Mercedez-Benz has managed to significantly reduce the weight of its upcoming SL (sporty, lightweight) Roadster, thanks in large part to a new 89 percent aluminum bodyshell that, at 254 kg (559.9 lb), is 110 kg (242.5 lb) lighter than a comparable bodyshell. The new bodyshell structure also enables a new “FrontBass” system, which will make its world premiere in the SL series, that Mercedes claims delivers “concert hall” sound with the roof up or down.…"Mercedez-Benz has managed to significantly reduce the weight of its upcoming SL Roadster"
It seems like such a simple concept, something Q might whip up for 007 in the next Bond flick: hook a recumbent electric motorcycle up to a paraglider, drive it off a cliff and see what happens. That’s the thinking behind this offering from Serbian designer Zvezdan Nedeljkovic, and while the idea of attaching vehicles to parasailsis far from new, there’s something about Nedeljkovic’s concept design that captures the imagination. Of course concepts tend to…"The paragliding motor trike concept by Zvezdan Nedeljkovic"
It’s the first all-new Ducati for a decade, and given that the last one has won six of the eight World Superbike titles since it’s release (and is certain to make it seven of nine this year), it has a lot to live up to.Ducati has always been a forward thinking company. It has used the internet to release special models and has allowed customers to order their bikes over the net. Now it has…"The first all-new Ducati for a decade:The New Ducati 999"
Just 40 years ago, Ducati was known for its outdated desmodromic singles and little else. On April 23, 1972, Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari debuted Ducati’s new desmodromic 750 v-twin with a 1-2 victory at the Imola 200 Mile Race. They beat Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta, plus the best that Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, BSA, Laverda and Moto Guzzi could offer. The famous victory set Ducati on a course that saw its big desmo V-twins…"Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari debuted Ducati’s new desmodromic 750 v-twin"
The marketplace is an extraordinary thing. Watchmakers could quite conceivably go the same way as blacksmiths with the advent of the mobile phone. With two thirds of the world’s population carrying a mobile phone (up from zero two decades ago) and penetration quickly heading for ubiquity, the only genuinely functional aspect of the wristwatch – telling the time – has effectively already been replaced.Yet the personal chronometer is still alive and well and in ruddy…"Watch is now almost exclusively a fashion accessory – the world’s finest watches recognized"
We’ve already seen rearview mirrors from the likes of Ford, Toyota and Mazda that display the vision from rear-mounted cameras, along with a GPS-enabled rearview mirror that includes a 4-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth. Now Hong Kong-based gadget wholesalers Chinavasion has started selling a kit that replaces any standard rearview mirror with a GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 enabled unit featuring a 4.3-inch touchscreen for multimedia playback and even playing touchscreen games (seriously), while DVR capabilities let…"Multimedia playback and touchscreen gaming :Rearview mirror kit adds Bluetooth, GPS"
NASA is looking to turn another staple of science fiction to practical use by studying ways to make “tractor beams” a reality. While none of the technologies under the microscope will be able to transport anything the size of a modified YT-1300 Corellian freighter – at least in the short term – the researchers will examine if it is possible to trap and move planetary or atmospheric particles using laser light so they can be…"NASA is looking to turn another staple of science : Space Technology"
Whatever you call it – lavatory, privy, latrine, crapper, loo or dunny – most of us take the humble toilet for granted. But in many parts of the world the absence of sanitary waste disposal is not just inconvenient, it can kill you. When effluent is not properly disposed of it can enter waterways and cause diseases such as hepatitis, dysentery, trachoma, typhoid and cholera. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) up to 5…"Composting Toilet:Absence of Sanitary Waste Disposal is not just Inconvenient"
Microsoft built a six-story Windows Phone in New York’s Herald Square to launch a batch of new HTC and Samsung phones running on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system. The Big Windows Phone structure featured two stage areas in between the huge screens – one to demonstrate the Music+ Video Hub with a live performance from electro hip hop group Far East Movement and the other to represent the Xbox LIVE gaming experience with…"BIG launch in Big Apple:New Mango phones"
Even for diehard sports fanatics, it can sometimes be quite difficult to tell which player is which, when watching a field, court or rink full of team athletes. While this can be merely frustrating for fans, it can have larger ramifications for referees or coaches, whose jobs depend on being able to know which players are doing what, at what time. Scientists from Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have devised what could be…"Identifies multiple athletes at once : New tech tracks"