On The Sniffer this time, Cathi Bond looks at trends in solar power, in particular carbon nanotubes as a way to add solar generation capabilities to windows. (Read more at Flinders). Nora Young points to Lisa Rochon’s article on the energy loss problems of today’s glass tower condos. Could this be a solution?
Meanwhile, Nora talks about a pilot project in Japan to allow motorists to pre-order their drive-through meals via two-way navigation systems. Convenient, sure, but what about distractible driving? (Via Trends in Japan).
In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond and Nora Young discuss a cool, new initiative that Nokia and Intel are undertaking. It’s research, in conjunction with the University of Oulu, into how to make the experience of talking on your cellie more like face-to-face communication; they’re even looking at hologram technology! Read Intel’s press release here. Would you like a pop-up version of yourself on your friends’ phone?
Nora found another cool idea for cellphones. Researchers at the University of Washington have figured out how to make video chat via phone smooth enough for American Sign Language. The video just focuses right in on the signers’ hands (via Medgadget).
In another example of the trend towards cheaper, more flexible solar applications, Cathi points to EnSol’s spray-on solar (via PC World).