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Tesla, Solar Impulse, SRI, Comfy & More in this ControlTrends Interview

Emerging technologies, including Internet of Things technologies, are enabling building owners, operators and managers to leverage technology to impact asset NOI.  This weekend I was a guest on the ControlTrends videocast and podcast with hosts Kenneth Smyers and Eric Stromquist.  ControlTrends is a weekly show exploring the future of HVAC and building system controls, including emerging technologies.

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You can listen to the ControlTrends ControlTalk NOW podcast here:

http://controltrends.org/?powerpress_embed=21194-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

 

You can watch the ControlTrends ControlTalk NOW videocast here:

Note: I’m the second interview so in this link I’ve queued up my conversation with Kenny and Eric but I’d recommend you back up and watch the whole thing.

 

 

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Tonight history will be made as Solar Impulse flies over the Statue of Liberty

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The flight is the most symbolic to date in the Solar Impulse around the world mission, which is to show the world the possibilities of clean energy technologies.

The Statue of Liberty symbolizes American liberty, fought for in a new frontier and enabled by a new form of government created by risk taking pilgrims, colonizers, explorers and pioneers.  Today clean energy is the uncharted frontier and technology is the enabler.

It is an amazing reality that Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg can fly indefinitely using only the power of the sun if weather and limitations of human endurance allowed.  They, like pilgrims, have taken great risk to try something else.  They, like colonizers, have developed the foundation, this one of clean energy technology, for others to build upon.  They, like explorers, have foraged into the unknown on a mission that literally changes with every shift of the wind.  They, like pioneers, have tirelessly pursued their vision with hard work, passion and optimism.

Lady Liberty’s torch represents progress and her crown is composed of seven sun rays, one for each of the seven seas and continents.  Solar Impulse similarly represents progress and is leveraging the power of the sun to bring the message to the seven seas and continents that the future is clean.

Tune in this evening from wherever you are in the world between 11pm and midnight US Pacific Time (2-3am Eastern) and watch this symbolic flight live at www.SolarImpulse.com. #FutureIsClean

You may also be interested to view these WorkTechWork pieces on Solar Impulse:

June 10, 2016: Note: The Solar Impulse fly over NYC earlier this week was delayed due to weather. They will attempt again tonight, June 10, at approximately on 11pm USA Pacific Time (between 2-3am the morning of June 11 in NYC). Tune in & watch history in the making!

Tech, natural design and much more in this interview with André Borschberg of Solar Impulse

“Each obstacle can lead you to a better path, maybe to an opportunity,” André Borschberg shared with me in this interview on Sunday, the day after Solar Impulse completed the Pacific Crossing and arrived in Silicon Valley.  The camera wasn’t rolling right at the beginning so I added a short intro.  Enjoy!

 

 

Solar Impulse: A Wearable Technology Enabled Journey

The world is watching the most incredible journey since mankind landed on the moon, the first round the world solar powered flight.  Solar Impulse is the plane, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are the pilots and wearable technology is an enabler in the journey.  Today during a Facebook LIVE Q&A session, I asked Piccard, who is the initiator and chairman of this adventure, this question:

You are coming to Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the wearable technology revolution.  Can you talk about the Omega cuffs and other sensing technologies that help you stay fit, alert and safe while in flight?  

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In reply, Piccard shared how he uses meditation and emWave Technology by HeartMath. “Its a mix of technology and meditation and its quite interesting,” he explained with a cheerful grin.

In addition to leveraging wearable tools to meditate, the pilot suits Piccard and Borschberg wear include special cuffs made by Omega.  The cuffs are similar to cuffs used to check blood pressure but include an interesting connected feature, they vibrate in order to alert the pilot of critical information about the plane.

Thus, sensing and notification technology allows the pilot time to relax and even sleep while flying for days on end.  These sensing and notification technologies are being built into all kinds of wearable technologies, including the two smart watches I wear, the Apple Watch and the Moto360.  Both of these wearables have heart rate monitors and both of vibrate with notifications.

But Piccard and Borschberg are leveraging the technology to accomplish something far more amazing than letting me know about a text message arriving.  They are showing the world what is possible with clean energy.  In his response, Piccard also expressed that Silicon Valley is “really the place for pioneers, of pioneers and innovation.”  Indeed, he is right and he will be welcome here as a pioneer in solar energy when he touches down tomorrow.