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IBM's Breakthrough Seaweed Battery
No Heavy Metals, Plus Rapid Charging, Cheaper, More Efficient, Good For Environment
IBM and Mercedes Partner to Commercialize
IBM has created a revolutionary battery that replaces the heavy metals in the cathode with 3 elements extracted from seawater. They are also utilizing a new type of liquid electrolyte. It's a safer, more "ethically sourced" and highly efficient new type of battery. The standard heavy metals used like nickel and cobalt are very harmful to the environment and pose humanitarian risks in mining. IBM says this new seawater battery outperforms lithium-ion batteries in major respects.
Already Going Commercial
This battery invention has the potential to be a blockbuster and is worthy of being tracked by investors. IBM says the battery can be optimized to surpass the capability of lithium-ion batteries in terms of lower costs, faster charging time, higher power and energy density, stronger energy efficiency and lower flammability. The big application is for electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is partnering with IBM to commercialize the new technology.
IBM says their new battery invention could transform the long term sustainability of many parts of our energy infrastructure. The company is keeping details on the makeup of the battery under wraps. But we do know the battery rapidly charges at a pace of 80% in five minutes. And using elements from seawater as a key component make it sustainable and much better for the environment.
Technical University of Vienna's Landmark Cloaking Technology Research Source: Technical University of Vienna - Light Beams of Invisibility - Cloaking Tech Viennese Cloaking Cloaking technology has been a source of fascination in Star Trek and Harry Potter adventures. It's also among the Holy Grail for technologists. According to a study by physicists at Technical University of Vienna, it could become a reality with a specially designed material that can mask itself from other forms of light when it's hit with a "beam of invisibility". The Viennese have developed a special light wave, masking technology that they think delivers cloaking. They're experimenting with it and developing it. Shining the Light on New Cloaking Tech The concept involves shining a beam, like a laser, onto material from above to pump it full of energy. Here's the trick. The pattern that's projected into the object to render it invisible has to perfectly match the
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
New Fun Tech - Powered, Standup Water Board Source: Yanmar's on-water gadget Wheeebo From Japan, for Calm Waters It's called Wheebo and it's new, fun tech from Japan. Wheeebo is a battery powered, standup water board that can glide you across the water up to 3&1/2 mph. Invented by the marine engine manufacturer Yanmar, it's designed for relatively calm waters, controlled by shifting your weight on the board, has a hand held remote control for acceleration and is said to be easy for anyone to enjoy. For more details, go to Important Innovations Collection: New Water Sport - Wheeebo : Powered Board "Water Gadget" Source: Yanmar's Wheeebo From Japan at Speeds Up To 3&1/2 MPH This looks like a fun...