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  • Solar Roadways installs energy harvesting parking lot

    24 April 2014, 3:58 pm by: Paul Ridden

    About 8 years ago, an electrical engineer and his counselor wife started throwing around an idea to replace asphalt on highways and byways throughout the US with electricity-producing solar panels that were tough enough to be driven upon. The idea blossomed…
  • Upper Wheel Fairings are designed to give bicycle wind resistance the slip

    24 April 2014, 3:57 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If you were designing a vehicle to be as aerodynamic as possible, it would definitely be counterproductive if parts of that vehicle actually moved into the oncoming wind. According to Los Angeles-based engineer Garth Magee, however, that's just what the…
  • New Google Chrome extension lets you copy and delete text in images

    24 April 2014, 1:09 pm by: Stu Robarts

    It's generally just accepted that text embedded in images on the Web is inaccessible. Because images are rendered as a single layer, that's just the way it is ... or was, because a new extension for Google Chrome called Project Naptha now allows users to…
  • Thomas Heatherwick unveils plans for 125,000 sq m "shaded" park in Abu Dhabi

    24 April 2014, 10:31 am by: Stu Robarts

    UK designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to design a new public park in Abu Dhabi. The Al Fayah park will cover 125,000 sq m and has been described by Heatherwick as, "part architecture, part landscape, part cultural destination." Its…
  • BMW predicts intriguing future with Vision Future Luxury concept

    24 April 2014, 6:57 am by: C.C. Weiss

    Presented at this week's Beijing Auto Show, the all-new BMW Vision Future Luxury focuses in on the future of luxury motoring. Functional elements and new technologies melt away into an elegant, fluid design that seamlessly blends looks and performance. ..…
  • Remote-controlled MiniBrake aims to boost safety for biking novices

    24 April 2014, 3:35 am by: Nick Lavars

    A team of Hungarian inventors is looking to help ease the stress of raising would-be Evil Knievels by developing a remote controlled bicycle brake. Dubbed MiniBrake, the device can be attached to the seat post of a typical bike frame and puts braking entirely…
  • Punching mantis shrimp inspires super-tough composites

    24 April 2014, 2:23 am by: David Szondy

    A new lightweight, super strong material has been discovered thanks to one of nature’s most violent sociopaths. The peacock mantis shrimp may look like a colorful, reasonably mild-mannered aquarium dweller, but its claws have the punch of a .22 bullet. A…
  • CATable: A cry for help from a desperate cat owner

    24 April 2014, 12:06 am by: Loz Blain

    Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your…
  • Audi transforms the TT coupe into a 123-mpg plug-in off-roader

    23 April 2014, 11:33 pm by: C.C. Weiss

    Audi appears committed to injecting the SUV segment with added sportiness, at least insofar as concept cars are concerned. Last year, it showed an off-road supercar named the Nanuk Quattro. At this week's Beijing Motor Show, it got a little more practical in…
  • Review: Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPhone 5

    23 April 2014, 10:10 pm by: Noel McKeegan

    Griffin's Survivor + Catalyst is a waterproof, shockproof case for iPhone 5 that's billed as being "functional enough to use every day." So does it live up to these expectations? We headed into the great outdoors to find out...…
  • "Optionally piloted" Black Hawk takes to the air

    23 April 2014, 8:11 pm by: David Szondy

    While autonomous aircraft are now a well established part of military operations, there are some areas where “pilot optional” is still very much synonymous with “cutting edge.” Case in point is Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator…
  • What to expect from the Windows Phone 8.1 update

    23 April 2014, 6:53 pm by: Brian Burgess

    Just like Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, its mobile OS is continuing to move forward with Windows Phone 8.1. This is a major upgrade which is free to all current Windows Phone 8 users, and set to be released sometime this summer (Northern Hemisphere).…
  • Crystal-forming microparticles could lead to color-changing tanks and planes

    23 April 2014, 6:33 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Military vehicles that change color to be dark at night, and camo-green in the daylight ... could such a thing be possible? Well, it's certainly closer to reality, thanks to research being conducted at the University of Michigan. Scientists there have created…
  • B612 Foundation highlights the risk of city-destroying asteroids

