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Category Archives: data (open/big/smart)

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

A new German company called Cloud&Heat has reimagined cloud computing to double as a heating service for residences, TechRepublic reports. The company places a secure server cabinet in the residence and conducts necessary maintenance (once or twice a year) at agreed times.

server cabinet from Coud&HeatThe Coud&Heat secure server cabinet

Not only does the unwanted heat find a home, but the traditional cost of cooling cloud servers is avoided. The cost of heat from Cloud&Heat is in line with traditional heating systems, and space-wise it looks to be comparable as well.

What a great idea. Their next step is obviously to think about the design of those cabinets for homes…

Can I clean sweet potatoes in this washing machine?

Happy New Year! Let’s launch the year with a post that threads together some of the topics we’ve been looking at — big, smart, and open data alongside multifunctionality. This is the story of Chinese appliance maker Haier. The company used “small data” obtained from its service engineers to find out that many rural clothesContinue Reading

Smart data & sustainable design

In the past couple of weeks we’ve looked at sustainable design through the lenses of open data and big data, and this week we’re looking at the holy grail, which is “smart data.” Is “smart data” really just a way of describing how communications and physical engineering are merging into new systems that enable “smarter”Continue Reading



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