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Monday, 3 February 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 161

Piezoelectric devices are able to convert mechanical stress caused by movement (such as wa...
Of all the energy-harvesting technologies presently in development, piezoelectric devices offer some of the most intriguing possibilities. They work by converting mechanical stress, which can take the form of movement-caused vibrations, into an electrical charge. This means that things such as shoes, roads, keyboards – or anything else that moves or is subjected to movement – could be outfitted with piezoelectrics, which would produce power. Unfortunately, the range of vibrations that any one device can harness is presently quite limited. Research being conducted at North Carolina’s Duke University, however, could change that.  Read More
Reversing Goggles allow you to see the world upside-down or reversed left-to-right Ever wondered what it would be like to see the world upside-down? And no, just turning your head upside-down doesn't work. Well, anyhow, these goggles allow you to do just that. If seeing the ground above and the sky below is just a little too out-there for you, though, they can also be adjusted to let you see everything right-side-up, but reversed.  Read More
Muscle cars may have been built on manual transmission technology, but automatics have cau...
The 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 - the most powerful production Camaro ever - will make use of the latest iteration of TapShift technology. This automated transmission option allows drivers to move through gears using paddle shifters. The updated 2012 TapShift system creates faster shifts, that make the automatic Camaro quicker to 60 mph ( 96.5 km/h) than the manual version. While the transmission choice for a muscle car as fast and powerful as the ZL1 would traditionally have been obvious in the past (manual all the way), GM's updated TapShift technology makes a strong case for the automatic.  Read More
The Nike Flyknits incorporate engineered yarn uppers
Nike has been busy showcasing new innovations this week. One of the most interesting is the new Flyknit shoes, lightweight runners that look like a wraparound blanket for your feet. Nike says the shoes are like a "second skin."  Read More
Pivothead's entry into the small market of sunglasses with built-in video cameras threaten...
Pivothead's entry into the small market of sunglasses with built-in video cameras threatens to knock much of the competition into a cocked hat this April, thanks to its ability to capture 1080p video. The glasses additionally include an 8 MP stills camera, a 44.1 kHz microphone, gyroscopic image stabilization and continuous auto-focus.  Read More
The Protective Under Garment - or PUG - designed to protect the pelvic region of dismounte...
When it comes to the many “life-changing” injuries that can result from an IED blast, the loss of a limb is probably the first one that springs to mind. But injuries to the pelvic region that leave soldiers with the inability to have children can obviously be just as devastating. That’s why the U.S. Army has developed a Pelvic Protection System - dubbed “Kevlar boxers” or “combat underpants” by some soldiers - to protect dismounted soldiers patrolling Afghanistan roads.  Read More
Canon is rumored to be announced the replacement for its EOS 5D Mark II (pictured) early n... With Canon releasing its EOS 5D Mark II way back in 2008 - a lifetime in the world of digital cameras - rumors are circulating that the company has plans to announce its replacement early next week.  Read More
Wirelessly powered self propelled medical implants could be used to transport drugs and se...
With the wait still on for a miniaturization ray to allow some Fantastic Voyage-style medical procedures by doctors in submarines, tiny electronic implants capable of traveling in the bloodstream show much more promise. While the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical components now makes such devices feasible, the lack of a comparable reduction in battery size has held things back. Now engineers at Stanford University have demonstrated a tiny, self-propelled medical device that would be wirelessly powered from outside the body, enabling devices small enough to move through the bloodstream.  Read More
Skiing comes to Beverly Hills
Typically when we think of indoor skiing, it's in the form of massive, resource-intensive indoor ski resorts like the Skipark 360 being built in Sweden. German company SkyTec Interactive offers a more streamlined type of indoor skiing: simulated ski training on ski-based exercise equipment with virtual slopes. SkyTec debuted its first public facility in the United States this month.  Read More
NHK's gyro-stabilized balloon camera rig For those who dream of one day shooting aerial footage without the bulky cranes and cables to hold everything aloft, Japan's NHK may have just the thing: a tethered, balloon-mounted, four-axis gyro-stabilized camera rig that weighs in at about 2 kg and can soar up to 300 meters.  Read More

Cellphones have an increasing role to play in our breaking apart (Photo:
Cellphones play an obvious role in dating, meet-ups, and generally keeping in touch ... but they also have an increasing role to play in our breaking apart. Data snaffled from smartphones is flourishing as divorce evidence, and on the other side of the ledger, apps exist to help in the process of hanging up marital connections - there are apps to initiate, manage and survive a divorce as well as apps for assessing the costs and scheduling time with kids afterwards.  Read More
2012 World Superbikes at Phillip Island, Australia
Current World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa piloted his Ducati 1098R to an emphatic 5.7sec victory in the second and final race of the opening round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia. In hot, blustery conditions which saw wind assisted top speeds of 202 mph (325 km/h) by Biaggi’s Aprilia, Checa led from the early part of the race and extended his lead as Rea (Honda) and Sykes (Kawasaki) fought out the minor places.  Read More
The Lyonheart K is a 21st century homage to the classic Jaguar E-type sports car (Image: L...
Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, the Swiss firm Classic Factory unveiled its Growler concept car. Intended as a modern version of the classic sports car, the concept was so well received that a new car-making company, Lyonheart Cars Ltd. has been opened in Coventry, U.K., for the purpose of turning out a limited run of the production version of the Growler - the Lyonheart K.  Read More
Max Biaggi aboard the Aprilia RSV4 Former multiple world champion Max "the Roman Emperor" Biaggi took his Aprilia RSV4 to victory in the first race of the 2012 World Superbike season at Australia’s Phillip Island today.  Read More
The engine of the DS4R is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit producing 256bhp, which calculates... The DS4 Racing concept from Citroen promises much - a light stytlish 256 bhp turbocharged pocket rocket with a decade of WRC domination behind its design.  Read More
Scientists have created a scanner that can be attached to a mobile phone, to detect the pr...
Soon, you may never have to play Russian roulette with potato salad again. Instead of just hoping that E. coli bacteria aren't present in your foods or drinks, you could instead use your mobile phone to find out for sure. That phone would have to be equipped with a bacteria-detecting scanner, which researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science recently created - in a prototype version, for now.  Read More
The aptly-named 'Board of Imagination' moves forward just by having a user think about it,...
Chaotic Moon Labs drew a lot of attention last month at CES 2012 with its motion controlled "Board of Awesomeness," a longboard that a rider controls by gesturing at a Kinect sensor on the front. Apparently though, that was just the beginning. So, how could the studio possibly improve on a skateboard that starts and stops just by having a person move their hands? By not having the rider move at all. The latest creation, the aptly named "Board of Imagination," moves forward just by having a user think about it while wearing an Emotiv EPOC headset.  Read More
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept - ruggedized, practical sportscar Six months after the Evoque hit showrooms, Range Rover is to show an Evoque Convertible Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. No production plans have been announced, as the design is intended to gauge the market potential for a premium convertible four-seat SUV.  Read More
Future generations will no doubt wonder at the  carnage we have allowed to develop on our ...
It is a great irony that alcohol has been almost universally legislated into becoming man's most commonly used recreational drug, as it's also the ONLY drug that causes more harm to others than to the user. This is most evident on our roads, where even in supposedly civilized first world countries with low road tolls, alcohol still accounts for between a third and a half of all road deaths and injuries. Now France is attempting a bold solution - from July of this year, it will become law in France to have a working breathalyzer in every car on the road. Don't laugh! The world is fast running out of tolerance for the road toll and tougher laws everywhere are inevitable.  Read More
Enrico Dini of Monolite UK with Radiolaria - the biggest structure ever built by the D-Sha...
The growing popularity of 3D printers, such as the Printbot or MakerBot's Thing-o-Matic, testify to the fact that additive manufacturing is slowly entering the mainstream. The devices are now small enough to fit on a desk and they can make all sorts of stuff, such as toys, chess figures, or spare door knobs. But what if you want to make something slightly bigger - say, a house? Then you need to turn to Enrico Dini, the founder of Monolite UK and the inventor of the D-Shape "robotic building system."  Read More


French/German electric vehicle manufacturer mia has developed a small plug-in delivery van...
