2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show
Four time Solar Challenge winners unveil new car Nuna5

The team that won the World Solar Challenge for the last four years running has unveiled its latest solar racer. Like its predecessor, the Nuna5 from Delft University's Nuon Solar Team is covered with six square meters of solar panels but is 30kg lighter at a super low 160kg excluding driver.  Read More

The development could make this a more common sight (Photo: Hustvedt, Creative Commons)

The human brain has an amazing capacity for recognizing patterns, particularly faces. While we are able to differentiate different faces with apparent ease, computer facial recognition systems have a much harder time of it, relying on powerful computers and complex models to accurately identify the majority of differences between faces. This has held facial recognition systems back from being widely adopted, but now researchers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have developed a technique that significantly reduces the amount of computer power required without compromising accuracy.  Read More

The spherical Eris watch

While time itself is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s hustle and bustle world, there is certainly no shortage of innovative timepieces to help us keep track of it. Inspired by the recently discovered dwarf planet Eris, this example does away with the conventional two dimensional approach to timekeeping, instead using a globe design featuring “floating” hands that glide around the “equator” of the watch.  Read More

Sears Tower adds glass 'walk out' 1350 feet high

If you're ever likely to suffer from Acrophobia (from the Greek: akron , meaning "peak, summit, edge" and phobos, "fear" and meaning an extreme or irrational fear of heights), then Sears Tower in Chicago is the place that'll surely bring it on. Standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. The building recently added a new attraction as part of an updated Skydeck Chicago experience. Christened “The Ledge”, it's a series of glass bays on the 103rd floor that offer visitors unobstructed views of Chicago – 1,353 feet straight down.  Read More

The diminutive Muvi Micro Camcorder

The Muvi Micro Camcorder is small enough to carry with you everywhere to ensure you’re always ready to capture those unexpected video capture-worthy moments. Measuring just 5.5 x 2 x 2 cm and weighing 50 grams the Muvi is small and light enough to hang around your neck ready to capture VGA (640 x 480) quality video, which is stored on a Micro SD card.  Read More

Nissan Dual Injector System for improved fuel efficiency in small-displacement engines

July 14, 2009 Nissan today announced it has developed a Dual Injector system designed to improve fuel efficiency in small-displacement gasoline engines. The new fuel delivery system, claimed to be the first of its kind, uses an injector for each port rather than one per cylinder – speeding up fuel vaporization, reducing the amount of unburned fuel and reducing hydrocarbon emissions. Nissan will put the system into production vehicles beginning twelve months from now.  Read More

The SimpleNET USB Drive Network Adapter

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies unveiled several new consumer products yesterday following the acquisition of SimpleTech. The most ingenious, and the one which really caught our eye, was the SimpleNET network storage adapter for easily sharing USB drive content over an Ethernet network.  Read More

Robbie Maddison's backflip over the Thames

Stuntman Robbie Maddison celebrated his 28th birthday (today) with yet another hard-to-believe stunt on Monday, using the Tower of London's lifting road bridge to perform a backflip over the Thames in the wee hours of the morning. Maddison has been regularly breaking his own world record for the longest motorcycle jump for several years and has currently pushed it to 106.98m (350.98 feet) as well as performing regular other outrageous feats as publicity stunts for Las Vegas casinos and sponsors Red Bull. Great image gallery..  Read More

The Einstein robot head performs some random facial movements as part of the learning proc...

Robots generally aren’t the most expressive of entities, but their faces are becoming increasingly realistic as the number of artificial muscles controlling them rises. Today, a highly trained person must manually set up these kinds of realistic robots so that the servos pull in the right combination to make specific facial expressions, but researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are looking to automate the process by giving robots the ability to learn realistic facial expressions.  Read More

Nike+ SportBand

Nike's new USD$59 Nike+ SportBand goes on sale tomorrow, adding yet another information device for runners into the marketplace. The SportBand offers runners real-time performance feedback on their distance, pace, time and calories burned and the wrist-worn form factor is designed to offer the info “at a glance.”  Read More

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