The Week in Clean Tech: E Ink Loses Money, a Bracelet Controls a Building, Mozilla's New Data Center and More
E Ink reports $27 million loss, expects quick rebound - Electronista
"E Ink has reported its first loss in two years following ten quarters of consecutive profit. Revenues declined by a steep 63 percent to just $131 million, while its gross margin shrunk to a microscopic 0.8 percent from a much higher 28.5 percent in the previous quarter. The decline is said to be the result of excess manufacturing capacity and being forced to move into lower margin LCD panels from higher margin Electronic Paper Display (EPD) products."
ecoATM Raises $17M From Coinstar And Others For Electronics Recycling And Resale Kiosk System - TechCrunch
"Tom Tullie, Chairman and CEO of ecoATM, tells us that currently there are around 50 ecoATM kiosks operating in the U.S., mostly in California, for now. They are located primarily in malls, grocery stores and big-box retailers. And there is one on the Microsoft Corporate Campus, he adds."
WristQue wearable sensor connects you, digital world - CNET News
"An MIT Media Lab prototype of a wristband sensor, first being tested to automatically control building temperature settings, offers an unobtrusive interface to smart buildings."
Mozilla Opens Doors on New $3 Million Data Center - Wired.com
"Power is the single largest operational expense for data center operators, and companies such as Facebook, Netflix and RackSpace have banded together, forming the Open Compute Project, to share power-saving techniques and server designs, in hopes that they can cut down on the competitive advantage wielded by the Googles and Amazons of the word. The Open Compute Project will host its third public get-together on Wednesday, as members try to share information and design secrets so that organizations like Mozilla can save more on power... The new data center — built right next to a Silicon Valley Power substation, (always a reliable source of power) — went online in February. According to Zeier, it’s designed for flexibility and power. Right now, Mozilla uses about a half-megawatt of power, but by year’s end, as Mozilla adds more and more servers, its power consumption will double, he says.
Open Compute one year later. Bigger, badder and less disruptive than we thought. — Cloud Computing News
"It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook showed off it’s newly built servers and data center technologies for webscale computing. But at its third Open Compute Summit the social networking giant and other members of the recently formed Open Compute Project are adding new partners, showing off cool use cases and adding new technologies to the standard. And surprisingly, it’s being done in a way that will enable hardware vendors to hold onto some of their margins and still deliver some innovations."