“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.
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.
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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
“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
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
Based in San Diego, Calif., ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash.
ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM’s eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution that:
• Pays consumers immediately in cash.
• Connects consumers real-time to broad worldwide secondary markets ensuring best possible pricing.
• Incorporates features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones and works closely with local law enforcement.
The company secured $40 million in mezzanine debt financing from Falcon Investment Advisors LLC. ecoATM said it will use the new financing to continue expanding operations nationally.They currently have 300 kiosks in 20 states throughout the U.S., most in major malls within major cities.
“There’s still a large percentage of the country that doesn’t have access to a convenient recycling solution for their mobile phones and other personal portable electronic devices,” Tom Tullie, chairman and CEO of ecoATM, said in a statement. “We raised this money to help us deploy ecoATMs nationwide and help people recycle their old phones, tablets, or MP3 players, regardless of where they live.”
The company, founded in 2008, said they have paid out millions of dollars to users of their ecoATMs. The company repurposes most of the electronics they buy back in an effort to stop potentially hazardous devices from piling up in landfills.
1. Neuroscientists may soon be able to predict what you’ll do before you do it.
The intention to do something, such as grasp a cup, produces blood flow to specific areas of the brain, so studying blood-flow patterns through neuroimaging could give researchers a better idea of what people have in mind. One potential application is improved prosthetic devices that respond to signals from the brain more like actual limbs do, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. World Trends & Forecasts, Jan-Feb 2012, p. 10
2. Future cars will become producers of power rather than merely consumers.
A scheme envisioned at the Technology University of Delft would use fuel cells of parked electric vehicles to convert biogas or hydrogen into more electricity. And the owners would be paid for the energy their vehicles produce. Tomorrow in Brief, Mar-Apr 2012, p. 2
3. An aquaponic recycling system in every kitchen?
Future “farmers” may consist of householders recycling their food waste in their own aquariums. An aquaponic system being developed by SUNY ecological engineers would use leftover foods to feed a tank of tilapia or other fish, and then the fish waste would be used for growing vegetables. The goal is to reduce food waste and lower the cost of raising fish. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2
4. The economy may become increasingly jobless, but there will be plenty of Work
Many recently lost jobs may never come back. Rather than worry about unemployment, however, tomorrow’s workers will focus on developing a variety of skills that could keep them working productively and continuously, whether they have jobs or not. It’ll be about finding out what other people need done, and doing it, suggests financial advisor James H. Lee. “Hard at Work in the Jobless Future,” Mar-Apr 2012, pp. 32-33
5. The next space age will launch after 2020, driven by competition and “adventure capitalists.”
While the U.S. space shuttle program is put to rest, entrepreneurs like Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos are planning commercial launches to access low-Earth orbit and to ferry passengers to transcontinental destinations within hours. Challenges include perfecting new technologies, developing global operations, building new infrastructure, and gaining regulatory approval. “The New Age of Space Business,” Sep-Oct 2012, p. 17.
6. The “cloud” will become more intelligent, not just a place to store data.
Cloud intelligence will evolve into becoming an active resource in our daily lives, providing analysis and contextual advice. Virtual agents could, for example, design your family’s weekly menu based on everyone’s health profiles, fitness goals, and taste preferences, predict futurist consultants Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth. “From Smart House to Networked Home,” July-Aug 2012, p. 30
7. Corporate reputations will be even more important to maintain, due to the transparency that will come with augmented reality.
In a “Rateocracy” as envisioned by management consultant Robert Moran, organizations’ reputations are quantified, and data could be included in geographically based information systems. You might choose one restaurant over another when your mobile augmented-reality app flashes warnings about health-department citations or poor customer reviews. “‘Rateocracy’ and Corporate Reputation,” World Trends & Forecasts, May-June 2012, p. 12
8. Robots will become gentler caregivers in the next 10 years.
Lifting and transferring frail patients may be easier for robots than for human caregivers, but their strong arms typically lack sensitivity. Japanese researchers are improving the functionality of the RIBA II (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance), lining its arms and chest with sensors so it can lift its patients more gently. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2
9. We’ll harness noise vibrations and other “junk” energy from the environment to power our gadgets.
Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing techniques for converting ambient microwave energy into DC power, which could be used for small devices like wireless sensors. And University of Buffalo physicist Surajit Sen is studying ways to use vibrations produced on roads and airport runways as energy sources. World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 9
10. A handheld “breathalyzer” will offer early detection of infections microbes and even chemical attacks.
The Single Breath Disease Diagnostics Breathalyzer under development at Stony Brook University would use sensor chips coated with nanowires to detect chemical compounds that may indicate the presence of diseases or infectious microbes. In the future, a handheld device could let you detect a range of risks, from lung cancer to anthrax exposure. Tomorrow in Brief, Sep-Oct 2012, p. 2
Taken from: The Futurist Magazine, Patrick Tucker.