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Tags results for 'hardware'

China’s hardware explosion: All devices are getting smart

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jan, 2014 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Chinese hardware industry experienced viral growth in 2013.

Sapphire iPhone screen rumors get a boost:

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple reportedly acquires crystal manufacturing components.

Robot army 'to help alleviate future floods'

Posted in Hardware on 14th Feb, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Working like termites, the robots can build castles, pyramids and towers similar to the insects' soil cathedrals.

Wearables have a dirty little secret: 50% of users lose interest

Posted in Business on 15th Feb, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
There's a little-known fact about wearables that manufacturers don't advertise to consumers: Most people lose interest within a few months.

Personal cellphone signal that's 1,000x faster than what you have now

Posted in Hardware on 21st Feb, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The technology to give us a personal cellphone signal that is 1,000 times faster than what we normally get today.

World's strongest robot muscles made from everyday fishing line

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
For roughly a thousandth the cost of carbon nanotube muscles, fishing line muscle is capable of lifting objects 100 times heavier than natural muscle of the same size.

Researchers Show Off Mind Controlled Music Player

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Users of the group’s specially designed music software are able to play a song, fast forward tracks, and adjust the volume by merely looking at the screen.

How to make wearables stick:

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Use them to change human behavior.

Robotic-assisted prostate surgery offers better cancer control, study finds

Posted in Medicine on 6th Mar, 2014 02:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have less need for additional cancer treatments.

'Internet of things' to get £45m funding boost

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2014 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK government will spend an extra £45m on developing so-called "internet of things" technology, David Cameron has announced.

Android for wearables coming, says Google software boss

Posted in Software on 11th Mar, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit.

Robots with muscle memory can learn the same way toddlers do

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
With a trio of soft, rubber pincers at its end, the bionic trunk could perform simple tasks like plucking produce off the vine and opening doors.

Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger

Posted in Hardware on 15th Mar, 2014 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

US Navy tests humanoid robotic fire-fighters

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Fire-fighting robots designed to withstand intense heat are to be tested by the US Navy this summer.

Color pixels made of nanowires offer new paradigm for cameras

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have been investigating new ways to achieve color in digital cameras that don't rely on conventional organic dye filters.

Intel is Experimenting With Fully Immersed Cooling for Computers

Posted in Hardware on 11th Apr, 2014 02:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Forget your watercooled gaming rig: Intel is experimenting with a cooling system which fully immerses the entirety of a computer's electronics in liquid to increase efficiency.

Innovative Pacemaker Powered By Your Own Heartbeat

Posted in Hardware on 13th Apr, 2014 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Today's battery-powered pacemakers have to be removed every 5 to 7 years when their batteries run out, a costly and inconvenient exercise.

Goggles help surgeons 'see' tumours

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
The newly developed goggles allow surgeons to 'see' the cancer cells they need to remove.

A neuromorphic-computing 'roadmap’

Posted in Software on 23rd Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Now it could be possible to build a practical neuromorphic (brain-inspired) computer while minimizing energy requirements.

SCiO's Handheld Scanner Aims to Detect Food Ingredients

Posted in Hardware on 29th Apr, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A small number of companies are beginning to introduce handheld scanners that can detect the ingredients and calories in our food.

Water droplet networks could harvest water from fog

Posted in Hardware on 14th May, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
These water droplet networks could also potentially find use in membrane research and biological sensing applications.

Synchronized oscillators may allow for computing that works like the brain

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2014 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
It would use a fraction of the energy necessary for today’s computers, according to the engineers.

The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but will raise privacy and complexity concerns

Posted in Hardware on 15th May, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of these devices will be communicating on our behalf, interacting with the physical and virtual worlds more than interacting with us.

NASA clears 3D printer for use on the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts will soon be 3D printing parts they might need up on the International Space Station, after NASA cleared a custom-built machine as being fit for purpose.

Robotic hand uses AI to specialize its grip for any object

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2014 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it determine how to hold it.

Proposed device would instantly display the number of calories in any food

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
A gadget that could instantly display the caloric content of any food placed within it, at the touch of a button.

Microsoft working on Alice-band device to help blind

Posted in Business on 15th Jul, 2014 01:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Microsoft has been working on a device like an Alice band that could help blind people "see" things around them.

You Can Scratch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Off Your Christmas List

Posted in Business on 15th Jul, 2014 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Production issues are said to have considerably delayed the smartphone.

Robot Olympics planned for 2020 powered by Japan's robot revolution

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
"In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills."

Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp

Posted in Hardware on 8th Aug, 2014 09:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".

The Trans-Arctic Internet Cable Project Made Possible by Climate Change

Posted in Hardware on 11th Aug, 2014 03:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Running a telecom cable from London to Tokyo was, for a long time, impossible: The sea route was solid ice year-round.

First-ever 3D-printed space telescopes nearing completion

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2014 03:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Telescopes are very simple devices in theory, but getting one to work in space means a complex assembly of mechanical parts

Sense, the sleep-watching orb, is waking up investors

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Sense has caught fire on Kickstarter, as almost 20,000 backers have made donations or pre-ordered the globe, adding another $2.4 million to the cash raised.

A concrete printer kit for about $30,000 to $50,000 that can print two story houses

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2014 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology.

AREND Project aims to ward off poachers with unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
One emerging area with huge potential is wildlife conservation, with drones delivering the ability to patrol and detect illegal poachers from the air.

Google begins developing its own quantum computer chips

Posted in Hardware on 4th Sep, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has been researching potential applications of quantum computing since it bought a D-Wave quantum annealing computer with NASA.

Samsung reveals Gear VR headset and Galaxy Edge smartphone

Posted in Business on 4th Sep, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality headset and a smartphone whose screen bends around one of its sides.

iPhone 6’s NFC chip may do far more than just mobile payments

Posted in Business on 5th Sep, 2014 03:06 AM
by AlexMuller
NFC is a technology standard that specifies a set of radio frequencies used by two devices in close physical proximity to exchange files and data.

VC Peter Thiel: You can either invest in 'bits' or 'atoms'

Posted in Business on 9th Sep, 2014 06:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Right now Thiel seems to think there’s already too many “bits” companies and not enough “atom” companies. He may be right.

Apple Watch unveiled alongside new larger iPhones

Posted in Hardware on 10th Sep, 2014 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple has unveiled a smartwatch, the Apple Watch, its first new product line since the first iPad and the death of its co-founder Steve Jobs.

MIT's electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Posted in Hardware on 16th Sep, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
We've seen MIT's super-fast four legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside.

Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons, Stanford study shows

Posted in Medicine on 17th Sep, 2014 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps may be healthcare.

Smartphone microscope can be made for under a dollar

Posted in Hardware on 18th Sep, 2014 10:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Although the device works particularly well with the iPhone, it can reportedly also be used with most other smartphone makes and models.

University of Sheffield show first pictures from 3D printed telescope

Posted in Hardware on 20th Sep, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope was made using a 3D printer, and has a magnification of 160 times, allowing detailed views of the moon's surface.

Company that Made Space Station's 3D Printer Now Working on Printing with Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2014 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
An era in which we manufacture what we need when we need it in orbit, deep space, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

Posted in Software on 1st Oct, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
As long as there is a FireChat-enabled device to act as a node in the chain, there's really no geographic limit to how big the ad hoc network can be.

Big robot fleet takes to UK waters

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters.

Google Glass can now display captions for hard-of-hearing users

Posted in Software on 4th Oct, 2014 02:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a speech-to-text Android app for Google Glass that displays captions.

There Are More Gadgets Than There Are People In The World

Posted in Online on 8th Oct, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever people are outnumbered on Earth by the mobile technology we have produced.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014: beyond the diffraction limit in microscopy

Posted in Hardware on 11th Oct, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain better resolution than half the wavelength of light.

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Devices implanted in the body face two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and bacterial infection:

US 'probes hackable flaws' in medical devices

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:49 PM
by AlexMuller
US officials have revealed they are investigating about two dozen suspected examples of medical equipment vulnerable to hack attacks, potentially putting patients' lives at risk.

Your Retirement May Include a Robot Helper

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2014 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
As industrial robots become more capable, they could start helping out around the home.

Former Android boss Andy Rubin leaves Google

Posted in Business on 31st Oct, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Andy Rubin co-founded the world's most popular mobile operating system, Android.

A brain decoder that could read your inner thoughts

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have figured out how to read the words of our inner monologue, a finding that could help people who cannot physically speak to communicate with the world.

Health watchdog warns on 3D usage for children under age 6

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2014 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A French health watchdog has recommended that children under the age of six should not be allowed access to 3D content.

Why Nearby Phones May Soon Be Borrowing Your Bandwidth

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
U.S. cellular operators are testing technology that boosts mobile download speeds by having phones borrow bandwidth from devices nearby.

Robots Are Still Toddlers; But They’re Growing Up Fast

Posted in Software on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Today’s most advanced robots are still toddlers. But dont expect that to last long. A few underlying drivers are pushing their development forward.

Doubling the speed of cellphone data with a simple full duplex circuit

Posted in Online on 26th Nov, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A circuit that lets a radio send and receive data simultaneously over the same frequency could supercharge wireless data transfer.

Plan V lets you charge your phone using a 9-volt battery

Posted in Hardware on 28th Nov, 2014 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Smartphones are more powerful than ever, but they still have an annoying tendency to run out of juice just when you need them most.

Emergency repairs for cracked phones

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2014 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A US firm is launching an emergency repair service for broken or damaged smartphones in the UK. Services are springing up offering fixes for cracked screens or broken home buttons.

The Day You’ll Prefer Robots to Humans

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s a Cambrian explosion in robotics, with species of all sizes, shapes and modes of mobility crawling out of the muck of the lab and onto the terra firma of the marketplace.

Chromebooks are beating iPads in the classroom

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Don’t underestimate how much this might bother Apple. The company has a long history in the education market, going to back to the early 1980s

Customize your emotions with a device; coming in 2015

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
What Thync hopes to do, in 10 minutes or less, is create in its users nothing less than a desired state of mind, or mode, ranging from calm to creative to energetic.

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections.

Seven life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing

Posted in Hardware on 13th Dec, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
3D printing technology has enabled some truly life-changing surgeries in the past year.

Mobile Computing, the Metatrend of the Past Decade

Posted in Hardware on 16th Dec, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Four billion people are buying new smartphones every two years, massively outpacing the PC industry.

NASA emails a 3D printed spanner to the International Space Station

Posted in Hardware on 19th Dec, 2014 10:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.

Google to Outsource Driverless Car Manufacturing

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2014 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Google's electric driverless car won't be made by the giant itself, with the company asking car makers to come aboard the project and help build the fleet instead.

Smartphone use is changing our brains

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2014 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

MOCAheart keeps an eye on your cardiovascular health

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Dec, 2014 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Your heart rate, blood oxygen level and blood pressure are all key indicators of your cardiovascular state of health.

Healthcare Predictions For 2015

Posted in Business on 27th Dec, 2014 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Next year will be big for healthcare. We felt small tremors in 2014 of the seismic changes underway.

Annual Smartphone shipments will increase from 1.3 billion in 2014 to 1.9 billion in 2018

Posted in Business on 28th Dec, 2014 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013.

Predictions for the future of technology in 2015:

Posted in Software on 30th Dec, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Augmented reality smartglasses from Google are forecast for 2015, along with driverless buses, free Super WiFi, and adverts on the moon.

Starscraper aims for a cheap suborbital rocket to take payloads to the edge of space

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2014 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The International Space Station (ISS) may get all the glory, but suborbital rocket flights still play a vital part in space research.

Robots can now learn to cook just like you do: by watching YouTube videos

Posted in Online on 4th Jan, 2015 02:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have come up with a new way to teach robots how to use tools simply by watching videos on YouTube.

