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What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan, this functionality would prove most useful if a home were hit by a natural disaster or power outage, and we certainly could see it going over quite well with prospective buyers. According to the company, plans are in motion to commercialize the tech by... Read more...
While we still have a very long way to go before electric vehicles are "the norm," Google is already one step ahead of most. The company has just added a network of electric vehicle charging stations to Google maps, which will enable those with EVs to more easily find stations to recharge their cars. It's a vital addition to Maps, and it should be a best friend to those who are tired of driving in circles to find charging ports. Incidentally, this should also cut down on gasoline emissions on hybrid cars who use fuel to drive around in search of a charging station. To use the new feature, just... Read more...
With the mobile world exploding, there's a huge market growing for charging solutions. Keeping your gadgets charged has always been a top priority for heavy users, but now it's becoming entirely more mainstream. PowerTrekk is a company that's looking to mix cutting-edge charging technology with the mobile space, and they have created a fuel-cell driven power source for mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices. Amazingly, it's just pocket-sized, and it can provide instant power anywhere, even in remote locations where it's hard to find a wall outlet to recharge. It uses fuel cell technology... Read more...
Batteries, batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly cannot live without 'em. They're a necessary evil in mobile computing, and while they always seem to die before you'd like them to, having portable, backup batteries around can help ease that sting. PhoneSuit has been offering portable power packs for awhile now, but the company's latest is definitely the most advanced, and definitely the most attractive for iPad owners. It's a small device, able to fit into one's pocket, and it has an 8200mAh battery pack within. When it's fully charged, it can power a smartphone for hours, and the... Read more...
If there's one thing we can't live without as gadget junkies, it's power. Regardless of whether it's solar or not, power is essential to keeping us connected, and these days, more and more devices are able to be charged via USB. We have seen lots of novel chargers come out in the past few years, but Innergie's latest two are definitely some of the most stylish. Yes, stylish chargers -- they do exist! The new mCube Slim universal adapter and the mMini DC10 auto adapter capable of charging any two USB devices simultaneously. Both units are designed for easy travel and easy packing, and they can juice... Read more...
Wireless charging still has some ways to go before it's truly useful across a broad spectrum of devices. Right now, wireless charging is usually limited to a small pad for charging up phones, and even then you need an accessory case to make the phone compatible. Until wireless charging modules are actually built into phones (the Palm Touchstone was definitely a good effort), it's hard to see this technology truly going mainstream. But here's something that every gizmo owner has: a device that charges via USB. Whether it's a smartphone, a GPS system or a media player, USB is the de facto charging... Read more...
Wireless charging. To some, it's a dream. To others, it's a reality. But no one would argue that it's as advanced as it should be. PowerMat has proven that with accessory cases and a plugged-in mat, one can "wirelessly" charge their cellphone. But it still requires physical contact, and the base station still has to be plugged into a wall. It's not hard to see the holes in the theory, and while it's a step in the right direction, this isn't the idea we had in mind when dreaming of wireless electricity a decade ago. Announced today over in Japan, Fujitsu has developed new technology for the design... Read more...
One charger to rule them all? That's the idea, at least. We have heard conversation back-and-forth over this matter for some time now, with certain entities feeling that a single charging standard for all mobile phones would benefit the consumer greatly. Of course, ideas such as these are always easier stated than accomplished, but there's nothing wrong with lofty goals. And as we have seen in the past, the European Commission usually gets what the European Commission wants. Case in point: these guys and girls felt that Microsoft had a leg-up on the competition in the Browser space, so they required... Read more...
USB is everywhere. It's truly the Universal Serial Bus, with focus on the "Universal" part. Every PC we can think of has at least one or two of the ports, and just about every peripheral on the market supports it. It's one of the few constants in the PC universe, but outside of the PC world, there isn't' too much USB to be had. Every now and then, you'll find a USB socket within a vehicle (usually for iPod connectivity), but have you ever seen one in a wall outlet? FastMac is hoping that you'll soon be answering yes, as the company will soon roll out a U-Socket that has built-in USB ports alongside... Read more...
What could the world use more of these days? Well, that's a loaded question now that we think about it, but still, it's tough to deny that longer lasting batteries could be an excellent answer. In lieu of that, we suppose newer, smaller chargers will have to suffice. This week, Targus is announcing their lightest, most compact chargers for laptops, netbooks and other mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, and portable game players. They're marketed at travelers and those who prefer to roll with carry-ons alone, but frankly, just about any mobile computer user... Read more...
Earth Day was this week, and it seems that it was a much bigger deal in 2010 than in year's past. Maybe it had something to do with those tons of gallons of oil spilling off of the Gulf of Mexico (we're sure the Earth loved that), or maybe this is just what happens when everyone gets on the "green" bandwagon. Either way, PC Treasures and Digital Works Australia are definitely fans of the holiday, and they have joined forced not to bring back Captain Planet, but to bring the ReZap Battery Engineer to North America. Basically, this battery recharger does one better than most already on the market... Read more...
Now isn't this something! Gigabyte has shown an ability to adapt and innovate quickly, and this product is no different. Now, it has reached out to address a nagging issue that is plaguing many iPad owners that primarily use PCs. If you haven't heard, Apple's new iPad requires a 10W USB charging output; most PCs don't output that much power over USB, and only select Macs do. This means that users are having to carry around the iPad AC adapter everywhere they go, making the tablet a little bit less portable in reality. Gigabyte has seen fit to address the issue, announcing today that their full... Read more...
If you've been in the market for an iPad, you should probably give our review a look first. After that, you should probably be aware that charging Apple's first tablet is somewhat of a burden, particularly compared to just how easy it is to charge an iPhone, iPod touch or most anything else from the company. The iPad requires at least 10 watts from a USB port, and most USB 2.0 ports aren't designed to output that much power. Several of Apple's newer computers will output that when they're not in Sleep mode, but unless you have one, you'll need to carry around the included wall plug. Or, you could... Read more...
Is the battery revolution upon us? Based on all the broken promises we've seen of revolutionary advancements over the past decade, we're guessing not, but we're certainly hopeful that EcoloCap Solutions is onto something. We've said for years now that battery life needs to improve in a big way on notebooks, and PC makers just need to be more honest about real-world figures from the start. But really, we just need better batteries overall--batteries that last longer and cost less. EcoloCap has just received preliminary results of the independent tests of it Nano Lithium Battery conducted by Exponent,... Read more...
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