Winners of the world’s first ‘3D Printed Car Design Challenge’

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An entire car will be printed in September at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Local Motors, the company behind the project, recently held what was the world’s first 3D Printed Car Design Challenge to choose its final design. Over 200 groups entered the competition, but when the dust settled and the votes were tallied, two designs stood atop the heap. (Pics)



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Humming Bird Robot Spy “Ornithopter”

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Next generation war technology

Developed by the company AeroVironment Inc., the miniature spybot looks like a hummingbird complete with flapping wings… The ornithopter can fly into buildings under the control of an operator flying the spybot with the help of a feed from its tiny video camera. The prototype is capable of flying at speeds of up to 18 km/h (11 mph) and weighs 19 grams, which is about the same as an AA battery… The specifications given to the firm by the Pentagon included being able to hover in an 8 km/h wind gust and being able to fly in and out of buildings via a normal door…

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First Implantable Artificial Kidney Could Work as Well as a Living Organ

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The artificial kidney will be the size of a coffee cup. Blood will be pumped through microscopic filters using the body’s own blood pressure.

An artificial kidney that would be implanted inside the body and work as well as a living organ is just around the corner, scientists have revealed.  U.S researchers have just unveiled the first prototype model of the device, that could eliminate the need for dialysis.


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History of the Flying Car – Part One

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The Taylor Aerocar

The Aerocar was invented by Moulton “Molt” Taylor in 1956 and got patents both as a road vehicle and as an aircraft that same year. After the original prototype Moulton built three other flying cars, three of which still exist today. Aerocar is made-up of a small car and a trailer the wings and the fuselage. As you can imagine the car’s engine is pretty powerfull so maybe you can use it in races, with its looks, the opposition won’t know what hit them. (Pics)


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The Apple Engineer Who Lost the Top Secret 4G iPhone Prototype After Celebrating His 27th Birthday

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Apple employee Gray Powell, believed to have left a prototype of the new iPhone in a bar

It has happened to most of us at some point: you arrive home after a night out and can’t remember what on earth you did with your phone.  But  – unluckily for this man – a mobile left behind on a bar stool at a German beer garden in Redwood City, California, has set alarm bells ringing with an intrigue worthy of the Cold War.


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Skinput Turns Your Arm Into a Touchscreen Display


Skinput could solve the problem of ever shrinking gadget screens

Those who find the touchscreens on their ever shrinking gadgets too fiddly to handle, will be glad to hear scientists are developing a new touch surface… your own arm.  Developers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University are working together to create an armband that projects an interface directly on to your skin. (Video and Pics)


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Energy-Recycling Foot Makes It Easier For Amputees To Walk

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What’s better than an artificial nose? Why, an artificial foot, of course! University of Michigan researchers have developed a new prosthetic foot that could one day make it much easier for amputees to walk. Put simply, this new prototype drastically cuts the energy spent per step, as it harnesses the energy exerted when taking a step and enhances the power of ankle push-off. The device is able to capture dissipated energy, and an inbuilt microcontroller tells the foot to return the energy to the system at precisely the right time.

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