Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Prototype Nokia phone recharges without wires
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Pardon the cliche, but it's one of the holiest of Holy Grails of technology: Wireless power. And while early lab experiments have been able to "beam" electricity a few feet to power a light bulb, the day when our laptops and cell phones can charge without having to plug them in to a wall socket still seems decades in the future.
Nokia, however, has taken another baby step in that direction with the invention of a cell phone that recharges itself using a unique system: It harvests ambient radio waves from the air, and turns that energy into usable power. Enough, at least, to keep a cell phone from running out of juice.
While "traditional" (if there is such a thing) wireless power systems are specifically designed with a transmitter and receiver in mind, Nokia's system isn't finicky about where it gets its wireless waves. TV, radio, other mobile phone systems -- all of this stuff just bounces around the air and most of it is wasted, absorbed into the environment or scattered into the ether. Nokia picks up all the bits and pieces of these waves and uses the collected electromagnetic energy to create electrical current, then uses that to recharge the phone's battery. A huge range of frequencies can be utilized by the system (there's no other way, really, as the energy in any given wave is infinitesimal). It's the same idea that Tesla was exploring 100 years ago, just on a tiny scale.
Mind you, harvesting ambient electromagnetic energy is never going to offer enough electricity to power your whole house or office, but it just might be enough to keep a cell phone alive and kicking. Currently Nokia is able to harvest all of 5 milliwatts from the air; the goal is to increase that to 20 milliwatts in the short term and 50 milliwatts down the line. That wouldn't be enough to keep the phone alive during an active call, but would be enough to slowly recharge the cell phone battery while it's in standby mode, theoretically offering infinite power -- provided you're not stuck deep underground where radio waves can't penetrate.
Nokia says it hopes to commercialize the technology in three to five years.
Monday, June 15, 2009
after a lazy Sunday packing our stuff and checking out the hotel, which i dont want to and im sure the rest of the guys too at alte 12.30, our boss want to eat outside at sutukil which stands for sugba tuwa kilaw. i was excited over this idea. i really want to go home since i miss my ate,s kids and missed my bed too. i hopped on sir jay's car and there we went ahead of the group. went to drop at Mannas and sir jay spoils to find all the things he liked which we all does. Lobster, shell and Lapu-lapu.Who else doesnt care to eat it when the shrimp turn red and buttery, the kinilaw that has the freshest melting taste and of kors top it down with ice cold 7.UP. quencher and of course filling. I had fun experience listening to Pio, Mikel, Inez and Tiffany, kids discussing over their party (pio's bday) whos going to spend it, where to, and Inez said the funniest line. " Kuya if your going to have a party, cn i invite my friends too? in which Inez is just 5 years old. and so on the conversation tackles until were inside the car. love this kids for sure...
Independence day never stopped the marketing division of Sun.star cebu to hold its 2nd half conference of the year. It was done at the Pink icon of Cebu. Hilton resort hotel. it was a nice view since our rooms where all facing the Olanggo island and its pool and Manny O's watering hole. people and me as well enjoyed the night away and the fun and suspense there is in the conference. So much reporting and the team building increases the camaraderie of the group. Sir jay made sure we would not go home empty handed. it was eloquently extravagant of the group. but i could never had the best of it when the food they have were fabulously gastronomical. None of us complained and after a good buffet were all smiles and good booze, in a beautiful bed. it was a weekend get-away plus work.I love the stream bath there for free and the toiletry were from crabtree and evelyn. isnt this a taste of good life and fortune? well, what can i say?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We were invited by Backpackers Lodge owner Torsten Siggelkow to attend the opening of its Moalboal's new place to stay in the most budget-friendly Hostel. I failed the first time since i was in atight budget then and stranded with soo many things to do. Last June 6, i should keep the promise since its been month for having it delayed. Finally, I convinced Jello, whom my constant buddy on every trip i possibly made impulsively. We took the 5:20pm trip of Ceres bus going south; to our amazed bus fare is 75.00 only and reached Moalboal by 8.25pm. we grabbed trike ride going there for a hundred and whalllaaa. We reached the mediocrity of Panagsama beached, passing by barrio's celebrating fiesta. There, we met the owner and mary ann the wife, Carrie the Fil-American who hails from San Diego. Suffering from her eye sore. we were ushered to eat the pork chop grilled and barbecue, we had red wine asnd efter the sumptuous diner. we were then led to our room right after the sales counter area, fronting us the large storage area. in the room was 2 bed neatly prepared with towels and we were toured around to where we could find our comfort areas like the shower, comfort rooms, kitchen and everything. soon we were inFORMED that we are going to holler at the beaches and aprties around Panagsama beach. i took a shower to freshen up and soon, Jello and me sashayed the wet small village road in our national costume the short and shirt. first stop was The beach Bar where we enjoyed out two bottles of beer, then proceeded to Pacitas, where me and Jello were struck to see the scene, locales cladding in their (mis)outfit, and the rubber shoes over the skirt and orange tube, the smells that stinks from the armpits, the foreigners who loves to be with them and some were that cute and some were so ordinary. it was like a party, hahahahah. sorry to be so snubbish but we left before we could say something bad about it. and Torsten was so polite to take us back to the lodge and offered us rhum coke and he beer. we had a night. and enjoyed the rest of the night. went back to cebu and brought along good memories with a good friend., check the site www.moalboal-backpackerslodge.com plenty to explore
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
i had a hectic sched for the rest of the weeke and last week, rebooting and gulping a lot of alcohol turns me into a hyperpschedilicfrenzyfeeding monster. it was Saturday and party just gets any better. but i dont since it a summer ender event i need to crash myself with people whom i know, cud party that way all night long. I was with some SB adiks which supposedly theres another party or get together somewhere mountain. but i love the beach, so i chose to be different. ending summer with a stash of sand, sea, vodka and of course some friends. Photos show you how we tame ourselves and then party like a rockstar.