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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

New and Emerging Technology News part 262

The C-Walker in use (Photo: DALi)
The C-Walker is a high-tech walking device that aims to safely guide people with cognitive impairments through public spaces like airports and shopping centers, reducing their reliance on visual signboards and avoiding obstacles in their way. Using onboard sensors, this "cognitive navigation prosthesis" monitors its environment in real time to figure out a path that poses little risk, actively re-planning it when it encounters problems like wet floors, or people dashing about. Aside from aiding senior citizens, the technology is expected to come in handy in factory settings, helping workers avoid danger zones and accidental collisions with machines.  Read More
Razer's Project Christine
US gaming hardware company Razer has chosen CES 2014 to unveil plans for what it calls "the world's most modular gaming system." Dubbed Project Christine, the desktop gaming PC promises to unlock the upgradability and performance of a high-end gaming PC, to the non-geeks among us.  Read More
Bang and Olufsen has released the BeoSound Essence sound system
AV design deity Bang & Olufsen has announced the launch of its BeoSound Essence sound system. The system is aimed at providing users with a simple means of listening to their digital music collection and, as ever, it is a thing of beatific beauty.  Read More
Epson's new Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at CES
Epson has announced the follow up to its Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses, which were released in Japan towards the end of 2011. The BT-200 smart glasses are reported to be 60 percent lighter than the previous generation, and include a host of new features aimed at changing how customers experience the world at large, and delivered entertainment.  Read More
Researchers use probiotic bacteria from nuts to make new products
The vegetable milk market could be about to get more varied with the findings of a new study carried out in Spain. Using probiotic bacteria obtained from grains and nuts, researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València have come up with a range of fermented products. They hope their findings will increase the choice and the quality of plant milks for people with allergies, lactose intolerance, pregnant women and, of course, vegans.  Read More
In what could be a blessing and a curse for parents of tech-enthused kids, the Kurio 7x 4G...
Techno Source and KD Interactive first made waves in the childrens tablet market by collaborating to produce last year's Wi-Fi Kurio S Series devices. They have now returned to offer full-time parental control and connectivity with a CES debut of the Kurio 7x 4G LTE.  Read More
The Skully AR-1 helmet give the rider a heads-up display of real-time information and a vi...
Distraction, disruption, destruction. While enjoying a ride, you glance down at the gas gauge, or check your six, and just at that moment an oncoming car decides to make a quick turn right in your path, or a car comes at speed out of a side road. Proper gear is important to survive in such situations, but avoiding them is even better. Enter the Skully AR-1 augmented reality helmet, with a voice-controlled heads-up display (HUD) that provides rear and side view video, bike data, GPS instructions, and phone and music utilities.  Read More
The new Sony α5000 camera is billed as the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera to...
Sony has crammed a 20.1 Megapixel APS-C image sensor and Wi-Fi capability into a package weighing only 8 oz (220 g) in its latest mirrorless camera offering – the Sony α5000. Announced at CES 2014, the camera features the same BIONZ X processor found in the company's α7 and α7R full-frame cameras, giving it ISO sensitivity of up to 16000 for low light shooting.  Read More
Managing magnetism on a nanoscale could provide a big boost for digital storage (Image: Sh... An international team of scientists has made a breakthrough in the magnetic manipulation of nanoparticles that could lead to a big boost for small scale digital storage in portable devices.  Read More
We take a look at a few gadgets and gizmos to help you through the cold winter months
Winter has officially set in across the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it feet of snow and record-breaking low temperatures across the US. That doesn't mean that you have to pen yourself indoors for the entire season and pray for Punxsutawney Phil to go blind, however. We've got some of the latest winter gadgets and gizmos to help you brave the cold, frost and snow.  Read More

Bosch's new system is intended to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
Cars don't need to have their engines running when they're stopped at red lights. That's why a number of automakers have developed start-stop systems, which stop a car's engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, and start it again as soon as the gas pedal is pressed. Bosch, however, is taking things farther. Its new start-stop system shuts the engine off not only at stops, but also whenever the car is coasting.  Read More
Elio Motors announces its next step toward production
Elio Motors is taking the next big step toward the production of its 84-mpg (2.8 L/100km) tandem three-wheeler. It won't quite make its original Summer 2014 start, but it plans to get Elios rolling off the lines next year at the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Louisiana.  Read More
Volvo and POC plan to reveal details of a new car-to-cyclist communications system later t...
