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