Google has developed a material that contains ‘conductive yarn’ that they are calling Jacquard. This material can be made into clothes or furniture so that touch or gestures can communicate with sensors and chips that will wirelessly transmit these signals to phones or devices.
We are always looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption, but as we add more and more devices and gadgets to our homes it is hard to keep up! There are many ways to be more energy efficient that we all typically know by now: taking shorter showers, washing clothes in cold water and switching to energy-efficient lighting are the obvious ones.
Electricity is a mysterious force - you can’t actually see an electron, you can only measure its effects. The invention of electronics has been one the most important developments in human history. Although it is all around us and we use it almost constantly, it is easy to forget just have magical and strange it really is that we are so wired up.
Australia is the world’s ninth largest energy producer, accounting for around 2.5% of world energy production and 5% of world energy exports. Our vast size means we have access to many different energy producing resources; in fact, we export two thirds of the energy we produce.
Solar power is one of the latest inventions created to help meet our growing energy needs. It has only been within the last 50 years that we have relied on solar power to supply electricity, but now many countries are beginning to supplement their power generation with solar. With our abundant sunlight it is not surprising that Australia is one of the world leaders in solar power technology adoption.