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The International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition challenges universities to des...

The University of Maryland has won the 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, in San Diego California. The event is organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Office of Naval Research, and challenges universities to design and build an AUV capable of navigating realistic underwater missions.  Read More

Cool fun: Hasbro’s Super Soaker Aquashock Arctic Blast

Hasbro's Super Soaker Aquashock Arctic Blast is not your run-of-the-mill water pistol - it packs an extra element of surprise in the form of a wide-fill cap which you can fill with ice-cubes. Then you simply pump it up, fire and your target is left soaking in a pool of ice-cold water.  Read More

The US$8.5 million Lazzara LSX Ninety Two Luxury Yacht

The European Boat Show season approaches, and we’re beginning to catch the first glimpses of the innovative new luxury yacht designs – one of the first to declare its hand is Lazzara Yachts which will introduce the US$8.5 million LSX Ninety Two, a completely redesigned follow-up to its acclaimed LSX Seventy Five. Scheduled to launch Fall 2008, the spacious LSX 92 features an expansive flybridge, a private water-level terrace off the master stateroom, a retractable aft sun deck shade, and Quad Volvo Penta Quad IPS II drive units. One of the most unique features of the 92 is the generous aft section that includes a large teak swim platform with a garage for toys that converts into a shaded area suitable for entertaining.  Read More

The CMS doesn’t exist just yet so we took the editorial liberty  of using a picture of a w...

Amphibious assaults are a dangerous business, which is why the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center is assembling a comprehensive Assault Breaching System. A key part of the new system is a Countermine System (CMS) designed to minimize mine-related human losses and not surprisingly, the new design is innovative, very complex and pretty scarey. Basically, it’s a warhead that dispenses its payload of 4000 neutralizer "darts" at a predetermined altitude to clear a safe pathway for the Marines that follow. The new CMS warhead is delivered accurately above the designated area required for clearance by the equally innovative JDAM guidance platform.  Read More

The Aston Martin One-77

The first image of a delectable new supercar has emerged from Aston Martin. Though details of the new One-77 are scarce, it is already undoubtedly the ultimate vehicle yet to emerge from the esteemed and thoroughly British marque. All that’s known for certain is that it has a carbon fibre chassis, a hand-built (err, sorry … hand-crafted) aluminium body, and is powered by a seven litre V12 motor.  Read More

Cars that talk – the Intelligent Car initiative gains momentum

A world where humans, motor vehicles and the infrastructure will wirelessly communicate and co-operate for the greater good came a step closer this week when the European Commission reserved part of the radio spectrum for smart vehicle communications systems (so called co-operative systems). The networked road system envisaged by the European Intelligent Car Initiative promotes the use ICT to achieve smarter, safer and cleaner road transport and comes not a moment too soon – already 24% of European driving time is spent in traffic jams, and it’ll get much worse before it gets better. Research suggests the costs caused by traffic congestion could reach EUR80 billion by 2010.  Read More

Delta fleet to get in-flight WiFi

Delta Airlines is set to introduce broadband Wi-Fi access onboard more than 330 aircraft operating in the continental United States. The company's passengers will be able to surf the web at 35,000 feet from next year at a cost of $9.95 on flights lasting up to three hours and $12.95 on longer trips.  Read More

ASUS Eee Stick

ASUS has officially unveiled its new the Eee Stick - a Wii-like motion sensing wireless game controller for PC that reproduces users hand motions on screen. The unit is vibration capable, effective at up to 10 meters and has three modes of operation - 3D motion captures horizontal, vertical and rotational movement, Pointing mode is designed for use with first person shooter games and Tilt mode reproduces forward, backward and sideways motion.  Read More

Nikon announces six new additions to COOLPIX line-up

Nikon's latest raft of COOLPIX compact digital cameras share a number of new features designed to give snap-happy consumers better results including smile detection, blink warning and "Scene Auto Selector Mode" which automatically selects the right scene mode according to shooting conditions. The flagship COOLPIX P6000 also offers image stabilization and GPS for geotagging of your best shots, the COOLPIX S60 gets a touch-screen interface, the COOLPIX S610c includes Wi-Fi transfer capabilities and the S710 boasts an impressive 14.5 megapixel resolution.  Read More

Robots reinvigorate CS classrooms
 Photo: IPRE (www.roboteducation.org)

Education has long been based around the three R's, but now for computer science students throughout the U.S., a fourth R is making ground - Robotics. A program that began in 2006 through the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) using robots as the circuit breaker in introductory computer science courses is being expanded to 28 more high schools and universities. Gizmag spoke to Dr. Tucker Balch, director of IPRE, to learn more.  Read More

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