Smart parking: A launchpad for intelligent transportation

March 21, 2013 by  
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There are 4.5 parking spaces for every vehicle, but it's still hard to find spots. What technology will change that?

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An Efficient 60 Watt LED Bulb For Under $15

August 30, 2011 by  
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Yesterday, Lighting Science Group and Dixon Technologies announced one of their first joint products: A high-performance, omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent A19 LED bulb that retails for under $15. According to the company, “The newly announced bulb fits perfectly into existing screw-in light sockets and creates a clean, bright light level equivalent to a conventional 60-watt incandescent bulb using 85% less electricity.” At a price point below $15, the payback period from electricity savings over a traditional incandescent bulb is only 8 months. Currently, the majority of 60W LEDs retail in the $40 range. At less than $15, this new LED bulb is priced closer to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) but uses 35% less electricity and contains no mercury. The companies confirm this new technology will go on to power a full line of products, including street lights, outdoor and industrial light fixtures and replacement bulbs. The new LED bulb will be available in India by the end of the year and sold worldwide by early next year. Image source: Lighting Science Group / PR Newswire. LSG press release .

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Quirky Makes Invention Accessible: Coming Today to a TV Near You!

August 30, 2011 by  
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How easy is it to invent something? Maybe not that hard, but how easy is it to make it count. Really hard. Innovation is the single most important thing that sets us apart as a species, yet our society itself can be the hardest roadblock for innovative solutions to the toughest challenges we face today. A firm called Quirky is trying to change all that! Quirky is a crowd-sourced and an open innovation platform that encourages creative thinking and solutions. “For centuries, becoming an “inventor” has been a hard gig to crack. Complexities relating to financing, engineering, distribution, and legalities have stood in the way of brilliant people executing on their great ideas.” Since launching in 2009, Quirky has rapidly changed the way the world thinks about product development. “We bring two brand new consumer products to market each week, by enabling a fluid conversation between a global community and Quirky’s expert product design staff. The world influences our business in real-time, and we share our revenue directly with the people who helped us make successful decisions.” So what exactly is Quirky? Simple. You submit your ideas. If they are good enough they make it big and you make money. You can also “influence” other submitted ideas and earn money. There you have it, an attractive platform that encourages better products and neat ideas. Frank Piller talks about what makes Quirky a great hub for creativity and aptly defines Quirky by saying “.. think of idea contests meeting micro-financing meeting open development “. So who “invented” Quirky? Quirky was founded by Ben Haufman when he was 20 years old! His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. His invention, mophie won “Best of Show” at MacWorld 2006 and Ben discovered his passion for involving people around the world in the development of new consumer products. Ben sold mophie in August of 2007 and focused his efforts on bringing his idea of ‘social product development’ to the next level. After two years of research and development on the unique technology platform that became the foundation of his future work, Ben publicly launched Quirky in June of 2009. Now after launching super successful products like these and boasting  a community of nearly 60,000 innovators, Quirky is going to debut at a television near you. *Drumroll* All of this creative craziness is going to be showcased in The Sundance Channel’s  new show  Quirky  that premiers today August 30th at 10 pm. The theme of the reality show is the same as the business. Watch the trailer here . Each episode, the Quirky team of design and fabrication geniuses select two product ideas submitted by their online community that seek to solve everyday problems. As the clock counts down, the hopeful inventors are guided through the high-stakes world of innovation from simple sketch to working prototype. Then Quirky shares the profits with all the contributors, including a global group of connected collaborators. The first episode of Quirky greenlights the Ventu, an all-in-one pasta strainer, mixing, and serving bowl dreamed up by a suburban mom. Also in the pipeline is Pivot Power, a flexible power strip that could change the life of its student creator.  In the spirit of the debut, Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Sustainablog talks about some quirky green tech finds! Watch the show and let us know what you think. In the meantime stay Quirky!

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Electric Car Charging Meets GPS Devices

July 18, 2011 by  
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Electric car drivers won’t have to worry for long about where to find their next charge away from home because electric car charging company Coulomb Technologies and navigation software company TomTom are partnering to provide charging station locator, reservation and information services on the go. In the first of what will likely be many partnerships of its kind, this teaming up of technology will allow drivers to not only map the quickest route to the nearest charging station, but compare the distance to the charger to the range left in the battery and reserve the station in advance.  The driver can check the stats of the charging station, like connector type, availability and pricing too. In addition to TomTom GPS devices, Coulomb also offers similar services via apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry mobile phones that use the phones’ GPS locators. via BusinessWire

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First Net-Zero Affordable Community to Break Ground

September 7, 2010 by  
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Bravo to the Capstone Development Group . They are setting out to prove what we know to be true: Alternative energy saves money and that makes sense for everyone. Using solar panels and wind turbines to eliminate customer utility bills, this affordable housing project proves that green communities do not have to be only for the upscale.

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NREL Invents 90% More Efficient Air Conditioning Unit

June 18, 2010 by  
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NREL is always discovering and creating amazing things .  This time, the team of scientists has invented an air conditioning process that is 90 percent more efficient than the top of the line units available today. Air conditioning is responsible for about five percent of the nation’s annual energy use, so in addition to better insulated and better designed buildings, more efficient air conditioning units are a necessary stepping stone on our way to more efficient buildings. The air conditioning process uses “membranes, evaporative cooling and liquid desiccants” to remove heat from the air.  Evaporative cooling is a process that has only worked well in dry climates in the past because the cooled air has added humidity.  NREL has solved that issue in their DEVap technology through the addition of the liquid desiccants, which remove humidity from the cooled air.

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