My name is Jan Leyssens. I'm a student Industrial Design at the university college of West-Flanders.

For my masters project I'm going to develop a new demonstrator for the expo at IMEC.
This demonstrator will contain a new product that shows the power of IMEC's solar technology and this blog (the making of the product).

Feel free to sent in ideas, remarks, comments,...

woensdag 23 december 2009

Chromium os

After a long silence (I've been studying mostly)I'm back with a small report on what's going on.

First of all I've been measuring the solar cells Joachim gave me. in full sun they are able to produce 0.6V (8A)!

Another thing I've been thinking about is the energy usage of the whole system. If we are looking at the entire system with remote desktop control, it's only fair to look at the energy the servers use as well. If I would go for remote desktop control, I might be making this whole thing to big and complicated.
That's why I went back to chromium for a minute.

I've downloaded the code, build the OS from Linux and tried it. I'm still working on some stuff, but I was thinking we might be able to create a computer with an entirely new OS, but also without all the hardware equipment.

Chromium OS is a rather static OS. It's purpose is not to store stuff on your computer and customize it to your needs. Basically it's just a really fast browser.
Keeping this in mind, we might think of using microcontrollers instead of processors and graphic cards,...
This will radically change the energy usage, and make it even smaller.

As far as the design is concerned, I came up with some nice idea's, but I'll be keeping those pictures with me till 2010 (consider it a gift :) )

merry Christmas and a happy new year,