you may soon be able to use a remote control that works without batteries to switch on energy and cost-saving lights.
the remote control is powered by force exerted by someone pressing on it.the lights use about four times less energy than regular fluorscent lights.
this product may become a reality because of a new centre that promotes sustainable mabufacturing technologies and helps companies interested in them.
through the sustainable manufacturing centre,the national university of singapore team behind the remote control has joined up with screentech display,a company that makes energy-saving lights,to develpo product.
the $200,000 center showcasea energy and material-saving manufacturing processes,end products and project by its 28 industry collaborators.
through this ,it hopes to connect more representatives of different industries to conduct joint-research projects,said its director,dr,song bin.
the center will also work with the workforce development agency to develop a postgraduate manufacturing diploma programme for sngineers and managers,which will start in the middle of next year.
Plans to set up the center were developed early last year by Singapore institute of manufacturing technology, a research institute of the agency for science ,technology and research.
It was officially lauched yesterday by minister for the environment and water resources yaacob ibrehim.
He said that the center was going a long way towards helping Singapore achieve its goal of improving its use of resources.the goal is to raise the energy use for each dollar of singapore’s gross domestic product by 35 per cent,from 2005 levels,by 2030.
The nus ream has benifited from the center help.
There had been no plans to commercialise the remote control,said nus electrical-and computer engineering doctorate sturent tan yen kheng,3q.but after it was displayed at the center,it drew screentech’s interest.
Given the capabilities of the lab,there would have been no way to commercialise the remote control.the p\opening of the center has given us opportunities to bridge the gap between research and commercialization.and I hope we can successfully commercialise the remote control with screentech.he said.