• TOWER Bridge and Homerton University Hospital in Hackney have little obvious in common. The first was opened in 1894 by the future Edward VII and is one of London’s most photographed landmarks. The second caters for one of London’s poorest, most ethnically diverse boroughs. Both sit at the heart of GE’s London 2012 legacy vision.

    GE has been an Olympic Worldwide Partner since 2005, and has used its expertise in power generation, water treatment, infrastructure, security and medical equipment to supply Games since Turin 2006. Its Evolution locomotive engines improved transport at Vancouver 2010, reducing emissions by 40 per cent. At Beijing 2008, it helped generate power for venues via the Shanghai Wind Farm.

    Mark Elborne, president and chief executive of GE UK and Ireland, says that, for a group with a portfolio as wide as GE, “the Olympics is about more than just the venues, it’s the whole infrastructure upgrade that comes with it.” GE’s involvement is certainly broad – it has provided 14,000 lamps for the Olympic Stadium, uninterruptible power supplies at the Velodrome, digital imaging equipment at the polyclinic and water monitoring systems at the Olympic Village.

    But GE wants the benefits of its commitment to continue beyond the dismantlement of the venues. “We’re trying to showcase what a sustainable Olympic venue can look like,” says Elborne. One concern is that equipment has transferrable benefits. GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology will provide power and heating for Olympic venues, but it’s also been introduced at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust. Jenbacher is credited with helping the Trust reduce CO2 emissions by 11,300 tonnes per year and saving it 1.5m – enough to power Newcastle for a week.

    It’s unsurprising that healthcare is an important legacy issue for GE. Its medical equipment division is headquartered in Little Chalfont in Buckinghamshire, the first GE business to be stationed outside the US. But the firm has chosen to focus its Olympic philanthropy on a less leafy part of the UK, at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney – the designated hospital for 2012 athletes.

    All this is part of a broader initiative by the company. It wants to put its equipment and infrastructure at the service of cost reduction, quality and efficiency. Its Homerton donation may be small by the standards of a typical hospital budget, but GE hopes to showcase how the expertise it is putting behind the Olympics will survive as a lasting legacy for one of London’s poorest areas.

    The threads of GE’s legacy vision come together at Tower Bridge. The attraction has had the same lighting system for 25 years – a flat affair, which served neither to attractively display its neo-Gothic battlements nor to effectively conserve power.

    In partnership with EDF Energy, GE has sponsored the installation of 1,800 LED fixtures and 2km of linear lighting, a low-carbon innovation that will see 40 per cent shaved off energy consumption.

    The bridge will be used as a stage for light shows during the Games, complementing a huge, suspended set of Olympic rings. And for the next 25 years, GE’s technology will provide cheap and sympathetic lighting.

    Some will worry that, once the lights are turned off the Olympic roadshow, all we’ll be left with is some impressive buildings and memories of a summer of sport. GE hopes that its Olympic commitment will prove these worriers wrong.


  • The Anoka County Attorney’s Office May 24 filed a motion in Anoka County Juvenile Court to have a 17-year-old Andover boy certified to be tried in adult court on allegations that he robbed a couple at gunpoint May 17 in their Ham Lake home.

    Brendon Michael Crayford made his first appearance in juvenile court on felony first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm.

    Crayford May 24 pleaded not guilty to all four charges, according to court records.

    According to the criminal complaint, Crayford admitted in a post-Miranda statement that he entered the home and was there for approximately five minutes before he awakened the Ham Lake couple at gunpoint.

    Police responded to the home around 12:50 a.m. May 17. The couple told police that they woke up to find a young man with a black bandana around his face point a gun at them and demand money, according to the complaint.

    During the robbery, the couple allegedly noticed that Crayford had their Nikon camera hanging from his shoulder. They called 911 after Crayford left and looked around their house to find doors open and the lights on. Missing from their home was an Apple Macbook computer, a SLR lens for a Nikon camera, two Nikon cameras, four pairs of sunglasses, a green iPod Nano, an LED flashlight, a cell phone and a watch. Crayford also allegedly took between $35 and $55 in cash from the couple.

    On May 23, the husband found a digital camera on Craigslist that looked like their stolen digital camera. He contacted police, who set up a sale with the camera seller. An undercover officer met a male, later identified as Crayford, at the McDonald’s restaurant on Bluebird Street in Andover under the guise of purchasing the camera, according to the complaint.

