Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tesla Roadster owner clocks-up 100,000 km: "While we had all of last century to work out the niggles of internal combustion engine powered automobiles, there's still a question or two hanging over electric vehicles - such as how long will they last?"
Posted by steve at 11:41 AM
Kobo launches new e-Reader Touch edition: "While I'm a big fan of the Kindle 3, I think that Kobo may have got it beat with its new eReader Touch Edition. Featuring the latest Pearl e-Ink technology that so improved Amazon's models last year, Kobo's new Wi-Fi-enabled device also boasts optical touchscreen interaction courtesy of Neonode, is powered by a processor specially developed for e-Readers and comes with support for multiple languages."
Posted by steve at 11:40 AM
All-electric Porsche on the horizon: "Having already made the leap into hybrid drive-trains with the GT3 R Hybrid and 918 Spyder, Porsche has now delivered a taste of possible future all-electric models by showcasing two Boxster E prototype variants at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin last week."
Student-designed device could make dialysis safer and easier: "There are approximately 1.5 million people worldwide who require regular hemodialysis treatments, due to the fact that their kidneys are no longer able to clean their blood. Clinicians generally reuse the same access point on each patient's body, for routing their bloodstream to the dialysis machine. Unfortunately, over time this can cause infections, blood clots or narrowing of the arteries at that access point."
Hexagonal plate skin gives robots sense of touch: "Providing robots with sensory inputs is one of the keys to the development of more capable and useful machines. Sight and hearing are the most common senses bestowed upon our mechanical friends (perhaps soon to be foes?), but even taste and smell have got a look in."
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Glasses-free HTC EVO 3D smartphone announced for Europe, available in U.S.: "The range of gadgets capable of stereoscopic glasses-free 3D viewing is slowly increasing, with the LG Optimus 3D, Sharp Aquos SH-12C and Nintendo 3DS gaming console already on the market. HTC has now announced that its first glasses-free 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D, will be available in Europe in July."
Posted by steve at 9:33 AM
U.S. Army aims for more energy-efficient base camps: "The U.S. Army has opened a System Integration Laboratory (SIL) at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, modeled after forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan to test technologies aimed at creating more energy-efficient base camps."
Silver pen allows electrical circuits to be handwritten on paper and other surfaces: "People have been using pens to jot down their thoughts for thousands of years but now engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a silver-inked rollerball pen that allows users to jot down electrical circuits and interconnects on paper, wood and other surfaces."
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
AAA ready to deploy mobile EV charging units: "Earlier this month, the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and Nissan began testing a new roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger, to assist stranded electric vehicles (EVs). Now, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is about to launch a similar pilot project, where mobile charging units will join the roadside assistance fleets in six test regions - a significant marker along the path to mass adoption of the EV in North America."
Posted by steve at 9:23 AM
Solar-Sinter 3D printer creates glass objects from sun and sand: "We've seen a growing number 3D printers that use additive manufacturing technology to form objects one layer at a time, usually from resin or ABS plastic. But Markus Kayser, an MA student at the Royal College of Art in London, has created a 3D printer that creates 3D objects using two things found in abundance in the desert - sun and sand."
Posted by steve at 9:20 AM
Photos: Toyota's sporty FT-86 II concept: "Perhaps fearing that the brand is losing touch with 'passionate drivers', Toyota is developing a new 'affordable' sports car to fill the gap it left when it dropped the Supra and MR2 from its lineup."
Get a workout while you work with the Elliptical Machine Office Desk: "If you're finding it hard to shed those extra pounds because you're chained to desk all day and can't find time to fit in some exercise then the Elliptical Machine Office Desk will mean there's no more excuses."
Pike Peak hillclimb records smashed: "Sixty-one year old motorsport legend Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima, almost certainly the oldest world class athlete competing in any sport today, won his sixth consecutive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, at the same time as breaking the long standing 10 minute barrier for the course which rises 1.5 kilometers from start to oxygen-starved finish."
Posted by steve at 9:18 AM
Monday, June 27, 2011
Archos' 7-inch, US$99 Arnova tablet: "The Arnova 7 was first announced with few details in May, but the tablet's spec page is now live, revealing a budget device designed to allow users to surf the internet over Wi-Fi, read ebooks and watch videos."
Futuristic all-electric Ecco Camper concept from NAU: "NAU, the design studio behind the 360-degree Immersive Cocoon we checked out earlier this month, has penned this streamlined, zero-local-emission Ecco Camper concept with a view to inspiring a new way of getting away from it all in the 21st Century."
