Nokia believes its can use its role as the auto industry’s mapmaker as a launchpad into the connected car. In an interview with GigaOM, Nokia Here EVP Michael Halbherr shares his vision of the Nokia-powered vehicle. Read more »
AT&T’s fourth Foundry has a unique twist. Instead of focusing on general developer collaboration, the Atlanta facility aims to build new new internet of things apps and technology. Read more »
As Kior misses its production targets, sees its stock drop dramatically, and lists doubts in a filing about its ability to continue as a going concern, an investor hits the company with a potential class action lawsuit. Read more »
Chip licensing giant ARM has purchased a software company that has built protocols for the internet of things. The deal moves ARM closer to the end developer by making it easier for them to make connected devices. Read more »
Silicon solar cells are good at turning certain energy levels of sunlight into electricity, but the rest is lost as heat. Globs of lead selenide help the extra energy pair with multiple electrons. Read more »
Rolled up tubes of graphene could someday rival silicon for applications in solar cells, batteries, electronics and more. Read more »
The energy fund of private equity group Silver Lake has managed to raise $650 million for later stage energy and resource management companies. It’s been a difficult road for cleantech funding in recent years. Read more »
Tesla is just starting to be seen as a threat by many in the auto industry — a decade after Tesla was founded. So now what do they do? Read more »
From a nuclear reactor that runs on nuclear waste to a totally new way to transfer money, big ideas are coming out of the younger generation. Read more »
Google could be contemplating a ‘Nexus car’ that showcases its driverless-vehicle technology, just like Nexus phones showcase Android. According to a report, Google is talking with auto component suppliers about building a car to its designs. Read more »
NASA veteran and aerospace entrepreneur John Mankins wants to put a flock of solar power plant in space that could deliver power to anywhere on the planet. But most of the industry thinks it would be too expensive. Mankins shared his vision and some ideas for overcoming the remaining technical challenges with Motherboard.
Sheets of plastic are embedded with flat radios based on technology developed in the 1920s. A team at Princeton expects to have a prototype ready next month. Read more »
Ford’s connected cars will one day resemble extra-planetary robots in having multiple redundant network connections, ensuring they never lose contact with the vehicles and highway infrastructure around them. Read more »
Connecting everyone won’t mean that everything has a battery. But if processors are harvesting their energy from the environment, how does their design need to change? ARM has an answer. Read more »
General Motors expects to offer wireless smartphone charging mats in some new 2014 vehicles. Before you step on the gas pedal with excitement, know that GM chose Powermat’s technology over the Qi standard, which more phones natively support. Read more »
The hyperloop is still an idea, but a model made with three 3D printers has brought it a little bit of life. A team at WhiteClouds designed and printed the to-scale model in less than 24 hours.
University of Michigan researchers’ new method of producing isobutanol from inedible plant material could provide an alternative to ethanol, which drives up food costs. Read more »
NextFuels wants to make fuel from palm oil production wastes, and it hopes an ongoing environmental problem plaguing the palm oil business will make its business plan attractive to investors. Read more »
Researchers at PARC, home of the laser printer, are working on printing sensors that could flutter about on the surface of Mars to collect environmental data. Read more »
NFC isn’t just for digital wallets and device pairing: The wireless tech can also provide a small bit of power to E Ink displays, making it a good option for getting data on a small second screen. Read more »
A year-old startup aiming to be the Zipcar of India — Zoom — now has 50 cars in Bangalore being rented by the hour and day. Read more »
If you believe the coal industry (or reports sponsored by the coal industry), coal power is the only way to fuel the growth of the Internet and the cloud. Read more »
Electric car company Tesla has quietly released the latest over-the-air firmware (5.0) update for the Model S, reports Autoblog Green, and it comes with a better sleep mode, as well as other enhancements like the ability for the car to connect with Wi-Fi networks.
New calculations document some of the one-atom-thick carbon form’s unusual properties. But while scientists have synthesized single strands of carbyne, they haven’t figured out how to make it into a sheet of material. Read more »
When a PhD student charted his Macbook Air’s battery for its first year of life, the level of decay he saw surprised him. Read more »
The S3 Sportback is the first production car with LTE integrated into the dash — though SIM card is not included. Next spring, the U.S. will get its first 4G car, the Audi A3. Read more »
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers combined indium tin oxide, which is commonly found on touch-sensitive screens, and a glassy substance to make the new material. Read more »
The hyperloop isn’t the only tube-based, super-fast transport option. A Colorado man acquired several patents between 1999 and 2007 for a system that would purportedly take people between Los Angeles and New York in 45 minutes. Fast Company reports that he and his company, ET3, met with Elon Musk two weeks ago.
Once-promising Serious Energy has been selling off its assets one by one, including its energy software product, to a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand. It’s a familiar tale in the cleantech sector. Read more »
The hyperloop is still an idea constrained to a 57 page document. But Elon Musk got pretty detailed with the plans. Read more »
Leases for fuel cells! Bloom Energy has a new leasing program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch that could make fuel cells even more accessible to regular businesses. Read more »
Batteries are a necessary evil for our connected life, but research from the University of Washington has built a way for devices to communicate without their own power source. This is big for the internet of things. Read more »
A direct marketing company majority-owned by Guthy-Renker — the Proactiv infomercial folks — is being acquired by solar panel installer SolarCity. It’s time for solar panels to enter the modern marketing age. Read more »
Beleaguered solar startup Nanosolar has opened up the auction of its assets and solar manufacturing equipment. The fate is similar to many next-gen solar manufacturing startups, and represents large losses for investors. Read more »
Elon Musk just unveiled the design of the Hyperloop, which could enable us to travel 800 miles per hour between SF and LA. Here’s some potential hurdles with such a plan, from a Navigant Research analyst. Read more »
Electric car charging station company, Ecotality, is in trouble. It’s having a hard time improving sales and raising enough money to stay alive, and it shows once again how tough it is to survive in an emerging market. Read more »
A glowing, plastic polar bear out to save his real-world counterparts uses real-time data and electricity consumption sensors to change people’s habits. It’s a good example of how real-time data and ambient information could influence behavior. Read more »
After weeks of anticipation, Musk’s open-source design is here. While he hopes someone else will take up developing the new transit mode, he said he will build a prototype if no one else does. Read more »
Tesla has been working for awhile on providing the option of video cameras instead of side door mirrors, which could reduce drag, add a cool tech aspect, and even give different visibility functions. When they showed off the Model X prototype in Winter 2012 it had video camera mirrors. While regulators have long pushed back on this idea, interviews suggest that Tesla is spear-heading trying to change these regulations.
The local authority in London’s financial district has put the brakes on a startup’s pilot program, which used smart recycling bins to log the identifiers of passing mobile devices. Read more »