18 bright ideas for 2018, from flying taxis to companion robots

18 bright ideas for 2018, from flying taxis to companion robots

If you want solar panels, you don’t necessarily need to make your home look as if it’s covered with cereal boxes. Many companies are developing technology that lets homeowners integrate photovoltaic cells right into their houses’ existing architecture. Tesla, the electric car innovator, makes solar tiles that look like ordinary roof shingles. The company has installed them on about a dozen homes so far, including that of the company’s founder, Elon Musk, and orders for more are already sold out well into 2018. Meanwhile, a team of researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing has developed transparent solar […]