Phase change materials could be used to develop ‘brain-like’ computers: "Unlike human brains that make no real distinction between memory and computation, computers currently deal with processing and memory separately. This means data has to be constantly moved around, resulting in a speed and power 'bottleneck.' Now, using phase change materials that can store and process information simultaneously, researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK have developed a new technique that could lead to the development of 'brain-like' computers."
Posted by steve at 9:27 AM
Kno releases Textbooks app for iPad: "The company behind the now-abandoned Kno digital textbook has announced the beta release of a new digitized textbook reading application for the iPad. The free to download Textbooks for iPad app offers students access to a vast library of exact digital replicas of real-world textbooks with the added bonus of an enhanced, interactive reading experience, some useful organizational tools and social sharing features"
Posted by steve at 9:26 AM
ESA review finds 'no impediments' for SKYLON spaceplane development: "After nearly 30 years of service, the Space Shuttle fleet is due to enter retirement with the last ever mission scheduled for takeoff on July 8, 2011. In its lifetime, the world's first Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) has provided information that will prove invaluable for the next generation of spacecraft that will succeed it."
Posted by steve at 9:25 AM
Friday, June 24, 2011
New process allows fuel cells to run on coal: "Lately we're hearing a lot about the green energy potential of fuel cells, particularly hydrogen fuel cells. Unfortunately, although various methods of hydrogen production are being developed, it still isn't as inexpensive or easily obtainable as fossil fuels such as coal. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology,"
Posted by steve at 9:41 AM
New ‘gene therapy’ vaccine approach gives hope in fight against cancer: "Using a virus containing a 'library' of DNA, researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K., working with the Mayo Clinic in the U.S., have developed a vaccine that was able to destroy prostate cancer tumors in mice, while leaving healthy tissue untouched. Because the virus contains multiple fragments of genes, the vaccine is able to produce many possible antigens thereby boosting its effectiveness"
Posted by steve at 9:39 AM
Archos unveils G9 series Android tablets with option of 250GB HDD: "Archos has unveiled its 3rd generation Android tablets with its new G9 series, which includes the 8-inch 80 G9 with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and the 10.1-inch 101 G9 with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Powered by a dual-core OMAP 4 processor (1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9) and running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), the G9 series also offers a first for Android tablets - the option of 16 GB of flash storage or a 250 GB HDD."
Posted by steve at 9:38 AM
Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes Paris appearance: "One of the most anticipated commercial airplanes in recent years made an appearance at the 49th Paris Airshow this week. The first flight-test 787 Dreamliner (ZA001) spent two days on static display on the tarmac at Le Bourget and will take a short tour through Europe before returning to the U.S."
Posted by steve at 9:37 AM
Floating +Pool would let New Yorkers swim in the river: "It's a hot summer day, you're sweaty and uncomfortable, and there's a river full of cool, clear water right beside you. Do you jump in? Not if you're in New York City, as the rivers that flow through that city are too polluted for swimming ... or at the very least, that's the perception that most people have of them."
Posted by steve at 9:36 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2011
High performance electric vehicle trial starts in the UK: "A consortium made up of specialist UK vehicle manufacturers, a green consultancy and an eco-friendly vehicle rental company has just launched a new project to road test 14 high performance electric vehicles (EV) for the next 12 months."
SoftStep KeyWorx offers foot-operated computing: "Using one's feet works quite well while driving, so why not use them to control computers, too? That's what Berkley-based company Keith McMillen Instruments wondered, and ended up designing SoftStep KeyWorx, a foot-operated computer interface device."
Timekeeping on a grand scale – the 10,000 Year Clock: "When we hear about things being built to last, we usually think in terms of years or decades ... or maybe, centuries. But millennia? Well yes, if you're talking about the 10,000 Year Clock. As its name implies, the 200 foot (61 meter)-tall timepiece is intended to run for 10,000 years, in a remote cave in West Texas."
Kanz Outdoors Field Kitchen combines cooking and camping: "While some people like to show off how they can survive on just wieners and beans when they're camping, others go to the opposite extreme, and set up miniature kitchens that they use to cook full meals from scratch."
Communicating nanoparticles that target tumors more efficiently: "To minimize the toxic effects of chemotherapy, many researchers have been working to develop nanoparticles that that deliver drugs directly to tumors."
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
EADS VoltAir all-electric aircraft concept unveiled in Paris: "One of the displays that has generated a lot of buzz at the Paris Airshow 2011 is EADS' ZEHST concept - a zero-emission hypersonic airliner, that could be whisking passengers from Tokyo to London in under 2.5 hours, by the year 2050. Sitting alongside the ZEHST model, however, is another EADS concept aimed at the more immediate future. It's called VoltAir, and it's a proposed all-electric airliner that could be flying within 25 years."
