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KAIST made flexible lithium-ion battery, one of many felxtronics to hit the market soon (via KAIST)   Organic electronics is a fast growing field, which is promising to bring us all new products, along with more cost effective and energy efficient solutions. Organic materials work to create products that are more efficient by a combination of p-type positive charge carriers or holes, and n-type negative charge carriers or electrons, transmitting a current only when their bits are flipping. ...
  Peer-to-peer downloaders beware - a new system has just been set in place this past Monday to deter online piracy more effectively than ever before. The new Copyright Alert System (CAS) is the results of months of collaborative effort by several organizations and professionals, including the entertainment industry, working with the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) on the innovative system. Several participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will begin employing the alert system ...
Mock up if an LG webOS based television (via webOSNation)   Smartphone technology continues to revolutionize the use of our everyday electronics by effectively making them “smarter” and more capable than ever before. Wi-Fi equipped Smart TVs have been inching their way into the market, providing consumers with an online-content streaming experience without having to leave their favorite spot on the couch. Like smartphones, the operating system running behind a Smart TV’s ...
Promotional image, looks like a lot of fun (via littleBits.com)   Anyone who’s into DIY projects while maintaining some semblance of your inner child may want to take a look at littleBits open-source electronic modules. The LEGO-Esq. modules are a series of different electronic circuit boards that perform a basic function which can be combined (using magnets) to create just about any do-it-yourself project with extreme ease. Each piece serves a different function including some consis ...
Computer analysis of nonverbal cues in video blog entries (vlogs) can predict human perceptions of personality, according to research publish in the latest IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.      The researchers gathered human perceptions of videos using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform.  Mechanical Turk (MTurk) participants were paid to watch videos and evaluate the personality traits they observed in the videos.    The researchers compa ...
Ubuntu Touch already hits its alpha release. (via Ubuntu)   Ubuntu is set to be the alternative mobile OS of choice. Already the OS looks on par with its competitors, and has a growing app market. Hop on over to Ubuntu’s developer page to get started. Nexus devices only. I would suspect someone will port the Ubuntu Alpha for the rest of the Android world…   Cabe http://twitter.com/Cabe_e14 ...
  Aaron Swartz at the Creative Commons 2008 event. Harvard research fellow, co-creator of Reddit, helped develop web feed for RSS, helped with web.py. Creator, software developer, writer, and Internet activist. (via Wiki)   The rights of human citizens are as alienable as they ever have been in this country. Often, private companies and their interests are seen as top priority by our government and the responsibility, which humans have towards progressing and setting the foundation f ...
Scount Alarm system, promo-image (via Scout)   The concept of home security has evolved quite a bit over the past few decades - from a pet that would alarm its owners to the sneaky mail carrier’s whereabouts, to an in-home security system that detects intruders using sensor technologies alerting the police if necessary. Recently, there has not been much change to the outdated and bulky home-security systems that unattractively takes away from your home decor. An exception being remot ...
(Left) The Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) in woodland camouflage. First issued in 1981 was replaced in 2008 with the (Right) Digital Army Combat Uniform. New smart-uniform may be the next generation. (via US Army)   The US Army has been known to develop some of the most advanced technology out in the world - the gear carrying Big Dog robot that walks or runs alongside army mates while withstanding any hit short of a missile is a testament to that statement. Now, through the Institute for Soldi ...
A special, law enforcement, edition of the Tippmann TiPX paintball pistol. In this particular picture, the paintball marker is not set up to fire. Below the barrel sits a 12g CO2 cartridge, which is not present. (via http://www.selectadna.co.uk)   Crowd control can be a nightmare for law enforcement officers, especially when a riot breaks out and they need to monitor the more serious criminal activity within the crowds. It’s certainly easy even for veterans to lose a suspect in a sea ...
Hospital Record’s High Contrast takes us on a journey through our childhood memories full of glitchy 8-bit sound filled melodies with his latest video release for the recent single “Spectrum Analyzer.” Just as the name suggests, the video fills our senses with a nostalgic analysis of a technologically imperfect past mashed together with such fluidity that it leaves viewers reminiscing on the sounds and visuals that distinguish the style from modern times.     Lincol ...
