Australia’s University of Queensland (UQ) on Wednesday said it would recruit Tesla Inc car owners around the world to analyse if the vehicle’s spare battery capacity could support the energy grid and even power homes in the future.
The university has partnered with analytics platform Teslascope for the research project, which it said would be a world-first trial that would check how owners of electric vehicles (EV) currently drive and charge their vehicles.
For the first phase of the study, Tesla owners in Australia, the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Britain can apply. The programme could be expanded later to include other electric vehicle companies.
With increasing numbers of electric vehicles globally, scientists are looking to find how the batteries can provide other cleaner energy services besides helping lower emissions in the transport industry.
Researchers at UQ said most EVs are driven only one-eighth of its daily driving range of 400 km (249 miles), providing opportunities to store energy and export power to the grid using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers.
“(The study) will not only help to inform EV policy internationally, but importantly assess the feasibility of using EVs as batteries-on-wheels,” Jake Whitehead, Research Fellow at UQ, told Reuters.
V2G technology is a connection between the EV and the grid through which power can flow from the grid to the vehicle and vice-versa. That potentially enables car owners to sell energy to the network, while utilities could use electric cars as a backstop during peak demand periods.
The study, which aims to initially recruit 500 Tesla owners, will collect usage data through the vehicle’s software interface and in return users will be offered a free premium subscription to Teslascope for a year.
Australia last week pledged A$178 million ($132 million) to ramp up the rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles, but did not set targets to phase out petrol cars.
(Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)
Nothing Earbuds Join The Dark Side | Screen Rant – Screen Rant
The Nothing Ear (1) earbuds, which launched this year as the first product from Carl Pei’s Nothing Inc., now come in black after being available in only white for months. The new colorway keeps the price tag and features unchanged and will be available later this month.
Nothing has been teasing a new color option for the new earbuds for days now following a leak last week. It finally took the wraps off a black version of the earbuds which, frankly speaking, looks a lot cooler.
The black version of the earbuds comes in a case with a smoky finish, but it still retains its transparency. The earbuds themselves have a matte silicone tip and a carbon-black stem. The UK-based electronics brand will be selling a limited edition of the black version of the Nothing Ear (1) earbuds soon. There will be 100 units available and each pair will be engraved with a number between 1 – 100. Those who want the limited edition will be able to purchase it on December 4 at a pop-up kiosk in London. There will also be in-store drops with global partner retailers on December 8. The non-engraved version of the Ear (1) black will be available for purchase at 11 AM GMT on December 13 from the Nothing online store.
Nothing Goes Carbon Neutral
The Nothing Ear (1) earbuds are now carbon neutral as seen from a logo on the purchase page. What this means is that Nothing has achieved a balance between emitted carbon and absorbing carbon emissions from carbon sinks. The earbuds have a Carbon dioxide equivalent or CO2e value of 1.78 kilograms.
Nothing launched as a startup last year following Carl Pei’s exit from OnePlus, the phone company he co-founded with Pete Lau. The Nothing Ear (1) earbuds are its first product, and for $99, they offer a lot of features. Each earbud has an 11.6mm speaker driver with the sound tuned by Teenage Engineering. Like a lot of premium earbuds, they also have active noise cancellation and a transparent mode that lets environmental noise in. This mode can be useful when having a conversation with someone or when at the airport or train station. The Nothing earbuds have a battery life of 5 hours, and that goes up to 34 hours with the case which charges via USB-C and also supports wireless charging. Other features of the earbuds include support for gestures, Find My Earbud, Google Fast Pair, and the ability to customize equalizers using the companion app that is available for both Android and iOS devices.
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Battlefield 2042 is getting a Santa Claus skin and players hate it – Eurogamer.net
Santa’s in a F-35.
To say Battlefield 2042 had a rough launch would be an understatement.
DICE has been scrambling to patch the game after it arrived riddled with bugs. But just as it has started to quell the community’s frustration with the game, the EA developer has kicked off a set of new frustrations.
Today’s update included a range of cosmetic items that seem to have been accidentally revealed too early, although this does explain why the update is a meaty 5GB in size (on the PlayStation 5).
Players haven’t taken too kindly to the hidden cosmetics, which one fan described as “Fortnite skins” (sorry, Fortnite fans).
But one particular skin has been seen as particularly offensive to the hardcore Battlefield community: the legendary “Father Winter”.
Available for the specialist Pyotr Boris Guskovsky, the sentry operator dons a red-hooded jacket that perfectly complements Boris’ lush beard.
Preview of the upcoming weekly mission rewards! ?
— Battlefield Bulletin (@BFBulletin) December 2, 2021
The main gripe players have is the creative decision by DICE to move away from the dark and gritty tone the franchise is known for to something more akin to the likes of Fortnite, which is continuously monetised through the addition of new cosmetics.
“DICE expects me to be able to take the game seriously with literal santa claus running around shooting people in what’s supposed to be a world where billions are displaced, natural disasters are destroying the planet, and there’s about to be a massive world proxy war,” questioned one Reddit commenter. “And we’re supposed to take all that into account with santa fucking claus running around on the battlefield.”
Similar issue has been taken with the post-match quips, which seem out of place in a game where players actively slaughter each other.
DICE has yet to comment on the fan reaction to these latest additions.
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge Specifications Emerge Online Ahead of Its Launch – LatestLY
Xiaomi, the Chinese phone maker, is tipped to launch the 11i Hypercharge smartphone in India soon. The device is said to be launched as a rebadged Redmi Note 11 Pro+ that was unveiled along with the Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11 Pro smartphones in China this October. Ahead of its launch, tipster Ishan Agrawal in collaboration with 91Mobiles has leaked a few key specifications of Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge. Redmi Note 11 Pro, Note 11 Pro+ Likely To Be Launched in India as Xiaomi 11i, Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge: Report.
According to the tipster, the handset will be launched in India in a single variant i.e. 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. It will be offered in two colours – Stealth Black and Camo Green. As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge will be a rebadged Redmi Note 11 Pro+ phone. So it will carry similar specifications as that of the China model.
The smartphone will feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The handset will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For optics, it will sport a 108MP primary camera and come packed with a 4,500mAh battery with 120W fast charging support. Moreover, Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge will get JBL stereo speakers with Doby Atmos and Hi-Res support.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Dec 01, 2021 05:46 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).
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