Volvo has announced a partnership with fellow Swedish company POC, which specializes in helmets and other protective sports gear. The two partners will leverage their respective safety design experience toward developing new concepts in transportation safety. The first order of business is a car-to-cyclist communication system designed to increase cooperation between two- and four-wheelers.  Read More
The Spark-Renault SRT_01E, in its first public demonstration in Las Vegas
Las Vegas got a reminder on Monday that technology is more than smartphones and tablets, as the Strip echoed to the whine of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater, all-electric race car making its public driving debut. Timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the first-of-its-kind Formula E electric racer was put through its paces by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi before heading on to Mandalay Bay in the city center.  Read More
The Clio on display at CES
While we've seen transparent speakers before, they've usually consisted of regular opaque woofers and tweeters encased in a see-through body. ClearView Audio's 24-watt Clio Bluetooth speaker, however, is different. While its base is easy enough to see, the actual sound-emitting part is composed entirely of clear acrylic.  Read More
Goal Zero has launched the Rock Out 2 Solar Speaker Portable solar power company Goal Zero has launched the Rock Out 2 Solar Speaker, a “rugged and waterproof” portable speaker that is powered by the sun and features Bluetooth connectivity.  Read More
Car Park House is based in Echo Park, Los Angeles (Photo: Steve King)
Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio Anonymous Architects has completed an unusual property which gives primacy to the occupant's automobile. Like the firm's Big and Small House, Car Park House is again a fine example of using a modest-sized plot to its fullest, but in this case Anonymous Architects took the step of installing a rooftop-based car port.  Read More
The Notch module in place on a shirt cuff (Photo: Notch)
Ever wanted to gauge how much power you can pack into a right hook? If you could wear a sensor network, capable of recording, replaying and analyzing how you moved, it would be a simple thing to figure out. That's what Stepan Boltalin set out to create with Notch, a sensor that you can attach to your clothes at specific points to capture your body's movement data in 3D.  Read More
Researchers at ETH Zurich have created ultra thin, clear and flexible circuitry
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have created clear, flexible electronic circuitry that is so thin it can sit upon the surface of a contact lens, or be wrapped around a human hair. The research, led by Dr. Giovanni Salvatore, could ultimately be used for implantable medical devices. One such potential application suggested by the team is a “smart contact lens” that could monitor intraocular pressure for glaucoma patients.  Read More
The not-so-spherical Sphero 2B
The Sphero 2B will be the next robot toy from Orbotix, maker of the Sphero smartphone-controlled balls. A departure from the ball-like form of its stablemates, the 10 mph (16 km/h) tubular robot will also use interchangeable parts – with different wheels, tires and hubcaps designed for different terrain.  Read More
 
The new town center of Kiruna with the circular town hall by Henning Larsen which is due f...
The town of Kiruna in Lapland, Sweden, is known for its Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel and for hosting the recent Arctic Council summit. It also sits within the Arctic Circle, on one of the world’s richest deposits of iron ore. Now in danger of collapse due to extensive deep mining, the city center is to be relocated in an extensive plan developed by White Arkitekter, which includes a new town hall by Henning Larsen.  Read More
The team targeted the Beta Pictoris system and retrieved direct images of the planet Beta ...
Following almost 10 years of development, the Gemini Observatory has debuted an advanced planet imaging instrument and captured a direct image of exoplanet Beta Pictoris b, signifying a breakthrough in our ability to analyze extrasolar planets. Called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), the tool uses an advanced optics system with an infrared spectograph to retrieve direct images of young planets orbiting distant stars.  Read More
The Move has a full suite of sensors within
A burgeoning boom in wearables could be underway if the assortment of worn gadgets at CES 2014 is any indication. The most powerful of the batch could be a low profile, thumb-sized piece of plastic packed with sensors from a little Toronto-based company called Kiwi.  Read More
The Firefox OS will feature on Panasonic's next-gen smart TVs
Following its planned move into the smartphone arena, Mozilla has teamed up with Panasonic to bring the Firefox OS to next-generation smart TVs. The companies say that the open platform, which is based on HTML5 and other web technologies, will give TV viewers more personalized and optimized access to web and broadcasting content and services through the internet.  Read More
TCL will offer a Roku TV in different sizes later this year
One of the most popular television add-ons of the past decade, Roku, now has a TV of its own, thanks to a pair of Chinese television makers. This week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, TCL introduced the first-ever TV with Roku built in. I spent a little hands-on time with the 55-inch version, which simply goes by the model number 55E4610R.  Read More
The WB2200F features a 60x Optical Zoom coupled with a 20mm ultra wide angle lens Samsung has added a new bridge camera boasting a formidable 60x optical zoom to its Smart Camera 3.0 family at CES 2014.  Read More
Gizmag checks out the Martian Notifier, a smartwatch that lets you know what's coming in w...
