Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Smarter Windows for Smart Homes and Smart Business

Windows can be a very important part to the Smart Home idea that was proposed as the future goals of companies like Microsoft. A smart home will be able to save building owners and occupants, energy by auto darkening in hot sunny times. Auto opening windows allow cooling or heating changes. Better visual and comfort conditions will be improved by smart windows. Up to now it has been difficult to have the window do all the things they want it to do while generating electricity. But now engineers have figured out a way to generate electricity at the same time they are using the smart windows. By incorporating another film on the glass the sun can be used to generate electricity and not effect the other functions of the window. Check out these links, Smart windows generate electricitySolar cells in windowsScience reports breakthrough!

Smart homes controlled by your computer can use several different methods to cool, heat or control ultra-violet penetration in the living or work space. Can you think of other ways a computer controlled home can positively affect your life while leaving a smaller carbon foot print? Will this idea be carried over to automobiles?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Boston Dynamics Creates The Wildcat - Perfecting Robotic Mobilization

Duplication of human, insect and animal motions to accompany robotic abilities is what this company is pursuing. The Boston Dynamics company is hoping this could be used in assisting Fire and Police Departments rescue people. The military and agriculture could also find uses for this unique robotic transportation. The robot carries its own power source and is able to handle all types of terrain. The Wild Cat can do 16 mph with amazing agility and can use different gates and gallops to achieve its destination. Check out the other fascinating robots at Boston Dynamics website. The Sand Flea is amazing for its size. BostonDynamics.com

The Sand Flea, small in size yet can leap on to roof tops or high cliffs.