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fascinating.
 
I almost broke my brain with a backwards bicycle for the sake of Science. I would appreciate it if you would share this video so people become aware of their own cognitive biases.
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Solar powered electrolytic desalination (sounds like a win-win to me)
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This looks like a project that could seamlessly insert Tesla's Solar panel/battery storage solution. 

From the article, they "... use a bank of lead-acid batteries, similar to those found in cars and trucks. These are charged up during the day by a set of solar panels, making the system entirely self-sustaining."
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slightly unexpected, but makes sense. conductive ink can now be printed on labels making RFID strips as cheap as bar codes. 

 It also ties into that Disney IDSense video I shared a couple days ago.
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RFID just came of age.
Barcodes on packaged goods could soon be a thing of the past with the rapid expansion of chipless tags, and Monash University researchers are at the forefront of developing this technology.
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Interesting, but appears incompatible with standard HF and VHF RFID tags and readers.
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A shoe that can be worn for years by a child, unsnapping and resnapping as he or she grows. If each pair bought also means a pair donated to the needy, shut up and take my money.
Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases. The Shoe That Grows is a better solution to help children protect their feet than just regular shoes, shoes that don’t fit, or no shoes at all. The Shoe That Grows adjusts five sizes and last five years – providing better protection and better health for children.
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Next will be home batteries to store that solar/wind power.
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The life expectancy and capacity of current storage systems is very good. The next leap will be in size and life cycle. There's no question that many home have size limitations. But part of the equation is expectations for a given amount of energy supply.

A key issue is how the utility operates the existing electricity grid. In Canada some utility providers offer guaranteed rates to supply electricity to the grid instead of building a large storage system. Many home owners install a blended system, that accomplishes both storage and supply of power back to the grid. A typical solar system with storage and supply back to the grid is $12-15,000 USD including installation. The life expectancy of the panels is 15 years and battery life 5-7 years using traditional deep cycle batteries that have high amp capacity. Inverters are evolving as LED lights become more popular and lower in cost, the number of appliances that need 120/240 volt power is dropping from 30-50 outlets to just 5 to 8. Inverter costs are beginning to decline along with wiring costs as more and more outlets can be changed to just 12 volts. Amps required for a home are expected to drop from 120 / 200 to less than 60. New home construction should begin to see these changes over the next 10 years.
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 #AI
 
code in that you want it to make. 3d versions of a 2d image of a face for instance, and feed it enough examples, it figures out the rest for itself

Not general artificial intelligence by any stretch, but it's going to make some historically very difficult problems simply melt away.
Most recent advances in artificial intelligence—such as mobile apps that convert speech to text—are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns.
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Learning about pattern language today. It seems like a way to simplify concepts when building complex open source physical objects. Intrigued, but not convinced.
One of the issues of open source hardware development is the fragmented nature of documentation materials which vary not only in clarity and quality but are also spread out across a host of different platforms. This situation contributes to a general sense of disorientation when newcomers want ...
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So that's how they do that.
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A sticker with no source of power acting as a touch control, motion sensor, and object identifier. Who knew RFID tags could be used for something other than big brother surveillance?
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+John Said heh not fine enough control for the tv... but as a dimmer for the lights.... heh, that would work well.
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Robot chef able to cook thousands of meals, because trained chefs walked it through the moves. projected to be on sale in 2017.  

Futures coming. Faster than you think.
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I've lived in the Seattle area now for about fifteen years. Absolutely true.
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Washington state sure has some beautiful scenery for picture taken.
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