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PCs Going the Way of the Dinosaur

It has been predicted for years, but phones and tablets are finally starting to replace PCs and laptops rather than just supplement them.

An Ofcom study has found 16 per cent of adults now exclusively use smartphones or tablets to go online, a 10 per cent increase on last year.

The study also found half of adults (51 per cent) who use search engines do not realize the top items on many results pages are adverts or sponsored links.  read more

U.S. Tanks Get an Iron Dome

The US Army and Marine Corps are set to test tanks with a new version of the iron dome’ system developed by the Israeli government.

The Trophy Active Protection System (APS) uses sensors to detect an anti tank missile is coming.

It then fires small rounds to deflect them, and can also use jammers to mislead the enemy.

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The system is designed to create a protective field around tanks, shooting down incoming missiles before they detonate.

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The Paralyzed Will Walk Within 20 Years

People paralysed from the neck down will soon be able to move robotic arms by thought alone thanks to wi-fi, according to a world-leading expert.

The first patients will be implanted with the devices by 2018, Professor John Donoghue told The Mail on Sunday.

And in about 20 years patients will be living relatively normal lives as neuro-communication technology restores movement to all four limbs, he predicts. read more

New Flexible Camera Lens

The team from Columbia University fabricated a flexible lens array using silicone

The team from Columbia University fabricated a flexible lens array using silicone (Credit: Columbia Computer Vision Laboratory, 2016, Columbia Engineering).

Researchers have developed a sheet camera with a flexible lens array which could be wrapped around everyday objects, turning them into cameras. The project, which uses elastic optics, could also see the development of credit card-thin cameras which a photographer simply bends to change the field of view. read more

Electronic Sail For Deep Space Exploration

Artist's concept of the E-Sail in operation

Artist’s concept of the E-Sail in operation (Credit: NASA/MSFC).

It took Voyager 1 over 30 years to reach interstellar space, but NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is testing a new technology that could cut that time by two thirds. The Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS) or E-sail concept is a novel form of propellant-less propulsion that catches the solar winds on electric sails and holds the promise of cutting the travel time from Earth to the heliopause – about 123 AU (18 billion km, 11 billion mi) from the Sun – to under 10 years. read more

The Flyboard Hoverboard

Flyboard Air: Franky Zapata looks strangely calm for a man standing on nothing but a pile ...

Flyboard Air: Franky Zapata looks strangely calm for a man standing on nothing but a pile of jet thrust (Credit: Zapata Racing).

Franky Zapata’s water-jet Flyboards have very quickly become a popular vacation experience, but the French jet ski champion has bigger goals in mind. Over the weekend, he released the first video that claims to show his new Flyboard Air in action. The Air ditches the water jet for what appears to be a jet turbine engine, and allows him to fly untethered through the sky to a maximum height of 10,000 feet and a maximum endurance of 10 minutes. It’s early days yet, but we humbly propose a jet race againstDavid Mayman and his JB-9 Jetpack. read more

Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus, with Dual Leica Cameras

Huawei's new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London

Huawei’s new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London (Credit: David Nield/Gizmag).

Outside of China, Huawei isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company wants to change that — and the new P9 and P9 Plus, co-engineered with photography expert Leica, are leading the charge. The two flagship phones were shown off at a media event in London today and we were there to take a look. read more

Samsung Patents Contact Lenses With Built-in Camera

Samsung has been granted a patent for contact lenses that project images directly into the eye.

The patent, awarded in South Korea, includes a contact lens equipped with a display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement.

The contact lens will use the antenna to link up to a smartphone, which processes the image sent into the eyes.

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Samsung has been granted a patent for contact lenses that project images directly into the eye. The patent, awarded in South Korea, includes a contact lens equipped with a display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement
Samsung has been granted a patent for contact lenses that project images directly into the eye. The patent, awarded in South Korea, includes a contact lens equipped with a display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement
 Samsung has been granted a patent for contact lenses that project images directly into the eye. The patent, awarded in South Korea, includes a contact lens equipped with a display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement

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Is PodRide Really a Car?

Mikael Kjellman in his PodRide prototype

Mikael Kjellman in his PodRide prototype (Credit: JMK-Innovation).

If you’re a regular Gizmag reader, then you’re probably familiar with velomobiles – they’re recumbent tricycles covered with an aerodynamic shell, often featuring an electric motor to assist with the pedalling. Intended to fill a niche between bicycle and car, they’re still quite a rare sight in most of the world … perhaps because they’re just too weird to be big sellers. Swedish design engineer Mikael Kjellman has set out to change that, with his decidedly car-like PodRide. read more

3-D Printed Affordable Bionic Hand

Youbionic's muscle-activated prosthetic hand

Youbionic’s muscle-activated prosthetic hand (Credit: Youbionic).

When we first reported on the relatively cheap 3D-printed robotic hand made by Youbionic back in 2014, we indicated that the device was only a prototype and that the makers were looking for funding to bring it to market. Well, apparently they’ve gotten the funding, because Youbionic is now taking pre-orders for the device. read more