NEC spy camera – Credit: NEC & Digital World Tokyo Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes, but many species remain a mystery Citation: Eco-Friendly Surveillance: NEC Develops Enhancement That Uses Fluorescent Light Tubes (2007, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-eco-friendly-surveillance-nec-fluorescent-tubes.html NEC has developed a wireless security camera that utilizes energy from fluorescent light tubes. Workplace employee surveillance cameras can be neatly tucked away in the false ceilings along side the fluorescent tubes. The surveillance camera is tethered to the fluorescent light by a single wire with a ring-like adapter at one end. As reported by Digital World Tokyo, the camera is activated when the lights are turned on. The act of flipping the light switch activates the electricity generated by the Sharp-created technology located in the ring through electromagnetic induction. The magnetic field created by the AC source in the fluorescent light tubes is the energy source the technology development utilizes. The magnetic field frequency of 45 to 100 kHz can be used by the ring to generate enough electricity,(120 mW), to power up the camera. The camera is a standard-VGA resolution unit that takes pictures every ten seconds. The images are transferred to a PC utilizing an ordinary WiFi chip that draws power from the fluorescent light source. NEC is a leader in surveillance and security solutions for the 21st Century. NEC envisions the use of the energy saving technology will be useful for merchants in determining on-site marketing trends. Other uses include hotel surveillance for security purposes. In the work place, the unobtrusive surveillance system employs green technology and may entitle purchases to be offset by applicable rebates and credits. NEC is focused on promoting environmentally conscious technologies and enhancements for current devices. NEC is a member of the “Team Minus 6% Project,” whose mission it is to reduce energy consumption by six percent. NEC is currently involved in the development of solar power for PCs, recycling and the utilization of energy saving fluorescent light tubes as well as other alternative Eco-friendly energy sources. Copyright 2007 Mary Anne Simpson & Physorg.com. All rights reserved. Web Sites and Bloggers may provide the introductory paragraph and a link to the story, but may not copy, redistribute, rewrite or publish the story in whole or in part without written permission of the author or publisher. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further NEC has developed an Eco-Friendly adaptation that allows surveillance cameras to utilize energy from fluorescent light tubes. The surveillance system can be tucked into the false ceiling next to the fluorescent lights.
May 20, 2014 Teeny tiny tech with a big punchAs technology becomes more advanced, the size of our tools and gadgets gets smaller. In some instances, super small.The latest example: solar cells the size of the period at the end of this sentence, developed by North Carolina-based Semprius.So, they’re extremely small. Now get this: Solar panels you commonly see on houses and buildings are 20 percent or less efficient at converting the sun’s energy into electricity. Semprius’ super-small solar panels convert between 35 percent and 44 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity, the startup says.Read more: Check This: Solar Cells the Size of a Pencil Point Get ready. Here comes more robots.Google is developing driverless cars. So how about personal robots to help us with our chores and keep us company?Have patience. They’re coming.If you ask Brian David Johnson, the resident futurist at tech-giant Intel, personal robot companions could become a reality sooner than you think. Johnson took it upon himself to build his own robot pal named Jimmy, one that is 3-D printed and operating on open-source code.Apparently Johnson is quite smitten with Jimmy and thinks we’ll all have robot friends in the near future.Watch: No Sci-Fi Here: Your Own Personal Robot Is Coming Luke Skywalker, eat your heart outOr in this case, your hand off. OK, never mind. Gross.The FDA recently approved a mind-controlled prosthetic limb the has the same weight and shape as an adult arm. It was designed by Dean Kamen, the guy who invented the Segway.Kamen’s company, DEKA Research and Development, has nicknamed the limb Luke, after Luke Skywalker. The company says that 90 percent of people who participated in a study were able to perform activities using Luke that they couldn’t do with their current prosthesis. Stuff like using keys, preparing food and feeding themselves.So, so cool.Read more: FDA Approves First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Photo-snapping