Sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel; you just have to add a more functional inflation valve or lightweight spoke. That’s the direction that TrekPak takes in redesigning the photography backpack. The start-up uses a new, simple type of hardware to make organizing your camera gear fast, easy and secure.A camera backpack with configurable compartments is nothing new, in and of itself. What TrekPak brings to the table is a patent-pending pin system built…"The TrekPak is designed to fit easily and snugly in the Deuter backpack:camera gear with innovative storage"
By definition racing vehicles are these days developed within the confines of a formula to ensure a level of close competition. The formulas are changed every season or so but developments tend to be incremental rather than revolutionary. One experimental project that has been running outside of any formula and hopes to truly change the face of racing is the Delta Wing project designed by US-based Brit’ Ben Bowlby and supported by motorsport legends Don…"The Nissan Deltawing experimental race car:DeltaWing experimental racing car project"
Cubist enthusiasts rejoice! A novel concept by researchers out of MIT might soon change the classic flat solar panel to a three-dimensional cubic tower, as studies performed on this new design reveal a significant increase in power output efficiency. While considerable research has been done in the areas of improving performance and bringing down the cost of solar photovoltaic systems, little attention has been paid to the ways in which manufacturers could rearrange the cells…"Unique alteration to standard flat-panel design could be game changer for technology"
A consortium of German research groups has created a new sandwich-type material that they claim offers strength similar to that of steel or aluminum, yet is significantly lighter and less expensive. It consists of a honeycomb-structured paper core, with glass fiber-reinforced layers of polyurethane on the outsides. To give an idea of how tough it is, it’s about to be tested on the diesel engine housing of a train. The material is intended for a…"The diesel engine housing, made using the new composite material"
We’ve seen our fair share of portable device docks from the acoustic to the power-hungry and everything in between. Most of those capable of charging the docked device as well as amplify its audio tend to have been designed for use with an iDevice, which is not much use to the 14 million U.S. Kindle Fire users. Rallying to the cause, Grace Digital has launched the FireDock – one of the first speaker docks crafted…"Grace Digital has announced the FireDock speaker dock specifically designed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet"
How a constant current regulator (CCR) can be used to create a low-power, low-cost, high-efficiency charging solution that is suitable for rechargeable batteries for a broad selection of applications. A charger has to fulfill the basic roles of charging the battery, optimizing the rate at which the charging process is carried out, then terminating this process. By implementing a simple controller mechanism it is possible to terminate charging in a timely manner. Chargers can use…"Low-cost, high-efficiency charging solution that is suitable for rechargeable batteries"
After its successful inaugural Paris-to-Brussels flight last year, the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft will attempt to fly all the way to Morocco in May or June of this year, a journey almost ten times the distance, and its furthest flight and as a close as it has yet come to a trial run of its round-the-world flight planned for 2014.To recap briefly on the engineering marvel that is the Solar Impulse, the aircraft has the…"The Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft will attempt to fly all the way to Morocco in May or June of this year"
Every hour the sun beams onto Earth, there is more than enough energy to satisfy the global energy needs for a whole year. However, the technology produces less than one tenth of one percent of today’s global energy demand. Global climate change and the need to reduce energy consumption are adding to the call for smart megawatts power generation. The recent nuclear crisis in Japan and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, along with…"Technology produces less than one tenth of one percent of today’s global energy demand."
Popular social networking app Seesmic got an update today in the form of new features and a brand-new paid Pro version. While at first glance this may seem like all good news, I must warn you that there is a bit of a downside. First, the good stuff. All Seesmic users now have the ability to view Instagram and Twitter thumbnails right from within the timeline, which is a lot more convenient than before. Along…"Pro version of Seesmic : social networking client for Android"
Ten years ago or even five years ago the personal computer industry was the driver of technical innovation. Desktops and laptops up-deployed technology to servers, and down-deployed technology into embedded and consumer products. Today, technical innovation is driven by mobile and cloud computing. This innovation is feeding a worldwide industry that meets the demand for billions of mobile devices and the computing cloud that supports them. Innovation in size, power requirements, memory, battery life, and…"Today, technical innovation is driven by mobile and cloud computing."