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First polymer solar-thermal device heats home and generate electricity

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Nuclear crisis, which suffered Japan finally has make many countries around the world to go to put more innovations that rely on renewable energy, to be an ideal alternative to nuclear power. Even if did not provide the same amount of energy provided by nuclear energy but still enjoy a higher security, as well as the lack of a negative impact on the environment.

Some renewable energy innovations has characterized similarities between each other. However, there are other innovations truly distinctive to attract the minds and attention by its uniqueness in terms of the idea first and second its application. And here one of them:

Using both of light and heat

A team of Wake Forest University has invented a new type of devices that can exploit to sources of power at the same time. Where they designed a device that can take advantage of solar energy and thermal energy at the same time.

where is the use of infrared thermal power generation , and the combination of heat and light can that offers great benefit to mankind by providing about 40 % of the cost in heating and heating processes , as the amount of the value of energy bills> In addition to that the device can also generate electrical energy .

This device is a fuel cell hybrid flat composed of a set of pipes , transparent , and when shining sunlight on those tubes containing fuel mixed with dye that generate heat energy big that can heat a home. while the electric current are generated after spraying the back side of pipe compound an electric light , and the final result and the unit has a solar thermal conversion efficiency of 30 % .

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References:

First polymer solar-thermal device heats home, saves money: http://www.kurzweilai.net/first-polymer-solar-thermal-device-heats-home-saves-money

Device can heat home, save money: http://news.wfu.edu/2011/04/18/device-can-heat-home-save-money/

Solar-thermal device uses a spray-on polymer photovoltaic: http://goo.gl/JmMcf3

Polymer solar photovoltaic thermal device provides heat, saves money: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/04/pv-solar-thermal-combination

 

Burj Khalifa

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What you see in this picture is not a wonderful building for a legendary science fiction movies, it is a mythical building of the ground bears the name of the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai as it started), which is the tallest tower in the world!

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Burj Khalifa is located in the amazing city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is owned by Emaar company, which is one of the largest companies in the world!

When  talking about the Burj Khalifa, we are not talking about a building or tower in the sense that we know, but we talk about the first vertical integrated city in the world! Where will the Burj Khalifa a big house for 100,000 people!! It features shops and places of entertainment and hotels and residential buildings and private suites for institutions and panoramic garden! To imagine the size of the Burj Khalifa, let’s see this picture.

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The height of Burj Khalifa is about 828 meters, but imagine the length of the tower to look at this picture from above the Burj Khalifa.

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The cost of the establishment of the Burj Khalifa is 3.67 billion dirhams (about 1 billion U.S. dollars). In fact,  the total area is ​​4,000,000 square meters, the tower consists of 162 floors, including 37 floors as a hotel to include 403 suites, featuring the Burj Khalifa as the first hotel in the world designed by famous designer Giorgio Armani himself!

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in January 2004,  burj khalifa project started. It consumed about 330 thousand cubic meters of concrete, and about 39 thousand metric tons of steel bars, and about 142 thousand square meters of glass.

We can not talk about the Burj Khalifa and the city surrounding it without talking about the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the Middle East, with an area of up to 1.1 million square meters of commercial space and entertainment, which includes about 1,200 commercial store, and the number of visitors up to about three million visitors every month.

In spite of the Burj Khalifa is known as the tallest tower in the world , but this is not the lead record only achieved by the tower , but the Burj Khalifa also won the following:

– The tallest skyscraper in the world , up 828 meters

– Tallest building in the world has accomplished man , up 828 meters .

– The building , which contains the most number of floors with 160 floors.

– the highest elevator in the world.

– The world’s fastest elevator speed of 64 km / h.

– The highest rise up to the process of pumping cement in the world , up 605 meters .

– The highest observation deck open to the public in the world.

– The longest distance traveled by the elevator in the world.

– The highest mosque in the world at an altitude of 600 meters .

– Faster wireless internet speeds in the world 21 Mbps !

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References:

Burj khalifa official website : http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/

Burj khalifa : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa

The skyscraper center: http://skyscrapercenter.com/dubai/burj-khalifa/

Coin card

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Day after day the world turns to be a technological world, especially in the field of money. In our days, our pockets has a large number of credit cards because we have accounts in more than one bank debit cards as well as from different shops reward cards. the solution came with Coin.

Coin is a Supplement card, as shown above, which is an electronic card within the size regular cards. But it has a button and a small screen. Also,  you can program it and add cards to credit by using a special supplement with Apple.

So how can I choose the right card?  When you want to purchase click on the button in the card to choose between your registered cards. It will show you the name of the card in  the small screen, and then handed the seller your coin card . it is that easy.

