Τετάρτη, 2 Ιουλίου 2014

SCIENCE

SCIENCE
New "invisibility cloak" keeps objects from being felt
Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a method of concealing objects from the sensation of touch that would finally meet the exacting standards of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale princess, who felt a single pea prodding her beneath 20 mattresses and 20 feather beds. read more
ENVIRONMENT
Solar-powered electrochemical cell used to produce formic acid from CO2
Researchers at Princeton University have converted CO2 into water and formic acid by using an electrochemical cell powered by a commercially available solar panel. read more
URBAN TRANSPORT
Terra Motors delivers Bizmo II long-range, electric, commercial scooter
The Bizmo II from Terra Motors is a small, light, electric commercial scooter with generous carrying capacity that gets a 150-km (93 mi) range out of its 3.17 kWh battery. Set to launch in Japan, the company hopes the Bizmo II will be a game changer in the urban delivery market. read more
ENVIRONMENT
PowerCube pop-up solar generator provides relief to disaster-struck areas
Ecosphere Technologies has revealed what it claims to be the world's largest deployable solar generator. PowerCube can generate 15 kW of electricity and is transported as a standard shipping container before morphing into water treatment plant and communications base with a push of a button. read more
AIRCRAFT
BAE Systems' IntelliCabin to improve flights for passengers and cabin crew
BAE System’s IntelliCabin system is aimed at not only making cabin operation more efficient for the crew, but also more pleasant for economy class passengers thanks to dimmable windows and ambient LED lighting.read more
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Swich wirelessly charges your smartphone in style
While we've seen many notable wireless charging innovations of late, sometimes a little elegance can be all it takes to stand out from the crowd. Lutman Design has developed Swich, a functional wireless charging stand with a stylish design inspired by crashing ocean waves. read more
MUSIC
Linnstrument and the next revolution in instrumental virtuosity
The man who killed the soul and humanity of pop music in the 1980s is now desperately trying to bring instrumental virtuosity back into the mainstream. Roger Linn's Linnstrument has as much feel and expression as an acoustic instrument, but can access all the wild sounds of today's synths. read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Start-up offers aftermarket kit for autonomous Audi cruising
Automotive tuners and aftermarket companies offer many ways of adding performance, luxury and personalization to vehicles. Now there's a start-up advertising an aftermarket kit designed to tune your car into a self-driving chauffeur … kind of. read more
AUTOMOTIVE
Meet Ray: Düsseldorf Airport's autonomous robot car parking concierge
The "Ray" autonomous robotic car parking system at Düsseldorf Airport literally picks up your car in its arms and takes it away to park it. Hooked into the flight schedule database, it also knows when you are going to come back and ensures that your car is ready when you do. read more
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
PocketScan claimed to be world's smallest wireless scanner
Portable scanners have been around for a while now, with devices like the Magic Wand and Doxie Go, and they continue to shrink in size. With its new PocketScan, Swiss-based software company Dacuda is now claiming to have developed the world's smallest wireless scanner. read more
WEARABLE ELECTRONICS
Samsung Gear Live vs. Gear 2
As soon as Google teased Android Wear back in March, it looked like smartwatches were about to take a big leap forward. Let's try to see how big of a leap, as we compare the features and specs of the Android Wear-running Samsung Gear Live to the Tizen-running Gear 2. read more
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Android at the heart of the Odin handy projector
The Odin pocket-sized projector boasts its own computer running Android KitKat, and features built-in speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a battery. read more
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 mini downsizes specs, keeps thin and light credentials
Samsung has announced its latest smartphone in the form of the Galaxy S5 mini - a scaled down version of its popular S5 flagship. The device offers mid-range specs in a thin and light form factor, and holds on to stand-out features including a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. read more
SPACE
NASA tests flying saucer designed to land heavier payloads on Mars
NASA has successfully carried out the first of three airborne tests for its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a saucer shaped test vehicle which will one day be used to slow down scientific payloads entering the atmosphere of Mars. read more


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