Transparent solar panels will turn windows into green energy collectors

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A team of researchers from Michigan State University managed to develop a fully transparent solar panels – a breakthrough that could lead to countless applications in architecture, as well as other fields such as mobile electronics or the automotive industry. Previous attempts to create such a device have been made, but results were never satisfying enough, with low efficiency and poor material quality.

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Zoetrope effect could render Hyperloop tubes transparent to riders

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An optical illusion popular in the 19th century could make trips on the Hyperloop appear to take place in a transparent tube. Regularly spaced, narrow windows wouldn’t offer much of a view individually, but if dozens of them pass by every second an effect would be created like that of a zoetrope, allowing passengers to effectively see right through the walls.

It’s an official concept from Virgin Hyperloop One and design house Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and in fact was teased back in 2016. Now the companies have shared a video showing how it would work and what it would look like for passengers — though there’s no indication it would actually be put in place in the first tracks.

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Researchers develop self-cooling windows

Self-cooling windows let in the sunshine without the heat.

Homeowners love a lot of windows in their homes that let in a lot of sunlight.  But those windows can also mean higher air conditioning bills since they absorb heat but don’t tend to cool themselves, until now. Harvard researchers have created self-cooling windows.

 

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Most smartphone and tablet users don’t care if they run iOS, Android, or Windows

The survey found there is no widespread loyalty among consumers about operating systems.

Google and Apple better watch out.  According to a new study by Accenture,  two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners don’t have strong brand loyalty to any one particular operating system.

 

 

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Kinect for Windows – Microsofts plan to bring about the era of gesture control

Startup company GestSure uses Kinect for Windows to allow surgeons to look through medical images without having to touch unsterile equipment.

Most of the talk about Microsoft this fall will be about its new operating system, Windows 8.  But the company is working hard on a long-term effort to reinvent the we interact with existing computers  with its new Surface tablet. The company wants to make it as common to wave your arms at or speak to a computer as it is to reach for a mouse or touch screen today.

 

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