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Bentley Continental GT3 Concept

Bentley stormed into last year's Paris Motor Show with a hardcore, race-ready version of its Continental GT. Its first race car in a decade, the Continental GT3 Concept Racer didn't yet have an official engine, and it was unclear whether Bentley would go with a W12 or use its newer, more efficient V8. This week, Bentley said that it will be the 4.0-liter V8.  Read More

The Power Pocket woven into a sleeping bag

Vodafone is to trial prototype phone-charging technology at the Isle of Wight festival this weekend. Developed by the University of Southampton's Electronics and Computer Science Department, the Power Pocket exploits the Seebeck effect, exploiting the difference in temperature between the human body and its surroundings to generate an electrical current which can be used to recharge a smartphone. Vodafone has woven the pocket into a sleeping bag (called Recharge) and a pair of shorts (called Power shorts) to test the technology.  Read More

Volvo's Richard Sebestyen with the current collector connected to the rear of the test tru...

While quick charging technology installed at strategic points along a planned route might be a good fit for inner city buses, it's not going to be of much use to electric vehicles that stop infrequently. Volvo sees our future long-haul trucks and buses drawing the juice they need from the road itself, making large onboard batteries a thing of the past.  Read More

Are 'innovative' wind technologies ever a match for three-blade turbines?

Virtually every week there are articles about new and innovative methods for harvesting wind energy. And every week more megawatts of capacity from three-blade horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWT) becomes operational, despite all of the contenders. Why aren't these innovative new products knocking the iconic HAWT off its perch? Is it possible to tell which are likely to be viable? These eight points are a useful way to assess which technology has potential, and which are likely just hot air.  Read More

Exbury Egg is located on the shore of Beaulieu River (Photo: Nigel Rigden)

Exbury Egg is a floating off-grid workspace and home, installed on the shore of the Beaulieu River, UK. It was conceived by artist Stephen Turner, and created with the help of both Perring Architecture and Design, and SPUD design studio. The egg-shaped structure will support Turner for a year as he carries out observations on the local environment and produces his works of art.  Read More

UK-based restaurant Yo Sushi outfitted a quadcopter with a food tray and is having waiters...

Delivering food with an airborne drone has developed into an odd trend in recent months, and now a sushi place in London is dispatching a UAV that doesn't even need to leave the restaurant. To promote its new rice burger, Yo Sushi outfitted a quadcopter with a food tray and is having waiters fly it to tables using an iPad.  Read More

The Leica X Vario features an APS-C format sensor and a zoom lens

After what feels like weeks of hype, Leica has finally unveiled its much-teased Mini M. Officially revealed as the Leica X Vario (Typ 107), the new camera is a 16.2-megapixel shooter with an APS-C format sensor and a 18-46-mm zoom lens. But, while it's obviously been designed to look like the iconic Leica M, this isn't the compact system alternative many Leica fans had hoped for.  Read More

Smart Cargo provides some useful storage to iPad owners

A new product called Smart Cargo for iPad is designed to make tablet owners' lives just a little bit easier. It's designed to attach directly to Apple's Smart Cover and provide storage for accessories like headphones, cables and a stylus.  Read More

The Musguard is a bicycle mudguard that detaches from the bike and rolls up when not in us...

We’ve seen a bicycle mudguard that detaches from the bike and folds up when not in use, along with one that stays attached but rolls up when not needed. Created by Slovenian product designer Jurij Lozić, the Musguard offers features of both – it’s easy to put on and take off, and rolls up for stowage in a pack or pocket.  Read More

The iRobot Ava 500 in an informal conversation

Business grows more global everyday and what was once done by a single corporation is now more likely to be spread over many small businesses. Ideally, managers and remotely-based employees would like a virtual presence at a location, but telepresence robots are often more like smartphones on remote-controlled sticks, so they lack a feeling of personal presence and naturalism. At the InfoComm 2013 Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida, iRobot, in collaboration with Cisco, have unveiled the Ava 500; a telepresence robot that combines auto navigation and a high-definition screen for a more natural telepresence.  Read More

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