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Monday, 31 March 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 257

Drugs called 'pharmacoperones' can fix the problems that occur when proteins 'misfold'
Proteins adopt their functional three-dimensional structure by the folding of a linear chain of amino acids. Gene mutation can cause this folding process to go awry, resulting in "misfolded" proteins that are inactive or, in worse cases, exhibit modified or toxic functionality. This is the cause of a wide range of diseases, but researchers have developed a technique that fixes these misfolded proteins, allowing them to perform their intended function, thereby providing a potential cure for a number of diseases.  Read More

Users can monitor performance statistics such as distance traveled, heart rate and pace
While wearable fitness tracking devices have been with us for some time, the new technologies driving the rise of the smartwatch are changing the shape of things in this space. Magellan's latest offering – the Echo Smart Running Watch – is an example of this shift with it's ability to stream performance statistics from your smartphone fitness application to your wrist in real-time.  Read More
Revolv aims to be the one system and app to rule all home automation devices
Once you start automating your home with electronic locks, lights, switches, and other components, the list of apps on your phone suddenly proliferates, and worse, it seems like you should be able to easily link their behavior together yet can’t. After all, if you want the lights to turn off when you leave the house, shouldn’t the thermostat also turn down? The Revolv home automation system and associated smart phone app aim to simplify all the device clutter into one centralized control hub and promises easy setup, no additional support fees, and an evolving lineup of supported devices and features.  Read More
A subject's position is tracked by a WiTrack system (screen at lower left) located in anot...
Microsoft's Kinect system is certainly impressive, but now that we've had a chance to get used to it and start taking it for granted, it does have one problem – you have to stay located in front of it. MIT's new WiTrack system, however, can track users' movements even when those people are in another room. Among other things, this could allow for video games in which the players run all over their house.  Read More
The Temperfect mug
Drinking hot beverages can be a tricky business. If you don't want them becoming tepid too quickly, you have to pour them into your mug while they're still too hot. Even then, you're left with a relatively short period in which they're "just right." The designers of the Temperfect mug, however, want to change that. They claim that their mug can keep your drink at the perfect sipping temperature for hours at a time, without using any electricity.  Read More
The SOAK concept is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
Shipping containers have been used to revolutionize housing, and have also given rise to wacky ideas like an extreme sports theme park. Thanks to a new concept dubbed SOAK, we can add sustainable bathhouse to the growing list of potential uses for the durable metal boxes.  Read More
With DrumPants, you can give your band some rhythm without lugging around a full drum kit
These days, turning yourself into a one-man band is as easy as slipping on a piece of clothing with a built-in sound board, like Machina's MIDI Controller jacket or the Electronic Drum Machine shirt. DrumPants on the other hand uses sensor strips and electronics that attach to the inside of clothing, so you can walk down the street in your own clothes and play a beat just by rhythmically tapping your own body.  Read More
Roman lead ingot from the Bou Ferrer shipwreck (Photo: Directorate-General de Cultura, Ali...
The study of archaeology has long been carried out using tools from the physics lab. Among these are carbon-14 dating, thermoluminescence dating, x-ray photography, x-ray fluorescence elemental analysis, CAT and MRI scanning, ground-penetrating sonar and radar, and many others. What is less well known is that archaeology has also made substantial contributions to physics. This is the story of old lead; why it is important to physics, and what ethical problems it presents to both sciences.  Read More
The nkd AQUA POD is claimed to replicate water sourced from mountain springs Companies such as Vapur and Camelbak tout the health and environmental benefits of their water bottles over bottled water. NKD Aqua toes that line but targets the luxury bottled water market by claiming its Pod replicates mountain spring water.  Read More
Gizmag takes a look at our favorite eco-friendly concept cars from the past 12 months
As we wind down toward the end of another year, it's time to take a look back at some of the innovations that helped make 2013 a big year for green car technology. Highly anticipated cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Cadillac ELR made their debuts, while green concept cars provided a peek at what the future holds. Our favorite eco-friendly concepts from the past 12 months rethink power technologies, aerodynamics and architecture to push fuel economies into the triple digits.  Read More
Scientists have found huge freshwater reserves under the world's oceans (Photo: Shuttersto...
Scientists in Australia have reported the discovery of huge freshwater reserves preserved in aquifers under the world's oceans. The water has remained shielded from seawater thanks to the accumulation of a protective layer of sediment and clay. And it’s not a local phenomenon. Such reserves are to be found under continental shelves off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.  Read More
 
Computer scientists have successfully transmitted data between laptop computers using only...
