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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 212

Sony's prototype 13.3-inch e-reader uses a new flexible electronic paper display technolog...
Most popular e-readers available today tend to be based around a 6-inch screen. Though you can read technical manuals, textbooks (with graphics and tables), comic strips or electronic magazines on these devices, the roughly paperback-sized display does tend to feel just a little cramped. The Kno double-screened digital textbook offered hope of bigger display real estate a few years back, but dedicated hardware was abandoned in favor of a multi-device app. Together with E Ink Holdings, Sony has developed a new flexible electronic paper display technology called Mobius, that will make its debut in a new 13.3-inch Reader prototype at EDIX 2013 in Tokyo between May 15 and 17.  Read More
Draganfly Innovations' X4-P quadcopter, which is similar to the model used in the rescue
While we hear a lot about the ways in which hovering aerial drones can potentially be used to violate peoples’ privacy, it’s always nice to know that they can help us, too. That was the case last Thursday (May 9th), when RCMP from the Canadian city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan used a remotely-operated quadcopter to locate the victim of a single-vehicle rollover, which occurred in the countryside at near-freezing temperatures.  Read More
Miami Lift concept (Image: Studio Dror) A novel concept for a sort of leaning skyscraper has won this year's DawnTown design competition, which asked entrants to dream up iconic landmarks for the city of Miami.  Read More
The 01LAMP foldable desk lamp is what you get when four young Italian designers get togeth...
The 01LAMP desk lamp is what you get when four young Italian designers get together and start folding old pizza boxes. Created by Federico Trucchia, Daniele Schinaia, Antonio Scribano and Matt Compagnucci, 01LAMP pays homage to the idea of creating simple, economic and sustainable DIY furniture.  Read More
The 5G millimeter-band transceiver has been developed by Samsung Electronics
LTE may only be wiping its feet on the proverbial doormat, and yet Samsung has already announced a significant breakthrough in the development of 5G mobile communications. The company says this will pave the way for next-generation mobile networks offering transmission speeds in the tens of gigabits per second, hundreds of times faster than LTE.  Read More
The JF-Kit House (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The JF-Kit House, by Spanish-based Elii Architecture, is an off-grid home concept which envisions occupants using exercise to offset their energy needs. To its credit, Elii Architecture makes it clear right off the bat that the JF-Kit House isn’t intended to be considered as suitable for human habitation yet. Rather, the architects did some brainstorming and imagined how our homes may evolve in a future of rapidly decreasing fossil-fuel resources. This was then used this as a jumping-off point to let imaginations run wild.  Read More
The Chillsner is a freezable metal spike that fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew ... While beer is best served chilled, everyone who’s tried it knows that beer and ice generally aren’t a good mix. Most options to keep the beer cold once out of the fridge, like beer koozies or the Chill Puck, work from the outside in, but a new device called the Chillsner turns things around. This freezable metal spike fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew ice cold from the inside out.  Read More
Ten GoSleep pods have been installed at Abu Dhabi International Airport to give weary trav...
If you’re a claustrophobic insomniac, the GoSleep sleeping pods probably won’t be of much interest to you, but for international travelers fighting with jet lag and tight schedules, being able to rent a private place to kip for an hour can be godsend. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced last week that it has installed ten of the Finnish-designed GoSleep pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport to provide passengers with individual sleeping quarters while waiting for flights.  Read More
Yaroslav Urzhumov with the 3D-printed invisibility cloak developed at Duke University
Invisibility cloaks have been around in various forms since 2006, when the first cloak based on optical metamaterials was demonstrated. The design of cloaking devices has come a long way in the past seven years, as illustrated by a simple, yet highly effective, radar cloak developed by Duke University Professor Yaroslav Urzhumov, that can be made using a hobby-level 3D printer.  Read More
Preliminary sketch of the 'Pumpkin' ascent stage (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
There are so many private space ventures under development these days that it seems like you need a scorecard to keep track of them all. This week, Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has completed a feasibility study on a new lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company as part of a plan to send to people to the Moon within ten years at a cost of US$750 million per person.  Read More
Sony's prototype 13.3-inch e-reader uses a new flexible electronic paper display technolog...
Most popular e-readers available today tend to be based around a 6-inch screen. Though you can read technical manuals, textbooks (with graphics and tables), comic strips or electronic magazines on these devices, the roughly paperback-sized display does tend to feel just a little cramped. The Kno double-screened digital textbook offered hope of bigger display real estate a few years back, but dedicated hardware was abandoned in favor of a multi-device app. Together with E Ink Holdings, Sony has developed a new flexible electronic paper display technology called Mobius, that will make its debut in a new 13.3-inch Reader prototype at EDIX 2013 in Tokyo between May 15 and 17.  Read More
Draganfly Innovations' X4-P quadcopter, which is similar to the model used in the rescue
While we hear a lot about the ways in which hovering aerial drones can potentially be used to violate peoples’ privacy, it’s always nice to know that they can help us, too. That was the case last Thursday (May 9th), when RCMP from the Canadian city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan used a remotely-operated quadcopter to locate the victim of a single-vehicle rollover, which occurred in the countryside at near-freezing temperatures.  Read More
Miami Lift concept (Image: Studio Dror) A novel concept for a sort of leaning skyscraper has won this year's DawnTown design competition, which asked entrants to dream up iconic landmarks for the city of Miami.  Read More
The 01LAMP foldable desk lamp is what you get when four young Italian designers get togeth...
