Hanging Tent – No More Bugs!

The TreePod Camper will hit the market in April
The TreePod Camper will hit the market in April

A trend we’ve noticed while touring various trade shows around the US and Europe over the past few years is the hanging hammock pod. Part hammock-chair and part fabric treehouse, these pods are available from a number of different brands, bringing a bit of suspended relaxation to the trees. TreePod is one such brand and, much like the Cacoon, its hanging shelters have served as fun, simple children’s treehouses. It’s now launching a version for adults, a suspended camping tent that suspends two campers above the ground for a different perspective and experience. read more

Use Summer Stored Heat in Winter

Though still in the prototype stage, EMPA is currently looking for commercial partners to assist in...Though still in the prototype stage, EMPA is currently looking for commercial partners to assist in creating a compact version of the system for household domestic use(Credit: EMPA)

Making the move away from using fossil fuels for heating is a necessary part of creating a sustainable future, but it’s often a difficult ask for many people when turning up a thermostat on a gas or electric heater provides instant, trouble-free warmth. read more

Is this a Real Robot?

Improvements in technology mean robots are becoming eerily life-like – to the extent that now, people cannot tell the two apart.

Karen X Cheng, a ‘viral video director’, went to the CES conference in Las Vegas earlier this month and pretended to be a robot.

She was so convincing, or perhaps robots are so lifelike, that people believed her.

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Karen Cheng, a ‘viral video director’, went to the CES conference in Las Vegas earlier this month and pretended to be a robot. She was so convincing, or perhaps robots are so lifelike, that people believed her

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Talk to Your Puppy

Dogs down the ages have had to listen to humans speaking to them in a silly, sing-song voice.

But nobody has yet fathomed why we talk like this to man’s best friend – although it has been noted we often talk to babies, foreigners and the elderly in a similar way.

Now researchers have found an exaggerated, high-pitched voice engages the attention of man’s best friend better than speaking in normal tones.

However – it only works with puppies.

Researchers have found exaggerated, high-pitched voices engage the attention of puppies better than speaking in normal tones

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Artificial Spider Silk is Now a Reality

A team of Swedish researchers have finally managed to produce artificial spider silk – and say it could soon be used in everything from bullet proof clothing to sutures as strong as steel.

Researchers have struggled to mass produce the fibers, but now a team of researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institutet have developed a method that allows them to produce kilometer long threads of the material.

Spider silk is a material that has many advantages: It’s well tolerated when implanted in tissues for sutures, it’s light-weight but stronger than steel, it’s biodegradable and it has even been used to make violin strings.

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The fiber (pictured) is made using apparatus that can spin kilometer-long fibers only by making a special chemical solution more acidic

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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

Climate Change Claims Another Victim

from IBD:

Global Warming Alarmists Claim A Scalp, Drive Skeptical Scientist From University

Former Georgia Tech Professor Judith Curry, who resigned due to the "craziness" of global warming advocates in academia. (Wikimedia Commons)Former Georgia Tech Professor Judith Curry, who resigned due to the “craziness” of global warming advocates in academia. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Officially, Judith Curry is retiring from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. But it’s not because she feels she has nothing left to contribute. She’s leaving the school she once chaired because of the madness that’s infected climate science. 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