Stationary Electric Vehicle Batteries May Be Getting Much Cheaper Than Anticipated

Have you heard the big headline in the electric car market? No? Well, some of you might have heard that Tesla is now selling its own stationery storage batteries. But you might ask, how is it a big thing? Those types of batteries were around for years, but they have never been cost-effective. The thing is, they are becoming more cost-effective than ever before, according to another study.

It is said that the price for installing one of these batteries in a home would have cost more than $23,000 last year. In May, Tesla announced that the price of such a Li-ion battery would start at $3,500, with an installation price of just $500. Ok, so it’s cheaper than ever before to install a battery in your home, but how is that cost-effective when charging it? Well, times are changing and businesses are making a lot of progress too. Tesla announced that it is currently building a “gigafactory” near Reno, Nevada, having Panasonic making its Li-ion batteries.

The above example is just what we would expect in the near future. However, two researchers from Stockholm stated that the cost of battery packs has fallen drastically. From $1,000 per kWh in 2007, it plunged down to $300 per kWh. Due to this price drop, Tesla and similar electric car manufacturers are now refurbishing old electric vehicle batteries to sell for stationary storage. Also, Tesla said that it also takes feedback very seriously and is now looking into increasing the discharge rate of batteries during continuous use, from 2.2 kilowatts to 5 kilowatts.

This does not mean we will see electric cars being a solution and everyone dropping gas cars overnight. Researchers state that the cost of battery packs needs to fall below 150 per kWh before significant shifts towards electric vehicles take place. However, they estimate that a cost level of 200 – 250 kWh might hit before 2020, so we are just a few years away from potentially switching to electric vehicles.

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Gamer Waits in Queue for Game24 Event and Receives Amazing Prize

With the Nvidia GAME24 event kicking off all around the world, something magical has happened for one lucky gamer in Stockholm, Sweden. Much like anticipating fans of the new iPhone 6 have been doing, he decided to queue for the event which starts later on tonight. The staff at Nvidia noticed this, especially as winter is drawing closer and he has a whopping 13+ hours to wait.

Nvidia took the above picture and uploaded it to the Nvidia United Kingdom official Facebook page with the following caption:

“Meet the first person in our #GAME24 queue in Stockholm, ready for tonight’s event! We LOVE this dedication. To make sure he survives the 13+ hour wait, we’ll fill him up with some snacks during the day”

On top of this, we’ve had a word with Jen Andersson; PR Manager Northern Europe, who told us the following:

“We absolutely LOVE our fans and this shows true dedication. To wait for over 13 hours for the love of PC gaming is truly incredible. Thankfully, the sun is shining and together with a GeForce GTX 980, he’ll feel that it was worth the wait, I’m sure!”

At the time of writing this, the beloved fan has no idea that a brand spanking new GeForce GTX 980 will be landing in his lap later on today, but we can already tell that he will be overjoyed. If you know him, maybe keep quiet as to not ruin the surprise for him.

Nvidia are clearly pulling out all of the stops for this launch, as some industry pals of mine have already won various prizes including GTX 980’s and a Nvidia Shield gaming tablet at the California event several hours ago.

Have you ever queued for anything as long as this guy, and been rewarded for it? Let us know in the comments below.

Neswaiu Mummy Goes Digital At Stockholm Museum

Stockholms Medelhavsmuseet museum has taken its display and research of the Egyptian mummys to the next level, and their latest exhibit sees the mummy of Neswaiu, son of Tekeretdjehuty is the latest to get some extra attention with the aid of 3D scanning technology. It has taken years of careful scanning to create, but now visitors can digitally unwrap an Egyptian mummy.

Using an interactive touch table, you can explore this 2300 year old mummy, something that has never been done on this level of detail before. Not only have the introduced 3D scanning and touch screen technology, but also 3D printing. When the museum digitally recreated the mummy using tomography and 3D photogrammetry techniques, they also discovered a golden amulet beneath the layers of wrapping. Unable to take it out with damaging the exterior, the amulet was 3D printed and now visitors can hold the 3D-printed copy along side using the touch display.

“3D digitization technology enables us to describe the health and fate of individuals, as well as ancient Egyptians’ beliefs about the afterlife,” said Medelhavsmuseet director Sofia Häggman. “Our new exhibition focuses on the human aspect, while also offering new perspectives on Egypt.”

“It is truly inspiring to see how technology, now so much more powerful yet so accessible, can offer unprecedented new ways to experience, explore and learn about our past,” said Tatjana Dzambazova from Autodesk, the company that helped the museum with the scanning.

Thomas Rydell from the Interactive Institute Swedish ICT added: “In this project we worked with mummies, but the same methods could be used on large variety of objects, such as natural history objects and other historical artefacts.”

Touch screen, interactive 3D models, 3D printed items that you can handle, all sounds pretty cool to me, I was at an Egyptian exhibit in Glasgow just a few days ago and you couldn’t touch anything, maybe if I’m ever in Stockholm I’ll check this new exhibit out.

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