The 01LAMP desk lamp is what you get when four young Italian designers get together and start folding old pizza boxes. Created by Federico Trucchia, Daniele Schinaia, Antonio Scribano and Matt Compagnucci, 01LAMP pays homage to the idea of creating simple, economic and sustainable DIY furniture.  Read More
The 5G millimeter-band transceiver has been developed by Samsung Electronics
LTE may only be wiping its feet on the proverbial doormat, and yet Samsung has already announced a significant breakthrough in the development of 5G mobile communications. The company says this will pave the way for next-generation mobile networks offering transmission speeds in the tens of gigabits per second, hundreds of times faster than LTE.  Read More
The JF-Kit House (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The JF-Kit House, by Spanish-based Elii Architecture, is an off-grid home concept which envisions occupants using exercise to offset their energy needs. To its credit, Elii Architecture makes it clear right off the bat that the JF-Kit House isn’t intended to be considered as suitable for human habitation yet. Rather, the architects did some brainstorming and imagined how our homes may evolve in a future of rapidly decreasing fossil-fuel resources. This was then used this as a jumping-off point to let imaginations run wild.  Read More
The Chillsner is a freezable metal spike that fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew ... While beer is best served chilled, everyone who’s tried it knows that beer and ice generally aren’t a good mix. Most options to keep the beer cold once out of the fridge, like beer koozies or the Chill Puck, work from the outside in, but a new device called the Chillsner turns things around. This freezable metal spike fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew ice cold from the inside out.  Read More
Ten GoSleep pods have been installed at Abu Dhabi International Airport to give weary trav...
If you’re a claustrophobic insomniac, the GoSleep sleeping pods probably won’t be of much interest to you, but for international travelers fighting with jet lag and tight schedules, being able to rent a private place to kip for an hour can be godsend. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced last week that it has installed ten of the Finnish-designed GoSleep pods at Abu Dhabi International Airport to provide passengers with individual sleeping quarters while waiting for flights.  Read More
Yaroslav Urzhumov with the 3D-printed invisibility cloak developed at Duke University
Invisibility cloaks have been around in various forms since 2006, when the first cloak based on optical metamaterials was demonstrated. The design of cloaking devices has come a long way in the past seven years, as illustrated by a simple, yet highly effective, radar cloak developed by Duke University Professor Yaroslav Urzhumov, that can be made using a hobby-level 3D printer.  Read More
Preliminary sketch of the 'Pumpkin' ascent stage (Photo: Northrop Grumman)
There are so many private space ventures under development these days that it seems like you need a scorecard to keep track of them all. This week, Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has completed a feasibility study on a new lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company as part of a plan to send to people to the Moon within ten years at a cost of US$750 million per person.  Read More

The WaveSkate takes on hard ground
Man has made many attempts at bringing the smooth, Mother Nature-powered flow of surfing to dry land. The ARIS Blade Runner and SurfSkate are two of the attempts that have come to our attention most recently, but there are plenty of others. The big sticking point is that you just can't magically transform hot, cracked asphalt into cool, smooth ocean breaks. But you can ride that asphalt with an actual surfboard, as the Waveskate demonstrates beyond the shadow of all doubt.  Read More
The Panasonic solar lantern can also charge small electronic devices
We live in an age where people in the developed world are so dependent on electricity that if it wasn't available a whole civilization would collapse in a week. It’s therefore ironic that 1.32 billion people around the world are still without what most people have come to see as a basic necessity. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Panasonic Corporation plans to distribute 100,000 solar lanterns that the company has developed that can not only provide light, but also charge mobile phones and other small devices.  Read More
Hyundai Heavy Industries tests out its new miniature robotic welding arm
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), which lays claim to being the largest shipbuilding company in the world, says it has developed a miniature welding robot that can be easily transported by a worker and affixed to a ship using magnets. The small, portable robot is expected to increase worker productivity two to threefold.  Read More
CheckinDJ generates playlists based on the preferences of the crowd
Tastes in music are such a subjective thing that it’s practically impossible to keep everyone in a crowded environment like a pub or coffee shop happy with the tune selection. Developed by the Mobile Radicals group at the UK’s Lancaster University, the CheckinDJ digital jukebox aims to keep the majority of people happy by using near field communication (NFC) and social networking to poll everyone’s musical tastes.  Read More
The Xperia ZR is waterproof to 1.5 meters
In the unpleasantness stakes, dropping your smartphone in a bucket or water is right up there with bread landing butter-side down – only much more expensive. Sony has unveiled its Xperia ZR that, if it lives up to expectations, will mean you’ll not only be able to drop it in the pond, but take high-definition videos while doing so.  Read More
D-Wave's 512-Qubit Vesuvius quantum computing chip can match it with massively parallel su...
