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Samsung’s Revised Folding Phone

Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korean first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming w
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korea first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming weeks

Back in July, Samsung announced that its troubled Galaxy Fold smartphone would go on sale in September, and has now confirmed that the refreshed and revised folding phone will launch in Korea on September 6. Visitors to IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, can experience the phone for themselves, but for those who can’t make it to the Messe this weekend, Samsung has released a hands-on video. read more

Old Timey Spy Gadgets

Detective hat camera, c. 1880 - 1890, is a standard bowler with built-in fixed-plate, fixed-focus camera – estimate €12,000 - €18,000
Detective hat camera, c. 1880 – 1890, is a standard bowler with built-in fixed-plate, fixed-focus camera – estimate €12,000 – €18,000
Auction Team Breker

The spy gear of the past may look cumbersome and even cartoon-like compared to the audiovisual tech we have at our disposal today, but back in its time, it was the bees knees of cutting edge skullduggery and one of the great drivers of technological innovation.
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Weapon Wednesday – New Combat Robot

The latest version of the THeMIS UGV has beyond visual line of sight control capabilities
The latest version of the THeMIS UGV has beyond visual line of sight control capabilities
Milrem Robotics

At a recent live-fire exercise in Tapa, Estonia, the latest version of Milrem Robotics and ST Engineering’s ground combat robot showed off its ability to operate under Beyond Line Of Sight (BLVOS) control. In the April tests, the THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) equipped with the ADDER DM Remote Weapon Station was armed with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher and a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun. read more

Lamborghini Hybrid Supercar

Sensual curves meet jagged angles in the remarkable Sian, Lamborghini's first hybrid and the first car in production history to use a supercapacitor hybrid system

Sensual curves meet jagged angles in the remarkable Sian, Lamborghini’s first hybrid and the first car in production history to use a supercapacitor hybrid system

Lamborghini has chosen a radically different way of dipping its toe in the waters of hybridization with the announcement of its new Sián, which couples a screaming, naturally aspirated V12 engine with a supercapacitor-based secondary electric system. read more

Digit-Sized Steady Cam Weighs only 18 Grams

The new Go takes Insta360's excellent FlowState image stabilization gear and uses it to create an absolutely tiny camera, complete with a smart ecosystem to manage your footage
The new Go takes Insta360’s excellent FlowState image stabilization gear and uses it to create an absolutely tiny camera, complete with a smart ecosystem to manage your footage

Best known for its affordable 360-degree cameras, Insta360 has taken its excellent FlowState image stabilization technology and used it to build a unique and remarkable new class of action camera. The new Insta360 Go is tiny, looking like a flash drive with a dome lens on it. It weighs next to nothing, and attaches to your clothing with magnets to capture beautifully stabilized 1080p footage from an oversized sensor. read more

Lasers Keep the Birds Away

Lasers have been found to make effective scarecrows against birds such as starlings and red-winged blackbirds
Lasers have been found to make effective scarecrows against birds such as starlings and red-winged blackbirds

It may not be very pretty, but a new laser “scarecrow” is helping farmers to protect their sweetcorn crops from marauding birds. Developed by University of Rhode Island (URI) professor of plant sciences Rebecca Brown, the new system uses constantly moving beams of green laser light to scare off birds like starlings and red-winged blackbirds before they can tuck into a ripe ear. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force ROBOpilot

A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft
A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft(Credit: US Air Force)

A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft. read more

Vapor X Smartwatch

The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components
The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components(Credit: Misfit)

Just a few days after updating its flagship line of Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled a new wearable from its more affordable Misfit line as well: the Vapor X. Its key selling points, besides that less expensive price, are improved battery life and a lightweight, stylish design. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Robot Patrol Boat

BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat
BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat(Credit: BAE Systems)

Targeted at anti-piracy, border control, intelligence gathering and maritime security missions, the Pacific 950 is an autonomous boat that can operate alone for up to 10 days, or cover 300 nautical miles (556 km) at pursuit speed. Its built-in stabilized 12.7-mm weapons system, however, is human-operated. read more

Apollo 50th Anniversary Watch

The Saturn V (left) and I.S.S. (right) models at night, demonstrating the luminous hands and star...
The Saturn V (left) and I.S.S. (right) models at night, demonstrating the luminous hands and star map dial, and the perpetually glowing, tritium gas-filled glass tubes (automatic version only) at the ends of the hour and minute hands(Credit: Xeric)

There’s a galaxy of products commemorating Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, from coins to cushions, tumblers to tote-bags. But for those who really want to wear their astro-hearts on their sleeve (or wrist), the Trappist-1 NASA edition might just send them over the moon. read more