Underwater Drone Spots Fish

The PowerRay can dive 30 meters (98 ft) below the surface
The PowerRay can dive 30 meters (98 ft) below the surface(Credit: PowerVision Robot)

Beijing-based drone builder PowerVision Robot is no stranger to peculiar design, having previously bought us the PowerEgg, a high-flying machine shaped exactly as its name suggests. For this year’s CES, the company has taken the wraps off perhaps an even odder creation, a submersible drone that uses sonar to detect fish, blue light to lure them in and a 4K camera to stream all the action back to the boat. read more

Skin Can Power Medical Implants

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering...

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering medical implants(Credit: Lukas Bereuter)

It can be a hassle when your phone’s battery runs out of juice and you have to hunt down a power outlet to recharge, but a flat battery is an even bigger hassle in implanted electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. It often means invasive surgery to replace the battery or the entire unit, but now a new study has found that the use of solar cells implanted under the skin to power medical implants is a feasible approach. read more

Charge Every Device with No Wires

Imagine if you could walk into your living room and all your electronics started charging, without a single wire or plug needed.

According to a team of engineers at Duke University and the University of Washington, this idea isn’t too far from reality, and the technology already exists to build it.

They say a single charger mounted high on a wall could ‘beam’ power to several devices at once – from cellphones to smartwatches.

A schematic of how the in-home wireless charging system would work. A device similar to a flat-screen TV could continuously charge multiple devices throughout a room. 

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New Smartphone Tech

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was one of the hits of 2016, but what does 2017...
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was one of the hits of 2016, but what does 2017 have in store?

While we don’t have a magic crystal ball, a combination of what we’ve seen in 2016, plus one or two murmurs from the supply chains, gives enough clues to be able to make some fairly educated guesses about what’s ahead. read more

LG Wallpaper TV

LG has unveiled an array of devices to make smart homes even smarter – including a radical ultrathin TV than can be hung on the wall with magnets.

The ultrathin LG Signature OLED W television is just 2.57mm thin in the 65-inch model, and mounts seamlessly to the wall to create the experience of ‘looking through a window into another world.’

The company is set to market the device, which as yet has no price or release date, as a ‘wallpaper’ TV. read more

Smart-Tint Glass


Kinestral's Halio glass can tint on command or in response to programmed triggers
Kinestral’s Halio glass can tint on command or in response to programmed triggers(Credit:Kinestral)

With glass an increasingly popular material for architecture, companies are experimenting with ways to balance its ability to let light in with the need for a little privacy. Glass that tints itself on demand has cropped up in sunglasses and cars, and is beginning to creep into buildings with electrochromic windows. Now, Kinestral has unveiled a new system of smart-tinting glass called Halio, which can be adjusted manually or set up to switch automatically. read more

New Samsung Robotic Vacuum

The Samsumg Powerbot VR7000 is compatible with the Amazon Echo
The Samsumg Powerbot VR7000 is compatible with the Amazon Echo(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung Electronics will be debuting its latest Powerbot vacuum cleaner, the VR7000, at CES next week. The VR7000 is not only 28 percent slimmer than previous Samsung robotic vacuums, but can be operated by voice commands using Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. read more

Is Star Trek Coming to Life?

Star Trek has long offered a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed humankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past.

When it first aired in September 1966, the sci-fi classic depicted a universe where people of all races, colours and creeds took to the stars to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly go where no man – or woman – had gone before.

But how close are we to realising the once ultra-futuristic technology featured in the Star Trek universe?

Star Trek has long been a byword for science fiction, offering a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed mankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past. Experts believe many of its technologies may soon become a reality

Star Trek has long been a byword for science fiction, offering a utopian vision of a future where technology has allowed mankind to move beyond the conflicts of its past. Experts believe many of its technologies may soon become a reality

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Take Better Photos

Christmas is a time to remember – the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.

With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we’re all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.

Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.

According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image) 

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ACCORDING TO A PRO

Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.

These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.

1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone’s camera do.

2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.

3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera’s core features.

4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren’t designed for.

5. Don’t just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.

6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them all at once.

7. When sharing your photos, don’t overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.

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Guess What You’re NOT Getting for Christmas

If you're still struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift, keep looking unless you've got deep...
If you’re still struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift, keep looking unless you’ve got deep pockets

The gift-giving season is upon us and in the interests of ensuring that mining moguls, media magnates and real estate tycoons are not bereft of stocking stuffing ideas, or just for our own head-scratching amusement, it’s time for our annual look at the most ludicrously luxurious wares that have crossed our desk this year. Here’s what you’re not getting for Christmas in 2016. read more