There have been years of controversy about whether the superconducting quantum annealing computers manufactured by D-Wave are a) quantum computers; and b) fast enough for a) to matter. Now a test of the 512-qubit Vesuvius chip establishes at least that computing based on quantum annealing is, in the words of a computer science professor at Amherst College, "in some cases, really, really fast."  Read More
Vololights is a brake lighting system for motorcycles, that illuminates even when the ride...
California-based engineer Faizal Ali was riding his motorcycle on a San Diego freeway one day and downshifted in order to slow for an exit. Because he didn’t actually apply the brakes, however, his brake light didn’t come on. As a result, the following car almost ran into him. That experience prompted him to partner with Jesse Szynal and designer Fausin Mdisa to create Vololights – it’s a rear lighting system that activates no matter what method the rider is using to decelerate.  Read More
The Egoista debuts to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary
Controversial – that's about the nicest way we can describe Lamborghini's 50th anniversary efforts on the concept car front. Just two months after showing the Veneno – arguably the most extreme(ly ugly) concept in its history – Lamborghini pushes the boundaries even further. The surprise Egoista concept is even more out there in design.  Read More
The Ion Tiger UAV completes its record-breaking flight
Back in 2009, the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) set an endurance record for electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) when its fuel cell-powered Ion Tiger aircraft managed to stay aloft for 26 hours and 1 minute. Now, NRL has announced that the same aircraft has trounced that record, by remaining in flight for 48 hours and 1 minute.  Read More
The nuplug is a surge protector and extension cord that can be attached to furniture The nuplug surge protected extension cord offers two outlets and two USB ports, but what makes this device interesting is its ability to attach to beds, couches, workbenches and other convenient locations around the home.  Read More
The WaveSkate takes on hard ground
Man has made many attempts at bringing the smooth, Mother Nature-powered flow of surfing to dry land. The ARIS Blade Runner and SurfSkate are two of the attempts that have come to our attention most recently, but there are plenty of others. The big sticking point is that you just can't magically transform hot, cracked asphalt into cool, smooth ocean breaks. But you can ride that asphalt with an actual surfboard, as the Waveskate demonstrates beyond the shadow of all doubt.  Read More
The Panasonic solar lantern can also charge small electronic devices
We live in an age where people in the developed world are so dependent on electricity that if it wasn't available a whole civilization would collapse in a week. It’s therefore ironic that 1.32 billion people around the world are still without what most people have come to see as a basic necessity. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Panasonic Corporation plans to distribute 100,000 solar lanterns that the company has developed that can not only provide light, but also charge mobile phones and other small devices.  Read More
Hyundai Heavy Industries tests out its new miniature robotic welding arm
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), which lays claim to being the largest shipbuilding company in the world, says it has developed a miniature welding robot that can be easily transported by a worker and affixed to a ship using magnets. The small, portable robot is expected to increase worker productivity two to threefold.  Read More
CheckinDJ generates playlists based on the preferences of the crowd
Tastes in music are such a subjective thing that it’s practically impossible to keep everyone in a crowded environment like a pub or coffee shop happy with the tune selection. Developed by the Mobile Radicals group at the UK’s Lancaster University, the CheckinDJ digital jukebox aims to keep the majority of people happy by using near field communication (NFC) and social networking to poll everyone’s musical tastes.  Read More
The Xperia ZR is waterproof to 1.5 meters
In the unpleasantness stakes, dropping your smartphone in a bucket or water is right up there with bread landing butter-side down – only much more expensive. Sony has unveiled its Xperia ZR that, if it lives up to expectations, will mean you’ll not only be able to drop it in the pond, but take high-definition videos while doing so.  Read More
D-Wave's 512-Qubit Vesuvius quantum computing chip can match it with massively parallel su...
There have been years of controversy about whether the superconducting quantum annealing computers manufactured by D-Wave are a) quantum computers; and b) fast enough for a) to matter. Now a test of the 512-qubit Vesuvius chip establishes at least that computing based on quantum annealing is, in the words of a computer science professor at Amherst College, "in some cases, really, really fast."  Read More
Vololights is a brake lighting system for motorcycles, that illuminates even when the ride...
