General Electric launched its ecomagination initiative in May 2005 as part of the company’s commitment to build innovative, environmentally friendly technologies. GE has now delivered 45 energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products and services. In the transportation area, GE has developed the world’s first hybrid locomotive in partnership with Union Pacific. The locomotive is capable of recycling thermal energy as stored power in on-board batteries.
GE also produced the Homebuilder Program that offers a package of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, advanced building design and even an “energy-efficient” mortgage from GE Commercial Finance. The company is also working with Los Angeles on a wind energy system expected to eventually meet the energy needs of 120,000 residents. Other ecomagination programs include smarter lighting for Wal-Mart, seawater desalination in California and green entertainment policies at NBC.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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