Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home

Imagine having a fridge-sized box in your home that not only generates and stores electricity on-site, but heats and cools the house, provides hot water and even churns out oxygen and hydrogen to use or sell. That's the vision a team from the University of Newcastle and Australian company Infratech Industries is working towards, and New Atlas spoke to two of the minds behind this potentially game-changing "Swiss army knife" of energy production.

Samsung brings the foldup phone a step closer with the world's first 'stretchable' display

Samsung has unveiled a radical 9.1-inch stretchable display
A flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen which could stretch in both direction by as much as 12 millimetres might spell out a new era in phone screen technology, the report says.
Samsung says the stretchy screen will be useful for everything from wearables to in-car displays, and could also lead to a new generation of wearable devices that can be knocked or dropped and simply move back into place.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Robocop to join Dubai Police ranks

If any place in the world is moving towards a Bladerunner-esque, sci-fi future, it's Dubai. From a fleet of supercars that enlist the assistance of Crime Prediction software in preventing crime to their jet-pack riding firefighters, this is a city that isn't afraid to embrace 21st century technology. Now it is introducing robots into its police force with the first cop-bot starting work this week and plans for 25 percent of its force to be robotic by 2030.

World's first autonomous security vehicle with companion drone

Surveillance drones and security robots are not new innovations on their own, but Singapore company Otsaw Digital has brought the two together. The O-R3 is the world's first ground-aerial outdoor security robot that combines an autonomous roving ground vehicle with a surveillance drone, resulting in a mobile system that can launch a drone to follow intruders and track their location.

Microsoft unveils the £800 Surface Pro 'MacBook killer' with 13.5 hours of battery life

Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Surface Pro, calling it the 'most versatile' version of the device it has ever made.

The new Surface Pro includes extended battery life and has been made thinner and lighter, Microsoft says.

The new device, which can also be used as a touchscreen tablet, will cost £799 ($799) and go on sale next month, the technology giant confirmed.

Tech firm creates a wireless road that can charge electric cars on the move

Wireless vehicle charging that could see electric cars get their batteries topped up by the roads they are driven is a step closer to reality.

Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm has created a 100-metre stretch of road that sends charge to electric vehicles travelling on it, even at high speeds.

The introduction of such wireless charging highways could revolutionise the electric-car market, eradicating range anxiety and the impracticality of having to stop for extended periods to recharge batteries - two of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicle adoption today.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Who needs friends anyway? Drone plays catch with a human with pinpoint accuracy

This incredible footage shows a nippy drone catching balls and returning them to the person that threw them.
Unlike most drones this one has no up, down, front or back and can zip off after airborne objects in any direction with laser-like accuracy.
The amazing device has eight motors each pointing in different directions which give it lightening-fast reactions.

Samsung to reveal the world's first 'stretchable' display tomorrow which could move 12mm in both directions

Samsung is unveiling a 9.1-inch stretchable display design tomorrow, sources suggest.

A flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen which could stretch in both direction by as much as 12 millimetres might spell out a new era in phone screen technology, the report says.

This advanced flexible display could be used for various technologies, including wearable displays, artificial intelligence and vehicle displays.

Interactive graphic reveals how you could be travelling by 2050

From teleportation tubes to flying cars, getting from A to B looks like it will be more fun in the future, if science fiction films are to be believed.
And some of these futuristic visions are expected to become reality within our lifetimes.

To shed light on how we might get around in the year 2050, electronics firm RS Components has created an interactive module that showcases some of the most exciting predictions.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

China claims major energy breakthrough with ‘flammable ice’

China has claimed a major energy breakthrough, but its eco credentials are dubious at best. Researchers say they managed to extract gas from flammable ice in the South China Sea. A frozen mix of natural gas and water known as methane hydrates, the ‘breakthrough’ is expected to revolutionize the future of energy. We’re not sure that’s a good idea.

Introducing BIKI, The first bionic + wireless underwater drone

Robosea is an entrepreneurial technology company which specializes in highly-precise developments – mainly underwater automation equipment. for this project, the team introduces BIKI, the first bionic robot fish that can capture ‘the most fantastic moment’.

BIKI’s bionic design by robosea minimizes the volume and weight, making it 30 percent more efficient than standard UUVs.

 It also  includes an infrared positioning sensor, allowing the drone, which resembles a fish, to avoid obstacles automatically and adapt to different complex environments intelligently. 

Second-Generation Biofuels Show Environmental Sustainability Benefits

This is a schematic showing the stages modeled in the biomass-to-fuel life cycle assessment. This image first appeared
 in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy & Environmental Science, Issue 5, 2017. Source: Vikas Khanna
 Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol's ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that after a full life cycle assessment--meaning an analysis of environmental impact throughout all stages of a product's life--biofuels like corn ethanol may not offer any greenhouse gas emissions reductions relative to petroleum fuels.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Samsung is continuing to pursue its goal of conquering virtual reality, and its latest move to that end could be to introduce more VR products for kids.
The news comes from Samsung blog SamMobile, which noted that Samsung could introduce a “kids mode” into its already-launched virtual reality offerings, most notably it Gear VR headset. While we don’t yet know exactly what such a feature would look like, it’s safe to assume that it might curate content specifically built for kids and filter out any content that might be inappropriate. The feature is expected to roll out before the launch of future Samsung flagship devices, including the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9.

Luxury apartment complex will keep residents' feet off the ground

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled a plush new residential project for Mexico that draws design inspiration from Mayan culture, and will endeavor to minimize disturbance to local wildlife with a system of raised platforms and walkways. Named Alai, it's planned for Mexico's Mayan Riviera, a booming tourist district in the country's Yucatan Peninsula.

Rise of the mind-reading machines

So you made your way to this article, but how did you do it? Did your motor cortex fire up the muscle fibers in your fingers to click on a particular area of the screen, prompting the CPU inside your device to load up this page? One day that could all seem decidedly archaic. That's because some smart people are investing big time and money into computers that can read your thoughts as they are conceived. The goal is to have machines that know what you want and will give you the information you need before you could literally lift a finger. But how far off might such a future be? Let's take a look at the current state of these brain-computer interfaces, and the challenges that remain in getting them inside our heads.