Apple is Cutting the Cord

Apple has filed a patent application for what appears to be a system that could one day charge your phone from across the room.

The new patent describes a system that could supply power to multiple devices, using both wired and wireless connections.

Long-range wireless charging has faced a number of challenges, including issues with distance and power availability, and safety requirements – but, the patent reveals Apple may have come up with a few workarounds.  read more

Laser Shoes Keep Parkinson’s Victims Moving

Not everyone can walk smoothly like this – people with Parkinson's disease sometimes experience "gait freeze"
Not everyone can walk smoothly like this – people with Parkinson’s disease sometimes experience “gait freeze”(Credit: olechowski/Depositphotos)

One of the more debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is something known as “gait freeze,” wherein the person temporarily loses the ability to step forward while walking. Dutch scientists from the University of Twente and Radboud University Medical Center, however, have come up with something that significantly reduces the problem – they’ve developed shoes with lasers in them. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Army M-17 Sidearm

The U.S. Army’s new Modular Handgun System has started going out to units in the field, with the first pistols reaching the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in late November. The Army plans to widely distribute the new M17 and M18 pistols to re-equip the force as it retires the 1980s-era M9 pistol. A new video shows the gun’s introduction at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st. read more

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