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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 295

Creative has announced the Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth speaker
No sooner had we put together a guide to buying Bluetooth speakers than another option worth consideration was announced. Creative's Sound Blaster line, probably once most associated with computer soundcards, is about to be joined by the Roar SR20 portable Bluetooth speaker. The book-sized device has five speaker drivers in a bi-amp configuration and promises a long battery life.  Read More
Projected figures show the Gigafactory producing 500,000 units per year by 2020, with expe...
As Tesla’s Supercharger network expands and Model S sales continue to grow, so too does the company’s need to find a more economical battery solution. A proposed technology amalgamation in the form of the Gigafactory could theoretically reduce per kWh and lithium-ion costs by over 30 percent by 2020.  Read More
Hauwei launches the MediaPad X1 phablet at MWC 2014
China's Huawei has launched a new 7-inch HD alternative to the still mighty Nexus 7 or Amazon's similarly-sized Kindle Fire HDX at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, but one with the added bonus of full mobile telephony capabilities. The flagship MediaPad X1 phablet packs high resolution cameras front and back, offers a choice of operating environments and promises a long battery life.  Read More
NanoFlowcell teases the Quant e-Sportlimousine
Lichtenstein-based start-up NanoFlowcell will reveal a working prototype it calls the Quant e-Sportlimousine at next week's Geneva Motor Show. More than just a concept car or styling exercise, the car showcases "an entirely new energy storage system."  Read More
Weatherall's focus lies in using standard data to provide a responsive and intuitive train... The Glowfaster Jacket is a new take on fitness tracking wearables developed by ex-marine Simon Weatherall that provides runners with feedback on speed, heart rate and location by way of lights down its front and along the sleeves.  Read More
The Atmos system delivers discrete signals to up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio st...
The name Dolby Laboratories has long been associated with innovative and world-leading sound reproduction. Its latest creation, Atmos, has come at the perfect time to augment the unprecedented immersive experience of big screen 3D stereoscopic images. Since it was first installed in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the release of Pixar’s Brave in 2012, Atmos technology has been embraced by leading film makers and rolled out in hundreds of cinemas out around the globe, launching movie soundtracks into the world of 3D. Gizmag recently attended a demonstration of the Dolby Atmos system to hear what all the fuss is about and speak to the experts about the impact the new technology is having on the way movies are made.  Read More
The Rum Runner prototype hits the water There are at least two things that you can say about stand-up paddleboards, or SUPs: they're popular, and they're big. This means that while a lot of people may want one, they might not have room to store or transport it. That's why Sweden's Point 65 is introducing its Rum Runner modular SUP, that can be taken apart in seconds when not in use.  Read More
Artist's impression of the undersea pipline X-ray in operation (Image: GE)
Using X-rays and other forms of radiation has been a standard tool for testing pipelines for decades, but until now it's been largely confined to factories and land-based pipelines instead of the deep seabed. That’s changing as GE adapts its medical X-ray systems to work in the crushing pressures of the deep oceans, as part of a remote-controlled submersible rig for examining pipelines in place.  Read More
Nadir is a watch that defies convention by pointing the hands inwards rather than outwards We've seen plenty of watches that have tried to do something different from the norm. The watch with one hand, the watch with one hand and no numbers, and every single watch from Tokyo Flash, to cite just three examples. And now we have another, this one being a watch that has the hands pointing inwards rather than outwards.  Read More
One Llama's new app aims to make walking down the street with headphones safer Photo: Kuma...
Let's be honest, walking around in a busy city with loud music blasting through a pair of headphones is not a safe thing to do. Still, that doesn't stop people from doing it every day. A startup called One Llama has just announced a new application that's designed to make that activity a little less dangerous. It constantly listens to background noise, and when it hears something that the user needs to know about, such as a car horn, it automatically mutes the music and alerts them. At least, that's the promise.  Read More
The Wi-Fi virus could reportedly spread as quickly as an airborne biological virus (Image:...
We all know to look out for viruses that can be spread over the internet, or by sharing files between computers. Now, however, scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that special viruses could move between wireless access points using existing Wi-Fi networks – as efficiently as the common cold virus spreads between people through the air.  Read More
The Pack works with Hero3 and Hero3+ cameras A couple of months ago, Sena released its Prism actioncam. Among other things, it allows users to add their own narration to footage as it's being recorded, via Bluetooth. Given that the GoPro Hero is still the actioncam of choice, however, Sena has now announced its Bluetooth Audio Pack, that lets users of that camera do the same thing.  Read More
Bubbles is a huge sealed canopy filled with clean air proposed for Beijing
According to a report by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, environmental conditions in China's capital are so bad as to be "almost unfavorable for human living." Officials have recently passed new laws and set aside billions of yuan to try and curb air pollution in Beijing, which has been recording some of its worst smog levels ever. Architecture firm Orproject has proposed the construction of a sealed canopy filled with clean air. Bubbles would cover a park and botanical garden, providing a healthy, temperature- and humidity-controlled oasis.  Read More
The Astra VXR EXTREME has been derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed i...
Start with a Vauxhall/Opel/Chevrolet/Saturn Astra VXR, shed 100 kg by replacing metal with carbon fiber, then pump its 2.0-liter turbo engine to 297 hp, upgrade the suspension wheels, tires, gearbox and brakes to match, and you have the Astra VXR Extreme ... and it's street legal.  Read More
The Blackphone is aimed at providing users with control over their security and privacy
Security and privacy are issues that have been brought more sharply into focus than ever of late, following multiple high-profile data breaches and ongoing revelations about NSA spying activities. SGP Technologies, a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, wants to tackle these issues with the launch of a new smartphone. The Blackphone is aimed at providing users with control over their security and privacy.  Read More
Lickestra is a musical performance that uses ice cream as the instrument
Playing with your food is generally frowned upon, but very little is said about playing music with your food. Artists Emilie Baltz and Carla Diana are exploring exactly that concept. Their work Lickestra is a musical performance in which ice cream is used as the instrument.  Read More
The healthy homes theme of this year's competition is divided into three focus areas: Culi... Electrolux Design Lab will open for entries this Saturday. The theme for the 2014 competition centers on optimizing the future home for healthy lifestyles, while minimizing impact on the environment.  Read More
Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is claimed the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet
Sony is claiming that the new Xperia Z2 Tablet launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week is the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof slate around. The new 10-inch flagship tablet also packs Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 801 chip, runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and features image and audio enhancement technologies for, according to Sony, unbeatable viewing and best-ever sound.  Read More
London's proposed Garden Bridge will cross the Thames between Temple Station and the South...
Plans for London's proposed Garden Bridge are beginning to flourish following the recent confirmation that the UK government and Transport for London (TfL) will each commit £30 million (US$50 million) of funding to the project. Conceived by Joanna Lumley, designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick and to be planted by renowned horticulturist Dan Pearson, the bridge will provide a green public space and a link between the bohemian South Bank and lively Covent Garden. Gizmag spoke to Dan Pearson about his vision for the project.  Read More
Researchers from Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology have deleoped an augmented rea...
Studies have shown that a large percentage of amputees feel pain in their missing limbs. This condition, known as phantom limb pain (PLP), is caused by the part of brain responsible for a limb's movement becoming idle once that limb is lost. The ailment has so far proven difficult to treat, but a new study suggests therapy involving augmented reality and gaming could stimulate these unused areas of the brain, resulting in a significant reduction in discomfort.  Read More

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