California-based engineer Faizal Ali was riding his motorcycle on a San Diego freeway one day and downshifted in order to slow for an exit. Because he didn’t actually apply the brakes, however, his brake light didn’t come on. As a result, the following car almost ran into him. That experience prompted him to partner with Jesse Szynal and designer Fausin Mdisa to create Vololights – it’s a rear lighting system that activates no matter what method the rider is using to decelerate.  Read More
The Egoista debuts to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary
Controversial – that's about the nicest way we can describe Lamborghini's 50th anniversary efforts on the concept car front. Just two months after showing the Veneno – arguably the most extreme(ly ugly) concept in its history – Lamborghini pushes the boundaries even further. The surprise Egoista concept is even more out there in design.  Read More
The Ion Tiger UAV completes its record-breaking flight
Back in 2009, the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) set an endurance record for electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) when its fuel cell-powered Ion Tiger aircraft managed to stay aloft for 26 hours and 1 minute. Now, NRL has announced that the same aircraft has trounced that record, by remaining in flight for 48 hours and 1 minute.  Read More
The nuplug is a surge protector and extension cord that can be attached to furniture The nuplug surge protected extension cord offers two outlets and two USB ports, but what makes this device interesting is its ability to attach to beds, couches, workbenches and other convenient locations around the home.  Read More

 
Microsoft announced that the Windows 8 Blue update will be called 8.1, and will be free
If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the long-rumored Windows 8 “Blue” update, you might be able to exhale soon. Microsoft still hasn’t officially broken down the new features in the update, but it does now have a name and a price: "Windows 8.1," and "free."  Read More
New technology could facilitate the healing of damaged nerves  (Image: Shutterstock) When a nerve in the peripheral nervous system is torn or severed, it can take a long time to regenerate – if it does so at all. Depending on the location of the injury, it can leave the affected part of the patient’s body numb and/or paralyzed for years, or even for the rest of their life. Now, however, scientists from Israel’s Tel Aviv University have created a gel and an implant that they claim could vastly aid in the healing of damaged nerves.  Read More
Nokia has pulled back the curtain on the aluminum Lumia 925
The partership between Nokia and Windows Phone hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. But it has produced some sharp phones in the Lumia series. Their most distinctive feature? That would probably be their colorful polycarbonate designs. But you can kiss that goodbye, at least for now. Nokia’s new Lumia 925 is all aluminum – maybe taking a cue or three from the iPhone 5 and HTC One.  Read More
X-47B  flies over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Photo: US  Navy cour...
Naval aviation history was made today, as an autonomous unmanned aircraft took off from a US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) took to the air from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and is part of a program to develop carrier-based unmanned combat aircraft capable of carrying out missions according to pre-programmed instructions rather than being under constant control by a ground-based pilot.  Read More
All of the house's external walls have been insulated with wool from the farm (Photo: Mark...
Say you were the third generation of a farming family in the southwest of Scotland, and you intended to build a new farmhouse that made a statement about resource consumption. Building an environmentally conscious house in this climate requires insulation up to the ears. Now let's say this was a sheep farm you were running … well, you would, wouldn't you?  Read More
A newly-developed process gives gold mines an alternative to using cyanide for extracting ...
In the gold-mining process, the precious metal is often extracted from low-grade ore in a technique known as gold cyanidation. As its name suggests, the process utilizes highly-poisonous cyanide, some of which ends up entering the environment in the mines’ tailings. That’s not so good. Scientists at Illinois’ Northwestern University, however, recently announced their discovery of a new gold recovery process that’s based on a non-toxic component of corn starch.  Read More
The Flex Shot in use on a tree branch
For professional-looking videos, one of the fundamental rules for the vast majority of shots is to use a tripod. Doing so can be a hassle, however – particularly if you’re running around banging off quick shots for some sort of extreme sports video. With that in mind, New Jersey-based Wild Iron Inc. is introducing a little something known as the Flex Shot. Essentially, it’s a deformable 4 x 4-inch (10 x 10-cm) heavy-duty rubber bag full of a “sand-like material,” with a coated aluminum camera mount on top. I recently had a chance to try out a prototype unit, and I think the idea has a lot of merit.  Read More
Commander Hadfield's videos have received millions of views on YouTube (Image: Canadian Sp...
After one hundred and forty-four days, 2,336 orbits of the Earth, and hundreds upon hundreds of posts to Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, Commander Chris Hadfield has returned from the International Space Station a household name – arguably space travel's first since the Apollo Moon landings. Gizmag takes a look back at Hadfield's 5-month mission to see how and why Hadfield inspired millions.  Read More
Kepler-76b was identified using the BEER effect (Image: Dood Evan)
Due to their relative faintness compared to their parent stars, most known exoplanets have been discovered using indirect detection methods – that is, detecting the effects they have rather than observing them directly. There are numerous indirect methods that have proven useful in the detection of exoplanets and now yet another, which relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity, has joined the list with the discovery of an exoplanet known as Kepler-76b.  Read More
The Buccaneer 3D printer from Pirate3D will come fully assembled out of the box, with a pr...
3D printers continue to hit the mainstream as more accessible models are released at lower prices, some even landing in major retail chains. The MakiBox may currently hold the crown for cheapest 3D printer on the market, but Pirate3D's new desktop box could provide similar quality and affordability with much less hassle. The company's flagship printer, the Buccaneer, will come fully assembled out of the box with a price tag of only US$347.  Read More
Microsoft announced that the Windows 8 Blue update will be called 8.1, and will be free
If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the long-rumored Windows 8 “Blue” update, you might be able to exhale soon. Microsoft still hasn’t officially broken down the new features in the update, but it does now have a name and a price: "Windows 8.1," and "free."  Read More
New technology could facilitate the healing of damaged nerves  (Image: Shutterstock) When a nerve in the peripheral nervous system is torn or severed, it can take a long time to regenerate – if it does so at all. Depending on the location of the injury, it can leave the affected part of the patient’s body numb and/or paralyzed for years, or even for the rest of their life. Now, however, scientists from Israel’s Tel Aviv University have created a gel and an implant that they claim could vastly aid in the healing of damaged nerves.  Read More
Nokia has pulled back the curtain on the aluminum Lumia 925
The partership between Nokia and Windows Phone hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. But it has produced some sharp phones in the Lumia series. Their most distinctive feature? That would probably be their colorful polycarbonate designs. But you can kiss that goodbye, at least for now. Nokia’s new Lumia 925 is all aluminum – maybe taking a cue or three from the iPhone 5 and HTC One.  Read More
X-47B  flies over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Photo: US  Navy cour...
Naval aviation history was made today, as an autonomous unmanned aircraft took off from a US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) took to the air from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and is part of a program to develop carrier-based unmanned combat aircraft capable of carrying out missions according to pre-programmed instructions rather than being under constant control by a ground-based pilot.  Read More
All of the house's external walls have been insulated with wool from the farm (Photo: Mark...
Say you were the third generation of a farming family in the southwest of Scotland, and you intended to build a new farmhouse that made a statement about resource consumption. Building an environmentally conscious house in this climate requires insulation up to the ears. Now let's say this was a sheep farm you were running … well, you would, wouldn't you?  Read More
A newly-developed process gives gold mines an alternative to using cyanide for extracting ...
In the gold-mining process, the precious metal is often extracted from low-grade ore in a technique known as gold cyanidation. As its name suggests, the process utilizes highly-poisonous cyanide, some of which ends up entering the environment in the mines’ tailings. That’s not so good. Scientists at Illinois’ Northwestern University, however, recently announced their discovery of a new gold recovery process that’s based on a non-toxic component of corn starch.  Read More
The Flex Shot in use on a tree branch
For professional-looking videos, one of the fundamental rules for the vast majority of shots is to use a tripod. Doing so can be a hassle, however – particularly if you’re running around banging off quick shots for some sort of extreme sports video. With that in mind, New Jersey-based Wild Iron Inc. is introducing a little something known as the Flex Shot. Essentially, it’s a deformable 4 x 4-inch (10 x 10-cm) heavy-duty rubber bag full of a “sand-like material,” with a coated aluminum camera mount on top. I recently had a chance to try out a prototype unit, and I think the idea has a lot of merit.  Read More
Commander Hadfield's videos have received millions of views on YouTube (Image: Canadian Sp...
After one hundred and forty-four days, 2,336 orbits of the Earth, and hundreds upon hundreds of posts to Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, Commander Chris Hadfield has returned from the International Space Station a household name – arguably space travel's first since the Apollo Moon landings. Gizmag takes a look back at Hadfield's 5-month mission to see how and why Hadfield inspired millions.  Read More
Kepler-76b was identified using the BEER effect (Image: Dood Evan)
Due to their relative faintness compared to their parent stars, most known exoplanets have been discovered using indirect detection methods – that is, detecting the effects they have rather than observing them directly. There are numerous indirect methods that have proven useful in the detection of exoplanets and now yet another, which relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity, has joined the list with the discovery of an exoplanet known as Kepler-76b.  Read More
The Buccaneer 3D printer from Pirate3D will come fully assembled out of the box, with a pr...
3D printers continue to hit the mainstream as more accessible models are released at lower prices, some even landing in major retail chains. The MakiBox may currently hold the crown for cheapest 3D printer on the market, but Pirate3D's new desktop box could provide similar quality and affordability with much less hassle. The company's flagship printer, the Buccaneer, will come fully assembled out of the box with a price tag of only US$347.  Read More

 
A Thames Water employee clearing fat from beneath London's Leicester Square
East London is set to play host to the world's biggest power station to run solely on fat, which will provide a much-needed use for the discarded fat which can block the city's sewer system. The station will generate 130 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 39,000 houses.  Read More
Nvidia's Shield brings console-like controls to portable gaming
When Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4 mobile processor at CES in January, it also unveiled Project Shield, a handheld gaming console that would be powered by said chip. The “Project” has now been dropped and Nvidia has announced Shield will be available in June for US$349.  Read More
Archos recently unveiled the ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooki...
