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Rossi during the 2006 test

Whispers of a night-time MotoGP event first reached Gizmag in early 2006 and now it’s official – the season opening Grand Prix of Qatar on March 9th next year will be held under lights to allow for better synchronization with European television schedules. The staging of the unprecedented night race will involve what is believed to be the biggest lighting project in the world for any sporting event – almost four thousand lights will be used to ensure visibility and remove shadowing from the track.  Read More

Sanyo SCP-7050

Sanyo has added the rugged SCP-7050 to its range of mobile phones. Adhering to military standards for dust, shock and vibration, the clam-shell type phone features a durable rubber non slip exterior designed for use in physically demanding environments, full Bluetooth functionality, high quality display and built-in GPS capabilities.  Read More

The 2007 C-Cactus Concept is aptly named for its low consumption of resources, using a mor...

Citroen never fails to produce something special for the major European motor show of the season and this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show will see the unveiling C-Cactus. The concept is a new take on vehicle design, and the Marque's ambitious aim is to market an ecological hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling, equipped with a hybrid HDi drivetrain and sold at the same price as an entry-level C4. To square this complex equation, Citroën is exploring new forms of design. It has decided to abandon features that are not essential to comfort and to focus instead on technology, styling and equipment that are positive, ecological and valued by users.  Read More

BioShock for the Xbox 360

While gamers and the gaming press continue to rave over what is almost undisputedly the most immersive first-person shooter experience yet, there's a reasonable chance that part of Gizmag's readership remain unconvinced, or even unaware of BioShock. Do you read science-fiction? Think first-person shooters all went downhill after Doom? Looking for a game that offers moral choices? Do yourself a favor and check out an in-depth review of BioShock for the Xbox 360 over at our game blog, The Gamer Gene.  Read More

Emulating the sticking power of the gecko
 Image: David Clements

Physicists at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, have designed a suit that could allow its wearer to scale walls like Spider-man. The suit is the latest proposed application of carbon nanotubes, a technology currently being researched by Polytechnic’s Professor Nicola Pugno that has potential applications in areas ranging from electrical circuitry to Space Elevators.  Read More

LG 'Black Label' LCD TVs

LG has released a new "Black Label" LB9 LCD television range that incorporates full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution, in-built HD tuner, 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time in a glossy black finish, wave-inspired bezel design.  Read More

Peugeot 308 SW Prologue

Peugeot will provide a preview of the new 308 at the Frankfurt International Motorshow under the guise of the 308 SW Prologue. Equipped with an additive-enhanced diesel particulate filter system (DPFS), that reduces CO2 emissions, the 308 SW Prologue combines the strengths of the new 308 hatchback with innovative SW features like the new “wrap-around” rear end which allows for the installation of a third row of seats and improves rear vision.  Read More

Quellan QNx220

Quellan has announced a new RF Noise Canceller that extends the advantages of the technology beyond the realm of purely audio applications to enhance signal strength and clarity for video reception. In a weak signal area such as underground roadways or in high rise environments, a cell phone using the QNx220 can recover several bars of lost signal strength and a GPS receiver can obtain a location lock in just seconds rather than minutes.  Read More

Hitachi’s ultra short throw CP-A100/ED-A100 LCD projector

It’s one of those things that you really have to see with your own eyes to fully comprehend – just how close Hitachi’s ultra short throw LCD projector can be to the screen. The figure of 42 cm for a 60 inch screen just doesn’t hit the brain with quite the same impact as seeing it because we really did a double-take. The CP-A100/ED-A100 LCD projector is the first of a new generation of projectors that may well “revolutionise the way that projectors are used in education and business” as the press hand-outs claim.  Read More

Hitachi’s Blu-ray Disc Camcorders

September Officially announced just a month ago in Japan, Hitachi’s Blu-ray disc camcorders were one of the big hits at IFA this week. The camcorders use the world's highest resolution 5.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and store 1920x1080 Full HD video on 8cm Blu-ray disc media and hit stores across Europe in October. Two models will be available, both of which can output to display devices via HDMI port – one with a Blu-ray disc and Multiformat+ DVD burner drive that will store an hour of 1920x1080 footage; and the other a hybrid with the same drive plus a 30GB hard diskthat adds another four hours of full HD recording.  Read More

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