If you're like anyone else, you have no idea how much you pay for electricity. A new app will let you use your phone to see when it's the cheapest, and pick that moment to charge your car. Much better than driving miles to find the cheapest gas.
Finding a comfortable place to lay around in between classes and making sure their iPhones are always charged: These are some of the most pressing problems faced by modern college students. Even the mini-geniuses at MIT. Which is why architect Sheila Kennedy's contribution to MIT's 150th anniversary exhibition, the SOFT rocker, is so awesome. It lets you kick back on the quad and juice up your gear at the same time in a piece of solar-powered, parametrically designed lawn sculpture.
Wirelesspower. You've heard about it, you want it...but until we get our hands on it, there's just the existing wireless charging tech to please your wire-free urges. Except that, according to Strategy Analytics, it's kind of useless.
A suite of big-name manufacturers including Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Fiat, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, have agreed on a common standard for the plugs used for charging electric vehicles. According to German energy company RWE, the plug will be a three-point (live, neutral, earth) arrangement that uses a fixed 400V supply. Daimler, maker of the upcoming electric Smart car, has already begun a pilot scheme with RWE in Berlin (pictured).