Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Video: Gizmag visits "the most digitally advanced retail experience in the world"

Video: Gizmag visits "the most digitally advanced retail experience in the world"
We recently had a chance to check out the new flagship SportChek sporting goods store, which is claimed to pack in more interactive technologies than any other retail outlet, anywhere. read more
Bad moon rising: Astronomers explain "full moon curse"
The full moon has long been associated with lunacy, violence, fertility, disasters, and the performance of the stock market. While these have been thoroughly debunked, a lunar ranging study has long contended with a "Full-Moon Curse." This Curse is real, and has now been explained. read more
NASA solves Martian rock mystery
NASA has solved the mystery of the "Martian jelly doughnut." The red-centered rock that seemingly appeared out of nowhere on January 8 is apparently a rock fragment dislodged by the Mars Exploration Rover's passing. read more
FAB Velo: The DIY velomobile made from upcycled materials
Industrial Design lecturer Mark Richardson, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has created a velomobile prototype made from salvaged materials, a few off-the-shelf parts and modular 3D printed components. read more
Mobile Technology
Review: Kobo Aura HD e-reader
Kobo isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when people think of e-readers, but after spending some extensive hands-on time with the company's latest e-reader – the Aura HD – we see an argument for that to change. read more
Harvard researchers create termite-inspired robot builders
Researchers at Harvard University have taken inspiration from the swarm construction method used by termites to create TERMES. These robots are intended as the first step in a project with the ultimate goal of creating a fully automated, de-centralized robotic workforce. read more
Mobile Technology
Undersized and underrated: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Like Sony's Xperia Z1 and the oversized Z Ultra, the new Z1 Compact is a handsome, polished-looking phone that's resistant to both water and dust while being designed for the smartphone user with smaller hands or pockets. read more
Digital Cameras
PowerShot G1 X Mark II heads Canon's compact camera line-up
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the latest flagship compact camera from Canon, and with a 1.5-inch type sensor, a 24-120mm F2.0-F3.9 lens and built-in Wi-Fi, it could be the firm's best yet. Other new Powershot cameras include the rugged PowerShot D30 and the slim 30x zoom PowerShot SX700 HS. read more
SuperDroid fields remote control snow plow
To aid the inexperienced snow shoveler, SuperDroid of Raleigh, North Carolina, is selling a remote-controlled robotic snow plow that allows you to clear the drive while sitting where it’s warm with a cup of cocoa. read more
Digital Cameras
Sony updates Cyber-shot camera range
Sony has updated its Cyber-shot line-up with new models including a pair of Wi-Fi and NFC enabled cameras – the bridge-style HX400V and the ultra-compact WX350 – along with the new H400 which boasts a massive 63x optical zoom. read more
Urban Transport
Olaf combines backpack, scooter, roller luggage and skateboard
The Olaf Urban scooter offers some serious flexibility for transporting you and your belongings. It functions as four different pieces of gear. read more
Artificial graphene could outperform the real thing
Graphene is truly a 21st-century wonder material, finding use in everything from solar cells to batteries to tiny antennas. Now, however, a group of European research institutes have joined forces to create a graphene knock-off, that could prove to be even more versatile. read more
Mobile Technology
LG G Pro 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG's smartphones aren't as popular as Samsung's, but the company has been making some nice mobile devices that go toe-to-toe with those of its Korean rival. Let's take a look at LG's latest phablet, the G Pro 2, and see how its features and specs compare to those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. read more
Hacker makes air hockey table from 3D printer parts
A project by Spanish tinkerer Jose Julio has given rise to a competitive, merciless air hockey machine that will lay bare your mortal frailties and beat you into submission on your own physical terms. What's more, it's built largely with 3D printer parts. read more
Xbox One news: Updates, headsets and the leaked media remote
Microsoft has made several announcements regarding the Xbox One, including two major software updates and an official stereo headset. The company is also rumored to be launching a traditional media remote for the system, with the product leaking on Amazon Canada earlier this week. read more
Around The Home
Rekindle provides an (almost) infinite candle
Rekindle from designer Benjamin Shine is a candlestick with a difference. A hollow well collects the melted wax where it becomes a new candle. This eliminates both waste and mess at a stroke. read more
Mobile Technology
University of Vienna app uses your phone for research while you sleep
Power Sleep is a new Android app that allows mobile phone users to donate the processing power of their devices to scientific research while they are asleep. read more
Artwork lets users climb around huge cube of ropes
Cultured arachnid fans are in for a treat with a new artwork from Vienna-based collective Numen. String is a 3D grid of ropes suspended within a huge inflated cube. Users can enter the exhibit and clamber their way around its intricate mesh in a blank and disorientating environment. read more
Health and Wellbeing
Bevometer cooler takes the guesswork out of drink consumption
The Bevometer, an adaptation of the traditional koozie (aka stubby holder or coldy-holdy), is designed to take the guesswork out of consumption by keeping count each time you exchange a full drink for an empty. read more

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