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."