Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

David Szondy

The PowerShot G7 X at Photokina (Image: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Taking high-quality images with a pocket camera has always been a challenge, but technology is catching up. The case in point are the three newly revealed models in Canon’s PowerShot line, headlined by the 20.2-megapixel PowerShot G7 X.  Read More

The new Kindle Voyage takes over as Amazon's premium eReader

Amazon has expanded its Kindle eReader range by unveiling its 7th generation Kindle. Supplanting the second-gen Paperwhite as Amazon's premium eReader, the Kindle Voyage is billed as the company’s most advanced eReader yet, coming in lighter and thinner than any previous model and sporting a more advanced display and user interface.  Read More

NASA has announced that Boeing and SpaceX would provide manned spacecraft to service the I...

The dawn of manned commercial spaceflight received a major boost as NASA announced in a news conference today that Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen to ferry US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The US$6.8 billion contract was divided between the two companies to cover the cost of certification of the Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, one demonstration mission for each, plus six commercial missions to the station.  Read More

A US$2,9 million contract will allow the Wyss institute to continue development of a soft ...

DARPA has awarded a first-phase US$2.9 million follow-on contract to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University as part of its Warrior Web program to create a soft exoskeleton. The Wyss Institute is studying the biometrics of walking as part of an effort to develop a soft fabric exoskeleton called the Soft Exosuit that uses robotics and biomimetics to augment the wearer’s musculoskeletal system as a way to reduce fatigue and injuries in soldiers and the disabled.  Read More

Sir Ken Adam, designer of the 'Q Branch' DB5, and the scale replica (Image: Aston Martin) A one-third scale gold-plated replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 complete with "Q Branch" gadgets is being auctioned off by Christie’s auction house. The auction, which marks the 50th anniversary of the première of Goldfinger, is being staged to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).  Read More

The Urwerk EMC uses mechanical and electronic systems to regulate its accuracy

Last year, Swiss watchmaker Urwerk announced that it was working on a wristwatch containing the world's first mechanical movement with an electronic monitoring system. The fruits of its of labor are now on display in the Urwerk Electro Mechanical Control (EMC) watch, which uses advanced electronics to monitor the precision movement’s performance within 10 microseconds.  Read More

The Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle showing the side power reserve indicator

The Bible talks about beating swords into plowshares, but what about Kalashnikovs into timepieces? Swiss watchmaker Fonderie 47’s Inversion Principle has done just that with a luxury watch made in part from the steel of a deactivated AK-47 assault rifle and subtle design cues from the firearm. According to the company, part of the watch’s price goes toward helping to disarm and aid Africa.  Read More

The Flyeye telescope is designed to detect asteroids that pose a potential hazard to Earth...

One aggravating property of the housefly is that swatting one is harder than it looks. That’s because flies have eyes designed for avoiding such a day-ruining event by detecting motion over a wide field of vision. Since asteroids have the potential to do to Earth what rolled newspapers do to flies, ESA is developing a telescope based on a fly’s eye as a new asteroid-hunting tool that could be the basis for a new asteroid defense network.  Read More

Curiosity's old and new paths (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

After over two years on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached its primary objective, Mount Sharp. Located in the center of Gale Crater, where the unmanned explorer has been studying geology of the Red Planet, Mount Sharp will be the centerpiece of a new program of study to locate areas where could or once could have supported microbial life.  Read More

The Orion capsule getting ready to receive its skin prior to fueling (Image: NASA/Dimitri ...

NASA’s return to manned spaceflight took a couple of major steps forward this week with the completion of the Orion crew capsule and the attachment of it and the previously-completed service module to the adapter that will connect Orion to its rocket. This marks the completion of all major components of the spacecraft, which is due to make its first test flight in December.  Read More

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