Back in July 2009 NASA announced a Green Aircraft Challenge. The contest is a flight efficiency competition for an aircraft that is capable of managing average at least 100 mph on a 200 mile flight while achieving greater than 200 passenger miles per gallon. The competition is scheduled for July 2011 with an attractive prize money of $1.65 million. Participating Team aircrafts include those propelled by gasoline, bio-diesel, hydrogen, and electricity. A German company named PC-Aero created an Aircraft that flies on electricity alone, Its named ELEKTRA ONE.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The concept of portable displays is not well know to a lot of people. However these kind of portable displays can come in pretty handy for a quick presentation to a small group of people without the hassle of setting up bulky projectors. They can also be used as muti display to expand your workspace. Toshiba recently unveiled a 14-inch USB-powered Mobile Monitor.
Monday, March 21, 2011
With increasing use of computers for various kinds of tasks, data potability is increasingly becoming an essential need. Most of us now use a desktop at home a laptop for personal work and may be another computer at workplace, school etc. Many a times it so happens that we feel the need to access a particular file which might be on another computer. The most common solution for the this is to store such files on portable drive. Portable drives have size limitations and can be easily corrupted lost or stolen so the security is a bit of a concern.
Another option is the use of remote file access software or storing files on a cloud service or a server. These services are not always free, most of them are subscription based. On the other hand files travel on 3rd party servers which are not in your control. They can be compromised and security of data cannot be said to be a 100%. Also you have to spend so much time uploading files and configuring devices.
If security and availability of data is very important for you then the solution for it is the iTwin which is a simpler solution to the problem, flash drive-like sticks that plug into either computers, and let them communicate for free over a secure internet connection.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Since the invention of the modern personal computer the essential and most used input device the mouse has barely undergone a major design change. Although there have been a good amount of minor design changes and a wide variety of options none of them proved to be quite appealing in the market. The classic design still rules. Last year we covered a prototype project by Pranav Mistry called the Invisible mouse . It was a setup which tracked hand movement and gestures to control the cursor on the computer screen. It actually liberates you for holding a mass of plastic which is also responsible for a wide variety of wrist and hand related ailments.
If you are among the ones who were pretty amazed by the invisible mouse, I found that there is actually a piece of hardware named the 'evoMouse' which does the same. The evoMouse was unveiled at CES 2010, probably did not catch a lot of media coverage. Its from a South Korea based company called Celluon.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When it comes to graphic cards, its probably the fastest evolving industry. Graphic cards have a life cycle of just 3-4 months these days. And of course its mostly because of the war of the leaders AMD (ATI) and Nvidia. AMD released the Radeon HD 6990 what it calls the worlds fastest GPU. The industry is now focusing into some thing called single-slot dual GPUs where in 2 graphic cores are embedded on the same single GPU. The Radeon HD 6990 is a combination of two Cayman HD 6970 GPUs.The official release states that the card achieved a world record score of P11865 in the industry standard 3DMark11 benchmark which has beaten NVIDIA's record 3DMark 11 score.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So the prestigious Geneva Motor Show is now in its 81st year and its still pretty strong and getting better. Major manufacturers from all across the world participate to showcase their new automobiles and technology. Tata Motors one of the major automobile manufacturer based in India unveiled to the to the world a new urban/city concept car named Tata Pixel. Like the name suggest the car is pretty small compact and designed to suit the needs of the urban environment where space is always a problem.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey is now exhibiting a stunning and unprecedented display into the inside of a F1 car at Brooklands Museum. The model named Mercedes GP Petronas F1 consists of 3200 components, these components are hung up in a really artistic and amazing display which looks like an exploded views you would find in illustrated encyclopedia, except this is real. The Artist behind this amazing feat is a Dutch artist named Paul Veroude.
|Credit: Mercedes Benz|
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Last year Apple came up with the iPad which proved to be a revolutionary handheld device, it opened up a whole new segment of portable devices for tech savvy people and the industry alike. Tablets are hybrids between cell phones and PCs. Of course Apple was not the first one to come up with Tablet devices, but yeah, they were the first to put together a great tablet device the iPad which really became popular and come into main stream just like they have done in the past.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Recent advancements in mobile processor technology has led to a plethora of devices which have started to blur the lines between computers and smartphones. The LG Optimus 2X is one good example of such a device. Major processor manufacturers are trying to make processors smaller and more energy efficient so as to satisfy the needs of the emerging mobile and tablet device market. All that means is a win win for the consumer, more choices.