Special material could prevent hoverboard fires (Tomorrow Daily 298)Jeff and Ashley cover a nano-nickel film designed to stop battery fires and a collaboration between Ford and IBM aiming to help streamline smart transportation.
[MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata and every Monday through Wednesday we are hitting you with headlines so that you can be ready For Thursday. Yeah and for Thursday, we're gonna welcome a guest. We're gonna pick our favorite topics from those Monday or Wednesday shows and we're gonna deep dive into those subjects. So you're definitely going to wanna be there for that. It's a 45 minute long text feature extravaganza. But today is Wednesday, we've got more headlines for you, so let's get right to it. We still refuse to call them "hoverboards," but Stanford University researchers may have found a way to keep electric balance boards from exploding. The team developed an ultra thin polyethylene film with nano sized nickel particles in it. Here's how it works, the material is designed to be placed directly between an electrode and a current collector inside a battery. When the battery's operating normally, the film conducts current in a standard flow. But, if the battery gets too hot, the film expands, which limits, or even completely shuts down the electron flow, keeping the battery from overheating or catching on fire. Even better, the process is reusable, since the film contracts back down when it cools off to allow the current to flow again once the battery is an acceptable temperature. Honestly, if I had a nano-nickel for every time we did a story about materials like this, I'd have a single nano-nickel. [LAUGH] That's a winner. I love that one. I thought you'd like that. Don't you think they should have invented this before they put the products out? I'm just saying. That is very true, yeah. I agree. Hey, if you've ever had trouble tracking down a parking space then you know my pain. And you definitely want to perk up about this story. Yesterday morning, Ford and IBM announced a new collaboration called the Smart Mobility Experimentation Platform. The plan is to collect small bits of data to get a better picture of driver habits, and other information, like train times, and faster routes. Ford is developing the project and IBM is developing it's resources to help scale up the effort. So in the future, a handful of nearby cars might get an in car message that a nearby parking space had recently opened up. And then, would guide you to the available spot. There is no word, however, on how the cars will decide which cars will get the available spot. I'm guessing Thunderdome. I like it. Just Mad Maxed it up. Two [UNKNOWN] into one [UNKNOWN]. [LAUGH] There can only be one. [UNKNOWN] Okay. That's it for our headline today. We are really excited to hear what you think about the stories on today's show, so please feel free to hit us up on Twitter and use the #HeyTD like you're yelling at us. And of course Our favorites might end up on Thursdays Long Form Show. You ready to talk about our Phonetographer for the Day? Let's get to it. [MUSIC] Our Phonetographer for the Day today is Pavel, who sent us this picture he took with a Nexus 6P, which I think is the first time we've actually seen a photo from the Nexus 6P on the show. He writes, hi, Ashley and Jeff. We recently got back to the UK after a few days in Seoul. During the visit we had a chance to visit the amazing DDP center, designed by British architect Zaha Hadid. I hope I said that correctly. She really has a way of twisting, working buildings into very interesting shapes. This picture is one of the staircases in the building, looking all wonky and unreal without any photo editing. I took the picture with my Nexus 6P, really like the camera on this phone and as usual you have the right to use the picture on the show. Love the show and keep up the good work. Pavlo, what a great picture. It makes me feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone a little bit. I love architecture, especially when it's playful like that. So cool. Yeah, it's really awesome and if you guys want to send me your phone-tography you can email us firstname.lastname@example.org. The information is down there. Make sure you give us permission to use your picture on the show and tell us a little story about it just like Pablo because we do love your stories. Yes, indeed. If you want to find us on the Internet, we're Tomorrow Daily. The information is here. Social media places, all your favorites, we're there. I'm on Peach Now I'm a peach. Oh she upgraded to Peach. You want to Peach me you can hit me up on Peach. Princess Peach over here. Yes I princess Peach right. Hey we're gonna be back tomorrow with our long form show. Do not miss that but until that time. Be ya doing. We'll see you next time. Bye. [MUSIC]