Wireless Power

Unlike those „wireless power“ gimmicks shown at CES, which require special connectors and devices actually touch the power source, this one transmits power over the air – we are talking about 60 watts power over two feet, at 75% power efficiency.

Based on principles proposed by MIT physicists, Intel researchers have been working on a Wireless Resonant Energy Link (WREL).
WREL promises to deliver wireless power safely and efficiently. The technology relies on strongly coupled resonators. Intel says that with this technology enabled in a laptop, for example, batteries could be recharged when the laptop gets within several feet of the transmit resonator. Many engineering challenges remain, but the company’s researchers hope to find a way to cut the last cord in mobile devices and someday enable wireless power in Intel-based platforms.
Here are some pictures:

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Windows Window

081808_tf_Fenetres-31 From the designer of the Paint Or Die But Love Me table, John Nouanesing, comes a new concept in his collection. Fenêtres 3.1, a real window complete with „code“ shades, is not on the horizon for production yet, as far as we can tell.

But for now, his concept illustration stands for the connection that we all embrace here at Unplggd: Technology and home decor does not have to be mutually exclusive.  \

Source: unplggd.com/

Apple Now Worth More Than Google

Digital Daily notes that Apple’s market capitalization at $159.37 billion is now worth more than Google’s which is at $157.56 billion. Apple’s market cap first exceeded $100 billion in May of 2007. Apple was included into the S&P 100 index at that time. For interest, MacDailyNews compiled a list of the market values of other notable companies:

– Microsoft (MSFT) – $255,648,204,000
– IBM (IBM) – $169,964,678,000
– Apple (AAPL) – $157,012,662,240
– Google (GOOG) – $156,392,862,560
– Cisco (CSCO) – $142,125,692,160
– Intel (INTC) – $135,658,860,000
– Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) – $111,866,423,760
– Nokia (NOK) – $97,746,699,520
– Research In Motion (RIMM) – $71,143,935,000
– Disney (DIS) – $59,257,501,500
– Dell (DELL) – $50,483,256,060

The practical significance of this ranking of market cap is little, but does always revive a famous comment by Michael Dell in 1997 when asked about what he would do to fix the then money-losing Apple:

„What would I do? I’d shut [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders,“ Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.

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Honeycomb Skyscraper

sinosteelplaza Design goodness hunters Dezeen got this pictures of the 1,174-feet-high Sinosteel International Plaza in Tinajin, China, designed by architects MAD—or just mad architects. The external white honeycomb structure, with huge hexagonal windows that vary sightly in size, is not just for the pretty looks: it will sustain the whole building without the need for any internal structure. And make it look like a huge wasp nest to me.

From the inside, however, each room looks like a space station.

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