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The Wikitude Drive augmented reality navigation app overlays directional markers on real-t...

Although many of us don't know how we ever managed without our car navigation systems, they are not without their flaws. For one thing, when that voice says "Turn left in 100 meters," you may find yourself looking out the windshield and wondering "Does that mean this left turn, or the one just past it?" The Wikitude Drive augmented reality navigation app is designed to address these problems, by overlaying directional arrows on real-time video of the road in front of you.  Read More

The Look 920 mountain bike features a handlebar stem that is integrated into the top tube,...

For many of us, the list of dream mountain bikes that we’ll never be able to afford just keeps growing. That said, quite a few of those bikes have a way of looking alike – after all, there are only so many variations on the basic upright bike frame that will stand up to off-road use. At this weekend’s Eurobike trade show in Germany, however, a pretty unique-looking full-suspension rig is making an appearance. It’s the Look 920, and as is the case with some high-end road bikes, its handlebar stem is integrated into the top tube.  Read More

The clear mouse embryo on the right was incubated in the Scale reagent for two weeks

Scientists are constantly looking for new and better ways of seeing through biological tissue, in order to see cells within it that have been marked with dyes, proteins or other substances. While recent research has involved using marking materials such as carbon nanotubes and firefly protein, scientists from Japan’s RIKEN Brain Science Institute have taken a different approach – they’ve developed a chemical reagent that causes the tissue surrounding the marked cells to become transparent.  Read More

Sennheiser's new RS 220 wireless headphones are said to offer sound quality similar to tha...

How many people out there like headphone cords? Probably not a great number, but audiophiles will tell you that hard-wired headphones offer far superior sound quality than their wireless counterparts. Sennheiser, however, would have us believe otherwise. The company states that thanks to its Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technique, its new RS 220 wireless headphones sound like they’ve got a cord coming out of ‘em.  Read More

Miele's latest dryer utilizes heat gathered by rooftop solar-thermal collectors

At last year's IFA electronics trade show, Miele unveiled its SmartGrid-ready washer and dryer. Although they run off of regular mains power, these machines are also able to access the internet and determine when rates will be cheapest. Users indicate the time period in which the laundry must be washed or dried, the appliances choose the least expensive time within that period, then proceed to automatically start at that time. At IFA 2011, Miele has gone one better by unveiling what it describes as the world's first dryer to use the heat of the sun to get the wetness out of clothes.  Read More

Etymotic's HD-15 High-Definition electronic earplugs let users hear normally when things a...

If you work someplace where sudden loud noises frequently but intermittently occur, it can get kind of frustrating – you pretty much have to choose between protecting your hearing with ear plugs, or being able to hear what people are saying when it isn’t noisy. Your basic earplugs, unfortunately, don’t let you hear when things are quiet, but then activate when loud noises occur. Non-basic earplugs, however, do that very thing. Etymotic Research’s HD-15 High-Definition electronic earplugs contain tiny microphones, that instantaneously cause the plugs to block incoming sound waves when they detect noises over a given threshold. When the noise has ceased, the earplugs let the user hear normally again.  Read More

Metz has released its Primus 55 3D Media twin R television, which can convert 2D content t...

New models of televisions are certainly plentiful at IFA 2011, but one of the stand-outs so far has been the German-made Metz Primus 55 3D Media twin R ... evidently, they couldn't just call it something like the Trinitron. The long-named TV is able not only to show 3D content, but can also convert 2D content into 3D. Additionally, it has a built-in digital recorder, it can record to USB drives, and it can display film, photo and music files from an unlimited number of other digital devices in its users' home.  Read More

Toshiba Europe has just unveiled its 7 millimeter-thick Android 3.2 AT200 tablet

Toshiba Europe unveiled its latest multi-touch tablet today, the AT200. While the device has a backlit 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 HD screen, it is only 7 millimeters thick, and weighs in at just 558 grams (19.7 oz). It runs on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and offers micro-USB, micro-SD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has a micro-HDMI port (which allows it to stream HD content to a separate television set), 5- and 2-megapixel rear and front HD cameras, a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 CPU, and 1 GB of RAM. Besides its thin profile, however, one of the distinguishing features of the AT200 is its audio playback capabilities.  Read More

Samsung has announced three new additions to its Wave line of smartphones, the Wave 3 (pic...

Among the many smartphones being introduced to the public at IFA 2011 are three additions to Samsung’s Wave family – namely the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. All three phones use the company’s new bada 2.0 platform, which according to Samsung “brings together a wide variety of new capabilities including multi-tasking, Wi-Fi Direct, voice recognition and Near Field Communication (optional).” The platform is also said to allow for photo and file sharing without internet networking, mobile payments and transport pass-card recharge.  Read More

UCLA's low-cost, lightweight, rugged microscope utilizes holograms instead of lenses (Imag...

While financial contributions are certainly a great help to health care practitioners in developing nations, one of the things that they really need is rugged, portable, low-cost medical equipment that is compatible with an often-limited local infrastructure. Several such devices are currently under development, such as a battery-powered surgical lamp, a salad-spinner-based centrifuge, and a baby-warmer that utilizes wax. UCLA is now working on another appropriate technology in the form of a small, inexpensive microscope that uses holograms instead of lenses to image what can't be seen by the human eye.  Read More

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