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Lockheed Laser Weapon

The ATHENA laser weapon system was tested against a pickup truck in March

The ATHENA laser weapon system was tested against a pickup truck in March (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin announced this week that production of its Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser weapon system has begun at the company’s Bothell, Washington facility. The high-powered laser weapon modules will be used as the heart of a 60-kilowatt system designed to be fitted to a US Army vehicle. read more

Single Wheel Hoverboard

The Hoverboard has a top speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and a range of 12 ...The Hoverboard has a top speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and a range of 12 mi (19 km)

We may still be waiting for the first true hoverboards, but one firm says its single-wheeler feels so like hovering that it’s actually called the Hoverboard. The board is mounted atop a 10-in wheel, with users leaning forward to accelerate and backwards to decelerate or change direction.

The Hoverboard is, of course, very similar to last year’s One Wheel and that’s not something that has escaped the attention of its manufacturer. In a direct comparison with the One Wheel, Hoverboard Technologies claims its single-wheeled electric skateboard is faster, offers a longer rage and is quicker to charge. It’s also reported to use sonar technology to stay stable and has API connectivity. read more

Close Shave With A Laser

Okay – this may the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time!

The Skarp Razor uses a laser set at a specific wavelength to cut hair upon contactThe Skarp Razor uses a laser set at a specific wavelength to cut hair upon contact (Credit: Skarp Technologies)

 

Laser technology has come a long way over the decades, having made leaps from science fiction to science fact within the medical field, manufacturing, and even as a“death star” beam to help unlock the mysteries of the universe. But the latest laser-enabled concept is something the average consumer can more readily appreciate. The Skarp Razor may become the first-ever personal shaving tool powered by a laser. read more

Weather in a Box

The Tempescope will physically recreate weather conditions to match the forecastThe Tempescope will physically recreate weather conditions to match the forecast (Credit: Tempescope)

A Japanese startup is raising funds through Indiegogo for Tempescope, a sleek-looking device that will fetch the weather forecast from your smartphone and recreate rain, lightning, fog and sunshine inside a clear plastic box sitting in your living room. The idea for the Tempescope first came to its inventor Ken Kawamoto after returning from a holiday in the Pacific Northwest. Wishing to take the skies back home with him, he created a prototype (out of shampoo bottles, a fan, LEDs and a mist diffuser) that could physically reproduce weather conditions in a confined space. read more

Army’s New Weapons Tower

Lieutenant Colonel Raphael Heflin, right, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, and another ...Lieutenant Colonel Raphael Heflin, right, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division, and another soldier pass near a remotely-controlled weapons system (Credit: US Army/David Vergun)

One of the more unpleasant aspects of army life has always been guard duty. It’s also very labor intensive. In the US Army, it takes four to six soldiers standing for up to 12 hours to man a single perimeter weapons system. To free up personnel for more important duties, the Army is testing the Tower

Hawk System, which uses tower-mounted, remote-controlled weapons for base perimeter security.The tests are part of the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 16.1, which is currently being conducted at an experimental expeditionary base camp at Fort Bliss, Texas. The camp consists of 15 air-conditioned billeting containers – complete with latrines, laundries and shower – that can house ten soldiers each, plus two containers for tactical operations. It’s here that 9,000 participants from the US Army and a 14-member coalition made up mainly of NATO nations are evaluating new technologies designed to make forward base operations more efficient in terms of energy, water and manpower. read more

3D House Printer

The Big Delta printer is due to be unveiled in Rieti, Italy, on September 18The Big Delta printer is due to be unveiled in Rieti, Italy, on September 18

WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) is set to unveil Big Delta, reportedly the world’s largest delta 3D printer, later this week. This 12-meter (40 ft) tall behemoth was brought to life with the purpose of building nearly zero-cost housing through the use of local materials and as little energy as possible, offering quick and inexpensive relief to disaster areas and addressing the future housing needs of a rapidly growing world population. read more

Game Controller for iPad

Gizmag takes a quick look at our favorite physical control scheme for iOS devices, the GameviceGizmag takes a quick look at our favorite physical control scheme for iOS devices, the Gamevice (Credit: Will Shanklin/Gizmag)

The Gamevice is pretty much the ideal way to add physical controls to an iPad mini. Strapping it onto your tablet is less like using an accessory and more like transforming your iPad into an iOS-powered portable game console.

If you search somewhere like Amazon or Best Buy for iOS game controllers, almost everything you see will either be a sunflower-style controller that props your device up above, or a standalone gamepad that you hold separately from your phone or tablet. You’ll see a few that latch onto the sides of the device like the Gamevice, but they’re all pretty old and only compatible with obsolete (two years old at the most recent) Apple devices. read more

Self-Driving Cars of the Future

From Google to BMW, the race is on to develop self-driving cars that will make roads safer, but key features about how comfortable they will be inside has been lacking.

A design by seat technology firm Johnson Controls, however, suggests passengers will face each other in the car of the future and the ‘driver’s seat’ will be replaced by a comfortable control unit.

It predicts this ‘paradigm shift’ will happen in around 2035.

A design by seat technology firm Johnson Controls suggests passengers will face each other (pictured) in the car of the future and the driver’s seat will become a comfortable control unit
A design by seat technology firm Johnson Controls suggests passengers will face each other (pictured) in the car of the future and the driver’s seat will become a comfortable control unit

‘Autonomous driving is on its way,’ said Dr Detlef Jürss, group vice president at Johnson Controls.

‘It is not something that will happen overnight, though, but rather over a period of gradual development.’ read more

Smartwatch Hack

Smartwatches are packed full of sensors to help you track fitness, heart rate, location and more, but these very sensors can also put you at risk.

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on the watches and captures data from these motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard.

These movements are then sent to a ‘hacker’ who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing banking passwords, login details and private emails.

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on smartwatches and captures data from motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard (pictured). These movements are sent to a 'hacker' who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing passwords and login details

Computer scientists have developed an app that sits on smartwatches and captures data from motion sensors as the wearer types on a keyboard (pictured). These movements are sent to a ‘hacker’ who determines which keys are being pressed and in what order, potentially revealing passwords and login details

The ‘attack system’ was created by Associate professor Romit Roy Choudhury and his team at the University of Illinois.

It has been called Motion Leaks through Smartwatch Sensors, or MoLe, and was demonstrated using a Samsung Gear Live watch.

The researchers began by typing while wearing the watch, with the app installed, and tracking keystrokes.  read more