Doug Vining Revolutionary petrol engine...

Posted: 29 November 2004 at 00:00

Doug Vining Spray-on solar cells

Jan 15, 2005 (AXcess News) Toronto - Scientists at the University of Toronto have invented a solar cell that's made of plastic which can be sprayed on and harnesses infrared light so it even works on cloudy days.

The plastic solar cells are the first to be able to harness the sun's invisible infrared rays, permitting applications of the material to produce electricity in any condition, sunny or overcast.

Scientists say that the solar cell material can be sprayed on any surface and relies on nanotechnology to deliver power. Hydrogen-powered cars for instance could be coated with the material to recharge batteries. Even clothing could be coated which could potentially power a cell phone or other small device.

Posted: 17 January 2005 at 16:03

Bernhardt Meyer Never charge your phone again

This will be wonderfully convenient; beautiful technology.
But will it make the world as a whole a better place to live in?Living in Africa ,I fear that the world of tomorrow will be devided between the high tech beneficiaries of developed countries and the have-nots in Africa who will be light years behind by 2011. The gap between these two worlds is increasing by the day, because of famine, political stupidity and general backwardness.
Monumental efforts will be required to bring this African continent technologically on par with the developed world.
Posted: 27 January 2005 at 11:03

Doug Vining New batteries double working time by 2007

Zinc Matrix Power ( is developing a rechargeable zinc-silver battery technology with roughly double the capacity of today's lithium-ion technologies. This translates into double the battery life for today's laptops, providing eight hours battery life for a full working day.
Posted: 2 May 2006 at 11:39

Doug Vining New Solar Technologies Fueled by Hot Markets

The booming solar-cell industry is driving investment in newer technologies that could make solar power as cheap as electricity from the grid.
Posted: 6 July 2006 at 21:12

Doug Vining Don't charge that phone!

Back in 2005 we suggested that, in the future, we would have phones that didn't need to be charged the way we do now. That was pretty radical thinking, remembering that, at the time, the iPhone hadn't been invented. Now it seems this futuristic idea is fast becoming reality!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Don't charge that phone!") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 18 June 2013 at 20:46

Doug Vining Never charge your phone

A dozen years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about developments with nano materials that would make charging your phone unnecessary. Well, here's a story about new material that could require your phone to be charged only every three months. And with wireless charging also improving - in the lab at least - you might never have to consciously 'charge' your phone in the future.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Never charge your phone") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 4 July 2017 at 13:26

Doug Vining Never charge your phone

Yet another nanomaterial that could revolutionise batteries: this time for electrodes, allowing full charging of a typical phone battery in seconds!
Posted: 24 July 2017 at 12:50
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