Whats New? covering whats new in tech, this week visits a Mass High Tech news editor Rodney Brown interview with Bill Joy, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer about cleantech investing, the New England science scene, and the Kurzweil-Joy debate.
Q: A number of VC firms seem to have backed out of cleantech investing. What is Kleiner Perkins’ view on investing in cleantech?
A: We have a lot of partners working in it and I think our approach is different. Historically, the best returns have been in IT and waves of the Internet and semiconductors. We don’t have Moores Law and we don’t have Metcalfe’s Law - we don’t the positive return economics like we have in the friction-free world of the Internet, of social media. But could there be some sort of economic phenomenon we could find that would let us have the kinds of legendary venture class returns in greentech? We have a thesis - it’s not proven yet in that we haven’t had enough liquidity to justify the approach - but we feel pretty good about the way were doing at least the portion of our greentech portfolio that is trying to hit these grand slams.
Whats New? covering whats new in tech- this week check out this new giant touch screen for presentations:
Microsoft has now created the World Most Largest Touch Screen that is almost 234 Inch. And it’s completely Touch capable. According to them they have created this Huge Touch Screen for use at Trade Shows. This giant screen has been created by Steriolize. StereoLize a firm who specialises in interactive multimedia presentations. And Microsoft Partnered themselves with Sterolize to create this Giant Touch Screen. via
Whats New? covering whats new in tech- can you fathom getting rid of your smart phone…
It’s a small wireless modem that gives you broadband access to the Internet via the 3G network.
When combined with an iPod touch (or tablet) the Mi-Fi makes a brilliant "only when required" mobile internet connection. The battery lasts 8 hours, and you can recharge it on a USB port.
What's New? covering what's new in tech, this week looks at data fountains. In the hope of displaying implicit financial data, these dudes have come up with a new form of information decoration, in the form of fountains.
What's New? covering what's new in tech, this week looks at GOPRO’s 3D wearable camera.
Yellowbird has released the future of online video with this 360° interactive snowboard video- change the view by clicking on the video and moving the mouse.
The city is thoroughly laced with technology that transforms the physical activity of the city into data, from crowd-sourced information collected when people scan barcodes with smartphones to these white lumps on Roosevelt Island to systems as old fashioned as red-light cameras that take photos, identify license plates and send out tickets to red-light runners. Sensors in weather towers record temperature, air pressure and cloud coverage so eventually we will know whether to take an umbrella to workaor whether our plane will land on time. Traffic cameras tell us which bridges are snarled with traffic so we know whether to re-route our daily commute. Private properties with videocameras have already created a theoretical real-time movie of practically every nook and cranny of the city (not always uncontroversially) and Google has created a system that allows you to cruise the streets of New York via 3D photographs (less controversially, here).
Unlike motorcycles, there are no signal lights for bicycle.ASince dangers occur all the time when bicycle is turning left or right in the middle of the crossroad, many countries are advising riders to send hand signs when take make turns.AIt’s because getting hands off the bicycle can cause risk on the traffic road.ATo prevent this, they are trying to get rid of the risk of hand signs by mounting signal lamps on the bicycle.
As commute with bicycle attracts many people, traffic road and environment for bicycle are showing improvement.ABy mounting smartphone on the bicycle, riding distance could be measured and navigation is possible through GPS. ABy mounting a battery inside the aluminum frame of the bicycle, it provides electricity to mounted smartphone and signal lamps.