Archives

now browsing by author

 

SIC: Salt Water Supercars by Shell [Ready. Salt. GO!]

Shell Singapore has been bringing in collectable cars over the years if you can remember. In line with the recent launch of Shell Dynaflex Technology, Shell has launched its most advanced Salt Water Supercars collectables. You can get them from now till 30 June 2019 at any Shell stations.

The Shell Salt Water Supercars are fitted with electric engines powered by salt water, and are available in four designs – (1) Lightning, (2) Fireball, (3) Sunchaser, and (4) Shadow. Lightning and Fireball are currently on sale, while Sunchaser and Shadow would be available from 15 May 2019 onwards. Amongst all, the Sunchaser is my favourite while Fireball is Ashley’s. Playing these Salt Water Supercars allow me to share with Ashley on the alternate sources of energy generated through salt water, as well as wind and solar energy. They are definitely educational for young children. The only downside with using salt water is the limited amount of play time. Luckily, our set came with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Otherwise, I would have had a hard time coaxing the kiddos! Apart from the Salt Water Supercars, you can also let your imagination run wild with building the race tracks. The tracks are made of Bagasse, which is 100% biodegradable material derived from the fibres of sugar cane. Unfortunately, we only have time for a simple one today but that doesn’t stop the laughter of the kids going on and on.

     

     

Read the rest of this page »

Launch of Dynaflex Technology by Shell – Most Advanced Fuel Solution

Have you topped up your fuel tank with the latest fuel formulation from Shell? After more than five years of extensive research and development, Shell had launched its most advanced and innovative fuel formulation in Singapore on 10 Apr 19. Drivers in Singapore are now able to enjoy the new range of Shell FuelSave and Shell V-Power fuels with Dynaflex Technology!

We are happy to be invited to witness the launch in Singapore, and to hear directly from some of the scientists involved in the research. More than 250 cars were used, covering over 3 million kilometres, for testing globally. Dynaflex Technology focuses on engine efficiency and is developed to handle the modern engines, which are shrinking in sizes but yet running under ever increasing challenging environments. The new Shell fuels will help driver keep their engine clean and protected for an efficient drive. 

Two key concerns with modern engines shared by Shell scientists, Kay Wu and Andreas Schaefer, were friction and dirt. They resulted in reduced performance and efficiency for your vehicle. The new Shell Dynaflex Technology will tackle these issues with new friction modification technology and power deposit control additives.

Read the rest of this page »

[SIC] Caltex Fuel Your School 2018

Once again, Caltex is back with its signature community outreach program, Caltex Fuel Your School, to raise funds during World Environment Day. Your next full tank could potentially contribute to saving the planet. Caltex Fuel Your School aims to promote learning in the domain of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics amongst primary and secondary students in Singapore.

So how does it work?

From 4 to 30 June 2018, Caltex will contribute S$3 for every 150 LinkPoints redeemed for fuel at Caltex stations islandwide. Science Centre Singapore, in collaboration with Caltex,  is conducting a hands-on workshop (Tech Jam) to convert e-waste into quirky app-controlled robots for students, and up to S$60,000 has been pledged to support this activity.

Hence, your support is greatly appreciated to realize this e-waste learning journey for our future generations.

Not a driver? No worries, you can still contribute to this social activity too!

You can make a difference by lending a hand to Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in its e-waste collection drive. From 4-15 June 2018, SCS is looking for material such as electronic toys with motors and lights, mobile phones and electronic table clocks to help our future innovators. In the event that the items are not used during Tech Jam, SCS will dispose them off responsibly.

For more information, you may refer to the Fuel your School E-flyer or visit http://bit.ly/CaltexFYS2018.

Revived ASUS AIO ET2220INTI-I5 – Flickering Screens (Overheating)

Back in June 2013, I did an un-boxing review on the ASUS AIO ET2220. 4 years have since passed, and now it is starting to give a little problem – flickering greenish screens! Based on my test so far, the greenish screen only appeared after some time of usage (like 30 mins or so). And then the screen will then start to flicker until the screen finally turns itself off while the system is still running. And if you were to shut it down and power it up after 15 minutes, the system will be fine again. I then began performing some diagnostics using HWMonitor and found out that the temperature of the onboard graphics Nvidia GT610 had hit a high of 75°C. This is definitely not the norm as it should idle around 50°C and increase to approximately 65°C during load.

So what is the problem? It is likely to be associated either to the cooling system (i.e: heatsink and fan) or the thermal paste losing its effect. I decided to open up the chassis to take a look.

First, you have to remove the 5 rubber seals at the edges, and then remove the screws beneath it. And then remove the plastic cover for the stand and loosen the 4 screws.

          

The next step is to remove the back cover that are secured by the plastic clips. Please do this with care or you might risk breaking the clips as they are very soft. After releasing the back cover from the plastic clips, DO NOT pull the cover out as it it connected to the side ports via a ribbon.

Read the rest of this page »

Review: Ambi Climate 2

I made a pledge at Kickstarter for the Ambi Climate 2 after seeing many positive reviews with the first release. After some hiccups with the manufacturing and then with the logistics, Ambi Labs finally sent out the product in August. Although there was a delay of about 2 months from the campaign projection, I must commend the folks at Ambi Labs for keeping the supporters updated regularly on the progress. I have been using the Ambi Climate 2 for a couple of weeks, and I must say that this is a good buy that help improve my family’s sleep. No more blanket kicking or worrying about Ashley being too cold without the comforter.

So what is this “Ambi Climate 2”? It is an IoT device that aggregates the different environmental conditions (such room temperature, humidity, weather and etc.), and then combining with your preferences that it learns overtime to help you control the air-con to suit your liking. In layman terms, it is a smart universal remote that helps to control the air-con to moderate the room temperature. The design of the Ambi Climate 2 is small, minimalist and sleek. And more importantly, the operation is seamless and I would say pretty fail-proof. You simply power up the device, download the app on either your iOS or Android devices, and then follow the simple instructions to get going. It should not take you more than 10 minutes to complete the configuration. The device does come with 2-year warranty, and there is also a closed group Facebook support.

     

The Ambi Climate 2 also provides you with some insights on your room conditions (temperate and humidity) and log the history of your room temperature. As you can see from the chart below, the Ambi Climate 2 is able to help moderate the room temperature between 23°C and 25°C. Hence, my family is able to get a good night rest even on rainy days where the external temperature would fall. In the past, we set the air-con at 26°C, and had to adjust accordingly in the middle of the night when we felt cold. With the temperature moderated, perhaps it could help lower the electrical bill contributed by the air-con. If you are the kind who likes your room to be cooled before you are home, then you are in for the Ambi Climate 2 as you can turn on your air-con via the mobile app.

Read the rest of this page »