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  • DrinkPure water filter shows promise for worldwide use

    25 July 2014, 6:04 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    It's no secret that hundreds of millions of people around the world have little or no access to drinkable water. While a number of projects are aimed at getting filtration systems to those people, many of those systems require electricity, contain costly…
  • CaseCam lets you get in your own photos, using a flippin' mirror

    25 July 2014, 3:44 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Ah yes, it's a problem for the ages. You want to be in a photo taken with your own unmanned smartphone, but you have no way of propping the phone up, or seeing what the shot looks like. Well, the CaseCam is designed to help. It allows a phone laid down on a…
  • B-And-Bee shelter looks to comfort festival goers

    25 July 2014, 3:52 am by: Adam Williams

    Each year, millions of people head to their festival of choice with tent and sleeping bag in hand. Belgian company Achilles Design aims to bring those festival goers a little extra comfort – and save space too – with its honeycomb-shaped B-And-Bee…
  • Volvo XC90 to boast two world-first safety features

    25 July 2014, 3:45 am by: Angus MacKenzie

    Volvo has already been bragging about how the XC90 will be the world's cleanest and most powerful SUV. Now it is touting the all-wheel drive, seven-seater's safety features, which will include an auto brake at intersections function and a run-off road…
  • IcyBreeze cooler doubles as a portable air conditioner

    25 July 2014, 1:20 am by: Nick Lavars

    The need for an ice cold drink tends to go hand in hand with stinking hot temperatures. And while a chilled beverage can help to soothe from the inside, nothing brings on sustained comfort like a blast of cool air. The team behind IcyBreeze is looking to…
  • Hilarious Razor Crazy Cart drift machine set to hit the UK

    24 July 2014, 11:19 pm by: Loz Blain

    When the Crazy Cart first launched in the USA, Canada and Australia last year, it made a huge splash. Not just for its awesome sideways drifting action, but because it featured quite frankly the best promotional video we've ever seen. Now, Razor has announced…
  • "Air waveguides" used to send optical data through the air

    24 July 2014, 10:24 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Efficient as fiber optic cables are at transmitting data in the form of light pulses, they do need to be physically supported, and they can only handle a finite amount of power. Still, what's the alternative ... just send those focused pulses through the air?…
  • NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

    24 July 2014, 9:48 pm by: David Szondy

    You can land the most advanced spacecraft in history on the Mars, but if you can’t keep in touch with it, it might as well be so much scrap. To prevent that from happening, NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the feasibility of…
  • Cargo UAS set to deliver

    24 July 2014, 7:12 pm by: Colin Jeffrey

    With the number of multi-rotor drone concepts competing for a narrow market share, you really need a unique selling point if you want to get your project off the ground. In the case of the developers of the Cargo Unmanned Air System (UAS), their point of…
  • Boogio tells users everything they could want to know about their feet

    24 July 2014, 6:24 pm by: Dave LeClair

    It seems like every day a new piece of wearable technology hits the market with the intention of revolutionizing the way we keep track of our fitness. Now, a product called Boogio is coming to market with a focus is on tracking the movement and force of a…
  • NASA begins to plan successor to the Hubble and James Webb deep space telescopes

    24 July 2014, 4:53 pm by: Anthony Wood

    NASA has assembled a team of scientists and engineers to lay the first tentative plans for a successor platform to the Hubble and James Webb telescopes. The project, currently in the study phase, is being assessed for the technological and financial…
  • CycleAT transmits real-time pressure readings from bike tires

    24 July 2014, 4:51 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    Although tire pressure monitoring systems are becoming increasingly common on four-wheeled vehicles, they're still quite the rarity on two-wheelers. RDV Labs, however, wants to change that. The San Francisco-based startup's CycleAT system is designed to…
  • Early impressions: Amazon Fire Phone

    24 July 2014, 3:12 pm by: Will Shanklin

    Apple launched the iPhone seven years ago. The first flagship Android phones hit the scene four and a half years ago. Hell, even Windows Phone has been around for over three years. But now Amazon is launching its first smartphone in mid-2014. Though we aren't…
  • Booze Joulies bring on the cooling, but won't water down your drink

