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Drones gather target data about a missile radar station while also jamming it, as part of ...

Modern warfare is a constant arms race of measures and countermeasures, but with development cycles taking decades and costing billions of dollars, it's not uncommon for military technology to become obsolete by the time it's deployed. To address this dilemma, DARPA's System of Systems (SoS) Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) program aims at replacing monolithic weapon systems with a more flexible cross-platform approach.  Read More

Retouch3D melts away flaws on a variety of 3D-printed materials

If you've never used a 3D printer, then you might not be aware of the fact that the objects they create don't always emerge in their final, flawless form. They often contain small printing errors, fringes of stray material, and supporting structures that need to be removed. Retouch3D uses heat to melt away those imperfections.  Read More

Bkool lets users create animated interactive first-person videos of any cycling route in t...

Riding a stationary bicycle trainer can be boring, which is why Zwift and ebove were created. Both systems feature first-person videos of computer-animated cycling routes, that the user interacts with as they're cycling on the accompanying trainer. Now, Spain's Bkool has entered the picture. It's much like the other systems, although along with offering thousands of pre-made videos of real-world roads, it's also able to render them from scratch as the cyclist is riding.  Read More

Honda has announced that the S660 and S660 Concept Edition will go on sale in Japan starti...

Honda has announced that a production version of a concept it showcased at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be made available to buy. The Honda S660 is designed to be a fully-fledged sports car packed into a mini, two-seater form. A limited-availability Concept Edition will also be rolled out.  Read More

The Tiko 3D printer makes a number of interesting design choices to keep costs low and pri...

Tiko, a new budget 3D printer seeking funding through Kickstarter, takes a number of interesting design choices to minimize costs without sacrificing the quality of the print – chief among these is the use of a cheap, single-part "unibody" frame that requires very little calibration.  Read More

Phase One Industrial's new iXU 180 medium format drone camera with an 80 mm Schneider-Kreu...

The Industrial division at Phase One has revealed an 80 megapixel medium format drone camera that's claimed to be the world's smallest. The Phase One iXU 180 is aimed at gyro-copter and ultralight enterprise users such as aerial mappers, coastal surveillance and arctic researchers rather than your average quadcopter enthusiast and features a block body that's not much wider than the lens it accommodates.  Read More

The International Youth Culture Centre in Nanjing, China, is illuminated using 700,000 LED...

A building in Nanjing, China, has become a colorful addition to the city's skyline. The International Youth Culture Centre features an LED system from Philips that has 700,000 nodes and a palette of 16 million colors. Despite this, it reportedly costs less than €114 (US$122) per day to light.  Read More

Ken Washington, Ford's new Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering

Global trends appear to be moving towards a future where in many markets, car ownership may look like an expensive, impractical and inconvenient way to get around. So what's the next model of personal transport, and where do the big automakers fit in? Ford's new global VP of Research and Advanced Engineering, Ken Washington, sat down in Melbourne for a "crystal ball" discussion about autonomous cars, on-demand vehicles, car sharing, smart parking, multi-mode transport, and how a car company might learn to cater to a new generation of customers that are far more interested in upgrading their phones than getting their driver's licenses.  Read More

The ARC is intended to give those with Parkinson's disease greater pen control

The development of tight, cramped cursive as a result of degenerating motor control is a common symptom of Parkinson's disease. Known as micrographia, this condition can often lead people to put down their pens forever, but a team of British engineers say there might yet be hope for sufferer's of this dispiriting ailment. Dopa Solution's ARC pen is a vibrating writing device that stimulates muscles in the hand, giving those with Parkinson's better control when putting pen to paper.  Read More

Researchers at the University of Houston have demonstrated grasping using EEG-based BMI co...

A team of researchers from the University of Houston (UH) has developed an algorithm that enabled a man whose right hand had been amputated to grasp objects using a bionic hand controlled by his thoughts. While we've seen similar accomplishments in recent years, the new technique is non-invasive, capturing brain activity via a scalp EEG.  Read More

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