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.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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