Archos has made a name for itself by producing a wide range of budget-friendly smart devices, from smartphones to gaming tablets, but now it has its sights set on your kitchen. The French company recently unveiled its new ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooking assistant, with an easy-to-clean protective case and kitchen-centric apps.  Read More
Each date of the Hälssen & Lyon tea calendar is printed on a thin square of compressed tea... Calendars are one of the oldest means of advertising in the world, and it's still standard practice for big companies to send out calendars to business partners and clients. However, they're normally made of paper and covered with the brand logo and pictures of the company's products. German tea producer Hälssen & Lyon decided to do something a little different by creating what's billed as the world's first tea calendar.  Read More
Johan Schwartz on his way to a drifting world record in a 2013 BMW M5 sedan
Back in February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Abdo “Dado” Feghali set a new Guinness World Record by getting sideways in a stock Chevrolet Camaro SS fitted with an EasyDrift system for over 10 minutes, covering a distance of 6.95 miles (11.18 km). Pretty impressive, right? Well, it’s not looking quite so impressive after BMW Performance Center Instructor Johan Schwartz spent a large slab of his Saturday in a continuous drift that covered an insane 51.28 miles (82.52 km).  Read More
The southern half of the stadium will boast the world's largest transparent roof
The Minnesota Vikings American football team has announced the final design for a new stadium to built in the Minneapolis city center that will feature the world’s largest transparent roof. This feat will be achieved using state-of-the-art polymer instead of glass to resist the extremes of Minnesota’s climate, while providing views of the city skyline and a sense of openness for fans and players alike.  Read More
Cydia Substrate is a new Android tweak from the premier developer for jailbroken iPhones
When you jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, your first stop is the legendary jailbreak app store, Cydia. It picks up where the walled garden of Apple’s App Store leaves off. But on Android – where Google Play lets you download apps for both unhacked and hacked devices – Cydia makes a lot less sense. But that didn’t stop its developer from releasing, well, a different kind of Cydia for Android.  Read More
A display model of the Geely/Detroit Electric EC7-EV, spied by Gizmag at the Shanghai Auto...
Last month, recently-revived American automaker Detroit Electric unveiled its Lotus-bodied SP.01 – it’s said to be the fastest pure-electric car on the market. Although only 999 of the cars will be built, the company did state that other models were in the works for next year. At the recent Shanghai Auto Show, Detroit Electric and China’s Geely Automobile Group (which owns Volvo) announced they they would be teaming up on one of those – the EC7-EV.  Read More
The ITreq Micro Audio Player for active music lovers
If you're a mobile music lover who also happens to be the active or adventurous type, you've probably been cursed with an earbud or two falling out, interrupting your rhythm or breaking your concentration while you try and shove it back in place. Even if your buds stay put, danger can lurk on every street corner and at every curb thanks to the immersive passive isolation resulting from a snug fit. These are issues that users of the ITreq Micro Audio Player shouldn't be troubled with. Whether you're at the gym, riding a bike, skateboarding, or just aggressively gardening, the device should stay in place behind one ear, leaving your other one on alert for potential hazards.  Read More
The highly anticipated 5-megapixel camera module for the Raspberry Pi has gone on sale in ...
While waiting anxiously for the release of a 5-megapixel camera module might sound a bit crazy, for owners of a Raspberry Pi, it couldn't come soon enough. For those in the UK, the wait is finally over as retailers opened up their virtual doors today and Pi camera boards started flying off the warehouse shelves.  Read More
A Thames Water employee clearing fat from beneath London's Leicester Square
East London is set to play host to the world's biggest power station to run solely on fat, which will provide a much-needed use for the discarded fat which can block the city's sewer system. The station will generate 130 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 39,000 houses.  Read More
Nvidia's Shield brings console-like controls to portable gaming
When Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4 mobile processor at CES in January, it also unveiled Project Shield, a handheld gaming console that would be powered by said chip. The “Project” has now been dropped and Nvidia has announced Shield will be available in June for US$349.  Read More
Archos recently unveiled the ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooki...
