Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.
Pet parents have a range of devices these days to keep their furry children fed and entertained consistently in their absence. Now a new addition to the remote pet care market adds images and sounds to the fun. The Petzi Treat Cam taps the power of internet-enabled devices not only to dispense food remotely, but also see, speak to and take pictures of their four-legged children when away from home.
Our mobile devices running out of power is a constant worry, although portable chargers can help alleviate some of that anxiety. CulCharge, a new charger/powerbank still in its concept stage, is intended as an easy-to-carry option as it is small enough to slot onto a keychain.
A Swiss joint venture has developed a hybrid-electric powertrain for road sweepers that's said to consume half the energy of diesel-hydraulic vehicles and reduce emissions by more than 60 percent. The modular system can also be adapted to cleaner fuel types such as hydrogen.
Peek, the smartphone eye test app designed to improve eyecare in remote areas, has been found to be as accurate as traditional methods. According to a study published last week, tests with the app carried out between December 2013 and March 2014 produced levels of accuracy that were on a par with paper-based charts and expensive illuminated vision boxes found in clinics.
If you're into handwriting, drawing, keeping diaries the old fashioned
way and sipping wine, you may soon be able to merge all those activities
into one. A new device created by Portland-based designer Jessica Chan
adds a bohemian touch to the old fountain pen, by allowing it to be
charged with any type of raw liquid with a staining property, including –
you guessed it – wine. Called WINKpen, it also uses tea, beer, and
anything else that tickles the user's fancy.
Wearable devices are becoming more prominent, but, apart from voice control, they don't usually offer many ways of entering text. We have seen the ZoomBoard keyboard as one possible solution, as well as large, curved screens that use smartphone-like keyboards. Now a team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València and the University of Stuttgart have developed two tiny QWERTY soft keyboard prototypes that supposedly allow users to enter text more easily into their wearables.
Doing your hair and brushing your teeth are chores that may become a
little more interesting and fun with a new mirror that, besides
reflecting, can also display emails, news threads, tweets, public
transport times and all kinds of online data. That's because a student
team from the College of Science and College of Engineering at Purdue
University has created a mirror that doubles as an information
interface. Keeping up-to-date with bus schedules inspired the team to
come up with the info-mirror.
In response to the success of the iFetch device that allows small and medium-sized dogs to enjoy a game of fetch by themselves, the iFetch team has upsized things for the imaginatively named iFetch Too, which lets bigger dogs get in on the fun.