Now there’s a robot that can shovel your driveway

December 15, 2016 The Editors

Future Tech “Snow” Edition: See how “Snowfactory” makes the white stuff in 30-degree weather & keep cool in summer with recycled snow.

In honour of winter officially arriving throughout all of Manitoba, let’s take a look at some of the latest snow-related technology in this week's tech roundup.

Let this robot do the snowblowing while you stay warm inside

From CNN Tech:

A New York startup unveiled Kobi on Thursday, a robot it says can autonomously shovel snow, collect leaves and cut grass.

"We're on a mission to help people not spend time on yard work," said Steven Waelbers, cofounder of The Kobi Company. "We want people to enjoy their free time with their family."

Owners will need to reconfigure the robot's attachment -- similar to how many vacuums work -- depending on the task it's carrying out. Before the robot operates independently, an owner must manually wheel it around the yard -- taking it around any obstacles like trees, bushes or mailboxes. By doing this, the robot is taught the perimeter of the lawn, and won't accidentally destroy someone's prized rose bush or start roaming the neighborhood.

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Skiing in July? New technology makes flakes that last through the heat

From Live Science:

In early July at the Boreal Mountain Resort, temperatures reached 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius), which is not uncharacteristically hot in California at the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The real surprise was that the ski area near Lake Tahoe was making snow.

Boreal is the site of the first North American demonstration of a relatively new technology called Snowfactory. The process parallels that of an industrial icemaker — essentially, a large-scale version of the icemaker in the door of many household refrigerators.

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Forget air-conditioning...re-use snow to stay cool in summer

From Calgary Metro:

Researchers say Canada's winter bounty of snow could provide an environmentally friendly way of easing hot, muggy summer days.

Engineers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan have been examining whether waste snow plowed from Canadian roads could be collected and dumped into pre-constructed areas, where it would be stored and used for chilling buildings in warmer months.

Kusan Hewage, an associate professor of engineering at UBCO, said the process is similar to air conditioning, where cool air is collected and pumped into a hot building.

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