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January 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

CES: A few gadgets that caught my eye

(From Saturday’s personal technology section …) LAS VEGAS — Picking favorites is hard when there are thousands of new products being unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, but here are a few that caught my eye. Samsung Ultra High Definition TV: It’s time to start building an addition on your home if you want one of Samsung’s…

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October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

First there was Xbox, now there’s Vbox

It won’t play “Halo 4,” but the new Vbox from Seattle-based Verdiem does give users advanced weapons to combat power hogs. Verdiem makes software for managing information-technology energy usage. Now it’s also selling the Vbox, a product Verdiem calls the “first IT energy management appliance.” It costs a bit more than an Xbox — $5,000, plus software…

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January 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

CES 2012: Powering gadgets with body heat

LAS VEGAS — Some companies spend millions building huge booths and producing glitzy stage shows for the Consumer Electronics Show. Perpetua, a little energy-device company in Corvallis, Ore., sent Jerry Wiant with a laptop and a few gadgets to set on a table. That’s all it took to hook me, though. Wiant’s demonstration of “energy harvesting” gizmos…

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January 14, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Reorg at Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures, new president

Bellevue patent licensing and research outfit Intellectual Ventures is shuffling its management a bit, with co-founder Edward Jung passing management duties to a newcomer. Jung, a former Microsoft chief architect who started Intellectual Ventures with ex Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, is resuming his role as chief technology officer for IV. The company hired Adriane Brown as its…

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September 28, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Intel robot’s new trick, wireless music and other research goodies

Researchers from Intel’s Seattle lab affiliated with the University of Washington are showing up in more of the company’s lighthearted ads showcasing scientific advancements. But the lab’s biggest celebrity has to be Marvin, a one-armed robot built on a Segway chassis that scoots around, does tricks and steals the show during public events. Marvin even cut…

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June 15, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Video: Intel researcher pulling power from the sky

Here’s a video of Intel researcher Joshua Smith “harvesting” electricity from digital TV broadcasts, as described in Monday’s column. He’s showing the setup – a standard TV antenna and kitchen thermometer – on the deck at Intel’s lab near the University of Washington, where we took a photo for the paper. Lots of additional information is…

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April 9, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Cantwell: Smart grid “mother of all markets”

Speaking at today’s Washington Innovation Summit in Bellevue, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said the Bonneville Power Administration will announce in a few weeks that money’s available for smart grid demonstration projects in the Northwest. Landing a regional demonstration “gives us a leg up competing for federal matching funds,” she said. “I believe energy is the mother of…

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