New and Emerging Technology News part 285 ~ NEW GEN TECH LIFE : new generation technology news

Thursday, 10 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 285

A bottle of beer is cooled using the new magnetic refrigeration system developed by GE
The fridge is the most common of common household appliances. Despite improvements in efficiency over the years, they remain one of the biggest users of electricity in the home, relying on chemical refrigerant and a compressor to transfer heat from the inside to the outside of the fridge. GE researchers have now developed a new type of refrigeration technology using magnets that is more environmentally friendly and is predicted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient that current technology ... and it could be in household fridges by the end of the decade.  Read More
The HiSense X1 is a handful with its 6.8 inch display
HiSense, a Chinese-based and state-owned manufacturer best known for its range of white goods and other household electrical appliances, is planning to bring its X1 mobile device to the US later this year. With its 6.8-inch display, the device straddles the blurry phablet line between tablet and smartphone.  Read More
The new microchipped skis are designed to take the guesswork out of waxing (Photo: Madshus...
The waxing of cross-country skis can be a tricky business. Not only do you have to determine the proper hardness for the snow conditions, but you also need to make sure that the grippy kick wax and the more slippery glide wax each end up being applied to the proper sections of the ski. Norwegian ski manufacturer Madshus has set out to simplify the process, with microchip-equipped skis.  Read More
The Dash is a pair of earphones that come equipped with all the fitness trackers of dedica...
Today, companies the world over are looking to crack the wearable technology market, especially in terms of fitness tracking. Bragi is another among the lot, but instead of trying to get users to adopt some sort of bracelet or other device to do the tracking, its product, called The Dash, takes the form of something that people already wear – earphones.  Read More
A Kawasaki KXF450 with the Mountain Horse Short Track kit
Do you hate not being able to use your dirt bike, all winter long? Well, it turns out that there's a way of pressing it into service, even once the snow has fallen – aside from swapping in studded tires, that is. Timbersled's Mountain Horse kit replaces a motorbike's front wheel with a ski, and its rear wheel with a snowmobile-like track.  Read More
The Sigma dp2 Quattro is not your typical compact camera
At first glance you can see the Sigma dp2 Quattro is not a typical compact camera. It has a long thin body, with a protruding fixed lens and an unusual kinked grip. But its design isn't the only thing that makes this camera different – it also features the latest iteration of Sigma's Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses vertical color separation technology.  Read More
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter doing what it does best – orbiting Mars (Image: NASA)
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has transmitted further measurements of curious seasonal marks on the surface of Mars. They could be the most compelling evidence yet of flowing water existing on the Red Planet in the present day.  Read More
Zeal shows its updated HD2 Camera Goggle at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
Zeal has established itself as the tech-savvy ski goggle manufacturer. It was the first goggle-maker to adopt Recon Instruments' heads-up display and one of the first to integrate an HD action cam into its goggles. This year, it's revealed the updated HD2 Camera Goggle with upgraded hardware and new features.  Read More
The Mill Junction student accommodation is based in Newtown, Johannesburg  (Photo: Citiq)
South African property developer Citiq has recently completed the renovation of unused grain silos in Newtown, Johannesburg, into low-cost – and rather unique-looking – student accommodation, which also features multi-colored shipping containers to the top and side.  Read More
Canon's new EOS Rebel T5 entry-level DSLR
Canon has spruced up its entry-level EOS Rebel DSLR line with the launch of the T5 (or 1200D in Europe). The new release will replace the two year old T3, which is currently in the second spot of Amazon's top-selling DSLRs, and promises improved functionality and ease of use for compact snappers who want to take their photography to the next level without breaking the bank. With the a more capable sensor being the only significant improvement though, you might want to think twice before rushing to upgrade.  Read More

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