    The officer confirmed the serial number on the camera and arrested Crayford.

    During a search of Crayford’s car, authorities allegedly found a handgun in the glove compartment. The gun and magazine were not loaded. They also allegedly found a pair of sunglasses that the couple had reported stolen.

    According to the complaint, police conducted a follow-up interview at the suspect’s home and found the stolen property in Crayford’s bedroom.

    The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect’s parents were shocked by the allegations, but were cooperative with the detectives working the case.

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  • When you enter Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park, you’ll probably notice they’re sprucing up the lakefront.

    “No pollutions like antifreeze or engine oil, or any of the other things that you pick up on the ground, or any of those things that folks use on the ground or on their lawn or on the streets or anything is going to make it in the lake,” said Scott Pyle, the park’s general manager.

    Concert-goers will reap the benefits of a new filtration system that will keep the lake clean, as well as make the area dryer and mud-free.

    “Preservation Plaza over the last few years, with the heavy spring rains we’ve had has been kind of a soggy area for us, and this is going to dry it up and help us to better serve our customers that way,” said Pyle

    Not only is the lake getting cleaner and greener, but lights on the rides and along the walkways have already switched to LED technology. The goal is to have all the park lights converted to high-efficiency LED or fluorescent by the end of the summer.

    The Ferris wheel at Arnolds Park has more than 2700 lights. With the new LED technology, that’ll create an energy savings of more than 1000 percent.

    The park’s general manager estimates those lighting changes alone will save Arnolds Park around $2000 to $3000 every month. He’s hopeful those will go right back into the park.

    “Ideally, you know, that’s the goal. To save money on the things that we should be doing anyway and then take those savings and turn them into things that are a little bit more fun and exciting for our guests,” said Pyle.

    One major change already in place is electronic wristbands, which make for streamlined travel through the park.

    “It’s just a lot easier now, we don’t have to mess with all that paper and all those tickets,” said Di Lorenzen, the park’s communications director.

    Getting lost used to be a problem, but now Pyle has a G-P-S system on his cell phone to track each check-in point for both concessions and rides.

    “So, if Mom doesn’t know where her child is at, he can look at exactly the last spot where that child has been,” said Lorenzen.

    Compact, space-conserving hot tubs, lap pools and swim spas have expanded aquatic options for homeowners.

    Forget the cliche of the 1970s-era party animal hot tub. Today’s hot tub owner is more often an empty-nest baby boomer looking for decompression instead of action, architects and retailers said.

    “The No. 1 reason people own hot tubs is for relaxation and stress relief because from a physiological standpoint it actually does dilate the capillaries, lowers your blood pressure. It does relax you,” said Adam Burke, the owner of two locations of Atlanta Spa & Leisure in Cumming and Doraville.

    Burke carries a variety of hot tubs and jetted swim spas at his Georgia stores, including the Michael Phelps line of high-performance swim spas, which use propellers to create a current to swim against.

    “The swim spas have had a big uptick as the baby boomers have moved into retirement,” Burke said. “They have those aches and pains, hip replacement, knee replacement, old sports injuries,” making swim spas and hot tubs an ideal zero-impact workout.


  • It was harvest time at the Infinity Science Center in Hancock County, Monday. NASA technology is being used to grow specially-engineered lettuce in an indoor controlled environment.

    It looks like something you’d pick up in the produce department at any grocery store. But this lettuce is grown with water and fog. Special LED lights provide the sunshine.

    “We can grow a head of lettuce from seed to harvest size within about 35 days. It typically takes you between 50 and 60 days to grow the same lettuce outdoors,” said Joseph Graben with Innovative Imaging & Research.

    The hope is to some day grow lettuce and other vegetables like this in space for astronauts conducting long duration space missions.

    “The food the astronauts use now is freeze dried or packaged and processed. If you’ve looked at it, it’s not exactly what you’d like to say, ‘I’m going to spend my time for the next two years going to Mars eating this,’” explained Graben. “You might want something a little fresh and green.”

    Students from Mays Prep. School in New Orleans got a chance to harvest and put the space lettuce to the taste test.

    “It was very good. It’s better than the lettuce at the stores,” said Destiny Pounds, age 9.

    Kevin Wilson, 10, agreed, “It was very good. It was very nice and it was very nutritious and I just liked it a lot.”

