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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

iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S6

How does the new iPhone 6s (left) compare with the Samsung Galaxy S6?How does the new iPhone 6s (left) compare with the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Wondering how Apple’s new iPhone 6s compares to its biggest rival on the Android side of the fence, the Samsung Galaxy S6? Let’s take a look at how their features and specs match up.

Size

The Galaxy S6 and its curved sibling, the Galaxy S6 edge, are both a little bigger than the new iPhone: the GS6 is 4 percent taller and 6 percent wider, while the GS6 edge is 3 percent taller and 4 percent wider.

The iPhone 6s is a bit thicker than last year’s iPhone 6. That has the 6s measuring 4 percent thicker than the Galaxy S6 and just a hair thicker than the S6 Edge. Just remember that, relatively speaking, all three are very thin phones. read more

Snap Shot Instant Print Camera

The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is expected to be available in black, white, red, and blueThe Polaroid Snap instant digital camera is expected to be available in black, white, red, and blue (Credit: Polaroid)

Back in the old days, the instant-sharing of photos typically followed the click of a button, whirring of gears, and quiet swish as excited hands waved Polaroid film about while images resolved. The advance of the digital age has certainly redefined how we preserve and share memories with friends and family; many cameras and smartphones make it easy to upload images online for all to see. read more

The Car Battery You Can’t Kill

The Ohm is designed as a smarter form of car batteryThe Ohm is designed as a smarter form of car battery

It’s a terrible feeling. You’re already late for wherever you’re going, so you rush into the car and slam the door shut. You put the key in, give it the usual twist and … nothing, not a peep. Dead battery. Many a driver has experienced this issue at one point or another, and most would prefer not to repeat it. The Ohm smart battery was designed to help make sure you never do.

The car battery is one of those items that most people really don’t want to think too much about. They want to replace it as infrequently as possible and then have it just work, every time, without fuss.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the car battery is largely the big, heavy, electrochemical block that it was generations ago. It does its job pretty well, and you don’t really have to think about it much. read more