CES 2015: GoBe calorie counter wearable put to the test

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2015 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The creators of the GoBe wristband say it can automatically, non-invasively count the calories eaten by the wearer.

These Technologies Are Poised to Go Big in 2015

Posted in Software on 6th Jan, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Here are some of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year.

Wireless power system charges devices up to 20 feet away

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2015 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Firms are racing to develop a feasible method for delivering power wirelessly.

The 4 things your mobile health app needs for a breakout in 2015

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jan, 2015 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The world of mobile health applications is poised to truly go mainstream in 2015.

Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2015 01:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Google may face state regulatory hurdles depending on where it chooses to test the cars in public.

Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear

Posted in Business on 17th Jan, 2015 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Google insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form. It will focus on future versions of Glass.

ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light for the launch of its unmanned spaceplane, Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).

High blood pressure treatment device 'promising'

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:40 PM
by AlexMuller
A device the size of a paper clip inserted in the groin has shown promising results in lowering blood pressure, scientists say.

Samsung engineers are working on wearable for early stroke detection

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The sensor-packed headset aims to alert folks who are at risk for a stroke early on, so they can get to a doctor to prevent potentially serious and permanent effects.

ChargeTech promises to cut your smartphone charge time in half

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The ChargeTech adapter can be used with phones and tablets, smartwatches, Bluetooth speakers and basically anything else with a USB charging cable.

Implant treats obesity by blocking hunger signals

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2015 04:03 PM
by AlexMuller
It is estimated that one third of Americans are clinically obese.

What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need to Succeed?

Posted in Business on 24th Jan, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Released to much fanfare in 2013, Google marketed Glass to developers and early adopters. For $1,500, they would get the device and a chance to figure out what to do with it.

Should we use helicopter drones to fly across Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for an unmanned helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars.

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2015 04:09 PM
by AlexMuller
As water shortage is a serious issue in the world, a means of cheaply harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver.

Elon Musk plans for 4000 toaster sized micro-satellite network for global internet

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has proposed a network of some 4,000 micro-satellites to provide wireless broadband Internet services around the globe.

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

Posted in Business on 29th Jan, 2015 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple reported a net profit of $18bn (£11.8bn) in its fiscal first quarter, which tops the $15.9bn made by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012.

How to sell the robot revolution

Posted in Reviews on 30th Jan, 2015 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Are we finally ready to enter the age of the home robot?

Should you leave your Smartphone plugged in charging over night? We asked an expert

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Feb, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Is it safe to leave our phones plugged into the charger once they’re fully charged? Is it damaging the battery, or shortening its lifespan?

3D Printed Heart Model Makes Surgery Faster, Safer For Children

Posted in Medicine on 4th Feb, 2015 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Using a life-sized 3D model created from the patient’s MRI data, the team was able to shorten the length of the surgery, while eliminating the need for multiple surgeries.

Implantable device targets tumors using electric fields

Posted in Medicine on 6th Feb, 2015 03:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique uses a small device containing a reservoir of chemotherapy that can be either implanted in the tumor or placed on the skin to create the electric field.

Smartphone HIV and syphilis diagnosis in 15 minutes:

Posted in Hardware on 6th Feb, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that detects infectious disease markers.

Off World 3D Printing Is How Humans Will Colonize Space

Posted in Hardware on 7th Feb, 2015 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
3D printing has recently emerged as a force poised to disrupt a significant portion of the $10 trillion global manufacturing industry.

Google to 'start again' with Glass project

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The new version will be developed internally and only released when finished.

World’s first robot-staffed hotel to open in Japan

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan where guests will be greeted and served by remarkably human-like robots.

Smart devices: Is privacy loss inevitable?

Posted in Business on 10th Feb, 2015 06:20 PM
by AlexMuller
People who use smart devices that monitor what they do will have to get used to giving up some privacy, warns a top technologist.

Kill switches 'cut thefts' in London, New York and San Francisco

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2015 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The addition of "kill switch" anti-theft tools to iPhones and Android handsets appears to be acting as a major deterrent to criminals.

ESA successfully test flies mini-spaceplane

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The future of space travel is all about rapid reusability.

Telescopic contact lenses could magnify human eyesight

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A workaround for certain kinds of vision loss, or a futuristic upgrade to human sight.

Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The story 'Johnny Mnemonic' foresaw information being carried by brain microchips by 2021. A team of neuroscientists could be making this fantasy world a reality.

Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age'

Posted in Software on 16th Feb, 2015 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Vint Cerf, a 'father of the internet', says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

New laser probe identifies brain cancer cells in real time

Posted in Medicine on 18th Feb, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
An intraoperative handheld probe for cancer-cell-detection enables surgeons, for the first time, to detect more than 92% of invasive brain cancer cells during surgery.

Pebble’s new smartwatch breaks Kickstarter records, raising $1M in just 34 minutes

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2015 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Just 34 minutes after launching on Kickstarter, Pebble’s new Pebble Time watch has secured over $1 million, clearing its $500k goal.

CastAR made a video imagining the future of augmented and virtual reality

Posted in Software on 24th Feb, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The company sees its headset as a part of everyday life.

Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains?

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Thync thinks so.

Tiny Robot Grippers Dissolve Away in Your Body Once Their Job is Done

Posted in Medicine on 26th Feb, 2015 12:00 AM
by PlanetTech
As robots get small enough to swim around inside the body, they'll soon be used to perform medical procedures all from within a patient.

Brain-controlled drone shown off in Lisbon

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2015 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Technology that allows a drone to be piloted from the ground using only a person's brainwaves has been demonstrated in Portugal.

Three Men Voluntarily Amputate Their Injured Hands In Favor of Bionic Replacements

Posted in Hardware on 28th Feb, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Three men have become the first to undergo 'bionic reconstruction', enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind.

Huawei and LG unveil new wearables at MWC

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
LG and Huawei have unveiled a range of new smartwatches featuring metal-framed circular designs.

By 2020, 80% of the world's adult population will own a smartphone

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The smartphone is probably the fastest adopted technology of all time.

The MindLeap virtual reality game system runs on your brainwaves

Posted in Hardware on 4th Mar, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
MindLeap closed an $8.5 million funding round, which it will use to build on efforts in the medical field, where its technology helps recovery in patients with neurological deficits.

Nano Ink That Lets You Draw Sensors Onto Almost Anything

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Nanoengineers are opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field.

Baidu welcomes China's military to join China Brain project on AI systems

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Chinese search giant Baidu, has proposed a state-level project on artificial intelligence (AI) systems called 'China Brain'.

The technology inside a satellite may soon scan your skin for cancer

Posted in Medicine on 9th Mar, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The hardware within this satellite may, in a few years, form the core of a new medical device that doctors can use to scan human skin for disease.

Solar Impulse plane begins epic global flight

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2015 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way from Abu Dhabi.

NASA teams up with smartglasses maker on augmented reality goggles for space missions

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts could one day get access to advanced computing and visualization technologies via smartglasses.

Tobii eye-tracking technology lets you add a new layer to game control

Posted in Games on 13th Mar, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The eye-tracking technology has been honed over the past decade to a point where it is now a viable method for controlling games.

The inflatable space age

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Robert Bigelow and his dream of inflatable balloon space stations.

Turning smartphones into personal, real-time pollution-location monitors

Posted in Hardware on 14th Mar, 2015 08:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Using smartphones and sensing technology to pinpoint times and locations of the worst air pollution, which is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

Superefficient cubesat propulsion that is also 10 times cheaper than alternatives

Posted in Hardware on 14th Mar, 2015 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications.

Optical fibers demonstrate brain-like computing

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 09:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have simulated neural networks and synapses in the brain using optical pulses as information carriers over fibers made from light-sensitive glass.

Glass Fibers May Open Door to Neuromorphic Computing

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have demonstrated how neural networks and synapses in the brain can be reproduced using glass fibers made that are sensitive to light, known as chalcogenides.

Schmidt says reports of Google Glass' death are premature

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2015 08:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is still hard at work perfecting its wearable, calling it a 'big and fundamental platform for Google.'

Bee behaviour mapped by using tiny trackers

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Understanding bee behavior is absolutely vital if we are to understand better why our bees are struggling and how we can reverse their decline.

Google is building a robotic surgery platform with Johnson & Johnson

Posted in Business on 29th Mar, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotic surgery can refer to machines that act autonomously, but it frequently means tools that surgeons can 'pilot' from a computer screen.

A new wearable collision warning device for the visually-impaired

Posted in Software on 30th Mar, 2015 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
A new pocket-sized device beeps to warn wearers of impending collisions as they approach obstacles.

A brain-machine interface to control a prosthetic hand

Posted in Hardware on 1st Apr, 2015 03:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Non-invasive technique allows amputee to control prosthetic hand by his thoughts.

You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Apr, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space.

Mars beckons for European satellite

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite Europe will be sending to Mars early next year is about to undergo its final test programme.

For 50 Years Now, the US Has Had a Nuclear Reactor Orbiting the Planet

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2015 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Half a century ago, a rocket carried the US’s only (known) space nuclear reactor, SNAP-10A, which has been circling the Earth ever since.

Shape-shifting nanoprobes report on internal body conditions using magnetic fields

Posted in Medicine on 6th Apr, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
New shape-shifting nanoprobes that can perform high-resolution remote biological sensing.

Augmented and virtual reality markets to grow to $150B by 2020, forecaster says

Posted in Software on 7th Apr, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Digi-Capital estimates that the combined markets will reach $150 billion by 2020.

Camera chip provides super depth resolution for 3D printing

Posted in Hardware on 7th Apr, 2015 11:04 PM
by AlexMuller
You take a snapshot with your smartphone, send it to your 3D printer, and within minutes you have a replica accurate to within microns of the remote original object.

Virtual reality app store Wear VR secures $1.5M in funding

Posted in Business on 8th Apr, 2015 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
While Oculus, Valve, and more focus on developing the hardware for virtual reality, one company is already well on its way to cornering the VR app market.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company will test reusable spacecraft later this year

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2015 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Blue Origin announced that it is planning unmanned test flights of its new engine and cargo capsule later this year.

Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race

Posted in Hardware on 11th Apr, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has joined the search for better batteries to power its expansion into consumer electronics and other hardware.

Why Ocean Energy Needs Digital Technology to Create Our Power

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2015 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost one third of electricity needs can be met by a predictable, renewable and yet largely untapped resource: ocean waves.

Carbon nanotubes can move molecules in and out of cell membranes

Posted in Hardware on 11th Apr, 2015 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have been able to make membranes permeable by inserting carbon nanotubes that work like little tunnels.

Using Smartphones for an Earthquake Early Warning Network

Posted in Software on 12th Apr, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
An early warning system for earthquakes can’t come soon enough for the US, which is lagging behind other seismically active countries like Mexico and Japan.

Scientists close in on computers that work like the human brain

Posted in Hardware on 12th Apr, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have made a new breakthrough that may make possible brain-like computing capabilities.

New material set to change cooling industry

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2015 04:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The world refrigeration market is expected to increase by $7-8 billion by 2018. The breakthrough has an economic impact and an impact on the energy industry and environment.

Artificial muscles set for a stretch in space

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In addition to better prosthetic devices, it is hoped the material could find applications in robots on deep space missions.

Bee brain simulation used to pilot a drone

Posted in Software on 15th Apr, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim of the project is to completely reproduce a bee's brain in digital form, allowing at some point, a flying robot to function as the real thing with onlookers none the wiser.

Lasers could be used to zap hazardous orbital debris

Posted in Hardware on 18th Apr, 2015 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbital debris is becoming a hazard to satellites and other spacecraft, which is why various groups have proposed concepts such as gas clouds, nets and sails for collecting it.

