Photokina 2014 highlights
Feng Shui Coffee

Feng Shui Coffee combines one of the world’s most popular drinks - coffee - with natural medicinal herbs and minerals designed for maintaining health and wellness and ties it in with the ancient Chinese principles of Feng Shui. It strikes us as an odd combination, but it does involve coffee.  Read More

BMW's Lo-Rider concept

Big change is afoot at BMW's motorcycle division. After unleashing the ferocious K1300 series, the crazy HP2 Megamoto and the instantly-competitive S1000R superbike, BMW today showed a bruising concept bike to the fascinated crowds at Milan's EICMA motorcycle expo. Reminiscent of the certified bad-ass Confederate Hellcat, the 1200cc Boxer-engined Lo-Rider is a nasty-looking stubby musclebike that takes BMW's conservative image and beats it to a pulp behind the school toilets. The Lo-Rider is nearly ready for production if interest is high (which it will be) - and BMW are already talking about a mix-n-match sales process that lets customers choose their own headlight, seat and tail units, pipes and paint schemes for a true factory custom vibe.  Read More

Samsung RFG299 French Door Refrigerator

The latest addition to its kitchen suite of appliances, Samsung’s new RFG299 French Door Refrigerator transforms the humble fridge into an interactive, digital lifestyle centerpiece. The RFG299 features a 7” LCD touch screen above the ice and water dispenser and boasts exceptional internal storage at 28.5 cu. ft. in a standard footprint.  Read More

QCN network map of the United States

We're often surprised by the unforeseen applications that emerge when lateral thinking is applied to new technology - and this is certainly one of them. The Quake-Catcher Network aims to create the world’s largest earthquake monitoring system by linking internet-connected computers. The key to the system is its ability to take advantage of Sudden Motion Sensors or Active Protection Systems that are already found in many recently manufactured laptop computers. Day-to-day, these sensors are designed to protect the computer's hard disk from vibration, but by running specially designed networking software they become a far-reaching, low-cost solution for a seismic detection and early earthquake warning system.  Read More

RXS Pico Media Projector

With more than half of the global population now carrying a mobile phone, technologies that enhance one of their key limitations - namely small screen size - are bound to find traction in the market. Eventually we can expect to see tiny projectors embedded into the mobile devices themselves, but in the meantime, add-on products that transform the mobile viewing experience are providing a viable alternative. Joining early movers like Microvision and Optoma, RXS: Redshift has now entered this space with the launch of its Pico Media Projector in the UK. The pocket-sized, 160g unit can project images up to 50 inches in size from your phone, laptop or PC onto surfaces such as a walls or ceilings.  Read More

The Roush modified Transit Van.

One of the hurdles of cleaning up vehicle emissions is the need for drivers to buy a completely new environmentally friendly vehicle - not exactly a feasible option for most people. Systems like the latest bi-fuel Internal Combustion Engine conversion from Roush Technologies could provide that vital stepping stone between petrol and hydrogen fueled vehicles. To demonstrate the technology, the company has modified the engine of a Ford Transit-based vehicle to operate using compressed hydrogen gas fuel – but it can also operate from its existing petrol fueled system without any adverse effects.  Read More

Myvu Video Eyewear gets iPhone compatibility

Myvu has announced that its flagship Myvu Crystal video glasses now work with the Apple iPhone. The 82 gram, USB rechargeable Crystal model tops the company's range with 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution and a 22.5 degrees diagonal field-of-view and ship with noise-cancelling earphones from Ultimate Ears.  Read More

After pulling an activation pin, the hardy robots can be thrown into place, or fired from ...

California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to test remote-controlled, 1.2-pound surveillance robots in hostile prison situations. After pulling an activation pin, the hardy robots can be thrown into place, or fired from a tear-gas launcher.  Read More

Ericsson 4 wins leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
 Photo: Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race

Ericsson has taken out leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race and broken the 24 hour monohull record in the process. The boat by covered the 6,500 mile journey from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa in 21 days, 17 minutes and 54 seconds, setting a new world record of 602 nm in 24-hours on day 19 (October 29).  Read More

Gemalto introduces credit card-sized reader for online banking

Digital security provider Gemalto has unveiled the Ezio Thin Reader, a credit card-sized authentication device for online banking, e-commerce, phone banking and other e-banking transactions that prevents the user from having to type their PIN on the vulnerable environment of a workstation keyboard.  Read More

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