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Sunday, 9 February 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 192

The Faraday Porteur's batteries allow approximately 10-15 miles of full pedal-assist ridin...
The Faraday Porteur electric bicycle stole hearts when it won the Oregon Manifest bicycle competition last year for IDEO and Rock Lobster, but was never intended to be sold. However, lead IDEO designer Adam Vollmer was so enamored with the fruit of his labor that he founded Faraday Bicycles in order to bring the Porteur to market.  Read More
A sapphire disk etched in platinum could preserve information for future generations to de...
Storing data for longer than a few years is tricky enough with rapidly advancing technology, so what are you supposed to do if you need to store data for thousands or even millions of years? That's just the problem facing nuclear waste management companies, who need a way to warn future civilizations of hazardous sites that will withstand the test of time. Luckily a recent proposal may have the solution with a sapphire disk etched in platinum that could survive longer than humanity itself.  Read More
A plastic garden furniture armrest without (left) and with (right) a self-cleaning photoca...
For many people, the onset of warmer weather can mean pulling out the ol' scrubbing brush and getting to work on the slimy film of moss, algae, fungi and bacteria that has built up on the garden furniture over the colder months. But we may soon be able to say goodbye to this tiresome chore thanks to researchers at Fraunhofer who are developing coatings that would be activated by the sun’s rays to destroy organic substances attaching themselves to various surfaces.  Read More
Competitors battle it out to secure a trip to Silverstone for the final phase of the compe... Drawn from a pool of over 400,000 who had competed for a spot through Gran Turismo 5, 32 virtual racers battled it out this week at Jolt’n Joe’s Restaurant in San Diego in the GT Academy North American finals. The top 16 will now move onto the final phase of the competition at Silverstone racing circuit in the U.K., where they'll no doubt be looking to emulate the success of 2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez.  Read More
Drexel University research combining the best features of batteries and supercapacitors co...
Researchers at Drexel University are developing an electrochemical flow capacitor (EFC) that combines the storage capabilities of batteries with the much longer cycle life and power output of supercapacitors. The team's goal is to improve the stability of the energy grid and ease the integration of renewable energy sources.  Read More
Because the BOT was designed for cooking, it's easy to pull off the heat Why carry two pieces of gear into the backcountry when you can carry one? That's the question that Vargo answers with the new Titanium BOT. The vessel combines two backcountry essentials - cooking pot and water bottle - into a single, lightweight package.  Read More
spnKiX - motorized skates capable of speeds up to 8 mph
We've been tracking spnKiX motorized skates here at Gizmag since 2010 when they existed as nothing but a concept. Then in 2011, after more than thirty prototypes were rejected, a final version made it onto Kickstarter and the product was successfully funded to the tune of US$120,000. Now spnKiX are available for anyone to buy ... but they're not cheap.  Read More
The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) system comprises a vibrating glove that connects wirelessly t...
Researchers at Georgia Tech have seen an improvement in sensation and movement in the hands of people with paralyzing spinal cord injury (SCI) after wearing a glove that helps them learn to play piano. The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) is a glove that helps them learn to play different songs by vibrating the wearer’s fingers to tell them which keys on a piano keyboard to play. The fact the improved sensation and motor skills occurred in individuals that had sustained their injury more than a year before the study is encouraging as most rehab patients see little improvement after such a period.  Read More
Secure Tips Secure Tips offer a simple solution to a common problem - earphones that won't stay in your ears. Built specifically for stock Apple headphones, this silicon rubber hook-like attachment sits over the earphone in order to fix them securely and comfortably inside your ears.  Read More
Wake Forest's muscle-implant-stretching machine
We all know that you need to exercise if you want to develop your muscles. As it turns out, however, exercise also makes lab-grown muscle implants more effective when introduced to the body. Scientists from North Carolina’s Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have discovered that after being gently expanded and contracted, implants placed in lab animals were better able to stimulate new muscle growth than implants that were left “unexercised.”  Read More

UMSkinCheck is available on iTunes for free
With skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the U.S., most people have got the message and will have had a skin cancer screening at the doctor at some point. But how many actually receive check-ups with the frequency necessary to catch harmful lesions forming on the skin before they become lethal? Scientists at the University of Michigan have created an app called UMSkinCheck that directs users to take photos of themselves in order to perform self-checks for different forms of skin cancer.  Read More
A Nomiku immersion circulator held by one of the designers
Sous-vide cooking is one of the crown jewels of molecular gastronomy. Far from "boil-in-a-bag," sous-vide cooking holds ingredients sealed within a plastic pouch at a truly constant (and low) temperature for hours or days. The resulting food is tender, moist, and other-worldly delicious. Unfortunately, this technique has long been priced out of the home kitchen market, with professional units starting around US$1,500 and from there going into the stratosphere. The Nomiku company changes all that, providing a sous-vide accessory about the size of a hand blender. The price? US$359 retail.  Read More
A Nashville hotel now shuttles its VIP guests in an all-electric Nissan Leaf limousine (Ph...