    Graben said the biggest benefit to growing food like this in space is it would save a lot of money. To lift food, or any pay load into space costs about $10,000 a pound.

    “Instead of having to pay the cost to lift a head of lettuce into space, here all we have to do is fly up a light pack of seeds and then grow it up there. So a lot less cost if you grow it and produce it up there.”

    He said the benefits and possibilities of this high tech growing method are endless for use in space and here on earth.

    Infinity leaders say the growing technology is also being researched for future medical purposes. Officials hope to grow plants that produce vaccines and other medications faster than conventional methods.


  • Many applications in the area of functional printing are still little more than visions for the future. Printed, intelligent surfaces called touchcodes that Heidelberg will be showcasing in the Innovation Gallery in the form of interactive printed ID cards with an integrated electronic structure are one example of an application that has already reached the market-ready stage.

    Placing a touchcode card of this kind on an iPad opens an app or web browser that offers access to specific content. The card therefore serves as a copy-protected license for electronic information in protected or closed applications, for example, thus building a bridge to mobile terminals. Unlike conventional QR codes, there is no need to take a photo using a smartphone. The touchcode acts as a paper key and is simply placed on the display. Heidelberg is presenting this touchcode technology in cooperation with Printechnologics GmbH from Chemnitz.

    Another example of an intelligent surface is a film-based lighting element that takes the form of “printed light”. The lighting effects of printed OLEDs (organic LEDs, light-emitting diodes) can be applied to folding cartons either as a surface area or as an informative detail in the form of numbers, text, or logos. Printed electronics in print products thus constitute the lighting elements of the future.

    Yet another new application from Heidelberg is the “Smart Shelf”, which delivers ideas for the packaging shelf of the future. In this case, both the folding carton and the surface of the shelf are equipped with printed electronic components to communicate the fill level of the shelf, for example. This technology can also be used with point-of-sale applications for interaction with the customer.

    Printing on any surface - including 3D
    The “Decorative printing on any surface” section of the Innovation Gallery will give interested visitors the opportunity to discuss possible applications for printing on any curved surface. Although the development from 2D high-productivity industrial printing to 3D is still in its infancy, work in this area has already begun. The focus here is on how everyday objects such as furniture, sports goods, and toys, and industrial products such as architecture and facades can be decorated with customized and reversible designs.

    Surface drying and digital imaging
    The “drying and structuring surfaces” section of the Innovation Gallery is devoted to new dryer technologies and systems, including energy-efficient UV LED dryer modules and a laser drying technology that heats only the ink and not the substrate, which is advantageous from a process engineering perspective. The major benefit is that it is possible to dramatically cut the waiting times between press and postpress.

    The display also features a visionary laser module concept that enables the partial drying or structuring of surfaces. This digital multi-channel module opens up further potential future applications in the area of digital imaging.


  • While many of his pieces go to the museum to be put on display, Bascelli also sells some of his work and gives the proceeds to the museum.

    “I can take something and restore it, and for $50 of paint, I’m not going to lose my house over it,” he said. “I get my money’s worth out of the therapy of the project.”

    William H. Rehr III, a former Reading fire chief and president of the museum, said Bascelli’s restored pieces help the organization financially and add fresh items to the displays.

    “It’s wonderful,” Rehr said. “We don’t have a lot of funding and no regular source of income, so anything we can have donated to us is a real positive.”

    Bascelli said he doesn’t mind parting with his projects once he’s finished. He likened his hobby to big-game hunting and the rush of spotting the prize, capturing it and then cleaning it up. Once the paint dries, he’s ready to move on to the next challenge.

    Recently, he spotted an old, broken hydrant in a yard while driving through Exeter Township. After letting it go the first time, Bascelli went back recently to see if the homeowner wanted the hydrant.

    Turns out, the resident was trying to get rid of it but didn’t know how, so Bascelli went to work.

    Now the rusted hydrant sits in his garage with several others waiting to be restored by Bascelli’s hands.

    While he buys some pieces on eBay, Bascelli has been very successful with finding things in junk yards and flea markets.

    “When I first get it, it’s not much more than scrap metal, but it’s scrap metal that’s been telling a story for a number of years,” he said.

    He said he often has to beat them to death to get the old pieces clean or have them sandblasted. Once the pieces are polished up, Bascelli gets some paint and lets his creative side take over.

