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Laser ‘unprinter’ developed

Engineers from the University of Cambridge have created a technique to remove toner from paper which involves using a laser to heat up and vaporise printed areas of paper. The engineers have said that the process works with most paper types and toner inks and claim that ‘unprinting’ is more eco-friendly than conventional recycling processes. The process works by firing green laser puls...[Read More]

Laser ‘unprinter’ developed

Engineers from the University of Cambridge have created a technique to remove toner from paper which involves using a laser to heat up and vaporise printed areas of paper. The engineers have said that the process works with most paper types and toner inks and claim that ‘unprinting’ is more eco-friendly than conventional recycling processes. The process works by firing green laser puls...[Read More]

ARM unveils “world’s most energy-efficient” chip

ARM has announced the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, a chip that the company describes as “the world’s most energy-efficient microprocessor.” The processor could have applications in a range of household appliances, medical equipment, lighting and motor control devices according to ARM. “The Cortex-M0+ processor features enable the creation of smart, low-power, microcontrollers ...[Read More]

Why not take a train to space?

Launching anything into orbit has always been a costly exercise but the Startram Project is proposing building a train capable of transporting “300,000 tons of payload into orbit for less than $40/kg”, a considerable saving from the current cost of around $10,000 per kilogram. The concept involves constructing a maglev (magnetic levitation) train able to reach orbital velocities and la...[Read More]

Why not take a train to space?

Launching anything into orbit has always been a costly exercise but the Startram Project is proposing building a train capable of transporting “300,000 tons of payload into orbit for less than $40/kg”, a considerable saving from the current cost of around $10,000 per kilogram. The concept involves constructing a maglev (magnetic levitation) train able to reach orbital velocities and la...[Read More]

Microsoft demonstrates new translator

Microsoft demonstrated new translation software at their TechFest 2012 event, which took place last week, revealing some unique features of their Monolingual TTS translator. The first unique feature is that, while users talk into the translator as normal, the Monolingual TTS system outputs the translates speech by generating facsimile of the user’s voice rather than a using a computer-genera...[Read More]

Marvel Comics jumps on the augmented reality bandwagon

Marvel Comics have taken another step towards an increased digital presence with their products by demonstrating a new augmented reality feature for their printed offerings. The company unveiled an initiative called Marvel ReEvolution at South by South West (SXSW) over the weekend, part of which is Marvel AR. Marvel Augmented Reality makes use of a printed comic book and an AR app that functions o...[Read More]

Marvel Comics jumps on the augmented reality bandwagon

Marvel Comics have taken another step towards an increased digital presence with their products by demonstrating a new augmented reality feature for their printed offerings. The company unveiled an initiative called Marvel ReEvolution at South by South West (SXSW) over the weekend, part of which is Marvel AR. Marvel Augmented Reality makes use of a printed comic book and an AR app that functions o...[Read More]

Microsoft wants you to multitouch everything

Microsoft researchers have come up with a Wearable Multitouch Projector which is designed to allow multitouch applications on any surface. The gadget at present consists of a shoulder-mounted depth-sensing camera (which looks to be a modified Kinect unit) and a pico-projector that can turn just about any surface into a touchscreen. According to Microsoft, “Foremost, on such surfaces–wi...[Read More]

Microsoft wants you to multitouch everything

Microsoft researchers have come up with a Wearable Multitouch Projector which is designed to allow multitouch applications on any surface. The gadget at present consists of a shoulder-mounted depth-sensing camera (which looks to be a modified Kinect unit) and a pico-projector that can turn just about any surface into a touchscreen. According to Microsoft, “Foremost, on such surfaces–wi...[Read More]

IBM creates ‘Holey Optochip’

IBM have have created an optical chip capable of shifting a terabit of data per second. The prototype, called the ‘Holey Optochip’, consists of a standard CMOS chip that has 48 tiny holes drilled into it. Optical chips transfer data using light rather than electrons and the perforations in IBM’s ‘Holey Optochip’ permit light to travel faster than before. Another benef...[Read More]

IBM creates ‘Holey Optochip’

IBM have have created an optical chip capable of shifting a terabit of data per second. The prototype, called the ‘Holey Optochip’, consists of a standard CMOS chip that has 48 tiny holes drilled into it. Optical chips transfer data using light rather than electrons and the perforations in IBM’s ‘Holey Optochip’ permit light to travel faster than before. Another benef...[Read More]

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