Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.
European researchers have come up with a method to 3D print in metal using tiny drops of copper and gold with the help of a laser. The ability to print more structures that better conduct heat and electricity could lead to entirely new devices and components being created.
Google Now users in the US and some other locales can now ask the search app about a place they're near without mentioning it by name. For example, you might be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and simply ask "How tall is this?" and Google Now will be able to discern what you're asking about based on your mobile device's location data.
Raspberry Pi has new competition in the ultra-budget computer universe. CHIP purports to be the world's first $9 computer and its run on Kickstarter is coming to a close after raising over $2 million from nearly 40,000 backers.
High-end luxury carmaker Bentley has been hyping its upcoming sport utility vehicle
for many months now. Although the company has been keeping the key
details and design under wraps for the most part, Gizmag has come across
some spy shots of the car being tested in the field.
While robots can be designed to be faster or stronger than animals, it's rare to meet a robot that's as resilient as an animal in the wild after it's been injured. Animals adapt to survive and researchers from France and the US are developing robots that can keep working even after receiving major damage.
Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be
delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell
lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba
also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age.
The world of activity trackers has been rapidly expanding beyond just
wrist and armbands that monitor a few key vital signs and movements.
We're now seeing the energence of very specific tools like ResisTrack,
which claims to "monitor and track the exact force" that muscles
Just weeks after producing its first batch of synthetic diesel fuel made from carbon dioxide and water, Audi has laid claim to
another synthetic, clean-burning and petroleum-free fuel called
"e-benzin." The fuel was created by Audi's project partner Global
Bioenergies, in France.
Kyocera is continuing with its mission to make tough (often affordable) phones. The company's latest rugged device is the Torque G02, which Kyocera claims is the first sea water-resistant smartphone.