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Dr Iain Murray and PhD student Azadeh Nazemi with the digital reading system they develope...

From a contact lens that delivers tactile sensations to the cornea, to a 3D-printed ring that reads text aloud in real-time, advances in technology have opened up some groundbreaking ways for the visually-impaired to consume printed content. Researchers from Australia's Curtin University have now unveiled a low-cost reading device that processes graphical information, enabling the blind to digest documents such as bills, PDFs, graphs and bank statements.  Read More

The Australian Institute of Architects has revealed the five winners (plus six runner-up c... A luxury condominium in Bangkok, a Malaysian rainforest retreat, and the innovative Stonehenge Visitor's Center are among the projects recognized in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects' International Awards.  Read More

The 2014 EBR 1190RX is the first mass-production sportsbike out of the new Erik Buell Raci...

The all-American sportsbike is back, and this time Erik Buell doesn't have a heritage cruiser company looking over his shoulder telling him how to build it. The 1190RX is the first mass-production sportsbike out of the new EBR factory in Wisconsin, a 185-horsepower, torque-stompin', slightly quirky racer with its eyes firmly focused on World Superbike contention. But does that equate to a good road bike? We spent a couple of weeks with the RX to find out.  Read More

The 2.4 GHz Zcan Wireless runs on a rechargeable lithium battery and packs Dacuda SLAM Sca...

Hong Kong-based company Design to Innovation (DTOI) has developed what it is claiming is the world's first wireless scanner mouse. The Zcan Wireless is designed as a standard optical mouse, but does away with the cord and packs a miniaturized scanner, enabling users to instantly scan images and text.  Read More

The first production version of the ICON A5 on display at EAA AirVenture this week (Photo:...

Small amphibians are sort of the hot hatchbacks of the aviation world and one aimed at the beginner pilot is always worth a look see. At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) manufacturer ICON Aircraft debuted its first production A5 amphibious, folding-wing plane for the general public. Built in Tehachapi, California, a second is now under construction for structural testing later this year.  Read More

Researchers at UC Berkeley claim to have created a vision-correcting matrix for display sc...

In an age where reading something from a screen on a phone or a computer is a normal part of our daily lives, the wearing of glasses or contact lenses often makes doing so a chore with eye-strain problems and the necessity to carry around spectacles or lenses wherever you go. In this vein, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have created a prototype vision-correcting, printed pinhole matrix that they claim fits directly to a screen and negates the need for eyeglasses or remedial lenses and may one day offer improved visual acuity to those with eye problems much worse than simple farsightedness.  Read More

The Swing Blade's unique ride is powered by the rotating front trucks

Despite skateboarding's growth in popularity over the past few decades, there is always scope to tinker around with the equipment in an effort to make it better. The latest such design is the Swing Blade, a skateboard that uses rotating front trucks to create quick, tight turns and forward momentum.  Read More

A Range Rover Sport SVR is claimed to have lapped the Nurburgring in just 8 minutes and 14...

Land Rover is claiming a new lap record for a production SUV on the renowned 20.8 km (13 mile) Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany, with its Range Rover Sport SVR completing the circuit in just 8 minutes and 14 seconds. If verified, this time is equal to one set by a BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé in December of 2008, and represents a mighty fast lap time for any car, let alone an SUV.  Read More

The Sync Smartband is intended for use by both parents and their children

It seems that wearable devices are trying to pack more and more functions into smaller forms, and a new one called Sync Smartband is shooting for being more than just your typical fitness band. From exercise tracking to keeping tabs on children, the Sync Smartband is trying to carve out a niche as a wearable for active parents and children.  Read More

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