Today Performance Designed Products (PDP) unveiled the latest addition to their line of Energizer-branded game controller charging solutions with the Energizer Induction Charging System for Wii. Part of the Power & Play line of Energizer products, the Induction Charging System brings a sleek, minimalist design and contact-free charging to the Wii. Users can charge up to two Wiimotes simultaneously without having to remove their protective silicone cases. The Induction Charging System can be propped up with an included stand or lay flat on any surface. Charging status is indicated by two built-in LED lights, which glow orange during the recharging process and green when the Wiimote is ready for play.
Archive for April, 2009
This morning, Obama made a huge pledge to focus more money on scientific research—more than the US spent during the space race. In fact, it’s almost as much as we spend on defense.
I believe it is not in our American character to follow—but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than three percent of our GDP to research and development… This represents the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in American history.
Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day today by unveiling the first four of what will be a fleet of 250 battery-powered minivans for the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS will be using the vans for a variety of duties at locations around the country – including daily home delivery. The vans themselves are based on the concept Town and Country EV that was unveiled last Fall by Chrysler. However, because of the duty cycle used by the Postal Service, which generally amounts to only about 18-20 miles per day on a fixed route, these vehicles are being built without the range extender seen on the concept. However, the electric drive portion of the vehicles, including the motor, electronics and A123 System lithium ion battery pack is identical. The head of Chrysler’s ENVI division, Lou Rhodes, told AutoblogGreen this morning that Chrysler is marketing this battery-only version of the van to commercial fleet customers who typically have shorter range requirements. The extended-range version will be focused on retail customers.
You can all sleep soundly tonight, for the mysterious DVD-dealing insides of the Red Box are a mystery no longer. You’re welcome. Surprisingly (disappointingly) not seen: Gnomes, whimsical sprites, unicorns.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today officially launched Bluetooth 3.0 with some big claims for the short-range wireless standard. The biggest improvement for the new standard is speed, which jumps from a top transfer rate of 3 Mbps found in the current Bluetooth standard to 24 Mbps in 3.0, according to the Bluetooth SIG. Faster speeds are accomplished because 3.0 employs the 802.11 radio protocol–basically allowing the Bluetooth protocol to piggyback on a Wi-Fi signal when transferring large amounts of data like videos, music and photos.
Singaporean researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have devised a way to convert carbon dioxide into clean-burning biofuel methanol, using a safe, non-toxic process. Has mankind defeated the final boss of Global Warming?
This scientific discovery was printed in the renowned chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, who deemed the breakthrough as “very important.” According to Gizmag, “scientists have been able to make carbon dioxide react with a stable organocatalyst called N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) under mild conditions in dry air.” After that, a dash of silica and a touch of hydrogen are added in, where the entire mixture is subjected to hydrolysis to produce the methanol.
Most USB car chargers look like a perfect nightmare of bad design and nerdery. Belkin has acknowledged this and offered up the respectable Micro Auto Charger (also realizing 4-port USB car chargers are overkill).
The Micro Auto Charger has a 1-amp USB port that promises to charge gadgets super quick. Other than that, there’s not much else to say about the thing, except that it charges pretty much anything you can shake a USB cable at. Belkin also released the dual-port Dual Auto Charger, which adds an extra 500 mA USB port, but it’s fat and ugly and has one port too many.