Photokina 2014 highlights
Biolsolar Backsheet

A little under two months ago, Biosolar unveiled its BioBacksheet, an innovation which reduces the cost of solar cells by replacing traditional petroleum-based components with materials derived from renewable plant sources. The company has now announced details of improvements to the solar backsheet manufacturing technique that will help to further reduce the cost of production.  Read More

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S

Mercedes-Benz has announced a new limited edition version of the SLR McLaren Roadster supercar with the promise of breathtaking power and performance characteristics above that of its stunning predecessor. Improved dynamic suspension tuning and aerodynamics combined with a hand-built, supercharged, 5.5-liter Mercedes-AMG V8 engine that delivers 478 kW/650 hp (up from 460kW) give the new variant a top speed of 335 kmh with acceleration from 0 to 100 kmh in 3.7 seconds and 0-200 kmh 10.6 seconds. Why "722"? The number is a reference to the SLR racing models from the 1950s from which the two-seater cabriolet draws inspiration - Stirling Moss and his co-driver Dennis Jenkinson carried this number when they drove to victory in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR at the classic Mille Miglia long-distance race in 1955.  Read More

Cinemizer video glasses offer quality portable viewing for Nokia N96

The 115-gram Carl Zeiss cinemizer video glasses simulate a one-meter wide movie screen at two meters distance, and when connected to the new Nokia N96 mobile phone there's an added bonus - the TV signal from the integrated DVB-H receiver is displayed on the video eyewear without loss of quality.  Read More

Transformers sequel to be partially shot in IMAX

Director Michael Bay will shoot selected scenes from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with IMAX cameras... and we can't think of too many films more worthy of the mega-format treatment. Due for release a in June next year, the follow-up to the 2007 action smash hit will blend IMAX footage with movie sequences shot in traditional 35mm which will be digitally re-mastered for IMAX cinemas. The re-mastered scenes will appear in the conventional "letterbox" format while the selected scenes (and you can bet they will be action-packed CGI moments) will expand to fill the entire IMAX screen.  Read More

Volvo aerodynamic expert Tim Walker in the new tunnel

Volvo has invested 20 million Euro in complete refurbishment of its in-house wind-tunnel, making it the first car manufacturer to own a facility which combines a moving road simulation system with the ability to fully reproduce the airflow around and underneath the car's body... and it's already delivering results in the quest for greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.  Read More

LaCie 4big Quadra

LaCie's new 4big Quadra is a four-bay, hot-swappable RAID data back-up solution that offers burst transfer rates of 200-230MB/s and up to 6TB (6000GB) capacity as a compact stand-alone unit - which can be scaled up to 24TB by linking four units together - along with the promise of energy efficient and quiet operation.  Read More

BeBook portable eReader

Dutch-based BeBook has launched its portable eReader in the UK, offering compatibility with over 20 eBook formats and a large choice of online stores from which to buy eBooks. The eReader incorporates Vizplex technology and precise one-handed navigation to help users enjoy their library of best sellers, cult classics or the latest magazines.  Read More

Philips 42' Aurea LCD TV

Philips is rolling-out its 2008 Aurea LCD TV range with new 37” and 42” models boasting an improved in refresh rate of 2ms (compared with 3ms for previous models), a contrast ratio 30000:1, plus the latest versions of the company's Perfect Pixel HD Engine and Active Frame technology.  Read More

Toyota rear-window curtain shield airbag

Toyota has developed a world first rear-window curtain shield airbag designed to protect the heads of back seat passengers in the event of a rear-end collision. The new system is slated for inclusion in the iQ ultra-compact four-seater due on the market next year.  Read More

Falcon 1 launch vehicle

With the Space Shuttle scheduled to retire in 2010, alternative transport vessels will need to be developed to keep the International Space Station manned, and to keep options open for possible manned lunar missions. After three failed attempts, the SpaceX Falcon 1 has successfully achieved Earth orbit – the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to do so.  Read More

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