Photokina 2014 highlights

Colin Jeffrey

The Ion SmartScooter is claimed to travel up to 17 miles (27 km) on a single charge, and a...

The Ion SmartScooter is a stand-up electric scooter prototype that is lightweight, foldable and compact, with its creators claiming it can carry an average adult for distances of up to 17 miles (27 km) on a single charge. Sporting a 250 W brushless electric hub motor, the SmartScooter is also claimed to be able to travel at speeds of up to 15 mph (24 km/h), yet fold up small enough to carry on a bus or train.  Read More

The Zagato Shooting Brake harks back to the styles of the 1960s Italian coachbuilder Zagato has unveiled the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake as part of its 95th anniversary celebrations. Specially constructed for a European client, the 1960s-inspired Shooting Brake comes complete with functional trunk space for carrying the likes of golf clubs, fishing gear, or hunting equipment.  Read More

The new device incorporates quantum photon polarization to generate random numbers and cre...

With a new device set to make unbreakable, quantum-based cryptographic security available for everyone for the very first time, ordinary people will be able to use cryptographic systems that – until recently – only existed as experiments in the most advanced physics laboratories. Developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) the device incorporates the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization to generate random numbers and create cryptographic keys.  Read More

The Laniakea Supercluster, to which our Milky Way belongs, shown in the supergalactic equa...

A new study has revealed that our Milky Way is a member of a group of local galaxies interconnected within a larger supercluster made up of a myriad of other galaxies, all interlinked within a tenuous web of filaments many millions of light years long. Dubbed "Laniakea" (Hawaiian for "immense sky") by astronomers working at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF's) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and others around the world, this research defines hitherto unknown boundaries and connections in our corner of the universe.  Read More

Mercedes-Benz has developed a radar-based system that alerts the truck driver of imminent ...

Trucks today are big and getting bigger, and even with cameras and superior spatial awareness, the operators of these leviathans can never be totally aware of potential collision hazards, especially when turning. To help alleviate this problem, Daimler, the truck division of Mercedes-Benz, has introduced a radar-based system that alerts the truck driver of imminent collision danger from anywhere on the entire unobservable portion of the vehicle.  Read More

Robot raptors that fly like the real thing are designed to act as a deterrent to flocks of...

Birds that stray into the paths of aircraft, eat crops, or spread disease from foraging in large numbers at landfills are, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, downright dangerous. Over the years people have tried everything from scaring them away with loud noises to trapping them – all with varying results. Now a designer from the Netherlands has come up with robotic birds of prey that look and fly exactly like the real thing.  Read More

Scientists will attempt to discover if the universe is 'real' or a holographic 3-D illusio...

In what may be one of the most mind-bogglingly surreal experiments ever floated, scientists at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) will attempt to discover if the universe is "real" or merely a holographic 3-D illusion that we just think is real. Using high-powered lasers, the scientists intend to determine if space-time is a quantum system made up of countless tiny bits of information.  Read More

NASA's 'swarmies' stand at the ready to work together explore alien worlds (Photo: NASA/Dm...

A collection of autonomous robots designed to scuttle around on distant planets looking for resources and material in much the same way that members of insect colonies do on Earth are currently being tested by NASA engineers. The robots, dubbed ‘swarmies’, are designed to individually survey an area, signal the others when they have found something of value, and then divide up the task of collecting the material and returning it to their base.  Read More

According to the designers, they have produced and flown a scale prototype of the blimp

Using a tethered airship floating high up amongst the clouds, the Air HES concept claims to yield both clean water and electricity by harvesting and condensing water vapor which it uses to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. According to the creators, they have built a prototype to test their theory and have also conducted feasibility studies into upping the scale of their device to produce economically viable levels of water and power.  Read More

Australia’s very own supercar, the Joss JP1, is set to be launched on the world stage.

Australia’s very own supercar, the Joss JP1, is taking another run at the world stage. With a mid- mounted all-alloy V8, a claimed top speed of around 340 km/h (211 mph), and all of the current technical innovations expected in a modern day supercar, the Joss JP1 is the culmination of years of design and development work aimed squarely at producing a world-beating exotic machine.  Read More

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