November 21, 2007

[THE GET IT]
Ready to upgrade that monitor? Now is the time. The Dell 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor is a powerhouse. Featuring 1920 x 1200 native resolution, 5 millisecond response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, High Definition (HD) and Dell TrueColor Technology. Right now Dell is offering up this great unit for $399!
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail…
[THE GIZMO]
Finally, an invention I can get behind. Tired of enduring warm beers with his “mates”, New Zealander Kent Hodgson developed the Huski beverage cooling system. The experience of lugging around coolers full of ice and watered down drinks seemed to have provided the inspiration for this all-important invention. You simply place the rod-shaped plastic cooling cells into the dock where they are filled with liquid carbon dioxide from the dispenser inside the dock. As the liquid CO2 enters the cooling cell, it expands and instantly turns to dry ice. Now you have yourself a super cooling swizzle stick that has a surface temperature of minus 78.5C! That’s four times the cooling capacity of ice. That’s enough to cool a drink or your bottle of beer in a few short minutes without any diluting effect. Here’s how it works. According to Hodgson, one canister can fill thirty 12 ounce bottles at a cost of 7c each. The Huski is expected to retail for around $50.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story…
[THE GORGEOUS]
Don’t get me wrong, my 80s era Allesi can crank out the pots of tea as good as any, but after taking a look at the new Sorapot, I just may have to put the old girl out to pasture. Designed by Joey Roth, the Sorapot is a pleasing combination of cast metal and glass that results in a beautiful work of modern art. Its sweeping arched handle also does double-duty as a large heatsink for the pot. According to Roth, it “quickly dissipates the water’s heat as the tea steeps, preventing the bitterness that comes from oversteeping in too-hot water. The tea is poured at a comfortably warm drinking temperature after a few minutes of steeping.” Although the Sorapot isn’t yet available, a $50 deposit will reserve one of the first 300. Coming in February of 2008, the Sorapot will run you $129 + the $50 deposit.
http://www.joeyroth.com/sorapot/
[THE GREEN]
Solar energy cheaper than burning coal? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis? That’s the promise of Nanosolar with their new PowerSheet solar cells. This week Popular Science bestowed them with their Green Tech Grand Award and “Innovation of the Year”. These amazing new solar cells are manufactured with “printing-press-style machines that set down a layer of solar-absorbing nano-ink onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil.” This method allows Nanosolar to crank out the PowerSheets for about 30 cents a watt, which comes in at about 1/10 the cost of traditional solar cells. Right now, the cheapest solar cells cost about $3/watt. To get below the cost of coal they need to dip below the $1 mark which Nanosolar claims is doable. In addition, the cells contain no expensive silicon or glass so they are lightweight and inexpensive to ship and install. Discussing the possibilities, Dan Kammen, founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, states “You’re talking about printing rolls of the stuff—printing it on the roofs of 18-wheeler trailers, printing it on garages, printing it wherever you want it.” With backing from Google’s founders and $20 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Nanosolar is off to a great start.
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/green/item_59…
[THE GOSSIP]
Last week Google shook up the mobile world by finally divulging that there isn’t an actual Google phone but instead a software platform called Android which will become available for mobile phone manufacturers. In a classic one-two media punch, the Wall Street Journal announced this week that Google may soon be running its own mobile network. According to “people familiar with the matter”, Google is planning to make a partnerless bid in the upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction in January for the 700MHz spectrum. How much you ask? Google is looking to toss in a hefty $4.6 billion! This same source also stated that “Google is already operating an advanced high-speed wireless network under a test license from the FCC” and that mobile handsets running Android are already being used on the Google campus.
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119517445580795065…