Technology is Omnipresent

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Bangalore-based Farheen tells us how technology helps control temperatures effectively. Here are three necessities in our daily lives – it helps in keeping our tea or coffee warm, innovative heating equipment for homes or integrating GPS into the vehicles to detect icy cold roads. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. 

Technology has become the part and parcel of our everyday lives. From the time we are awake until the time we sleep, we are relying considerably on technology.

A mug of tea or coffee can be a stressbuster, mood changer and can be therapeutic in myriad ways. So, what happens when the hot drink becomes cold and loses its taste? You decide not to drink it and postpone your plan of drinking the tea or coffee later. 

These problems were carefully observed by a company called Ember. This company has revolutionised a simple tea-coffee-drinking to another level. Yes, it has made our lives easier. They have introduced the world’s first temperature control ceramic mug – Ember Travel Mug.

This mug is uniquely designed, and its patented technology keeps your drink at the perfect temperature. The world-renowned industrial designers have designed this mug. This mug is also an award winner of the 2017 IDSA IDEA Industrial Design Awards. 

The Ember Travel Mug offers the following features: 

  • It enhances the flavor of your coffee or tea by choosing the temperature that tastes best.
  • It customises your temperature for total control over your drinking experience.
  • It allows you to have coffee or tea at the time you have decided.

Are you wondering how does Ember Ceramic Mug keep your beverages at the perfect temperature constantly until the last sip?  

Ember can either connect to the app or can even work on its own. The Ember app will notify you when your drink has reached your preferred temperature. 

It remotely adjusts to your ideal temperature, selects your personalized LED color, selects, and save the temperature that you had set earlier for different drinks. It also has a capability to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. 

To understand more about the Ember Ceramic Mug, watch this video:

Geothermal heat is predominant in the western United States, where the heat resource can at times be spotted from the earth’s surface. Geothermal energy—geo (earth) + thermal (heat) — is heat energy from the earth. 

When the residents of the Fairwater estate going up at Blacktown had to rely on pipes to pump excessive heat as much as 90 metres under their homes to stay cool.

The reason being that temperatures were reaching 45 degrees for three days consecutively. 

Fairwater is the first housing estate to introduce the geothermal technology at scale in Australia. 

Because the temperature in Sydney’s west doesn’t really change from about 22 degrees all year round, the earth can serve as a heat dump during summer or a source of warmth in winter. 

This is how the geothermal heat is produced. A $1 million drill is done by a simple hole before any of the other construction work begins for house construction. Later, a copper loop containing refrigerant is added, with developers Frasers Property promising energy savings of as much as 60 percent compared with regular air-conditioning.

 Geothermal costs for two-bedroom houses are lower because pipes only go down 60 metres through the mudstone compared with 90 metres for four-bedroom houses. 

For reading the success stories around the geothermal technology, visit: 

Temperature warning technology in its new avatar will undertake an additional bit than only warning the driver of freezing temperatures. The upcoming technology in this domain will use temperature records and other information to help warn drivers about the roads becoming icy while travelling. 

The new versions of this feature may have the capability of integrating GPS technology to track the location of cars and compare it to known weather conditions. Some of these versions will provide drivers with updates on their infotainment screen if there has been black ice or other bad weather reported along the driving path. Some other versions of this feature will use wheel slippage sensors to read the roadway, warning drivers of slippery conditions.

Not only this, there is also a technology that will help cars other cars know about danger on roads. 

Volvo, Sweden, has developed this technology. It fetches data from the wheel sensors to detect when the tires bump the ice. When that happens, the car transmits the GPS location to a Volvo server. The server then sends the information to the other cars equipped with the system. The other cars that received the message can see a warning icon on their dashboard. The icon grows bigger as the cars get close to the icy area. 

Temperature warning is possible because of telematics that deals with long-distance transmission of computer-based information. The vehicle telematics uses location and speed is sent from a vehicle to a remote computer. 

Many such road hazards can be prevented because the vehicle-to-vehicle systems use direct communications among cars that work great well at a short distance. There might be problems when the messages are transmitted over long distance. 

With such technology, we can sure see a drastic dip in the accidents occurring on roads. 

Technology is everywhere. Each one us is using technology in some form or the other in our daily lives. 

©Farheen Viquas 

Photos sourced by the author from Internet

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Farheen Viquas is a Senior Technical Editor/Writer working in Bangalore, India. She has worked as a Technical Writer/Editor, Mentor/Coach, Language Consultant, Information Tester, English Trainer, and Transcriber. When not at work, she loves to cook, read, write poetry and prose, listen to music, bake cakes, fish keeping, and embroider. She is also a stained-glass enthusiast.