The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is different enough to warrant new cases, and has valuable new features, but the processor and RAM are the same as the Model B. The price remains the same too, at $35. Read more »
Tesla’s charging network is growing fast. Read more »
Frickin’ laser beams will power Sungevity’s new instant quote service. Read more »
Big Blue’s research plans calls for smaller silicon chips and a future in which silicon isn’t even necessary as it invests in other areas of exploratory manufacturing. Read more »
Turns out I’m not the only hater in town when it comes to the “solar freakin’ roadways” project. Since I wrote that “we don’t need solar roadways, we need to unleash current solar panels,” back in May the solar roadway’s Indiegogo project raised $2.2 million, over double their goal of $1 million. But Scientific American just published a well researched take down of the hard road ahead that such a technology would face — the article looks into the technical and cost hurdles. Check it out here if you’ve been following this project.
While solar companies descend on San Francisco this week, it’s the batteries that everyone’s talking about. Read more »
The study also suggested that postal processing plants could be used as local 3D printing centers to make product shipping faster. Read more »
Last summer, 3D printing enthusiast LeoM developed a 3D printable film camera and posted it on 3D design repository Thingiverse. Now, he’s offering a kit on a French crowdfunding site that includes the non-plastic parts needed to make the camera. He will use the funding to add improvements like compatibility with more types of film, making it easier to use and improving documentation. The camera’s design is still open source.
The state is getting a third solar panel farm from Apple to power its huge data center in the region. Read more »
Drones can film from interesting vantage points that were previously impossible, but a recent trend of flying them directly into fireworks displays might break local rules. Read more »
The recently launched startup has reinvented the stereolithographic 3D printer with a design that cuts out the need for a break between printing layers, allowing it to print constantly. It will go on sale in 2015. Read more »
Happy birthday, old man solar. It’s time for you to shine now. Read more »
It will cost $9,000 or $10,000 a pound to send cargo into space aboard the Alpha. That’s more expensive than SpaceX, but the Alpha only holds 882 pounds. Read more »
It looks like bringing back F8 wasn’t enough for Facebook. Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in March, will host its first developer conference Sept. 19-20 in Los Angeles. The conference, which is called Connect, will feature CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey and CTO and virtual reality pioneer John Carmack as keynote speakers. The first consumer version of Oculus’ Rift virtual reality headset is expected to debut in the next year, so the conference could feature updates on the form it will take. Applications to attend open July 10.
Global competition for STEM graduates is heating up. And although American universities are training some of the world’s top talent, we’re losing this investment upon graduation. Mediaocean’s John Bauschard proposes several changes to immigration policy to help stop the loss. Read more »
We are already surrounded by bots in the form of ATMs, GPS systems and Nest thermostats. Our appliances will become autonomous one by one, but we’ll still refuse to call them robots. Read more »
Can your shirt display, or even send, a text message? How about monitor your heart rate? A new generation of textiles are redefining what it means to be a wearable device. Read more »
The British hydrogen fuel cell company Intelligent Energy (IE) has floated on the London Stock Exchange at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The firm raised $69 million in the Thursday IPO for 8.8 percent of its shares, along with $27 million from Singaporean wealth fund GIC, which now owns around 10 percent of the firm. IE will use the money to sell backup power units for cellular base stations in India, and to support the launch of its Upp personal energy generator (pictured), according to the Financial Times. Early reviews suggest one Upp hydrogen cartridge can charge a mobile device 5 times. IE, which has been developing its technology for 13 years, also plans to make fuel cells for vehicles.
Look at these award-winning photos from drone photographers around the world — they show how “drones,” which can have a scary connotation, have so much to offer. Read more »
BMW is 3D-printing “finger cots” for some of its factory workers, the German carmaker said this week. Working alongside ergonomics researchers from the Technical University of Munich, BMW uses mobile 3D hand scanners to create tailored thumb-protectors for each worker. The printing is done with a selective laser sintering (SLS) process, using a precisely targeted laser to form a pre-modelled solid mass out of a thermoplastic polyurethane powder. The cots act as splints to counter thumb joint stress, helping workers who are fitting rubber plugs.
Solar panels for 28 cents per watt — that’s what startup Siva Power says it could one day deliver. Read more »
Is silicon the solution to cheap abundant LED lighting? Read more »
Scientists have researched the effectiveness of deep learning techniques for discovering exotic particles and found some significant improvements over previous methods. They believe deep learning could help analyze data from the Large Hadron Collider. Read more »
Our coverage direction remains the same, but we’ve decided to arrange the furniture a little differently here at Gigaom. Read more »
After a short 24-hour delay, NASA launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Wednesday morning, which contains a satellite and a spectrometer that will monitor carbon emissions from on high. The tool measures the colors of sunlight that bounce off of the earth — the intensity of the colors indicates how much carbon dioxide there as the light passes through the atmosphere. Check out this article for more on how cutting-edge tech in the skies is seeking answers to the world’s changing climate.
The connected home needs amazing software, and no one company has cracked that yet, but Wink, a newly created company spun out of Quirky plans to try. Read more »
After installing the next version of Android, you should see noticeably better battery life. How? Google scrutinized how individual phone components use power and optimized Android L to boost battery life because every one second of active use reduces standby time by two minutes. Read more »
Another big funding round for an alternative transportation startup — this time one that builds ride-sharing networks across Europe. Read more »
The web-based integration service If This Then That, which is trying to tie your physical connected devices to your digital services (and everything to each other), now supports the Nest thermostat. Or rather the Nest thermostat, which is the subject of a new open developer program, now supports IFTTT. So now readers could geo-fence their Nest to their phones, change their temps based on incoming emails (your ex sends an email the temp drops 30 degrees!) or whatever other recipes you’d like. Yes, all this will likely be available via the Nest developer program, but IFTTT is a way to bring in devices that may not yet be supported.
Tech innovations are leading to better and more low cost ways to monitor Earth’s vital signs and answer tough questions. Read more »
Nest’s recent acquisition of Dropcam sheds light on an important question for the future of the smart home: how to integrate the larger connected home as hundreds of connected devices enter the home. Read more »
Gigaom spoke with Nvidia automotive guru Danny Shapiro about what Android Auto will look like and why the car won’t be the next front in the mobile OS war. Read more »
Should energy storage be as clean as the renewable energy that it will be paired with? Read more »
An analyst firm has estimated the European and U.S. smart home market, but what’s more revealing is how it is thinking about the market categories. Read more »
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard. Read more »
New tools for home energy — from a solar roof to better insulation — are leading to big growth for a six-year-old startup in New England. Read more »
As SunPower moves into SolarCity’s market, SolarCity moves into SunPower’s. How a young business model upstart and a three-decade old solar maker morphed into unusual competitors. Read more »
SunPower gives a sneak peek of a battery pilot project it’s been working on in California. Batteries and solar panels could transform the edge of the power grid in some places in the world. Read more »
Nest is opening up its API for developers at long last starting with integrations from Chamberlain, LIFX, Whirlpool and more. Check out its ideas and see where it needs to go. Read more »
Stop feeling so guilty about piling on the gadgets. Technology gains are leading to more energy-efficient gadgets. Read more »