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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

Natralock packaging

No doubt many readers are still nursing injuries sustained on Christmas morning as they tried to free a new toy or gadget from the impenetrable fortress that is clamshell packaging. Such packaging has even spawned a device specifically designed to combat the finger slicing clear plastic and a number of big name manufacturers including Sony and Microsoft have jumped on the bandwagon to rid the Earth of this unnecessary burden. One of the best alternatives we've seen made an appearance at CES 2009, with MWV packaging showcasing the latest version of its environmentally friendly, paperboard-based Natralock security packaging solution.  Read More

The world's smallest working fuel cell. 
 (Image: Saeed Moghaddam via NewScientist)

People are becoming more and more reliant on the portable gadgets they carry every day and at no time is that reliance more pronounced as when those gadgets’ batteries run out of juice. While we’ve seen some fuel cell technologies appear in recent years that offer the future prospect of powering portable devices, none are quite as small as this new working fuel cell created by US chemical engineers and featured recently in New Scientist that measures just 3 millimeters across.  Read More

Thanko MP4 Watch

Watching the clock gets a whole new meaning with Thanko’s MP4 Watch. Seemingly straight out of Q’s arsenal the watch that features a full color 1.8-inch LCD screen as well as a voice recorder and tiny camera that can record video at 352 x 288 resolution and take photos at 640 x 480 resolution – perfect for any aspiring James Bond wannabes.  Read More

January If there’s a downside to the coming ubiquity of phone- and computer-based video cams and the continuing success of reality television and Youtube, it’s that Andy Warhol’s ridiculous quote of "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" could indeed become true. For those hankering for their share of celebrity, might we suggest an investment of GBP10 (US$XX) in the book “You’re On!” The aim of the book is to show you how to look and sound good in any audio or video format, with tips and exercises on improving presentation, vocal quality, controlling nerves, ad-libbing, podcasting, reading a script, interviewing, ad infinitum  Read More

Acer shows new 10 inch Aspire One Netbook

Acer has announced an all-new 10” Aspire One netbook, complete with Windows XP, integrated Bluetooth , 802.11b/g, Acer Signal Up technology and it can also be specified with a choice of WiMAX or 3G wireless technologies. Weighing 1.18 kg, the new netbook includes a 10.1 inch WSVGA LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a 160 GB drive and a multi-in-one card reader.  Read More

Cayin's new dual-display digital signage player

Taiwanese digital signage specialist Cayin Technology, will release SMP-WEBDUO, the most advanced model among web-based digital signage players, at Integrated Systems Europe 2009 in Amsterdam in February. SMP-WEBDUO not only employs most functions from the SMP-WEB series but also supports full HD video and dual display simultaneously.  Read More

Gibson recreates the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood

There are as many modified electric guitars in the world as there are guitarists who play them, but rare is the modified “off-the-shelf” guitar that is elevated to iconic status by the artist who played it. Such is the case with Jeff Beck’s “Oxblood” Les Paul, a guitar from the heart of tone history. Gibson has unveiled an accurate recreation of this legendary instrument: the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood. The guitar joins a range of signature Les Paul guitars from the likes of Jimmy Page, Slash and soon, Michael Bloomfield.  Read More

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