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Fully autonomous wireless temperature sensor powered by a vibrational energy harvester

Working within the Holst Centre program on Micropower Generation and Storage, researchers have developed a small piezoelectric device capable of harvesting 85 microwatts of electricity from vibrations. Fabricated using MEMS technology, the fully autonomous temperature sensor generates enough power to wirelessly measure and transmit environmental data to a base station every 15 seconds.  Read More

An evolution of the Popcorn Hour, Syabas's Popbox brings the Internet and apps to your TV ...

Building on the previous Popcorn Hour, the US$129 Popbox announced at CES 2010 is a first-class media hub supporting all of the common audio and video formats, that lets you stream videos off the Internet, play games and even read tweets from your friends right from your HDTV set. The already comprehensive range of video formats supported in the Popcorn Hour has been further expanded and now supports 1080p (Full HD) video up to a 100Mbps bitrate.  Read More

Toshiba LED light bulbs at CES 2010

Toshiba, was waving the green flag at CES this week in announcing that its E-CORE LED lightbulbs will soon be available in the US market. An E-CORE bulb has a life expectancy of 40,000 hours, which is 40 times longer than traditional incandescant lightbulbs and at the same time it reduces CO2 emissions by 85 percent in comparison.  Read More

ASUS' Waveface Ultra is designed to provide information anywhere, anytime

ASUS – once known mostly as a motherboard manufacturer – has chosen CES 2010 to introduce some innovative laptops and futuristic concepts. Not content with showcasing a laptop designed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen’s chief designer, it has also introduced three Waveface design concepts. The range includes a portable device worn on the wrist, a widescreen display that is both an entertainment center and internet portal and a touch-sensitive machine that can be used as a single-screen tablet or conventional keyboard – all designed by ASUS to allow the user to fully embrace the digital life…perhaps even by using one’s own physiological and emotional state as a source of data. Well, I did say “futuristic concepts”.  Read More

DK City's folding electric bicycle by Robrady

The world is crying out for some decent folding electric bike designs and predictably, given its two-wheeled heritage, Robrady Design has delivered one of the best we’ve seen so far. Secondary transport solutions that are light and electric and can fold into small spaces are naturally an important part of the transportation equation of the future – Robrady designed the db0 for Taiwanese company DK City and it’ll be on the market within two months.  Read More

Casio’s Digital Art Frame evolves the photoframe

Digital photoframes have succeeded the photo album of yesteryear to quickly achieve mainstream status and manufacturers are now striving to differentiate their offerings beyond the simple rotation of images, particularly with China’s savvy digital manufacturers turning yesterday’s innovation into tomorrow’s commodity at an ever brisker pace. Casio’s new Digital Art Frame achieves such differentiation using Adobe FlashLite playback technology, to display preset clocks and calendars incorporating user pics. The frame's most appealing and unique factor though, is its “snapshot-to-painting” function which converts digital photographs into artistic painting-like renditions using PhotoShop-style filters and there’s also a “Dynamic Photo” function that allows the creation of composite moving images. This will make it harder for "me too" products.  Read More

The Eye-fi Pro X2 SD card featuring Endless Memory Mode

Eye-Fi Inc. has chosen the 2010 CES show to unveil the latest in its already impressive range of Wi-fi enabled SD cards, the Eye-Fi Pro X2. As well as featuring an enhanced capacity of 8GB and Class 6 read and write speeds, the Pro X2 comes to the party with “Endless Memory Mode”, enabling the user to free up space by automatically deleting images from the card once they have been successfully uploaded.  Read More

Little PARO, plugged into his pacifier-charger.

PARO is an animatronic baby seal companion robot designed by some very clever people with one simple purpose in mind - to make you love him. From everything we've seen, he's exceptionally talented at his job, melting the hardest hearts and bringing a big silly smile to everyone who meets him. But although he might be a wonderful toy, PARO's real purpose is to address a serious problem that's affecting Japan right now, and will soon spread across much of the Western world.  Read More

ASUS' stylish new NX90 laptop features B&O speakers and a high-definition flat-screen

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has introduced some of the company's latest designs at CES 2010 and a noteworthy inclusion was the ASUS NX90 Bang & Olufsen ICEpower notebook – a handsome and functional laptop which was designed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen’s lead designer, David Lewis. The NX90 features a smooth, polished aluminum body and palm rest that coordinate perfectly with the sleek dark keyboard and dual touchpads – which together with the desktop software - are designed to be used much like a DJ’s mixing desk. The B&O ICEpower speakers sit either side of the high-definition flat screen and are designed to produce flawless surround-sound audio – this is definitely a laptop designed for the living room, not the home office.  Read More

Online Check-In voted Business Travel Innovation Of The Decade

Business travellers have voted online check-in as the ‘innovation of the decade’; followed closely by Wi-Fi, flat beds, notebooks and the Eurostar. The top five innovations, hailed for immeasurably improving business travel over the last ten years, were revealed in a survey of 2,400 business travellers in London.  Read More

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