It could be assumed that the most effective way to safeguard your computer against the threat of cyber attacks would be to disconnect it from all networks: wireless, LAN, network cards or the internet. However, research from the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE) has demonstrated a malware prototype with the ability to jump the "air gap" – meaning even that once surefire security measure might not be enough to ensure the protection of your computer.  Read More
Gizmag compares eight of today's best-known actioncams
There was a time when there were only a few actioncams on the market, made by companies like VIO and Oregon Scientific. In the past several years, however, the product category has exploded. GoPro may have led the charge, but it's by no means the only player on the field. In order to help buyers make a little more sense of all the choices, here's a side-by-side comparison of eight of today's more prominent actioncams.  Read More
Gizmag reviews Mario's latest adventure on the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World
After several decades, you'd think the Mario franchise would be growing stale. Having started as a few colored pixels in 1981's Donkey Kong, Mario now leaps through fully-realized 3D worlds presented in HD. Yet somehow Nintendo has managed to squeeze the same timeless charm that entranced children of the 80s into today's much more technically-advanced games. Join Gizmag, as we review the plumber's latest adventure on the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World.  Read More
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Terminal 3, designed by Studio Fuksas (Photo: Studio...
After a build time of only three years and a budget of US$1 billion, the new Terminal 3 Building at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, makes a dramatic architectural statement. This is the first airport project for the Rome-based architects and one intended to launch them into the frontline of high-design transport terminals.  Read More
BIUS1 pedals can move in and out or twist laterally, in order to accommodate the rider's l...
When we walk or run, our feet are able to land on the ground in whatever orientation makes life easiest for our hips, knees and ankles. When we're on a bike, however, our feet are at least somewhat held in place against the pedals. This can damage our leg joints, if they're forced to move in a stressful fashion. Germany's BioConform is now offering what it claims is a solution, in the form of its adaptable BIUS1 pedals.  Read More
The Canon EOS M2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Canon finally entered the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market in the middle of last year with the EOS M, which saw the company squeeze some DSLR technology and an APS-C size sensor into a compact camera-sized body. A smaller and lighter successor has now been revealed, and it's been named, appropriately enough, the M2. The pixel count and image processing engine remain the same, but the new model promises more than twice the autofocus speed of its predecessor, and now packs built-in Wi-Fi.  Read More
This used 2013 Tesla Model S was purchased for 91.4 Bitcoins (Photo: Lamborgini Newport Be...
The value of a thing is what it will bring, or so says an old financial aphorism. It appears that the value of Bitcoins earlier in the month was such that 91.4 Bitcoins had the same value as a used Tesla Model S in Newport Beach, a quiet beach town midway between LA and San Diego in California.  Read More
Third Kind kits add some light for safety and style
There are a number of outfits like Light Bohrd that make LED-lighted skateboards, adding some safety and style to the deck. But what happens if you like the lights but don't like the boards themselves? What happens is you look for a Third Kind. The company's new kit adds colorful LED lights to any skateboard, casting an eerie glow over the street or park features below.  Read More
E-volo's Volocopter takes to the air for the first time last month The maiden flight of e-volo's 18-rotor Volocopter electric aircraft prototype last month seems to have impressed quite a few people. The company is claiming a European crowdfunding record after raising €1.2 million in under four days.  Read More

Prof. Randolph Nudo holds the neural prosthesis
Victims of traumatic brain injuries often lose the ability to perform certain actions, due to the fact that two or more regions of their brain are no longer able to communicate with one another. However, in the same way that a spliced-in wire can circumvent a broken electrical connection, scientists have recently demonstrated that an electronic brain-machine-brain interface can restore lost abilities to brain-damaged rats. The research could lead to the development of prosthetic devices for treatment of injured humans.  Read More
Robonaut 2 will receive its legs early next year (Image: NASA)
NASA’s Robonaut 2 (R2) isn't half the robot it used to be. On Monday, the space agency released images and video showing new legs that will be added to the robot assistant currently working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The currently upper-body-only R2 will receive its new limbs early next year.  Read More
Located at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan Texas, the larger-than-life gingerbread house...
