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Autonomous Underwater Drone

A rear view of an Allec prototype
A rear view of an Allec prototype(Credit: Supportive Robotics)

We’ve featured a fair number of underwater drones over the past few years, and they’re pretty much all remotely-controlled by their shore-based users. Denmark’s Supportive Robotics, however, is developing one that’s a bit different. Known as Allec, it can be piloted via remote control, but it can also perform its own autonomous missions. read more

3D Printed Organs

An artificial prostate fitted with a soft sensor
An artificial prostate fitted with a soft sensor(Credit: McAlpine Research Group)

An international team of researchers has used 3D-printing technology to produce individually-tailored model organs. These dummy organs could one day improve your chances of surviving surgery, by allowing doctors to plan and practice a lifesaving procedure on a realistic replica before putting you to the scalpel.

Surgery is often a matter of life or death. The ability to practice a procedure outside of the operating room on an artificial human, or at least the relevant organ of a patient, can help to prepare a doctor for surgery, and so increase the chances of a patient surviving the procedure. read more

Brush Your Teeth in 3 Seconds Flat

In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair
In the three seconds it takes to clean your teeth you can touch up your hair(Credit: Uniclo)

Back in July we reported on the Amabrush, a motorized mouthpiece that reportedly cleaned all your teeth in just 10 seconds. For those who felt that was still way too much time to be wasting cleaning your teeth we introduce the Unico, a smartbrush mouthpiece that is claimed to brush your teeth in just three seconds. read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 Coming in January

Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy S9 handsets in January at the CES show, it has been claimed.

The firm hopes the move, four month earlier than its usual March launches,  will help it boost sales against Apple – which usually waits until September to reveal its new handsets.

There are also rumours the firm will use the event to reveal it’s first folding phone.

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The firm is set to reveal the two updated handsets in January - possibly alongside its first folding phone - at the annual CES event in Las Vegas.

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Solar Cell Creates Hydrogen

A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen
A replica of the UCLA device, which can produce both electricity and hydrogen(Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA)

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it’s a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass producing, distributing and storing hydrogen is still a major roadblock. read more

Best Headphones Ever

Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we've put them on
Nuraphones: a set of headphones that sounds amazing to everyone we’ve put them on(Credit: Loz Blain/New Atlas)

After a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign and more than a year of painstaking design, testing and production work, Nura has finally gone into production with its first consumer headphones, and I’ve had my hands on a set for the last month. These are not press freebies, either – after playing with the prototypes last year, I immediately slapped down my own money for a set. That’s a first for me. read more

Bell’s New Concept Helicopter

Artist’s impression of the Bell FCX-001 concept rotorcraft(Credit: Bell)

Bell Helicopter isn’t known for indulging in concept aircraft, but it’s dipped its toes in the concept waters for the first time with the FCX-001. Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, the rotorcraft concept features an airframe crafted from sustainable materials, a hybrid power system, an artificial intelligence co-pilot, and morphing rotor blades that change to suit different flight conditions. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Tactical Gloves Keep You Warm and Dry

High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated...
High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated to keep soldiers warm, while a hydrogel layer would absorb sweat(Credit: US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center)

Keeping safe and comfortable in arctic conditions is a precarious balancing act between protecting one’s self against the cold without overheating. This is particularly true of a soldier’s hands and feet while working in the cold, so scientists from Stanford University and the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center are working on energized fabrics that heat up when powered, yet wick away sweat and dry easily. read more

The VW DeLorean

The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors
The Volkswagen Kombi complete with DeLorean-like gull-wing doors(Credit: Velocity Motorcars)

There’s no doubt that nostalgia sells, and both the iconic Volkswagen Kombi and timeless Back to the Future movies have it in spades.

So maybe targeting a highly specific group of wealthy automotive aficionados that like both retro-Volkswagens and the Back To The Future movies isn’t as crazy as it sounds – or maybe it is. read more

Liquid Electronics on the Horizon

Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring...
Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring and electrical switches(Credit: College of Engineering/Carnegie Mellon University)

In a step towards creating a new class of electronics that look and feel like soft, natural organisms, mechanical engineers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a fluidic transistor out of a metal alloy of indium and gallium that is liquid at room temperature. From biocompatible disease monitors to shape-shifting robots, the potential applications for such squishy computers are intriguing. read more