HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886. This week’s topics are:
BP: charging EVs in five minutes +++ E-cargo bike slated for production in 2020 +++ Zoomable contact lens +++ AI for smart energy savings +++ Liquid metal creates conductive surfaces
British oil company BP intends to make EV recharging as fast as conventional refueling. By 2021, the company hopes to offer EV batteries that can be fully charged in just five minutes. To do so, BP has partnered with various companies specializing in charging platforms and fast-charging batteries. David Eyton, Head of Technology at BP, explains: “In EV charging, we’re most focused on the rate at which people can charge their cars.”
Source: The Driven
Mobility provider ONO has launched a new version of their Pedal Assisted Transporter in a pilot project with German delivery companies Hermes and Liefery. Designed to make deliveries over the last mile, the zero-emission e-bike with weatherproof cabin can carry a 300-kilogram payload (including driver). With two cubic meters of load capacity, the bike is intended to replace delivery vans and should go into series production in 2020.
Source: emobilitaet.online (German)
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a contact lens that can zoom in or out if the wearer blinks twice. The biomimetic lens is made of stretchable polymers which react to electrical signals generated by eye movements. Although the lens is only a prototype, in the future it could be used to remotely control robots, for example.
AI // Energy
Sense (as both startup and eponymous app for monitoring energy consumption) has raised another USD 10 million for its AI-based application. This year, Sense technology – including the app – will be integrated into Landis+Gyr’s IoT platform for smart electricity meters. The app enables users to check the electricity consumption of appliances and lighting in real time, and also provides energy-saving tips.
Scientists at Iowa State University have developed a technology that can print conductive metallic lines on any kind of material, from concrete to organic surfaces, using liquid metal consisting of an alloy of bismuth, indium and tin. The technology could be used to monitor the structural integrity of buildings or measure crop growth.
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