Stroke outcome can be improved with new clot-removal device

Posted in Medicine on 18th Apr, 2015 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
'We will be able to treat many more patients, who will have much better outcomes. This is a once-in-a-generation advance in acute stroke care.'

Google's 'balloon-powered internet for all' is almost ready

Posted in Online on 19th Apr, 2015 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The team is keeping the internet vessels afloat for up to 100 days at a time now, can build balloons in hours instead of days, and can launch dozens of balloon every day instead of just one.

New Iris Scanning Tech Could Identify You from 40 Feet Away

Posted in Hardware on 20th Apr, 2015 04:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Carnegie Melon’s Biometrics Center has developed technology that can identify a human from 40 feet away just by scanning the person’s irises.

XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2015 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon.

Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Posted in Hardware on 20th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep brain stimulation could lead to a more effective, self-tuning device for Parkinson’s.

Ultra-high-res nondestructive 3D imaging of cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2015 03:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of researchers reports the first known nondestructive 3D scan of a single biological cell using a form of 'picosecond' ultrasound.

New sampling device promises to make blood tests needle-free

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
When it comes to conducting a routine blood test, US-based company Tasso Inc. believes that unpleasant needles can be removed from the equation completely.

The first 3D printed rocket will launch soon

Posted in Hardware on 24th Apr, 2015 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Parts of the rocket engine are made with 3D printers, using a specific method which includes electron beam melting. This method massively decreases the rocket's construction time.

A Smartphone Eye Exam Service Launches in New York

Posted in Medicine on 24th Apr, 2015 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A startup has a smartphone-assisted gadget that can determine your glasses prescription, with help from a remote optometrist.

Luxottica is working on a second version of Google Glass, CEO says it’s coming soon

Posted in Hardware on 26th Apr, 2015 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Google may have pulled the plug on the Explorer edition of Glass, but they insist a new version will be coming out.

SABRE engine concept passes US Air Force feasibilty test

Posted in Hardware on 26th Apr, 2015 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Reaction Engines' Skylon reusable spaceplane project has been given a boost, with analysis confirming the feasibility of the SABRE engine cycle concept that lies at its heart.

MIT invention turns salt water into drinking water using solar power

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Winners of the Desal Prize have been announced, part of a competition to see who could create an affordable desalination solution for developing countries.

Human Brain Inspires New Computer Memory System

Posted in Hardware on 29th Apr, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Mechanisms involved in next-generation magnetic memory could be used as artificial synapses in a new type of brain-inspired computer.

Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Stored Sunlight in Batteries

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The car company plans to sell battery storage systems for homes and utilities to help extend the use of solar power.

Microsoft bought Minecraft for HoloLens, Nadella says

Posted in Games on 2nd May, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
HoloLens is an augmented-reality head-mounted display that puts “holograms” right in the real world that you can interact with and walk around.

Lens turns smartphone into a basic microscope for only 3 cents

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2015 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120 times.

'centimeter accurate' GPS system to be integrated into phones

Posted in Software on 6th May, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Knowing exactly where you are in the world, to the centimeter, is going to get a whole lot easier thanks to a new ultra-accurate GPS system.

Oculus Rift Consumer VR System Pre-Orders Start Later This Year, Ships Q1 2016

Posted in Games on 6th May, 2015 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus is almost ready to sell VR to the public. Today Oculus announced that 'the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016'

Scientists turn an iPhone into a blood parasite detector

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A team at UC Berkeley has adapted its iPhone microscope project to identify blood parasites in under three minutes.

Surge in US 'brain-reading' technology patents

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Fewer than 400 neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been lodged in the US in 2014.

'Tesla's batteries could be bigger business than electric cars' – Elon Musk

Posted in Business on 9th May, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The company has taken 38,000 orders for its Powerwall, which was first announced last week, meaning the devices are sold out until mid-2016.

From starved to spoiled: How Oculus, Valve, and Sony prepare to make 2016 the year of VR

Posted in Business on 10th May, 2015 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The VR industry is about to go from years of waiting into a very intense period of releases.

Massive solar expansion by 2050 may be necessary for climate, MIT reports

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar's easy of use, efficiency and abundance may make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Pain blocking implant gets closer to human use

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2015 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny device that blocks severe pain caused by nerve damage is set to be implanted in sufferers of the condition within five to ten years, according to its creators.

Google's self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents, but none were the car's fault, Google asserts

Posted in Software on 12th May, 2015 02:13 AM
by AlexMuller
There have been 11 accidents in total, all minor, which Google asserts were never the fault of the car.

New memory cells could lead to bionic brains, and human-like computers

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have created an electronic memory cell that mimics the way that human brains work.

Powerful new radio telescope array monitors the entire sky 24/7 in real time

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A new telescope array can image the entire sky, helping astronomers to search for objects that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode.

The machine that could replace anesthesiologists

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2015 09:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Anesthesiologists train for 4 years after medical school and are paid an average of $277,000 a year. The machine can only be used for a few procedures for now, but that's changing.

Robotic tentacle targets keyhole surgery

Posted in Hardware on 15th May, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Italian engineers have built a robotic arm, aimed at improving surgical operations and inspired by the octopus.

Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2015 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Laser power is still a long way from being ready for any kind of planetary exploration, but this first test confirms that it works.

NASA challenges makers to design 3D printed habitats for deep-space exploration

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2015 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
A new $2.25 million competition, the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration.

Computing at the speed of light with ultracompact beamsplitter

Posted in Hardware on 19th May, 2015 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Light is the fastest thing you can use to transmit information. With all light, computing can eventually be millions of times faster.

PlanetTech interviews Alberto Rizzoli, founder of 3D printing startup Kideville

Posted in Interviews on 21st May, 2015 03:23 AM
by AlexMuller
PlanetTech interviews founder Alberto Rizzoli about the future of CAD and 3D printing in education.

NASA's new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration beyond low Earth orbit

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would use less-expensive cubesats (tiny-satellites) to observe physical phenomena beyond low-Earth-orbit.

Microsoft's HoloLens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room

Posted in Hardware on 22nd May, 2015 11:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The HoloLens augmented-reality headset projects believable images of people into real settings.

On the Horizon: A Magnetic Zap that Strengthens Memory

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2015 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Magnetic stimulation may help stave off age-related cognitive decline.

Robots master skills with 'deep learning' technique

Posted in Hardware on 24th May, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed new algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks by trial and error, using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn.

Smart glasses begin to take hold in the enterprise

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Google Glass was not the consumer success Google had hoped for. But, contrary to many predictions, Glass is not dead. In fact, its been spun off into its own department.

China to replace US as world's top consumer tech market in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2015 04:10 PM
by AlexMuller
China is expected to become the number one market for consumer tech, thanks to both strong local buying power and the rapid development of homegrown innovation.

Black solar cells reach incredible new efficiency records

Posted in Hardware on 27th May, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
With solar cells of particular interest to researchers, businesses, environmental groups, and just about everybody else, it always seems there are new advances in research.

OculusVR buys computer vision startup to help the Rift understand the world

Posted in Games on 27th May, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Rift understands where you are looking and how you’re moving your body, and now, it may soon understand the space around you.

Software problem 'pauses' LightSail mission

Posted in Software on 29th May, 2015 09:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society says that its LightSail solar sail mission has been 'paused' due to a software glitch, which has frozen the onboard computer.

New tech keeps your smart phone charged for 30 percent longer

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2015 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Invention captures wasted cell phone energy, feeds it back to battery.

Google’s surprising portal into the future of virtual reality

Posted in Online on 31st May, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
It’s a tremendously big deal that Google’s pushing into virtual reality with one of its most important services: YouTube.

LightSail spacecraft is back in touch with Earth after rebooting itself

Posted in Software on 31st May, 2015 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
About a week after its launch on May 20th, LightSail lost the ability to send data to the crew because of a software glitch.

Medical millirobots offer hope for less-invasive surgeries

Posted in Science on 1st Jun, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
To advance minimally invasive treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.

Bionic contact lens becomes reality

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jun, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The new contact lens allows the user to zoom in and out in literally a wink.

Transparent solar windows for high rise buildings

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jun, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite has astounded the solar cell community with a steep rise in efficiency from 4% in 2010 to a 20.1% in 2014, already surpassing many other solar technologies.

Google patents contact lens that collects your 'iris fingerprint'

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has a thing about contact lenses. The company has done a lot of work with contact lenses used in health applications.

All systems go for construction of world's largest optical telescope

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jun, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
When fully operational, the Giant Magellan Telescope will look further into space and farther back in time than any telescope ever made.

Airbus unveils 'Adeline' re-usable rocket concept

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable.

WiFi that provides connectivity and charges your gadgets may be closer than you think

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A team at the University of Washington, has developed a 'power over WiFi' system that can recharge batteries through the air.

LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission.

Valve is now shipping its Vive VR headset to select developers

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
After opening up an application process for developers to determine who should receive one of the free developer kits, Valve has starting shipping out the units.

LightSail Test Mission Declared Success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX reportedly files with the FCC to offer Web access worldwide via satellite

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jun, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX’s tests will determine if its antenna technology can deliver high-speed internet access to devices on the ground.

Solar power passes 1 percent of global electricity threshold

Posted in Business on 12th Jun, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe, Italy, Germany and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand.

OculusVR and Xbox team up for consumer virtual reality

Posted in Games on 12th Jun, 2015 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Oculus VR has shown off the version of its virtual reality headset that will be sold to consumers, and revealed it will come with an Xbox One controller.

China confirms test of new hypersonic strike vehicle 'Wu-14'

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jun, 2015 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The strategic strike weapon is extremely advanced and can travel at 10 times the speed of sound.

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says its comet lander has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P.

Miniature heart sensor keeps heart failure patients out of the hospital

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jun, 2015 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Implanting microchip sensors in patients with advanced heart failure to better monitor symptoms and reduce their chances of returning to the hospital.

Airbus to build giant internet satellite network

Posted in Business on 16th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus has been contracted to build the world's largest satellite constellation as the race for global satellite internet heats up.

NASA will launch two interplanetary cubesats in 2016

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.They will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

BBC develops 'mind-control TV' headset for iPlayer app

Posted in Online on 18th Jun, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Users can turn on and operate the app by concentrating or relaxing their minds.

Ericsson Mobility Report: 70 percent of world's population using smartphones by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Advanced mobiles will be commonplace around the globe: smartphone subscriptions will more than double, reaching 6.1 billion.

China is utterly and totally dominating solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
While China has long been a leader in making solar panels, it’s now become the largest market, by far, for solar panels.

Brain-zapping headwear designed to treat Parkinson's

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jun, 2015 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
A team at Johns Hopkins University has created a prototype device that delivers non-invasive brain stimulation to sufferers of Parkinson's disease.

The virtual reality craze is taking over hardware and games at E3

Posted in Games on 20th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus Rift vs. Project Morpheus, StarVR and Gear VR: Post-E3 thoughts

Solar: The First 1 percent was by far the hardest

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity. It took 40 years. As prices drop, installation rate rises. As installation rates rise, the price continues to drop.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

Pepper, the emotional domestic humanoid robot, sells out in one minute

Posted in Software on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The robot is currently sold in Japan, but is scheduled to hit global markets next year.

Urthecast video cameras to circle the globe

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Urthecast plans to put a 16 satellites in orbit to image the Earth. It says it wants to to enable new "Big Data" applications and even social media sharing.

Laser 'tricorder' can diagnose malaria through the skin

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
It's a weapon that fights malaria; a laser scan can give an accurate diagnosis in seconds, without breaking the skin.

Chinese scientists persue dreams of solar-powered space flight

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of Chinese scientists believe they could one day develop a fuel-free spacecraft that would be able fly through deep space using only light from the sun.

OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2015 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest commercial rocket campaign in history has been announced by OneWeb. The company has acquired more than 60 launchers to put up its satellite broadband network.

Bionic eye clinical trial results: long-term safety, efficacy

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jun, 2015 02:10 AM
by AlexMuller
3 year clinical trial results of the Argus II retinal implant (“bionic eye”) have found that it restored some visual function in 30 people blinded by a degenerative eye disease.

Audi helping to make a rover for Google's Lunar Xprize

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Audi has announced that it's teaming up with Part-Time Scientists, a German team working to put its rover on the moon.

Scientists build artificial neurons able to communicate with organic neurons

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
This artificial neuron is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve and communicate the way as our own neurons do.

Pepper robot gets helping hand from Foxconn and Alibaba

Posted in Business on 28th Jun, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, predicts a future when robots will become smarter than humans, saying robots connected to the internet will be the future of innovation.

Japan’s Softbank to Invest $20 Billion in Solar-Energy Projects in India

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Indian government targets a massive expansion in the country’s solar output from some 3 gigawatts today to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Swarms of tiny robots are joining forces to break through blocked arteries

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
A $18 million initiative set on creating a microrobot-assisted procedure for dealing with blocked arteries within five years.

Samsung could commercialize lithium ion batteries with double the battery life by 2018

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Samsung expects to bring a significant change to both devices and the electric car industry.

Reaction Engines UK will have new tests of their Skylon Single stage to orbit Spaceplane engine prototype

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine requires a novel design to allow operation in both air-breathing and rocket modes.

PlanetTech interviews the team behind the Holus display

Posted in Interviews on 2nd Jul, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Holus aims to convert digital content into a 3D holographic experience. We interview the team on the future of holographic media and their Kickstarter success.

One of the Most Important Tools in Science Now Fits Inside Your Phone

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer, among many other things.

Implantable pump to regulate fluids in the eye and preserve vision

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Though there are treatments for both glaucoma and phthisis bulbi, these only slow the progression of damage and loss of vision, rather than reverse their symptoms.

Successful heart transplant after using experimental artificial heart

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jul, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients.

Is Google Readying a New Version of Google Glass?

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
killed off the first version of the device earlier this year, but there have been persistent rumors that a second version is due soon.

$500K and HoloLens development kits to make holographic computing useful

Posted in Software on 7th Jul, 2015 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Microsoft will give out $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits for the five best proposals from U.S. researchers.

Wave generator supplies US electrical grid for the first time

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Though it can only produce 20 kilowatts, the DoE said that similar devices could eventually provide large amounts of clean power to coastal cities.

Opinion: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Posted in Business on 8th Jul, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Vivek Wadhwa describes the technology advances that are happening now, which will bear fruit in the 2020s.

New Zealand is Joining the Private Space Race

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Rocket Lab is to build a new facility near Christchurch which will launch a payload into orbit before the year is out.

Oil Giant To Build World's Largest Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jul, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Today the state oil company of Oman announced a landmark deal with California-based solar developer GlassPoint to build the world’s largest solar project.

UK to develop Quantum 'universal' satellite

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.

India set to launch five UK satellites

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:46 PM
by AlexMuller
India is set to put in orbit five foreign satellites, built in Britain, to observe the earth.

Skylon spaceplane developers reveal the antifreeze method for the sabre hypersonic engine

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jul, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine could enable a single stage to orbit vehicle.

The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years

Posted in Software on 14th Jul, 2015 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Peter Diamandis predicts we'll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance.

Tesla CTO: Batteries with Solar Will Lead to Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jul, 2015 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage is the key to popularizing solar energy generation.

The first virtual reality movie for GearVR has begun production

Posted in Software on 15th Jul, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Skybound Entertainment and Samsung on Monday began production of a new virtual reality suspense thriller called 'Gone,' which will play on Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Asteroid-mining milestone: Planetary Resources deploys first spacecraft into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jul, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources has deployed its first spacecraft test mission for several of the technologies required to hunt for asteroids.

Laser device may soon non-invasively monitor diabetics' glucose levels

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A low-powered laser beam is projected into the finger. Some of that light is absorbed by glucose in the bloodstream, and some is reflected back.

Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jul, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers make important step towards a solar cell that generates hydrogen.

Brain-inspired algorithms may make for optimized computational networks

Posted in Software on 21st Jul, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The developing brain eliminates unneeded connections between neurons.

HTC on why 2016 is the critical year for virtual reality

Posted in Games on 21st Jul, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
HTC will be counting on the 'wow' factor as it pushes an entirely new product from its core business of making smartphones.

Solar company Sunrun sets terms to raise up to $309 million in IPO

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.

Age-related macular degeneration patient receives bionic eye transplant

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is designed to stimulate remaining retinal cells, allowing them to obtain useful visual information.

In 2015 there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2015 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Globally, there are 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries.

Google's Patent Could Let Us Record And Replay Our Memories

Posted in Business on 24th Jul, 2015 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has been awarded a patent which would allow us to search through a video database of our lives, all recorded through some future wearable technology.

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

Posted in Software on 27th Jul, 2015 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Crowdsourcing smartphone data could provide valuable advance notice for people in quake zones.

Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels if she wins office

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jul, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years.

Similar to the consumer model, 'Pepper for Biz' to launch for enterprise

Posted in Software on 30th Jul, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, Pepper, will be making its mark in the enterprise with preorders from October.

PTN interviews Escape Dynamics on the future of space technology

Posted in Interviews on 31st Jul, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Escape Dynamics is developing Electromagnetically-powered single stage to orbit launch systems with the aim of dramatically reducing the cost of spaceflight.

Epic's graphics guru Tim Sweeney predicts augmented reality will eliminate monitors and TVs

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
We may not need displays, if the promise of augmented reality achieves its potential.

Surgeons practice on 3D printed models for kids' operations

Posted in Medicine on 1st Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Using 3D printed copies of body parts has helped save 4 children aged two months to 16 years who suffered from life-threatening blood vessel malformation in their brains.

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2015 10:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Satya Nadella said that the first developer version of the hologram-projecting device will come out 'within the next year' and will be focused around developers and enterprises.

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households.

Startups are rocketing to the front of the space race

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launches and the miniaturization of satellites, startups are gearing up for the new space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

Thync review: A drug-like, brain-zapping wearable?

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Here's a gadget completely unlike anything we've used before. Meet Thync, a wearable that zaps your brain to change your mood.

Virtual Reality Will Let You Experience the Awe Only Astronauts Have Known

Posted in Software on 5th Aug, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality will entertain us, connect us, open up new digital worlds; but can it revolutionize our view of the real world too?

A precision brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
May allow people with ALS or spinal cord injuries to communicate faster and more accurately.

Why it's time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Posted in Business on 5th Aug, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people.

The UK now prefers using phones to get online over laptops

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2015 02:47 PM
by AlexMuller
It marks a significant shift. Just last year 22% named their phone as their most important means of getting online, with a solid 40% naming their laptop.

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite cells could rise to take the lion's share of the solar landscape in the near future.

Will it soon be time for robots in our homes?

Posted in Software on 7th Aug, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A lot can happen in two minutes. In the world of robotics 120 seconds is all it took for 2,000 units of the robot Pepper to be sold online.

US Military Awards New Contracts for XS-1 Space Plane

Posted in Business on 8th Aug, 2015 09:31 PM
by AlexMuller
DARPA aims to build a reusable vehicle to provide 'quick, affordable and routine' access to space, which it says is ' critical for both national and economic security'.

Apple’s App Store Saw $1.7B in Billings And Broke Records In July

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The App Store today features over 1.5 million mobile applications and games available for download, and the growth in new app releases shows no signs of slowing down.

Google is planning to take another shot at the ultra low-cost Android One project

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan will be a push to hit the 'sweet spot' of $50 smartphones.

Brain-scanning software blocks your notifications while you are busy

Posted in Science on 9th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
If your mind is busy, the software can quiet the beeping of your devices so you can actually concentrate.

Study: U.S. hospitals throw away $15M in unused surgical supplies each year

Posted in Medicine on 10th Aug, 2015 04:55 PM
by AlexMuller
These items could be salvaged to ease shortages and also to save lives abroad.

Eye tracking will help the paralyzed talk to the outside world

Posted in Medicine on 10th Aug, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are developing systems that use eye tracking for communication.

A Kickstarter project wants to put the International Space Station's view of Earth in your VR display

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2015 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceVR launched a Kickstarter campaign today to send a 3D, 360-degree camera to the International Space Station.

The IBM Watson AI system will learn to understand medical images

Posted in Software on 12th Aug, 2015 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Watson will have the ability to 'see' by bringing together Watson’s advanced image analytics and cognitive computing system with data and images from medical imaging.

The SpaceX expolsion has delayed the Falcon Heavy

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has said it's Falcon Heavy rocket, which might be the most powerful on Earth when it comes into service, has been grounded by further delays.

US distributed solar prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously.

Stanford Researchers Unveil New Ultrafast Charging Aluminum-Ion Battery

Posted in Hardware on 14th Aug, 2015 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers unveiled a new aluminum-ion battery chemistry with the ability to charge or discharge in less than a minute.

Google Research Boosts Deep Learning Detection with GPUs

Posted in Hardware on 14th Aug, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
An emerging market is exploding in deep learning and computer vision with companies continuing to push the processing speed and complexity envelope.

Samsung is looking to join the satellite internet space race

Posted in Business on 15th Aug, 2015 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Samsung is interested in using thousands of small low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed internet all over the planet.

Gartner Says the Internet of Things Installed Base Will Grow to 26 Billion Units By 2020

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
IoT, which excludes PCs, tablets and phones, will grow to 26B units installed in 2020, almost a 30-fold increase from 0.9B in 2009.

Launch date for Inmarsat's delayed Global Xpress spacecraft

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The new £1bn GX network is the biggest commercial UK space project in the process of being rolled out right now.

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Census results in England and Wales since 1871 show that the rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making humans obsolete.

IBM Introduces Researchers To Their Artificial Brain

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
By stringing chips together researchers can build an artificial neural network. The version that IBM just debuted is roughly equivalent to the computing capacity of a rat's brain.

Kids’ gaming makes up nearly 8% of mobile game spending worldwide

Posted in Business on 18th Aug, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Parents are dropping a serious amount of cash to keep their kids’ tablets and smartphones filled with games.

Android creator Andy Rubin invests $15M in CastAR to build augmented reality gaming glasses

Posted in Games on 20th Aug, 2015 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
CastAR glasses can project 3D images so that you feel like you’re seeing a virtual layer on top of the real world, or you’re inside a game world.

VR’s inevitable move to eye control

Posted in Software on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Imagine a world where you can control objects with your eyes instead of your hands. With virtual reality moving into the mainstream, this could become an everyday activity.

World’s Largest Solar Power Station To Come Up In Madhya Pradesh, India

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well, the world's largest solar power station will start generating energy by March 2017.

How We’re Battling Virtual Reality's Dreaded Simulator Sickness

Posted in Games on 24th Aug, 2015 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
To an unfortunate subpopulation of people, virtual reality’s side effects are no joke. The eyestrain and stomach upset can be severe.

Market Fall Masks Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The MAC Solar Index, which tracks solar companies, has fallen more than 31 percent in the last three months. First Solar, SunEdison, and SolarCity have taken a market beating.

Micro-sensors stuck to honey bees to help solve mass deaths

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists use micro-sensors attached to honey bees as part of a global push to understand the key factors driving a worldwide population decline of the pollinators.

Principal Solar Teams with Entropy to Build 100MW Generating Facility

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The 100MW facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Key Inmarsat Proton rocket flight under way

Posted in Hardware on 28th Aug, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a hugely important spacecraft for London-based Inmarsat.