Small-scale courier services, electricians, plumbers or any other professionals who depend on being able to drive through city streets for their livelihoods and need a generous helping of cargo space to boot, may well find the novel mia electric microvan a very good fit indeed. The mia U doesn't have anywhere near the storage space of Ford's trailblazer Transit Connect electric van that we featured in 2010, but it does have a similar battery range and speed, and places the driver right in the center of the action.  Read More
Adobe Photoshop Touch contains some of Photoshops core features, as well as a few extras Adobe Photoshop Touch is now available for the iPad 2. Adobe made the image-editing app official at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the app is already available to be downloaded from Apple's App Store.  Read More
The Utope Project's Sporty Supaheroe integrates sensors and RGB LEDs into an 'intelligent'...
When it comes to cycling apparel, it's right that style plays second fiddle to safety. But if high visibility can be achieved without making the ultimate sartorial sacrifice, so much the better. With its Sporty Supaheroe cycling jacket, the Utope Project aims to achieve just that - integrating 64 RGB LEDs into its stretchable, wearable circuit boards. And the inclusion of in-built sensors means the LED array can display a variety of patterns depending on circumstance.  Read More
The HTC One X unveiled at MWC 2012 is HTC's first quad-core smartphone
At Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, HTC announced its new flagship handset, the HTC One X. Like the Optimus 4X HD from LG also unveiled at MWC 2012, the phone will be HTC's first quad-core handset. The One X comes sporting a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 HD display. With an 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera, the phone is capable of capturing high-resolution still photos simultaneously while shooting 1080p video that can also be edited directly on the smartphone.  Read More
The Milhous Collection auction has been completed with 100 percent of all lots sold The final hammer has come down on the Milhous Collection auction we previewed last week. The two-day event resulted in 100 percent of all lots being sold for a total of US$38.3 million. The item to fetch the highest price was a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Touring, which set a world record auction price for an Oldsmobile at $3.3 million.  Read More
LG's Optimus L7, Optimus Vu:, Optimus 4X HD and LG Optimus 3D Max at MWC 2012
LG arrived at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year with a number of new and updated Android smartphones. The company’s new L-Style series kicks off with three handsets ranging from the 3.2-inch L3, through the 4-inch L5, to the flagship 4.3-inch L7. Meanwhile the Optimus 3D gets an update in the form of the Optimus 3D Max, while the new Optimus Vu with its 5-inch display pits itself against Samsung's Galaxy Note. The show also sees the debut of the company's first quad-core powered smartphone, the LG Optimus 4X HD.  Read More
The Galaxy Beam is a smartphone with its own built-in pico projector
Samsung has officially unveiled an updated version of the Galaxy Beam, a smartphone with its own built-in pico projector. The biggest feature of the phone as you might guess is its ability to project pictures, video, and other media onto walls, ceilings or any other flat surface via a 15 lumens projector that Samsung says can display images up to 50-inches wide.  Read More
A cerebral blood clot being aspirated from the body after capture by the Solitaire (Image:...
A new approach to stroke treatment initially developed by Dr. Jeffrey Saver's group at the UCLA Stroke Center combines the ability to restore circulation and remove clots using only a single device ... and it's showing significant promise in trials. In a study comparing the Covidien Solitaire FR Revascularization Device with the FDA-approved Merci Retriever, the device successfully and safely treated roughly 60 percent of stroke patients, compared to roughly 30 percent when the Merci Retriever was used.  Read More
The Aston Martin Zagato V12 will be on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show
Italian coachbuilders Zagato and archetypal Brit sports car company Aston Martin have had a relationship since 1960 when the Milanese artisans created a lightweight racing body for the DB4, by hand naturally. The 19 units made at that time all still exist and are valued at around US$6 million minimum apiece. While AM continues developing the replacement for its aging VH platform it still needs to make a buck and guaranteed collectors items seem to be immune to global financial instabilities. The new Zagato V12 is clearly influenced by that original DB4, and to a lesser extent the 1985 and 2002 incarnations, but here's the thing - was the new vehicle actually designed by the chaps at Aston Martin and not the sharp suits in Milan?  Read More
King Alfonso XIII was a huge fan of the Hispano Suiza line of vehicles (Photo: Dave Teel, ... A rare piece of car history is headed to the auction block. Named after the King of Spain who reigned from 1886 until 1931, the Type Alfonso XIII is set to go on sale at an upcoming Amelia Island auction, and is expected to fetch somewhere between US$750,000 and $1 million.  Read More

The Xperia U and Xperia P (pictured) join Sony's NXT series of Xperia smartphones
Sony Sony has chosen this year's Mobile World Congress to announce two new Android-powered additions to its Xperia NXT line: the Xperia P and Xperia U. The new devices slot in below the Xperia S announced at CES 2012 in Sony's NXT series, which is designed to allow easy connection to other devices, allowing the viewing of content from your phone on not only the smartphone's screen, but also a TV, laptop, or tablet.  Read More
The FINIS Hydro Tracker GPS device allows open water swimmers to map their swims and recor...
