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— Mobile Technology

Glasses-free HTC EVO 3D smartphone announced for Europe, available in U.S.

The range of gadgets capable of stereoscopic glasses-free 3D viewing is slowly increasing, with the LG Optimus 3D, Sharp Aquos SH-12C and Nintendo 3DS gaming console already on the market. HTC has now announced that its first glasses-free 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D, will be available in Europe in July. Unveiled in March 2011 and introduced in the U.S. by Sprint on June 24, the EVO 3D features a stereoscopic 3D display, allowing users to view three-dimensional images without glasses, plus the phone is able to capture pictures in 3D. Read More
— Motorcycles

Two new middleweight adventure bikes: Honda's Crossrunner, Suzuki's new V-Strom 650

"Adventure" bikes are about as practical and unglamorous as motorcycling gets. They're fairly ugly to look at, they're often ridden hard and put away wet, they're taken to dirty places and they have dirty things done to them. Which to my mind has always made them a preserve of the hardcore rider - these are not ridden by Harley polishers or leather-clad latte sippers, they're ridden by folks that like to get out and throw motorcycles around out where it's tough. So it's encouraging to see that the adventure class is heating up more than ever in 2011 - and two new middleweight all-roaders from Suzuki and Honda now come into a mix that's becoming almost saturated with bikes like the Kawasaki Versys, the BMW F800GS, the Yamaha Tenere and Triumph's Tiger 800. Read More
— Automotive

Pike Peak hillclimb records smashed

Sixty-one year old motorsport legend Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima, almost certainly the oldest world class athlete competing in any sport today, won his sixth consecutive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, at the same time as breaking the long standing 10 minute barrier for the course which rises 1.5 kilometers from start to oxygen-starved finish. Nissan's electric LEAF established a new electric car record for the course and Ducati's "four bikes in 1" Multistrada defended its 2010 win with a new record too. Read More
— Laptops

Sony takes wraps off new ‘ultra-mobile’ VAIO Z Series with Power Media Dock

Sony has taken the wraps off its new VAIO Z Series at a press event in Europe. Weighing in at 1.2 kg (2.64 lb) and measuring 16.65 mm (0.65 in) thin, the “ultra-mobile” notebook PC sports a 13.1-inch, 1600 x 900 pixel, anti-reflective display and packs a full-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU along with solid state drive. Designed for users who don’t want to choose between desktop power and notebook portability, the VAIO Z Series also comes with a Power Media Dock that connects to the notebook via a “Light Peak” optical cable to add quad monitor support, an optical drive, extra connectivity options and AMD Radeon HD graphics. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Get a workout while you work with the Elliptical Machine Office Desk

If you're finding it hard to shed those extra pounds because you're chained to desk all day and can't find time to fit in some exercise then the Elliptical Machine Office Desk will mean there's no more excuses. Consisting of an adjustable-height desk that pairs with a semi-recumbent elliptical trainer, it's claimed the setup will allow the average user to burn about 4,000 calories in a typical working week. And with a healthy body and a healthy mind said to go hand in hand, the setup might even make you more productive in the office. Read More
— Automotive

Photos: Toyota's sporty FT-86 II concept

Perhaps fearing that the brand is losing touch with "passionate drivers", Toyota is developing a new "affordable" sports car to fill the gap it left when it dropped the Supra and MR2 from its lineup. The FT-86 II concept, built on a Subaru platform under a partnership agreement, is a rear wheel drive coupe with smart styling that's clearly aimed at younger drivers. Toyota showed off the car in Melbourne, ahead of this weekend's Australian International Motor Show - and took the opportunity to give the press an advance look at the Prius C concept, Prius V, 2012 Hilux and all-new Yaris as well. Pics inside. Read More
— Good Thinking

Solar-Sinter 3D printer creates glass objects from sun and sand

We’ve seen a growing number 3D printers that use additive manufacturing technology to form objects one layer at a time, usually from resin or ABS plastic. But Markus Kayser, an MA student at the Royal College of Art in London, has created a 3D printer that creates 3D objects using two things found in abundance in the desert – sun and sand. As well as being powered by the sun via two photovoltaic panels, the Solar-Sinter also focuses the sun’s rays to heat sand to its melting point so it then solidifies as glass when it cools, allowing the computer controlled device to produce glass objects from 3D computer designs. Read More
— Digital Cameras

DuoPod concept designed to steady up DSLR film-making

Shooting movies and television shows using digital SLR (DSLR) cameras that also record high definition video is becoming much more widespread - in fact, the Season 6 finale of House was shot using Canon's EOS 5D Mark II camera, and Philip Bloom is said to have shot a number of scenes for the upcoming Lucasfilm World War II film Red Tails using the very same model. If you're looking to make your own DSLR epic, then you'll want to keep things steady while chasing someone down the stairs or running after your star through a busy city street. The Mount Kestrel Duopod concept from designer Ben Millett is a solid-looking shoulder-mounted steadicam rig that can also double as a floor-standing, two-legged camera platform. Read More
— Digital Cameras

AMP aims to bring high dynamic range to videographers

It’s a conundrum every serious photographer faces ... do you set your exposure so that the brightest objects in a scene are properly exposed but the darkest are underexposed, or so that the darkest are properly exposed but the brightest are overexposed? Or do you go with some compromise, where only the half-way-between objects look right? That’s where high dynamic range (HDR) cameras come into play. Combining several levels of exposure in one shot, they act like the human eye, allowing properly-exposed dark and bright objects to co-exist within the same picture. Now, New Mexico’s Contrast Optical Design & Engineering is set to release its AMP camera, for shooting HDR video. Read More
— Automotive

AAA ready to deploy mobile EV charging units

Earlier this month, the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and Nissan began testing a new roadside service vehicle equipped with a charger, to assist stranded electric vehicles (EVs). Now, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is about to launch a similar pilot project, where mobile charging units will join the roadside assistance fleets in six test regions - a significant marker along the path to mass adoption of the EV in North America. Read More
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