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James Holloway

Ambilight and hue combine

TP Vision has announced an upgrade to its Ambilight TV backlighting system designed to work alongside (well, underneath) Philips' hue color-change LED light bulbs, effectively allowing Ambilight effects to fill the entire room. The new system, dubbed Ambilight 4-sided XL, is included on Philips' new 60-in Elevation TV. Its 94 LEDs cover all four sides of the display, and will adapt to match the predominant color of the on-screen action – as will any connected hue bulbs.  Read More

Vicara's Cartonado The Cartonado is a flatpack lamp which, electrics aside, is made entirely from corrugated cardboard.  Read More

A Proton-M rocket (Photo: Oleg Golovnev/Shutterstock) A Proton-M rocket crashed headlong into the ground shortly after take off on July 2. According to independent website Russian Space Web, which has been monitoring Russian media since the crash, reports that crash investigators examining the wreckage had found the angular velocity sensors had been installed the wrong way up.  Read More

Graeme Obree's redesigned Beastie (Photo: Rick Robson)

Graeme Obree has redesigned his Beastie prone bicycle ahead of an attempt to break the human-powered land speed record and, potentially, the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier at the same time. The radical changes made to the now complete bicycle have improved both visibility and aerodynamics. It was tested at Prestwick airport at the end of June.  Read More

HeadSense says it has an alternative to invasive procedures to monitor pressure in the sku...

An Israeli startup called HeadSense has developed a pair of earbuds which it claims can monitor pressure inside the human skull. It hopes its product could negate invasive alternatives, which involve drilling a hole in the skull (a process known as trepanning) and inserting a catheter to monitor intracranial pressure (ICP).  Read More

The +Pool concept

Though an apparently madcap idea, the early involvement of engineers at Arup suggested that the +Pool concept, to float a cross-shaped swimming pool in one of New York's rivers, might just become a reality. Now its designers at Family and PlayLab have launched a Kickstarter campaign to let backers buy pieces of the pool a tile at a time.  Read More

Jasper van Loenen's Drone It Yourself turns everyday objects into flying quadrotor UAVs (V...

If, like me, you've always felt that your books, record collection and years' of otherwise accumulated matter was lacking flight capability, you might be interested in Jasper van Loenen's Drone It Yourself project which turns more or less anything into a quadrotor drone with addition of a few motors and a control unit.  Read More

Léo Marius' 3D printable OpenReflex SLR camera

Further evidence that the list of things yet to be 3D printed is shrinking by the minute, Léo Marius has come up with a 3D printable SLR camera. Named OpenReflex, the camera includes a mirror viewfinder and a mechanical shutter release button. By using custom ring mounts, Marius says that more or less any lens can be attached.  Read More

Alex Holland's Shed of the Year 2013 (Photo: Readersheds.co.uk)

Gizmag sends out its heartfelt congratulations to Alex Holland, winner of this year's coveted Shed of the Year award for his solar-powered nautically-themed shed built almost entirely from salvaged materials. The crowning glory is a 14-ft boat which has been left whole and inverted to form the roof. A 20-W solar panel powers the creature comforts inside.  Read More

Wimoto's Growmote ... obviously

Wimoto has turned to crowdfunfing website Indiegogo to finance the first run of its range of small sensors designed to work remotely with mobile devices and computers. Sensors which monitor weather, soil conditions (for the green fingered) and water levels are available for under US$40 each, and are due to hit doormats this September.  Read More

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