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Articles tagged with: high tech

Intel On The Forefront Of Green Technology

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Google is the only one leading the pack on green technology. Intel is ramping up efforts to decrease its carbon footprint as well. Intel plans to focus on the monitoring the following areas and how its facilities affect them.

The areas of focus include energy, weather, climate, water, air quality, extreme events, agriculture, and transportation. Although it is unclear exactly what Intel plans to do in the aforementioned areas, the company will definitely focus on sustainability for its buildings.

High Tech Forceshoe Collects Data As You Walk

It looks like Nike may have found its successor to the Shox shoe, with the University of Twente’s Forceshoe. The “smartshoe” has a range of sensors that are attached to a computer clipped to the back of the wearer. The system measures all kinds of details on how a person is walking.

The technology is currently used to help recent stroke victims, many of whom are paralyzed on one side of their body or another. The forceshoe gives feedback on the walking rhythm, giving constant digital feedback, allowing the walker to adjust his or her feet to compensate.

How To Make Human-Sized Invisibility Cloaks

Thanks to a new printing method, we are now able to produce large sheets of metamaterials, a new class of materials that is designed to interact with light much differently than natural materials can. Metamaterials are made up of intricately patterned layers, often made of…you guessed it, metals.

The patterns must be on the same scale as the wavelength of the light they’re designed to interact with and must be of nano-size. Although researchers have been able to make invisibility sheets in the past, they were so small that it wasn’t a practical cloak, until now.

Charge Your Cellphone With An Artistic Lamp

A designer by the name of Samuel Li, from Albany, New York has invented a cool stacked Leaf lantern system in an effort to bring green technology into the home for practical uses. The lamp is half flashlight and half torch, a cell phone charger, and is 100% solar powered.

The lamp concept unfolds in segments around the center axis which exposes the internal solar panels to the sun, and works best when placed by a windows that receives a lot of light.

New Airport Security Checkpoint Of The Future

The International Air Transport Association came forth with a mock up of a future security checkpoint system. Rather than removing your belts and shoes, and have TSA officials give you the royal treatment, passengers will simply walk through the machine and will receive a full body scan as they walk through the hall-like sensor.

Passengers will be sorted according to risk, and those who fly frequently will be automatically deemed less risky. No clue on whether racial profiling will play into who gets chosen for the high-risk passengers (those who pose a threat), but supposedly the system takes in a wide variety of factors when deciding.

New Bluetooth Ear Set Doubles As Stealthcam

Looxcie has just updated its Bluetooth ear set that doubles as a camcorder and a storage device. The unit weighs in at just 22 grams and stores video as MP4 files. Of course, with a stealth cam, you could capture a lot of video without raising any unwarranted attention. Hopefully people do not use it for the wrong reasons, but I guess that risk runs with any new technology now a days.

Before you laugh at the idea of this tiny unit being a video camera, note that the two models available offer either 5 or 10 hours of video storage, respectively.

Meet Your Worst Nightmare: The BodyGuard

Meet the BodyGuard. A batman-like electrical glove that features a laser pointer, video camera, and can shock people with 500,000 volts. Please note, this gadget is not intended to be taken to your next business meeting. I’m not quite sure why one would need this, perhaps if you plan on walking through downtown Los Angeles on a dark night?

If it’s supposed to mock a pepper spray gun, it works as intended. I assume that the laser pointer acts as a warning for the possible attacker to back off, and the tazer finishes the job. The ‘gauntlet’ or glove (whatever you like to call it) has a hard outer shell, that may just be the perfect tool to block a strike.

200MP H4D-200MS Camera: $45,000

A company called Hasselblad has just created a 200MP camera called the H4D-200MS. The camera is based on a 50MP sensor and composites six shots to create the effective resolution. Each photo takes about 30 seconds to take and uses a piezoelectric motor to create the image. Since 30 seconds is quite a long time to hold a smile and the lungs can only exhale so much, this camera is most ideal for product photography.

The camera shoots at modest sensitivities between ISO 50 and 800, and keeps the True Focus feature. The True Focus feature uses motion sensors to auto-adjust the focus after the camera is rotated for an off-center shot. Now here’s the kicker:

Finally, A Hybrid Car That Goes 200MPH

Jaguar is planning to launch its C-X75 concept vehicle as a hybrid supercar. The C-X75 takes the cake for speed, known to achieve speeds greater than 200MPH and is expected to deliver ultra-low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km. Finally a concept vehicle with plans through production, something that rarely happens with anything in concept form. I’ve always considered concept technology and vehicles (which I also consider tech) to be creative designs meant to innovate and inspire future creators.

Large CMOS Chip Designed To Save Lives

United Kingdom’s University of Lincoln has created a slim 12.8cm squared CMOS chip that is 200 times bigger than that of a laptop of PC chip. The CMOS chip is called Dynamite and 12.8cm is just about the biggest you can make a CMOS imaging chip on a standard 20cm wafer. CMOS stands for Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor.