Photokina 2014 highlights

Darren Quick

SanDisk's Optimus MAX is the world's first 4 TB SAS SSD

Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) have historically been the poor cousins to platter-based HDDs in terms of storage capacity, making them a poorer option for enterprise applications. But SanDisk is looking to change things with its new Optimus MAX SSD, the world's first 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD packing 4 TB of storage capacity.  Read More

The X-47B, shown here on its first night flight in April, is set to begin its next round o... The US Navy is preparing to conduct a series of test activities with the aim of nailing down air standard operating procedures for air traffic control and ground support designed to allow the X-47B unmanned aircraft to operate alongside manned aircraft, both in the air and on the deck of a flight carrier.  Read More

The case+ features a metal plate on the rear

Smartphones are going modular, so why not smartphone cases? That's just what Logitech is doing with its new case+ system. Designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, the heart of the system is the case+, a protective case that features a metal plate on the back to which the various accessories can be magnetically attached.  Read More

Arrays of stacked multi-junction cells achieving ultra high efficiencies were produced usi...

The ultimate goal of solar cell technology is to be able to generate electricity at costs lower than sources such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. Key to this is continuing improvements in conversion efficiency, and with the development of the first four-junction, four-terminal stacked solar cell produced using a micro transfer printing process, researchers have taken another step towards this goal by achieving efficiencies of up to 43.9 percent, with the possibility of exceeding 50 percent in the near future.  Read More

The PaperFold smartphone prototype allows up to three separate E-Ink displays to be combin...

Long before Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung rolled out smartphones with curved displays in the form of the G Flex and Galaxy Round, the team from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University created the Paperphone, a fully-functioning flexible smartphone prototype featuring a thin film E-Ink display. This was followed by the PaperTab tablet and MorePhone smartphone prototypes. Now the foldable PaperFold smartphone has joined the fold.  Read More

Samsung's Galaxy K zoom further blurs the line between smartphones and point and shoot cam...

With many people using their smartphone's image capture capabilities as often as they use the device for making calls, it's not surprising that manufacturers continue to beef up smartphone camera credentials. The latest device to blur the lines between smartphones and dedicated point and shoot cameras is Samsung's Galaxy K zoom.  Read More

AgustaWestland has announced its AW609 tiltrotor aircraft completed autorotation trials ea... Following on from the completion of flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, AgustaWestland gave the first customer demonstration flights of the AW609 tiltrotor aircraft in February. This was followed by autorotation trials, which the company has announced were successfully completed earlier this month.  Read More

The team behind the Arion1 hope to reach 90 mph and claim the bike world speed record

Last September, at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain in Nevada, a Dutch team made up of students from TU Delft and VU Amsterdam set the current world speed record of 83.13 mph (133.78 km/h) for an unpaced cyclist on flat ground in the VeloX3. The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULVT) has now announced its intentions to take the title with the Arion1 Velocipede, a bicycle resembling an oversized medicine capsule that has been left out in the sun too long.  Read More

LG's G Watch will feature an always-on display The official teaser site for LG's G Watch has gone live, revealing a few previously unknown details of the smartwatch that will go up against competitor devices such as the Pebble, Sony's Smartwatch 2 and the Gear line from Korean stablemate Samsung.  Read More

The Postybell uses a GSM module to alert users to a delivery wherever they are

Last year we took a look at Postifier, a device that sits in a mailbox patiently awaiting any deliveries and alerting users on their smartphone when something arrives. Because Postifier relied on Bluetooth technology, range was limited to around 100 ft (30 m), but a new product called Postybell extends range to "any distance" by relying on GSM technology.  Read More

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