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Electronics

Cubimorph prototype changes the shape of touchscreen devices

A shape-shifting touchscreen prototype called the Cubimorph is being presented at a robotics forum this week in Stockholm, Sweden, potentially making another step towards consumer devices that physically change shape depending on the task at hand. The Cubimorph is made up of a chain of cubes with touchscreen faces, that lock together in various configurations.Read More

Automotive

Riversimple unveils two new hydrogen car concept designs

When the Rasa hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype was launched earlier this year, its unconventional styling was, for some, an acquired taste. At this weekend's London Motor Show Riversimple outlined the potential for an expanded range by showing two new concept designs based on the existing chassis and running gear: a four-door sedan and a light commercial vehicle.Read More

Automotive

Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses

A new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype has been launched with a claimed fuel economy equivalent to 250 mpg (88.5 km/l). Dubbed "Rasa", the new car has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque shell, in-wheel electric motors, a bank of supercapacitors charged by braking-regeneration, and a host of other features that enable it to travel up to a claimed 300 miles (483 km) on just a 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) tank of hydrogen.Read More

3D Printing

Wacky tape gun produces life-size CAD-assisted wireframe models

Using a handheld packing tape dispenser gun that has been modified to fold, extrude, and cut tape into tubes, a team of researchers from the Hasso-Plattner-Insitut (HPI) at the University of Potsdam has created a method of transferring computer-generated wire-frames to the real world. Dubbed the "Protopiper" by its creators, the device is not only capable of producing full-size outline objects, it is also able to produce hinges, bearings, and axles to give them opening doors, drawers, and movement just like the real things.Read More

Collectibles

40-year-old Aston Martin "barn find" special heads to auction

One of only three models ever made, an early 1970s Aston Martin "Sotheby Special" has surfaced after almost 40 years in storage, and is set to be auctioned later this year. With a bespoke fiberglass body mounted on a DBS V8 chassis, the vehicle was a radical departure from Aston Martin styling of the time. Given the dilapidated state of this particular example, however, it looks like it will require a good deal of restoration to bring that style back to life.Read More

Automotive

Unique Lamborghini Gallardo S concept heads to auction

The original Lamborghini Gallardo is a mesmerizing and eminently collectible piece of automotive art. The work of Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini's head of design, its sweeping lines, aggressive stance, and stylish good looks made it instantly recognizable as an Italian luxury supercar. But Donckerwolke, ever the designer, aimed to wring even more outrageous looks from the Gallardo when he tinkered with his original blueprints to produce the Gallardo S concept; a radical, split-cockpit roadster that thrilled at its first showing in Geneva in 2005. Now, after nearly a decade in the hands of one owner, this Italian sportscar icon is going to auction.Read More

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