The Illustrated Chair

In Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, a time-traveling vagrant appears and is intricately tattooed from head to toe. But his tattoos are not ordinary—they project the future. Vizera™ projects the furniture…in any pattern or color you wish to see. With this new technology from VizeraLabs, the showroom concept is transformed…they could actually be displays in coffee shops.

The pace of technology is turning everything into an information technology—even the boring, shabby world of retail. Vizera is like Bradbury’s tattoo artist. It shows the pattern before you have it stitched.

See Me, Feel Me

Miles Barr
photo/MIT Technology Review

Miles Barr, MIT student, inventor of ClearView Power,TM a transparent coating technology enabling any surface to convert ambient light into electricity…can be integrated into any mobile or computing device as an auxiliary power generator, or any window to offset grid consumption. Imagine electric power plants, ubiquitous and invisible.

It’s only the beginning.

Autonomic Aftermath Of 2008

Can a debt crisis be solved with massive borrowing? A scholar looks at the financial crisis of 2008 and discovers that everything he thought about it was wrong and then exposes the disastrous conventional wisdom that went thankfully unheeded. It’s a fascinating look at the self-healing power of open systems and how at-odds corrective-measures are with our basic instincts.

Never underestimate the value of going against the grain.

 

‘Field Of Dreams’

Ivanpah Solar Plant
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation Plant  photo/Brightsource

What has 300,000 garage door-size mirrors, 40 story towers, costs 2.2 billion dollars, powers 140,000 homes, uproots tortoises from their homes, and ignites one bird every two minutes (labelled “streamers” by wildlife experts)…?

Ivanpah Solar is jointly-owned by Brightsource, NRG, and Google. Their belief in clean energy is proving to be as quixotic as the belief in clean data and secure browsers. Where Wind Power has been found to ravage ecosystems and kill endangered species on the ground and in the air, Solar uproots desert wildlife and ignites birds inflight. And while Solar advances toward the levelized cost of natural gas the natural gas pipeline industry has a generational lead managing ecosystem effects.

Every field of dreams generates its own set of nightmares but where dreams meet money, well…you just never know.

Ivanpah Solar Farms
photo/Brightsource

Body Heat

Today there are 7 billion distributed energy generators roaming the planet…

David Carroll - Wake Forest
David Carroll …photo/Wake Forest

You can generate enough power from your body heat to power your cell phone. It turns out your campfire, car dashboard, even your body generates enough heat to recharge electronic devices. All you need is a way to capture the heat and convert it to watts. Power Felt, invented by David Carroll at Wake Forest does exactly that.

For those of us who’ve long been involved in distributed energy architectures, converting body heat into watts is the archetype. You may not be able to heat your home or power your car with your own body heat but for 7 billion people to power their mobile devices for the one-time cost of a piece of clothing is transformational and disruptive on a planetary scale. Carroll sees sensors embedded in Power Felt providing advance warnings of heart-failure. Let your imagination run.

With the IT world gearing-up for Big Data, Big Computing, and high-powered datacenters, the most disruptive technologies may turn out to be Small Data and low-powered sensors distributed across a sea of humanity.

power felt
Power Felt …photo/Wake Forest