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It’s coming WHEN?

future tech September 14, 2013 posted by

Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret

Scientists at Cornwell University have managed to create the world’s thinnest sheet of glass, but don’t expect it to feature in your smartphone any time soon. Heck, if and when it does, you might never know, because it would play a role behind the scenes where your eyes can’t see. From what we understand, this sheet of ‘graphene glass‘ measures two atoms thick, so you wouldn’t want to drop it, nor would you want to drop anything on it, yourself…


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Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret
cool tech June 26, 2013 posted by

Grandma’s guide to Google Glass

We don’t normally do infographics, because they’re generally naff and tasteless, and quite frankly pretty useless. But in this case we’re going to make an exception, because the result is pretty cool. The graphic lays out in straightforward terms exactly what Google Glass is, what it does and how it might be used in the future. Of course this is all subject to the fact that people buy the product, which is not guaranteed at all. Show it to your…


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Grandma’s guide to Google Glass
cool tech June 7, 2013 posted by

Google hopes that funny faces may one day banish passwords for ever

The mighty Google this week filed a patent for securing a mobile device using facial recognition technology. The idea is for the user to set up a ‘facial landmark‘, for example sticking their tongue out or wrinkling their nose, after which they can unlock their device by repeating the ‘faceword’.


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Google hopes that funny faces may one day banish passwords for ever
cool tech June 5, 2013 posted by

WiSee – control home appliances with a wave of the hand from any room using WiFi

Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a rather clever way of controlling your home appliances using standard WiFi signals and gestures. The technology, called WiSee, works by detecting minute changes in wireless signals when there’s movement in a room, and by using a custom router they have managed to identify specific gestures reliably enough to trigger pre-defined actions.


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WiSee – control home appliances with a wave of the hand from any room using WiFi
cool tech March 7, 2013 posted by

Blue ID – your phone as a car key

You may have thought that throwing all this technology at the humble mobile phone was getting ridiculous, but you’ve really not seen anything yet. Not only are these people expecting us to use them as wallets, citizen arrest cameras and to monitor earthquakes, but now they’re actually expecting that we’ll throw our car keys away and phone our way into the driving seat.


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Blue ID – your phone as a car key
Awesome February 28, 2013 posted by

The Bluetooth Revolution – 11 cool ‘appcessories’ which demonstrate why your phone may soon become the most important thing you own (Pics & Videos)

If you think the age of the smartphone is exciting now, get ready for an explosion of cool to come, as manufacturers and software developers start to take advantage of the up and coming new wireless technologies such as Bluetooth SMART and Bluetooth aptX to really show off what your phone can do. Instead of just being a dumb communication and gaming device, your handset will become the hub of an ecosystem of tools and software that may well change…


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The Bluetooth Revolution – 11 cool ‘appcessories’ which demonstrate why your phone may soon become the most important thing you own (Pics & Videos)
cool tech February 15, 2013 posted by

RobotCar UK – are we heading towards a £100 robot car accessory pack?

Apparently Google researchers are not the only people looking seriously at robotic self-driving cars. Well we knew the Japanese and Chinese were doing work, but we’re surprised to learn that the good folk at Oxford University are also having fun with the concept, although they’re taking a different approach altogether.


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RobotCar UK – are we heading towards a £100 robot car accessory pack?
future tech February 7, 2013 posted by

7 Tiny Nano Drones which are actually pretty scary if you think about it too long

Like many other media outlets we too were struck by recent front page reports of tiny camera drones which were under trial for combat zones and surveillance duties. The 16 gram PD-100 Black Hornet for example, made by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics, is state of the art, can operate for 25 minutes up to 1000 feet away and in winds of up to 15 knots. This is not science fiction, but today’s reality, and as the BBC reported last week,…


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7 Tiny Nano Drones which are actually pretty scary if you think about it too long
Awesome January 24, 2013 posted by

Google Linear Book Scanner – if you want to see just how fast clever open source ideas can spread, watch this…

Google engineer Dany Qumsiyeh has spent his 20% free project time at Google to produce an ingenious automatic non-destructive book scanner, using low cost components and a vacuum cleaner. Yes, a household model. The thing about book scanners is they’re either fiendishly expensive to buy because of all the technology needed to keep the pages safe, or they’re cheap and kind of cumbersome, requiring manual page flipping and button pressing to do the job. Enter Dany’s design, which is cheap…


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Google Linear Book Scanner – if you want to see just how fast clever open source ideas can spread, watch this…
cool tech January 23, 2013 posted by

Fujitsu develop new James Bond style file transfer system

Researchers at Fujitsu Labs have announced a new technology which which lets you transfer files from a computer to a mobile phone just by filming the screen with the phone camcorder. This means that one day we should be able to share photos, movies and documents between phones and computers just by pointing the phone at a screen, no clumsy apps to install or buttons to push.


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Fujitsu develop new James Bond style file transfer system
Awesome January 16, 2013 posted by

IllumiRoom puts you in the middle of the action

If you are an avid gamer, then you are likely searching for ways to make your experience more and more immersive. We’ve seen virtual reality helms and the like in the past, but nothing has really been over-the-top outstanding. While a wall-sized projector is about the closest we can get at the moment, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing things on the horizon.


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IllumiRoom puts you in the middle of the action
cool tech December 7, 2012 posted by

GravityLight – a revolutionary LED lighting system for developing countries

A huge part of this planet exists without access to reliable electricity, which doesn’t just mean no access to computers and other tools, but a lack of even the most basic of necessities such as cheap lighting. Most of these places still rely on kerosene lamps, which are smelly, polluting and expensive to run. There are some superb initiatives happening around the world at the moment to solve the problem, and we think this new project could be a real…


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GravityLight – a revolutionary LED lighting system for developing countries