Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Solar Roadways Working to Turn Roads into Solar Panels

August 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Automotive, Power

Solar Roadways Working to Turn Roads into Solar Panels

Anyone who’s tried walking barefoot on asphalt during a sunny day knows that turning roads into solar panels makes sense. Solar Roadways recently received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation to further develop its Solar Road Panel concept.
The Solar Road Panel is simply the addition of glass, LED lights, and solar panels on top of standard road concrete. It’s meant to replace asphalt, currently used to smoothen out roads for ride comfort and noise reduction.
What makes Solar Roadways’ concept even more interesting are the embedded LED lights, which would allow the road to dynamically change lane markings, …read more

PowrAmid: Funny Name, Useful Form Factor

July 18, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Power

PowrAmid: Funny Name, Useful Form Factor

The name “PowrAmid” is cringeworthy, and its shape is unorthodox at best, but there’s a method to the madness: here’s a power “strip” that truly supports multiple power adapters!
Any avid gadget user knows how bulky gadget plugs are nowadays, especially since manufacturers integrate more hardware within the plug itself. (Worst offenders: cell phones, speakers, and Apple laptops without the power cord extender) So it’s hard to maximize a typical power strip, as those bulky plugs rudely violate the personal space of adjacent sockets.
The PowrAmid addresses this problem somewhat by orienting the sockets in a circular fashion, providing some angular clearance …read more


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