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    BMW to preview its in-vehicle ConnectedDrive store at CES 2015

    By Jack Matthew Klein | December 30, 2014

     

     

     

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    At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week BMW will announce an in-vehicle ConnectedDrive Store which will allow users to select various ConnectedDrive services, and apps. BMW thus becomes is the first auto manufacturer to offer this convenience through the car itself in addition to its sales channels and call center.

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      Google Unveils Working Version of its Self-Driving Prototype

      By Jack Matthew Klein | December 24, 2014

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      On Monday Google released images of a working prototype of its self-driving car. The differences between this version and the mockup unveiled last May are that 1) This version is a working model; 2) Google has added real headlights and changed the mounting of the LIDAR vision system, now sitting directly on the roof without the previous, roof-mounted supports; and 3) In May Google claimed the car “won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pad, or brake pedal because they don’t need them,” but this prototype, in order to comply with California DMV rules during testing, will employ the usual manual controls.

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        Experimental battery has 3 times higher energy density than conventional lithium ion designs

        By Jack Matthew Klein | December 19, 2014

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        Fig. 1–Discharge performance of test cell with sulfur-porous carbon composite positive and silicon based negative electrode.

        The electric powertrains used in EVs (electric vehicles) and HEVs (hybrid electric vehicles) need secondary batteries that can be charged and discharged frequently. (A “secondary battery” or “battery pack” is a collection of cells or cell assemblies which are ready for use.

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          With BMW’s Remote Valet Parking Assistant a car will drop you off, park itself, and return to pick you up

          By Jack Matthew Klein | December 17, 2014

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          In the futuristic TV cartoon the Jetsons, which originally aired in the early 1960s and was revisited in the mid-1980s, George Jetson could be seen standing outside of his apartment complex and with the press of a button he would summon his flying car to come and pick him up.

          Well, cars still don’t fly but the notion of a car automatically coming to claim its master is getting a lot closer to reality.

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            Synchrophasor, WASA solutions to reinvigorate transmission grid

            By Majeed Ahmad | December 17, 2014

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            The global transmission synchrophasor revenue is expected to grow from US$8.5 billion in 2014 to US$16.7 billion in 2023, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report also amalgamates synchrophasor or phasor measurement units (PMUs) into wide area situational awareness (WASA) solutions and creates a new phrase: synchrophasor and wide-area situational awareness (SWASA).

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              Intel and Luxottica sign smart tech deal for high end wearable

              December 13, 2014

              Intel and Global eyewear distributer, Luxottica have signed a research and development agreement to collaborate on the design of premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology.

              The partnership, which was announced at the New York Times International Luxury Conference in Miami in early December 3 will reportedly  push the boundaries of research and development to anticipate what smart technology “for eyewear will look like in the future,” according to a statement issued by Luxottica.

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                UC Berkeley organic electronics devices to find new applications in cheap, wearable medical sensors

                December 13, 2014

                Organic electronics will find a plethora of new applications in cheap, wearable medical sensors like fitness trackers, scientists predict.

                Organic electronics is a field of material science concerning the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of organic small molecules or polymers that show desirable electronic properties such as conductivity.

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                  The wearable technology market is poised for major growth in 2105

                  The wearable technology market is poised for major growth in 2105 according to a report from Forrester Research which claims that the the number of people using a wearable computer will triple in 2015, led by the introduction of the Apple Watch, predicted to generate 10 million users next year.

                  The report notes that wearable tech is currently more popular in the U.S.