We've already gone hands (wrists?) on with the Pebble Steel and Neptune Pine smartwatches this week at CES 2014, but earlier this week we caught up with Martian, makers of an incognito smartwatch that lets you use Siri and Google Now on your wrist. With its latest version, the company has added custom vibrations for notifications, ditched the voice control, and dropped the price. Read on, as Gizmag checks out the new Martian Notifier.  Read More
The Bluetooth 4.0 Aqua is IPX7 rated, meaning it can be immersed in water up to 3.2 ft (1 ... With Bluetooth connectivity becoming the standard in the world of portable audio equipment of late, this year's CES was always going to be flooded with wireless speakers of endless shapes and sizes. One looking to float above the competition is NYNE's Aqua waterproof floating speaker.  Read More
2013 YP139 showing up as a red dot traveling across the sky (Image: NASA)
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) may have only come back online last September after a 31-month hibernation, but it’s already producing results. According to the space agency, the unmanned spacecraft discovered a never-before-seen asteroid on December 29 – the first discovery of its new mission to seek out potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs).  Read More
Bioglow's Starlight Avatar plants emit faint light similar in intensity to starlight – hen... Ever thought the glowing forests from the movie Avatar were pretty cool and wanted one yourself? Bioglow is the latest company to attempt to put such autoluminscent plants in homes with its aptly named Starlight Avatar.  Read More

'Future Volvos will be characterized by the distinctive iron mark in the floating grille, ...
Following up on a teaser from late last year, Volvo has revealed its Concept XC Coupé in full. The second of three related concept cars, the XC showcases sporty, new design language while highlighting the Swedish automaker's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). It leaves us wishing for a similarly styled production crossover or two.  Read More
ISS receives reprieve to 2024 (Photo: NASA)
The Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) program from 2020 until at least 2024. This is an unfunded statement of intent, which must be both approved and funded by the US Congress. Neither NASA nor the White House have revealed from where the additional US$4 billion per year of funding for this extended operation will come. At present none of the ISS international partners have plans to support such an extension. Is this the best decision for the future of manned space exploration?  Read More
One of the Milton Keynes electric buses
We've recently seen electric city buses being tried out on routes in places like Germany, Sweden and Korea. On January 19th, however, a demonstration program will begin in the UK, which its organizers claim will be one of the most demanding ever.  Read More
Parrot has made two high-flying additions to its robotic lineup: the MiniDrone and the Jum...
Well-known drone-maker Parrot has been drawing quite a few onlookers to its booth at CES with two high-flying additions to its robotic lineup: the MiniDrone and the Jumping Sumo. The MiniDrone is a small quadcopter that can fly in the air and roll along the ground using detachable wheels, while the Jumping Sumo is a remote-controlled ground bot that leaps into the air using a high-powered piston.  Read More
An Antares launch vehicle boosts the Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft on it's way to the...
Orbital Sciences Corporation today successfully launched the first of eight Cygnus cargo supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Orbital's Antares medium-lift rocket (originally called the Taurus II) carried the Cygnus into an initial orbit of 135 x 175 miles (220 x 280 km), inclined at 51.6 degrees relative to the equator. The Cygnus is flying solo now, with full communications and deployed solar arrays, carrying roughly 2,800 lb (1,300 kg) of cargo toward a January 12 rendezvous and docking with the ISS.  Read More
ION's Cassette Adapter Bluetooth
Remember back when people carried Sony Discmans in their cars, and used those cassette adapters to listen to them through their tape decks? Well, while a lot of those same cars are still on the road, the Discman has now given way to the MP3 player. That's why ION Audio has released its Cassette Adapter Bluetooth.  Read More
The Phantom FC40 is one of two quadcopters recently introduced by DJI
Last year right around this time, DJI Innovations released its original Phantom quadcopter. The fact that the aircraft was designed to carry a GoPro camera made it quite popular. Then in November, the company started selling the Phantom 2 Vision model, which features its own built-in Wi-Fi-controlled HD camera. It's pretty awesome, but at US$1,199 it's priced $720 more than the base Phantom. Now, DJI has introduced two new models that occupy the middle ground between those two price points.  Read More
A nanoparticle delivery mechanism (left) treats tumors in mice more effectively
A common strategy for treating tumors is combining two or more drugs, which has the effect of decreasing toxicity and increasing the synergistic effects between the drugs. However, the efficacy of this kind of cocktail treatment suffers when the drugs require access to different parts of the cell, a bit like fighting a battle by depositing all your archers on the same spot as your infantrymen. By making use of nanoparticle-based carriers, researchers at North Carolina State University are able to transport multiple drugs into cancerous cells optimally and precisely, in maneuvers that any field commander would be proud of.  Read More
Gizmag goes heads-on with the new Crystal Cove prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual realit...
