• May 29, 2014

Innovation Intelligence

$1 The future per watt cost of electricity? A fuel cell device in development may soon produce electricity at that low cost instead of the current $8 (U.S.) per watt. The new device runs on natural gas and is designed to house stacks of solid oxide fuel cells. —MIT Technology Review
1646  The year German priest Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp for the first projection onto a white screen. Today’s projectors emit more than a thousand lumens of light. —DidYouKnow.org
3,280 The staggering number of feet Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower will rise above the ground. Building information modeling software is driving the increasingly complex design and construction of skyscrapers. Some 300 will be standing throughout the Middle East at a height of at least 492 feet by 2015. —Saudi Gazette
61.5  The whopping percent of website traffic that was produced by nonhuman entities in 2013. Good news: 31 percent of that bot traffic is from legitimate sources, like search engines crawling the web for content to index. —PC Mag
1 billion  Smart connected devices are expected to be shipped to emerging markets in 2014, with more than 60 percent going to BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China). —IDC
$4,000 The price tag for the first cell phone sold in the U.S. Introduced in 1984, it weighed 2 pounds. —DidYouKnow.org
3-D  San Diego-based regenerative medicine company Organovo announced in 2013 that it had succeeded in using a 3-D bio printer to create tiny 3-D functioning human livers. 2-D samples of liver tissue had previously been created for research, but this marked the first time anyone had gone 3-D. —Gizmag.com
24 Hours of video uploaded every 60 seconds on YouTube. Every month, 15 billion videos are viewed online. —DidYouKnow.org
2.8 trillion  Sensors integrated with processors will hit the market by 2019. That’s up from 65 million in 2013, according to WinterGreen Research Inc. —Bloomberg