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The Technology Behind Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality Applications in Clean Tech

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Last time we looked at the kind of applications in clean technology where using virtual reality or augmented reality systems are making a significant difference.   But, how do these systems work?   Most AR and VR systems can be broadly classified as follows.     These systems can be divided into 1) the hardware required to get the data, process and display it 2) the software needed to develop simulations of the systems being studied and create virtual objects and 3) the server where the data are stored and processed and where machine learning algorithms can be deployed to...

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Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) In Clean Technology

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What do the terms Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) bring to mind? Hollywood movies like “Black Panther” with the crazy action sequences where cars and airplanes are controlled from a laboratory, games like World of Warcraft with your gaming character moving through all the different locations, Pokemon Go and hunting for the prize in an actual physical location, Star Trek holodecks where you could explore completely different planets and surfaces… the list goes on and on. The one thing that all these examples have in common though is that they all come from the entertainment industry.   Now,...

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From The Ground Up: Science For The Community

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My last post talked about how ideas get transferred from the laboratory to markets so that they can be used by millions of people. What I’m going to talk about today is the other side of the coin – the way millions of people can use smartphones and today’s tech to help advance scientific research and improve the world.   In other words – citizen scientists and how they help the clean tech and big data fields. One place where the community has been essential in understanding what’s going on in our world is in biodiversity and wildlife monitoring. Collecting...

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Top Down: From Lab to Market with Government Help

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We hear a lot about the Elon Musks of the world – what makes them tick, how they see the future of clean technology and what they would do about it. But, what’s perhaps not very well known is how much of what gets built into these new products and new markets owes its start to government funding and policies. Today, I want to walk through the way innovative new technology moves from the research laboratory to the market via government. A fascinating study was published in Nature Communications about integrating “solar ribbons” into fabric so that in the future...

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Idealism Matters – Making The World Better With Game Theory

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Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of trying to clean up the environment is the need to balance individual action with global behavior. Actions that are optimal at the individual level are often what lead to depletion of resources and environmental damage at the global or regional scale. Take climate change for example – even though the effects of a changing climate promise to be devastating to many countries and places around the world, it has often worked better for countries to focus on their short-term economic goals rather than look at what would work best for the economy...

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