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A solar chimney prototype in Manzanares, Spain. (Wikimedia Commons)
Towering chimneys have long been thought of as a potential alternative to traditional solar panels, but so far the concept has failed to become a viable reality. But aeronaut Per Lindstrand thinks he has the solution — making the chimneys inflatable. Lindstrand — who is best known for his record breaking hot air balloon flights with Sir Richard Branson — is working to potentially develop the concept as a source of power for the ALMA Observatory in Chile. Known as a solar updraft tower, the concept was proposed as far back as 1903, and involves using the sun to create an updraft of hot air in the chimney, which is then used to drive turbines and produce power.
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This is a commercial for LEGO featuring a father and son bonding over building things together. It’s pretty cute. Plus the kid speaks in a sweet British accent, which I’m going to start mimicking for the rest of the day so everybody things I’m a dandy lad. Here comes the someone now! Aye — top o the mornin’ to yah. “F*** OFF.” Ouch. “IT’S AFTERNOON ANYWAYS, ASSBUTT.” This is why we can’t have nice things. Hit the jump for the commercial.
Motorola has unveiled Project Ara, an open-source initiative for modular smartphones with the goal to “do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software.” The company plans to create an ecosystem that can support third-party hardware development for individual phone components — in other words, you could upgrade your phone’s processor, display, and more by shopping at different vendors.
Motorola will be working with Phonebloks, which recently showed off a similarly ambitious concept for modular smartphones; the Google-owned hardware manufacturer says that it plans to engage with the Phonebloks community throughout the development process and help realize the same idea with its technical expertise.
“We want to do for…
While TV broadcasters like CBS and Fox continue their legal battle against Aereo and its leased microantenna-to-internet streaming scheme, Bloomberg reports cable companies are watching more closely than ever. Since they’re currently paying retrans fees for a lot of the same content networks …
I want to build a relatively simple autonomous robot what would I use for a controller & where can I get it?
Question by Jimothy T: I want to build a relatively simple autonomous robot what would I use for a controller & where can I get it?
Also what programming language would I use? The robot isn’t terribly complicated, 3 actuators and probably something like 6 different sensors.
Answer by hugh
depending on how complex the robots operation is, there are some programmable relays that you could use. They are quite simple to program and easy to learn.
Alternatively you could perhaps look at a stamp microcontroller which uses a text based programming language. You would need an interface board etc also.
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Medical prosthetics have come a long way in recent years, but with a few exceptions, artificial limbs still lack the tactility of their fleshy counterparts. Scientists at the University of Chicago are looking to plug those sensory gaps by researching how to simulate touch sensations within the …
Question by CountBleck5: How many wikipedians does it take to build a car, replace its oil, and replace its engine?
Answer by ItsJareds
They’ll just look it up
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Remember that 150,000-piece LEGO Battle of Helm’s Deep that was nearing conclusion!.?. !? Well it’s finally crossed the finish line, and this is it. With over 1,700 minifigs alone, it makes certain to be one of LEGO’s most costly sets ever provided. \* whispering \* Oh, they’re not actually going to make it? Well that’s a shame since I actually have $ 80,000 burning a hole in my pocket. Simply joking, it’s a dust ball. Aaaaaaand it’s infecting my nuts. Keep choosing a bunch of closeups, however check out the builder’s Flickr gallery for even more.
Fitbits, FuelBands, and Jawbones don’t matter and neither does their data unless they make us healthier. That’s why Basis wants to build a platform that unites our fragmented quantified self data and mines it for healthy ways to improve our behaviors. So today Basis announced an $ 11.75 million extension of its Series B and the hire of Ethan Fassett, former head of platform at gaming giant GREE.
The idea of a health data hub isn’t new. The promise is that instead of having one piece of software for each of our devices, all our data flows into a central repository where insights can be gleamed that no single piece of hardware could provide. But all attempts have failed. Even Google couldn’t make it work. But Basis CEO Jef Holove thinks he knows why: They didn’t start with hardware people loved and needed.
Hardware, Software, Platform In One
That’s where Basis’ own multi-sensor wristwatch comes in. While Fitbit, the Nike FuelBand, and the Jawbone Up just use accelerometers to track your steps and overall physical activity, Basis also tracks your heart rate, perspiration level, skin temperature and more. It’s bigger and costs more, but does a lot more too.
Until now, the Basis has been back-ordered. But now the company has finally worked through its “high five-digits” waiting list and is starting to openly sell the Basis B1 watch to the public for $ 199.
The watch hooks into Basis’ software that collects all your data. But beyond the typical charts and graphs whose novelty wears off because they don’t really tell you much, Basis crunches its multi-sensor data to provide more serious health insights. It can give you actionable suggestions for how to modify your behavior, and encourage you to keep exercising, This combats the number one problem with fitness devices, which is that people stop wearing them because they don’t feel like they’re getting any real value out of it.
What could make those suggestions even better is data more other non-Basis devices and apps. So Basis plans to build a device-agnostic platform with Fassett’s experience and part of the $ 11.75 million it raised from Intel Capital (which will help it bolster its supply chain to crank out watches faster), iNovia Capital, Dolby Family Trust, Stanford University, and Peninsula-KCG, as well as previous investors Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and DCM. The funding expands the $ 11.5 million Series B that Basis raised in March, bringing it to a total of $ 32.3 million in venture capital.
Holove explains that “The platform we’re building is intended to be open. There’s no reason we couldn‘t have complementary devices contribute data and make habits out of that data.”
Becoming the central quantified self hub brings all sorts of opportunities, both to make the human race healthier and to make a lot of money, so it’s no wonder Basis was able to raise again. With its platform pre-populated with data from its own watch, Basis may have the gravity to attract data from other devices. And there are plenty of other devices on the way.
Surviving The Smartwatches
Beyond helping the Basis watch distinguish itself from other health hardware, its extra sensors and software are critical to it surviving the coming onslaught of smartwatches from Pebble Samsung, LG, Sony…and likely Google and Apple. Most have or will have accelerometers and be able to serve as rudimentary fitness trackers. They could make Fitibit obsolete.
The question is whether smartwatches will give so many of us a compelling reason to buy them that the industry can support a half dozen manufacturers or more. I’m skeptical. Most smartwatches seem to just make what we already do with our phones a tiny bit easier. Gee thanks, it now takes two hands to answer a phone call? One with the watch strapped to it, and one to press the buttons? That doesn’t sound worth my dollars yet.
Basis’ Holove agrees, telling me “If we’re going to ask consumers to wear technology, it must do something magical because you’re wearing it, that’s fundamentally impossible if you’re not wearing it. And I think smartwatches miss this.”
Basis couldn’t be in your pocket like a phone with an accelerometer. It has to be on your wrist to get the rest of its readings. And since Basis doesn’t just collect data but uses it to enhance your lifestyle, Holove says “When they look at it, the value is very clear. People know why they’re buying us.”