So, you think that a Ferrari, Smart fortwo or Mini are all unlikely choices for limousine conversions? Well, how about the current poster car for green transportation, the all-electric Nissan Leaf? Missouri-based Imperial LimoLand recently created such a beast, for use by the Embassy Suites Nashville South hotel. The staff at the hotel claim that it is “the world’s first road-worthy, licensed, street legal electric limousine.”  Read More
Fiat claims the 500L is the first production car to offer these type of coffee-making capa...
The automotive world is full of interesting optional equipment - everything from ornate removable timepieces to cigar humidors have been built into cars and concepts. Heck, even whale penis leather was a thing for a while - a very short while. Despite all that, Fiat has still managed to turn heads and inspire headlines with an option offered on a fairly modest car. The new 500L can be fitted with an integrated espresso machine.  Read More
SpaceX has released a video containing highlights of its successful mission to the Interna... As one or two readers may recall, SpaceX made history this May, when its Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft to reach the International Space Station. Although various snippets of video were released at the time, today the company released a “highlight reel” of the mission, which includes some pretty compelling footage.  Read More
The Phocus photography accessory for iPhone 4/4S
An updated version of the OWLE Bubo, the Phocus is a versatile photography accessory for the iPhone 4/4S. Essentially, it's a heavy-duty case designed to optimize the iPhone's photographic capabilities. It provides users with up to three lens choices, as well as the option to purchase an adapter that allows for the use of standard DSLR lenses.  Read More
The right door of LG's new super capacity fridge allows access to the main storage space w... Each time the door of a fridge is opened, cool air escapes and ambient air sneaks in. As its name might well give away, LG's new Door-in-Door French-door refrigerator has a storage compartment in the door itself, allowing users to retrieve most commonly needed items without affecting the temperature of the main storage space.  Read More
GE's AquaSel system reduced the waste stream to almost zero at a bottling plant in Asia
Although water is the world’s most precious commodity, an astounding amount of it is wasted by industries. Fortunately, water treatment and recovery has become the focus of several technology companies, including GE, which recently demonstrated a water treatment technology that virtually eliminates losses at bottling plants and other water-related operations. The pilot study of GE’s AquaSel, a non-thermal brine concentrator technology, took place at the plant of a leading beverage company in Asia. GE says costs were greatly reduced and there was almost no liquid discharge.  Read More
The turbine is particularly well-suited to the gusting winds of inner cities A new prototype wind turbine, 30 years in the making, and designed for flat-pack shipping and easy assembly, has been erected at Keele University in the UK.  Read More
The sleeveless Stuffa Jacket aims to lessen the hassle of traveling, reducing the need for...
Ask people to list their own personal bêtes noires of 21st century living and airport waiting times are bound to come up. Between the queue at security and the uncomfortably metaphorical never-endingness of the baggage carousel, we seem to spend an increasing proportion of our "travel" time doing quite the opposite. The new sleeveless Stuffa Jacket, from UK-based designer Sandro Cafasso, aims to lessen the hassle of getting from A to B, reducing the need for luggage by incorporating storage compartments into the jacket itself. Gizmag spent some hands-on time with a pre-launch prototype to put the Stuffa through its paces.  Read More
 
The portable SolarKiosk is an “autonomous business unit” that sells energy, products, tool...
