While there have been hints of advanced battery technology development reported in various journals, there was nothing even hinted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. This would suggest that we are still a very long way off from any commercial solution to our dead and dying batteries. Ironically my wife last night announced that the battery in her iPhone 5S was not holding a charge like it formerly did. Anyone with this problem also knows that mobile phone stores do not generally even carry replacement batteries. These retailers prefer to use the situation to try to sell you a new phone.
If you thought that Google Glass was the only wearable backed by one of tech’s mega corporations, think again. Intel’s investment arm has now ponied up a “significant” investment into Recon Instruments, makers of the Jet heads-up display for extreme sports. While neither party has disclosed how much cash Intel has thrown Recon’s way, the release does reveal that the Intel Capital will be sharing its expertise in “manufacturing, operations and technology” in addition to its checkbook. While it’s far, far too early to presume that we’ll see Santa Clara dive head-first into the wearables market, we’re going to be watching this partnership with extreme interest.
At an absolute minimum, Google has scored a PR coup with their blog announcement of “Project Loon,” a trial of Internet Wifi via balloons floating in the stratosphere over New Zealand. You may have already seen, heard or read about this, as the story has appeared in much of the mainstream media, albeit without much journalistic scrutiny. The Loon project has also been covered extensively in the tech “blogosphere” (pun intended). From my reading, only very few journalists have delved into the devil of the details, and asked serious questions, which remain largely unanswered. It is probably not in Google’s best interest to say too much more, as they have already favorably established the Loon Project in the media. The Kiwi’s have a term for this kind of project. They are known in New Zealand as “#8 Wire” projects. Read on and I will explain.