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Hydro-power systems are by far the most widely used form of renewable energy on the planet, but despite their eco-friendly appeal the implementation of large scale facilities - particularly where dam building is involved - has some serious environmental and economic drawbacks. One solution to this impasse that is growing in support is to use leaner, less destructive systems to better harness current flow and provide energy at a local level. This is the thinking behind VIVACE, a machine developed at the University of Michigan which applies the same principles fish use to swim efficiently in order to generate power from currents much slower than those required to drive designs based on turbines and water mills.  Read More

The Kanguru e-Flash drive.

The new Kanguru e-Flash drive features both USB and eSATA connectivity, which gives it the dual advantages of widespread connectivity through the USB2.0 standard as well as allowing it to achieve speeds never before obtainable with standard USB drives thanks to an eSATA connection. Using eSATA's 3Gbit/sec throughput, the drive potentially offers five times the throughput of USB 2.0’s 480Mbit/sec and the eSATA connection is powered so no additional power source is required.  Read More

Mazda Kann wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge

The Mazda R&D team has fended off some very impressive competition to take out the Los Angeles Auto Show's 2008 Design Challenge. This year's Challenge posed the question - "How will auto racing look in the year 2025?" - and Mazda responded with this rakish three-wheel design that utilizes a patented electronic tire system to draw energy from an electro-conductive road surface and achieve speeds of 250 mph with no harmful emissions.  Read More

Lunar Baby Thermometer is a non-invasive solution to taking a child's temperature

The Lunar Baby Thermometer presents a simple yet effective solution to the often tricky problem of taking a child's temperature. The thermometer design utilizes the common technique of holding one’s hand on a child’s forehead to check for a fever. Ergonomically shaped to fit neatly and securely into your hand, the thermometer delivers a fast and accurate temperature measurement.  Read More

 The toughest phone in the world just got tougher

Sonim’s XP1 phone is already unquestionably the world’s toughest, so the imminent release of the even tougher XP3 is more than noteworthy, particularly for those of us who spend a lot of time near, on or in the water. The XP3 can withstand more shocks and drops than its predecessor, it’s buttons have been tested to function beyond 500,000 pushes, and boasts a Military Spec rating of 810F against salt, fog humidity, transport and thermal shock. It is capable of working at -20C or at +60C, which is way better than the human body, and comes with a three year, no-questions-asked guarantee. Most significantly though, it can be fully submersed in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. All this means you can call your pet goldfish.  Read More

Volvo  S60 Concept with Orrefors Crystal Interior

In offering the world the first glimpse of the Volvo S60 Concept car which will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January 2009, the Swedish auto manufacturer is giving an indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is launched in 2010. Little information is available at this time, but Volvo has indicated the car will “deliver a sporty drive like no Volvo before.” The only other significant information released with the accompanying image is that the interior features a floating centre stack made of hand-crafted Orrefors crystal, “shaped in a graceful, transparent wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat backrest.” Clearly a first in automotive interiors, the crystal panel “appears to float above the centre stack's ergonomically designed functionality and rests gently on rubber pads.” Can’t wait!  Read More

First photos of Porsche Four-Door Panamera GT

It seems like forever since we knew it was coming, and it’s still nine months before the launch but finally, here are the first images of the new Porsche four door, the Panamera. Porsche has developed several new V-configuration six and eight cylinder power units for the Panamera that range in power from 300 to 500 bhp. Some of the engines use turbocharger technology and Direct Fuel Injection making them both fuel-efficient and powerful all in one. The flow of power to the wheels goes either through a manual six-speed gearbox or the new seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox, the so called Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK).  Read More

Bimota's DB7 Oronero

In its past reincarnation, Italian motorcycle company Bimota built a reputation around its ability to take the great Japanese and Italian engines of the time and put them into a chassis package that would actually handle - but when the brand relaunched in 2003, many wondered what relevance Bimota would have in an era when the vast majority of modern sportsbikes handle brilliantly straight out of the crate. But it seems there's still room at the top end of the market for bespoke chassis designers, which is a good thing because otherwise we'd never see revolutionary designs like the center-hub steered TESI 3D or the magnificent DB7 Oronero, which boasts one of the first all-carbon fiber frame, subframe and swingarm packages ever to grace a production bike. A truly pornographic piece of motorcycle art, the Oronero also promises breathtaking performance with a weight of just 164 kilograms being propelled by the 164-horsepower Ducati 1098 powerplant.  Read More

Acer V223Wbd 22' LCD

Need to replace that old, eye-straining CRT monitor from ten years ago, or just looking for a Christmas gift idea for someone special? We can help. Here's a list of the 50 best selling LCD monitors right now on PriceGrabber, with links to the online retailers offering the best prices.  Read More

WinePod's entry–level US$2000 Garagiste Personal Winemaking System

Two years ago we wrote quite bullishly about the impending launch from a Silicon Valley start-up producing US$4500 domestic devices for artisan winemaking and we’re pleased to report that WinePod (at left) has since won countless awards, and is now set to spawn a more affordable, entry–level personal winery – the Garagiste (at right and not to scale). The US$2000 Garagiste presses and ferments wine in a self–contained unit and makes four cases of world-class wine per fermentation – personally, we’d still go for the much smarter upmarket model because it is so clever and connects to your computer for micro fermentation monitoring and management.  Read More

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