Engineers Create Brain-Machine Interface for Controlling Robot Exoskeleton

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of engineers from Germany and Korea has developed a brain-machine control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight from Kazakhstan 'a success'

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat has been declared a success.

Top 5 Emerging Technologies In 2015

Posted in Software on 31st Aug, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
New tech is arriving fast and holds the promise of solving many of the world’s challenges such as food and water security, energy sustainability and personalised medicine.

3D printed 120 micron long 'microfish' could be efficient bloodstream robots

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The university of San Diego used an innovative 3D printing technology to make multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots.

Within 4 years, Google hopes to have its autonomous vehicles commercially available and citizens in the U.S. regularly riding

Posted in Software on 31st Aug, 2015 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is bringing its autonomous vehicles to Austin for testing.

Solar propulsion can make space travel cheaper and more efficient say NASA researchers

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ever since NASA popularised the solar panel way back in the 1970s, solar has proved crucial to expanding our knowledge of space.

Expandable space stations will increase space station size per cost by over ten times

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Bigelow Aerospace has agreed with NASA to leverage the company’s B330 inflatable space habitat for use with NASA’s human space flight.

Huawei announces a phone that weighs objects with force touch

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Sep, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
During their IFA press conference on Wednesday, the Chinese phone manufacturer unveiled its inclusion of Force Touch by weighing an orange using the device.

Neuromorphic Processors Could Mean Big Leap in Machine Learning

Posted in Software on 5th Sep, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A start-up company called Knowm says it will soon begin commercializing a new technique for building neuromorphic computing chips.

Lisa Pathfinder Experiment: Gravity quest set to go into orbit

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Lisa Pathfinder is a fundamental physics experiment that will test the technology needed to detect gravitational waves.

CubeSats to Mars and beyond

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2015 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
All the activity and interest in CubeSats has been primarily limited to spacecraft in Earth orbit. Now engineers are exploring what CubeSats could do beyond Earth orbit.

8K ultra-high definition TVs could reach 1 million units by 2019

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2015 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The average screen size in the TV market has grown by an inch per year over the past decade, but it is still a long haul before sizes over 70 inches are commonplace.

Canon develops 250 megapixel photographic sensor

Posted in Hardware on 8th Sep, 2015 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Canon develops a 250 megapixel sensor for surveillance, astronomy and other specialized imaging systems.

ESA astronaut drives rover from low-Earth orbit

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The technology has the potential to be used in a number of roles both in space and back on Earth, possibly taking human workers out of harms way.

After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
'It’s going to be a great day when we launch the Falcon Heavy, some time in the late April to early May timeframe'

How VR technology Is Reimagining Classroom Education

Posted in Hardware on 9th Sep, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Your teacher explains that you’ll learn about the inner workings of the bloodstream. You put on a headset, and the next thing you know, you’re flying through the bloodstream.

Its that time of the year again for Apple; A load of new stuff

Posted in Hardware on 10th Sep, 2015 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple has unveiled a larger iPad tablet, a TV box with its own app store and new iPhones that can detect how firmly their screens are being pressed.

Q2 2015 an impressive quarter for the US solar PV market

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The residential solar market registered another quarterly record in the second quarter, with 70 percent growth year-over-year.

China wants to be the first to land on the Moon's far side

Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2015 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Only three countries have ever landed spacecraft on the moon: the U.S., Russia, and, in 2013, China.

Microsoft patent lets Kinect make a physical 3D model of your face

Posted in Software on 12th Sep, 2015 04:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Microsoft has been granted a patent for tech that converts the 3D scan data collected by the Kinect gaming sensor into a real physical replica of the scanned object.

The First Permanent Astronaut Aboard the ISS Could Be a Robot

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots don’t need food or water or comfort, and can work on the station for as long as need be.

Bio-artificial kidney project hopes to raise funds through crowdfunding

Posted in Online on 12th Sep, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A crowdfunding effort kicks off in the hopes of raising funds to help accelerate the development of a bio-artificial kidney to change the lives of Kidney Failure patients.

World's first all-electric propulsion satellite goes on line

Posted in Hardware on 14th Sep, 2015 09:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Boeing says that the technology is based on 210,000 hours of ion propulsion flight experience and is 10 times more efficient than liquid-fueled rockets.

Google reveals plans to increase production of self-driving cars

Posted in Business on 14th Sep, 2015 09:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Head of policy for GoogleX hints it could possibly move towards mass manufacturing of fully autonomous prototypes, ahead of road tests in Austin.

SpaceX Dragon capsule could bring back soil samples from Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 03:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Life on Mars, now or in the past, is still up for debate, and the best way to settle it is by getting samples into the hands of scientists.

Lightweight solar cells track the sun, providing 40 percent more energy than fixed cells

Posted in Hardware on 15th Sep, 2015 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art, they replace heavy conventional Sun-tracking systems.

Virgin Galactic boosts rocket capability

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim now is to lift payloads up to 200kg into standard orbits, instead of the previously stated 120kg, in 2016 or 2017 for a price of under $10m.

Google's Project Aura Set to Raise Glass From the Dead

Posted in Business on 18th Sep, 2015 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Glass first went on sale in 2013 and was only available to developers. It was later killed off this year after it failed to attract enough interest.

3D printed windpipe improves girl's operation

Posted in Medicine on 19th Sep, 2015 03:56 AM
by AlexMuller
A 3D-printed windpipe has been used to practise delicate surgery before an operation on a six-year-old girl at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A Portable Blood Cleanser for Treating Sepsis

Posted in Hardware on 19th Sep, 2015 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Harvard researchers have developed a machine that can filter pathogens from the blood and offers hope for faster, more effective treatment for sepsis.

Originally developed for Japan, Pepper the robot is going to Learn the American way

Posted in Software on 19th Sep, 2015 04:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Robot Pepper is getting a personality adjustment for its launch in the United States.

New tech converts sea water into drinking water in minutes

Posted in Science on 19th Sep, 2015 04:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Purifying dirty water is a notoriously difficult and expensive process, which is why a newly invented and ultra-cheap water cleaning process is looking so promising.

China successfully launches the new Long March 6 rocket and looks forward to next generation Long March 5 in 2016

Posted in Science on 20th Sep, 2015 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for tests.

DARPA's Targeted Electrical Stimulation of the Brain boosts Memory

Posted in Hardware on 20th Sep, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Electrical arrays implanted in the brain show promise in their ability to improve patients' scores on memory tests.

NASA tests new wing shape for future Mars planes

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The space agency has been considering a boomerang-like aircraft for future Mars exploration for quite some time.

Apple reportedly approves electric car project for 2019 release

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The company gave the approval for tripling the 600 employees already working on the project to speed up production.

New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool, and More Efficient

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar cells have a problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity.

The Affect 3D Printing Could Have On The Medical Industry By 2020

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:36 PM
by AlexMuller
3D printers are rapidly changing the world of medicine. By the 2020s printable skin, false teeth, knees and joints may drive growth in the burgeoning market for 3D printers.

Oculus Connect: $99 Gear VR, Oculus Touch release date, Minecraft, and more

Posted in Games on 25th Sep, 2015 06:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Here are all the big announcements form Oculus' event summarized:

UV light and balloons can plug holes in the heart and other organs

Posted in Medicine on 26th Sep, 2015 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A new device uses a catheter and two balloons to deliver a UV light-activated patch to a perforated organ wall.

New Ion Drive has 153% more fuel efficiency than the previous record ion drive built by NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The drive is using fuel far more efficiently, allowing for it to operate for longer.

Electricity from the air? Drayson's big idea

Posted in Hardware on 30th Sep, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
'Freevolt' can be the power source for the internet of things, allowing low energy devices from wearables to sensors to operate without being plugged in.

How to make 3D objects totally disappear

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
An ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light has been developed.

New prosthesis bypasses brain damage by re-encoding memories

Posted in Hardware on 1st Oct, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain prosthesis designed to help individuals suffering from memory loss has been developed by researchers.

SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

Posted in Business on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity announced that it has created the world’s most efficient solar panel, with a 22 percent module-level efficiency.

Will Google Glass feature holographic displays?

Posted in Hardware on 4th Oct, 2015 10:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Google filed for a patent of what seems to be a wearable device that would show holograms. A version of Google Glass that instead of a flat picture, it would show holographic images.

On the Edge of Automation

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
'Five hundred years from now everyone is going to be involved in some kind of information or entertainment, There will be no farmers, or people working in manufacturing.'

Leukometer promises needle-free monitoring of the immune system

Posted in Hardware on 6th Oct, 2015 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The leukometer is a portable device that could allow patients monitor their own white blood cell counts at home.

Solar Cheaper Than Natural Gas? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2015 01:33 PM
by AlexMuller
So what’s it mean? Solar will be cheaper than traditional grid power in at least some locations in a few years, so any utility looking to keep control of pricing will look more and more at solar.

Israeli Google Lunar X Prize team books rocket

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2015 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceIL intends to go to the lunar surface with a hopping probe in the second half of 2017, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to send it on its way.

Inside Google's Efforts to Create a General-Purpose Robot

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Behind the scenes, the company is laying the groundwork for intelligent, multipurpose robots.

NASA completes successful heat shield testing for future Mars exploration vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Rockets have limited space to accommodate spacecraft and their heat shields. However, NASA has a solution to accommodate that.

Google Doubles Down On AI In Europe As It Takes A Stake In DFKI Research Center In Germany

Posted in Software on 9th Oct, 2015 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has been investing in building out its artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics capabilities.

How eye-tracking tech could help ICU patients communicate

Posted in Medicine on 10th Oct, 2015 05:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Eye-tracking devices might help some patients communicate even when mechanical ventilators make it impossible for them to speak.

People 'prefer bored robots'

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2015 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
People warmed to a robot if it made mistakes and showed human-like emotions, such as boredom.

Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport vehicle

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
"It's going to put over 100 tons of cargo on Mars." We are expecting something absolutely enormous.

NASA is testing CubeSat-based laser communications

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Subsequent tests will help identify new uses for the satellites, from communications systems to new docking solutions.

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Computer Chip Hardware

Posted in Hardware on 17th Oct, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Phones and other compact devices with silicon neurons and synapses inside could be much more useful.

Google Loon is almost perfected and Google plans to scale globally as soon as possible

Posted in Business on 17th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
'For the last two years we have almost perfected the technology, it’s time for us now to scale in this part of the world.'

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location

Posted in Hardware on 17th Oct, 2015 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The Wi-Fi routers with mobiles in offices and malls could be used as a super-accurate indoor location system.

Odisha (India) bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000Mw park

Posted in Business on 19th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The central Indian government has set a target of generating 175,000 Mw of power through renewable energy sources by 2022.

Affordable camera reveals hidden details invisible to the eye

Posted in Hardware on 19th Oct, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
HyperCam may enable consumers of the future to use a cell phone to tell which piece of fruit is perfectly ripe or if a work of art is genuine, and other things.

Samsung aims to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2015 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
South Korea's target is smartphones and other kit that currently requires human hands.

Noninvasive imaging method can look twice as deep inside the living brain

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
This new optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach to brain study may allow for examining vascular changes in the deep brain.

MagicLeap augmented reality video shows a solar system in an office

Posted in Software on 22nd Oct, 2015 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Magic Leap is being seen as Google’s attempt to get into the VR/AR game and counter Facebook-backed Oculus, though Microsoft’s HoloLens is probably more of a direct competitor.

A miniature biomedical device for measuring important blood levels

Posted in Hardware on 25th Oct, 2015 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The device transmits data in real time to care providers, measures the levels of the metabolites glucose, lactate and bilirubin, as well as the ions calcium and potassium.

