09/09/2011, If you’ve ever felt that your devices take too long to charge, but yet seem to drain battery quicker than you can use it, a team of scientists from the Department of Energy lab’s Chemical Sciences Division have recently discovered a material which they are claiming can increase the surface area and significantly improve the charge-discharge time for Li-Ion (Li-ion) batteries.
08/29/2011, Don’t you just hate it when you’re headed towards a traffic light, brake, only to have the lights turn green 2 seconds later? If you didn’t already know, unnecessary or excessive braking will result in your car wasting energy and fuel due to the amount of fuel required to get your car moving again.
08/23/2011, Ever wondered what you would look like if your nose was a bit sharper or smaller, or how you would look like without that double chin or what it would be like to have double eyelids? If you are, researchers at the University of London are developing a augmented reality “mirror” that basically allows you to tweak your features.
07/15/2011, If you know anyone with an artificial heart implant, they will probably tell you that it consumes a fair bit of energy, not to mention it usually comes with a power cable that penetrates the skin, which can sometimes lead to infection which will then lead to further complications, especially if the patient’s immune system has been weakened after their surgery. Inductive charging seems to be the obvious solution as […]
07/14/2011, Thanks to Google and other search engines out there, life with the internet has become extremely convenient. Google’s not so recent changes to its search engine (autocomplete, instant search) in addition to fast internet connections has helped users cut down a lot of time spent typing unnecessary words or waiting for results.
05/09/2011, Our hands are capable of moving in so many possible different ways, but when it comes to using touchscreen devices, we seem to be performing the same gestures all the time. The same swipe to the left and right, pinch to zoom, and so on. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with it, but there’s only so much we can do with same moves in different applications. And because […]
05/05/2011, Although Nintendo has done a great job at introducing glasses-less 3D technology to a mass audience, the Nintendo 3DS display has a couple of things that would need serious improvements: brightness and power consumption. The design of the 3DS display is remarkable because it uses two LCD displays stacked on top of one another and a “parallax mask” makes it so that you eyes see different images, giving the impression […]
04/11/2011, Now now, don’t get too insulted that your pride is wounded after hearing word on smartphone users overpaying for their service. The amount discovered in the research is not a small sum, either, with some touted to overpay by up to a few hundred dollars annually. This study by Billmonitor claims that the main reason behind this overspending is due to folks who have overestimated the kind of contracts that […]
04/07/2011, The internet – a curse or a blessing? The worldwide communication service has allowed billions of us to stay updated with all the latest news and events happening all over the world and easily keep in touch with people we care about and on the other hand it is also one of the biggest time wasters of our era. How many of you can go by one whole day without […]
04/06/2011, Here is a rather interesting piece of research work that deserves commendation – we’re talking about mapping the slowest mobile towns throughout the UK where 3G mobile broadband speed is concerned. So far, we do know that the average speed for mobile broadband in the Buckinghamshire town was 1.73Mbps, which is less than half that of the fastest town, which is 3.6Mbps in Peterborough. Just in case you just crawled […]
04/01/2011, If you had a large touchscreen at your disposal, the first thing you would probably think of doing is play Angry Birds on it. Well, believe it or not, touchscreen displays can be used for productive purposes as well. Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland collaborated with Multitouch Ltd to combine a giant touchscreen with a networked digital microscopy system and came up with a new breed of […]
03/31/2011, Ford announced that they have officially started work on building a digital human child, complete with its internal organs, skeleton structure and brain, all in the name of safety research. Car safety testing has been going on for years now, with the use of adult crash test dummies, which is fine when testing a car’s safety towards adults, but we all know that adults aren’t the only ones in cars […]
03/17/2011, The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group from the university of Konstanz has created Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired (or NAVI), an application that uses Kinect’s perception of depth to guide visually impaired people in buildings. It works by having Kinect “see” the volumes around the user and use that information to provide guidance via a vibrating belt, it’s a bit like a bat. In addition to that, the developers have been […]
02/24/2011, Still at the research stage, an electronic device built by U.S researchers from Harvard and MIT can diagnose malignant tumors on the spot (<1hr) instead of “days”. And it does it with a 96% accuracy, which is much higher than the 84% accuracy of today’s methods. Although this is extremely promising, the technology is still at the testing phase and has been tested on only 70 patients. However, it did […]