For the last few decades, gaming has basically been the same thing. Sit in front of display, hold controller (or mouse and keyboard), play game. But when you strap on Oculus Rift's virtual reality headset, you realize that it's something truly different. Read on, as Gizmag goes heads-on with Oculus Rift's latest prototype, dubbed Crystal Cove.  Read More
Panasonic has announced two new Toughpad rugged tablets at CES 2014
Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1.  Read More
 

Matterform will launch its new 3D scanner in February
Matterform will launch its long-awaiting 3D scanner in February. According to Matterform, the scanner is the first affordable and high-resolution device of its kind.  Read More
A rigid shell prevents much actual flexing
The new LG G Flex is billed as the "world's first curved, flexible smartphone," but once you get your hands on one it becomes clear right away that only half of that line is really true for practical purposes. It is a beautiful, sleek and powerful phone with an elegant curve to it, and yes, it does have a flexible display, but that display has been set in a rigid case that prevents it from actually flexing.  Read More
Measurements from Hubble images are into translated into designs that are then 3D printed
Scientists have used 3D printing technology to transform images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope into tactile "pictures" for the blind. Astronomers Carol Christian and Antonella Nota of the Space Telescope Science Institute are experimenting with 3D models as a means of aiding education for people who cannot study visual images.  Read More
First sketch of the 2014 Beetle Dune concept
Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has revealed various Beetle derivatives at major US auto shows, including an electric Beetle and the new Beetle Convertible. For this year's North American International Auto Show, it has something a little more fun and playful in mind. The Beetle Dune is a rugged, sand-ready Beetle concept.  Read More
The AT Black Knight Transformer
When someone mentions flying cars it conjures up images of a sporty little number that takes to the air like something out of the Jetsons. But what about one that’s a cross between a 4x4, an octocopter, and a Blackhawk helicopter? That’s what Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California is seeing with its ambitions to produce a roadable VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned autonomous operations as a more flexible way to recover casualties, move supplies, and support special forces.  Read More
The decor is distinctly low-maintenance and industrial (Photo: Lucas Henning)
From Hurricane Katrina to the Polar Vortex which has buried large swathes of North America under snow, we're frequently reminded that when extreme weather hits, the results can be devastating. Tsunami House, by Designs Northwest Architects, has been built to withstand the worst nature can throw at it: high winds, storms, and yes, even a tsunami.  Read More
3D Systems unveiled the ChefJet  and ChefJet Pro (pictured) at CES
Last year we reported that Liz and Kyle von Hasseln had modified a 3D printer to churn out custom sugary treats. The husband and wife team's efforts appear to have caught the eye of 3D Systems, with the company responsible for the no-assembly-required Cubify and sub-US$1,000 Cube 3 enlisting them to help develop a 3D printer aimed specifically at the kitchen. The result is the new ChefJet series unveiled at CES, which swaps plastic prints for custom culinary creations.  Read More
The Nissan Taxi for London goes on sale in December
Nissan's vision for London’s famous black taxi cabs got a makeover this week as the company unveiled its latest Taxi for London design. Based on Nissan’s NV200 platform and redesigned by Nissan's European design center in Paddington, the updated black cabs not only sport a fresh look, they promise cleaner transport for the city, with the old diesel engines giving way to 1.6-liter petrol and all-electric drivetrains.  Read More
Flip the vest-like outer layer for some privacy while changing The Adrenalina hoodie packs two layers worth of shirt so that surfers, bikers and other athletes can change comfortably on the go. The upper layer serves as a sort of "modesty towel," flipping down over the waist and nethers to let you change your pants on a crowded beach or parking lot.  Read More
Sony's 4K UST projector sits on the floor alongside any wall with enough space to accommod...
