One definition of the word frustrating is realizing you don’t have the right cord for the right job when you need it most - whether it be for an iPod
or one of the multitude of mobile devices that connect via USB
. Presenting a simple yet effective solution to that particular problem is the Scosche flipSYNC, a keychain USB and sync cable about the size of a car alarm remote control.
Having placed third in the prestigious DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007
, engineering students from Virginia Tech have returned to the forefront of autonomous vehicle
development by designing and building four GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) vehicles. Able to carry 1800 lbs and designed to resupply and evacuate troops in the field as well as reduce the load carried by them, the vehicles are due to make their debut at the impending 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)war games in Hawaii.
There are racing simulators
– and then there’s I-WAY World. Taking four years to complete, the strikingly stylish complex in Lyon, France, features not only a bar, restaurant, fitness and conference rooms, but also offers enthusiasts 18 fully equipped 6-axis racing simulators with the choice of rally, endurance and Formula 1
The now ubiquitous iPod docking station
continues to appear in an ever more imaginative number of guises, with the iCrystal from Speakal being no exception. Serving up a stylish dose of retro aesthetics with a futuristic twist, it combines unique looks with multiple control options and portability.
Traditionally, the goal of high power conversion efficiency in thin film solar cells
has been compromised by opposing optical and electrical constraints – while a cell needs to be thick enough to absorb adequate amounts of light, it must also be thin enough for the extraction of current. Rising to this “thick and thin” challenge, researchers at Boston College have designed a nanoscale
solar cell based on the age-old technology that created the coaxial cable, promising a higher conversion efficiency than any thin film solar cell yet seen.
The inaugural National Robotics Week is taking place across the U.S. right now, incorporating a host of organizations including universities and manufacturing companies with the aim of increasing public awareness of the increasingly important role of robotic technology in society.
For those that like their entertainment as personal as possible, iTVGoggles has released an update of its ITG-Vidix video glasses. Along with offering a virtual screen of 50” and up to three hours on a single charge, they also feature 2GB of internal memory, a MicroSD slot and a built in media player.
The world of superconductors
just became a much smaller place. Scientists taking part in an Ohio University led study have discovered the world’s smallest superconductor – a sheet of four pairs of molecules measuring less than one nanometer (that's 0.000001 millimeter) wide, potentially paving the way for next – generation nanoscale
has launched a new open-source project for its Chrome browser that will enhance 3D graphics rendering capabilities without the need for users to download additional drivers. Dubbed ANGLE (Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine), the project aims to allow Windows users to run WebGL content without having the traditionally necessary OpenGL drivers installed.
Not content with being the purveyor of the likes of gold and diamond encrusted mobile phones
and USB flash drives
, luxury manufacturer Gresso has announced what it claims to be the world’s first mobile phone customization experience. By way of an online “boutique”, the company offers its clientele the choice of almost 40 combinations of titanium, steel and leather – with a starting price of US$2200.