Audi unveiled its new contender for Le Mans 24 hour race

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Audi unveiled the R18 LMP1 destined for the Le Mans 24 hour race. Audi is no stranger to Le Mans, having won the race nine times previously. instead of going open top like its predecessor, the R18 is a closed top coupe in carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Continue reading “Audi unveiled its new contender for Le Mans 24 hour race”

you can’t buy this awesome looking TRON-inspired Skatecycle

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another fan-made TRON-inspired item. this time round, its the Skatecycle – not the Lightcycle – but you can consider it as miniature Lightcycle look-alike, except that you don’t ride on it but rather, you step on them. being a fan of the movie TRON, Alon Karpman, creator of the Freerider Skatecycle, created this one-off TRON Skatecycle based on his original creation. Continue reading “you can’t buy this awesome looking TRON-inspired Skatecycle”

stylish humidifier packed with modern engineering

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(image credit: Swizz Style) William Ultrasonic Humidifier | US$229.99 |

if you think have just ran out of stylish items to buy for your home, perhaps, you have forgotten about your box humidifier. this William Ultrasonic Humidifier is one stylish-looking humidifiers. though the ‘Ultrasonic’ makes it sounds more like some weapons of mass destruction, it isn’t one. it is just a humidifier.

it has a coverage of up to 1,000 square feet, and touted to be “extremely quite and powerful” – in humidifying not destruction, of course. other features include preheating, automatic shut-off, night mode (with dimmed lights), integrated Hygrostat and turnable mist diffuser with fine mist selection. the price to pay for being stylish? $229.99.


Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

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it takes a while to get use to the sight of the Eurocopter X3 airplane/helicopter hybrid. anyway, that’s besides the point. in a recent test flight program, this rather odd looking bird achieved a true airspeed of 180 knots (or 333 km/h) in a level flight at a reduced engine power level. Continue reading “Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots”

SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs

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traditionally, underwater remote operated vehicles (also known as ROVs) are linked the surface ship or platform via a thick communication and power line, which makes the ROVs cumbersome and hard to maneuver. the weight of the tethering cable tends to limit the maneuverability and range of the ROVs. however, this scenario is set to change with the recently announced SpiderOptics technology developed by Hawkes Remotes. Continue reading “SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs”

QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver is an alternative to Apple Airplay

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(image credit: QED uPlay) QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver | £64.95 |

iOS devices has the Airplay capability with the iOS 4.2 software update. those non-iOS devices won’t be left out in the cold, thanks to the QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver. the uPlay connects to your home stereo systems, allowing Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to stream music to it wireless… well via Bluetooth, of course.

the uPlay incorporates the new ‘apt-X’ technology which is touted to improve the Bluetooth sound quality. the uPlay is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, computers and netbooks. and if for some reason that your iOS devices cannot take advantage of Airplay, the uPlay also supports Apple iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod Touch (2nd & 3rd Gen) and the iPad.

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O Car integrates your iPhone with your car stereo

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(image credit: Oxygen Audio) Oxygen Audio O Car | US$tbc |

these days, most car stereo supports iPhone and iPod connectivity via a dedicated cable from the rear of the head unit and stash in the glove compartment. why should we keep the beautiful retina display out of sight? apparently, these guys over at Oxygen Audio didn’t think the iPhone should be hidden away and took a step further by integrating the iPhone as part of the car stereo head unit. with the iPhone integrated, users are able to control all the standard car stereo functions with the iPhone touchscreen. having said that, we are certain there will be an app for this purpose.

the clever design also allows the iPhone to be used in both landscape and portrait orientations. while cradled in the head unit, users are also able to access to all the iPhone’s apps, listens to the iTunes music stored in the phone and of course, make hands-free call or simply sync with a Bluetooth headset to make a call. other advantages of this integration includes the use of the iPhone navigation apps to aid navigation while driving, access to Internet Radios and the iPhone will be charged at the same time. this 4x55W head unit comes with built-in FM/AM radio tuner too, enabling you to tune-in to your favorite radio stations if you get bored with your iTunes music collections.

if you are interested in laying your hands on one, you got to wait a while more as there are no words on its pricing and availability. however, the unit is set to be showcased in the upcoming CES 2011 which, by then, should have some hint on its price.

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Screwpop Tool proves multi-purpose tool doesn’t have to big

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(image credit: Screwpop Tool, LLC) Screwpop Tool | from US$4.95 |

how many times were you in an impromptu situation where you wished you had a handy tool to tighten some screws? or perhaps, pop a booze or two open for your buds? technology advancement has been going leaps and bounds, but sometimes we may have forgotten to address the smaller but yet important issues in life. and these smaller issues need not be addressed with high-tech gadgetry. Continue reading “Screwpop Tool proves multi-purpose tool doesn’t have to big”

Athlete robot showcased in IEEE Humanoids 2010 conference

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in the recent IEEE Humanoids 2010 conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee, Ryumu Niiyama showcased a running robot, dubbed the Athlete. this Athlete-bot with springy blade-like legs, emulates the human muscles in the leg, hip and lower abdomen regions with an artificial musculoskeletal system.

judging from the video, i guess the development is still in its infancy. the bot was rigged with a harness hung from the ceiling and manages a few steps before falling to the ground. nevertheless it was a promising development and the knowledge gained from such developments may be (in future) translated to practical uses for devices which will eventually aid disable people in achieving freedom of movement again.


manual pocket-size shredder lets you shred on-the-go

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) Hand Paper Shredder | US$23.99 |

these days, identity thefts are way too common. while many identity thefts are mainly due to digital leaks, we shouldn’t take chances with our hardcopy documents too. documents such as checks (void one, of course) shouldn’t be thrown into the trash as-is, they should be shredded to avoid being tampered with. that said, not all can afford one of those pricey powered shredder but don’t need to feel dejected, just grab of one these Hand Paper Shredder and you can be shred-happy anytime, anywhere. Continue reading “manual pocket-size shredder lets you shred on-the-go”