On July 15th, the world’s first SolarKiosk was officially opened near Lake Langano, Ethiopia. The portable solar shop was designed in Germany by Graft architects and provides an “autonomous business unit” that sells energy, products, tools and services. With approximately 1.5 billion people around the globe who remain without access to a stable source of light, the SolarKiosk is intended to provide a safe and affordable solution for inhabitants in off-the-grid areas.  Read More
Klapptischbank Up Up Up opens out to form an all-in-one table and chairs large enough to a... As our cities become more crowded, with people being crammed into ever-tighter communities, living space is at an absolute premium. With that in mind, furniture that either fulfills more than one purpose or which takes up very little room will be very much in demand. Klapptischbank Up Up Up, which literally translates into Folding Table Bench Up Up Up, is one possible solution to this problem.  Read More
Gmail SMS allows users of older and more basic cellphones located in Ghana, Nigeria and Ke...
While much of the developed world has grown used to high-speed internet access, the majority of the African continent remains without reliable and affordable internet, placing modern communication staples like email firmly out of reach to most. However, Google has recently announced Gmail SMS, a new service available in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, which brings Gmail to all cellphones capable of sending SMS text messages - no data connection required.  Read More
With Sony's Entertainment Access Glasses, the hearing impaired can see private closed capt...
We're smack in the middle of summer, which means there are plenty of blockbuster movies to choose from in theaters right now. If you're deaf, though, a trip to the movies can be frustrating. Not many theaters screen movies with closed captions, since most people without hearing problems would rather not see them. The only other option is usually to have a special ear piece on, but that only works if a person has any of their hearing left. Fortunately, Sony is outfitting certain theaters with its new Entertainment Access Glasses, which can display captions right in front of the wearer's eye that no one else can see.  Read More
The Trekmates Flameless Heating System allows for cooking without the fire
UK-based Trekmates offers a unique way to cook in the outdoors. Its Flamless Cook System eliminates the need to carry a stove or fuel canister and cooks your meals without fire. As such, it doesn't release any dangerous gas and can be used inside a tent.  Read More
Skikes are designed for a warm-weather cross country skiing workout © Photo Plohe
When we first saw the term "Skike," we immediately thought "skate bike" (i.e. a scooter-like contraption combining bike components with skating action). We were probably thinking of the similarly named Trikke and its brother the Skki. The Skike does combine biking and skating, but it's a different kind of skating and a different kind of skate-bike. Essentially a roller skate with biking influences, the Skike is a tool for asphalt cross country skiing.  Read More
Image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, showing five moons orbiting the distant, ic...
Pluto may no longer be classified as a planet, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still getting its fair share of attention. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently making its way to the icy dwarf planet to study it and its moons. To search for potential hazards to the spacecraft and help plan a safer trajectory before its scheduled arrival in 2015, a team of astronomers has trained the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope on the system and discovered a fifth, previously unknown moon orbiting the planet.  Read More
Precision hits in urban environments will keep you on your toes
When it comes to real world action shooters, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series has stood head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. Tense tactical squad based combat where your demise is one ricochet away, is what this series has always been about. Following its release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has landed on PC and the third person tactical shooter hits the bulls eye more often than not.  Read More
The VARIES starship creates its own antimatter for interstellar voyages
As Douglas Adams said, “Space is Big. Really Big." And that’s the major obstacle for travelling between the stars. But a new proposal published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society promises to shrink that distance just a bit. Physics and technology consultant Richard Obousy claims that an antimatter starship that creates its own fuel from the vacuum of space itself would be capable of making a return journey to the nearest star and back within one lifetime.  Read More
Nook for Web on a laptop
Barnes & Noble has introduced Nook for Web, which lets users access new digital content as well as their previously purchased eBooks on all PC and Mac-supported Web browsers. No sign-in or software download is required for Nook for Web, which is hosted on Barnes and Noble's library sites. Now readers without a Nook eReader can browse, sample, or purchase the millions of titles in Barnes & Noble's range.  Read More

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster
The stuffing of a very large engine into the front of a compact car body has always been a recipe for automotive desirability. If the chassis can actually handle the power and weight while maintaining stability and poise then motoring nirvana beckons. Add the option of a stowable roof to allow sunbathing, sightseeing, and posing in equal measure and you surely have a winner. The only question that remains is why it took Aston Martin so long to launch this obvious extension to the range.  Read More
Kali's AMARA CAM mountain bike helmet comes with its own mounting point for a camera or li... While an increasing number of mountain bikers are shooting first-person cycling videos using helmet-mounted actioncams, attaching such a camera to one’s helmet can still be a rather tricky, inexact process. That’s why gear company Kali Protectives created the AMARA CAM helmet – it features a built-in mounting point, that accepts a number of popular actioncams and headlamps.  Read More
Zyvex Marine's latest nanotech-enabled lightweight boat, the LRV-17
The purveyors of fine nanotech-enabled lightweight boats at Zyvex Technologies have been in touch to tell Gizmag about their latest creation, the LRV-17, developed to combat piracy off the coast of Africa. At 17.35 m (57 ft), the LRV-17 is a slightly bigger boat than Zyvex's unmanned Piranha USV, but unlike its piscine predecessor the LRV-17 can support of a crew of six for up to five days. Thanks to its weight, Zyvex claims its 1500 nautical mile (2778 km) range can outdistance other boats of its size by a factor of three - hence LRV, which stands for long-range vessel.  Read More
Retro-inspired looks are disguised but recognizable in the GT-21
The striking Aspid GT-21 Invictus is a new sports coupe design with roots in Spain. It combines BMW power, lightweight components and unique looks into a driver-oriented package designed to scream around the track like a real race car.  Read More
Drawing of a Bio-Retina being inserted into an eye and affixed to the AMD damaged retina b...
At least 25-30 million people worldwide have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in middle-aged and older adults. The Israeli start-up Nano Retina has announced their new Bio-Retina, a tiny array of photodetectors which can be implanted directly on the retinal surface. Ready to enter clinical trials in 2013, the Bio-Retina restores vision to AMD sufferers almost immediately following the simple implantation process.  Read More
TechShop is a company that provides a variety of tools and training to inventors, and othe...
We got to do some fun things at last month’s Go Further With Ford conference, such as test-driving the new Mustang and the purpose-built Police Interceptor. On the final night of the event, however, us conference-goers really got to enjoy ourselves – we got to make stuff, at the Detroit branch of TechShop. In business since 2006, the company now has five shops located across the U.S., all of which provide inventors and other people with access to advanced tools and know-how. We spoke to CEO Mark Hatch to learn more about what the group has to offer, and to whom.  Read More
Optrix XD Sport case fits the iPhone 4, 4S, and the iPod Touch 4G with a sled adaptor Optrix has updated last year's Optrix HD sport case for the iPhone and iPod Touch with a 175-degree wide-angle lens version that helps put more of the action into focus - the Optrix XD.  Read More
With the introduction of the Lumix DMC-G5, Panasonic has also started using the acronym DS...
Panasonic has recently announced a selection of six new cameras for 2012, with the compact for enthusiasts, the LX7, and the mirrorless G5 being the most news-worthy. The LX7 (which replaces the LX5) boasts an F1.4 maximum aperture and a newly designed 10.1-megapixel MOS sensor, while the G5 (replacing the G3) has a 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and an ISO range of up to 12,800.  Read More
Backward-compatible Stereo 3D technology allows the same video to be watched in 2D and 3D ...
According to just about every consumer electronics manufacturer on the planet, 3D TV is on its way to becoming mainstream – perhaps ultimately even ending up as the norm. That’s not good news for people who experience headaches or motion sickness when watching 3D video, or who simply don’t want to put on a pair of glasses every time they watch TV. Help may be on the way, however ... researchers have now devised a system known as “Backward-compatible Stereo 3D.” It allows some people to put on glasses and watch 3D video in its intended three-dimensional format, while others can watch that same video at the same time, in distortion-free 2D.  Read More
The BlueDesert H2bike is a hydration pack for your bicycle
The water bottle holder and hydration pack are two common ways of staying hydrated on your bicycle. The H2bike system, from Israeli company BlueDesert, combines them into one streamlined device for easier sipping.  Read More


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