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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 298

The green network is designed to encourage outdoor activities along with mitigating the im...
Its hard to imagine a major metropolis devoid of cars in any country, let alone in the home of celebrated brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Germany's affection for all things automotive may be in for a shake up however, with the city of Hamburg setting the wheels in motion for its "Green Network," a bold plan make cars an optional mode of transport in the city within 15-20 years.  Read More
Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Google/LG Nexus 5
Samsung's Galaxy S5 looks like it's going to be a pretty minor update over the Galaxy S4. But is it an upgrade over the latest Nexus? Let's take the features and specs of the GS5 and Nexus 5, put them in our magical comparison machine, and see what happens.  Read More
This colorful American flag is in reality a functional  and transparent solar cell (Photo:...
A beautiful stained glass installation, a colorful billboard, or rows of windows on an office building ... all as electricity-generating solar cells? New research at the University of Michigan gives a method for creating such transparent and colorful solar cells using a hybrid silicon/organic composition, and furthermore avoids some of the problems of previous colored and transparent solar cells.  Read More
Volkswagen's T-ROC concept mini-SUV, at the Geneva Motor Show
Volkswagen may already be experiencing some success with its Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, but that doesn't mean that the automaker has no interest in introducing other models. One of those might very well be based on the T-ROC concept, which was just introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.  Read More
The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, on the road
According to a report in Truck News, Walmart plans on doubling the fuel efficiency of its trucking fleet by next year. In order to show that it's not kidding around, the retailer has collaborated with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers, and Capstone Turbine to create a concept "truck of tomorrow" known as the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience – or WAVE.  Read More
Damaged or deformed ears could be rebuilt using the patient's own fat (Photo: Shutterstock...
Researchers at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital aim to grow a human ear via stem cells taken from a patient's fat tissue. Relatively little attention has been given to the reconstruction of damaged cartilage around the cranial area, however the new method is hoped to modernize this area of reconstructive surgery.  Read More
The Fender Slide instrument interface for iOS, PC and Mac
Fender has joined the likes of IK Multimedia and Apogee in the iOS musical interface market with the release of the Slide. The guitar-making giant promises audiophile-pleasing sonic output, independent control over volume and mix and is bundling a complimentary version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube effects and amp modeling suite and a full version of the Rock Prodigy learning app with the device.  Read More
The Honda Civic Type R Concept at the Geneva Motor Show
If you're a fan of all things Honda, then you're probably already aware of the Civic Type R, the fastest version of popular Civic. Well, today at the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker revealed a sneak peek of its vision for the 2015 model of the car, in the form of the Honda Civic Type R Concept.  Read More
The Aorus X7 (left) and Razer Blade Pro (right) are two of the slimmest gaming machines on...
The term gaming laptop usually brings to mind big and heavy machines that could only charitably be referred to as portable, and while this is still true of many systems, there are some products out there that break that mold. The Aorus X7 and Razer Blade Pro are two such machines. Both systems offer some capable gaming specs in a much thinner and lighter form factor than much of the competition. Read on as we take a closer look at the machines to see which better treads the line between form and function.  Read More
Facebook Messenger for desktop has been discontinued, but users can still connect to Faceb...
Facebook has discontinued support for its Messenger for Windows Desktop client for Facebook Chat. The move follows an abrupt announcement last week and will mean that Facebook no longer offers a desktop instant messaging client of its own. Users can, however, still use third-party applications to connect to Facebook chat from their desktops. Gizmag takes a look at a selection of instant messaging options that can be used to connect to Facebook Chat from the desktop, some of which are recommended by Facebook itself.  Read More

Nissan's e-NV200 borrow heavily from the Nissan LEAF
Nissan originally began testing of an all-electric version of its NV200 light commercial van back in mid-2010 before showcasing the e-NV200 concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2012. Now the automaker has unveiled the production version of the LEAF's bigger brother in Geneva, touting the vehicle as a practical and sustainable city delivery vehicle or people mover.  Read More
Aston Martin Vantage N430
Aston Martin has been around for 101 years and to mark the occasion the car maker is debuting two new special editions at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Vantage N430 and the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White. Highlighting styling and a power boost for the Vantage N430, Aston Martin says both are intended to combine sport-focused style elements with an air of elegance.  Read More
Samsung's Chromebook 2 Series will come in 11-6 (pictured) and 13.3-inch models
Samsung, which along with Acer was the first to market with Chrome OS-based Chromebooks in 2011, has announced the launch of its Chromebook 2 Series. The new machines boast faster startup times, longer battery life and an easy-to-grip lid featuring the faux leather stitched design found on the Galaxy Note 3.  Read More
Kolibree is fitted with an accelerometer, gyroscope and a magnetometer to encourage good b...
Along with some rather unnerving, spinning pieces of metal, our dentists are always drilling into us the importance of a proper brushing technique. Some of us, however, would be guilty of cutting a corner or two in our time, perhaps before rushing out the door in the morning or after dozing off on the couch at night. Aiming to make sure we always uphold the gold standard of oral hygiene is Kolibree, a French start-up whose smart toothbrush is designed to track your brushing efforts to make sure you're hitting those harder to reach places.  Read More
Gizmag reviews the Surface 2, the second-generation version of Microsoft's Windows RT hybr...
The slow sales of the original Microsoft Surface may have made it an easy target for snarky comments (including some from yours truly), but we also think there's a lot to love about Microsoft's series of hybrid PCs. Let's take a look at the latest version of the Windows RT model, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface 2.  Read More
Illustrations of a human heart doing the left ventricular twist (left), and the Harvard mo...
When you think of a beating heart, you probably just picture it flexing in and out, sort of like a rubber ball being squeezed by an invisible hand. In fact, though, its motion is more similar to that of a dish rag being wrung out, with the top of the organ twisting in a clockwise direction while the bottom contracts counterclockwise. It's known as the left ventricular twist, and scientists have now replicated it using artificial muscles. The research could lead to better-functioning cardiac implants, among other things.  Read More
The Flavours concept is made up of three types of villa design within the settlement: the ...
Architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled ambitious plans to create an energy-producing community comprising 45 futuristic villas in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming. Though likely to remain on the drawing board for the foreseeable future, the Flavours Orchard concept offers plenty of food for thought and some interesting renders to pore over.  Read More
It's an exciting time to be alive if you are highly educated and capable of making a diffe...
Of all the technologies to have emerged from the digital renaissance, additive manufacturing (3D printing) has the potential to be the most disruptive. A perfect example of the way 3DP will change the way we make things will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show this week when EDAG, the world’s largest independent engineering partner to the mobility industry, displays an example of a printed automobile. The Genesis is more a conceptual sculpture than an automobile, but it will give you a taste of what the world's leading manufacturers might be producing a decade or two from now.  Read More
Uneasy Lies the Mind was shot on an iPhone 5, using cinema-quality lenses
While the folks at Apple would undoubtedly love it if filmmakers everywhere ditched their high-end video cameras for iPhones, the fact is that the phone's tiny lens, sensor and other features are no match for those on something like the RED Scarlet X. It was those limiting factors, however, that made the phone an ideal choice for the recently-completed indie psychological thriller, Uneasy Lies the Mind. It's being promoted as "The first narrative feature film to be shot entirely on the iPhone."  Read More
Oregon boat builder, Brian Schulz has put his carpentry skills into building his very own ... Oregon boat builder Brian Schulz has turned his carpentry skills towards creating the Japanese Forest House – a 200 square foot (18.5 sqm) home built from predominantly reclaimed wood and salvaged materials.  Read More

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