Inside the card, there is a  battery. The battery communicates by Bluetooth 4 with  Apple products. According to the developer, the battery works for two years of normal use and it has a resistant to water. And it will not be affected by any liquid. In addition, Because the card is connected to your phone by Bluetooth, so it can alert you if it moved away.

The price of the card is  $ 100 and will be available soon. You can preorder it and save 50% through their website:

https://onlycoin.com/?referral=5XbIwVTD

You can learn more about it and how to use it in this video.

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References:

The coin : https://onlycoin.com/?referral=5XbIwVTD

Digital credit card Coin adds new features after post-launch criticism: http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/20/technology/innovation/coin-card-startup/

Coin eight-in-one Bluetooth credit card adds security features, boosted pre-order availability: http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/20/coin-credit-card/

One Coin for All of Your Cards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Sx34swEG0

 

 

Case N , from car to your phone

honda-smartphone-airbag-650x0Every day, new technologies are shown to us. Some of these technologies are useful and others are strange In fact, some people like to buy this strange technology to try it. But this time I will talk about a case that might probably gets the title of “the weirdest accessory for 2013” – if it is real – and especially as it comes from a big company, but not in cell pone accessories; this Company is “Honda” and the product is a bag for Smartphone devices.

In the world of cars, there are a lot of safety features such as belts and airbags, which is one of the most prevalent means of security and development. But it seems that Honda are thinking of transferring this technology to the world of Smartphone devices specifically for casings.

Honda has released a video on the front page of their official YouTube channel. They are already working on the cover by using airbags. The airbags opens when the device falls to the ground.

Watch the following video (in Japanese), and you’ll know about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohp_PbYghWE

There are not many details about the product, whether it is really a case or Honda will a show us it is an advertisement for their new car?!,

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To sum up,  as we saw in the last previous video, Honda designed a large case that has a Bags open at the fall open during 0.2 seconds. a canister of carbon dioxide gas fills the bag . so, it does not crash.  I do not expect to see this product soon, but that does not mean we will not see it forever.

Or Honda may be start to develop a new type of accessories, no one knows.

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References:

Honda makes a smartphone airbag … no, this is not a joke :http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/honda-case-n-fits-airbags-to-your-smartphone/

Honda invents airbag case to protect your smartphone: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/honda-invents-airbag-smartphone-case-article-1.1539095#ixzz2mv0UgVbV

The airbag for your MOBILE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2518898/Honda-creates-Case-N-device-gives-phone-soft-landing-dropped.html

Smartphone Case N: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohp_PbYghWE

 

It is hard to choose, But its good for us

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As the technology gets more development, most of the companies try to take the lead. And Mobile industry is good market to use these new technologies. The personal assistant in smart phone is an example of a technology that make the cell phone more favorable.

The personal assistant in modern Smartphone devices started with Siri in 2011, and then major companies start to provide peer-strong competitor.

Google “Now” and Samsung “S Voice” are two major noticeable Smartphone personal assistants. In addition,  Samsung hired the previous manager of  Siri project. And Samsung works on the project “Sami” to compete with Siri.

Recently, both Google Now and Siri have got a lot of updates and so it’s time to get to know who has the best service?

Phone Buff is a channel in Youtube.com that cares about the technology. Phone Buff has an interesting test for each of Siri and Google Now.  Usually, the tests put both devices and compare them at the same time by asking the same question to know, from the answers, which one is faster and better. However, they wanted to to provide something new which is ” the best in the two “. And that had done by asking 50 questions on different personal assistant. The goal is to show the best of Siri and Google Now and leaves the user to answer a question which one can assist you better? ” . watch these two videos and choose your answer.

1-  Siri : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtwVQhEXCcc#t=0

2- Google Now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vT0AWDq3DE#t=7

It is hard to choose, But its good for us because the customers will have the best technologies with an affordable price.

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References:

Google Now Just Got a Siri-ous Update http://technorati.com/technology/article/google-now-just-got-a-siri/

Google Now voice search vs Siri: Battle of the personal assistants:  http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/124938-google-now-voice-search-vs-siri-battle-of-the-personal-assistants

Siri vs Google Now – Which Personal Assistant Is Best?: http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Apps/a/Siri-vs-Google-Now.htm

Smarty Ring

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Some designers from India are trying to have the necessary material to start commercial production of intelligent ring that can be connected to smartphones and tablet via Bluetooth.

The designers are trying to get funding of 40 thousand U.S. dollars through the campaign on the platform of “indiegogo” specialized in collecting the necessary material support for projects emerging.

