I was wondering if there was a way to use kinetic energy to power our devices. I was thinking maybe a ring the stored kinetic energy for the movement of your finger could provide a charge for your phone. I understand the capcity would not be very large but this could be incorperated into bracelets necklaces and or watches. The power could even be swapped through Qi charging so no wires would be needed.
How annoying is it when you're browsing on your desktop for recipes, find one you want to try, and then you have to email yourself the link so you can pull it up on your laptop, smartphone or tablet in order to make it "mobile"!?! There needs to be a way for the basic home user to have a desktop or browser that's available to follow them in it's state between devices.
These are 2 ideas are inspired by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. What if Dell engineers traveled to communities (globally) that have been hit by natural disasters and helped people:1) Recover seemingly lost data from their devices e.g. the "cake eating" photos from their child's first birthday party 2) Provide dumpsters for clean up crews to dispose of electronic waste responsiblity.Details of ensuring someone "owns" the device they are seeking to retrieve data from would need to be addressed, as well as other logistics to ensure the materials could be reused by Dell Corp. I believe this is a great "feel good" effort to kickstart. It is a great way to get e-materials are routed to Dell for reuse/purpose. I welcome your thoughts. And, I'd love to help. Please let me know! Thanks!
When I received my 32" lcd screen it had an extremely large amount of Styrofoam. Dell is working to be environmentally friendly, maybe they should consider a better packing material at least one that will biodegrade. Status Update: Dell's latest strategy on better packaging for the environment can be found here and here.
I would like to present to you interesting idea to make the cases for desktops better home and office equipment. Every desktop collects inside the dust. At the same time, it moves more than 1.000 CF of the air every hour, 2-4 times the volume of the air in small room or individual office space. When the interior of the desktop is coated with FNNANO and illuminated by UVA LED, the desktop will efficiently purify all the passing air, it will eliminate the contamination in the room and it will reduce the inside dust, keeping the fast rate of processing data. We can achieve three concepts at once: help clean the environment, share the pure room concept and make the PC run faster. If you are interested to develop this option with us we would be happy to provide more details.
Augmented reality is current in "beta" phase as far as technology and application goes. A lot of groundwork has been done by Microsoft and Google with the Holo-lens and Glass respectively. I propose that dell takes advantage of the existing interest of AR technologies, and expands them into large scale environments. Some of the environments that would be good to see are Zoos, Aquariums and Planetariums where instead of just seeing a docile elephant in a pen, or a limited number of small fish in bowls, and immersive experience where one can stand inches away from a life size Gorilla or Lion. Or enter into a massive water tank and "swim" with life size whales, sharks, and creatures iof the deep that cannot be housed in current aquariums due to varius circumstances (enviornmental/habitat restrictions etc.) The educational applications are limitless, and if the technologies are implimented into a self contained environment, can lead to an ever changing experience for end users. Every week/month a new "exhibit" could be launched to bring back patrons, leading to a year round income source with drastically reduced overhead expenses vs traditional zoos/aquariums. Other applications include, but are not limited to: AR-Gaming, AR-Educational programs, AR-Enterprise support applications, AR-client support applications.
Intel and AMD have both been developing Ultra Low Voltage CPUs, computer chips that run on 1/5 of the power of traditional computer chips. The CPU is a good start, now Dell can work with Intel and / or AMD to develop a FULLY ULV Notebook - ALL the subcomponents using significantly less power than standard notebook systems. [Gateway's ULV CPU powered notebook.] Another big component to change is the display, static 'ePaper' notebook screens that can maintain the image even when powered off. Electricity is only used when changing the display, and even then - power only used down to the pixel level, while non-changing pixels consume little or no power at all. Back-Lit by new ULV LEDs, that adjust their intensity based off of a ambient light sensor - using even less power when in a darker room, vs. a sunny patio. The screen size can be 12" widescreen, and still be able to provide a good movie viewing experience. No Hard Drive, No CD Drive - those power hungry components can be put into the ULV notebook docking station. Use Flash drives and USB memory sticks only. I would imagine a SSD Flash drive equipped notebook that could run for hours off of a single 9 volt battery (rechargeable of course!) The New ULV Dell Notebook With an ULV notebook, you can replace the battery with a water powered fuel cell, and cover the notebook screen lid with the new 40%+ efficient solar cells, and have the FIRST 'free power' ULV notebook on the market. Samsung has been a leader in ULV technology in Korea: Status Update
Make it an option to not get things people may already have when upgrading a PC such as monitors, mouse, keyboard. This would be good environmentally and save people some money if they already have theae things and will not be keeping the old PC. Status Update Please see chris_m's comment
What's smart for the environment is smart for Dell. Dell should build units that are degradable or can be easily recycled. Sure, its going to be a little more expensive, but it will be a smart product. It will use a lot less energy. The laptops could have a solar panel or be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The first microelectronic implementation of a fuel cell will give Dell a tremendous marketing boost. It will be incredibly popular with kids in college. Gopal Status Update: Please see bill_b's comment on Dell's environmental efforts. Thanks for posting!
Dell is one of the largest computer retailers in the world. It stands to reason that a lot of Dell products end up in our municipal landfills. This has got to stop. I propose: 1. Dell institute a deposit surcharge on their products. The more environmentally unfriendly (i.e. batteries) the higher the deposit. At the end of the product's life cycle the item can be turned in to receive their deposit back. It would be transferable so new owners of old equipment can still qualify. This would encourage owners to return their unused devices rather than throwing it in the garbage. The money Dell earns on the interest from these deposits could be used to fund their environmental efforts. 2. Parts from old devices should be salvaged and recycled/reused. Such devices could be installed with Linux and open source software to be donated to charities or other countries. Further: 3. Dell should use their influence and put an end to 'electron guzzlers', in particular the ridiculous amounts of power new generation of video cards are set to consume. Just as SUVs have received a bad rep, so too should such environmentally inefficient devices. 4. Evaluate their real estate and make a concerted effort to reducing, reusing, and recycling. Use trees and natural lighting for aesthetic and environmental reasons (see the Ferrari factory in Italy as a great example). 5. Become a paperless company where ever possible. For example, why send me a paper invoice when a PDF would suffice? Status Update In our Reconnect program, Dell partners with several Goodwill locations to provide responsible recycling or reuse of computer equipment. We hope to continually expand the program. Here are details from our latest partnership. You can also find more on our commitment to the environment at this link.