contact lensesThe Army isn’t the only one innovating the traditional contact lens. Tech-giant Google has filed a patent application for a micro-camera component that could work with contact lenses.Essentially, Google wants to develop tiny cameras that can be embedded into contact lenses. The idea is that wearers could snap pictures simply by winking.Hmm. Creepy.Google is already said to be developing smart contact lenses that can track the glucose levels in a person’s tears.Read more: Google Wants to Patent Contact Lenses That Can Snap Photos Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A bright idea for dark placesI hate driving at night. And if it’s raining hard or snowing, fugetaboutit. I can’t see the lines on the road.Oh, wait, there’s a highway with glow-in-the dark lines, you say? Brilliant.Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch interactive artist who is becoming known for taking everyday items and giving them visually stimulating upgrades, has come up with a new project: illuminate a 500 meter stretch of highway in the Netherlands with glow in the dark paint.The glowing lines are created using paint mixed with a “photo-luminising” powder. Basically, the paint soaks up the sunlight and releases a green glow at night. If this works better and more efficiently than street lights, let’s do it already.Read more: A Highway Illuminated by Glow in the Dark Paint, Not Streetlights 6 min read Night vision … contact lenses!Speaking of seeing in the dark, the Army apparently has a cool new trick up its highly-funded sleeve. Say goodbye to bulky night-vision goggles and hello to featherweight night-vision enabled contact lenses.That’s right. Contact lenses that allow wearers to see in the dark. It’s in prototype phase at the moment, thanks to scientists at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. The practical, real-world value for something like this probably goes without saying.Read more: Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses Ah, technology. What a wonderfully innovative, confounding, inspiring thing. Today, thanks to advances in tech, we have things like highways illuminated at night by glowing paint, musical houseplants and air-filtering billboards.Sound too good or too wacky to be true? Read on.We’ve rounded up 10 recent examples of technologies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation. We think they’ll make you scratch your head and say, “What the heck?” A billboard for more than just advertisingWe’ve seen digital signage that can actually interact with individuals, but this isn’t that. This is even cooler.Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology, in partnership with advertising agency FCB Mayo, has developed an air-cleaning billboard. You read that right. A billboard that sucks in dirty air, filters it through a water system, then spits out clean air. The school says one billboard is as powerful as 1,200 trees, producing 100,000 cubic meters of purified air.Now, that’s fresh.Read more: This Crazy, High-Tech Billboard Does More Than Just Display Ads No joke: radiation-blocking underwear Hey guys, those mobile gadgets you love are also hurting you manhood. Translation: Laptops and tablets in your lap get hot and can lower your sperm count.No bueno.British physics teacher Joseph Perkins set out to do something about this issue. He developed the Wireless Armour boxer briefs for men. These $60 cotton undergarments are lined with silver meshing that he says deflects electromagnetic radiation.High tech where it counts the most. Now, that’s a silver lining.Read more: Far Out: Radiation-Blocking Underwear Also Protect Men’s Fertility DJ houseplant on the ones and twosIf only your savoy cabbage could sing you a song. Well, it can. Kinda. Sort of.An art collective called Data Garden has developed something called the MIDI Sprout. The device gauges plant biorhythms and turns that feedback into a sort of “music.”“By spending time with your plants as they play music — music that is an expression of their physiological changes — you’ll find that your plants are as perceptive of their surroundings as you are,” the company says.Hmm. Just, hmm.Read more: This Contraption Transforms Houseplants Into Musical Instruments This crab can do ‘The Robot’Prepare to meet the mammoth mechanical crab of your nerdiest undersea dreams.Researchers in Korea have developed the Crabster CR200. This thing is a 1,400-pound autonomous robot crab. Its designers believe that it can dive to underwater depths of 656 feet and will be instrumental in mining underwater shipwrecks and other amphibious tasks.Imagine encountering this thing while underwater diving? Yikes!Read More: Giant Crab-Like Robot to Plumb the Ocean for Shipwrecks and Treasure