The designers of the Smart ring (Smarty Ring) it is associated with smart devices via Bluetooth 4.0, and includes a screen-type LED to show the alerts received from users’ computers.

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Ring users can get alerts for calls, text messages or e-mails received on the Smartphone. in addition to the new posts alerts on social networks such as Facebook  or Twitter. In addition, it alerts with the remaining quantity of battery power , and show the local time of the country.

The ring ,also, can work as a remote control in smartphones or tablets, where it can be used to answer or reject incoming calls , or control the camera and operate the shutter button , or music control , or change the conditions of the phones ( general, silent,.. etc).

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The designers said that, Smarty Ringhas the unique feature allows the user to run the sound of the bell in his/her cell phone in the event of loss, in order to easily find it , and that the sound of the bell supports the work even if you are running in silent mode mobile device .

The ring supports intelligent charging Wireless. Also promised to provide for the application of smart devices at the launch in the market , which is the application that facilitates the user to manage the ring and determine the quality of alerts that you want to appear on the Smarty Ring.

It is intended designers, provide battery capacity of 22 MA/h . This battery is going to work for about 24 hours straight.

You can watch this video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQlpY0LXgg#t=23

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References:

Smarty Ring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQlpY0LXgg#t=23

Smarty ring official website: http://smartyring.com/

Smarty Ring Sends Smartphone Updates to Your Finger: http://mashable.com/2013/12/08/smarty-ring/

Smarty Ring: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smarty-ring

smarty ring (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQlpY0LXgg#t=23

 

Anki Drive

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In Apple Conference  WWDC 2013,  Apple has to allow the Executive Director of the new company talk about his product. And when he ascended “Boris” to the podium began to explain “Anki Drive”, which at first, seems to be a  new kids game. However, it is not ,especially, after you can see that there is a merging between  the physical and the real world in a game. The Time magazine chose “Anki” to be among the top 25 inventions for 2013. So What is this game?

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The idea of ​​”Anki” starts when Boris and his colleague Gabriel working on their doctorate before 6 years. Then, they began to work to combine their expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence and programming. Indeed, Anki is becoming alive.

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Anki is a plastic race-car such as those we buy from stores, but this car is characterized by intelligently industrial and can see the racetrack and other vehicles to avoid crashes. And it also doing a lot of things, watch the following video at WWDC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnsR-kZUx6o#t=0

Anki Drive has been launched for sale to the consumer through the Apple retail stores on October 23 last versus $ 200 to get two cars and a race track and a fast charger is capable of charging 3 cars at the same time. In addition to tiers cleaner. The company launched the application of a special game, and through which you can drive the car and activating the weapons to fire – not real ones – the cars that come on your way to win the race. Watch a video explaining the fighting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0P1SsJDG4

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References:

Anki Drive : http://anki.com/?gclid=CKLq1ovbobsCFS4aOgodaHkAzA

Anki Drive Review: Slot-Car Racing for the Robotics Age :http://techland.time.com/2013/10/25/anki-drive-review/

The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013: http://techland.time.com/the-25-best-inventions-of-the-year-2013/

Anki DRIVE™ Battle Mode Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0P1SsJDG4

Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote – Anki Drive (cars):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnsR-kZUx6o#t=0

 

3D iPad Camera Sensor

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Kinect is one of the secrets of the success of the gaming device “Xbox”. it is a camera which has made interaction with the gaming experience with unprecedented because it is your perception of your surroundings and take you to be inside the game. Most of us think that Apple products are capable of doing anything. Therefore, a team of developers tried to design a sensitive camera works like Kinect and convey their experience to the world of the iPad.

The camera can be installed on the back of the iPad which you shoot that whether we like, and it scans for what we want and filmed estimated dimensions  to be  “3D”  pictures. This camera had been offered by the site kickstarter to collect 100 thousand dollars to support the product. By the end of the collection, They collected about $ 1.29 million.

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The camera can portray anything angles and dimensions. Also, it can identify the depth, distance and size of each body. So, you would have a three-dimensional model of something that you want, and this can be used in many things ,SUCH AS:

1-  Games : you can create a game and race in a  car track at your home. It is  filming the room and identify places that points out an additional “bonus” and start the race and spin and move and jump drive that appear on the screen of the iPad in your room. You might think it is ” crazy ” but look at your screen you will see a race car is already going on in the room.

