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Ancient libraries going digital

The Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Oxford University’s Bodleian Library have announced a 4 year project to convert some of their oldest documents into a digital format. An estimated 1.5 million ancient pages will make the transition from their original forms to something that can be read on an iPad and the $3.17 million project is being made possible by the Polonsky Found...[Read More]

Get your smartphone an e-paper smartwatch

Kickstarter is responsible for a lot of cool things in recent months. It is helping get a new adventure game made by Tim Schafer and now it is also funding the Pebble e-paper smartwatch. Allerta, the company responsible for the inPulse smartwatch for Blackberry, is producing the Pebble, which is able to connect via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS handsets to provide a range of functions on your ...[Read More]

Japanese ATMs to replace cards with palm readers

Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank in Japan is planning on introducing ATMs that forgo the use of cards, replacing them with palm scanners. The bank will begin a trial run of the machines from September this year, at which time ten banks, a drive-through ATM and two mobile banks will receive the Fujitsu-developed palm scanning ATMs. Users will be able to check balances and deposit and withdraw cash following a s...[Read More]

IBM patents… a new type of floor?

IBM has recently been awarded a patent, originally applied for in February 2009, that covers an intelligent floor. The patent describes a “room-sized multi-touch input device” that can identify weight and shapes and gives two possible applications for such a device. The first is surveillance, with the smart floor detecting when an unauthorised person or persons has entered a home. The ...[Read More]

Instagram and Facebook: Filtered or unfiltered?

If you use Facebook but haven’t yet joined the 35 million-odd ranks of Instagram users then you may be in for a rough time. Instagram has passed into the arms of Facebook, meaning that there will likely soon be a host of new filters available for Facebook image posts. Whether Facebook opts to keep the Instagram-created names of these effects or not, they will likely remain unchanged on a pur...[Read More]

Chocolate printer available for pre-order

3D printers are an exciting technology, used for printing three-dimensional objects, generally make use of plastics in order to build their creations. This technology is about to enter the confectionery world with the aid of a chocolate printer that… prints chocolate. Choc Edge, which was founded by Dr. Lian Hao who built the initial version of the printer, has got Choc Edge chocolate printe...[Read More]

Project Glass sighted in the wild

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been seen sporting a pair of the company’s recently-announced augmented reality glasses. Brin was seen wearing the glasses last night at a charity event for Foundation Fighting Blindness. Technology pundit Robert Scoble tweeted images of the Google co-founder wearing the glasses, saying that Brin “…wouldn’t let me wear the Google Glasses bu...[Read More]

Japanese brewery unveiling frozen beer foam

Japan’s Kirin Brewing company will reportedly be unveiling a new “Frozen Agitation” beer foam technology in Tokyo. Normally beer isn’t associated too closely with technology, unless it is preceded by the word ‘ruined’, but Kirin’s “Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft” is designed to keep beer cold for up to 30 minutes. This is achieved through the use...[Read More]

Berkeley hosting 3D Printing for Science challenge

Tekla Labs, which was founded by UC Berkeley students, is running a “3D Printing for Science design challenge” aimed at improving the affordability of science education through the use of 3D printers. The challenge will run until 30 April this year. The challenge hopes to get people to submit original DIY plans for lab equipment, either conventional or innovative, that can cheaply be c...[Read More]

When will SA get the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’?

Nissan will be using the New York International Motor Show, which runs from 6 to 15 April, to demonstrate the NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow“. The 2014 model of the prototype vehicle that will be on show will become available in late 2013.The NV200 comes with a set of features designed around a connected life, including two USB ports and a 12-volt charging station for mobile devices in the pa...[Read More]

Google unveils Project Glass

Google has revealed a set of augmented reality glasses that the company is working on that will put pretty much any science fiction headset technology at user’s fingertips. The glasses are still in an experimental phase but will be able to take photos, offer directions, and start video chats via a voice interface when they are released to the public. “A group of us from Google[x] start...[Read More]

See the MorpHex hexapod robot in action

Zeta Robotic Creations’ Kåre Halvorsen has released a new video showing off an improved version of his MorpHex transforming hexapod robot. Despite the contraption’s unsettling resemblance to a Half-Life 2 headcrab, there are a range of possible applications for a spherical transforming robot. Exploration of cramped quarters is only one of these but, watching the video, there are defini...[Read More]

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