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theflyonthewallcom: FuelCell awarded $3M from DOE for product development, Newnet reports
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded FuelCell $3M to accelerate the development of fuel cells being used for heat and power, NewNet reports. Reference Link :theflyonthewallcom
they have, they've been kicjing asz on earning. what more you want them to do. Maybe with these articles people that don't own may find them interesting, than its up to them to buy.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
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was watching tv and a commercial came on for Subway for there new fatizza pizza, they guy is wearing google glass. he says hey bob im patching you in. and at the end he says direction to the nearest subway.
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SAN FRANCISCO — At the 500 Club bar in the heart of the Mission district here, patrons are banned from wearing Google Glass. Two miles up the hill at the hospital at the University of California, San Francisco, a lung surgeon wears Glass to assist him as he operates.
The contrast illustrates both the challenge and opportunity for Google as it plans to sell its Internet-connected headwear to the public later this year. Consumers have been wary of Glass. Yet it is finding more enthusiastic acceptance in the workplace: in medicine, law enforcement, manufacturing and athletics.
"I'm sure Google would love this to be a consumer technology, from a scale perspective, but I'm just not sure it is," said Chris Curran, chief technologist for the United States advisory practice of PwC, a business consulting firm.
"It's a technology that's searching for problems to solve, and it's really a matter of where do the problems emerge?" he added.
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So far, the most obvious place seems to be jobs that do not involve sitting at a desk, but where a screen with an Internet connection would come in handy. Eighty percent of workers have these jobs, according to Wearable Intelligence, which makes wearable technology software for them.
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Aiming at this market, Google is announcing on Tuesday a Glass for Work program to provide additional tools for business users, like tech support, and to explore how to sell Glass to more of them.
It will not necessarily be an easy sell. The privacy concerns about Glass could be an even bigger issue in certain work settings, said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Consider meetings in which sensitive information is exchanged, for example, with a doctor or financial adviser.
Yet in many cases, he said, there are fewer privacy concerns about Glass in the workplace.
"I can think of a whole bunch of professions where Google Glass makes a lot of sense and poses almost no privacy risk at all and could be really valuable — everything from engineering to car repair to architecture to lumberjacking," Mr. Rotenberg said. "But what's interesting about all of those professions is that you're not actually interacting with a customer."
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Sullivan Solar Power, which installs solar panels in Southern California, is already using Glass; it created its own software to show technicians information like the electrical characteristics of a certain roof.
"Our construction guys and field techs, they're going up and down ladders, up on rooftops, around potentially dangerous equipment," said Michael Chagala, Sullivan's director of information technology. "To be able to have their hands free is obviously critical, and they can't bring a laptop up a ladder or see one in the sun."
Head-mounted devices have been around a long time in fields like the military, manufacturing and aviation. Glass is still just a prototype without features that workers say they need, like long battery life and protective lenses. And despite the initial interest, Glass remains a novelty at most businesses, in part because it is not yet publicly available, and for those invited to buy it, it costs $1,500. Sullivan Solar had to buy its first pair on eBay.
Yet tech investors and entrepreneurs see potential.
Start-ups that make Glass software for businesses are sprouting up, including Wearable Intelligence, Augmedix, CrowdOptic, APX Labs and Pristine. These companies have raised venture capital from investors including Emergence Capital Partners, DCM, Silicon Valley Bank and First Round Capital. Three other well-known Silicon Valley venture firms — Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers — also invest through Glass Collective, a partnership.
Despite privacy concerns, health care has been particularly intriguing for Glass entrepreneurs.
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Six clinics, mostly in California, are using software from Augmedix. As the doctor and patient have a conversation, the software automatically enters the patient's information into an electronic chart. Because Glass includes video, the software understands even nonverbal communication; for example, if a patient points to the part of the body that hurts.
The lung surgeon at U.C.S.F., Dr. Pierre Theodore, uses Glass when he performs minimally invasive surgery that requires the doctor to rely on imagery to guide the surgical instruments. By using Glass, Dr. Theodore can see the images from scans and the live images at the same time.
"There's relatively little shift of attention between seeing the patient in front of you and seeing critical information in your field of vision," he said. "I believe it can be and will be revolutionary."
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Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have been using Glass in the emergency room to see information like vital signs about a patient. One E.R. doctor, Dr. Steven Horng, said Glass told him that a patient with brain bleeding was allergic to several of the blood pressure medicines used to slow brain bleeding.
