2012
Consumer Products

Ultra high efficiency LED light bubs and luminaires using a radically different patented method whereby a controlled constant current is generated from a zero voltage switched semi-resonant boost converter supplying a longer chain of small LED’s at very high power factor and virtually no EMI. The low current provides low losses.

This provides driver efficiencies to 98% on 240V supply with power factor of 0.993, very low harmonics and luminous efficacy of 90-110 lumens/watt, and where colour rendering can arranged to be >90 by additive colour mixing. Although the small LED quantities are higher than using the much more expensive ‘High Brightness’ LED’s, these small LED’s are becoming very low cost as they are fully machine assembled and virtually ...

A simpler version of the telescope mounting shown here was first conceived as a father/daughter/son project at a local museum. The components were pre-cut and then later assembled in a class of about 8-10 scopes. This allowed parents and their children to learn how telescopes and mountings worked together.

The mounting shown here is a deluxe version of the one that was built in the class. It has several unique features:
• Latitude adjustment from 44-28 degrees (which covers most of North America).
• Focuser/Camera position quick change adapter (it allows you to switch from eyepiece viewing to prime focus camera position in seconds without the need to physically move the mirror cell forward or backwards to ...

vDesk is a cloud-based service that creates a “digital place” on the Internet for receiving and storing your important and personal information. vDesk is accessed by users (Subscribers) as a personal website where they can receive documents of many different types from a variety of sources. Subscribers can authorize creators of documents (Providers) to send them to their vDesk account. Unlike existing systems for document delivery (e-mail or download), vDesk is truly “user centric” in that it gives its users complete control over what documents they receive, how they are organized and presented, how long they are retained, and to whom copies are provided. Everything managed by vDesk is protected using unique digital encryption technology. Documents are encrypted when ...

Did you ever want to play your favorite songs on a piano but did not find the correct notes? Did you ever want to learn music but never found time for it due to busy work schedule and other committments? No problem, because I have a solution.

The VIMA (Virtual Instrumental Music Assistant) can be used to help play music on a regular piano or a digital or electronic keyboard with no knowledge of music. It will be an RGB LED strip which can be placed right above the keys on a 61-key/76-key or 88-key keyboard. The user will be able to select a song from a touch screen LCD. The song when played, will turn ON/OFF the ...

I present the bin for municipal solid waste intended for cities with narrow streets (for example: Venice) where it is not possible to get close to the truck or boat. Have you ever thought to the difficulties encountered by operators during the ecological urban solid waste collection in a city like Venice? Arrive by boat as close as possible, go with the basket on wheels, pushing it along the narrow streets, collecting the trash bags left on the ground (near each door of the House). This container eliminates the bags on the ground (may be concentrated in some areas), it is closed if it is not used, opens while you fill (up to 200 litres each), the transport is ...

Pathogens (including cholera bacterium) in drinking water and contaminated food cause infectious diarrhea, which contributes to the deaths of 3 million young children each year; Helminthic infections of multicellular organisms transmitted in water such as Lymphatic Filariasis affects more than 120 million people worldwide, mainly in India and Africa; Onchocerciasis causes acute and chronic inflammation of the eyes and skin, affecting nearly 18 million people in Africa and the Americas; Schistosomiasis infects 200 million people in the developing world; Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale (the hookworms), and Trichuris trichiura (the whipworm); infects more than a quarter of the world’s population producing anemia in children and pregnant women; Kinetoplastid diseases, involving single-cell parasites transmitted by an insect vector in water, ...

Woobie is a smart combination of a seat, rocking-chair and a table. Wobbie is made of two parts, resembling the shape of a jing and a jang.

The two parts can be used either separatelly or they can be connected by straps into a cylinder. As a cylinder, Woobie can be used either as a seat or as a table. When the two parts are separated, they can be used either as two rocking chairs, two seats (thanks to the support leg that is hidden inside the back of each chair) or as two small tables. When you turn one of the parts upside down, it can also be used as a footstool.

Woobie is designed ...

The Challenge

X-ray radiation exposure is a major concern for millions of travelers, baggage handlers, and workers in the medical industry and industrial and homeland security sectors. In 2011 the European Union has banned backscatter machines in airports due to uncertain X-ray radiation exposure, but in the United States and many other countries they are still in use. Other sources of X-ray radiation can be from building security scanners and the natural environment. Over exposure is shown to cause thyroid dysfunction and cancerous cell growth among other illnesses. A University of Berkeley study cites that “over 50% of the death rate from cancer, and over 60% of today’s death rate from ischemic heart disease are induced by X-rays in ...

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