Posted by steve at 9:17 AM
Nokia N9 – the first MeeGo-based all-screen smartphone: "Nokia has unveiled the N9, its first smartphone featuring the MeeGo mobile operating system. It has no buttons on the front, and features a curved polycarbonate body and a 3.9-inch AMOLED WVGA (854x480) display. The home button is replaced with a swipe gesture, taking the user back to the homescreen from anywhere in the menu."
Posted by steve at 9:16 AM
Solar-powered Samsung NC215S netbook to arrive in Russia and USA: "The Russian branch of Samsung has officially announced the solar-powered Samsung NC215S netbook. Two hours of sunlight exposure of the unit's solar panel is said to give up to one hour of working time, with the total battery life estimated to be 14.5 hrs."
Datron Scout - UAV reconnnaisance with the stability of four rotors: "Younger owners of the Parrot AR.Drone will no doubt have discovered the advantages of such a device when gathering intelligence on siblings and parents. The Datron Scout Air Reconnaissance System shares a few similarities with the AR.Drone but, like the CyberQuad, is a quadricopter designed for slightly more critical missions."
Six-hundred meter tall aerodynamic eco-tower being built in China: "Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has won an international competition to design the Wuhan Greenland Center. At 606 meters (1,988 ft) high, the building is expected to be China's third tallest and the world's fourth tallest when construction is due to be completed in 2016."
Posted by steve at 9:13 AM
D-Dalus - an entirely new genre of aircraft arrives: "The D-Dalus (a play on Daedalus from Greek mythology) is neither fixed wing or rotor craft and uses four, mechanically-linked, contra-rotating cylindrical turbines, each running at the same 2200 rpm, for its propulsion."
Posted by steve at 9:11 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Rotary Mechanical Smartphone combines vintage rotary dial and modern technology: "Created by New Zealand-based designer Richard Clarkson, the Rotary Mechanical Smartphone is a one-of-a-kind device that has all the features of a regular smartphone, but it resembles a vintage rotary dial telephone. It represents an attempt at combining digital technologies and physical, mechanical systems, thus making cutting edge technology more tangible."
Implant could wirelessly relay brain signals to paralyzed limbs: "For a great number of people with paralyzed limbs, the reason that they can't move the arm or leg in question is because the 'move' command isn't able to reach from their brain to the limb. This is often due to damage to the nervous system, or to the brain, although the limb itself is still perfectly functional ... so it could still move, if only there was a way of getting the signal to it. Well, one might be on its way."
Huawei 7-inch MediaPad first to run Android 3.2: "Huawei today unveiled its 7-inch MediaPad, which the company says will be the first to use the previously unannounced Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (specifically optimized for 7-inch tablets) and the first to use Qualcomm's 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. All the specs look to be on the mark but no pricing was announced. The release date is slated for Q3, 2011, so that could be any time between the end of next week and September 31."
Posted by steve at 9:02 AM
Improved tracking system being developed for firefighters: "Even though firefighting is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, firefighters still communicate using analog radio signals, that can be blocked by concrete walls. This means that, upon venturing into a burning building, a firefighter might have no way of letting their commander know their present location - a situation that could prove deadly, if they ended up trapped or injured."
Posted by steve at 9:01 AM
EADS ZEHST concept plane: How does Tokyo to London in just over two hours sound?: "EADS has used the opening day of the 2011 Paris Airshow to showcase an aircraft of the future concept which contemplates speeds beyond Mach 4, meaning it could make the run from Tokyo to London in under 2.5 hours."
Posted by steve at 9:00 AM
World's 'first self-powered nanodevice with wireless data transmission' created: "Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology recently reported the development of what they say is the world's 'first self-powered nano-device that can transmit data wirelessly over long distances.' The tiny device is able to operate battery-free, using a piezoelectric nanogenerator to create electricity from naturally-occurring mechanical vibrations."
Posted by steve at 8:59 AM
HyperMach unveils SonicStar supersonic business jet concept: "Anyone who has endured a long-haul flight will know that they're not the most pleasant way to spend a day - and night. Like EADS with its ZEHST concept plane, UK-based aerospace company HyperMach is looking to ease the pain of long-distance air travel - at least for those that can afford it - with its SonicStar supersonic business jet concept that it unveiled at the Paris Air Show today."
Video Road Test: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring: "We've been looking forward to this ride for a looooong time; this is a truly significant motorcycle. Ducati has stamped its authority on the Adventure bike segment in the only way it knows how. The new Multistrada 1200 S is vastly more powerful and exciting than anything else in the segment. In fact, it's more powerful and exciting than an awful lot of pure sportsbikes."
