Electricity

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free. Thanks to company Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging. The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

Straight from the crew at Appropriate Audiences, the iPad cover/keyboard known as INKO uses electric ink to create a unique approach to tapping out sentences. This piece of equipment functions as a cover for the iPad as well as a full-functioning keyboard and is made primarily of leather. Standard ink was applied to the inside to create a keyboard with a 3D printer hacked to be a tattooing machine - a marvel in and of itself. Under the hood, electric paint makes circuits and sensors on leather to make for a truly odd piece of work.

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VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

Today, Volkswagen has announced pricing for their 2015 E-Golf, an all-electric version of their already popular Golf. The fully-loaded SEL Premium version will set you back $35,445, placing it in-line with other electric cars in its class. What sets it apart are a few key features that those in the market for an electric car will want to take note of.

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tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

A lot of things today are about building things on your own, with things like Raspberry Pi and MakerBot. But how about building your own Tesla coil right at home, or preferably in school? tinyTesla is trying to deliver just that, but, instead of shipping something educational but boring, oneTesla, the startup behind it, will be helping you build a Tesla coil that can sing.

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Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Solar power is perhaps the most well-known alternative source for power, but because of cost and the puzzles of physics itself, it is still quite far from becoming a completely sustainable and practical replacement. Sharp, however, may be on the breakthrough of creating solar cells that are twice as efficient as currently existing cells, at least in theory.

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SmartMio fitness wearable jolts the body with electricity

SmartMio fitness wearable jolts the body with electricity

This week the folks behind SmartMio are aiming to bring some extra in-depth fitness tracking to the public. They’ll be doing this with EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NEMS. In practice, this means that the SmartMio device won’t just be on your person, it’ll be attached to your body, sending nerve impulses "to engage your muscles during a workout."

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