Archive for June, 2011


Interesting Eco-Alternatives To Rechargeable Batteries

Every generation seems to have a fresh new passion. The biggest trend of late has been the desire of everyone to do their part to save the planet. This is especially true in the industrialized first world countries that produce excessive waste. Many people have taken some basic steps to more forward, like becoming involved in recycling and using rechargeable batteries rather than the destructive disposable ones that often end up leaking poison into Mother Earth. However, some people are claiming that even this is not enough and that alternatives to even rechargeable batteries need to be found in order to create greater harmony with the world at large.

Mostly they are virtuous ideas driven by voodoo technology. Here is a look at some of the proposed “alternatives” to rechargeable power:

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Qi, the New Standard For Inductive Charging, Could be the Next Big Thing for Battery Chargers

Inductive charging is starting to gain more and more popularity, with new rumors that the iPhone 5 may even feature wireless charging. Read more about “qi,” the new standard for inductive charging that could untether battery chargers forever.

In Eastern philosophy, Qi (pronounced chee) or Chi was the universal energy that moved through all things. Plants, animals, human beings, and the universe all drew upon Qi as a source of power that could take many forms. Now, modern technology has adapted the term Qi for use as another form of universal energy known as qi. qi is the name for a universal standard set for the use of inductive chargers that was established by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) as a way for any device that is enabled with qi to use a qi charger as a wireless source of power.

The Early Days of Inductive Charging

Inductive charging is nothing new to the devotee of technological wonders. Certain mobile phones or rechargeable batteries have been using inductive charging for years as a way to transfer wireless power from a charging pad or charging station into a battery. What is different about qi is the difference between the archaic pin plugs on computers and a USB port.

What qi technology does is it removes the boundaries between charger and device that requires charging. Previously, anyone that wanted to recharge their cellular phone or mp3 player without plugging it in would have needed a specialized charger. An iPhone could not be charged on just any wireless pad. A household rechargeable battery – like the Eneloop by Sanyo -would need a specific type of induction charger to be used. There was very little cross compatibility.

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Sanyo Eneloop Update: Eneloop Pro Coming To Australia?

sanyo eneloopJapanese and American companies have often seemed to treat Japan as a huge testing ground for their products. This is because in many ways, as Japan goes, so goes the world. Sales in Japan can often accurately depict sales in Europe, North American, and even Australia. The newest product that is getting tried in the land of the rising sun is the new line of Sanyo Eneloop batteries. Will it be a worldwide hit, or will it never see its way to Australia except through imports?

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the History of HDMI Cables & Technology

hdmi cable 1Everyone expects technology to change quickly. Many people in this day in age would be disappointed if it didn’t. There is always a new cutting edge contraption right around the corner that could be the silver bullet to make life easier, quicker, cheaper, or more enjoyable. Even so, there are some things that people do not expect to change with the same rapidity, such as cable connections. One of the most maligned and discredited kinds of technology to be consistently ridiculed is the HDMI cable.

The Cable Backstory

HDMI first appeared on the scene in 2002 as a way to replace Component cables as well as carry full digital video and audio on a single cable. Prior to the invention of HDMI, Component cable had been the standard that replaced Co-Ax cable between televisions and their accessories. Co-Ax cable is a prime example of a cable that follows the typical arc of connectivity technology, which is that it is still in use for many purposes. Even satellites are still typically linked to their control boxes via Co-Ax cable.

When Component cable came along, it too lasted for many years as televisions around the globe had to adjust to the new technology. To this day, nearly every television produced still has Component interfaces. Most DVD, Blu-Ray, and gaming systems also have a Component option even today. Like Co-Ax cable, Component video and audio held on for a long time, even as emergent technologies bypassed their usefulness.

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