Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Solar Panels and Wind Turbines - Build Your Own And Save On Your Energy Bill

Is it easy to build a solar panel? How much will it cost me to get the material? Is it safe? How much can I save on my energy bill? Where do I get the material? Who will teach me how to do it?

Hi, I am Dave Richards. These are just some of the questions I get every day. It seems like everybody is becoming more and more interested in generating their own energy nowadays.... and with good reasons.

With constant climate change we are facing huge challenges and that may be the reason for you, but we are also in the middle of the most destructive global economic crisis known to mankind. This maybe the reason for many others - they want to save money.

No matter your intentions, you can have the benefit of both if you decide to generate your own free, clean, environmentally friendly energy to power up your whole household.

There are many websites teaching you to build your own solar panels and wind turbines. However, not all of them are good. If you do not know which one to choose you will go round in circles and even lose money. With my experience in the alternative energy arena, I already reviewed many of these websites and I found only a few that have valid techniques (see my website for the latest reviews).

To answer a few of the questions above:

To build your own solar panel is indeed very easy. In fact, my 12 year old daughter learned to do it in less than two days! It is also a fun project for the whole family.

Most of the material or parts can be found at your local hardware store and to build one solar panel can cost you in the region of $90 to $150.

Many of the guides that I recommend promotes safety. In fact, I will not allow my children to help me build any electricity generating appliance if it is not safe!

When following the step by step instructions of the experts, you can initially save up to 50% on your energy bill. With replication, you can even go "off grid" in a few months. Yes, I'm not paying a dime over to my energy provider - thanks to my 4 solar panels!

Isn't it time for us, the small guys, to also get involved in protecting our resources and leave behind something to our children and their children? It just seems that "big business" talks the talk, but never walks the walk. Isn't it time for us to determine our own financial stability and to save where we can instead of waiting for "bailouts" from government?

Isn't it time for us to take charge? Will you take charge?

3D Future of Television

With many of the latest big budget cinema releases being available in 3D, and everyone talking about the 3D future of television, many eyes are starting to focus on 3D hologram projections...without the glasses!

Where does this technology originate from?

3D holographic projection technology is loosely based on an illusionary technique called “Peppers Ghost”, and was first used in Victorian theatres across London in the 1860s. Pepper's Ghost was typically used to create ghost-like figures on stage. Hidden from the audience's view, an actor dressed in a ghostly costume would stand facing an angled plate of glass. The audience would be able to see the glass, but not the actor directly. Specifically angled lighting would reflect the actor's image into the plate of glass, a transparent ghost like reflection would appear in front of the audience. Cutting or fading the lighting could also add to the ghostly effect.

How is this technology used today?

With the use of the latest HD projectors, CGI animation, specialist HD film techniques and special effects created in post production, Pepper's Ghost technology has been upgraded to the 21st century. Instead of a real object or person's reflection appearing on a plate of glass, high definition video and CGI animation is beamed directly onto a specially designed, chemically treated transparent film via a high power HD projector. Although much more expensive, this modern approach results in a much clearer, believable hologram projection.

What kind of images can be projected as holograms?

Due to the modern approach of projecting CGI animations and pre-recorded footage, almost anything is possible. The “blank canvas” approach is often adopted, creating a storyboard only limited by imagination. The storyboard can then be handed over to a CGI animation team who can make it come to life using the latest 3D software such as Maya or 3ds-Max.

Real people can be filmed giving a speech, dance or presentation for example, and then be projected as 3D holograms. Holographic special effects can be added in post production to make a life-like person beam into the room, Star Trek style, or have their product appear and spin above their head at the click of their fingers.

Who have used 3D Holographic projections and why?

