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— Science

Computer model tests Mars 'tumbleweed rovers'

By - June 4, 2010 2 Pictures
For over ten years, NASA engineers have been kicking around the idea of a tumbleweed-inspired Mars rover. This “tumbleweed rover” would be a rugged but lightweight ball, with sensors and other electronics securely suspended inside. It would move about simply at the mercy of the Martian wind, much like its botanical namesake. Until now, the only way of testing such rovers has been to build a prototype, then set it loose here on Earth and watch the fun. That could be about to change, however. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a computer model that can test tumbleweed rover designs before they’re ever built. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Smart textiles designed to evoke memories of absent people

By - June 4, 2010 3 Pictures
You’ve had a hard day at the office, your spouse is currently over 2,000 miles away and now your boss says he wants you to work late. It’s all you can do to contain your anger until you get into the bathroom, whereupon you let loose with a string of red-faced, high-cardio profanity. At that point, your spouse talks to you via your shirt. “Take it easy, it’s all right,” they coo from your collar, as they play your favorite song, and photos of them scroll across your chest. Hey, it could happen. No, really, it could happen, thanks to the Wearable Absence project. Researchers involved in the program are working on developing intelligent textiles, that comfort the wearer by evoking memories of absent loved ones. Read More
— Bicycles

What do you get when you cross a sex toy with a bicycle seat?

By - June 4, 2010 11 Pictures
What will they think of next? I came across the Ample Star Massaging Bicycle Seat by accident in the penny booth section of Asia's largest computer fair, Computex. It's akin to those massagers sold in department stores that are not there to soothe aching muscles so much as facilitate orgasm for females who don't want to have a sex store come up on the credit card statement. The major difference is that this one also serves as a giant flashing taillight, broadcasting your favorite dance rhythms to fellow road users. Read More
— Computers

ASUS Eee Keyboard now has Commodore rival

By - June 4, 2010 9 Pictures
What goes around, comes around - so goes the saying. Many moons ago a certain computer-in-a-keyboard affectionately coined the C64 took over the world and gave a whole generation a taste of things to come. Now Commodore USA has given the keyboard computer a modern facelift, resulting in an all-in-one solution powered by an Intel Atom processor and sporting a 5 inch touchscreen display. Read More
— Digital Cameras

PMA 2011, Las Vegas set to open its doors to the public for the first time

By - June 4, 2010 1 Picture
The dates for 2011’s PMA International Convention and Trade Show have been confirmed. In an unexpected twist, rather than being held in its traditional first quarter slot, the convention has been moved from February to September. The event will now be taking place September 8-10, 2011, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The shift in dates has been attributed to changes in “industry buying cycles and technology developments." More significant, though, is the announcement that the convention will be open to the public on September 10, with photo enthusiasts welcome throughout the day. Read More
— Bicycles

Nokia's Bicycle Charger Kit a stroke of genius

By - June 4, 2010 6 Pictures
Cyclists are already doing their bit to help the environment by eschewing a fossil-fuel guzzling transport option. Now they can do a little bit more using Nokia’s newly unveiled Bicycle Charger Kit which lets cyclists charge their mobile phone using pedal power. The kit employs a bottle dynamo that is driven when in contact with the front wheel like those found on ye olde time bicycle lights. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Squaring up to Motorola's new FLIPOUT phone

By - June 4, 2010 5 Pictures
It's now hip to be square. After the customary rumor onslaught, Motorola has finally got round to making its quadratic new mobile phone official. Hiding behind its 2.8-inch display is a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out on a pivot, hence the chosen name for the device - the Flipout. The Android smartphone allows users customizable views of social network feeds, photos snapped with its camera can be uploaded to sharing sites with the touch of a button and conversations benefit from audio enhancement technology. Read More
— Aircraft

U.S Army unmanned aircraft top one million unmanned flight hours

By - June 4, 2010 2 Pictures
U.S. forces deployed just 13 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, but although the potential of surveillance and combat aircraft that don't put pilots in the line of fire has always been clear, few would have predicted just how quickly this technology would transform modern warfare. The proof? The U.S. Army has recently surpassed one million unmanned flight hours and is now using 333 different types of unmanned aerial systems in Iraq and Afghanistan... and the growth curve isn't about to level out. Read More
— Science

Chinese scientists create mini 'black hole'

By - June 4, 2010 1 Picture
Researchers at Southeast University in Nanjing, China have created a device that traps and absorbs electromagnetic waves coming from all directions, spiraling them inwards without any reflections, essentially creating an electromagnetic black hole. Qiang Cheng and Tie Jun Cui’s “omnidirectional electromagnetic absorber” draws in microwaves coming from any direction by spiraling radiation inwards, and converting its energy into heat. They plan on developing a device that can absorb visible light next. Read More
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