Solar-cell power conversion requirements keep growing

Microsoft envisions the next-generation LCD

Scientists from Microsoft Research and the University of Washington claim to have developed a new display technology that could be four times as efficient in terms of backlight transmission as today’s LCDs and display perfect black color. At the same time the display technology could be manufactured economically, the researchers claim. Their idea: Telescopic pixels that are equipped with a pair of mirrors.

Cree expects LED lighting production costs to drop fast

Craigslist scammer pretends to be father of fallen soldier

There’s a sickening Craigslist scammer who is pretending to be the father of a fallen US soldier.  The scammer has placed ads in Michigan-area Craigslist sites selling his son's BMW for cheap, but here’s the problem – the scammer isn’t the father and the car doesn’t exist.  Now the Better Business Bureau in Eastern Michigan is warning people to be vigilant against such ads.

Smartlet Charging stations an idea to recharge your plug-in hybrid vehicle

Coulomb Technologies has come up with a technology that could deliver a vehicle recharging technology to municipalities and parking lot owners by the end of the year.

TFT LCD equipment sales to go up 58% to US$13 billion in 2008, DisplaySearch says

YouTube coming to Tivo

You’ll soon be able to watch your favorite YouTube videos on the Tivo digital video recorder.  Like the YouTube website, the Tivo interface will allow subscribers to search for videos by keyword or by filtering with options like featured, most recent, top favorites, most viewed and top rated.  Tivo says the YouTube functionality will be phased in over the next few weeks.

Airline Internet will rely on 4G, snubs WiMAX and CDMA

The market for Internet in planes is heating up, but don't expect any talks about WiMAX. Airborne Internet provider Aircell has announced its long term technology roadmap and WiMAX and CDMA are left in the cold.  The Illinois company says it will switch to 4G (also known as 3GPP Long Term Evolution) for its future products.

General Motors researching HUD windshields for the elderly

Notebook platform transition to be faster this year

LED lighting may soon be available for mainstream use

A major issue of reducing the cost of “solid state lighting” has recently been overcome by researchers at Purdue University. A new silicon-based production technology could help to reduce the electricity consumption by 10% if it were to be widely adopted and utilized.

American Airlines testing anti-missile lasers

Work out on the waves: River Gym of New York

Think about your typical city gym: Tons of jogging, lifting, spinning, stair stepping but no one is actually moving anywhere. That is tons of wasted energy. That is where the innovative idea of the River Gym comes in. Architect Mitchell Joachim of Archinode Studio and Douglas Joachim, a lecturer and personal trainer, believe that there is a use for that energy, and that’s where this design idea came from.

Global PC market grew 16% in Q2 - Gartner

Asia-Pacific region viewed as most exciting place for WiMax take-up

LCD monitor industry players believe demand may recover in Q4

Falling WiMax chipset prices spell good news for adoption rates

Product launches to drive strong handset growth in H2 2008, says research firm

MIT develops iShoe to keep you on your feet

You may not need MIT’s iShoe technology now, but at a certain point in your life you are likely to be grateful for the technology Erez Lieberman is working on. His iShoe is able to detect balance problems in your feet to prevent future falls.  

Undersea volcanic rocks offer storage for greenhouse gases

A group of scientists has conducted experiments utilizing deep ocean-floor drilling to show that volcanic rocks located off of the West Coast of the U.S. and in other areas could potentially be capable of securely capturing and storing large amounts of global-warming causing carbon dioxide that is captured from power plants and other sources. According to the scientists, natural chemical reactions under 30,000 square miles of ocean floor off of the coast of Oregon, California, Washington and British Columbia could potentially be capable of trapping as much as 150 years worth of U.S. carbon dioxide production.