Like Your Glasses, Your Virtual-Reality Headset May Need a Prescription

Posted in Hardware on 25th Oct, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s hope for wearers of glasses who want a crisp virtual reality experience.

How to 3D print a heart

Posted in Medicine on 25th Oct, 2015 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Carnegie Mellon scientists are creating technology that could one day solve the shortage of heart transplants, which are currently needed to repair damaged organs.

Review gives NASA's Space Launch System the tick of approval

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The final review paves the way for full-scale fabrication of the first exploration-class rocket since the Saturn V and the most powerful rocket ever built.

Revotek releases world's first 3D blood vessel bioprinter

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Revotek released the world's first 3D blood vessel bioprinter. With two nozzles working alternatively, the bioprinter can finish a 10cm blood vessel within two minutes.

A new method for 3D printing organs

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2015 05:10 PM
by AlexMuller
The challenge with soft materials is that they collapse under their own weight when 3D printed in air.

Morocco to become a solar superpower with launch of mega-project

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.

'Hardware Store in Space': 3D Printer Launching in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 30th Oct, 2015 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space is partnering with home-improvement giant Lowe's to launch a commercial 3D printer to the International Space Station early next year.

Conducting ink can boost solar thermal by 70% for a few dollars

Posted in Business on 1st Nov, 2015 03:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have created a nanoparticle-rich, conducting ink that they have used to coat pipes of solar water heaters to increase their efficiency by up to 70 percent.

Service robots are finally starting to catch on

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2015 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the new categories to emerge in the last year is the humanoid helper, kiosk robot or retail robot.

Wearable Device Can Measure Your Blood Flow

Posted in Medicine on 1st Nov, 2015 03:51 PM
by AlexMuller
An ultrathin, inexpensive wearable patch can give doctors detailed information about crucial markers of health.

BAE invests in space engine firm Reaction Engines

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology would allow the launch of satellites into space at a fraction of the current cost and allow passengers to fly anywhere in the world in four hours.

New batch of Pepper robots sell out in 1 minute

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Softbank has upgraded the Pepper robot to memorize and store data on human responses by using cloud technology-based artificial intelligence applications.

Google plans drone delivery service for 2017

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Called Project Wing, the initiative aims to be delivering goods to consumers using the aircraft. "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017"

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market.

Virgin Galactic to show off its next spaceship in February

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:58 AM
by AlexMuller
"Virgin Galactic goes on, with an unwavering commitment to safety and a renewed sense of purpose."

Memory-boosting devices tested in humans

Posted in Medicine on 4th Nov, 2015 10:32 AM
by AlexMuller
A strategy designed to improve memory by delivering brain stimulation through implanted electrodes is undergoing trials in humans.

PV Solar & Batteries Could Hit Grid Parity In Japan By 2018

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:56 AM
by AlexMuller
'We believe we can provide residential systems that are competitive with and soon-to-be cheaper than electricity from the grid'

By 2020, solar will be price-competitive with fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany, China, and Japan are leading the charge in the adoption of clean energy.

Fastest brain-computer-interface speller developed

Posted in Hardware on 7th Nov, 2015 11:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Allows paralyzed patients to communicate at 60 characters per minute

How Graphene Could Turn Air Into Energy

Posted in Science on 7th Nov, 2015 12:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Graphene can easily allow protons to pass through it, researchers have found. The discovery could open the door to a whole new type of energy production.

New Sepsis Detector Shrinks the Diagnosis from Days to Hours

Posted in Medicine on 7th Nov, 2015 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Sepsis affects more than a million people every year in the U.S. alone, and diagnosis can take five days. A new tool cuts the time to five hours.

Why a fruit sorting robot could disrupt industrial automation

Posted in Hardware on 8th Nov, 2015 12:52 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the biggest challenges with general robotics has been the inability to cope with natural variations in objects.

Nvidia launches Jetson TX1 GPU module to handle AI on drones and robots

Posted in Hardware on 11th Nov, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 is teraflop computing in a credit card size form.

Lightguide optics could soon make smartglasses less socially awkward

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2015 04:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A new display technology can embed smartglass displays directly inside the lenses, resulting in much more streamlined look.

Researchers create synthetic synapse that could lead to more intelligent machines

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have reported the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic synapse that mimics the plasticity of the human brain.

Microsoft’s HoloLens gets its first augmented-reality rival: Asus

Posted in Business on 13th Nov, 2015 04:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'It should be next year when we come out with a product,' said Shen. 'We think AR will be very important for people’s lives.'

Eyefluence raises $14M for eye-popping eye-tracking technology for VR

Posted in Business on 13th Nov, 2015 04:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Eye-tracking technology that lets you use the gaze of your eyes to control augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

Scientists develop 'nanopores' that inexpensively filter the salt out of seawater

Posted in Hardware on 14th Nov, 2015 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A material that allows high volumes of water to pass through tiny holes called nanopores while blocking salt and contaminants.

High-tech glasses can treat lazy eye

Posted in Medicine on 15th Nov, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
For the 2 to 3 percent of children with amblyopia, or lazy eye, treatment options aren’t great. This is the first new treatment for the condition in 50 years.

Why Using Your Phone or Tablet Before Bedtime Messes With Your Sleep Patterns

Posted in Hardware on 17th Nov, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The race for ever brighter, clearer and more vibrant display tech is keeping us awake.

Microwave and ultrasound technology might be able to "hear" tumors growing

Posted in Medicine on 17th Nov, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and ultrasound to develop a detector like the Star Trek tricorder.

NASA's chemical 'laptop' would help find life on other planets

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's newly tested Chemical Laptop is the first device built to detect amino acids and fatty acids (the telltale signs of life as we know it) on other worlds.

Mars 2020 rover may have a little flying helper drone

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing a helicopter-like drone that could scope out the landscape ahead of the Mars 2020 rover.

SAROS is a portable unit that turns seawater into drinking water

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A North Carolina startup has come up with a method of desalination powered by the sea itself.

Google Glass helps cardiologists complete difficult coronary artery blockage surgery

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Nov, 2015 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Cardiologists have used Google Glass in a challenging surgical procedure, successfully clearing a blockage in the coronary artery.

Gear VR: Easily the best VR of 2015, but 2016 will bring the big news

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Consumer VR is here, though you'll need a Samsung phone to get in on the fun.

The price of solar in India could fall below that of coal within 5 years

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In India currently, the price of solar is within 15% of coal process on a levelised basis.

3D printing helps surgeons plan life-saving operation

Posted in Medicine on 25th Nov, 2015 05:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman's brain has helped surgeons practise life-saving surgery.

First commercial launch for Japan's H-IIA rocket platform

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Although it is the first commercial launch for the launch system, the H-IIA first flew in 2001 and has been used to launch numerous satellites.

Europe's ExoMars missions are go; finally

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial venture will involve a satellite going to Mars to study the atmosphere. The orbiter will drop a probe on to the surface to test technologies needed to land a rover.

Cooling liquids with a laser

Posted in Hardware on 28th Nov, 2015 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery could 'point cool' tiny areas with a focused point of light. Microprocessors might someday use a laser beam to cool components in computer chips to prevent overheating.

Google patent for removing biological tissue with a laser

Posted in Business on 28th Nov, 2015 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
There aren’t many companies that can attempt to rid people of cancer, among other things, as a side project. Google, well, Alphabet now, is one of them.

Could Implantable LEDs Relieve Your Pain?

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new biocompatible device will make it easier for researchers to determine the neurological basis of pain.

Darpa abandons plan to launch satellites from fighter jets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The scheme was launching small satellites from the belly of fighter jets already high in the atmosphere. And after a second explosion, that plan is no more.

SpaceX will attempt next rocket landing at cape canaveral instead of on an ocean platform

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:15 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's previous booster landing attempts were made on giant floating platforms in the ocean (which just missed).

EyeGuide Focus is claimed to detect concussions in 10 seconds

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Although concussions can have very serious consequences, they're also difficult to diagnose without the proper equipment.

A drill to tunnel miles below the surface of Mars

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
In the California desert, Honeybee robotics is testing a drill that could search for life on other worlds.

Virgin Galactic intends to use 747 jet for satellite launches

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is reassigning one of his old Virgin Atlantic 747-400 jumbos to the service of space launches.

UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2015 12:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The ExoMars rover is due to launch for Mars in 2018, with arrival in 2019.

Robots could learn the same way babies do

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2015 12:32 PM
by AlexMuller
They are the best learners on the planet, so how could we design robots that learn as effortlessly as a child?

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2015 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
China needs advanced robotics to help balance its economic, social, and technological ambitions with continued growth.

Google says D-Wave quantum computer is more than 100 million times faster than a normal chip

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2015 06:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Google appears to be more confident about the technical capabilities of its D-Wave 2X quantum computer.

UK Government proposes major VAT hike for domestic solar installations

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2015 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Proposal to boost VAT rate from five per cent to 20 per cent likely to add £900 to the average cost of domestic solar projects, say campaigners.

Implant could bring tears of joy to 'dry eye' sufferers

Posted in Medicine on 12th Dec, 2015 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The device may cause patients to produce more tears, when wirelessly activated.

Google and Johnson & Johnson are working on robots for surgery

Posted in Software on 14th Dec, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The Verb Surgical team hopes to leverage Google’s expertise in machine learning and image processing and Johnson & Johnson’s knowledge of medical devices.

MIT invention could boost resolution of 3D depth cameras 1,000 fold

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Imagine 3D depth cameras built into cellphones for 3D scanning and driverless cars with clear vision in rain, snow, or fog.

Expandable sponge-filled syringe that stems bleeding cleared for civilian use

Posted in Medicine on 15th Dec, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Each XStat 30 syringe contains 92 sponges and can absorb around a pint of blood.

PTN interviews GameFace Labs on the future of virtual reality

Posted in Interviews on 15th Dec, 2015 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
GameFace Labs is developing a powerful mobile VR headset which runs on Android. They talk about their progress as a development team and the future of the booming world of VR.

New Organization Hopes to Push for Responsible Use of Robotics

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The explosion in the use of automation has prompted a world leading multidisciplinary group of technology scholars to form The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).

Electromagnetic field therapy may improve brain tumor survival

Posted in Medicine on 16th Dec, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Tumor-Treating Fields interfere with the growth of tumors by disrupting the process of cell division, causing them to fragment.

New glass coating could lead to omnidirectional solar panels

Posted in Business on 17th Dec, 2015 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a special glass coating to enable panels to soak up light from multiple angles, significantly boosting the efficiency and energy yields.

New bionic eye will send images direct to the brain to restore sight

Posted in Medicine on 18th Dec, 2015 04:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The breakthrough should help restore basic vision in people without a working retina. 'You don’t need an eyeball at all'

U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2015 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

SpaceX Will Soon Launch Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
On Sunday, SpaceX is tentatively scheduled to launch a new Falcon 9 rocket to ferry 11 satellites into orbit for telecommunications company Orbcomm Inc.

SpaceX successfully lands first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Dec, 2015 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Having tried and failed to land a falcon 9 first stage multiple times before, today is a huge success for SpaceX.

Solar energy from discarded car batteries

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a simple procedure for making a promising type of solar cell using lead recovered from discarded lead-acid car batteries.

Here's Why the SpaceX Rocket Landing Is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
'The cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,' Musk said.

Faulty instrument delays Mars lander launch

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Insight lander will miss its scheduled launch window in March 2016 due to a continuing fault with one of its primary scientific instruments.

Google and Ford will announce a self driving car partnership at CES

Posted in Software on 23rd Dec, 2015 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ford and Google could be planning a joint venture to build autonomous cars, pairing their strengths to get self-driving cars on the road faster.

Microfluidic biochip for simple, fast, low-cost blood cell counts

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
A microfluidic biosensor that can count red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells electrically using just one drop of blood has been developed.

