Todd’s Tech Report: July 9, 2015

Back at it! Up and down. Day and night. Turnt.


Waves Brah. Waves.

What’s going on?

Wave power. Not the 1980s sports stadium bullshit. More ocean waves. The fingers of Poisedon powering homes. That’s what. For the first time a prototype wave generator off the coast of Hawaii has contributed to the electric grid. Pretty bad ass. Also they named it Azura, which kind of sounds like a strip mall spa. Like one next to a Steak n’ Shake.

Why does it matter?

They plunked this 45-ton wave energy converter in about 100ft of the big blue deep. It captures energy from both the heave (up/down) and surge (front/back) motions of waves and converts the kinetic motion to electricity. Further testing and better designs could lead to these powering coastal cities as soon as 2017. Or they could piss off Warchild and then Johnny Utah gets in the mix and Bodhi gets all karate and saves the day. Thankfully Utah’s cover wasn’t blown.


Cloud Projections And The End Of Time

What’s going on?
Fire up your Project Blue Beam conspiracy theories (specifically Step 2). Project Nimbus has successfully projected moving images on clouds. How? Of course a couple scientists bought a $35, 2-watt laser on eBay and swapped out the 14 slit zoopraxiscope’s shutter disc with 14 hemispherical lenses. Then hopped in a Cessna 172 and lit up the night. Duh.

Why does it matter?

If your sure an Antichrist will appear in the sky as a 3-dimensional holographic image all over the world at the same time, then your fears are somewhat founded. This is straight Leviathan-tech. BUT, if you’re a brand looking to WOW the masses with some glitched-out, gif-art projected on the palms of Zeus while the Packers wax the Lions, then these are your guys.


GPS Just Got Cray

What’s going on?

Yeeeee Haw! Researchers at Cockrell School of Enginnering in Austin, Texas have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation. This tech has existed before in geological surveying but it’s been too expensive and big. Not anymore. These fellas cooked up some code that allows the same accuracy using the low-cost antennas in mobile devices.

Why does it matter?

This new system could allow unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to a specific spot on a consumer’s back porch, enable collision avoidance technologies on cars and allow VR headsets to be used outdoors. Current GPS is giving us the ballpark location. This tech reduces location errors from the size of large car down to a nickel. Soon you’ll be able to see just how off course your Uber driver really is.


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