Living up to its reputation of largeness, the state of Texas has now become home to the world's largest gingerbread house. Located at the Traditions Golf Club in the city of Bryan, the larger-than-life gingerbread house measures 39,201.8 cubic feet (1,110.1 cubic meters) and officially holds the new Guinness World Record. This defeats the record previously held by the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with its 36,600 cubic foot (1,036.4 cubic meter) gingerbread house.  Read More
Google Play is now home to two more Google Play Edition devices, the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet a...
When you pick up an Android phone or tablet, do you wish manufacturers would drop their unnecessary custom software skins? Do you fantasize about a world where more mobile hardware runs plain ol' vanilla Android ? If so, then Google Play has a couple of holiday surprises waiting for you, in the form of stock Android-running Google Play Editions of the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.  Read More
Balance King's Active Chair makes you work to keep your butt level Although there are differing opinions regarding the health benefits of using a fit ball as a seat, a lot of people swear by it. That said, they don't always do it, because using a big inflated rubber ball as an office chair just makes them feel a little too silly. That's why Hungarian company Balance King has created its normal-looking Active Chair.  Read More
Organized religion has provided the inspiration and budget for some of the world's most im...
Whatever one's particular faith – or indeed, lack thereof – there's no denying that organized religion has provided the inspiration and budget for the construction of some mighty impressive buildings. Gizmag takes a look at five of the most interesting designs for houses of worship to have recently seen the light.  Read More
The Smart Bra concept is aimed at helping people ward off emotional eating (Image: Microso... Microsoft is throwing its hat (or rather, bra) into the ring, combining with engineers from the University of Rochester and the University of Southampton to develop a mobile platform which can infer your current emotional state and provide just-in-time feedback on when eating is a bad idea. Where do they hide the apparatus? In a bra.  Read More
The X-MOTION autopilot technology has been fitted to six vehicles in a Samsung factory in ...
As we continue to see progress made in autonomous driving technology, much of the public's interest has been preoccupied with the prospect of autonomous vehicles hitting the road. Yet six vehicles currently zipping autonomously around a Samsung warehouse in Russia's Kaluga region after being fitted with the "X-MOTION" system show that this technology will also find plenty of applications off the road.  Read More
View of Yellowknife Bay formation with drilling sites (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
The chances of life having once existed on Mars got a boost this week alongside good news for astronauts on any future expeditions to the Red Planet. Six papers from Curiosity team members presented to the autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco revealed that they had directly dated their first Martian rock, gave details of an ancient lake where life may once of existed, and found new evidence about the radiation hazards that explorers and colonists may one day face.  Read More
The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background Batman’s Tumbler is one of the most recognizable vehicles from the silver screen. But whereas the raw sheet metal, oversized tires and anti-personnel cannons of the full-sized Batmobile are all about catching villains, Marc Irvin’s mini-Tumbler golf cart is geared towards navigating the sand traps and water hazards of Gotham City.  Read More
Prof. Randolph Nudo holds the neural prosthesis
Victims of traumatic brain injuries often lose the ability to perform certain actions, due to the fact that two or more regions of their brain are no longer able to communicate with one another. However, in the same way that a spliced-in wire can circumvent a broken electrical connection, scientists have recently demonstrated that an electronic brain-machine-brain interface can restore lost abilities to brain-damaged rats. The research could lead to the development of prosthetic devices for treatment of injured humans.  Read More
Robonaut 2 will receive its legs early next year (Image: NASA)
NASA’s Robonaut 2 (R2) isn't half the robot it used to be. On Monday, the space agency released images and video showing new legs that will be added to the robot assistant currently working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The currently upper-body-only R2 will receive its new limbs early next year.  Read More
Located at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan Texas, the larger-than-life gingerbread house...
Living up to its reputation of largeness, the state of Texas has now become home to the world's largest gingerbread house. Located at the Traditions Golf Club in the city of Bryan, the larger-than-life gingerbread house measures 39,201.8 cubic feet (1,110.1 cubic meters) and officially holds the new Guinness World Record. This defeats the record previously held by the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with its 36,600 cubic foot (1,036.4 cubic meter) gingerbread house.  Read More
Google Play is now home to two more Google Play Edition devices, the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet a...
When you pick up an Android phone or tablet, do you wish manufacturers would drop their unnecessary custom software skins? Do you fantasize about a world where more mobile hardware runs plain ol' vanilla Android ? If so, then Google Play has a couple of holiday surprises waiting for you, in the form of stock Android-running Google Play Editions of the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.  Read More
Balance King's Active Chair makes you work to keep your butt level Although there are differing opinions regarding the health benefits of using a fit ball as a seat, a lot of people swear by it. That said, they don't always do it, because using a big inflated rubber ball as an office chair just makes them feel a little too silly. That's why Hungarian company Balance King has created its normal-looking Active Chair.  Read More
Organized religion has provided the inspiration and budget for some of the world's most im...
