Google has announced a range of new Chrome OS devices, including the Chromebit, a tiny Chromebook on a dongle which can be plugged into a television or monitor. The technology giant also unveiled three new Chromebooks: the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Haier Chromebook 11, and the Hisense Chromebook.
When you think of wireless chargers for mobile devices, you probably think of inductive charging pads like the Powermat
. But Haier and Energous are thinking bigger – much bigger. The two companies are joining forces to turn household appliances, such as fridges and washing machines, into chargers for mobile devices. Not only that, they will be using the WattUp technology developed by Energous that allows devices to be charged at a distance.
Signalling that Apple's Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad (MFi) certification may be set to play a bigger role in ushering in the "Internet of Things
," Haier has unveiled the first white good to be certified by the MFi program, a smart air conditioner.
While IFA 2012
may be thought of primarily as a venue for electronics manufacturers to unveil their latest products, it’s also a chance for them to showcase technologies that they’re still developing
. An example of the latter is the prototype eye-controlled TV, created by Chinese electronics firm Haier. We had a chance to try it for ourselves, on the trade show floor in Berlin.
Chinese electronics giant Haier was showcasing its green credentials at IFA 2010
with this human powered washing machine. An exercise bike with a lithium-ion battery that collects energy as you pedal is hard wired to the front loading machine. When you pedal, you power the machine. Twenty minutes effort is said to give you one cold cycle wash without drawing power from the grid. It's an idea we've seen elsewhere in fledgling form
– and its a good one. We'd love to see it get beyond prototype stage.
The Haier PowerPad is a concept device shown at SinoCES
which captures the energy contained within the water that runs off our bodies every morning in the shower, and returns said energy to the hot water tank. Haier claims the PowerPad is currently capturing and returning 15% of the energy coming out of the faucet and by the time it goes on sale six weeks from now, that figure will be 20-30%. Haier is one of the world’s most innovative companies and is hence foolish to bet against, but we’re struggling to understand the technologies being used and just how optimistic the claims are.