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iThursday, Sep 10th, 2015 comments by Busisiwe Keke

Emerging Technologies Part 1

St. Pauli's Pee Back Walls

Living in a big city,oftenly one has  encountered the unexpected foul whiff of sun-baked urine emanating from a concrete corner. This is the same thing that happens in St Pauli. In this party quarter of Hamburg, Germany, the residents have a wonderful solution that could deter even the worst offenders.They sprayed parts of walls that take the most abuse with Ultra Ever Dry, a hydrophobic coating. Any liquids directed onto the surface are repelled and splashed back. Warning signs are posted everywhere.The results were deeply satisfying. Men who peed against the wall got it right back.

The hope is that public relievers will think twice before doing the deed.


 The pee back wall in action

 Unfortunately for  the party-goers of St. Pauli, not everyone is there to get drunk and pee on things. People actually live there, and they are annoyed with the amount of urine that covers the place they call home. So the residents came together and decided to take matters into their own hands, and the solution to their problem is the brilliance.


The hydrophobic coating on a surface





Nano-Coating That Keeps Textiles Dry And Stain Free

Aken Technologies says it has developed the first hydrophobic nanomaterial that's 100 percent safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly.The firm is developing a hydrophobic nanomaterial that is designed to keep textiles from getting wet or stained.Textiles haven't been the lone application for hydrophobic nanomaterials. The materials have also proven themselves effective for our beloved smart phones.So, while there may be nothing new about hydrophobic nanomaterials, there was something novel about Aken Technologies beyond its claim to be the “first in the industry” to be “100 percent safe, non-toxic, green, & eco-friendly.” After the excitement of seeing water bouncing off a t-shirt wears off, an understanding of the startup's market position needs to be soaked up.




Lifelogger helps record your life (or the most important parts of it) by recording video/audio/gps information through the wearable POV. The recorded information can then be uploaded on the cloud, where it is processed/stored.The software extracts the faces you have seen, convert the words you said into a searchable text format, as well as OCR any street signs or other text that you read. All this along the GPS coordinates of your location at the time of recording. It even let's you track the direction in which you were looking.Imagine being able to rewind your life and relive the moments that are closes to you heart. For instance, this software can tell you that you were at the Eiffel tower, you saw your friend's face, there was a sign that read “restaurant” and you were talking about “coffee”. All you need to do is put any (or all) of those search tags and the video which has any of those tags will pop up in less than a second. With the click of a button you can go to the moment when you said “coffee” or even the exact second when your friend's face appears in the video.With its wireless capability, you can live stream what you see and hear, and include your geographical position anywhere in the world! The public now hasaccess to technology that at one time was available only to the security forces.This is as close as we can get to augmented memory and the potential of life-logging either for personal or professional use is truly unlimited.


Sensor based smart city

For nearly two years, Rio de Janeiro's utilities, traffic systems, and emergency services has been managed by a single 'Ops Center,' a huge hub of technologies provided by both IBM and Cisco.


With 300 LED screens spread across 100 rooms, connected via 30,000 meters of fiber optic cable, Ops Center staff monitor live video from 450 cameras and three helicopters, and track the location of 10,000 buses and ambulances via GPS.



Other screens output the current weather, and simulations of tomorrow's weather up to 150 miles from the city — and yet more screens display heatmaps of disease outbreaks, and the probability of natural disasters like landslides.

 There's even a Crisis Room, which links the Ops Center to Rio's mayor and Civil Defense departments via a Cisco telepresence suite.What's the Significance? Automation could run public utilities and transportation systems with amazing efficiency.





Hamburg port uses mobile apps and virtual fences.

Hamburg’s port handles about 25 million containers annually. All of that shipping is causing problems. Truckers spend about half of their time waiting at the terminal for an open space where they can load their cargo.The port is using new "geofencing" tech to help. A geofence is a virtual perimeter that shows up on an app. Truckers get a mobile device that plots their location and directs them to open loading docks more quickly.It also allows them to make mobile payments, so they do not need to leave their trucks to take care of financial transactions.




Amsterdam offers smart shopping on a smart street: Amsterdam City Projects

Amsterdam is known for its many smart city projects. One of them is called Climate Street where it has turned one of its busiest, most popular streets into a model of green shopping.The city outfitted the street with sustainable street lighting, more tram stops, and solar-powered trash compactor garbage cans.Shopkeepers do their part, too. They use low-energy lighting,recycle and use smart plugs. These help shops throttle down on electricity use.

Climate Street: Together with entrepreneurs a unique Amsterdam street, the Utrechtsestraat, is transformed into a sustainable shopping street where innovative technologies are tested.The Utrechtsestraat is a leading Amsterdam street located in the city centre.This narrow and busy street is filled with nice shops, cafés and restaurants.The Club van 30 was asked by the municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Smart City and the Union of Entrepreneurs of the Utrechtsestraat to manage the project Climate street and to develop and realize a blueprint for sustainable shopping streets.

The Climate street was thus born in order to generate sustainability in a small area, with the aim of enrolling this further in the rest of the Netherlands. The Utrechtsestraat Climate street will therefore become the first living sustainable showroom in the world!

Sustainable initiatives in the Climatestreet:

- Carrying out of energy scans, mapping out the saving potential of the entrepreneur in the areas of lighting, heating and cooling inside the shop/restaurant.

- Implementation of Smart meters that measure energy consumption and can be connected to energy-saving appliances.

- Energy display providing feedback on energy consumption and giving personal energy-saving tips based on the information provided by the smart meter.

- Smart Plugs that automatically dim or shut down un-used appliances and lights.

- Integrated sustainable street lighting using energy saving lamps that can be dimmed during quiet times at night.

- Tram stops that are provided with energy saving lighting with minimal environmental impact from production to recycling. The lights installed at tram stops are solar powered.

- Solar-powered BigBelly waste bins with built-in garbage compacters, allowing the bins to be emptied five times less frequently.

- Reverse Osmosis water column on a central location that limits the miles that cleaning vehicles have to drive to refill.

- Waste is collected using electric vehicles from a single provider, minimizing CO2 emissions.

- Optimization of logistical processes through clustering.



The Cleanest Toilet Ever: A Smart, Green Product For Your Home

 Toto: smart toilets that eliminate toilet paper


 To most people, going green in the bathroom typically means a toilet that uses less water. But to Toto, it means a toilet that gets rid of toilet paper.The Toto Washlet is a toilet and bidet in one. By cleansing you with water , it reduces the need for toilet paper.

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