Monday, June 20, 2011
FishEyes rod and reel shows you the fish before you catch them: "When you cast a fishing lure out into the water and it goes beneath the surface, it enters a dark, mysterious world that you can only imagine. Perhaps that's overstating things a bit, but the fact is, you can't see where it is or what's around it. A fish finder can provide you with some basic information (if you're in a boat) but it doesn't actually show you what it looks like down there."
Posted by steve at 9:50 AM
Standard platform in the works for 'Internet of Things': "Whether it's a washing machine that monitors the power grid, or a fridge that you can 'look' in with your smartphone, more and more devices that aren't computers can now perform actions or be controlled via the internet. The phenomenon is known as The Internet of Things, and as technology advances, so will the number of 'things' involved."
Posted by steve at 9:49 AM
Cambridge University team gears up for 2011 World Solar Challenge: "The biennial World Solar Challenge is the oldest and most high profile solar car race in the world, a grueling test of endurance and innovative engineering that sees teams take part in an epic 1800 mile race across the Australian outback."
Posted by steve at 9:48 AM
HiWave develops panel speaker system for tablet covers: "Tablet owners looking for some quality sounds from their multi-touch mobile device may soon be able to get hold of covers containing new flat speaker solutions from HiWave Technologies. The SoundSleeve incorporates a pair of 2W audio exciters mounted on a lightweight honeycomb panel and is designed to be hidden behind the lid of a tablet computer sleeve."
Contest seeks ideas for $300 houses to shelter world's poor: "What started as a theoretical question posed on the obstacles to global housing-for-the-poor has reached fruition as voting closed June 15th on the 300House project. Contestants around the world were challenged to design a house that could be constructed for less than US$300."
Researchers turn long-term memories on and off with the flip of a switch: "Using electrical probes embedded into the brains of rats, scientists have managed to replicate the brain function associated with long-term behavior and found a way to literally turn memories on and off with the flip of a switch. The scientists hope their research will eventually lead to a neural prosthesis to help people suffering Alzheimer's disease, the effects of stroke or other brain injury to recover long-term memory capability."
Posted by steve at 9:46 AM
Friday, June 17, 2011
Xi3 Corporation ChromiumPC announced: "The Chrome OS avalanche looks to be gaining momentum, with modular computer manufacturer Xi3 announcing a desktop computer addition to the mobile solutions announced by Samsung and Acer earlier in the month."
Robot rover tackles uneven ground using screw drive: "Some day in the future, it's possible that an unmanned rover may go trundling across the Martian landscape not on wheels, but on three rotating steel coils."
Tactical Sammich - the snack with a two year shelf-life: "The world's failure to end as predicted last weekend may have left many survival shelters overstocked, but if there's still a little space on the bunker shelf you might want to consider expanding your rations smorgasbord with the Tactical Sammich. Available in Pepperoni or BBQ Beef, the Tactical Sammiches have a claimed shelf life of over two years if maintained at 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Celsius) or less."
Posted by steve at 11:06 AM
Portable microreactor to produce hydrogen from everyday fossil fuels: "With up to 80 percent of the weight of a soldier's gear attributable to batteries, the U.S. Army is obviously interested in replacement technologies that deliver a reliable, reusable power source."
Posted by steve at 11:05 AM
World record 26 terabits per second data transmission achieved: "With video content consuming ever more bandwidth, the need for faster data transmission rates has never been greater. Now a team of scientists at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are claiming a world record in data transmission with the successful encoding of data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam and transmitting it over a distance of 50 km (31 miles)."
Posted by steve at 11:04 AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Aston Martin V12 Zagato debuts at Villa D’Este Concours: "To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato will tomorrow use the backdrop of the Villa D'Este Concours to show off a V12 Zagato based on the V12 Vantage."
Posted by steve at 2:14 PM
LOMO LC-Wide – latest Lomography 35mm camera gets ultra-wide-angle lens: "In spite of the overwhelming shift towards digital photography, 35 mm film cameras still have their staunch supporters. Lomography analog film cameras came about when a couple of Austrian students stumbled across a Russian LOMO LC-A film camera in the early 1990s."
Posted by steve at 2:13 PM
TRW looks to free up dashboard design with roof mounted airbag system: "Since Mercedes-Benz introduced the frontal airbag as an option on its S-Class vehicles back in 1981, airbags have become standard safety equipment in passenger vehicles the world over. In addition to frontal driver- and passenger-side airbags, there are now also side curtain, side torso, knee, rear curtain and even seat-belt airbags."
