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The trickle down effect has hit Western Digital’s 2.5-inch Passport external drives in the form of an e-paper display. Customizable always-on e-label smart displays were already available in some of Western Digital’s 3.5-inch external drives, such as the My Book Studio, and have now appeared on the company’s new My Passport Studio portable drive that also features a sleek brushed aluminum appearance and FireWire 800 to complement the standard USB 2.0 interface. Read More
Guitarists are bound to suffer the occasional spot of memory loss given the volumes of material they're expected to remember. Those new to the instrument often have problems keeping up with all those bothersome chord and key changes. Happily, there is shortly to be a product released which can help with both issues. The i-Tab can be mounted on the guitar's headstock or on a mic stand or cabled up to a TV and will run through the song while you play, acting as a aide memoire when you find yourself drawing a blank or as a learning tool for new or unfamiliar songs. Read More
Most of the time people don’t really take notice of how much power they’re using because the information isn’t readily available or easy to understand, which is where smart meters come in. They provide users with up-to-date information about how much power is being consumed and how much it is costing, thereby providing the information needed to cut energy usage and save money. Software currently being developed will make smart meters even smarter and help consumers make even bigger savings. Read More
Lenovo recently announced half a dozen new upgrades and additions to its "Think" line, including a smart tablet for business users, a speedy ultraportable laptop, a cut-price server and a new version of its "screen and a half" notebook first seen in 2008. With a lot of interest in dual-screen laptops recently, has Lenovo seized the opportunity to lead the field? Read More
Set to debut at the 80th International Geneva Motor Show, the Lotus Evora 414E concept is a hybrid plug-in technology demonstrator that uses a 1.2 liter, three-cylinder engine and independent electric motors for each of the rear wheels. The result is 0-60 mph (97 kph) in under 4 seconds and power output of 414 PS (306 kW). The claimed range of over 300 miles (483 km) and glass engine cover are also impressive, but one of the most interesting aspects of the car is its sound system. To address concerns about pedestrian safety raised by the arrival of near silent EVs and hybrids, Lotus has worked with Harman International to develop "HALOsonic", a "noise solution" that works externally to alert pedestrians and internally to give you the fun of real engine sounds. Read More
Now more than ever airlines are charging hefty penalties for baggage that exceeds the specified weight limit. Weigh To Go is a combination luggage tag/weighing scale that is designed to help globetrotters avoid overweight baggage fees. The compact device attaches to the luggage handle and displays the luggage weight on its small display. Read More
Many of us will have seen spinning classes at gyms where cyclists pedal imaginary routes up and down mountain trails and along city paths while looking at a screen. Dutch company Praxtour believes its virtual biking experience for professional is a cut above, offering ergonomically-correct training bikes that traverse real time simulated routes that test even the fittest athlete. An onboard computer logs all the relevant training data, and resistance and natural scenery are adapted to how much effort cyclists are putting in. It's probably the closest thing most riders will get to competing in the Tour de France without being part of the peleton. Read More
Although melanoma is one of the less common types of skin cancer, it is responsible for the majority (around 75 percent) of skin cancer related deaths. Part of the problem is that current diagnoses rely on subjective clues such as size, shape and coloring of a mole. With the aim of providing an objective measurement as to whether a lesion may be malignant, researchers at John Hopkins University have developed a prototype non-invasive infrared scanning system that works by looking for the tiny temperature difference between healthy tissue and a growing tumor. Read More
If you’ve ever seen a commercial-scale wind turbine in real life, then you’ll know that they’re huge – a single blade can be as long as 60 meters (197 feet). Researchers from Denmark’s Risoe DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy tell us that such blades can flex by up to six meters (20 feet) when subjected to strong wind gusts. Worse yet, the gust load is often not evenly distributed along the length of the blade, so it doesn’t flex evenly. Fortunately, the researchers are working on addressing this problem, by attaching flexible flaps to the trailing edges of the blades. These flaps come in the form of silicone rubber strips, which run the length of the blade. The result, we’re told, will be quieter, higher-output turbines. Read More
As Fisker Automotive's Karma plug-in hybrid moves closer to production the company has turned attention from the outside to the inside for its Geneva Motor show appearance. Assembled by Valmet Automotive in Finland, Fisker says the advanced aluminum space frame incorporates new levels of rigidity and strength to deliver "world-class ride and handling characteristics". This pic has been released ahead of the Geneva Auto Show which kicks-off this week. Read More
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