Microsoft is taking its software into green territory. The company recently signed an agreement with Yello Strom, a Cologne, Germany-based electricity supplier, to help people better understand how their electricity is being used in their homes. The program shows how much electricity is being used by individual appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave and home entertainment system.
Microsoft also partnered with Fiat Group Automobiles to develop ecoDrive, a program to improve environmentally friendly driving. The tool analyzes a motoristsí driving style and recommends a greener way to drive. Microsoft is also sharing best practices for data centers with the goal of helping companies learn energy-savings tactics from each other.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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