"Dog in Field" (via ViginiaDogBoarding.com)   Man’s best friend or man’s greatest invention? Both are commonly used when speaking of human relationship with their canine counterpart. As the microchipping of pets continues to grow in popularity, it becomes evident that dogs are also becoming a technological extension of ourselves. Like a car, which requires a vehicle identification number, or government mandated gun registrations, dogs, are now moving into a similar grouping wit ...
With tablet sales continuing to rise, househunters checking out broadband speeds before moving in to a property and new apps being created left, right and centre, the internet's pace of expansion is far from dwindling. Yet there is still one everyday device for the web to breach: the car.   Indeed, motor vehicles across the world are no strangers to advances in technology, including improved safety features, radio control and parking sensors, while the potential for driverless cars is quic ...
  The UK is continuing to look at how it can rearrange its use of spectrum to ensure it can maximize return from it in the future. But experts are not stopping at switching all television signals to digital and have now turned their attentions to air traffic control systems in a bid to free up spectrum space.   Indeed, researchers at radar provider Thales have been looking into a new system that would see television signals used to locate where aircraft are in the sky, replacing the ...
(via IGN)   Internet speeds are rising all around the world as computer science continues to revolutionize the way we live our lives. Yet, we still deal with the dreadful buffering screens when streaming an online movie or a loss in fidelity while in the middle of an online Skype interview. Fear not - the era of data buffering may soon end thanks to a well-funded European project that aims to change the way computers communicate with one another to speed up the net.     The RITE ...
  A project at North Carolina State University has produced wires that can be cut with a knife or scissors and be reconnected by hand at room temperature. This project is a continuation of one that produced wires made out of a gallium indium alloy that could stretch to 8 times the size of the original wire while remaining conductive. This gallium indium alloy is actually a liquid metal that is very conductive and only solidifies when exposed to oxygen while the unexposed core remains fluid ...
  Ever find yourself with a drink in one hand and a phone, with a quickly diminishing battery life, in the other and no phone charger in site? Quite a pickle, eh? Well, luckily for you, Epiphany Labs has developed a hockey puck sized drink coaster that utilizes heat transfer to charge your phone without the need of a power outlet. All you need to do is place your hot or cold drink on either the correct side of the onE Puck and let your phone start wetting its batteries whistle.    ...
When you try to imagine a typical hacker, it is more than likely that children do not spring to mind. Teenagers, perhaps. Somebody in their 20s or 30s almost certainly. Yet new alarming research has shown that children as young as 11-years-old are already capable of writing code to hack online accounts.   While the coding was not always of the highest standard, AVG - the anti-virus firm - found that it was enough to breach the accounts of gaming sites and social networks, putting users' da ...
Engineers are to be called in by the government over the next few weeks in an attempt to stop a television blackout from occurring when 4G is introduced in the UK fully later this year. Fears were raised by the industry's telecommunications watchdog Ofcom recently said that a small minority of homes will be affected; and with only a few months to go before its launch, ministers are acting now to get it fixed.   Indeed, it believes as many as two million homes could find their television is ...
    Tonight, President Obama will get behind the podium to address the State of the Union, which according to sources will focus primarily on the economy. But, if you can't catch that, then how about you talk to the president this Thursday? Limor Fried, better known as Ladyada, has been selected to participate in a Fireside Hangout on Google+ with the President this Thursday, February 14th at 4:50PM EST. Ladyada posted a video urging viewers to participate in the discussion by sub ...
  The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is to use its iPlayer catch-up television platform to see how many viewers' watching habits are based on schedules.   For a 12-month period, the BBC Trust has approved plans that will see the Corporation make 40 hours' worth of programing available for viewing on iPlayer every week ahead of its television transmission slot time. This is likely to show how many people watch programs because of habit or because they have remained on the chan ...
(via ASB Systembau GMBH)   Looks like our living in a Tron world fantasy might be closer to reality that I thought. German company ASB Systembau GMBH has built fully customizable flooring, which illuminates from underneath, presenting athletes, students, audiences and other crowds with a floor that glows and can change designs. This concept is being tested at a school’s gymnasium in Germany where one gym can now comfortably accommodate for six sports, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, ...
