GE claims to have developed an LED light bulb that distributes light like an incandescent bulb, but doesn't need to be changed for 17 years (4 hours per day). The bulb sips just 9 watts and provides a 77 percent energy savings, all while providing about the same light output as a 40W incandescent, GE says.
"This is a bulb that can virtually light your kid's bedroom desk lamp from birth through high school graduation," says John Strainic, global product general manager, GE Lighting. "It's an incredible advancement that's emblematic of the imagination and innovation that GE's applying to solve some of the world's biggest challenges."
The LED bulb sports a funky aesthetic, and there's good reason for that. According to GE, the fins around the side help direct light downward on the intended surface and all around rather than beam light out the top of a lampshade like most current LED bulbs do.
Look for GE's LED bulb to ship this Fall or early 2011 for around $40 to $50.
Comcast, which has been jonesing for this deal for more than a year, said in an announcement, the deal is “a perfect fit for Comcast and will allow us to become a leader in the development and distribution of multiplatform ‘anytime, anywhere’ media that American consumers are demanding.” The deal between G.E. and Comcast was completed weeks ago, but held up by G.E.’s having to buy out Vivendi, which owned a 20 percent stake in NBC. Vivendi will get $5.8 billon for its share.
Benefits of the deal revolve around NBC having valuable content, such as CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, USA, and SyFy channels, and Comcast having the means of delivering that content via cable, Internet, and mobile platforms to over 45 million subscribers. Because Comcast is already deriving fees from subscribers, it could well mean that online content from NBC Universal will become readily available, at least within the Comcast system.
This is only the first stage, however. The deal has to past the muster of the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Could be another year before the deal is finalized
Hold the boat, Blu-ray, a breakthrough in optical storage technology could prove to be game changing, according to General Electric. GE today announced that its researchers have successfully demonstrated a threshold microholographic storage material they say can support 500GB of storage capacity in a standard DVD-sized disc. That breaks down to about 20 times the storage capacity of a standard Blu-ray disc and is equivalent to 100 regular DVDs, the company says.
"GE’s breakthrough is a huge step toward bringing our next generation holographic storage technology to the everyday consumer," said Brian Lawrence, who leads GE’s Holographic Storage program. "Because GE’s micro-holographic discs could essentially be read and played using similar optics to those found in standard Blu-ray players, our technology will pave the way for cost-effective, robust and reliable holographic drives that could be in every home."
GE's holographic storage technology makes use of the entire volume of the disc material rather than just the surface. Three-dimensional patterns represent bits of information, a process GE has been working on for over six years but has only just now turned a corner with the latest breakthrough.