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News GE unveils piezoelectric fan replacement technology

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 13 Dec 2012.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    When can I get some in servers?

    I come away from some customers partially deaf.
     
  3. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    I wasn't aware that cooling was so hung up on the accepted wisdom for its cooling :p ;)

    It's an intriguing idea, it'd be interesting to see how they perform against standard (that's conventional convection :D) fans.

    Should we be worried, though, that everyone in the video was wearing safety goggles - even the besuited VP?
     
  4. Bazz

    Bazz Bit of everything geek

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    So they only make the Minigun then?

    Quite strange that we use a lot of GE stuff at work which aren't miniguns, suppose we aren't blinkered like some.

    Also I work in a research lab, and most of the time we have to wear safety gear, so I do not understand you're question, its just basic health & safety.
     
  5. Roskoken

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    Easily in the top 5 largest corporations on the planet.
     
  6. PingCrosby

    PingCrosby New Member

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    I'd rather have the Minigun meself like
     
  7. Landy_Ed

    Landy_Ed Combat Novice

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    "down far more efficiently than just convention alone"

    Convention? do you mean convection?
     
  8. Gradius

    Gradius IT Consultant

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    The prob with GE is they have almost everything you can image, and you can't be good at everything PERIOD!
     
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    yougotkicked A.K.A. YGKtech

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    Honestly, this is one of the coolest bits of tech I've seen in a while. If their performance claims hold up, and the price is reasonable, I could see these being quite a big deal.
     
  10. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Oopsie - fixed, ta!

    Blinkered, by referring to GE's most famous creation? You'll have to let me know what the view is like from up there on that high horse. Does GE make/invest in/invent other things than firearms? Yes. When you say "General Electric," does a not-insignificant proportion of the male populace, raised on a diet of films like Terminator 2 and Predator - which, incidentally, show the Minigun as man-portable, when it is not - hear the suffix "Minigun" in their internal monologue? Yes. Is that proportion even higher on a site where a large section of the readership play games with Minigun and Minigun-like weapons (from the 'chaingun' found in Wolfenstein 3D and Doom upwards?) Yes.

    It was a lighthearted throwaway comment, nothing more. Don't fret: I'm sure GE's stock price will recover from my devastating hatchet job.

    (Incidentally, I have a GE consumer unit powering my house. Suppose I'm not blinkered and presumptive like some.)
     
  11. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    When I think GE, I think jet engines for planes. So you're both wrong!
     
  12. Flibblebot

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    Actually, when I think GE I think Six Sigma and loads of middle managers creating projects just so that they can get their black belts...:sigh:
     
  13. fluxtatic

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    Going to have to disagree with you there. While every person whose played a video game with guns in the past twenty years likely is aware of the minigun, I can pretty well guarantee very, very few are aware it was invented by GE.

    When I think GE, I think light bulb commercials with that 'we bring good things to life' jingle...but maybe that was a US thing.

    At any rate, nice to see them actually investing in some R & D - seems a lot of corporations don't like spending money on anything if it won't make them a profit within the next two quarters.

    I won't argue with the performance, since it seems to work (and damn - a design that simple nobody thought up until 2012? Humanity, I am disappoint.) But I'm not seeing how it will work to make a 200mm big boy lit up with super-bright, garish LEDs :p
     
  14. Bogomip

    Bogomip ... Yo Momma

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    Yeah, I didnt know GE made the minigun - however it doesn't really warrant the kind of reception that small sentence is getting... get over it, guys :)

    Seems like an interesting piece of tech - I would LOVE a cheap solution to making my pc entirely silent, and since this is simply a few pieces of metal that vibrated I would imagine that it would get fairly cheap fairly quick :)

    edit: also, as wireless power gets a bit cheaper I wonder if these could be powered wirelessly... then you could just stick them anywhere in your case, or all over your case, without the need for wires :) (would dramatically increase the price though I would imagine!)
     
  15. tuk

    tuk Don't Tase Me, Bro!

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