Written by administrator on Monday, 20 May 2013 19:11
Dear 5Deka reader, Rejean Bourgault tested the Tesla car on May 15th 2013. Amazing car, the future is here, for sure.
Rejean was amazed by the car overall technology, the speed, the silence of the drive, the power of its small electric motor (see picture). The difference of the Tesla, is definitively its technology, the structure of the car itself (unique platform), the battery and autonomy (500Km in city with the high end battery), the luxury interior with a 17 inch LCD dashboard (with fully integrated Internet browser). There is no liquid in the entire car, with the exception of the windshield washer. Think maintenance to its lowest form and cost.
The first Canadian Showroom in Yorkdale Toronto shopping mall is next to an Apple store and Microsoft's new store. The overall purchase experience is similar to buying a new iPAD or Mac. The product specialist reminds me of the Apple store staff, they are not paid on commission either.
Written by administrator on Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:14
Buildings are getting greener, and we're not talking about their colour. A new one that was just built a month ago in Germany is hoping to use Algae to become an entirely self-sustainable (only for electricity) building. Algae is cultivated on the outside walls, which is then burnt in a boiler to generate electricity. Solar panels and a heat recovery system complement this system. This might sound like a very complex process, but as we get more of those buildings that tinker around renewable energies, the process will significantly improve. See a few pictures and get more details here.
Written by administrator on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:26
There has been more and more press (and TED presentations) about growing organs to use in transplants. The lack of available organs represents a significant cause of death worldwide and, for the ones who get a transplant, it means taking drugs for the rest of their lives to ensure their body doesn't reject the organ.
So the thoughts of growing organs, based on the recipient body cells, might sound far fetched, but has great potential to eliminate this shortage of organs while avoiding most of the potential side effects. This article from the BBC explains the improvements in growing a kidney in a laboratory (one of the most sought after organ for transplants) and where it might be headed in a few years.
Written by administrator on Monday, 15 April 2013 09:49
For the past few years, we have been strong believers of sensors being used for health monitoring. Both of us (Réjean and Olivier) have been using different sensors, and we have dedicated an important part of our prediction to those. It is thus very satisfying to read the latest article of Bionic.ly, which list 10 start-ups working on this field. From patches that communicate to your smartphone about your glucose levels, to underwears that track your heart rate. It is also interesting to see that even though a few of those start-ups are working primarly with the military, many of them went straight in developing tools for consumers (Withing is the most obvious one).
Have a look at the entire list in the article, the future is exciting!
Written by administrator on Friday, 12 April 2013 17:18
The BBC has a very interesting interview with the men who is considered the father of the mobile phone. We believe though, that the most interesting part of the story is what this man presents about the future, and how accurate his predictions are so far. We've been talking about PWBM (Personal Wearable Bio Monitor) for a few years also; so to see it mentioned to clearly as this in an interview is very exciting.
Click here for the article and the video (the part about the future starts at around 5:50).
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