Posted by steve at 2:12 PM
Google Music Beta invites now available: "It's been a good while coming but Google's music streaming service has finally arrived. Called Music Beta, it's available by invitation only and restricted to U.S. users ahead of roll-out elsewhere. The service appears to be very similar to Amazon's Cloud Storage and Player, although no music is on sale directly from Google."
Posted by steve at 2:11 PM
Using our brains: Neuromarketing, no-hands gaming and the arrival of the EEG headset: "Until recently a purely lab based technology, brainwave (electroencephalograph or EEG) headsets are trickling into the marketplace in a number of different guises. But what exactly do these devices do, how do they differ from each other and - with potential applications ranging from medicine to gaming and market research - who will use them and for what purpose?"
Posted by steve at 2:10 PM
Friday, June 3, 2011
The Old Man of the Lake « A Blast From The Past: "It would not be difficult to argue that Crater Lake, in central Oregon, is the most beautiful body of fresh water in the world. The lake, which is almost perfectly circular in shape, in unquestionably startling. It sits at the top of a 7,000-foot-high dormant volcano and fills its crater."
The Internet of Things moves a step closer with open source, ultra-low-power JenNet-IP: "Much has been written about the 'internet of things.' Right now, not every human being has an IP but in the very near future, low cost smart chips will be added to every device to give it an IP address and everything in one's life will become part of your private secure network to be monitored and controlled (and hence become smart) via a smartphone, tablet or PC."
Posted by steve at 11:13 AM
Lenovo releases tough, slim and powerful ThinkPad X1 laptop: "Lenovo has announced a successor to its 13.3-inch flagship X301 laptop with twice the processor performance and four times the graphics capabilities."
Posted by steve at 11:12 AM
Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter hits 232 knots: "After undergoing a planned upgrade to its gearbox that enabled it to operate at full engine power, Eurocopter's X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator has surpassed its original speed target of 220 knots (407 km/h or 253 mph). In a flight on May 12, the X3 maintained a true airspeed of 232 knots (430 km/h or 267 mph) for several minutes during stable, level flight."
First official images of supercharged Honda CR-Z MUGEN concept: "UK-based MUGEN Euro have taken up the challenge to give the Honda CR-Z some extra grunt. The CR-Z MUGEN concept adds a supercharger to the CR-Z hybrid's 1.5-liter gasoline engine and IMA electric motor to increase the vehicle's output from 122 to 198 horsepower and ups the torque from 128 to 181 lb-ft. Honda UK and MUGEN have just released the first official pics of the vehicle ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to be held in West Sussex, England, in July."
US$150,000 Trident Iceni 70 mpg biodiesel supercar set for launch (again): "One of the most interesting supercars of recent years that has always bordered on the edge of vaporware, looks like finally becoming a reality. Fraught with on-again-off-again production arrangements, management-changes, restructuring, redesign and refinancing for almost a decade, the Trident Iceni is finally slated for launch at the UK's Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on July 15."
Thursday, June 2, 2011
sbyke: the BMX, scooter and skateboard mash-up: "Although a good while ago now, I still remember the bruising, the aches, and the shame of attempting (and mostly failing) all the latest tricks for skateboard or BMX. Others have faired much better, and the sports have continued to grow in popularity."
New earphone technology could be the answer to 'listener fatigue': "It's no big secret that wearing in-ear devices, such as stereo earphones or hearing aids, can cause the ears to hurt over time. According to the engineers at Colorado's Asius Technologies, however, this isn't due simply to a poor fit or high volume levels."
New ATM with integrated video conferencing lets customers talk live with a remote teller: "Since their introduction in the 1960's, automated teller machines (ATMs) have provided bank customers with a convenient way to access their cash 24 hours a day seven days a week without having to wait until banking hours and queue to see a teller. Now the world's biggest ATM provider is putting the 'teller' back in the automated teller machine with the unveiling of an ATM with integrated two-way video conferencing that lets users talk live with a remote teller."
Posted by steve at 12:26 PM
World’s first 100 watt equivalent LED replacement bulb: "Currently the brightest options for those looking to ditch their incandescent light bulbs in favor of the longer life and more energy efficient LED variety are those equivalent to 60 watt incandescent bulbs, such as the GeoBulb II."
Posted by steve at 12:25 PM
McLaren’s MP4-12C: Surprisingly close to something-for-everyone: "McLaren's MP4-12C is out and the company is pleased by a worldwide order book of 1700-plus units. It's a remarkable car in many ways, not least for being the first tilt at genuine populism from the only brand that matches or exceeds Ferrari for Formula One-derived brand cachet."
Posted by steve at 12:24 PM