In August 2009, Endemol, the producers of the famous reality TV show Big Brother, working together with activ8-3D holographic projections, beamed housemates' friends and families into the house to deliver messages of support and encouragement. The messages were pre-recoded using HD cameras and specifically angled lighting. A stage was rigged inside the Big Brother house task room, compiling of a HD projector, media player, lighting, and audio equipment. Each housemate entered the room in turn and took a seat in front of the stage. On cue, the housemate’s family member or friend was beamed into the stage before delving their message. Although the hologram displays were difficult to judge on 2D television screens, the event was hailed as a great success, evoking brilliant reactions from the housemates which made for great TV.

“Any other screen message on video isn’t a touch on that. They are in front of you – none of this flat screen or plasma screen – they are really there.” exclaimed David.

“It’s lovely. It’s like you wanna touch it. I can’t believe it. I’m shaking,” replied Lisa.

In January 2009 Coco-Cola gave a sales conference presentation in Prague for over 800 people. Senior directors of the company were beamed into the stage as 3D holograms before giving a presentation about how the Coco-Cola brand has evolved over the years. The content of the presentation was also in the form of 3D holographic projections. The centre piece was a giant 3D hologram Coco-Cola branded spinning clock, representing the progression of time. A showcase of previous Coco-Cola bottles, logos, and labels amongst other objects were also projected as 3D holograms to create Prague's first 3D holographic projection display.

What range of sizes can the holographic projections be displayed in?

This technology has been known to scale down to as small as a ten inch hologram display. The smaller range of holographic display units, ranging from ten inches to television sized monitors are predominantly used for retail, exhibitions and point of sale. Famous brand companies such as Diesel, have used this type of holographic display in their shop windows.

One of the largest holographic projections to date was in South Africa in 2007. A holographic projection screen, 12 metres wide, by 4 meters high stretched across a stage in front of 700 BMW officials, celebrating the launch of the latest X6 model. By increasing the size of the stage and number of projectors, there is no limit to the maximum size of the holographic projection displays.

Which other technologies are being used together with 3D hologram projections?

activ8-3D, the London based holographic projection specialists, have recently developed motion capture systems to couple 3D holographic projections. Motion capture systems are far from a new technology. An actor wearing a motion capture suit can have his/her movements picked up via various sensors. These movements can then be played back in real time onto a screen in the form of an animated character. Working with hologram display technology, these characters can become life size 3D holographic animated characters, both technologies working together perfectly to complement each other.

Hologram projection displays have also recently seen advances in audience interactivity. Using a wireless remote control, the holographic projections can be moved around the stage, rotated on their x and y axis, and can even be programmed to start or stop an animation on the click of a button.

What is the future of 3D holographic projection?

3D holographic projection technology clearly has a big future ahead. As this audio visual display continues to get high profile credibility, we are likely to see more companies advertising their products or marketing their business in this way. Whether it be large scale, big budget product launches or smaller retail POS systems, they are likely to become a common feature in the advertising world.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Houston - With advanced technology, astronauts in space can access the internet. Timothy Creamer, crew ISS (International Space Station), has been working with flight controllers to build internet access from orbit since the post last month. Friday (22 / 1) and then, he successfully sending the first tweet from outer space.

"Hello Twitterverse! We now live tweeting from the International Space Station. The first time tweet from space!:)," Creamer writes. He was accompanied by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Previously, the astronauts had to send his tweet via email to mission control in Houston. Party control and post them on Twitter. Remote Internet access is only possible if there is a high-speed communication links.

Safety Tips cell phone in Public Places

MORE sophisticated technology, crime rates increased, too. Theft of a mobile phone or mobile phone (hp) is a form of crime that often occurs in public places. In addition to its small, stolen mobile phones are also easy to sell.

To avoid mode phone theft crimes, the media will give a tip travelista safe for you.

1. Specifically for pedestrians, do not ever use the phone in public places, such as markets, bus stops, seaports, shopping malls, terminals and so forth. It was attempted to prevent the operational target of the perpetrators.

