August 14th, 2010

Phoenix Survey – Technology Office Hours

As part of our goal to help build and strengthen the economy in Phoenix, we are exploring the needs of the community to further spur business and job growth in Arizona.  Even with the current economic climate we are encouraged to see a recent upswing in interests from individuals who are developing their own technologies and launching their own companies.  As a small company ourselves we understand the demands of a new start-up and the balance of limited resources, being time, money, knowledge, abilities or “all of the above”.  Therefore we are exploring the concept of offering a weekly ‘Office Hours’ that we plan to hold in various locations around the Phoenix area to be available to help individuals and small businesses with some of their technological questions and needs for free.  As we are exploring our Office Hours concept, we ask you to please answer our short survey below.  If the response we receive is largely positive we will provide more information regarding our Office Hours launch.

Thank You Phoenix!

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UPDATE: October 7, 2010, Survey Results

Much to our surprise of those who participated in our survey showed that although people are interested in aid but are not interested in participating our Office Hours.

Office Hours Survey Results

The interest in actual participation of our Office Hours was an overwhelming 88% not in favor of participating.  Based on these results we will look for other ways to do our part for our local community.

Again thank you for your time and participation in our survey!


April 22nd, 2009

Open Technology Development Sponsors Phoenix Cal Ripken Dynamite Youth Baseball

We are happy to take part in the opportunity in helping promote local Phoenix, AZ athletics. Open Technology Development, LLC is proud to announce that we are one of a few sponsors of our local Cal Ripken Dynamite Youth Baseball athletics organization. We are proud to participate in local athletic programs in our community as they are necessary to bring people together and teach our youth about fitness and good sportsmanship.

If you are also interested in helping please visit Cal Ripken Dynamite Youth Baseball’s website: http://www.dynamitecalripken.com/

We hope this is the first in many programs that we will participate in for the Phoenix valley.


March 13th, 2009

Battery Technology Developments: Week of March 9, 2009

The last few days the technology news has been inundated with developments of two new energy storage technologies.

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The first is a report from MIT.  The researchers have discovered a way of improving lithium based chemical battery systems.  Their findings show a more efficient way of increasing the available locations for lithium to be transported by increasing the mobility aids in increasing the ability to charge rapidly and increasing overall battery performance.  A capacity of 166mAh/g can be attained when configured for lower currents and a capacity of 110mAh/g was achieved when configured for high currents.  This all allows for high charge, recharge and discharge currents, thus creating a battery that can be charged in a relatively short time, say 10 seconds.  This could lead to many advances in portable electronics, electric and hybrid vehicles and renewable energy storage systems.

At Open Technology Development we look forward to seeing if this discovery will be further investigated and attempted to be scaled for manufactured applications in the next 5-10 years.

References:

  1. “Battery materials for ultrafast charging and discharging :  Nature.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v458/n7235/abs/nature07853.html>.
  2. “Lithium breakthrough could charge batteries in 10 seconds – Ars Technica.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/03/lithium-breakthrough-could-charge-batteries-in-10-seconds.ars>.
  3. “New ‘Beltway’ batteries will charge in seconds – Times Online.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5890875.ece>.
  4. “Re-engineered battery material could lead to rapid recharging of many devices – MIT News Office.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/battery-material-0311.html>.
  5. “Technology Review: Ultra-High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/22280/>.

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The second interesting technology comes from researches at the University of Miami, University of Tokyo and University of Tohoku. Their discovery takes a unique approach other than conventional batteries that use chemical storage, i.e. Lead-acid, NiCad, NiMH, Li-ion, etc. their new battery concept uses magnetic energy storage. The new ‘Spin Battery’ uses a large magnetic field to be charged thus creating an electromotive force potential within the new Spin Battery material, nano-magnets. Current is produced by a process called a spin polarized current. This is another possible application from the fields of nanotechnology and it’s subcategory of spintronics. Although promising the output of these new Spin Batteries are small due to the small amount (diameter of a human hair) used in the experiment.

At Open Technology Development we look forward to seeing if this discovery will be further investigated and attempted to be scaled for larger applications in the next 10-15 years.

References:

  1. “Electromotive force and huge magnetoresistance in magnetic tunnel junctions: Nature.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nature07879.html>.
  2. “Physicist develops battery using new source of energy.” 13 Mar 2009 <http://www.physorg.com/news156011642.html>.

March 7th, 2009

Open Technology’s Blog Commencement

Hello, today we are excited to launch our technology blog as the latest addition to our services. Our technology blog will aid in communicating; various technology ideas, technology news, various company announcements and technology based editorials. We hope to build a community around sharing innovative ideas and a place to springboard new associations, startups and research projects. As we evolve we hope to add value to our readers and participating community. Please let us know how we are doing.