Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Small Sensor - You Name the Task (Audience Participation)

http://www.livescience.com/technology/smallest-solar-powered-sensor-100209.html

The only thing I have to say about this article is that it's wicked cool. Now, what do you think this kind of tech could be used for in space applications? Just something to get you thinking and hopefully stimulate your brain for a moment. :)

I look forward to seeing what people think.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool. check this out:

http://www.switched.com/2010/03/25/researchers-tap-sound-vibrations-to-create-energy/

i'm imagine that one day they could be placed under keyboards to help power laptops (if we're still using them), or next to the ocean, or to help power anything that makes/uses noise as an operation. phones. sound amplifiers. engines. etc.

Douglas Mallette said...

Very cool. I often wonder in resonance frequencies could achieve the same thing, but instead of vibrating a bridge to destruction, provide energy by amplifying a source.

Jerry M. Weikle said...

There are manufacturing facilities that are sitting empty because the economy nose dived over the last few years. Why not start developing small reactors, the size of a refrigerator. This would be used for generating power and allowing individuals to explore off-world on the Moon and Mars.

Just think about the aspects of mining operations with equipment being built on another planet, using this technology to extract mineral wealth and ores for further processing and smelting operations.

If there were 600 or so mini-reactors that allowed vehicles to operator along with powering the living habitat areas. Or machines that could drill through the rock strata to the buried glaciers of icewater, the amount of food that could be grown in domed greenhouses.

While the Toshiba/Microsoft article indicates use in the 3rd world nations, to bring power supplies to those area are an improvement in living conditions for the people, the future projections are 9 billion people by 2060.

There is the technology that would allow for the development of space and the use for establishing human colonies or even establishment of bio-reserves for life that is brought from the Earth to the other planets.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100323/ts_afp/japannuclearusgatescompanytoshiba_20100323053821