Wearable Intelligence, which makes the software used by Beth Israel, adds safeguards to protect medical information. Doctors are unable to take pictures or operate Glass outside the hospital, and unlike the consumer version of Glass, no information from the medical version is stored on Google servers.
Schlumberger, the multinational oil services company, also uses Glass software from Wearable Intelligence, to show checklists to technicians in the field in the United States and overseas.
"Their hands can be elbow-deep in grease and they can still navigate their checklist, hands-free," said Yan-David Erlich, founder and chief executive of Wearable Intelligence.
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Patrick Jackson, a firefighter in Rocky Mount, N.C., built a Glass app to show information from a 911 call, like a map and notes from the dispatcher, and to find the nearest hydrant. He plans to add information like floor plans and exits in buildings.
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Robert Scoble, Rackspace's startup liason officer, says Google Glass is "deeply flawed as it exists right now," and calls for a few changes before it's released to the public.
"I'm the driver of a ladder truck, so it's helpful to see that map really quickly and get a real quick glance of where we're going," Mr. Jackson said.
Police officers from New York City to Byron, Ga., are also experimenting with Glass. Police departments could use it to collect evidence, stream video from a crime scene or settle accusations of police abuse, said Bill Switzer, a manager at Stalker Radar, which makes video technology called CopTrax for the police including software for Glass.
Glass has shown up in professional athletics, too.
Basketball players for the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers have worn Glass with software from CrowdOptic to broadcast video streams to fans from their points of view, as well as during practice. It gives coaches a different view and a better understanding of court spacing and ball rotation, said Chris Granger, the Kings' chief operating officer.
Google's new program for business users will eventually address some workplace issues, said Kelly Liang, director of business development for Google Glass, as well as improve Glass for consumers.
Though many technologies, like smartphones, started in the workplace and later earned widespread adoption, companies like Google go after the consumer market because of its potential to create runaway hits. For Google, though, persuading consumers to put on Glass is going to be the hard part.
Even some of the people who swear by Glass at work say they do not wear it outside the office. "It's pretty geeky, you know?" Dr. Theodore said.
—By Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times
you would think the stock would go up. even with this selloff, they have to put money to work somewhere.
Memory and storage makers Micron announced it is ramping up production of DDR4 memory to support the upcoming Xeon E5-2600 v3 "Haswell-EP" chips coming from Intel.
Better power and performance of DDR4 technology is a critical requirement for the growing enterprise computing market. DDR4 delivers a power improvement of up to 35 percent compared to standard DDR3.
Haswell-EP is the server version of the enthusiast product expected out later this year, which is codenamed Haswell-E.
Micron is ramping its 4Gb-based DDR4 module production at 2133 megatransfers per second (MT/s) in support of Haswell-EP chips. More importantly, Micron is now also sampling faster 2400 MT/s RAM modules in anticipation of follow-on products targeted for 2015. So far manufacturers have been sticking to 2133 MT/s modules.
"Our JEDEC-compliant portfolio showcases the performance and power benefits that DDR4 products can provide for our customers," said Robert Feurle, Micron’s vice president of marketing and program management. "As a result of Micron’s close engagement with our key enabling partners, we are well positioned to bring this exciting new technology to market."
"We have been working with Micron since the early days of DDR4 memory definition and through DDR4 product launch," said Geof Findley, Intel DCG Memory Ecosystem Director. "We are very excited that our mutual customers will be able to reap the benefits of this new memory technology to improve performance and reduce power as part of future Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family based systems with production availability of these new processors in 2H’14."
Micron’s fully JEDEC-compliant DDR4 portfolio includes RDIMMs, LRDIMMs, VLP RDIMMs, UDIMMs and SODIMMs (ECC and non-ECC), as well as x4, x8 and x16 components. NVDIMM customer samples are expected in the early 3Q14 timeframe.
This memory upgrade is going to be big for the RAM industry, and both Micron and its competitor Samsung – which has also announced DDR4 offerings – are well placed to benefit. While Samsung is the largest RAM manufacturer, Micron is holds on to second place, and between them they control more than 65 percent of the market.
One company that has yet to announce plans for DDR4 is AMD, which means that those wanting to take advantage of the faster RAM will need to adopt the Intel platform. This could further erode AMD's position in the processor market.