panoramic shots of a room from the inside, culminating with a spin in the center.

Those shots are then uploaded to the InsideMaps cloud for some special sauce application. That consists of utilizing data captured by the gyroscope and magnetometer inside your device (which is why they have to be fairly new smartphones) to craft a model.

That model is then checked against a series of visual touchstones in the images. The heights of doorknobs, window sills, etc. While they do this, they’re also gathering data about the average sizes of openings like doors and more, so they can apply machine learning to improve the quality of the models down the road.” via TechCrunch

ISPIM Communication Co-ordinator

ISPIM Communication Co-ordinator

This position is aimed at a junior innovation management scholar wishing to establish a career and professional network within the innovation management community. This is a remunerated position, but of greater importance and benefit to the successful applicant is the learning and networking opportunity that the position provides within ISPIM and its network. The successful applicant will be the main executor of ISPIM Membership, Event, Services and Activity Communications/Marketing and will have direct contact with individual members & associates, associations, organisations, publications, websites and social media. The candidate will be fully promoted by ISPIM within the global innovation management community.

Applicants must be enrolled in a research-based Masters or Doctoral programme and have at least two years remaining before graduation. Working with the geographically-disbursed ISPIM team, and under the guidance of the Executive Director, the ISPIM Communications Co-ordinator will plan and execute ISPIM’s email, social media and web communications in order to fulfil ISPIM’s documented strategic goals.

More specifically, the co-ordinator will:
 *establish and execute a plan for continually increasing and maintaining ISPIM’s contacts/channels & communicate this to the ISPIM     team.
 *establish an “overall message” for each of ISPIM’s activities, events and services, which is reflected in the choice of channel, message content, message form etc.
 *develop and share with the ISPIM team a “communications calendar” partially assist the Association Administrator with event administration during the very busiest period each year (usually early-May).

Working on-site: have travel, accommodation and subsistence paid for by ISPIM to the annual ISPIM Conference. The delegate fee is also waived, of course. The candidate will be expected to help with whatever needs doing during a busy conference and will also be expected to attend sessions, present and network extensively with delegates travel, accommodation and subsistence are not paid for by ISPIM to other ISPIM events, however the delegate fee is waived.

The position is a part-time, permanent position with varying workload throughout the year and is expected to complement the candidate’s existing professional activities. The position is remunerated at approximately EUR 3000 for an estimated 30-35 days of work per year.

The candidate must (please do not apply if you do not meet these five criteria):
 *have at least 2 years of experience in a professional marketing environment, be permanently resident in Europe, Eastern Canada/North-East USA, or South-East Asia/Australia .
 *have previously attended an ISPIM event or be associated with an organisation that has regularly contributed delegates or members to ISPIM, be able to communicate in excellent business English, be enrolled in a research-based Masters or Doctoral programme (innovation, masters or similar) and have at least 24 months to go before expected graduation.

The ideal candidate should exhibit the following personal traits:
 *be a self-starter who is capable of working independently for long periods, have excellent attention to detail and organisational and analytical skills,  be able to deliver under time-pressure, and understand how to get a job done.

Please, by Friday 20th September, provide to (Early applications will be favoured):
1. A standard 1-2 page C.V. that lists relevant and recent experience in positions held or education taken in the last 5 years.
2. A detailed letter of motivation and suitability that covers the following points. Please use concrete examples from private/professional life:
a. Interest

i. What is the connection between your current research topic/project, your professional position and ISPIM?
ii. Why would this position suit you for the next 2 years?
iii. What are your main concerns about the position/your suitability?

b. Computer use
i. What marketing/communications software/internet sites do you regularly use?
ii. What experience have you had with databases and Excel for lists? Anything else similar?
iii. What experience have you had in website design, development or maintenance?

c. Skills
i. List some examples of mixed-media or online marketing/communications projects that you have conducted.
ii. What training have you had in marketing and communications?

d. Availability
i. The position is part-time, permanent with very variable workload. How does this fit with your current lifestyle and other commitments
and needs that you have?
ii. The position requires that you are available to travel for one week every June and that you are available full-time at certain peak weeks
throughout the year. Describe how this can be ensured, given your other personal and professional commitments.

Questions and points of clarification can be addressed to Dr Steffen Conn (Operations Director – ISPIM)