Inmarsat places big contract with Airbus for new constellation satellites

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Inmarsat, the British satellite telecommunications company, has awarded the contract to build its next-generation constellation to Airbus.

The 6 Most Important Things That Happened in Virtual Reality in 2015

Posted in Business on 26th Dec, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
A lot happened in virtual reality this year; here are the key things to remember.

New Polymer Could Purify Water In Seconds

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed a new reusable polymer that can remove pollutants from water within seconds, just like air fresheners trap invisible air pollutants.

4 Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Posted in Hardware on 29th Dec, 2015 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Here are some of the biggest things to look forward to in the months ahead.

Algorithm turns smartphones into 3D scanners

Posted in Software on 29th Dec, 2015 07:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The limitation with current 3D scanners is that the pattern projector and the camera have to precisely synchronized, which requires specialized and expensive hardware.

The Internet Allowed Us to Learn Anything, VR Will Let Us Experience Everything

Posted in Online on 30th Dec, 2015 09:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon we could be learning in virtual-reality classrooms, shopping at virtual-reality stores, and working in virtual-reality offices.

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 stage SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2016 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk says the rocket is ready for another mission.

2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality

Posted in Business on 1st Jan, 2016 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Given the amount of investment by players from Facebook to Sony to HTC, it will be a big disappointment if VR does not finally become a reality in many homes this year.

Potential delay for first test flight of India's spaceplane demonstrator

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The unmanned sub-orbital spacecraft was scheduled to be launched in February, but technical difficulties may put back the flight to the first week of April.

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016.

Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 is ready for a static fire test

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
To confirm that everything still works, SpaceX plans to perform a static test which would involve firing up the rocket again without actually launching it.

Oculus Rift preorders open on January 6

Posted in Business on 4th Jan, 2016 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus did not reveal how much the Rift will cost or when it will release, but it promised to share 'everything you need to know to order your Rift' once preorders go live.

Can virtual reality help keep astronauts sane in space?

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Folks may one day spend years cooped up in a spacecraft with no option to stroll along a beach or meadow, and that could wear on their psychological states.

Original Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers will get the consumer version for free

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus is honoring its first supporters by also giving them a free consumer version of the Rift.

Designer of Apple 'spaceship' campus working with ESA on 3D printed moon base

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jan, 2016 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The idea is to build a permanent base near the south pole of the moon, that could eventually be used as a staging ground for future trips to Mars.

SpaceX upgraded the Merlin Rocket Engines

Posted in Science on 6th Jan, 2016 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A principal objective of the new design was to facilitate booster reusability for a larger range of missions, including delivery of large satellites to geosynchronous orbit.

The Rift is expensive: Oculus founder: We are not making money on $599 Rift; it's obscenely cheap

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
$599 to get the top-tier VR equipment in addition to the cost of a PC, and that has a lot of consumers feeling priced out of the market.

Where space exploration is taking us in 2016

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New missions lined up ready to launch, deep space missions wrapping up, and commercial space going heavy.

Pepper is getting an AI boost from IBM's Watson

Posted in Software on 7th Jan, 2016 12:17 PM
by AlexMuller
"In terms of hands-on interaction, when cognitive capabilities are embedded in robotics, you will see people benefit from this technology in exciting ways."

The Cota transmitter shown at CES can charge gadgets over the air

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jan, 2016 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The company eventually plans to follow-up with larger base station units that are capable of blanketing an entire home with wireless power.

Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jan, 2016 01:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Let’s take a look at a few recent breakthroughs in bioprinting getting us closer to a world in which organ shortages will be a thing of the past.

Astronomers Want to Build A Forty Foot Space Telescope to Find the Next Earth

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2016 11:27 AM
by AlexMuller
To achieve this, we’ll need a spacecraft more advanced than anything humans have built, a telescope with 10x the seeing power of Hubble.

Google and Lenovo to make smartphone with Project Tango augmented reality

Posted in Software on 8th Jan, 2016 11:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Tango is a way to create Augmented Reality, putting animated objects into a real 3D space that you view via special glasses or a screen.

Europe will send humans to the moon by 2030, ESA says

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"This return to the Moon envisions human missions starting in the early 2020s that would see astronauts interact with robots on the lunar surface from orbit."

Why 3D printing will be such a key technology for space

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jan, 2016 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Using 3D printing, it takes less time to get from initial design to final part than using traditional casting and the quality is often better.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Quanergy Announces $250 Solid-State LIDAR for Cars, Robots, and More

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
According to Quanergy, the S3 is better than traditional LIDAR in every way, and will make it easier for robots of all kinds to sense the world.

Vive pre-orders to start on February 29, HTC boss Cher Wang confirms

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2016 02:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Vive will compete with Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR as the technology finally enters the mainstream. Its price remains unknown.

Google Drone Air Deliveries Coming As Soon As Next Year

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2016 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Moving people and stuff around the planet in an efficient way is where I want to get,' said Vos.

Google now has a boss for its virtual reality business to take on Oculus

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2016 11:17 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the execs behind Google Cardboard, will head up the company’s virtual reality team.

China to land a probe on the moon’s far side in 2018

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2016 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Although spacecraft have seen the 'dark' side of the moon before, we’ve never landed there.

NASA picks SpaceX, Orbital, and Sierra Nevada to resupply the space station through 2024

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jan, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Both SpaceX and Orbital were awarded the first round of commercial resupply contracts back in 2008.

Goldman Sachs says VR will be bigger than TV in 10 years

Posted in Software on 16th Jan, 2016 06:56 PM
by AlexMuller
"We definitely aim long-term to get a billion people in VR, and deliver an incredibly comfortable VR experience in a set of sunglasses," -Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe

Latest Wi-Fi Technology Could Charge Devices As Well As Providing Connectivity

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jan, 2016 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology called Power Over Wi-Fi(PoWiFi), can transmit both energy and internet from one router.

The orbital internet: Could fleets of CubeSats bring global web access?

Posted in Online on 17th Jan, 2016 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Accessing the web may be simple in urban areas of the globe, but for the other four billion people on the planet it's much more difficult.

SpaceX Launch: satellite mission success, booster landing failed

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2016 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Today's mission was successful in sending NASA's Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit. However, SpaceX failed to land its rocket stage on the autonomous drone ship.

Researchers develop dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor brain injury

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving.

Investors put $686 million into virtual and augmented reality in 2015

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jan, 2016 10:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Most of that $686 million is for video services, with gaming and solutions/services (stuff with uses for science and industry) following.

First high speed laser communication satellite set for launch

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The system will deliver data from satellites, aircraft, and space stations, allowing for faster communications in the event of a crisis.

What Apple's latest VR hire means for this growing market

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2016 08:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple is getting even more serious about VR and AR, which are markets that could generate as much as $120 billion in revenue by 2020.

Could Store Visits Be Guided By Robots? IBM Hopes So

Posted in Software on 24th Jan, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that human-like robots such as Pepper, will be powered by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology to turn the robot into a store associate.

Blue Origin launches and lands sub-orbital rocket for second time

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2016 02:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The space venture set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among a handful of companies working to develop reusable rockets.

When the future of virtual reality meets the future of education

Posted in Games on 25th Jan, 2016 11:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Much of this early foray into VR­-based learning has centered on the hard sciences.

When Class Is Run by a Robot

Posted in Software on 25th Jan, 2016 11:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers in Europe and Turkey are working to develop teaching machines that help preschool-aged kids learn a new language.

Nanosatellites achieve first autonomous orbital maneuver

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jan, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
"The experiment was an important risk reduction exercise for DSI, which intends to use small spacecraft for initial asteroid prospecting missions in the next five years"

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year, on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers.

James Webb: Hubble successor maintains course

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is reaching some key milestones in its preparation for launch in 2018.

Balloon 'last chance treatment' for heart failure

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2016 01:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have used a pioneering balloon technique as a "last chance" treatment to help a patient with severe heart failure.

Australian Scientists to Begin Trials of Fully Implantable Bionic Eye

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are ready to begin trials of a new, fully implantable bionic eye. It is expected that it will be better than the current vision restoration devices.

An electric forehead patch could treat PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can help treat depression in patients who dont respond well to drugs. Researchers suspected that TNS might work well for patients with PTSD.

New acoustic-tweezer design allows for 3D bioprinting

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The new 3D acoustic tweezers can pick up single cells, or cell assemblies, and deliver them to desired locations to create 2D and 3D cell patterns, or print the cells into shapes.

Google says 5 million Cardboard VR headsets have shipped so far

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jan, 2016 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
“5 million Cardboard fans have joined the fold,” Google’s vice president of virtual reality, Clay Bavor, wrote in a blog post.

Two-in-One Satellite Will Bring Us One Step Closer to Asteroid Mining

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
If we ever want to mine asteroids, we’re going to need to step up our game for multiple satellites sharing data and working together.

DIAS teams up with Japan for space telescope mission

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) has teamed up with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) to launch a new powerful space telescope into orbit.

$60M Chip That Will Connect Human Brains to Computers Is In The Works

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The chip is designed to translate signals sent by neurons into the ones and zeros that computers understand, and vice versa.

Apple reportedly has a huge team working on VR and AR headsets

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple is known most for selling iPhones, iPads and Macs. But in the future, it could be known for selling cars and headsets for virtual reality and augmented reality.

First node of Europe's space laser network launches into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe has begun to roll out a data superhighway in orbit. The first node in the network is a telecommunications satellite that was launched from Kazakhstan.

Will the robot revolution bring economic meltdown?

Posted in Software on 1st Feb, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Uber and Airbnb. Self-driving cars and Drones. You don't have to be a Silicon Valley veteran to notice that tech seems to be eating everything these days.

The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

Posted in Hardware on 1st Feb, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
If VR is going to be truly immersive, holding a game controller could be distracting. Companies will instead try to let you control the action with your eyes, head, or fingers.

France and India To Jointly Explore Mars And Venus

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
France and India will put a lander on Mars in a bid to explore the planet, according to the chief of the French space agency.

NASA details CubeSats to launch aboard SLS

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
13 CubeSats will be loaded onto the most powerful rocket ever, some of which will be deployed to inspect asteroids, while others will gather data on the Moon.

Electric contact lens for glucose monitoring and augmented reality

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed an electrically conductive contact lens with the potential to host miniature computer displays and sensors to help monitor health.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping the country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

Battery technology could charge up water desalination

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas.

SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Build Lots and Lots of New Rockets

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2016 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
'Now we’re in this factory transformation to go from building six or eight a year to about 18 cores a year. By the end of this year we should be at over 30 cores per year'

Google plans to release a Cardboard successor like Samsung’s Gear VR this year

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
In November, Samsung released the Gear VR in collaboration with Facebook’s Oculus VR.

Virtual Reality Video Game Industry to Generate $5.1 Billion in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Feb, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Consumers will spend $5.1 billion on virtual reality gaming hardware, accessories and software in 2016. That’s up from the $660 million spent in 2015.

Powering brain implants without wires with thin-film wireless power.

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2016 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Avoids risk of infections through skull opening and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, and allows for free-moving subjects and more flexible uses of brain-computer interfaces.

Impact of automation puts up to 85% of jobs in developing countries at risk

Posted in Software on 9th Feb, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Most investors by surveyed by Citi feel automation poses a major challenge to societies, but automation will boost productivity.

Google's self-driving car AI can qualify as a driver, U.S. regulators say

Posted in Software on 10th Feb, 2016 07:12 PM
by AlexMuller
U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the AI could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step forward for autonomous vehicles.

US Solar capacity hits 20,000 MW, with almost half in California

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. had just over 20,000 MW of solar capacity at the end of November 2015, making up about 1.9% of total electricity generating capacity nationwide.