Whatever one's particular faith – or indeed, lack thereof – there's no denying that organized religion has provided the inspiration and budget for the construction of some mighty impressive buildings. Gizmag takes a look at five of the most interesting designs for houses of worship to have recently seen the light.  Read More

The X-MOTION autopilot technology has been fitted to six vehicles in a Samsung factory in ...
As we continue to see progress made in autonomous driving technology, much of the public's interest has been preoccupied with the prospect of autonomous vehicles hitting the road. Yet six vehicles currently zipping autonomously around a Samsung warehouse in Russia's Kaluga region after being fitted with the "X-MOTION" system show that this technology will also find plenty of applications off the road.  Read More
View of Yellowknife Bay formation with drilling sites (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
The chances of life having once existed on Mars got a boost this week alongside good news for astronauts on any future expeditions to the Red Planet. Six papers from Curiosity team members presented to the autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco revealed that they had directly dated their first Martian rock, gave details of an ancient lake where life may once of existed, and found new evidence about the radiation hazards that explorers and colonists may one day face.  Read More
The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background Batman’s Tumbler is one of the most recognizable vehicles from the silver screen. But whereas the raw sheet metal, oversized tires and anti-personnel cannons of the full-sized Batmobile are all about catching villains, Marc Irvin’s mini-Tumbler golf cart is geared towards navigating the sand traps and water hazards of Gotham City.  Read More

The PA1 wall-mounted Bluetooth speaker from Studio Proper
Battery-powered Bluetooth speakers are great for those who like to share their sounds with friends while out and about, but can't always satisfy when streaming music in the kitchen or living room. If your wireless audio needs lean more towards semi-permanent placement than portability, you may find that upmarket looks, room-filling output and quality audio tend to go hand in hand with a rather large price tag. This is something that the folks from the Studio Proper design house in Melbourne, Australia are looking to address with the PA1 wall-mounted Bluetooth speaker.  Read More
The DiamondBack leans into turns, thanks to a unique pneumatic system
There's nothing quite like leaning into a turn on a motorcycle. That said, there's also nothing quite like wiping out on one. For people who like the former but are wary of the latter, leaning trikes were invented. One of the latest to catch our attention is the snazzy-looking DiamondBack, which may hopefully soon be entering production.  Read More
Leading technology companies have formed the AllSeen Alliance to fast track development of...
A coffee machine interacting seamlessly with different brands of light switches and televisions to form a cohesive network of functioning devices may sound somewhat far-fetched. Indeed, the concept of the Internet of Things brings with it many obstacles in achieving a home full of interoperating gadgets. In an effort to overcome these hurdles, a consortium of technology giants has formed the AllSeen Alliance to fast-track the development of device-to-device communication.  Read More
Villa Kogelhof is located in southwestern Netherlands (Photo: Jeroen Musch) With its striking design and desirable location – not to mention some high-end sustainable gizmos thrown in for good measure – Villa Kogelhof in southwestern Netherlands ticks all the right boxes for a new luxury residential build.  Read More
Artist's concept of the Mars One lander (Image: Lockheed Martin)
The nonprofit Mars One foundation is mainly known for trying to recruit people who really, really want to go to Mars. That redundant "really" is because it's a one-way ticket to the Red Planet for life. But now, Mars One is looking at something a bit less dramatic. On Monday, it was revealed that Lockheed Martin, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have been selected to carry out concept studies for a Mars lander mission in 2018 as a prelude to colonization.  Read More
A new test is able to genetically discriminate between 'identical' twins (Photo: Shutterst...