2. Do not open the car window when using the phone, especially at a red light or being jammed. Also, avoid deserted areas, even if you do not open the car window. This aims to avoid criminal behavior

3. Keep your phone safe place and do not be left in the dash board or seat.

4. For motorcycle riders, should be more careful when lifting the phone because of the possibility of the mugger and thief are monitoring you.

5. Let the position of ring tones in silent and vibrate when in a crowd. If there miscall, you can call back

What's New at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

international electronics exhibition held last January in Las Vegas, United States, now turn to Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual meeting for industry mobile technology devices, will be held in the middle of this month. The event in Barcelona, Spain, that would be followed more than 1,300 companies displaying the latest products and technologies.

It was no exaggeration if one is called Mobile World Congress is an event that will determine the future of mobile device technology in the world. How important this event for the development of mobile technology can be seen from the implementation of MWC 2009, which was held in the month and at the same place, and attended by at least 47 thousand professionals from 182 countries. As many as 9000 of them represent network operators from around the world.

Large celebration was held in the next 15-18 Februari it's not just the exhibition of the latest products. For four days, the Mediterranean-style town that will host the leaders of the mobile device vendors to meet each other, collaborate, and even establish a business partnership. The event was also held series of discussions and seminars to discuss the future of the mobile world. By the celebration in Barcelona, the variety of information has been circulated. Here's some information on them.

HP Tablet PC release will be an iPod competitor

Here's the latest Tablet PC HP's output will also be competition from Apple iPad. Reportedly, Tablet PC HP nicknamed Slate previously had exhibited in the 2010 CES show some time ago, has now officially launched to the market.

Not wanting to miss the launch of Apple's newest Tablet PC with the name iPad, a manufacturer of electronic devices from the United States, Hewlett Packard or HP is usually called the official release also has a new Tablet PC that is not less powerful than rival Tablet PC output.

HP Slate, so as to bind on the latest Tablet PC HP output. According to information, HP Slate developed together with Microsoft Corp. brings touchscreen display (Capacitive finger) and also Windows-based operating system 7.

In addition, HP menawrkan Slate also features no less interesting, ranging from the USB port, a webcam and a few other features that are available on the Tablet PC in general.

To measure, Slate HP also offers a form that is very thin and portable. So you can easily menentengnya wherever you like.

But unfortunately, though it was officially released to the market, until now we have not managed to get information about prices dibandrol on the Tablet PC is HP's latest output. Even so, according to information now circulating, large kamungkinan HP Slate with a low enough price, and will enter the ranks Tablet PC low-end. (Andiwonkz / various sources)

Source: CBN

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Full Specifications iSlate According

California - Seconds to the event held by Apple on January 26, 2010, which allegedly was the launch of the Apple Tablet, the issue of these products continues to heat up. Moreover, so far Apple did not want to disclose in detail.

Some media tried to guess what the contents of the Apple Tablet, although much has been given the information, but most of them still pass them by halves. Now, reportedly claimed Phone Arena managed to find documents about the full specifications of the gadget that has a code that iSlate name.

Softpedia quoted findings, Tuesday (5/1/2009) shows, iSlate have almost the same specifications with a netbook, such as an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz and 2GB RAM can achieve ditingkakan up to 8GB. In addition, the body of this tablet is coated with the same material to bind MacBook model.

Meanwhile, the problem of embedded operating systems, the document also disclosed that Apple tablet-sized 7.1-inch screen, using OS Mac OS X version 10.7, 'Clouded Leopard' version of 10.7. With the OS, these tablets will certainly have a touch screen sensitivity level is high.

If it really sunk in OS Mac OS X, then the set iSlate will also iTunes, Time Machine, Spaces, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, Photo Booth and Front Row.

Here are the full specifications iSlate according to documents quoted by Phone Arena:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz
RAM: 2 GB which can be increased up to 8Ghz
OS: Mac OS X
Screen: 7.1 inches
Features: iTunes, Time Machine, Spaces, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, Photo Booth and Front Row.


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