GPS tracking down to the centimeter

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2016 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology will enable centimeter-level accuracy location data through their mobiles and wearables, without increasing the demand for processing power.

Meta Hypes The Reveal Of Its 'Futuristic' Next-Gen Augmented Reality Glasses

Posted in Software on 12th Feb, 2016 08:55 PM
by AlexMuller
'This was the first time I’ve ever put something on and felt that I was living in that future that I had been promised,' Ohanian says.

Google is reportedly building a standalone VR headset, no smartphone required

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2016 09:13 PM
by AlexMuller
This new level of hardware development might well have been accelerated by reports of Apple working on VR headsets.

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
More companies have been able to design and build their own small satellites and are looking for launches to get their products into orbit on the cheap.

Giving up the controller and getting exercise in virtual reality

Posted in Games on 14th Feb, 2016 03:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Virtual reality could be used to fight obesity and make society healthier.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

Turborockets combining rocket and jet engines could be next step after reusable rockets

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A type of engine combines the speed of rockets with the gas mileage of jets in a single package.

SolarCity will use Tesla’s Powerpack to deliver solar power even when it’s dark

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity is chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk so the decision to go with the Powerpack is pretty convenient for both companies.

New Stretchable nano-devices towards smart contact lenses

Posted in Hardware on 19th Feb, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The device manipulates light to such an extent that it can filter specific colours while still being transparent and could be used in the future to make smart contact lenses.

NASA is getting serious about the next big space telescope

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2016 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
With a view 100 times larger than Hubble's, the WFIRST scope could discover thousands of exoplanets and millions of galaxies

Mark Zuckerberg: VR can become the most social platform

Posted in Games on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:12 AM
by AlexMuller
“Pretty soon we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just there, right there in person,”

MWC 2016: Samsung; What you need to know

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 05:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Yes, phones; as well as the Galaxy S7 we also met the new Galaxy S7 Edge and a few other VR related goodies.

VCs Invested More in Space Startups Last Year Than in the Previous 15 Years Combined

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015.

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever, solar beat out natural-gas capacity additions.

The robots are coming for jobs that pay $20 an hour or less, White House finds

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The question is whether the current pace of automation may in the shorter term increase inequality.

The 3D printer that will be sent to the International Space Station next month

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2016 07:49 PM
by AlexMuller
On 23 March, a 3D printer will be blasted up to the six-strong crew in the ISS. It will be used to make spare parts, as well as for experiments.

Alphabet-Google Shows Off New Humanoid Robot

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Atlas is smaller than its predecessor and not tethered to a power cord, suggesting the device is progressing in its journey from the lab to market.

Creating a Wikipedia resource for Robots to share knowledge and learning

Posted in Software on 24th Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
People have learned to pool their knowledge. We need to help machines do the same.

Pepper robot will make first appearance in U.S. businesses this year

Posted in Business on 25th Feb, 2016 11:30 AM
by AlexMuller
After its debut in July 2014, there are now more than 10,000 Pepper robots in use in other countries, primarily Japan.

Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:47 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says that if it proves practical, pole-sitting satellites would allow for constant observation of the high latitudes for climate science and telecommunications.

Photovoltaics and electrochemical cell combine to advance solar

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Silicon solar cells are hampered by the fact that they only deliver power when the sun is shining and their efficiency falls off markedly at temperatures over 100° C.

Worldwide spending on robotics to reach US$135 billion in 2019

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 11:07 AM
by AlexMuller
IDC forecasts global spending on robotics to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% from more than US$71 billion in 2015 to US$135.4 billion in 2019.

Doctors implant 3D-printed vertebrae in 'world's first' surgery

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2016 02:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Without this procedure, the patient's cancer would have left him a quadriplegic.

Boeing on the track to make satellite launches cheaper than ever

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2016 03:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A cost-effective configuration with SpaceX reusable rockets will make satellite launching cheaper than ever.

Mobile virtual reality on track to hit $861M in revenues this year

Posted in Hardware on 28th Feb, 2016 11:38 AM
by AlexMuller
There could be a big opportunity for Samsung and Google to sweep up entry-level consumers without the high-end PC.

Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Until recently, an impossible technological feat: developing a high-bandwidth neural interface that would allow people to beam data from their minds to external devices and back.

The U.S. solar industry just had a week of record-breaking announcements

Posted in Hardware on 29th Feb, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century.

VR Is More Than Merely Improved Gaming

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
VR is expected to be this years big thing. People tend to see this mostly as an improvement in game playing, but this technology has much broader sweeping implications.

Meta starts taking orders for high-end augmented reality dev kit

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Mar, 2016 05:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Augmented reality is expected to be a $90 billion market by 2020, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital.

Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2016 05:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space is partnering with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems to build a combination 3D printer and robotic arm that will operate in orbit.

UK to unveil largest floating solar array in the world

Posted in Hardware on 4th Mar, 2016 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Workers with Ennoviga Solar and Lightsource Renewable Energy are set to unveil the largest floating solar array in the world, later this month.

SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission; first stage landing failed as predicted

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES.

Survey finds two-thirds of US consumers don’t know virtual reality headsets exist

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
A poll of 3,000 people reflective of the United States population; some interesting feedback.

How a Moth Means a Solar Panel Can Work Inside

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 01:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Nocturnal animals, such as the moth, have microscopic patterns in their eyes. These patterns gather the small amount of light and concentrate it to the center of their eye.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotics as a technology has reached its tipping point. Worldwide spending on robotics will nearly double by 2019.

India's big move into solar is already paying off

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
As the price of solar power keeps plummeting, India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.

Mutated gene safeguards against heart attacks

Posted in Science on 8th Mar, 2016 11:34 AM
by AlexMuller
If this gene were switched off with medications it could reduce the risk of coronary disease significantly.

Google rebrands Skybox as Terra Bella, will launch 'more than a dozen satellites' over the next few years

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Many believed Google’s interests lay in improving Google Maps and Project Loon.

Deep learning helps robots perfect complex tasks and skills

Posted in Software on 9th Mar, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The new use of deep-reinforcement learning strategy opens the way for training robots to carry out increasingly complex tasks, such as housework.

Blue Origin hopes to send tourists into space in 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said he hopes to begin launching crewed test flights in 2017.

NASA officially delays its next mission to Mars until 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 05:06 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA said it is now targeting May 5th, 2018 for the launch of InSight, with the spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars on November 26th, 2018.

Solar is heading for giant boom times in the US

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2016 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve.

In 2016, Virtual Reality's Moment of Truth Is Finally Here

Posted in Software on 11th Mar, 2016 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
2016 is going to be an incredible year for VR. For those in the VR industry, this is the day they have been dreaming about for years if not decades.

China is working on an incredible space telescope

Posted in Hardware on 12th Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The space telescope would have a 2+ meter diameter lens with a field of view 300 times that of the Hubble, while maintaining the same level of image resolution.

Rodney Brooks Gives 3 Tips for Young People Interested in A.I.

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab has some interesting suggestions on how to advance the field:

The Robot Revolution: Breakthroughs You Should Watch For

Posted in Software on 15th Mar, 2016 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon, robots will be commanding professions where accuracy and patience are key.

Google's Eric Schmidt says robots will take our jobs and the rise of AI is a natural progression

Posted in Business on 16th Mar, 2016 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
"There's no question that as AI becomes more pervasive, people doing routine, repetitive tasks will be at risk."

Could solar panels in orbit power the Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2016 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
It may sound like a crazy idea, but the notion of space-based solar power actually dates back several decades, to the 1970s oil crisis.

Google may be looking to sell robotics company Boston Dynamics

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2016 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
According to Bloomberg, possible acquirers of Boston Dynamics include Toyota Research Institute and Amazon, two companies that have experience using robots.

SpaceX to launch mission to ISS, with inflatable habitat in tow

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2016 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dragon capsule will carry up supplies and science experiments, including, notably, a test version of Bigelow's inflatable space habitat.

What to expect from virtual reality in 2016

Posted in Games on 20th Mar, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
We are past the 'if' phase of VR and on to the 'when.'

Apple unveils a smaller iPhone and a smaller version of iPad Pro

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Mar, 2016 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The iPhone SE has the same processing and graphics performance of the larger Apple 6S. The new iPad Pro will have a 9.7 inch screen, the same size as the original iPad.

A more precise way to measure your brain

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring activity in the brain can tell us a lot about how a brain functions, as well as when the functioning is disrupted.

Solar to nearly triple by 2020 to about 450 GW and Wind to be about 750 GW

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Mar, 2016 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, China added more than 15 gigawatts of solar capacity, surpassing Germany as the largest solar market.

SpaceX's Big Plan To Launch Rockets Every Few Weeks

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has long talked about launching payloads into orbit as often as once per week. Now, that dream may be slowly becoming a reality.

DARPA's satellite repair robot makes house calls

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:26 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA has a vision of a mobile robotic servicing system designed to rendezvous with and repair ailing telecommunications satellites.

ARPA-E funding a Xerox Machine to print super solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at PARC say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems.

Solar Is a Booming Business, but It’s Still Not Generating Much of Our Power

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar capacity is on the rise, but it still accounts for only about 1 percent of the world’s electricity.

IBM wants to accelerate AI learning with new processor tech

Posted in Hardware on 29th Mar, 2016 12:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Resistive chips could speed up neural network training 30,000 times.

Japanese satellite Hitomi: Lost in space?

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 11:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling to save a satellite, and more than a quarter of a billion dollars of investment, tumbling out of control in space.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California's electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country's electricity needs, according to a new study.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab and IBM build brain-inspired computer

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The project is focusing on cognitive AI tasks such as pattern recognition and sensory processing.

The quest for an unbreakable phone is 'impossible,' says Apple

Posted in Business on 2nd Apr, 2016 07:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple is pushing hard to make its phones more secure, but says the quest for perfect security will never be met.

Tesla makes its big play for the mainstream with the Model 3

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Apr, 2016 07:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk said his goal was to produce about 500,000 a year with production at full speed. Within a day of the launch, 180,000 vehicles had been pre-ordered.

'Pepper's father' ready for new robotic challenge

Posted in Business on 4th Apr, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed the Pepper robot, is again in the spotlight as he recently set up a venture firm to create a new robot.

Nvidia CEO bets big on deep learning and VR

Posted in Business on 6th Apr, 2016 02:05 PM
by AlexMuller
'VR is not just a new gadget,' he said. 'It’s a brand new computing platform. It is changing how we design and experience products.'

Samsung patents smart contact lenses with a built-in camera

Posted in Hardware on 6th Apr, 2016 02:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Samsung has been granted a patent for contact lenses with a display that projects images into the eyes. A built-in camera and sensors are controlled by blinking.

DARPA XS-1 Spaceplane Program to Ease Access to Space

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
DARPA has announced Phase 2 of the XS-1 program, which seeks to design and fabricate an experimental unmanned spaceplane, and fly the vehicle ten times in ten days.

SpaceX reusable rocket lands on ocean platform for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 9th Apr, 2016 03:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon musk hopes to launch landed rocket booster again in May or June. Bigelow inflatable habitat to be delivered to the ISS.

Future solar panels could also generate energy from raindrops

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant future.

IBM putting Watson into Softbank Pepper robot

Posted in Business on 11th Apr, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
IBM and SoftBank Robotics plans to offer a version of Watson for SoftBank Pepper robots, aimed at global enterprise customers.

Implant lets paralyzed man 'play guitar'

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2016 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Paralyzed from the chest down, Ian Burkhart has been able to use his fingers for the first time in six years after a chip was inserted in his brain.

Watching SunEdison's Collapse, Solar Industry Resets

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The collapse of SunEdison has made clear the perils of too-rapid growth.