After first bringing 4K resolution to lounge room walls in 2012 with its VPL-VW1000ES projector, Sony is making another run at the Ultra HD home theater market, though this time over a much shorter distance. At CES, the company is demoing a prototype of its 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that has the ability to cast images up to 147-inches in size from a distance of around 20 in (50 cm).  Read More

The Mimo Baby Monitor includes onesies stuffed with sensors, a docking station and a smart...
The Mimo Baby Monitor puts anxious parents at ease by providing them with a constant stream of data about their little sweetheart. The sensors embedded in an infant bodysuite, called the Kimono, monitor the baby’s respiration. The data is passed on to a small turtle-shaped gizmo, nested in the Kimono, which in turn measures skin temperature, body position and the activity pattern. All this information is then relayed via low-power bluetooth to a Wi-Fi enabled docking station so that parents can access all the details via their smartphones.  Read More
Gizmag goes hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
When the original Samsung Galaxy Camera was released, it was very different to anything else on the market. It boasted 3G/4G connectivity and ran Android, at a time when most cameras lacked Wi-Fi. So, while at CES 2014, we were keen to get out hands on its successor, the Galaxy Camera 2, and see how the latest smart compact compares.  Read More
The Transformer Book Duet is a large tablet with a  docking station that adds a 1 TB hard ...
Perhaps the hottest item of many on display at Intel's huge booth at CES 2014 was a relatively non-descript convertible laptop from Asus. The unique selling point for this touchscreen system, dubbed the Transformer Book Duet, is that it not only runs Windows 8.1 but can also switch over to an Android 4.2.2 mode with just a few clicks or taps.  Read More
Aura connects to an Android phone via NFC
Lenovo strongly believes that table PCs deserve a place in our lives, and the company thinks we can't do any better than its new 27-inch Horizon 2 touchscreen, which I had the opportunity to try out at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.  Read More
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its way to a record 71,000 ft altitude and Mach 1.4 (Pho...
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo (SS2) continues to inch toward a full suborbital test flight with its third supersonic test carried out Friday morning. The SS2 rocket engine fired for 20 seconds, pushing the suborbital spacecraft to an altitude of 71,000 ft (18 km) and a top speed over Mach 1.4, both of which were new records for SS2. The Reaction Control System, feather re-entry system, and a thermal protection coating were successfully tested during the flight.  Read More
The Vizio 50-inch 4K television provides a high-quality photo-like image (Photo: Vizio)
4K televisions have undergone tremendous progress this last year, as has been clearly demonstrated at the CES 2014 show. Both Polaroid and Vizio introduced 50-inch 4K televisions with an MSRP of US$999.99. But what kind of user can really use a 4K TV today? High-power computer users, that's who.  Read More
Sony's new HDR-AS100V – it's white!
Sony is now offering a deluxe version of its Action Cam, which we spied on the floor of CES this week. Among the new features are high-speed shooting modes, a splash-proof body and of course, a nifty white finish.  Read More
HLAA sets to an elastic consistency, and bonds with cardiac tissue
A hole in the heart is never a good thing, so when an infant is born with such a defect, doctors have to act quickly to fix it. Unfortunately, both sutures and staples can damage the heart tissue, plus it takes too long to apply sutures. Existing surgical adhesives have their own drawbacks in that they can be toxic, and they typically become unstuck in wet, dynamic environments such as the heart. As a result, infants often require subsequent operations to "replug" the hole. Now, however, scientists have developed a sort of superglue for the heart, that quickly and securely bonds patches to holes.  Read More
This 3D printed and modular EEG headset is designed to hold the OpenBCI electronics board
When Gizmag wrote about OpenBCI, a brain-computer interface system with open-source software, the company was waiting to announce an EEG headset it claimed would be entirely new. A few days later, the OpenBCI board is fully funded and we’ve seen how the team will implement a customizable and modular 3D-printed headset with open-source availability. The design not only showcases the utility of 3D printing, but more importantly demonstrates the company’s commitment to creating an open community around their product.  Read More
Coming soon? Samsung is working with iris-scanning security technology and could include such an eye scanner in the next iteration of its Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, according to what a company executive said in an interview at CES 2014 this week.  Read More

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