Two teams of scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of California Berkley created an insect-computer hybrid robot using a live beetle. The group of engineers came up with a way to remotely control insects, which they believe could provide an alternative to remote-controlled drones. Since beetles are agile and require no engineering to keep them in the air, the scientists believe their technology could realistically provide an “improved alternative to remote-controlled drones.” The researchers published a…
Microsoft’s free Windows 10 update is scheduled to release in less than two weeks, and to encourage users to update their computers, Microsoft is offering a seemingly exciting deal. Microsoft users can expect to receive a free Inspiron 15 laptop from Dell if they are unable to update their computer to Windows 10 with same-day service. But like all deals, there’s a catch. To be eligible for the prize, your PC has to be compatible with Windows 10 in the…
Vi, not to be confused with the AI named Viv, is a self-learning ‘hearable’ device that works as a personal trainer. The device adapts to each person who uses it and features real-time coaching based on the user’s own physiology. The personal trainer features aerospace-grade biosensors including heart rate and heart rate variability, motion, elevation and other environmental sensors. It has the ability to interpret the data to deliver “actionable insights such as weight loss optimization, exhaustion level management, injury…
Nura is the world’s first headphone set that’s able to integrate unique sound-wave technology to automatically measure your hearing from the outer ear all the way to the brain, creating an impressive, unique sound. The headphones use a microphone that listens to the sound-waves that enter and exit the ear to detect your hearing signature. This takes about 30 seconds by calibrating once with the tap of a button on the smartphone app. The concept originated in Melbourne, Australia in…

Samsung crams 256GB into new UFS microSD card

Written on Monday, 11 July 2016 10:05
Positioned as a leader in smartphone innovation, Samsung is no stranger to making technological breakthroughs. The South Korean mobile-manufacturer has made a 256GB microSD with the world’s fastest read and write speeds – pushing aside its competition, SanDisk’s 256GB microSD card, which held the top position only a week ago. “It’s incredible how much storage now fits into a fingernail-sized microSD memory card,” says Richard Wong in a recent post on Mashable. He says Samsung’s new UFS (Universal Flash Storage)…
Acer Inc., the Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation, and Starbreeze AB, a video game development studio and publisher based in Sweden, announced on July 10 that their respective Board of Directors had approved the establishment of a joint venture for design, manufacturing, promotion, marketing and sales of the StarVR Virtual Reality (VR) Head-Mounted Display (HMD) as previously announced May 15th, 2016 upon signing the letter of intent. The new company is provisionally named Acer Starbreeze Corporation, with an authorized…

Bagel Labs’ smart tape measure could come in handy

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:36
The average measuring tape has remained relatively unchanged over the years with no innovative improvements. But that’s about to change thanks to the brilliant minds at Bagel Labs, a young tech startup, who have created the world’s first smart measuring tap called Bagel. It’s a combined smart measuring tap that interactively works with a mobile app to build a database of measurements using smart features. The smart measuring tape allows users from various different industries to keep track of and…

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot video sparks intrigue

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:14
Boston Dynamics, the Massachsetts-based engineering and robotics design company, is best known for the development of BigDog, a four-legged robot designed for the U.S. military. The company recently released a new video showcasing its SpotMini robot which also resembles a mechanical dog, which has sparked a lot of intrigue online. The robot is quirky and entertaining, but it’s unclear as to what the company plans to do with it. Boston Dynamics was acquired by Google X for $500 million in…

Comparing the Xbox Scorpio to the PS4 Neo

Written on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 05:51
A report by Trusted Reviews compares the Xbox Scorpio (to be released in 2017) to the rumored PlayStation 4 Neo. The report says the PS4 and Xbox One will be getting “half-generation” upgrades in the coming 18 months, with both the PS4 Neo (PS4.5) and Xbox Project Scorpio confirmed. With the rise of both VR (virtual reality) and 4K TV, both Microsoft (Xbox) and Sony (PlayStation) are racing to take the lead. As the two companies gear up to release…
Rolls-Royce, known for luxurious, top of the range vehicles, has ventured into the realm of smart technology, unveiling its very first driverless vehicle: The Vision Next 100. Designed by Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce’s director of design, The Vision Next 100 was showcased at the Roundhouse arts venue in north London on June 16. It’s an autonomous vehicle aimed at “the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world.” The car has no steering wheel and even features a silk “throne”. “It’s…
At CommunicAsia2016, Panasonic announced the launch of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20, the world’s first fully rugged detachable tablet. Designed to deliver unrivaled versatility and flexibility for mobile workers, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is suited for staff in the emergency sector. It will sell for a start price of US$3,699. The successor to the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 also offers the richest set of business interfaces and customizable options to meet varied business needs. As the first fully rugged Toughbook to ship…
The idea of a flexible smartphone able to wraparound your wrist is a little startling. I mean, you’re probably just getting used to the idea of a smartwatch. But, as technology goes, a new, more exciting device has come along to replace the smartwatch, as reported by CNET. Once a crowd-funding campaign, the Arubixs flexible smartphone is finally coming to life. Arubixs is a San Francisco-based company and has designed a flexible screen “phablet” dubbed “Portal” that slides into a…
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