    23 April 2014, 5:23 pm by: Anthony Wood

    The California-based B612 Foundation has released a video displaying the distribution of 26 multi-kiloton asteroid impacts known to have struck the Earth since the year 2000. Many of the impacts – detected by a network of satellites operated by the Nuclear…
  • Google Street View users now able to "go back in time"

    23 April 2014, 4:42 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    So, if it isn't enough for you that it's now possible to see the view from almost any road in the world while sitting at your computer, today Google announced a new Street View feature. If there's a clock in the upper left-hand corner of an image, it means you…
  • Mellow brings sous-vide cooking to the home user

    23 April 2014, 4:01 pm by: Dave Parrack

    Many people aren't fortunate enough to have a partner both willing and able to prepare delicious meals on a regular basis. Those who are blessed in such a way can stop reading right now. Everyone else will surely be interested to hear about Mellow, a smart…
  • Lytro reveals the professional-grade Illum light field camera

    23 April 2014, 3:44 pm by: Simon Crisp

    When Lytro announced plans for consumer-oriented light field cameras, we were instantly smitten by the idea of being able to re-focus images after taking them. However, the quirky kaleidoscope-like form factor and low resolution of its first camera meant it…
  • Apparatus X: An off-grid disaster relief vehicle, micro-home, and more

    23 April 2014, 3:36 pm by: Adam Williams

    Inspired by a perceived lack of adequate services for victims of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, a team of engineering and architecture students at Pennsylvania State University have joined forces to create something that can help. The result, dubbed Apparatus X, is…
  • "Slipstream" sculpture simulates flight pattern in re-vamped Heathrow Terminal 2

    23 April 2014, 3:27 pm by: Phyllis Richardson

    Engineers have called it "the hundred-thousand-piece jigsaw," and today it was unveiled as the centerpiece of a new extension to London's Heathrow Terminal 2 building. The aluminum-clad sculpture titled "Slipstream," by artist RIchard Wilson, reaches 78 meters…
  • Gibson splices together guitar cable and recorder

    23 April 2014, 12:42 pm by: Paul Ridden

    Have you ever stumbled across a great-sounding riff while noodling away in the bedroom, only to find that by the time you've broken out your digital recording gear, you can't remember a note? The Memory Cable from Gibson Brands gets around such problems by…
  • New OnePlus One mobile promises to topple Samsung, HTC and company

    23 April 2014, 12:27 pm by: Stu Robarts

    In January, it was announced that community Android version CyanogenMod would be pre-loaded on an upcoming new phone from a Chinese startup called OnePlus. The company was promising big things, and boasting former Oppo VP Pete Lau as its CEO. Today, the…
  • Chinese company uses 3D printing to build 10 houses in a day

    23 April 2014, 9:03 am by: Loz Blain

    This small home may look plain, but it represents a significant achievement in rapid construction. A Chinese company has demonstrated the capabilities of its giant 3D printer by manufacturing 10 houses in less than 24 hours. Built from predominantly recycled…
  • UK's Design Museum announces 2014 Designs of the Year

    23 April 2014, 8:37 am by: Stu Robarts

    The Design Museum in London, UK, has announced the winners of its 2014 Designs of the Year Awards. The designs are judged by a high-profile panel and are presented in seven design categories. One category winner will be go on to be named the overall winner...…
  • Lamborghini uses an intimate Manhattan event to debut its 610 hp Huracán

    23 April 2014, 7:37 am by: Angus MacKenzie

    Last week Lamborghini’s Huracán LP 610-4, the 610 hp, all-wheel-drive successor to the outgoing Gallardo made its North American debut at a small and intimate event as part of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Gizmag was there. The Huracán,…
  • Name Your Own Price on $807 Worth of Mac Apps

    23 April 2014, 6:14 am by: Tim Hanlon

    Software bundles are a great way to save money on apps. For a limited time, Gizmag readers can name their own price on $807 worth of Mac Apps. Highlighting this bundle is RapidWeaver (a top WYSIWYG web editor) and TuneUp (automatically cleans and organizes…

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