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Opel Insignia World Premiere

One of the biggest debuts at the 2008 British International Motor Show - and certainly the most floorspace - was claimed by the Opel Insignia, a new mid-size sedan that will offer seven different engine configurations and a number of technical innovations when it hits the showroom floor in Germany late this year and other markets from January 2009. The technology packed Insignia includes a new Eye camera system that reads speed and no-passing signs and displays them on the instrument panel, coupled with a Lane Departure Warning system that provides an extra level of awareness to the driver.  Read More

Leaf's 56-megapixel AFi 10

We brought news of Hasselblad's 50-megapixel H3DII-50 earlier in the month - now Leaf has announced the 56-megapixel AFi 10 medium-format digital camera. The AFi 10's True Wide Frame (TWF) 56x36 mm sensor delivers 56 megapixel resolution across the entire width of the 6x6 sensor area. This technology, found in the AFi 10 imaging module and Aptus 10 camera back, is also compatible with over 80 large-format cameras.  Read More

FireWire 3200

Since its introduction in 1995, IEEE 1394 (better known as FireWire, Apple's name for the interface) has become the go-to interface for high-bandwidth applications like professional audio and video production. The IEEE has approved the IEEE 1394-2008 specification, adding support for bandwidth up to 3.2Gbps.  Read More

Targus zip-thru laptop case allows a quick trip through airport security checks.

Targus upcoming Zip-Thru laptop case allows travelers to get through security checks without having to remove their laptop from its case by virtue of a The zip-thru case splits down the middle which exposes the laptop and allows security staff to get a clear x-ray image of it without risking damage or theft. It has plenty of room for accessories, files and other devices, is made of durable nylon and features a padded ergonomic shoulder strap.  Read More

The Toyotron Hunter

REVISED July 31, 2008 Given the reluctance of the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to sacrifice their existing markets by introducing electric motorcycles, the window of opportunity for small and innovative manufacturers to work with the Chinese manufacturing powerhouse to create pollution-free motorcycles that run at negligible cost is wide open. A new electric-only motorcycle manufacturer hit the scene this month in Thailand, moving the country ahead of many first world countries in the quest for sustainable transport. It borrows quite a bit from what has been before, but it looks the goods.  Read More

Vampire Energy

Yesterday we showed you GOOD Magazine's data on Vampire Energy, but Ben Drawbaugh from Engadget HD didn't like the look of it. Using a Kill A Watt, he measured the standby draw of a 60-inch Pioneer Kuro plasma to be 20 Watts - that's an annual cost of $20 (based on a price of $0.11 per kilowatt-hour) - far from the $159 figure that GOOD Magazine claimed.  Read More

The Kill A Watt EZ

GOOD Magazine have you wondering how much power your HDTV consumes? Simply plug it (or any electrical device) into the Kill A Watt and the LCD display will tell you the drain of the device in Volts, Amps, Watts, Hz, VA or kilowatt-hours (kWh)  Read More

AiLive's LiveMove 2

AiLive, the company who helped Nintendo build the MotionPlus add-on for the Wii remote, has released a video showing off their LiveMove 2 toolset for Wii developers who wish to implement MotionPlus functionality in their games. Even if you don't play video games, you will want to see what this thing can do.  Read More

The world’s biggest production tire – the 63-inch Titan

Mine operators are increasingly adopting larger equipment to lower operating costs and a new class of ultra-large machinery is demanding bigger tyres. Earlier this week, Titan Tire shipped its first giant 63-inch off-the-road (OTR) tire and wheel assemblies. The tires, each measuring nearly 14 feet tall and weighing approximately 12,500 pounds, are being shipped to Canada’s oil sands for use in mining applications and Titan envisages a worldwide market of 900 tires a year.  Read More

Overpainted masterpieces revealed

All artists suffer for their work, very few become successful and sadly, even fewer artists become successful in their own lifetime. Given the price of canvas, many paintings were painted a second time, and many famous works of art still conceal previous works by the same artist. Now a new technique based on synchrotron radiation-induced X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, is unveiling the paintings that were underneath in full colour and will greatly facilitate the study of other 'over painted' works of art in the future. The new technique was recently applied for the first time to the painting “Patch of Grass” by Vincent van Gogh, revealing a portrait of a woman underneath.  Read More

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