Author Archives: Radhika Seth


Audi TT offroad concept car sports two electric motors

Audi TT offroad concept car sports two electric motors

Audi presented a four-door concept car at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, showcasing the brilliance of combining the efficacy of a compact SUV with the sportiness of a coupe. While Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, would like us to believe that this concept is a glimpse of how future TT models would be, we would still like to focus on details such as the plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors and consumption of 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

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Rufus Cuff has all the right wrist wearable tech specs, but it’s bulky

Rufus Cuff has all the right wrist wearable tech specs, but it’s bulky

A crowdfunding project Rufus Cuff has some utopian features that people may find intriguing, however the reality of it could be different from the perception. The main focus is on the 3-inch screen and how crammed everything could look on it. The reality is that the wearable market is getting crowded with products that are late to the party. Look at the Nike FuelBand as an example, a major chunk of Nike Digital Sport hardware team has been laid off because the company realised it needed to refocus on other avenues.

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KAIST Wireless Power: Charge 40 phones at one go

KAIST Wireless Power: Charge 40 phones at one go

Researches at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are on to something big; so big that it will change your perception about wireless charging forever. With the technology that they are on to, KAIST researches hope to make power cords redundant in the future and get you to power up to 40 smartphones at one go. The good news is that the technology can be extended to powering a large TV or even a fan.

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King settles trademark legal spat with CandySwipe and Banner Saga

King settles trademark legal spat with CandySwipe and Banner Saga

Candy Crush Saga is one of the most popular mobile games ever; On the last count, the game had been played more than 150 billion times and had 500 million users downloading it. Needless to say, the "Candy" trademark granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office caused a lot of flurry in the marketplace, making King to rethink of their strategy. For now, King have resolved their differences with two developers of The Banner Saga and CandySwipe.

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AT&T boosts GoPhone smartphone plans with more data allowance

AT&T boosts GoPhone smartphone plans with more data allowance

AT&T GoPhone customers are going to get the advantage of more data at no additional cost, thanks to the changes of the smartphone plans, which will come into effect from April 25, 2014. Features like access to 4G LTE network with no annual contract and Wi-Fi hotspot sweeten the deal. Truth be told, the value of a smartphone is only complete when it supported with the right data plan.

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Oculus Rift creates outdoor VR experience for a dying woman

Oculus Rift creates outdoor VR experience for a dying woman

"It is reality!" this very jubilant expression is what cancer patient Roberta Firstenberg had to say about her first Oculus Rift experience. Grandmother of game artist Priscilla Firstenberg, Roberta was confined indoors due to her health condition. She was able to enjoy the surreal experience of climbing stairs – something she found painful – and reach out to butterflies and simply 'fly' thanks to the VR Company.

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Raindrops and toilets can potentially power your home

Raindrops and toilets can potentially power your home

Scientist from South Korea have a found a way to harness power from a flushing toilet to generate electricity. Technically the application can be extended from toilet flushes to rainwater, ocean waves, river currents, even to a drop of water. However, it sounds way cooler when we say that the mechanical energy from flowing water in your toilet bowl can potentially power your home.

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Wearable tech: here’s how vanity replaces the smartphone

Wearable tech: here’s how vanity replaces the smartphone

According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?

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3D Printing gets personal as M3D gets hobby-friendly

3D Printing gets personal as M3D gets hobby-friendly

Either the world is full of designers (and engineers) or ordinary folks are ready to get creative by the handful. There can be no other explanation as to why the funding of The Micro 3D Printer, “the first truly consumer 3D printer” has gone through the roof. On the last count we saw $2,579,672 pledged by 9079 backers, for a project that was seeking $50,000 on KickStarter.

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Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

One of the biggest problems with conventional child car seat is its weight. You can expect them to weigh close to the 25-pound range and besides being bulky; they are highly inefficient as travel luggage. Parents of toddlers can heave a sigh of relief as an inflatable and lighter version is being worked upon by Volvo. Called the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, this rear-facing child car seat is a little over 10 pounds and fits into your travel bag with ease.

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Tissue engineering: Scientist grow body parts to implant in patients

Tissue engineering: Scientist grow body parts to implant in patients

It is pretty obvious that the chances of a body accepting a tissue or part from its own are greater, than a donation. There have been two cases reported where scientists grew reproductive organs and nasal cartilage in labs, and were able to successfully implant them in patients. So far no complications have been reported, which is always a cause of concern in such cases, indicating a very positive step in tissue engineering.

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Astral Beauty: Gravitational microlensing spots first Exomoon

Astral Beauty: Gravitational microlensing spots first Exomoon

Astronomers have caught a glimpse of an exomoon for the first time, with a rare space line-up allowing complex telescope tech to catch a never-to-be-repeated sighting. Astral bodies like planets and moons lying outside our Solar System are referred to as exoplanets and exomoons. Scientists use a technique called gravitational microlensing to view these bodies, with the trick to observing them accurately being picking a time when all the stars are aligned in space.

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