Archos has made a name for itself by producing a wide range of budget-friendly smart devices, from smartphones to gaming tablets, but now it has its sights set on your kitchen. The French company recently unveiled its new ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooking assistant, with an easy-to-clean protective case and kitchen-centric apps.  Read More
Each date of the Hälssen & Lyon tea calendar is printed on a thin square of compressed tea... Calendars are one of the oldest means of advertising in the world, and it's still standard practice for big companies to send out calendars to business partners and clients. However, they're normally made of paper and covered with the brand logo and pictures of the company's products. German tea producer Hälssen & Lyon decided to do something a little different by creating what's billed as the world's first tea calendar.  Read More
Johan Schwartz on his way to a drifting world record in a 2013 BMW M5 sedan
Back in February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Abdo “Dado” Feghali set a new Guinness World Record by getting sideways in a stock Chevrolet Camaro SS fitted with an EasyDrift system for over 10 minutes, covering a distance of 6.95 miles (11.18 km). Pretty impressive, right? Well, it’s not looking quite so impressive after BMW Performance Center Instructor Johan Schwartz spent a large slab of his Saturday in a continuous drift that covered an insane 51.28 miles (82.52 km).  Read More
The southern half of the stadium will boast the world's largest transparent roof
The Minnesota Vikings American football team has announced the final design for a new stadium to built in the Minneapolis city center that will feature the world’s largest transparent roof. This feat will be achieved using state-of-the-art polymer instead of glass to resist the extremes of Minnesota’s climate, while providing views of the city skyline and a sense of openness for fans and players alike.  Read More
Cydia Substrate is a new Android tweak from the premier developer for jailbroken iPhones
When you jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, your first stop is the legendary jailbreak app store, Cydia. It picks up where the walled garden of Apple’s App Store leaves off. But on Android – where Google Play lets you download apps for both unhacked and hacked devices – Cydia makes a lot less sense. But that didn’t stop its developer from releasing, well, a different kind of Cydia for Android.  Read More
A display model of the Geely/Detroit Electric EC7-EV, spied by Gizmag at the Shanghai Auto...
Last month, recently-revived American automaker Detroit Electric unveiled its Lotus-bodied SP.01 – it’s said to be the fastest pure-electric car on the market. Although only 999 of the cars will be built, the company did state that other models were in the works for next year. At the recent Shanghai Auto Show, Detroit Electric and China’s Geely Automobile Group (which owns Volvo) announced they they would be teaming up on one of those – the EC7-EV.  Read More
The ITreq Micro Audio Player for active music lovers
If you're a mobile music lover who also happens to be the active or adventurous type, you've probably been cursed with an earbud or two falling out, interrupting your rhythm or breaking your concentration while you try and shove it back in place. Even if your buds stay put, danger can lurk on every street corner and at every curb thanks to the immersive passive isolation resulting from a snug fit. These are issues that users of the ITreq Micro Audio Player shouldn't be troubled with. Whether you're at the gym, riding a bike, skateboarding, or just aggressively gardening, the device should stay in place behind one ear, leaving your other one on alert for potential hazards.  Read More
The highly anticipated 5-megapixel camera module for the Raspberry Pi has gone on sale in ...
While waiting anxiously for the release of a 5-megapixel camera module might sound a bit crazy, for owners of a Raspberry Pi, it couldn't come soon enough. For those in the UK, the wait is finally over as retailers opened up their virtual doors today and Pi camera boards started flying off the warehouse shelves.  Read More

 
The Brinno TLC200 Pro and its interchangeable lenses
Four years ago, we heard about Brinno’s GardenWatchCam – a fairly simple weatherproof camera, designed for getting time-lapse footage of growing plants. Since then, the company has set about making more general-purpose time-lapse video cameras. Its latest offering is the 1.3-megapixel High Dynamic Range (HDR) TLC200 Pro.  Read More
Google Now is expanding: landing in Chrome browsers, and improving on Android.
As search technology advances, it’s going to become more and more like human interaction. Apple’s Siri might have popularized conversational search, but many of us feel that Google Now quickly surpassed it – with its faster and more accurate results. Soon much of Google Now’s functionality will be arriving on PCs, by way of the Chrome OS and web browser. Not stopping there, Google also added some improvements to Android’s Google Now.  Read More
HP has announced the Android SlateBook x2 and the Win8 Split x2 hybrid tablet/notebooks
Two hybrid tablet/notebooks are to join HP's 11.6-inch ENVY x2 to make a new x2 family. The SlateBook x2 is Android-based and has Nvidia's Tegra 4 mobile processor as its power house, while the larger, Intel-powered Split x2 will run Windows 8.  Read More
Google Play Music All Access was announced today at the Google I/O developer conference
It seems like everyone wants in on the on-demand music streaming craze. Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Mog ... even Apple is rumored to be launching a similar service. Today Google joined that party, with its new Google Play Music All Access subscription service.  Read More
Google has announced a pure Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which will be availa...
