• Michael Halpern

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    As reported on  L’UsineNouvelle website, French company Sunpartner Technologies will begin producing its Wysips® transparent photovoltaic module on an industrial scale next year. The acronym stands for What you see is photovoltaic surface, indicating that nearly any surface can become a mini power plant. Based on...

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    Experiments in a small Bavarian river may lead to a new form of hydropower devoid of dams or turbines. Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, the Bavarian government’s DEGREEN project seeks to expand renewable energy sources. The long-term effort aims to produce 40% of the state’s electricity...

    Coca-Cola recently unveiled the world’s first and largest 3D robotic advertising panel. Towering over New York’s Times Square, the billboard stands over 20 meters high and 12 meters wide. Taking four years to design, test and construct, it consists of 1760 mobile LED cubes. The moving cubes, each a small screen, can...

    London-based Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint serves the same purpose as any other water-based paint, but also can carry an electric current. While not as conductive as metal wire, the firm says it’s suitable “for low-current circuits and sensors.” Users can paint a conductive strip onto nearly anything to create a...

    This month’s Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore saw the announcement of a new collaboration between Topcon Positioning Systems and Bentley Systems, a heavyweight in infrastructure software. The initiative is designed to teach construction professionals what they call constructioneering—”a process...

    This month, French manufacturer Tikaway announced its camera-equipped glasses connected to a video conferencing interface. The system allows employees in the field to communicate hands-free with headquarters to transmit information or receive aid and instructions. The company says its real-time, no-latency system...

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    Epson Robots used September’s Las Vegas Pack Expo to launch a new line of all-in-one SCARA robots. The first model, the T3, has a built-in controller to simplify setup and reduce its footprint. The line is designed to be cost-effective and easy to integrate into existing systems. The T3 is meant for assembly,...

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    Fanciful myths include babies delivered by storks and Christmas gifts by a fat man in a flying sleigh. But tomorrow’s package delivery systems may feature aerial drones dropping into your yard with the goodies you ordered. Last month’s Las Vegas Pack Expo offered the usual lineup of packaging materials and equipment....

    Seeing is believing. But seeing more than what’s in front of you can improve job performance for factory, warehouse, rescue and medical personnel. Univet, an Italian safety equipment maker, pulled down a 2017 Red Dot Award for its augmented reality 5.0 safety goggles and showcased them at the German fair A+A this...

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    NVIDIA has manufactured popular graphics processing units for nearly a quarter century. But its been pushing in a variety of new directions, especially into the automotive field. Through multiple partnerships—with TomTom and IBM, in particular—the firm has cruised into the world of self-driving cars using deep...

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