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Boosted’s v2 electric skateboards go 12 miles with swappable batteries

 The Boosted Board is the best electric skateboard on the market, but its biggest flaw is a troublingly low range of 6 miles per charge. Today, Boosted opened pre-orders of its Gen 2 boards for $999 to $1599, solving the problem with extended and swappable battery options that let them go almost twice as...

Embedded fuel cells power smartphones for a week… and could run the world

 People love their smartphones but hate poor battery life. We love having access to the world’s information at our fingertips but tire of the need to constantly plug in to the world’s electricity grid. The recharging model of batteries fails us — the marketplace is ready for a new approach to portable power. Read...

Tesla’s Plan to Rule the Auto Industry? In-App Purchases

Tesla's new, cheaper Model S is actually part of a long-running plan to keep revenue flowing in. The post Tesla’s Plan to Rule the Auto Industry? In-App Purchases appeared first on WIRED.

ChargePoint raises $50 million to charge more cars

 ChargePoint announced this month that it had raised $50 million in its latest round of funding, thanks in large part to Linse Capital. That makes a total of $164 million raised from investors like BMW iVentures and Siemens, among others. ChargePoint already has the largest EV charging network in North America, with 28,000 stations installed...

The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions

If you know anything about NASA, you know that missions just don't get launched that fast. The post The Unknown Lab of Millennials Fast-Tracking NASA’s Missions appeared first on WIRED.

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”...

Edyn debuts smart water valve to put home gardens on autopilot

 Oakland, Calif.-based Edyn started selling a new, smart gardening device this week: an Internet-connected water valve that lets users irrigate their gardens or lawns automatically. The Edyn Water Valve uses data from the company’s Edyn Garden Sensor, a soil sensor, along with local weather systems, to adjust the moisture levels in the soil. If a user wants, they...

Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market

 What if energy “agents” could help us make better choices to cut costs and save the planet? Read More

Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall

 The batteries developed for the high demands of all-electric Mercedes-Benz cars are finding a new application as in-home energy storage units. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s a lot like the Tesla Powerwall. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love...

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

 Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may...

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