Although they only account for around three in every thousand deliveries, monozygotic, or "identical" twins are fertile fodder for crime writers and cop shows. This isn't surprising considering that DNA fingerprint testing is not able to genetically differentiate between the good and evil twin. But now German-based company Eurofins MWG Operon says it has found a way to do just that.  Read More
The final design of the Platypus underwater exploration vehicle
After four years of development and months of prototype testing, Platypus founder Francois Alexandre Bertrand and his team have decided on the final design for their Platypus underwater exploration vehicle that will be launched next year. Aside from sporting a more polished look, the final production version also includes a number of newly-announced features.  Read More
The Coolest's ice-crushing blender makes drinks on the spot
A good cooler keeps your drinks chilled during a picnic, backyard BBQ or camping trip. The Coolest not only does that, but it also mixes up frosty margaritas and plays music for your party. With the docking grill, it even cooks your food. Its designer hopes to get the feature-packed cooler to picnics and tailgates next year.  Read More
The ring connects to your iOS or Android device - provided it is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled
Like the idea of technology that wraps around a body part, displays the time and connects to your smartphone? No, we aren't talking about a smartwatch, but the "Smarty Ring" which may offer an even more subtle way to stay connected.  Read More
The BioPen lets surgeons 'draw' live cells and growth factors directly onto the site of an...
Devices like the 3Doodler and SwissPen literally put 3D printing technology in the hands of consumers, but a new BioPen developed at the University of Wollongong in Australia is targeted at more skilled hands. The handheld device is designed to let surgeons "draw" live cells and growth factors directly onto the site of an injury to help accelerate the regeneration of functional bone and cartilage.  Read More
 
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the LG/Google Nexus 5 and Apple iPhone 5s
If you want to pit the most popular iOS and Android phones against each other, then you'd snag an iPhone 5s and plop it down next to a Galaxy S4. But what if you'd rather look at the phones that best showcase iOS and Android? Then you'd be better off swapping that GS4 for the latest "pure Google" Nexus phone. Read on, as Gizmag compares the features and specs of the LG/Google Nexus 5 and Apple iPhone 5s.  Read More
Honda's Smartphone Case N demonstrator after airbag deployment in midair (Photo: Honda) There are any number of cases promising to protect a smartphone from drops, bumps and scrapes, but an idea floated by Honda in a video promoting its new line of small cars adds airbags to the list of potential smartphone protection options.  Read More
The Cardsharp4 is built from aluminum and stainless steel
The Cardsharp, designed by Iain Sinclair, is a nifty, little pocket knife that folds as flat as a card. It's less weighty and bulky in your pocket than other foldable knives, but promises cutting power like a scalpel. When we covered the Cardsharp2 back in 2012, it was a stainless steel blade integrated in a polypropylene body. Now, with the introduction of the Cardsharp4, it's received a full metal jacket.  Read More
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, by Frank Lloyd Wright, was created using icing... Whatever the quantity of confectionery you manage to consume this holiday season, you're unlikely to come across a candy-based model of the Tate Modern gallery ... unless, that is, food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves happen to slip one of their creations into your stocking.  Read More
An X-ray of a human wrist demonstrates the system's ability to reveal soft-tissue structur...
X-ray machines are all large devices that can only image hard structures such as bone, unless a contrast-enhancing solution such as barium is present in the patient ... right? Well, no, not all of them. A new system developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital is small enough to be considered portable, doesn't expose patients to as much radiation, and can image soft tissues in minute detail.  Read More
The Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) is designed to track space debris and small objects
In order to dodge something, you need to see it. If that something is space debris then sometimes the best thing to use is an old-fashioned telescope – or, in the case of the US Department of Defense, a state-of-the-art telescope capable of searching an area larger than the United States in seconds. That’s why DARPA is preparing to deliver the new Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) to Western Australia, where it will help track small satellites and space debris orbiting the Earth when it becomes operational in 2016.  Read More
Push uses a spring-loaded drawer to store credit cards with a smartphine PUSH is a smartphone case with a small drawer that pops out when the user pushes a button located on the back. Once closed, the device is designed to lock tight, preventing cards from falling out in the event that the phone is dropped.  Read More
The Foodini in action
If you don’t regularly prepare your own food, is it because of the time involved? Would you make homemade pizza more often if you could “print”’ it? Barcelona-based Natural Machines aims to automate many kitchen tasks, but its Foodini food printer resembles a sleek desktop 3D printer more than any of the appliances already in your kitchen. And like its 3D-printing cousins, Foodini also lets users add in a dash of personal customization.  Read More
The Sena Prism mounts on a motorbike and can be controlled using a Bluetooth headset
If you've heard of Sena, you probably associate it with its wireless motorcycle helmet intercoms. Now, however, the company is forging into the world of actioncams. The soon-to-be-released Prism model can be remotely controlled by Bluetooth, and is designed with motorbike-mounting in mind.  Read More




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