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.
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.
Meg Whitman, HP CEO
Moments after Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced the company’s grand new plan to compete with the Microsoft Windows operating system, she was thanking Microsoft for being a major sponsor of the conference and inviting the company’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, on stage.
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.
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.
2012 was a bad year to have other people say you want your bosses job
A lot has changed in 2012. More than you probably realize. Here is a list of thirteen things that you might have used or done in 2011 that you probably didn’t have to use or do in 2012.
The iPad is the number one product people want in the next year.
According to the latest data from Nielsen, Apple is going to dominate holiday shopping in the U.S., once again. (Chart)
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.
One in 14 downloads is malicious says Microsoft.
You might want to think twice the next time a website says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem. There’s a really good chance that the program you download is malicious.
Generate electricity with solar windows.
Solar windows from Chin Hua were unveiled at Taipei’s International Optoelectronics Week. They do double duty by blocking out the elements and creating energy for your home. They are slighty foggy and can replace home or commercial windows.
Cartoonist Caldwell Tanner of College Humor suggests that web browsers can be compared to modes of transportion. Are his descriptions accurate?
The future of Microsoft’s desktop?
Competition in the personal computer market is heating up, even as it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish just what we mean when we talk about a PC. Airline flight attendants seem to be able to discern the difference between mobile phones and personal computers in their in-flight announcements, but the vendors who make and sell them increasingly can’t.