For those of us who just swim lengths in pools, keeping track of where we’ve swum is pretty easy. When it comes to triathletes and other people who swim in lakes or the open ocean, however, there aren’t any lane markers to look back on. Instead, they can now use the Hydro Tracker GPS, made by California water sports tech company FINIS. The waterproof device attaches to the user’s goggle straps, then uses GPS technology to create a map of where they’ve been, while also recording performance data.  Read More
Spot is a new camera-like device for detecting vision problems
For the past 150 years, ophthalmologists have used the Snellen chart – with its rows of letters in descending sizes – to check patients’ vision. While it has done the job reasonably well, PediaVision CEO David Melnik believes that his Spot device offers some distinct advantages. Most importantly, instead of being required to read and recite letters, patients simply look into the device as it takes some pictures. Based on those images, it will proceed to notify clinicians if it detects potential vision problems.  Read More
Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager, the S5K3H7, which utilizes 1.4um backside illuminated (BSI) pixel technology for capturing photos in low-light situations. The sensor is designed to be used in high-end smartphones, and promises zero shutter lag, along with the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps while using less power than the sensors that came before it.  Read More
Nike + Basketball measures performance, allowing you to analyze and share with friends
In addition to launching knit shoes, Nike expanded its Nike + offerings last week with the addition of two new sneaker-based products. Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training use sensor systems and accompanying software to provide performance measurement and training tools for athletes. The systems reportedly make workouts more engaging and fruitful for their respective participants.  Read More
ViewSonic is displaying four new dual-SIM Android smartphones at this year's Mobile World ...
ViewSonic has taken a new range of dual-SIM Android smartphones to Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, that includes the successor to last year's V350 smartphone - the ViewPhone 3. Two of the brand new phones will run on the latest flavor of Google's Android mobile operating platform, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The company hasn't given away too much in the way of detail, but read on for what we do know.  Read More
The Tianjin Aircraft Carrier Hotel in China We first covered this story back in August, when news surfaced of an unusual hotel being constructed in the bowels of ex-Russian aircraft carrier the Kiev - the centerpiece of an 80,000 square meter (20 acre) state-supported military theme park in Tianjin, China. Three carriers were purchased from the Russians around 1996, and while one is being fitted out to become China's first real aircraft carrier, the other two have found employment as a casino and – in the case of the Kiev – a novel hotel. Last year the tale could have been dismissed as perhaps a fanciful ambition, but now the ship is on track to offer 148 rooms to the public, and we have some official pictures of the interior.  Read More
The Defender runs on three AA batteries, and incorporates watertight silicone gaskets
People who commute by bicycle don't have to remove their pedals, racks or fenders when they park in public ... so why should their lights be any different? Well, because most battery-operated bike lights come off with the simple flick of a quick-release, or the turning of a single bolt. Massachusetts-based Gotham Bicycle Defense Industries, however, is attempting to address that problem with its Defender bike light. Not only is it theft-resistant, but it's also waterproof, and it looks like the light Dirty Harry would use - if he rode a bike.  Read More
The Nokia 808 PureView is a new smartphone with an astounding 41-megapixel image sensor
At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia announced the 808 PureView, a smartphone with an astounding 41-megapixel image sensor. The Nokia 808 will be the first smartphone by Nokia to include its new PureView imaging technology, which combines a high-resolution sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia-developed algorithms.  Read More
A smart system for charging electric vehicles currently under development and known as ELV...
A smart system for charging electric vehicles known as ELVIIS may leave the electric car industry all shook up - and for the better. The ELVIIS cross-industry research project would not only enable EVs to be recharged from any available outlet, but also use mobile and smart grid technology to establish the best energy deal for the consumer.  Read More

Huawei Device has launched the Ascend D quad-core smartphone at MWC 2012, which is claimed...
