What Will Electricity Be Like in the Future?

There are many developments currently being made for electricity. Here are some of the advancements that are being worked on:

Wireless Electricity: This is one very exciting idea…electricity without all the wires that clutter up your house! Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already been successful with wireless power transfer experiments. Wireless electricity is not too far off, according to these successful experiments. Soon, you might be able to say goodbye to your wires and still provide power to your electrical appliances.

Electricity Will Come From Cleaner Sources: The energy that powers electricity will come from cleaner, renewable sources. The concerns for the environment are the major reasons for making a switch to cleaner sources of energy. Also, there is concern about running out of the energy sources that we are currently using.

More Consumer Control: Experts in the electricity industry predict that, in the future, your power supply will be more personalized. You will have control over the way that electricity is sent to your home, and might even be able to avoid paying for electricity during vacations when you are not at home. It is not known how far in the future this will happen, but more consumer control is one thing that experts are confidant will be introduced to the electricity industry.

More Electrical Gadgets: More and more things are becoming powered by electricity, such as cars and toothbrushes. Other things like shoes, clothes, or glasses might become electrical gadgets. Personally, I am not too sure how much I would like to have everything powered by electricity, but some people love their gadgets.

Power Will Be More Reliable: The advances in alternate power solutions promise to be more reliable with less power outages. If more things become powered by electricity, then more reliable power will probably be necessary. Either way, power with less interruptions would be a great advancement.

Apple’s iPhone 7 – Latest News, Leaks, and Rumors Etc

Apple’s new iPhone 7 will be released this year in September and we all are expecting this device to be utterly different from their iPhone 6s inside and out. It is likely that the iPhone 7 will feature a brand new and improved Jony Ive design. Plus, everyone is looking forward it to be the thinnest and satin Apple device so far with good looks and some brand new features with it.

Recently last month, Apple unveiled their iPhone sales which had decreased and they lost £140 million in the market value of Apple’s shares. This clearly means that Apple will have to work hard in order to convince their existing iPhone users so that they upgrade to their upcoming iPhone 7 this September and also compete with Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is also releasing this year.

Let’s just start and analyse the latest news and rumors about Apple’s soon to be released iPhone 7.

Latest news and rumors claim that Apple might use a dual camera setup for their new iPhone 7 Plus, but it could be that the dual camera display could be the same size as a Plus included with the new dual camera. It is expected to be called the iPhone 7 Pro and could be featured as a supercharged phablet and Apple might also release three different versions of the iPhone 7. Having three iPhone models appears to be beyond belief, but so did the Apple’s larger Plus version device which turn out very well.

Features:

Few months back, it was rumored that the iPhone 7 could be charged wirelessly, but this rumor seem less likely now. Apple is currently working on wireless charging but it is way too far from conventional, according to Bloomberg. Instead, Apple is developing on “cutting-edge” technology which will allow iPhones and iPads to charge without cables or charging mats. But it won’t be here until 2017. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see this feature on the iPhone 7. It is very hard to comment on rumors of this new technology.

It is also rumored that iPhone 7 will feature a totally improved camera for this handset. Apple’s new iPhone 7 will use a new dual camera system with an Optical Zoom and 2-3x magnification, according to Apple’s Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities. This new system/feature reportedly is from Linx. This company was brought by Apple a year ago. However, this new dual camera system is configured to be featured only on the iPhone 7 Plus.

It is also predicted that Apple’s new iPhone 7 will feature a built-in Touch ID and will have a screen made of sapphire glass. Apple already is using this for their Apple Watches and they might be ready to import this element into their devices.

Apple’s new iPhone 7 might move to glass-on-glass screens which possibly will have a QHD or even a 4K display. Many Android devices already have QHD screens and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 4K display, therefore it is likely that the iPhone 7 might jump up the resolution. If this is true, then the iPhone 7 might also get bigger and could see a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models.

Regarding the price for the new iPhone 7, there isn’t any price rumors. However, it is likely that the new iPhone will be costly and it could be around £539/$649.

Waterproof:

There are various news and rumors that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. Apple has filed a patent for ports that ejects water, this is the main challenge to make a waterproof handset.

Apparently, the patent shoes a connector which is covered by a self-healing elastomer, according to Electronic Device with Hidden Connector. The patent includes the elastomer to penetrate of a probe and self-seal once the probe is removed. The port is isolated from the elements at all times which still allows easy and quick access for charging the handset or use the headphones.

Li-Fi internet:

Several news claim that the company wants to include a superfast Li-Fi internet on their iPhone 7. Li-Fi transfers information in a dual technique by using light. Not like Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. Li-Fi creates a network by using light spectrum. This will allow data to be communicated through light bulbs rapidly which will have 1GB/sec transfer speed, way faster than an ordinary Wi-Fi.

However, this feature it not so clear. Usually, Apple waits for a while before they introduce a new technology to their products and Li-Fi is currently on its testing phases.

A10 Processor:

The next iPhone is predicted to feature the latest A10 processor and RAM of 3GB. This will make the new device even more energy- efficient and even faster than their predecessor.

Release date:

Just like in 2014 and 2015, everyone is expecting for the iPhone 7 to be launched in September this year along with iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has been unveiling their iPhone Plus for the past 2 years, therefore the pattern is very easy and simple to follow.

Could Solar Roads Reduce Pollution?

Scientists have spent a good part of the decade trying to improve solar-powered panels which are used in harvesting energy from the sun. While modular panels are widely being used in houses and commercial spaces, the idea of installing them on roadways is picking up steam fast. But the latest idea to hit the streets (literally) is that of paving the roads with solar panels made of ruggedized glass in place of the usual asphalt.

Roads that Pay for Themselves

As far as solar technology news goes, while this plan seems a bit crazy and unorthodox, it’s the idea of Scott and Julie Brusaw who are residents of Idaho. The husband and wife team developed their modular pavement system back in 2009. Today the couple claims that solar panels that will be used in their project can withstand a load of over 250,000 pounds (which happens to be four times the legal weight of a semi truck) and can last for up to twenty years. The robust panels will also be able to melt both snow and ice on contact along with providing warm light via LED bulbs so that drivers can see debris along the road.

The solar panels are basically the same as those which are used in normal solar panels which are used in houses. The solar panels are then encased in specially designed version of bullet proof glass, which has been developed and tested at the top materials and research institutes at Penn State and University of Dayton. The base layers of the solar panels which will be used in the project will be made of 10% recycled glass, which from a manufacturing point of view is the most cost effective way of churning up the material for this monumental undertaking.

After building and testing the prototype courtesy of funding from the FHA (Federal Highway Administration) the couple plans to install their solar panels throughout the U.S. which will be a pretty big project considering the amount of highways and motorways that are in the U.S already.

Co2 Reduction

A grid of using solar roads will not only help generate electricity for street lights and quite possibly surrounding homes, but could also significantly reduce the CO2 levels in the atmosphere by providing a means of clean reusable energy. The long term aspiration of the couple is to replace the power grid with a smart grid, which will not only help the environment, but also the economy as well.

The Latest Update

According to the latest in solar technology news regarding Solar Roadways, the project is already the highest grossing campaign in the history of IndieGogo, and while its run on the crowd funding website still has a few days until it ends, the Solar Roadways campaign has gone way passed its initial goal of one million dollars. What made all this possible was the contributions that have been made by more than thirty-five thousand people from over forty countries. Way to go Scott and Julie!