Through energy harvesting tiles, backpacks and insoles, there has been much talk about harnessing our kinetic energy to power mobile devices and other electronics. A team of researchers is claiming to have made a big breakthrough in the collective effort to turn human motion into usable energy, developing a new method of producing useful amounts of electricity from our footsteps.
The key to taking great photos is a mastery of your camera and the digital darkroom. The Adobe KnowHow Bundle of 14 video courses offers an all-inclusive education in photography, with 93% off the regular price of the tuition through Gizmag Store.
Suspension has long been a dirty word among road-racing cyclists, but if carbon fiber wizard and cycling visionary Craig Calfee nails his latest prediction as cleanly as his previous ones, it won't be long before every rider in the Tour de France is enjoying the comfort, performance and traction benefits of a suspended rear end. Calfee's top-of-the-line Manta bikes now feature an incredibly simple, lightweight rear suspension spring with a tiny 12 mm of travel that he believes will revolutionize the sport. Gizmag visited the Calfee workshop in Santa Cruz to find out more.
Ever been stuck in a doctor's waiting room longer than expected with a report to finish and the only option is to try to bang out a draught on your phone? One alternative to typing with your thumbs is to pack along a folding Bluetooth keyboard. The question is, which one? We recently got hold of an iClever IC-BK03 Trifold Bluetooth keyboard, went for a flu jab, and tried it out.
The Miami International Boat Show started this week, and that means there's an all-new powerboat dressed up like a high-performance Mercedes. The Cigarette Racing Team and Mercedes have teamed up once again, picking up where they left off with last year's GT S-inspired boat to create a GT3 boat. If this 2,200-hp (1,640 kW) open-top harpoon doesn't bring the thrill of car racing to the open seas, few vessels have a chance.
In the last couple of years, drones have emerged as a very promising tool in the effort to protect Africa's wildlife, and now they are set to come to the aid of the continent's human population as well. The Government of Rwanda is implementing a drone delivery program that will see flying robots carry medical supplies, such as blood bags, to rural areas in need.
Just two days ago, we told you about the Alpina B7 Biturbo: a tuner take on the BMW 7 Series capable of over 300 km/h (186 mph). You'd think it occupies a niche market, but already it's got some company from BMW's M team in the form of the new M760Li xDrive, a long wheelbase luxury sedan with a twin-turbo V12 under the hood.
Indiana-based wheelchair mobility specialist BraunAbility and Ford will be showing a wheelchair-accessible Explorer at this week's Chicago Auto Show. Called the Explorer MXV, the conversion is meant to put the comfort of a wheelchair-accessible van into the rugged, capable hands of an SUV.
So first of all … no, nobody is thinking of weaving together blades of grass to make condoms. Scientists at Australia's University of Queensland, however, are having success with condoms made from a latex with added nanocellulose obtained from a native grass. Not only are they stronger than regular latex condoms, but they could be as thin as the diameter of a human hair.
Scientists in the US have today announced what could be the biggest breakthrough in physics in a hundred years. Specifically, they claim to have
at last detected gravitational waves, the enigmatic and elusive ripples in the fabric
of spacetime that Albert Einstein first predicted in
1916, in his theory of general relativity.