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Electric supercharger promises instant power boost

Now here’s an idea that begs the question as to why someone hasn't thought of it before. Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has come up with a clever technical solution for the problem of ‘downsizing’ engines without compromising driveability and performance – the electrical supercharger. The company’s low-cost, production-ready, Variable Torque Enhancement System (VTES) employs an electrically-driven supercharger to significantly improve low speed torque response for naturally-aspirated or turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. Unlike traditional mechanically-driven superchargers and exhaust-driven turbochargers, it doesn't suck power all the time because it is only engaged when needed, and delivers an immediate boost within 350 milliseconds. Most significantly, CPT claims the VTES can be implemented on current vehicles, using existing 12 volt electrical architecture, and when used in series with a turbocharger, the 2kW of electrical power translates into 20kW at the crankshaft.  Read More

3G iPhone to be available June 9

Tried to buy an iPhone recently? If you have, you’ve probably found it very difficult to get hold of one as stocks appear to have been depleted to zero. That was the first sign that the rumours of an impending launch of Apple’s next generation 3G iPhone were not just accurate but very close. Gizmodo today claims to have confirmed that the new 3G model will be announced at the WWDC Keynote on June 9 and immediately available in countries with current official availability! Whatsmore the new model will also herald new sales policies in some countries. Italy's Jack magazine has the first image of the 3G phone.  Read More

E. coli bacteria

US researchers have genetically engineered the bacterium E. coli to coax its DNA into computing a classic mathematical puzzle. Molecules of DNA have the natural ability to store and process information, in fact DNA represents the highest storage density of anything on Earth - French cytogeneticist Jerome LeJeune showed that the amount of information in one strand of human DNA is the same as that in 1,000 books of small print, each around 500 pages thick. Scientists have been performing computations with bare DNA molecules in lab dishes since the mid-1990s, but the new research, reported online in the Journal of Biological Engineering, is the first to do DNA computation in living cells.  Read More

The TVA Gazelle tilting 4-wheeler concept

We are on the brink of a new commuting age; cars are too heavy, too inefficient, too dirty and too big to be viable in tomorrow's traffic-clogged cities - and motorcycles are too dangerous and too hard to ride to be a real option for many. The new TVA Gazelle tilting 4-wheeler could be the answer, capable of over 100mpg, incredibly agile in the corners and with a price tag of less than US$10,000.  Read More

Antonov develops low cost gearbox for the low cost car

Antonov is developing an interesting new transmission for the next generation of ultra low cost cars. Such a transmission must be simple, low cost, reliable and repairable without no pneumatic or hydraulic controls, minimal components and only the simplest of electrical systems. Some innovative thinking was required ...  Read More

Wii Fit Reviewed

Making exercise fun is something that Nintendo has tried before. In 1986, they licensed Bandai's Family Trainer peripheral for the NES and launched it worldwide as the Power Pad. In the 90's, they created the Exertainment system - essentially an exercise bike with a SNES inside. Both products were capable of raising your heart rate, but offered little else in the way of improving your health or building good habits. Wii Fit sees Nintendo's honed skill in software and peripheral development come together for another crack at the holy grail of software - making exercise fun.  Read More

Dual purpose television packaging

Concerned about the high volume of non degradable waste which makes up most consumer packaging, UK designer Tom Ballhatchet has developed an innovative idea for re-using the box your television comes in as a durable stand.  Read More

The missing link prototype Jaguar ‘E2A’ goes up for sale

It is the missing link – the prototype Jaguar ‘E2A’ that bridged the gap between D-Type and E-Type, being raced along the way by Sir Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren and Dan Gurney. Timed at 194 mph down the Luusanne Straight at Le Mans, the totally unique, one-off piece of history is up for sale. Since leaving Jaguar, it has been owned by one family. It is in effect a one-owner car ex-works. Expect to part with at least USD$7 million.  Read More

Airbus commits to biofuel

Virgin Atlantic and Boeing launched the world's first commercial airline flight on biofuel earlier this year, then Continental Airlines joined the push towards alternative fuels and now Airbus has announced that it will partner with Honeywell, IAE and JetBlue in order to develop a sustainable second-generation biofuel for use in commercial aircraft.  Read More

Wii Fit

We've come a long way since VHS was the new kid on the block and sweating it out in front of Cindy Crawford’s “Buns of Steel” fitness training video was all the rage. As the next generation of technology-enhanced personal training, Nintendo has released Wii Fit, a “game” incorporating over 40 activities that challenge users in areas ranging from yoga and aerobics to strength training and balance.  Read More

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