Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles with a focus on disruptive news!
All Russian gas stations have to install EV charging stations
In a push to stimulate the market for electric vehicles (EV) Russian Prime Minister Medvedev is mandating every gas station in the country have an EV charger by November 1, 2016. Though the requirement is not as hefty as it sounds, it doesn’t require any high performance chargers and most chargers are likely to take several hours for charging a car. However, this is hopefully just a first step for the nation and other nations will hopefully follow. Such efforts could be a HUGE and disruptive step for the EV industry!
Facebook’s future – an online mall full of small businesses
As Facebook has grown to become and Internet of it’s own, the company is now seeking to make it easier for businesses to reach their customers through their Facebook Pages site. Small businesses will have the possibility to show their offerings, communicate with their customers and even sell their products and services through their Facebook Page. By choosing to use Facebook Pages, small businesses will not have to develop websites of their own and apps to reach customers, making it easier and cheaper to operate their business and in the same time reach billions of people. Disruptive news for companies like Tictail.
Aspen, third US city to be completely powered by renewable
Aspen Colorado recently became the third U.S. city to power itself with 100 percent renewable energy. Aspen Times reports that the city has reached the milestone after more than a decade of work, by employing wind, solar and geothermal energy. Also, the town looking to take fourth place is Georgetown, Texas, now if a city in Texas can be fully powered by renewable then all cities definitely have a chance at getting close!
Google announce mouse-wheel disruption
Last week we wrote about how several companies are attempting to disrupt the way we interact with computers, since the computer mouse is a rather pre-historic tool (compared to the pace of development in other areas of technology).
This week we want to bring a previous feed we have written about back in the spotlight. With Project Soli, Google are attempting to create an advanced radar technology that can capture motions of your fingers at up to 10’000 frames per second. Approximately the size of a small computer chip, this technology allows you to control devices without having to touch them but only through interacting in their adjacent virtual space. Given the micro-size of the chip, it can be put into almost any device. Imagine increasing the volume of your speaker by twisting your fingers in thin air!