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Saturday, 12 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 290

Volkswagen reports a range of 190 km (118 mi) on a single charge (depending on driving sty...
The most successful selling car in Europe has gone electric. Now available in Germany, Volkswagen’s all electric e-Golf, which premiered at the Frankfurt International Auto Show last September, joins the e-up! and eco-up! in the German manufacturer's all-electric line-up.  Read More
A glimpse at the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Hints of what to expect at the Geneva Motor Show next month continue to flood in, the latest being this (rather unrevealing) image of Subaru's Viziv 2 Concept, which is set to be showcased alongside the new top of the line WRX STI.  Read More
Hitting a box on one of the cardboard snowboard prototypes The team at Signal Snowboards has put aside its all glass snowboard in favor of another left-field approach: a snowboard made from 100 percent recycled cardboard.  Read More
Provisionally, Volkwagen puts the GTE's fuel efficiency at 188 mpg Volkswagen has provided a glimpse of the Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid version of its seventh-generation Golf GTI, ahead of its debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.  Read More
A shield around the anode made from graphite, a material that is used in lithium-ion anode...
Increasing the range of electric vehicles and improving the storage of renewable energy systems are two examples of the benefits offered by lithium-sulfur batteries. Though they can hold four times the energy per mass of the lithium-ion batteries used today, their considerably shorter lifespan has proven something of a roadblock. Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have now designed a lithium-sulfur battery with four times the longevity, bringing the technology that little bit closer to maturity.  Read More
'Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and moti...
Smartphones are, well, smart, but they aren't very interested in their surroundings. This may seem trivial, but when it comes to working with people in what we like to call the “real” world, a mobile device that doesn't understand much outside of its camera view has only limited usefulness. With these limitations in mind, Google’s Project Tango is working on a smartphone that can map its environment in 3D in real time to provide user and device with some common ground.  Read More
The ShareRoller motor attaches to the mounting bracket above the front wheel of the bike w...
Bike-sharing schemes are commonplace in many urban centers around the globe. Though they offer great convenience for last-mile travel or as an option for inner city commuters, as well as easing the stress on overcrowded roads and public transport systems, to say they involve high performance machines would be a bit of a stretch. ShareRoller is a portable electrical motor designed to build on the practicality of shared bicycle schemes by adding a little power and removing some of the legwork from the mix.  Read More
Researchers have shown that that exposure to one color of light can increase pain sensitiv...
In research that could lead to improved treatment of chronic and debilitating pain conditions, scientists at Stanford Bio-X have shown that pain sensitivity in genetically modified mice can be altered by shining different colors of light on their paws.  Read More
A microscope image of the gecko foot-inspired tape with some of the larger dirt-simulating...
Geckos' feet are right up there with adhesive tape, when it comes to being able to stick to things. Unlike tape, however, those feet retain their adhesive qualities even after many, many uses. Now, thanks to research being conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, we may one day be using self-cleaning reusable gecko-inspired tape.  Read More
BioLite shows the BaseCamp at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
Since it hit the market with a gadget-charging portable stove a few years ago, BioLite has been slowly growing its line of outdoor cooking-charging gear. Its latest product, the BaseCamp, gives campers more power for cooking and charging gadgets. It can serve as both grill and stove, while storing enough power to charge tablet computers.  Read More

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