Spintronics is an advancing technology that exploits the magnetic spin of an electron, a quantum property, which is applied to the functionality of solid-state devices. Several devices have already implemented this technique to improve their operation, such as the read head of GMR hard drives that are able to detect miniscule magnetic field changes for quicker data access. This emerging tech has now been taken to a new level by a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge who have created ...
Professor Martin Curley presenting Stephen Hawking with a birthday gift, "In celebration of your 70th birthday, Intel Corporation has created this silicon wafer with your name, patterned at the nanoscale, on each one of its hundreds of individual die." (via Intel)   Prominent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has probably one of the most recognizable voices on the planet. The cosmologist ‘acquired’ the computerized voice as a result of being afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s ...
Boasting on the iPhone sensors (via samkhamis.com)   Startup company Adament Technologies is working on releasing a sensor that can plug into iPhones and can detect smells as good as a dog's nose. Sam Khamis, the founder and CEO of the company, received his PhD in physics at the University of Pennsylvania. It was through his research work when the idea for the sensor was born and where he developed the technology that would make it work. His research was focused mainly on nanotechnology, i ...
Britain's beleaguered engineering industry has received a much-needed shot in the arm with the launch of a new private sector initiative. The scheme, which was announced at the BETT education and technology fair in London, is designed to combat the declining popularity of engineering among the younger generation.   Organisers of the programme explained that it spawned from research published last year by the Royal Academy of Engineering RAEng, which confirmed that the UK needs to increase ...
Polytron Technologies prototype clear-phone (via Polytron)     Smartphones have been pushing the envelope of our technological capabilities most notably symbolized by the Steve Jobs led Apple powerhouse up to present-day. They are considered the most influential technology on everyone’s list. Samsung recently introduced its flexible OLED screen, which offers us a taste of what is on the frontier of smartphone evolution. The Taiwanese company Polytron has now stepped into the fra ...
  A study focusing on the result of Google searches has revealed "significant discrimination" in results that relate to the perceived race of names searched for. The research was conducted by Harvard University Professor Latanya Sweeney, who observed that names typically associated with black people were more likely to produce ads relating to criminal activity.   Details of this alleged discrimination are outlined in Professor Sweeney's contentious paper, which claims to have exposed ...
Zenneck effect at the material's surface, concept (via Roke Manor Research Ltd)   One thing is certain about new tech that has recently been introduced and is soon to be released: it’s all about communication. Whether we’re talking about an autonomous flying drone that captures video from far overhead through WiFI, or a small peripheral that allows you to seamlessly manipulate your computer’s desktop with a flick of the wrist, these devices all have some way of communicat ...
Above the Pacific Ocean, a view from the International Space Station (ISS) by an Expedition 7 crewmember on July 21, 2003 (via NASA)     The journey into space that astronauts experience is a heralded feat that only few can claim to have accomplished. Our bodies come from the earth and thus are physiologically bound to its gravitational pull. However, astronauts who have left the atmosphere report experiencing what has been called the overview effect - a shift in conscious awareness i ...
  If the international community is to develop an effective action plan to tackle global warming, the engineering sector will have to be central to it. That is the suggestion of academics at Cambridge and Utrecht universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have called on the industry to develop ways of ensuring that less material is used when designing buildings and products.   The study, which has been published by the Royal Society, observes that ambitious clima ...
With the continuing evolution of human-computer interfaces now seen in slick-looking, gesture-driven touch screens capable of both image projection and input processing, the trackpad is beginning to look a little outdated. Limited to input from a single finger in a small area located under the keyboard, the capacitive sensing touchpads are in need of a serious upgrade.     Despite being in the “post PC era,” with declining sales across all manufacturers, the laptop may ge ...
Promotional image. Conjures an image of some leviathan, set to destroy. (via DARPA)   Getting gear to the US Navy can sometimes be a hassle especially for ships in the middle of an ocean. That task usually relies on other ships already at sea or flights from various bases located across the globe. This is problem especially when certain pieces of proprietary technology are needed but located too far away to get to where it is needed at that particular point in time. DARPA (Defense Advanced ...

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