2- at the house : Sometimes you want to buy a table or a bed, so you start to take measurements. but this camera can portray your room and take the measurement. So, just go to the store and when you see what you want to buy out the iPad and take a 3D picture of the furniture then add it to your room to see if they are really suitable or not , and you can move it left and right to be sure.
the camera includes its own battery, which enable it to photograph for 4 hours. so, is not dependent on the iPad battery. The camera can estimate the dimensions and distances of up to 40 cm to 3.5 meters, and can even imaging in the dark, using the IR. The company announced that the camera supports the iPad 4 and also Air, as well as the iPad Mini Ratna. The camera is now available for booking from the company’s website through this link and that the amount of $ 349 and shipping in April.

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References:

Structure Sensor Turns The iPad Into A 3-D Scanner http://www.cultofmac.com/255715/structure-sensor-turns-the-ipad-into-a-3-d-scanner/#gX54ld7FY3SLLYiy.99

3D iPad Camera Sensor (VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XBsP0t88mo

This Gadget Turns Your iPad Into a Powerful 3D Scanner http://mashable.com/2013/09/17/structure-sensor/

 

Makkah Tower

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Makkah Al-Mukarramah ( Mecca) is a city in Saudi Arabia that Muslims around all over the word tend to it five times a day. And every year during Hajj more than 3 million come to perform this worship.

Because of the huge number of visitors, Saudi government decided to build a spectacular building next to the holy mosque. It has big 7 towers connected to each other.   These towers are a part of King Abdulaziz project to serve the holy mosque. All of the income of the rent goes to serve the holy mosque.

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Just across the street from the Masjid Alharam (The holy mosque), Abraj Albait tower holds 5 stars hotels to help accommodating pilgrims yearly. In total, about 100,000 people can be living inside the hotels.. Also, it has 4 floors of shopping mall and 2 floors of restaurants. Not just that, the parking garage is able to hold over 1000 cars.

This building has breaking three world’s records. One of them is that it is the world’s tallest and largest clock. This clock stands 601 meters above the sea. It is not a common clock. In fact ithas four faces. Also, the diameter of the clock face is 43 meters. The clock face is boiled of 98 million glass mosaic pieces.  Also, it outfitted with 2 million LED light. In addition, there is more than 21,000 green and white lights in the top of the clock. They are flashing during the calls of prying 5 times a day. The hour hand 56 foot and the minute hand is 72 foot. Above the clock, from the north and the south, an Arabic scripts written which is “ Allah Akbar” (god is the greatest). And from the east and the west, an aya’ah from Qura’an (the holy book for Muslims).

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I hope you visit this awesome building. But, don’t forget your VISA, which is to be a Muslim.    As Islam states, Makkah is only for Muslims, so, only Muslims can enter it.

 

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References:

Abraj Al Bait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraj_Al_Bait

List of largest clock faces: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_clock_faces

Largest Clock – world record set by The Royal Mecca Clock: http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/biggest/largest_clock_world_record_set_by_The_Royal_Mecca_Clock_101824.htm

the mecca clock tower: http://www.themeccaclocktower.com/

Seed Cathedral

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EXPO, is an international fair that many countries participate by propose their projects to the host country. In 2010, Shanghai, China, was hosting this event. There were more than 200 countries participating in this event.

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Seed Cathedral  is a building in shanghai, china. In Shanghai’s EXPO, the United Kingdom have propose their project as an exhibition and play yard in Shanghai. Heatherwick Studios is the British team that design this building and Tomas Heatherwick is the group leader. They designed a spectacular building. This building is going to be one of the top five most popular attraction in Shanghai.

The British project has a size of football playground. The site area is 6000 square meters, but not all of this area is the building. The building’s floor area is only 105 square meters. The rest of the area is for a significant public space around the building, so the visitors could relax or enter the building.

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This building try to save planet seeds. They collected 66,000 seeds! From around all over the world. They trapped each seed in a fiber optic. And this fiber optic has two sides. One is standing out of the building and the other is inside the building. So, the light is entering the building through the fiber optics. Each one of these fiber optic rod is 7.5 meters long. During the daylight, the fiber optics allow the light coming inside the building. And in the night, they ignite it from the inside and the light go outside.

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The smart design of this building allow it to not fall apart during a windy day. The idea is to make its optics to move gently to create a dynamic movement.

In just 6 months after the opening day, more than 8 million people went inside this awesome building. Which actually, make this building as the most visited United Kingdom Attraction.

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References:

UK’s pavilion: http://www.heatherwick.com/uk-pavilion/

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio:  http://www.archdaily.com/58591/uk-pavilion-for-shanghai-world-expo-2010-heatherwick-studio/

Seed Cathedral: http://architectuul.com/architecture/seed-cathedral

UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010by Thomas Heatherwick: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/06/30/uk-pavilion-at-shanghai-expo-2010-by-thomas-heatherwick/