As we had our first question answered about the blendability of the iPad here, we now want to know what powers such a new device?
the guys over at Nerd Hardy cracked it open and had a look.
the funniest thing I have seen all day
The glasses themselves don’t need power to block the sun’s rays from your eyes. The lenses of the glasses have dye solar cells, collecting energy and making it able to power your small devices through the power jack at the back of the frame.
In a time where everyone worries about the future of our oil resources, this could be a step into the right direction. Solar energy is not going to run out any time soon.
There have been endless discussions about the standby modes of electrical devices and how they use too much energy this way.
Now Spanish entrepreneurs claim to have invented a way to end a problem that has bedeviled energy regulators, environmentalists and appliance manufacturers. They have patented an algorithm that can detect when an appliance is in standby mode and automatically switch it off completely.
The standby-mode killer has yet to be proven commercially and must contend with other new products designed to tackle the same problem. But, despite some doubters, the Spanish inventors say theirs is the only product able to completely do away with a large, and growing, world-wide problem.
In this system, a microprocessor cuts off power to the appliance automatically. When the appliance is reactivated by pressing a button, it goes back into standby mode. It doesn’t have to go through its start-up sequence again.
Having that implemented would be a reason for me to buy it.
read more about it here.
MyFC is a fuel cell company that is showing prototypes of fuel cells that could be built into cases a la the Mophie. The cells run on small hydrogen packs and can fold over surfaces. They could even be embedded inside cellphone bodies.
The company has two products, the 1636 chip that fits inside a charger-sized enclosure and the FuelCellSticker, the bendable model. The maximum output is 0.9W at .5V while the four-cell model outputs 3.2W at 2V. It is .11 inches (3mm) thick and weighs a mere .2 ounces (5g).
The company is currently making these devices to order and they are reasonably priced at consumer levels. The 1636 reference design works now while the bendable models are available in any shape and size.
Don’t look for these at Circuit City just yet, but they’re amazingly close to production.