Archive for August, 2009

South Korea Building Self-Sufficient Super-City at What Cost? – Self-sustainable city – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 by nuKnuK

Designed by Foster + Partners, the Inhabitat “super-city” will incorporate biomass energy generation, hydrogen fuel cells, and hydroponic roofs in order to be the greener city on the other side. No word on how much pollution the construction will cause.

The hope is that Inhabitat will one day become an epicenter of R&D for sustainable industries and promote the eco-friendly approach to things. While it is said that the city will incorporate the natural topography of the region and minimize loss of agricultural space, I’m still skeptical about just how eco-friendly the actual construction process will be. Stay tuned over the next 10 to 15 years and we’ll find out.

via South Korea Building Self-Sufficient Super-City at What Cost? – Self-sustainable city – Gizmodo.

LG to unveil 15-inch OLED TV | Technology | Reuters

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2009 by nuKnuK

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Electronics said on Sunday it would launch a 15-inch television set using organic display technology next month, the largest commercial model so far.

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AM-OLED) displays, which use self-glowing materials, have better picture quality, consume less power and are thinner than widely used liquid crystal displays (LCD) that need backlight units.

But high price has kept it from becoming a mass-produced technology in the market dominated by cheaper LCD panels. OLED screens are making inroads into high-end mobile phones but costs to apply the technology for PCs and TVs are still prohibitive.

Sony Corp launched the world’s first OLED TV in late 2007 but has not followed with new models yet.

LG, the world’s second-biggest TV brand, said in a statement that it would be unveiling a 15-inch AM-OLED TV at the IFA 2009 consumer electric show in Berlin in September.

The TV set would be commercialized in Korea in November and offered overseas next year, it said.

Research firm DisplaySearch expects the market for OLED TV to reach 2.33 million units in 2013 compared with estimated 320,000 units in 2011, according to data provided by LG.

“We are planning to unveil a 40-inch grade (OLED) product in a not too distant future,” LG quoted an executive as saying.

via LG to unveil 15-inch OLED TV | Technology | Reuters.

Inspired By Cars, the 125m 7Cs Superyacht Is Another Boat You’ll Never Own – Yachts – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2009 by nuKnuK

A couple of uber rich playboys from DriveDesign, not content with their dominance over the land, have taken to the high seas with this slick, modern take on the yacht—complete with pool, double staircase and borderline offensive opulence, standard.

But don’t get too jealous just yet; or, if you’re filthy rich like I am, put away the plastic. This fit for a Russian oil magnate superyacht is concept only for now as the designers seek out an investor. Start saving.

via Inspired By Cars, the 125m 7Cs Superyacht Is Another Boat You’ll Never Own – Yachts – Gizmodo.

Cooking with Magnets: An Intro to Induction – Induction cooking – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

Induction stoves may be making their way into restaurant kitchens, but for home cooks they’re still a mystery. Fortunately, Wired product editor (and food geek) Mark McClusky volunteered to enlighten us:

It took me nearly an entire evening in the the kitchen at Alinea before I realized what was weird about it. Sure, there’s the stunning intensity of the chefs as they prepare Grant Achatz’ intricate dishes, and the nearly-operating room level of cleanliness. But that’s not what struck me one night at the end of service. What struck me is that I didn’t know where the stove was.

You see, in most restaurant kitchens—like most home kitchens—the stove is the focal point of the room, the place that all the action revolves around. If you’re running the sauté station in most big restaurants, you’re the man, the line cook who’s banging out the most food in the hottest, most extreme environment. You’re the alpha cook.

Not so at Alinea. Of course there’s a stove, but it’s much smaller than you’d expect for a kitchen that puts out a couple of thousand plates a night, just four burners and a flat top. Instead, the chefs at Alinea do the vast majority of their cooking using induction burners, portable ones from CookTek.

via Cooking with Magnets: An Intro to Induction – Induction cooking – Gizmodo.

Super-Tough Solar Panels Could Make Every Road Into a Power Plant – Solar roads – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2009 by nuKnuK

Roads do two things well: Carry cars, and soak up sun. What if, instead of just getting really hot, roads could generate electricity with that sunlight? That’s exactly what Solar Roadways—and now, the Department of Energy—has in mind.

Solar Roadways, a single-purpose startup, just snagged a $100,000 grant from the DoE to design and build a 12-by-12-foot super-tough solar panel, intended to be laid as sections of road. As it’s been optimistically imagined, the panels would also have a layer of low-res LED lights, so they could display changing signage.

Given how expensive and inefficient regular solar panels are, this whole plan sounds a little far-fetched, but the benefits could be huge: the company says that they could meet the entire country’s energy needs if the interstate system was replaced with its (still theoretical) panels. Neat, but there’s a minor issue of cost.

To pull this into perspective, Solar Roadways say they could take 500 homes off the grid with just one mile of four lane solar highway. They also say their 12×12 panels will cost about $6900 apiece. Assuming a width of four panels, a mile of highway need to be made up of 1760 panels, which comes to over twelve million dollars before construction costs, which usually make up the bulk of the sum anyway.

I mean, they managed to coax $100k out of the government already, so maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye. Or maybe, the Deptartment of Energy just wants to give this plan a fair shot, just make sure this won’t work. Spaghetti, walls, etc.

via Super-Tough Solar Panels Could Make Every Road Into a Power Plant – Solar roads – Gizmodo.

Who says WPA cannot be cracked?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

To think it was just a few months ago that we thought taking 15 minutes to crack WPA encryption was a feat. Researchers from Kobe University in Japan are claiming they can best that by a wide margin by cracking any WPA-protected connection using the TKIP algorithm within just one minute flat. The details will be revealed at a tech conference on September 25th. Feeling paranoid? Bump up your encryption to the still-secure AES algorithm or WPA2… and if you’re just wanting to live life on the edge, consider downgrading to WEP — it’s as good as open at this point anyway.

via Engadget.

Robot Bear Holds You In Your Arms, Only to Rip You Apart Two Minutes Later – RIBA – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 by nuKnuK

Yes, that’s how these bots roll. I mean, look at it. All cute and nice, dressed up as a nurse bear, designed to hold you in his soft-skinned arms. And then tear you apart in little tiny bits.

The inventors claim that they made the robot into bear because making it “look human would only frighten people.” As if giant robots with bear heads are no friggin’ scary enough

via Robot Bear Holds You In Your Arms, Only to Rip You Apart Two Minutes Later – RIBA – Gizmodo.