Solar-powered robotic umbrella tracks the sun to provide shade

August 23, 2017 by  
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What if you could sit outside in the shade all day without ever having to move your umbrella ? That’s the vision ShadeCraft brings to life with Sunflower – what they say is the world’s first autonomous robotic shade that tracks the sun . The umbrella is solar-powered – and can even charge other devices. Photovoltaic panels keep the Sunflower umbrella moving to shade users. But the umbrella also serves as a portable source of solar power, storing excess energy in batteries able to last for over 72 hours. A USB connection allows users to charge mobile devices while sitting in the shade. The 122 by 84 by 84 inch umbrella can rotate 360 degrees with the help of three electric motors, and can tilt 45 degrees. Related: Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose Wait, there’s more. The Sunflower is equipped with sensors that track air quality , weather, and wind. If wind speeds get too high, the Sunflower will actually close to escape damage. It also comes with cameras that can be utilized as part of a home security system – they’re able to record a 360 panoramic view for either safety or simply capture a picturesque moment. ShadeCraft’s SmartShade app allows users to access the data, even from a distance. Using the app, they can check out air quality or view the area remotely. The umbrella is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, so users can connect to their other smart home technology or control the Sunflower from afar. And a microphone and speaker system allow for voice command and artificial intelligence integration – or lets users jam to their favorite music while sitting outside under the shade. So how much does the Sunflower cost? Around $2,700, according to Bloomberg , which quoted inventor Armen Gharabegian as saying the company could start shipping the product as soon as early 2018. + ShadeCraft Via Curbed Images via ShadeCraft

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Hyundai’s first long-range EV arrives next year

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Hyundai has been pretty quiet on its electric car plans, with the exception of its recently introduced Ioniq models. But now the automaker has confirmed it will introduce new extended-range electric cars within the next few years. The first will be a 242-mile-range SUV, followed by a sedan with a 310-mile-range. It had already been rumored that the new Hyundai Kona SUV would get a fully electric version, but now Hyundai has confirmed it. The small Kona SUV will get an electric version sometime next year, with a driving range of around 242 miles. That means it will have the longest driving range of any electrified SUV, with the exception of the Tesla Model X . Of course, that title could change, since Audi is also close to introducing its new 300-mile-range SUV. After the new Kona SUV is introduced, Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis will release its own electric car by 2021. The new luxury electric car will have a driving range around 310 miles, making it a direct rival to the Tesla Model S . Hyundai hasn’t got any plans for a long-range Kia EV, but both the Hyundai and Kia brands are slated to get a range of new electrified models. The company plans to releae 31 eco-friendly models by 2020. With the new focus on electric cars, Hyundai isn’t giving up on fuel cell vehicles . They recently unveiled the next fuel cell SUV as a thinly disguised concept that will be powered by a fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell system that is not only more powerful, but has a longer driving range than the current Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. + Hyundai Via VentureBeat Images @Hyundai

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