    “I’ll be sitting there and have an epiphany and put something together,” he said.

    He’s currently working on a coat rack and floor lamp, both of which he anchored to old fire hydrants. The coat rack is just about finished, but Bascelli wants to exchange the prongs with fire wrenches.

    Bascelli’s restoration of a rare Mellert hydrant caught the eyes of the webmasters for firehydrant.org and his workmanship was featured on the website for several months.

    While the Mellert hydrant was special, Bascelli said his favorite project was the restoration of an old hose cart that took about a year to finish. The cart will be on display at the museum with some of his other works that showcase intricate handiwork that dates back to the 1800s and early 1900s.


  • EINPresswire/Calgary, AB - ElectroFur INC, an innovative glowing faux-fur clothing and accessory designer, is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Dr. Ihor Lys. A renowned scientist, Lys has received more than 50 patents for his groundbreaking work in advancing LED technology. His efforts have been integral to the widespread cross-market adoption of LEDs as an illumination source. Lys is the new Technical Advisor at ElectroFur.

    Dr. Lys was selected as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002 and in 2008 he was named National Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation. “I’ve been working in the lighting industry for a long time now,” says Lys, “and when it comes to consumer products, I believe the combination fun fur with light is a perfect pairing. I’ve seen a lot of things lit up, and this is really cool.”

    “Having Ihor on our team enables us to make significant improvements to the technology component of our designs,” says David Lee, founder and CEO of ElectroFur and fellow Burning Man participant. “He’s already been working on a circuit that will increase light output by 400 per cent. Our customers can expect more efficient and effective creations- and the new effects are amazing!”

    Lys and Lee agree that glowing clothing is going to become a regular sighting. “I believe that glowing fun fur is the most exciting development in this ready-to-explode segment of the clothing market,” acknowledged Lys. “It’s irresistible,” says David, “when you see glowing fur, it is mesmerizing when you wear it, you’re a star. ElectroFur is ready to go big, and our future is definitely brighter with Lys here!”

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  • Every night, something unusual happens in Samuel Kimani’s home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Samuel, 48, lives with his wife Mary and their three children. Their family supports itself day-to-day through their main source of income, their cow Baraka, whose milk is collected daily and sold directly to customers for about $1.8 a day. Their township has few amenities and grid electricity is available only to the few who can afford it. But at Samuel’s house, two bright lights shine all through the evening.

    Samuel used to light his home with a single kerosene lamp, which filled the rooms with smoke and poor-quality light and cost $3 a week. With his low income, Samuel could support his family, but he wasn’t able to make long-term investments in other systems to light his home.

    That is, until he became the first person in the world to use the IndiGo pay-as-you-go solar energy system. Samuel purchased the system for an affordable $10 and now activates it automatically with a $1 scratch-card each week. Through IndiGo, Samuel’s small home now has two bright lights providing eight hours of light each evening, which enables the kids to study in the living room whilst Mary prepares food in the kitchen. Instead of spending $0.20 to charge each of their three mobile phones at one of the many local kiosks he simply charges them at home, saving $1.5 per week in the process.

    The solar-as-a-service model plays very well in emerging countries partly because the pay as you go model is well understood; people have pay as you go mobile phones. But also because we’ve eliminated the upfront cost of buying a solar light, so we can give people an economic return on a day by day basis.

    Where people don’t have electric light their options are kerosene or in some cases candles – about 80% of Zambia uses candles – and in South Sudan, for instance some people even just use grass as a way of lighting their houses. The amount of money people spend on kerosene for lighting is huge – about 38 billion dollars.

    When you compare the cost of that kerosene light for light with mains electric lighting, the light out of a typical kerosene lamp costs between a hundred and a thousand times as much – just because it’s a very inefficient lamp and kerosene’s expensive. So you end up with a situation where the people who have the least income in the world are paying not just a bit more for their energy but vastly more for their energy.

    By providing solar we can eliminate that cost and replace it with something more modern and up to date. For example, in Kenya people are spending the equivalent of about 12 dollars a month for kerosene and for charging their mobile phone. We’re providing the IndiGo solar energy system for just over a dollar a week, so effectively for five dollars a month the user is getting light for two rooms and also power to charge a mobile. So we’ve roughly halved people’s energy spend and we’ve given them the benefit of solar power instead of kerosene.


