The Dice House looks like part of a Monopoly set, but the design has real-world ambitions. The 30-by-30-by-30-foot concept home, designed by the British architecture firm Sybarite, improves on standard building tech to erase its carbon footprint. The centerpiece is a photovoltaic umbrella dome that collects roughly 90 percent of the house’s energy needs. Made of a common plastic, the pillowy dome traps heat like a greenhouse. That hot air warms water in a tank tucked under the roof, turning out a daily average of 80 bath-ready gallons, even on the darkest days of December. At the umbrella’s apex, a generator-equipped turbine produces electricity and, in chilly months, drives heat into the house. Photovoltaic cells studding the 484-square-foot dome floor create additional electricity. Generating an estimated average of 33 kilowatt-hours per day, the house can power itself and charge a Tesla Roadster.
Runco has announced the addition of two new flat panel outdoor LCD displays to its Climate Portfolio weatherproof series
Both HD displays offer legendary Runco video performance housed inside a sleek, weatherproof cabinet that is finished with the same clean, elegant look and style that distinguishes all Runco flat panels, with optional Runco ColourPalette™ custom finish options. Runco’s Climate Portfolio CP-42HD and CP-52HD are full-high-definition widescreen flat panel displays that utilize Runco’s advanced LCD technology in an enclosure designed to withstand the elements. The 42- and 52-inch displays have native 1080p resolution and integrate reflection-rejection glass for easy viewing outdoors. Offering exceptional video quality, features, flexibility and connectivity to achieve the ultimate custom outdoor viewing experience, both flat panel displays feature a 176-degree viewing angle, making it easy for a large number of viewers with widely dispersed seating positions to enjoy the display in an outdoor living space.
Parks Associates forecasts over 50% of mobile Internet devices sold in 2014 will have embedded mobile broadband
Qsonix introduces and announces immediate availability of its new Q2 series—the first of its new music server systems since announcing its partnership with digital audio specialist Wadia Digital. A completely new design, the Q2 series replaces the Q100 line. The new Q205 & Q210 systems are built on Qsonix’s next generation hardware & software platform and incorporate Wadia Digital’s digital audio output technology. The new Q2 systems are available with choice of 1TB or 2TB of premium hard drive storage and either 15” or 17” touchscreen controllers. Both units also include built-in support for desktop PC/Mac and iPhone, iPod touch and iPad remote control operation.
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