Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures.


Robotics
3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures
To a large extent, 3D printing technology is still in its infancy. If you thought it was all Etsy jewellery and plastic toys, though, think again. Joris Laarman has created a free-standing 3D printing robot that creates beautiful metal sculptures with the graceful brush strokes of an artist. read more
Environment
Seafloor carpet mimics muddy seabed to harness wave power
The seafloor carpet, a system inspired by the wave absorbing abilities of a muddy seabed being developed at the University of California, Berkeley, takes exploring wave power as a renewable energy source to some intriguing new depths. read more
Military
SPARCS "camera grenade" offers an alternative to military surveillance drones
The Soldier Parachute Aerial Reconnaissance Camera System (SPARCS) built by Singapore-based ST Engineering replaces a warhead with a CMOS camera sending back real-time images to a computerized receiver; turning disaster teams, police, and foot soldiers into recon units. read more
Science
New bioprinting technique creates thicker, healthier tissue
A new bioprinting method developed by researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has enabled the creation of tissue constructs with small blood vessels and multiple cell types, marking important progress toward the printing of living tissue. read more
Electronics
BigRep ONE 3D printer creates whole pieces of furniture
3D printers are often used to create small mockups of bigger products, but there’s few affordable options for creating true-to-size models or even finished products. BigRep aims to break that boundary with its RepRap-based BigRep ONE 3D printer, which offers over a cubic meter of print space. read more
Outdoors
Yvon Martel’s multi-purpose, all-terrain electric locomotive
Looking like a mix between a snowmobile, a dog sled and a miniature World War I tank, Yvon Martel’s electric creation is nothing if not versatile. With a top speed of 24 mph, the MTT-136 is capable of pulling passengers or hauling loads through snow, mud and grass with ease. read more
Wearable Electronics
Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear 2, Galaxy Gear 2 Neo smartwatches
Getting out ahead of Monday's expected Galaxy S5 announcement, Samsung came out of the gates at Mobile World Congress with the reveal of the company's latest smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo. read more
Motorcycles
PICTORIAL: Round 1 World Superbike Championships - Phillip Island
The first round of the World Superbike Championships was held at Phillip Island on the weekend with strong indications that the 2014 championship will be won on one of five bikes: Aprilia RSV4, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ducati Panigale, Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Honda CBR1000RR. read more
Games
PS4 vs. Xbox One: A closer look
Which is better: the PS4 or the Xbox One? It's already been asked countless times before. And while we don't have a universal, one-size-fits-all answer, now that we've spent hours on end with both consoles, we do have a few things to say about it. Let's take a closer look at the Xbox One and PS4. read more
Motorcycles
180 kg Lotus C-01 motorcycle to use 200 hp 1200cc V-twin
Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans. The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. read more
Automotive
Range Rover set to debut two Evoque limited editions
It’s been a week of previews for this year’s Geneva Motor Show and Land Rover has added another by announcing that its Range Rover Evoque Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic will make their debut next month. read more
Science
Spongy material could charge phones using vibrations from cars
While it's already possible to wirelessly recharge smartphones in cars, those cars need to be equipped with a special charging pad. Thanks to a new nanogenerator, however, it might soon be possible to place the phone anywhere in any car, letting the vehicle's vibrations provide the power. read more
Wearable Electronics
Lechal haptic footwear guides you by buzzing your feet
Lechal shoes and insoles are paired with a navigation app on the user's smartphone, and guide the user by causing one or other of their shoes to vibrate, letting them know when and where to turn. read more
Architecture
California-based WET Design makes the waters dance at Sochi
The fountain dubbed "The Waters of Olympic Park" sits at the base of the giant cauldron at Sochi and was created by award-winning California designer firm WET. Featuring choreographed fog and colored lights, the fountain sweeps, jumps and dances to the strains of Tchaikovsky and Michael Jackson. read more
Mobile Technology
The great, wide Bluetooth sea: A Bluetooth speaker buyer's guide
In the world of Bluetooth speakers, there are many different shapes, sizes and companies to choose from. In this buying guide we'll help you navigate the great wide Bluetooth sea. read more
Computers
An introduction to Microsoft Office Online
Microsoft has launched Office Online, a free, online version of Office. Its launch isn't surprising, as Microsoft continues to hone its cloud and unification vision. What is surprising for many people is finding out that Microsoft already had a free online version of Office available. read more
Space
NuSTAR gives tantalizing hints about how stars go supernova
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is unraveling the mystery of how stars go supernova by mapping the remnants of radioactive material left in the wake of a supernova. read more
Children
Nerf blaster features built-in camera to record your assaults
Hasbro has revealed the N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster, the first of its foam dart firing guns to feature a built-in camera for recording a gun's-eye view of the action, and a screen for watching it back. read more
Computers
LaCie starts shipping industry's first 5 TB external hard drives
LaCie has started shipping a 5 TB d2 Thunderbolt Series single hard disk drive system, and announced that its 2big and 5big Thunderbolt RAID units are available in configurations up to 10 and 25 TB respectively. read more


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