If you asked 100 tech pundits which company will revolutionize television, many would say Apple. Some might insist that Google or even Samsung will eventually shake things up. A name that you probably wouldn’t hear, though, is Intel. Apparently the chip-maker didn’t get the memo, as it’s reportedly set to launch its own virtual cable service and TV set-top box. According to Techcrunch, the service will be a hybrid of streaming services and over-the-top (streamed)…"Intel will reportedly announce its plans at CES"
2012 saw a number of significant milestones in star gazing and space exploration. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity touched down on the Red Planet in spectacular fashion, super-Earth’s were discovered, the Moon poundedand Voyager 1 edged ever closer towards interstellar space and we sawmore of the universe around us than ever before. As the calendar rolls over, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has put together an album of its top images for 2012. We’ve also picked…"August 31, 2012: A solar filament erupts out into space"
It might not win any beauty contests, but this electric vehicle developed by students at Hiroshima University would be my pick if I had the choice of which car I was going to be involved in an accident with. Instead of relying on interior airbags to cushion the driver during a collision, the iSAVE-SC1 is essentially a drivable cushion that should soften the blow for driver and pedestrian alike. While the air-filled cushions probably don’t…"The iSAVE-SC1 cushions the blow with predestrians"
Panoramas are all the rage. In the past year, both Apple’s iOS 6 and Google’s Android 4.2 added panoramic photography. You can even buy accessories that take interactive 360° videos. But a new app called Cycloramic takes a much simpler approach: it shoots panoramic videos by (literally) taking your iPhone 5 for a spin. Like a record, baby Cycloramic doesn’t require any expensive accessories or complex user know-how. It only requires a US$0.99 download, a…"Cycloramic uses the iPhone’s vibration motor to spin it in a circle"
A new interactive 3-D display developed by Californian startup Infinite Z can track hand and eye movements in real time to let users manipulate virtual objects in three dimensions in a highly intuitive way. The zSpace display could bring a new level of realism to computer-aided design, virtual reality simulations, and even gaming. There’s no doubt that 3D displays have brought a level of interactivity and sense of immersion that isn’t available with 2D. And…"The zSpace 3-D display implements motion parallax by tracking the user’s head movements to achieve a new level of realism"
A couple of years ago, I joined the call to bring back cult 80s British TV series Kick Start to our screens. Hosted by ex-children’s television presenter Peter Purvis, the popular show tested the skill of accomplished trials bike riders on obstacles ranging from a VW Beetle to slippery logs to near-vertical walls of rock. Such a return today, however, may not necessarily mean the once-familiar sound of the two-stroke engine clattering through the home…"Philippe Aresten’s Electric Motion 5.7 trials bike has been designed for both competition and leisure riding"
Car makers have been slowly but surely sucking content off your phone and into your vehicle. With the help of a smartphone, you can now access navigation, music, text messaging and other phone functions from the driver and/or passenger seat. The Hyundai Connectivity Concept takes things a step farther, wirelessly transferring all of the phone’s content to the car’s touchscreen display and adding other wireless functions. Hyundai calls the Connectivity Concept a “technology study” and…"Near-field communications technology offers keyless entry"
According to Nature, Japan is the frontrunner for the planned International Linear Collider (ILC), for which Europe and the United States are also in the running to host. Scientists and engineers are already examining potential sites in the island nation for the US$7 to $8 billion machine, which is intended to complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The head of the global design effort for the ILC, physicist Barry Barish, presented finalized blueprints…"Artist’s impression of the International Linear Collidertunnels"
When Google bought Motorola, most assumed that it was for the patents. Moto could still be a valuable weapon in the courtroom, but the search giant is also ready to wield it in the smartphone market. According to theWall Street Journal, Google is developing a new Motorola flagship, codenamed the X Phone. Details Google is developing the phone to take on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S product lines. It wants the device to “stand…"It’s unlikely that anyone outside of Google and Motorola knows what the phone will look like"
In February of this year, we covered the release of the nifty solar Window Charger from XD Modo (now XD Design) that maximizes available sunlight by sticking to a window with a removable silicone patch. Now, Gizmag has spent a little time with the company’s latest sun-soaking gadget charger … the cute-as-a-button Solar Sunflower. The 23 x 10 x 10 cm (9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch), 252 g (8.8 ounce) Solar Sunflower was the…"A hands-on review of the Solar Sunflower from XD Design"