If you want “pure Android” on your smartphone, you usually have a couple of options. You can either buy a Nexus device, or you can hack a non-Google device and install a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod. But for one of the biggest phones of the year, you'll soon have a third option. Google just announced the Samsung Galaxy S4: Google Edition, bringing stock Android to Samsung’s powerhouse phone.  Read More
The Vachen Smartwatch offers a more traditional take on wearable tech
Vachen is a Kickstarter-funded smartwatch that aims to approach the market from a different angle to its competitors. The device is pitched as a traditional watch that's been upgraded to include a number of smart features such as text and email notifications, and with its traditional timepiece aesthetics, it offers an interesting, though not entirely unique take on wearable tech.  Read More
Uncover designs a new lid logo to your specifications The clean minimalist looks which define Apple’s aluminum notebooks may contribute to their mass appeal, but some people prefer to personalize their computers with stickers and aftermarket add-ons like the MacBook Wood Keyboard. Such tinkerers now have yet another option for self-expression, courtesy of Amsterdam-based firm Uncover's MacBook lid laser-etching service.  Read More
The update of the Hue app opens up the possibilities for automating home lighting
The app for Philips' smartphone-controlled color-changing LED light bulb, Hue, has been updated with a number of well-thought out additions which multiply the possibilities for automating its behavior in all sorts of interesting and useful ways.  Read More
Nir Meiri's Marine Light (Photo: Nir Meiri) At last, those agonizing about what to do with all that spare seaweed they have lying around the place can take a leaf (or perhaps frond) out of Nir Meiri's book. The Tel Aviv-based designer's Marine Light amply demonstrates that dried seaweed can make rather a natty lampshade.  Read More
The Tiny Tack House designed and built by Christopher and Malissa Tack (Photo: Christopher...
Micro home enthusiasts Christopher and Malissa Tack have designed and hand-built a gorgeous 140 square foot eco-home on wheels. Dubbed the Tiny Tack House, the wooden home was built on top of a 20 by 8.5 foot flatbed utility trailer, which means the couple can move around as they wish. We recently interviewed Christopher about the his experience and love for tiny homes.  Read More
The Brinno TLC200 Pro and its interchangeable lenses
Four years ago, we heard about Brinno’s GardenWatchCam – a fairly simple weatherproof camera, designed for getting time-lapse footage of growing plants. Since then, the company has set about making more general-purpose time-lapse video cameras. Its latest offering is the 1.3-megapixel High Dynamic Range (HDR) TLC200 Pro.  Read More
Google Now is expanding: landing in Chrome browsers, and improving on Android.
As search technology advances, it’s going to become more and more like human interaction. Apple’s Siri might have popularized conversational search, but many of us feel that Google Now quickly surpassed it – with its faster and more accurate results. Soon much of Google Now’s functionality will be arriving on PCs, by way of the Chrome OS and web browser. Not stopping there, Google also added some improvements to Android’s Google Now.  Read More
HP has announced the Android SlateBook x2 and the Win8 Split x2 hybrid tablet/notebooks
Two hybrid tablet/notebooks are to join HP's 11.6-inch ENVY x2 to make a new x2 family. The SlateBook x2 is Android-based and has Nvidia's Tegra 4 mobile processor as its power house, while the larger, Intel-powered Split x2 will run Windows 8.  Read More
Google Play Music All Access was announced today at the Google I/O developer conference
It seems like everyone wants in on the on-demand music streaming craze. Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Mog ... even Apple is rumored to be launching a similar service. Today Google joined that party, with its new Google Play Music All Access subscription service.  Read More
Google has announced a pure Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which will be availa...
If you want “pure Android” on your smartphone, you usually have a couple of options. You can either buy a Nexus device, or you can hack a non-Google device and install a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod. But for one of the biggest phones of the year, you'll soon have a third option. Google just announced the Samsung Galaxy S4: Google Edition, bringing stock Android to Samsung’s powerhouse phone.  Read More
The Vachen Smartwatch offers a more traditional take on wearable tech
Vachen is a Kickstarter-funded smartwatch that aims to approach the market from a different angle to its competitors. The device is pitched as a traditional watch that's been upgraded to include a number of smart features such as text and email notifications, and with its traditional timepiece aesthetics, it offers an interesting, though not entirely unique take on wearable tech.  Read More
Uncover designs a new lid logo to your specifications The clean minimalist looks which define Apple’s aluminum notebooks may contribute to their mass appeal, but some people prefer to personalize their computers with stickers and aftermarket add-ons like the MacBook Wood Keyboard. Such tinkerers now have yet another option for self-expression, courtesy of Amsterdam-based firm Uncover's MacBook lid laser-etching service.  Read More
The update of the Hue app opens up the possibilities for automating home lighting
The app for Philips' smartphone-controlled color-changing LED light bulb, Hue, has been updated with a number of well-thought out additions which multiply the possibilities for automating its behavior in all sorts of interesting and useful ways.  Read More
Nir Meiri's Marine Light (Photo: Nir Meiri) At last, those agonizing about what to do with all that spare seaweed they have lying around the place can take a leaf (or perhaps frond) out of Nir Meiri's book. The Tel Aviv-based designer's Marine Light amply demonstrates that dried seaweed can make rather a natty lampshade.  Read More
The Tiny Tack House designed and built by Christopher and Malissa Tack (Photo: Christopher...
Micro home enthusiasts Christopher and Malissa Tack have designed and hand-built a gorgeous 140 square foot eco-home on wheels. Dubbed the Tiny Tack House, the wooden home was built on top of a 20 by 8.5 foot flatbed utility trailer, which means the couple can move around as they wish. We recently interviewed Christopher about the his experience and love for tiny homes.  Read More

 

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