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3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

3D UI wearable promises Kinect-style discrete Glass alternative

A new wearable computer with a control system that uses Kinect-style hand tracking could avoid "OK, Glass" style embarrassment, a team from ITRI in Taiwan suggests, aiming to have the headset on the market within the next two years. The 3D floating interface, handiwork of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, puts a depth-sensor array on top of a pair of digital glasses, and can track fingers and other objects as they navigate through a virtual interface.

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Lamborghini Parcour off-road concept demoed (and crashed)

Lamborghini Parcour off-road concept demoed (and crashed)

The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was jam-packed with all sorts of racing events, including the infamous hill climb that saw two cars crash. However, those weren't the only accidents to happen over the week. Lamborghini's latest concept, called the Parcour, was demoed on the track and actually ended up crashing, damaging the rear end of the car.

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Mac Pro 2013 glass case concept is impractical but lustworthy

Mac Pro 2013 glass case concept is impractical but lustworthy

Apple's new Mac Pro may be a lesson in rethinking workstation component layouts, but wouldn't it be better if you could actually see all that clever construction through a custom glass sleeve? Designer and 3D artist Martin Hajek thought so, and so cooked up some renders of the Mac Pro 2013 with its metal casing replaced, not only with glass - and reminiscent of the G4 Cube Steve Wozniak is so enamored with - but with perforated aluminum and even some sleek metallic finishes.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Many researchers over the years have worked towards increasing data speeds, something that has had breakthroughs in various ways over the years. The latest one involves a method the creators say is a simple concept, but one that - for whatever reason - was never done. By creating mirrored beams of light that cancel out noise, the researchers sent a 400GB/s signal down nearly 8,000 miles of fiber optic cables.

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BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé hints at 8-Series grand tourer plans

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé hints at 8-Series grand tourer plans

Add German and Italian heritage together and, if you're unlucky, you'll end up with a bratwurst dipped in espresso; if you're lucky, however, you might find the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé on your drive. A one-off design exercise for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d'Este 2013 - that could nonetheless easily spawn a production GT - the long, low, lean two-door pairs Germanic road-crunching technology with Italian design flair, for something that could probably get most drivers whimpering "bellissimo, mein herr!"

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Aston Martin CC100 marks centenary with crazy one-off racer

Aston Martin CC100 marks centenary with crazy one-off racer

A new Aston Martin is something worth shouting about, but it'll take a number of loud (and rich) voices if the one-off CC100 Speedster Concept is to spawn a production version. The pared-back racer, crafted by the British sportscar company to celebrate its centenary, borrows the long, low, lean style of Aston Martin's 1950s DBR1 racers, but brings the technology up to date with a 6.0-liter V12 engine good for a 0-62mph dash in "a little over four seconds."

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Sony shows off 13.3-inch flexible e-ink writing tablet

Sony shows off 13.3-inch flexible e-ink writing tablet

Way back in September of 2010, Sony unveiled a flexible E-paper screen that it had been working on. At the time, Sony said that it had no plans to commercialize the large flexible e-ink display, but it appears things have changed. Knowing that Sony has been working on these flexible screens since at least 2010 means it's no surprise that Sony is now showing off a massive writing slate that will be trialed in Japan.

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