A Raleigh, North Carolina-based maker of thermoelectric coolers and generators, Phononic Devices, closed a $10 million series B investment from Venrock and Oak Investment Partners, the companies revealed today.
Often explained as “solid-state heat pumps,” thermoelectric technology (a.k.a. thermoelectrics) can capture wasted heat, and convert it into power. They can also displace heat and… → Read More
If you’ve been following the RFID craze, then this one might be of some interest to you. Samsung is readying a refrigerator that can monitor its contents via RFID. So as contents get low the fridge can tally a shopping list so you know exactly what you purchase on your next grocery visit. It can also purportedly create display recipes based on the available ingredients. Pretty awesome stuff. → Read More
I hardly even drink canned drinks, but I want one of these things. It’s a mini-’50s-vintage-looking vending machine. The device stores 10-cans, two per shelf, and dispenses them at your pleasure. It can cool to 30-degrees below its external temperature and can be powered by either AC or DC. Which means you can stick one on your dashboard so you can have cold beer while you’re… → Read More