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Gladiat8r: a modern take on Roman battle-gear

This intriguing helmet concept from Canedo Studio and spotted by Yanko Design is said to be inspired by the protective headwear worn by Roman Gladiators and we mention it mainly because, well, it's a very cool design. Although on one hand it may look like an industrial brain slicer, the design is indeed intended to protect one's noggin, with weight being distributed evenly across the arch structure to reduce pressure on the bridge of the nose.  Read More

New world record solar cell (Image: Fraunhofer ISE)

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have set a new record for solar cell efficiency. Using concentrated sunlight on a specially constructed multi-junction solar cell, the research group lead by Frank Dimroth has achieved 41.1% efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity.  Read More

Panasonic SRD-SW21

Designed to keep up when your weekend exploits get a little rough, Panasonic's new SDR-SW21 compact camcorder is dustproof, waterproof up to 6.5 feet (in both fresh and salt water) and shockproof enough to sustain a 4-foot drop. Due for release in April at a price of around the USD$400 mark, the SDR-SW21 records to SD/SDHC Memory Cards and includes a 0.6 second quick-start recording feature.  Read More

One, two, three, aaaaahhhh.

Air Photo is a new iPhone app that is sure to be handy for the multitude of iPhone users who use their device for taking photos. The app lets users browse through their photos and cuts out the Mac or PC middleman, enabling printing of photos directly from the iPhone. Simply install the Air Photo Server app onto your Mac or PC and the Air Photo app onto your iPhone and you’re ready to go.  Read More

Artist's impression of the i MiEV SPORT AIR

Mitsubishi has just announced i MiEV SPORT AIR concept, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The i MiEV SPORT was announced at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show (announcement/show report/gallery), weighing 970kg with 107 kW (143.5 bhp) and a whopping 680 Nm of torque – compare that with the 2009 Tesla’s 185 kW, 375 nm and 1238 kg. Now a brief cryptic press release indicates that the new i MiEV SPORT AIR will be a "proper sports car", inferring the i MiEV SPORT was not. So we’re expecting some pretty special performance to match the stunning good looks and the transparent removable top.  Read More

New ‘net ideas: job auctions and a lift sharing service for parcels

While many are still waiting to see the depth of current, perhaps unprecedented, economic upheaval, it’ll been interesting to see how much impetus this newfound economic climate has on change to the traditional supply chain. The internet will ultimately connect everyone with everyone, and hence with traditional intermediaries (wholesalers and retailers) currently curtailing the value-added services they offer, the climate might well add massive impetus to change in the way we buy goods and services. Two UK-based web sites thriving in the current climate are eGenie and stuff2send - one connects customers directly to tradespeople, while the other does the same for courier services. Viewed from another angle, eGenie is a job auction website and stuff2send is a lift sharing service for parcels and packages and both will result in lower costs to the consumer.  Read More

ZAP Alias roadster

ZAP has shown a pre-production version of its three-wheeled, all-electric Alias roadster at the National Automobile Dealers Association annual conference and exposition in New Orleans. The company, which is best known for its small-footprint, low-emissions, low-speed electric cars and trucks for urban use is looking to get on the highway with its latest creation. The preliminary specs for the two-seater Alias give it a top speed of 105 mph, acceleration of 0 – 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and a range of over 100 miles on a single charge. Throw in a sculptured low slung design, gull-wing style doors and a price point predicted to be under the USD$35K mark and you have another promising prospect for the soon to explode EV marketplace.  Read More

The new mechanical design accommodates extreme bending and straining without reduction in ...

Three university engineering professors have collaborated to develop a new design for stretchable electronics that can be wrapped around complex shapes, without a reduction in electronic function. The new mechanical design strategy is based on semiconductor nanomaterials that can offer high stretchability (up to140%) and large twistability such as corkscrew twists with tight pitch (e.g., 90 degrees in 1cm). Potential uses for the new design include electronic devices for eye cameras, smart surgical gloves, body parts, airplane wings, back planes for liquid crystal displays and biomedical devises.  Read More

How to double your chance of giving up smoking

About one third of the male adult global population smokes, two thirds in Asia where tobacco advertising is largely still legal. Among teens aged 13 to 15, about one in five smokes worldwide. Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. Smoking related-diseases currently kill one in 10 adults globally, and on current trends, one in six of ALL people two decades from now. New UK research has found that smokers are twice as likely to kick the habit if they use a support group rather than trying to give up alone.  Read More

Waterproof Books

Now here’s an idea we hadn’t come across before – waterproof books. Apparently they’ve been around for a while, but we figure if we hadn’t come across them, and we are constantly looking for new ideas to make life easier, more efficient or more fulfilling, quite possibly our readership might not have encountered them either. If for no other reason than experiencing the brain twisting experience of being afraid to get a precious book wet, even when you know it’s okay, maybe give it a try.  Read More

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