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James Holloway

The Power Pocket woven into a sleeping bag

Vodafone is to trial prototype phone-charging technology at the Isle of Wight festival this weekend. Developed by the University of Southampton's Electronics and Computer Science Department, the Power Pocket exploits the Seebeck effect, exploiting the difference in temperature between the human body and its surroundings to generate an electrical current which can be used to recharge a smartphone. Vodafone has woven the pocket into a sleeping bag (called Recharge) and a pair of shorts (called Power shorts) to test the technology.  Read More

Samsung's Galaxy S4 zoom cameraphone

With the announcement of its Galaxy S4 zoom, Samsung has gone the extra yard beyond its Galaxy Camera to release a capable snapper – with a 10x optical zoom no less – that is also an out and out smartphone running Android Jelly Bean 4.2. Samsung claims that the 16-MP device combines uncompromised performance as both a smartphone and compact camera.  Read More

MG unveils its MG3 hatchback (Photo: Gizmag)

MG summoned the British motoring press to Birmingham today for the UK unveiling of its MG3 supermini. The five-door hatchback is an attempt to bridge the gap between the functional and affordable hatchbacks on the market (think Ford Fiesta) and more iconic aspirational models (like the Mini). Despite the company's troubled recent history, it is confident that the brand still carries prestige. Though MG's engineers are split between the UK and Shanghai, MG's Global Design Director, Anthony Williams-Kenny, today emphasized that the MG3 is an example of British design.  Read More

The Faroe Islands Education Center (Image: BIG) Danish-origin architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has announced that ground has been broken at the future site of its Faroe Islands Education Center, which will become something of a mega-school on Denmark's self-governing archipelago midway between Iceland and Norway.  Read More

The University of Virginia solar-powered wheelchair

A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students at the University of Virginia has won first prize in a competition, Change My Life in One Minute, to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day. Entrants to the competition were asked to come up with an innovation that could make a significant difference to a person with a disability. The solar-powered wheelchair can run continuously powered only by the sun.  Read More

The British Army will eventually take ownership of 60 Terriers (Video grab: BAE Systems)

The British Army has taken ownership of its first Terrier combat engineer vehicle, which maker BAE Systems claims is the most advanced of its type. The armored vehicle has been described as a Swiss Army Knife for the battlefield, capable of clearing routes or creating cover. Perhaps most significantly, the Terrier is drive-by-wire, and can be controlled remotely with a device very much like a console game pad.  Read More

Thunderbolt 2 will enable 4K video transfer (Image: Shutterstock/JMiks) Intel has released further details of the next generation of Thunderbolt, the high-speed hardware interface it originally developed with Apple. Thunderbolt 2 doubles data transfer rates to 20 Gb/s which, with the incorporation of DisplayPort 1.2, will allow the transmission of raw 4K video as well as data.  Read More

The 23-in Asus ET2311

Asus has announced that it has updated its range of iMac-alike all-in-one flat-pack PCs with two new models, the 23-in ET2311 and the higher-spec "ultra high-resolution" ET2702. Though both support multi-touch, of the two, only the ET2702 supports 10-point gestures.  Read More

MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion (Photo: Mediated Matter Group/Steven Keating)

Silk Pavilion by MIT Media Lab poses some interesting questions about how what it calls "biological fabrication" might fit into the future of making things alongside 3D printing and similar computer-aided cleverness. To make the silk and metal dome, the work begun by robotic weavers was completed by silkworms – 6,500 of them.  Read More

Twitter released Vine for Android devices earlier today

Twitter has released an Android version of its popular video-sharing app, Vine, the company announced on its blog today. iPhone owners have been beavering away sharing funny, silly and creative 6-second videos ever since the release of the app for iOS in January. But from launch, Android users will have access to a feature unique to their platform of choice, the ability to zoom.  Read More

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