  • Like millions of Macites around the world, I simply love my new iPad with its Resolutionary Retina Display. It’s a stunningly crisp display with no equal. I also happen to be in the market for a new smartphone later this year, and so I wanted to be fair and at least take a look at Samsung’s new Galaxy Note smartphone. I like taking notes and their smart pen intrigued me.

    But once I saw the drabness of the Note’s display in contrast with the iPad, I just chuckled. Apple has so raised the bar on display quality that it will be very difficult to now want anything short of the Retina Display for any device. This brings us to the very point of today’s second patent report: Apple’ attention to the tiniest of iOS device details.

    In our second patent report of the day, we take a look at three granted patents. The first covers Apple’s reinvention of the iPhone’s backlight unit which may account for its current brilliance. The second patent shows us how Apple wanted to save money on manufacturing costs on a touch display and walked away with a new method for manufacturing a thinner touch display.

    And lastly, the third patent covers the hybrid playlist mechanism found in Cover Flow. Yes, they’re all tiny pieces of a final product, but when added together – they help to deliver that total magical experience found in Apple devices. It’s that fanatical attention to detail that Apple’s competitors fail to comprehend at their own peril.

    Apple has received a Granted Patent for a new way of working with LED backlighting.

    Apple’s background begins by stating that a cellphone may have a touch screen display that is based on a backlit liquid crystal display unit. This type of display has an array of addressable liquid crystal pixels. A backlight provides light for the display. When the backlight is active, light from the backlight is transmitted through the liquid crystal array for viewing by a user.

    Backlights for displays are often based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs). An LED-based backlight includes a light guide plate formed from a material such as polycarbonate and an LED light source. The LED light source emits light into one of the edges of the light guide plate. The light guide plate distributes the LED light through the liquid crystal array.

    The liquid crystal array, the light guide plate, and other display structures are typically mounted within a plastic chassis (”p-chassis”). At the edges of the light guide plate, some of the light escapes and strikes the chassis. The chassis has sidewalls that reflect the escaping light back into the light guide plate. The light reflected from the chassis tends to create an undesirable bright stripe of excessive light intensity along the edge of the light guide plate. A masking structure such as an enlarged bezel could be used to block the light in the bright stripe, but large bezels add bulk and tend not to be aesthetically appealing.


  • Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, electronics and motor oil for free on Sunday,in Los Olivos.

    The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department and city of Solvang will hold the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county’s recycling and transfer station at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road. Participation is free for residents of the Santa Ynez Valley and the city of Solvang.

    Common household hazards that can be dropped off also include cleaners and fluorescent lights, as well as electronics such as computers, televisions, cell phones and stereo equipment. CDs, DVDs, and video and cassette tapes can also be recycled.

    A complete list of materials is available at the county’s recycling website, www.lessis more.org.

    Residents can also bring unwanted medications and home-generated “sharps,” such as needles and syringes, as long as they are in rigid, puncture-proof containers.

    Free containers designated for sharps are available at the Santa Ynez Transfer Station during normal operating hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    No controlled substances, including narcotics and prescription medications, will be accepted. Those items can be taken to any of the Sheriff’s Department’s medication drop boxes located throughout the county.

    At the Los Olivos transfer station, county and Solvang residents can recycle their antifreeze, auto batteries, motor oil and filters, and latex paint every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and all county transfer stations accept electronic waste year-round during normal operating hours at no charge to residents.

    Schott (stand 5G80) and Lufthansa Technik (6D65) are displaying LED cabin lighting technology developed through their HelioJet collaboration, as they work towards securing certification around mid-year.

    The HelioJet LED lights - designed to replaced conventional fluorescent tubes -are being trialled by an undisclosed European carrier.

    Alexander Goessel, Lufthansa Technik section manager innovation (commercial aviation), says the design means that only around 10 LEDs are required per metre, compared with 50-60 for a standard LED light strip.

    “There are LEDs at each end, which bring light into the tube,” he says. HelioJet also offers a modest weight reduction compared with flourescent tubes.

    “Our advantage is not that you save a lot of weight, but that you save a lot on maintenance,” says Goessel, who adds that the tubes offer a five-fold improvement in mean time between failure.

    Schott and LHT are targeting the retrofit market, with a strong focus on Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft, as they are all equipped with the same type of fluorescent tube in the cabin.