Iqua Ltd. of Oak Park, CA has produced a solar-powered Bluetooth wireless headset for the U.S. market following its launch of the Iqua Vogue in Europe last year. The Iqua Sun uses the Vogue technology, which incorporates a photovoltaic cell that takes advantage of any available light — outdoors and indoors — to extend talk and standby times. “The response around the globe has been very positive, both in terms of environmental innovation and solid performance,” says Juha Reima, Iqua’s CEO. “Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to supply the European market until now.” Iqua recently added capacity in order to support the introduction of the Sun to North America.
The Iqua Sun uses the Vogue technology, which incorporates a photovoltaic cell that takes advantage of any available light.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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