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Japan getting phone-controlled rice cooker

Panasonic is introducing a rice cooker in Japan that can be controlled via smartphone. The implementation of smartphone control in Panasonic’s SR-SX102 range of rice cookers, via FeliCa-enabled handsets (an RFID technology from Sony), is not quite what you’d expect. FeliCa-enabled phones can connect with the appliance when hovered over the marked area, allowing users to push buttons on...[Read More]

Japan getting phone-controlled rice cooker

Panasonic is introducing a rice cooker in Japan that can be controlled via smartphone. The implementation of smartphone control in Panasonic’s SR-SX102 range of rice cookers, via FeliCa-enabled handsets (an RFID technology from Sony), is not quite what you’d expect. FeliCa-enabled phones can connect with the appliance when hovered over the marked area, allowing users to push buttons on...[Read More]

Meet Doug, the luggage robot

One man has started work on luggage that follows its owner. Ben Heck has created Doug, a robotic assistant tracks its owner and follows along behind. Doug the luggage robot isn’t the most elegant robotic companion but the structural resemblance to R2-D2 could have Star Wars fans considering converting the little fellow’s appearance. The little robot uses ping sensors to track where its...[Read More]

Computer viruses may one day infect biological hosts – researcher

A computer virus that is able to cross from tech to biological entities is within the realm of possibility according to Guillaume Lovet. Lovet is  the senior manager at the Threat Research and Response Center at Fortinet, a company that specialises in network security. During a keynote speech on the similarities between computer and biological viruses at the Black Hat Europe conference Lovet said,...[Read More]

Computer viruses may one day infect biological hosts – researcher

A computer virus that is able to cross from tech to biological entities is within the realm of possibility according to Guillaume Lovet. Lovet is  the senior manager at the Threat Research and Response Center at Fortinet, a company that specialises in network security. During a keynote speech on the similarities between computer and biological viruses at the Black Hat Europe conference Lovet said,...[Read More]

Seagate reaches storage milestone

Seagate says that they have made a breakthrough in hard drive storage that, they claim, will see HDDs reaching capacities of 60TB within the next decade. Seagate announced that they have managed to achieve a storage density of a terabit, or a trillion bits, per square inch, making them the first company to do so. This was reportedly achieved with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). Convention...[Read More]

Seagate reaches storage milestone

Seagate says that they have made a breakthrough in hard drive storage that, they claim, will see HDDs reaching capacities of 60TB within the next decade. Seagate announced that they have managed to achieve a storage density of a terabit, or a trillion bits, per square inch, making them the first company to do so. This was reportedly achieved with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). Convention...[Read More]

Check out the virtual graffiti app

Sometimes you have the urge to scribble on a major landmark but actions like that are frowned upon by society and law enforcement officials in general. Wallit, an app for writing on things you wouldn’t normally write on, has you covered. The Wallit app, currently available for iOS devices that support version 4.0 and later, allows users to post messages on virtual walls located near landmark...[Read More]

Check out the virtual graffiti app

Sometimes you have the urge to scribble on a major landmark but actions like that are frowned upon by society and law enforcement officials in general. Wallit, an app for writing on things you wouldn’t normally write on, has you covered. The Wallit app, currently available for iOS devices that support version 4.0 and later, allows users to post messages on virtual walls located near landmark...[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]

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]

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