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Drone Under the Sea

Drone development is now increasingly sophisticated. Not only the action in the air, there are even drones that are created to act under the sea, like this one drone.

Named BIKI, an artificial drone company from China, Robosea can be a friend for the traveler who is fond of photographing and enjoying the beauty of the underwater. The shape is also unique, which is made to resemble a fish.

If seen while swimming in the ocean maybe the traveler thinks this is a real fish. When viewed closely, this is not a real fish but a bionic fish robot that is used as an underwater drone.

Drone BIKI is claimed to be the world’s first bionic underwater drone. Looking at the new innovation product funding site, Kickstarter, Thursday (5/25/2017), BIKI helps the traveler to take pictures under the sea more freely.

Turn on BIKI, put in the water and the traveler can manage the movements with easy to use remote control. No need to install waterproof casing first as underwater camera in general.

BIKI is also designed to be able to regulate balance and avoid objects that block their path. Movement is also nimble like a real fish, with a tail that move while swimming.

The ability to record images no doubt. BIKI equipped with 150 degrees wide angle lens, can record 4K video, 32 GB internal memory and battery that can last up to about 2 hours.

BIKI can swim and record images to a depth of 59 meters. Swim too fast, so you can diving with BIKI and capture the exciting moments and natural beauty under the sea.

Traveler who want to try to use BIKI must be patient because it has not been mass produced. Still opened pre-order on the Kickstarter website with prices starting from USD 549

The Miracle of Thin-Film Solar Technology

You may have heard something about automobile paint that actually charges solar cells – or shingles that can be installed on a roof and help to meet a home’s energy needs.

It’s all due to the miracle of photovoltaic film.

What Is It?

Photovoltaic thin film is what goes into the creation of thin-film solar cells. There are a number of different materials than may be used to create photovoltaic film, including various forms of silicon and cadmium. Even a type of plastic made from organic molecules has been used successfully (something to think about as petroleum supplies dwindle).

You may be interested to know that you have probably been using this thin-film solar technology for many years. If you have a small, hand-held calculator (these have been around since the 1980s), it is photovoltaic thin film that keeps it going.

Today, this technology is being used on a much larger scale. Such thin solar cells are now being integrated into building construction as well as automotive charging systems, and is predicted to generate well over 22,000 megawatts within the next decade. According to Global Business Intelligence Research (a company that researches and reports on a wide range of industries), thin film technology may in fact be what eventually leads to “grid parity” – meaning that solar energy will finally be competitive with fossil fuels.

How Is It Used Today?

Thin film photovoltaic is ideal for older homes and buildings that lack the structural strength needed to support standard solar panels. They are also less susceptible to damage from wind lift. Currently, thin film technology is being developed that enables the creation of transparent solar cells that can be used as a form of window glazing. This will enable windows to do double duty by cutting down on the amount of sunlight entering a home or building while generating electricity.

The downside is that presently, this technology is more expensive and not as efficient. Although the cost of materials used to create thin film solar cells has gone up substantially in recent years, mass production is still expected to bring down the cost of this technology – perhaps as low as $50 per square meter, which translates into about .50c per watt.

Not surprisingly, China is putting the most resources into the research and development of thin film technology – yet another lost opportunity for the U.S. economy.

Facts Behind Internet Tv How To Watch Internet Tv On Your Computer

So what’s Internet television, and how do you get to view it? Essentially it comprises a selection of usually pre recorded shows or live news streams which are selectable through the user, using either country or category like a search phrase. Internet tv encapsulates many forms of online streams including iptv, catch up television, video on demand and p2p streaming, hosted streams and bittorrents, however the distinction is that internet television is free of charge to observe wherever you are worldwide.

IPTV is usually offered as a paid service by cable and telephone companies and requiring a set top box connected to your television.

Catch up TV – Most of the major network companies offer a catchup tv service. In effect, you can watch any of the previous 7 days televised shows anytime you wish by logging onto their website and possibly downloading a tv player application. The disadvantage of this service is that the service is geo targetted (You can only watch BBC catch up tv if you reside in the UK and only watch Fox shows if you are a resident of the USA). The websites check your IP address
when you load the site and either allow or disallow you to view based on your location.

Video on demand or VOD – This generally refers to paid for services and usually applies to movies. Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon are just a few of the companies that offer this service. Just login to the site, pay a fee and get to watch the movie.

P2P Streaming – Watching streams from a network of users. You need to download a software application to view and the speed of the stream depends on the number of suppliers of the stream against the number of viewers. Generally used to view pirated and or unauthorised content without the permission of the owner.

Hosted streams – These streams available on many websites usually comprise of movies or TV episodes and are always illegally broadcast. The streams are hosted in other countries such as China to circumnavigate any prosecutions. However the websites that link to them are occasionally shut down. An example is the website TVlinks.co.uk which was shut down in a high profile case recently. The illegality of just linking to these streams is however in question and no real prosecutions of note have ever been completed. The other downside to these streams is that sites linking to them are usually full of popup ads and zango installs that can then infect your PC.

Bittorrents – Similar to P2P downloading. Using bittorrents involves downloading the whole movie or TV show stream to your PC harddrive for watching at your leisure. Again the streams are generally not authorised, the streams quality is usually questionable and the downloading can take several hours to complete.

Internet TV facts

Internet TV streams continously or during a set period of hours daily. Users with the correct media player can request to view a live feed and start viewing the internet tv stream. This method of free tv has been in use for years with traditional TV broadcasting. So anyone wanting to watch TV and having a fast enough broadband setup can watch free internet tv from anywhere in the world.

There are lots of Internet television portals/websites available online, all having media viewers built into the site.There is a downside to all this free content though, Firstly it is supported by advertising and because there is no cost, you will not be watching any premium content or latest hit tv shows anytime soon.

The interesting thing about internet tv is that anyone can create their own TV station. So the variety (but maybe not the quality) will grow and grow. Free citizen media TV has been widely shown across the world by both local and independent television channels targeting a niche audience.