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The ÁPH80 will set you back from €32,000 (roughly US$42,000) (Photo: ÁBATON)

Spanish architectural studio ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80: a prefabricated, portable micro-home, which is envisioned as the first in a series of upcoming similar dwellings suitable for up to two people. The wood used to construct ÁPH80 is sourced responsibly, and the house can be erected in just a day.  Read More

The LEGO Architecture Studio Kit is available now, for US$149.99

Ever fancied yourself a budding Frank Lloyd Wright, but don't much relish the prospect of undertaking years of hard study learning the trade? Of course you have, and of course you don't. LEGO knows this, so has produced the Architecture Studio Kit to save you the trouble.  Read More

Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes

Electric aircraft company GreenWing International has announced the release of its first 50 eSpyder single-seat electric planes, which will be sold as build-it-yourself kits for for under US$40,000.  Read More

The BeSteady One is a new 3-axis video camera stabilizing rig, that can be operated by rem...

The burgeoning product category of video camera stabilizers is set to get a little more crowded, as Polish engineers Jack Iwaniec and Max Salamonowicz are currently proving very successful in the crowdfunding of their new rig, the BeSteady One. Similar in principal to the MoVI M10 and Ghost, it basically consists of a horizontal crossbar with handles at either end, which the camera hangs below on a gimbal-mounted platform – although the rig can also be used with the camera sitting above the crossbar.  Read More

Volumental's vision is to be able to 3D print more or less anything you can see

Scanning and 3D printing an object could become much simpler if 3D printing company Volumental is successful in crowdfunding the development of a web app which would allow users to scan and print 3D objects using nothing more than a Kinect sensor and a web browser.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs and features of the new Motorola X, which offers hands-free voic...

Does a smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung have room for a third major player? That's what Google-owned Motorola is hoping for, with the new Moto X. The phone is reportedly going to have an insane half a billion dollar marketing budget, but does it have the goods to back that up? Let's try to get an idea, as we compare it to Samsung's Galaxy S4.  Read More

The NB 508 (aka the Baltika) crashes through the ice side-on (Image: Arctech Helsinki Ship...

Given that icebreakers clear a path for other ships by traveling through the ice head-on (or sometimes butt-on), then in order for one of them to clear a wider path, it would have to be wider and thus larger overall ... right? Well, Finland’s Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is taking a different, more efficient approach. It’s in the process of building an asymmetric-hulled icebreaker that can increase its frontal area, by making its way through the ice at an angle of up to 30 degrees.  Read More

The GX7 has a tilting Live Viewfinder with 90 degrees of adjustment

Panasonic has revealed its latest retro-styled mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the Lumix DMC-GX7. As well as making some detail and color saturation improvements to its newly-redesigned Live MOS sensor, the company has also treated the new addition to built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, in-body image stabilization, and a silent shooting mode. Stealing the show, however, are the Live Viewfinder and the rear display panel – both of which tilt.  Read More

This robotic leaf fish may not look scary to you, but then you're not a zebrafish

With some help from a robotic fish, scientists have discovered that zebrafish are much like humans in at least one way – they get reckless when they get drunk. OK, “drunk” might not be technically accurate, but when exposed to alcohol, the fish show no fear of a robotic version of one of their natural predators, the Indian leaf fish. When they’re “sober,” they avoid the thing like crazy. The researchers believe that the experiments indicate a promising future for robots in behavioral studies.  Read More

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse

Lamborghini has announced that the latest model in its Gallardo line-up will make its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo track cars, the new LP 570-4 Squadra Corse sports a 570 hp, V10 engine that will launch it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a prompt 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).  Read More

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