Driverless concept car by Dominic Wilcox for the year 2059

Dominic Wilcox Mini driverless concept car with stained glass

One look at this strange looking vehicle and you’ll assume that it has something to with the future of automation. And you are right, as this driverless glass car prototype designed by Dominic Wilcox for the Dezeen and Mini Frontiers exhibition, during the London Design Festival managed to attract many on-lookers. Dominic has a view that by the year 2059, driverless cars that are self-automated will be much safer than cars driven by drivers. Therefore, this will make sure there are no safety equipment like airbags or roll-cage inside the Mini car chassis as the car will be a living space on wheels.
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BMC unveiled the futuristic Impec Concept Bike at Euro 2014

BMC Concept Bike

BMC Impec Concept Bike

Lots of innovative bicycle related technologies, designs and products were showcased at the International Eurobike 2014 bicycle trade fair that concluded last month in Germany. BMC also unveiled a futuristic bike concept at the event that drew lots of attention from the crowd. Called the Impec Concept, the bike was made in just four months celebrating the opening of company’s new Impec Advanced R&D lab in Grenchen, Switzerland. Carbon fiber has been chosen as the construction material for the concept bike that demonstrates the brand’s cutting-edge technology and its in-house manufacturing capabilities.
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DIY: Stargaze with the cheap yet powerful Pikon 3D printed telescope

3D printed telescope by University of Sheffiled

Those of you who are interested in astronomy, and the mystery of this galaxy never seizes to amaze you, just by looking at the seamless sea of stars up above, telescope is the best tool to have. Those who can afford to buy expensive telescopes get lucky enough to have a closer view of the celestial bodies and take some pictures. But those who can’t afford expensive telescopes can just hope to buy them some day. That is about to change as researchers at the University of Sheffiled, UK have managed to 3D print a telescope called Pikon using cheap, basic material that is accessible to anyone.
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Pi-Top is 3D printed Raspberry Pi laptop you can build yourself

3D Printed Raspberry-Pi-Laptop

If you love tinkering with the Raspberry Pi Computer, and fancy 3D printing your own things, then the Pi-Top laptop is just for you. The Pi-Top is brainchild of five Londoners – a team that offers this as your little guide to developing a Raspberry Pi laptop (yes that’s right) using 3D printing. Billed as world’s first 3D printed laptop, the Pi-Top comes with a 13.3 inch TFT LED backlight display supporting 1366 × 768 resolution. The Raspberry Pi laptop runs Rasbian Operating System and its casing can be 3D printed in about 160 hours with 0.2mm layers and 30% infill. Read More…

3D Pocketcopter – World’s smallest flying camera targeted for everyone

3D Pocketcopter flying camera

Quadcopter and drones are definitely a good way to capture some really amazing perspective shots. But, do they come cheap? Moreover, they require a lot of care while flying because one wrong move and they come tumbling down to the ground. So what’s the next best solution to this problem? Well, reduce the size of the flying machine, only so much that is can take amazing photographs and shoot HD videos. 3D Pocketcopter is that flying machine which has set Indiegogo, crowd-funding platform on fire with 705% more funding that the minimum funding amount required.
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Apple files patent for ultra-clear noise cancellation technology

Apple Bone conduction technology for noise reduction

Apple has filed a patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “System and method of mixing accelerometer and microphone signals to improve voice quality in a mobile device”. This patent is for improving the voice quality of iPhone calls by fitting accelerometers that detect vocal chord vibrations through the person’s skull when they speak, thereby eliminating any non-vocal noise and ambient vibrations. To do this the output signal is measured and the accelerometer-based voice activity detector (VAD) does the trick of delivering crystal clear vocal sound to the listener.
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Intel reveals dual-screen laptop with e-ink display on the backside

Intel dual screen laptop

Laptops and netbooks haven’t had much of a technological makeover in the last couple of years, but Intel is hoping to change that with their dual-screen laptop. According to Murali Veeramoney, head of the concept PC programme at Intel, several manufacturers are making laptops based on this new dual-screen laptop concept. The laptop has the traditional screen and a e-ink black and white display on the back side which acts as a surrogate viewing screen with extremely low power requirements.
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3D printed USB flash drive makes James Harden go beardless!

3D printed USB flash drive James Harden

As a basketball fan you would not expect to see Harden Soul in a clean shaved look anytime soon. You probably would never have seen him in a clean shaved look and probably would never do! But, wait a second, what if you could just magically see him in a clean look. Call it a parody or an intuitive idea, NRI have 3D printed a USB flash drive that looks exactly like the star NBA basketball player. And what was the idea or motive behind this USB flash drive? Well, last year Footlocker released a comical commercial of James Harden’s R&B album called Harden Soul.
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Japanese toy maker unveils 3-in-1 RC quadrotor

Amphibious sky RC by Tomy

How about a RC vehicle that can fly in the air, run on the land and sail in the water? Well, looks like this idea has already motivated Japanese toy maker company Tomy who have created a remote controlled quadrotor that can perform all three tasks of running, flying and floating. Called Amphibious sky RC (Arushi), the multi-task vehicle will be launched in Japan next month on 25th October. The high-spec radio control vehicle will be offered in red and blue colors with a price tag of about $100 (9250 yen).
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Dirt cheap 3D printed microscope for your smartphone has 1000x zoom!

3D printed microscope for your smartphone by PNNL

So, how do you turn your smartphone or tablet into a high quality microscope capable of 100x, 350x or 1000x zoom levels? You get hold of a 3D printer and glass spheres that are dirt cheap. That is exactly what Rebecca Erikson from the U.S. Department of Energy’s PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) has done. This inexpensive and practical way to turn your mobile device(s) into high powered microscope is truly amazing and gives us one more reason to rejoice the invention called smartphone.
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