    24 July 2014, 1:34 pm by: Ben Coxworth

    If the only beer that you have on hand is tepid, you may be tempted to pour yourself a glass and throw in some ice cubes. As any connoisseur will tell you, though, ice cubes in beer is a definite no-no – as the ice melts, it dilutes the drink. That's where…
  • Cubii under-desk elliptical trainer lets you pedal to fitness at work

    24 July 2014, 11:10 am by: Stu Robarts

    For workers who are sat at a desk all day, health and fitness can be a concern. There are various solutions for desk-based workouts, such as the OfficeGym chair attachment and Active Desk workspace/exercise bike. The Cubii, meanwhile, is a compact elliptical…
  • Tallest chimney at Sellafield to be demolished using self-climbing platform

    24 July 2014, 10:41 am by: Stu Robarts

    Sellafield is Europe's largest nuclear site and although operations including spent fuel management and nuclear waste storage continue on-site, power generation ceased in 2003. As part of the decommissioning process, the site's tallest chimney will now be…
  • Bunch O Balloons fills water bombs in bulk

    24 July 2014, 10:23 am by: Dave Parrack

    Making a water bomb (or water balloon) can be a laborious and time-consuming process. Unless you have Bunch O Balloons, a system for filling 100 balloons with water in under a minute...…
  • ESA mission operators prepare for post launch control of twin Galileo satellites

    24 July 2014, 9:45 am by: Anthony Wood

    The ESA's post launch team are ready to guide and take control of a twin set of Galileo satellites, undertaking a number of procedures and adjustments in order to ready the pair for orbital duties. The satellites are due to be hefted into orbit together atop a…
  • OwnPhones aims to produce world's first 3D-printed wireless earphones

    24 July 2014, 8:57 am by: Paul Ridden

    Like many music lovers on the move, OwnPhones founder and CEO Itamar Jobani became frustrated when his off-the-shelf earphones kept falling out during sporty activity. He gathered a team of expert programmers, electronics engineers, 3D modelers and industrial…
  • Design for AstraZeneca's new high-tech campus unveiled

    24 July 2014, 7:11 am by: Stu Robarts

    Designs have been released for AstraZeneca's planned new corporate HQ and global R&D center in Cambridge, UK. The facility will cost around £330 million (US$560 million). Designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects, it will include high-tech research spaces,…
  • Vivood retreat can be assembled within a day

    24 July 2014, 5:08 am by: Adam Williams

    Spanish architectural collective Vivood recently produced an eponymous shelter that could serve as glamping retreat, guesthouse, or basic tiny house. The prefabricated structure is delivered in "easy-to-fit" modular sections that have the electrics and…
  • Audi gives the A7 TDI a boost with "competition" model

    24 July 2014, 3:50 am by: Scott Collie

    Do you like the look of the diesel Audi A7, but think it isn't quick enough? Audi may just have the car for you. The A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition is a more powerful version of the standard A7 3.0 TDI, with special styling cues to celebrate 25 years of…
  • BioSkin defies urban heat island effect to help keep buildings cool

    24 July 2014, 3:08 am by: Nick Lavars

    The urban heat island effect, whereby the high concentration of heat-retaining concrete and bitumen causes metropolitan centers to be significantly warmer than the rural areas surrounding them, is a common problem around the world. The phenomenon is…
  • Video Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth motorcycle headset

    24 July 2014, 2:37 am by: Loz Blain

    The Sena 20S sets a new standard in motorcycle Bluetooth communications with its giant 2-kilometre range, dual Bluetooth chips for true audio multitasking and strong voice control features. Here's our video review, as well as a demonstration of this jigger's…
  • Cyberith's Virtualizer brings running, jumping ... and sitting to virtual reality

    24 July 2014, 2:36 am by: Colin Jeffrey

    In recent years, we've seen a number of virtual reality (VR) devices targeted at bringing more immersive gaming to the home while also adding locomotion to the mix. Joining the charge is the Virtualizer from Austrian-based company Cyberith. The rig features an…

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