Quad-core smartphones are stealing the show at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week. We've already seen LG's first model take center stage, with HTC's One X snapping at its heels, and now China's Huawei Device is hoping to trump the competition by launching what is claimed to the be the fastest smartphone in the world - the Huawei Ascend D quad.  Read More
The Battle Mug is made from a solid block of aluminum, features a handle from an AR-15 rif... What happens when some old army buddies decide to create a mug? Well, in the case of the Battle Mug, they machine the sucker out of a solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminum, add three military-spec 1913 scope rails on its sides, and stick a carry handle from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on one of those rails - they leave the other two open, so users can add their own night-vision scopes, laser sights, or other gear needed for really heavy-duty drinking. Finally, they slap on a US$189 price tag – that's without the handle, which costs an additional $33.95.  Read More
Grace Digital has just released a fully waterproof boombox for smartphones and media playe...
Liquipel nanocoating may well keep moisture from damaging the inner workings of mobile devices but if you're looking to share your tunes with friends at the beach or pool, you need something with a bit more output than the resident speakers. Grace Digital has just announced the release of a fully waterproof boombox for smartphones or digital music players that was first seen as a limited preview at CES 2011. The Eco Terra Boombox is fully submersible, waterproof and shock resistant, and can even keep cash and valuables safe and secure as it pumps out the music while bobbing on the surface of the water.  Read More
Food and drink containers such as these could soon be available in a novel edible form (Ph...
Created by the same man who came up with Le Whif (inhalable chocolate) and Aeroshot (aerosol caffeine boost), portable containers for food and drinks could soon be available in a novel edible form. The project emerged out of an idea put forth by Dr. David Edwards from Harvard University's Wyss Institute. The plastic-free products would be a useful alternative to take-away containers, lunch boxes, and drink bottles, while reducing the environmental concerns often associated with plastic production and recycling.  Read More
The Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of the Infiniti Emerg-e Electric Sports Car on Ma... Infiniti's long-awaited electric sportscar is now just a week away from all being revealed, with Infiniti leaking official photos of the car during the last few days. The curvaceous Emerg-e will be unveiled on March 6, no doubt by reigning F1 champion and Infiniti Brand Ambassador Sebastien Vettel. Details of the powertrain are still scarce prior to the launch, but it is known to include a gas-powered range extender.  Read More
The HoverMast is a hovering surveillance machine that can be deployed in 10-15 seconds fro... The HoverMast is a hovering surveillance machine that can be deployed from a small vehicle such as an armored SUV. The machine, developed by Sky Sapience and currently at the prototype stage, can be deployed to an altitude of up to 50 meters (164 feet) within 10-15 seconds.  Read More
Gizmag speaks at length to David Alden, inventor of the Recoil Winder, to learn more about...
The near concurrent rise of Kickstarter and semi-affordable 3D printing means we live in a time when it is easier than ever to be an inventor of physical things. Gizmag spoke at length to David Alden, whose spring-loaded Recoil Winder cable management device clearly struck a chord raising more than 14 times the original US$10,000 investment target. Both Kickstarter and 3D printing may have been essential to the development of the Recoil Winder, but Alden's story also demonstrates the need for good old-fashioned perseverance.  Read More
The JetFlow manifold
The JetFlow hydration widget is a little bit old school and a little bit new school. It pulls the dirty, moldy, bacteria-ridden hydration bladder out of your backpack and replaces it with a good old-fashioned water bottle you can toss in the recycling bin or dishwasher - but with much of the function of a hydration bladder intact.  Read More
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Those looking for a little more screen real estate to scribble on than offered by the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note now have the Galaxy Note 10.1. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is a little more powerful than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 thanks to a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor vs the Tab's 1 GHz. It also has a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera to the Tab 2's VGA snapper and tops out storage-wise at 64 GB - double that of the Tab 2's maximum 32 GB storage capacity. It is also both slightly thinner and lighter than the newest Galaxy Tab.  Read More
After the laser beam hits the sample, the scattered light is collected by a telescope and ...
Contrary to what some cartoons might have led you to believe, explosives aren’t always emblazoned with the letters TNT making them easy to identify. Some people will actually go to the trouble of disguising explosives by placing them in nondescript containers. This means that to analyze them, some close quarter examination that puts someone at risk is usually required. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have developed a detection method using laser light that allows explosives to be detected not only from distances of over 100 meters (328 ft), but works even when the explosives are hidden inside an opaque container.  Read More


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