Case Study: Living Off-Grid

Melinda and Ezra Auerbach began living off grid on Lasqueti Island in the 1970's. Since then, their lifestyle has literally evolved from kerosene and candles to dishwashers and Wi-Fi.

Creative Ways to Finance Solar and Storage Systems

Before you decide how you will finance your solar panels, make sure to research what solar financing benefits are being offered in your area. Solar technology at home is an eco-friendly movement which is growing and that has already been proven to pay for itself over time.

AI Could Beat Humans at Everything by 2030

Specialized AI applications will become both progressively ordinary and more useful by 2030, improving our economy and quality of life.

Retrofitting Solar PV with Energy Storage

Falling costs paired with new revenue streams available to residential and commercial owners is driving storage deployments to new highs.

Transparency vs. Privacy

In autonomous vehicles, should the information in the vehicle's storage be transparent (to all vehicles nearby) or should it all be kept private unless the vehicle's owner wants to share that information publicly?

How Machine Learning Plus Weather Information Can Help Us Feed The World

Even if we had perfect weather data everywhere all the time, there are many more uncertainties in a lot of the weather-driven agronomic models that attempt to predict crop stage, disease pressure, and crop performance

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing In Service Robotics

The traditional industrial robots, engineered with advanced sensors and AI, have found several applications in manufacturing and electronics, which boosted the growth of the service robotics market.

CE Pro Names the sonnen ecoLinx a 2018 BEST Award Winner at CEDIA

Energy automation with the all-in-one ecoLinx intelligent energy management system made its debut at this year's expo. The system brings together home automation, residential solar and energy storage in an energy ecosystem.

Before the Game: The Real Market for VR/AR... Right Now

-2015 was the year virtual reality (VR) finally shed its niche status. -2016 was the year that VR made inroads into mainstream life. -2017 was the year VR and AR (augmented reality) finally joined forces. -2018 is the year VR/AR/MR (mixed reality) is ready for the masses.

Growing Overload: It's Possible We're Getting Too Many Great Entertainment Options

We believe (hope) the merger mania will lead to even more tentpole, blockbuster movies and a growing number of good, direct-to-streaming service TV shows.

Personal Container Farming Building

When building a container farm, key aspects are the size of the shipping container, lighting system, irrigation system, walling, and ventilation.

Flashy Cars: AVs Will Be Here Later Than Promised, Better Than You Thought

For a lot of people, the idea of trusting your life to a computer hurtling you down the road sounds foolhardy. The whole idea behind the autonomous vehicle is to eliminate human error and deliver zero street/road fatalities - awesome, but impossible.

CEDIA Expo Smart Stage to Hit Vital Topics

Over three days, attendees are invited to experience TechTalks, a series of thought-provoking panels lead by industry authorities and TechBites, a fast-paced opportunity for brands to showcase their newest innovations to an audience of media and attendees.

New Laser Sources Improve Battery Performance by Enabling Dissimilar Metal Joining

Using aluminum and copper for battery tab to cell welding improves electrical efficiency and battery module/battery pack performance.

Yanu - The Robot Bartender

The robot has three docks to serve customers and can hold 50 one liter bottles of alcohol or other cocktail components. Inside the machine is hidden a soft drink machine that delivers up to 8 different cooled soft drinks.

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