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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

gizmag emerging tech

Thync review: Where we just say yes to a drug-like, brain-zapping wearable
Most "new" products we see are really just minor evolutions of gadgets that have been around for years. But here's one that's completely unlike anything we've used before. Meet Thync, a wearable that zaps your brain to change your mood – like a drug that replaces chemicals with technology.  read more
Human error and inadequate training blamed for SpaceShipTwo crash
The NTSB released the conclusions of its accident investigation of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo saying that the accident was due to an error by the co-pilot, who prematurely released the spacecraft's feather system, placing too much stress on the fuselage and causing it to break up.  read more
Review: Ultimate Ears Roll waterproof speaker creates a splash
The Ultimate Ears Roll proves that it’s possible for a pint-sized portable speaker to feature an original design with a well-rounded sound signature. We dive in to see how it hangs, dunks, floats, and sounds.  read more
Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business 
Jutting out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain at 2,275 m (7,463 ft) above sea level in Italy's South Tyrol region, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is classic Zaha Hadid.   read more
Amazon makes its case for dedicated drone highways in the sky
By setting aside a low-altitude chunk of sky and splitting it into high-speed and low-speed droneways, Amazon believes that the needs of the fast-growing drone industry can be accommodated without bringing all manner of things crashing to the ground.   read more
Morphing tire concept adapts to suit driving conditions
Kumho has taken out a Platinum award in the Futuristic class on the Italian A’ Design Awards for its all-weather tire concept that would switch between a number of different surface configurations to deal with everything from dry to snow-covered roads.   read more
Review: Hi-Res-capable, DualCoil-packing T20 in-ear headphones
Back in May, British headphone maker RHA announced a new pair of in-ear headphones that debuted something called DualCoil dynamic driver technology. The T20s promised a true-to-life reproduction and support for high resolution audio. We got to plug in for some hi-res, and lo-res, listening.  read more
Rail power could light up rural crossings
A team of engineering students and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have devised several systems that harness power from railway tracks. They could be used to illuminate warning lights at rural railway crossings.   read more
Nanoscale device emits light as bright as an object 10,000 times its size
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers claim to have constructed a nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size. It could find use in applications such as high-efficiency solar cells.  read more
Review: Garmin vivoactive fitness tracker GPS watch
The Garmin vivoactive is a GPS-totting activity tracker which also doubles as a basic smart watch. Gizmag recently spent a few weeks putting it through its paces, as it put us through ours.  read more
Imperial Spherificator lets you create custom "caviar"
While many people may like the "pop-in-your-mouth" texture of caviar, not everyone likes the taste ... or the price. That's why Montreal entrepreneur Naor Cohen created the grandly-named Imperial Spherificator. It takes a liquid of your choice, and converts it into fish egg-like pearls.   read more
HNF Heisenberg develops premium electric mountain bike with BMW i tech
Thanks to the highly popular TV show Breaking Bad, new German e-bike company HNF Heisenberg immediately grabs your attention with its science-gone-meth-mad name. It is sure to hold that attention with the XF1, an innovative, high-performance electric mountain bike.   read more
Firefly enzyme inspires Swiss team to create portable disease test kit 
Swiss researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPLF) have manipulated luciferase, the enzyme that makes fireflies glow, to signal the finding of a target molecule. The new method can make disease diagnosis earlier, cheaper and more accessible.  read more
Motorola launches two new Moto X flagships, 3rd-generation Moto G
Motorola usually launches new versions of the mid-range Moto G and top-end Moto X in September, but this year we've been treated to the new handsets a month or so early – and there's a third model to weigh up too. The company announced the 2015 editions in a live-streamed global press event.  read more
GE sees robots as the apprentices of the future
We spoke with John Lizzi, Manager of the Distributed Intelligent Systems Laboratory at GE Global Research, who talked about GE's approach to what it calls "service robotics."   read more
Haz umbrella forecasts the weather for you
Umbrellas never seem to be around when you need them and even if you do have one in hand when the rain starts to fall, they can often be a struggle to put up. The motorized, push button-operated, weather-sensing Haz Umbrella is designed to tackle these issues.  read more
BATH °C Thermo Colour Map reacts to the weather
Here's a neat idea from a young designer based in Bath, England. The BATH °C Thermo Colour Map offers a new take on the tourist map by highlighting certain areas of the city that are most suitable to visit, depending on the weather.  read more
Skateboard deck made from cardboard 
US company Ernest Packaging Solutions recently created a cardboard skateboard deck. The deck was put through its paces by pro-skating legend Tony Hawk.  read more
Get the Most Out of Your Internet Connection with This Powerful Wi-Fi Optimizer
NetSpot lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook so you can stay connected at all times. Never miss a beat, post, or important email even when your Internet is acting up thanks to the power of NetSpot!  read more