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— Environment

Mirror coating to cool buildings by pumping interior heat into space

By - November 26, 2014 2 Pictures
Keeping buildings cool isn't easy. In fact, conventional air conditioning methods are very energy intensive and account for up to 15 percent of the energy used in buildings in the United States alone. However, engineers at Stanford University have come up with a new ultrathin, multilayered, nanophotonic material that not only reflects heat away from buildings, but also directs heat from inside out into space, cooling both the building and the planet as well. Read More
— Automotive

Concept One: Floating the idea of a semi-amphibious vehicle

By - October 30, 2014 17 Pictures
A city car with a semi-amphibious ability sounds like a bit of a misnomer, but for the residents of Bangkok in recent years, it could have been a true lifesaver. Created by a small Japanese company called FOMM (First One Mile Mobility), the Concept One vehicle is designed for Thailand's high flood risk areas. Gizmag has been following Concept One's progress since it was announced earlier this year and we were recently invited to take a closer look. Read More

Limar Velov bike helmet features removable ventilation panels

Although fair-weather cyclists may consistently appreciate the ventilation openings in most bike helmets, riders who brave the cold aren't always so keen on them. One solution is to cover those holes using a shower cap-like helmet cover, but Italy's Limar offers an alternative. Its Velov helmet has air flow-blocking panels that can be installed or removed as needed. Read More
— Computers

Fangbook III HX6 gaming laptop packs a kickstand for better cooling

By - October 27, 2014 3 Pictures
Custom manufacturer CyberPowerPC has announced its latest gaming machine in the form of the Fangbook III HX6. If you’re familiar with gaming laptops, then you’ll know that they have a tendency to get a little hot when running intensive titles. The company thinks it has a solution to this problem, augmenting its latest system with a kickstand that allows for better airflow, leading to improved cooling. Read More

Zen and the art of the simplified smart thermostat

The team behind the Zen thermostat believe that competitor devices that attempt to simplify things for users by taking into account various data actually end up being more complicated and overloaded with features that go unused. To that end, the Zen thermostat has been designed with real simplicity in mind, in both form and function. Read More
— Architecture

NBBJ creates intelligent automated shade prototype

By - August 12, 2014 5 Pictures
NBBJ has previously designed buildings for Amazon, Google, and Samsung, but the company says that one of the most frequent complaints it received was that the workers felt they didn't have enough fine control over their working environment. With this in mind, the firm's boffins have created the Sunbreak, an intelligent automated sunshade prototype that's operated using a smartphone. Read More
— Computers

Silent Power PC ditches the fan for a "cool" copper afro

By - July 29, 2014 3 Pictures
The Silent Power PC is claimed to be the first high-end PC able to ditch noisy electric fans in favor of fully passive cooling. In place of a conventional fan, the unit uses an open-air metal foam heatsink that boasts an enormous surface area thanks to the open-weave filaments of copper of which it is composed. The Silent Power creators claim that the circulation of air through the foam is so efficient in dissipating heat that the exterior surface temperature never rises above 50° C (122° F) in normal use. Read More
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