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Articles tagged with: new technology

Why Is Thunderbolt So Expensive?

We’ve all heard about Apple’s blazing faster Thunderbolt technology, but we also know that the speedy tech comes at a cost, $49 for a thunderbolt cable to be exact. At first, it just seemed that Apple was taking advantage of owning proprietary hardware, but then we got a closer look on why the cable is so expensive.

So what costs so much in the thunderbolt cable? Well, surprisingly it’s right by the port of the cord, where there is a small Gennum chip. This chip allows the data to reach a full duplex 10Gbps speed.

A Ring-Embedded Computer Mouse From MicroPointing

Micropointing, an Israeli startup company has just come up with a miniature mouse, although this is probably not the mini mouse you’re thinking of. This mini mouse has a sensor control area that is a single square millimeter.

The touchpad? Embedded in a ring. No, this isn’t some Lord of the Rings joke, this is technology at its finest. The sensors are mounted on micro-sized posts that are a few tenths of a millimeter apart from eachother.

Learn How A Hybrid Engine Works!

By now, you’ve definitely heard about hybrid vehicles, but do you know how they work? Well, a hybrid vehicle uses a mixture of gasoline and electricity. The electric part of the engine gets the vehicle started and the gas kicks in once the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

The concept is fairly easy to understand, but a graphic posted by AutoMD explains the procedure in depth. If you’re not in the mood for reading a colorful chart, I’ll summarize it for you.

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.

New CAM Storage Is Much Faster Than Any SSD

Before solid-state drives came around, data storage on PCs happened at a relatively slow pace using traditional hard disk drives which utilize a spinning disk between 3,800 RPM (less common) to 7,200 RPM (more common). Although solid state technology is faster and more reliable than hard drives, it’s still nothing compared to the speed of RAM (Random Access Memory).

With this in mind, NEC developed a new Content Addressable Memory (CAM) system that stores data without using any power. The new CAM modules are as fast as RAM modules, making it a top contender for future technology around the globe.

Samsung Dart Is Coming At Full Speed

The Samsung Dart, also known as the Samsung Galaxy Mini was recently spotted thanks to a T-Mobile product roadmap leak. It looks like consumers can expect this phone to hit shelves mid-June. The Samsung T499 is also speculated to arrive shortly after the Galaxy Mini.

The Samsung Dart /G Mini will feature a QVGA display with a weaker 600MHz processor that doesn’t quit blitz the same as the faster 1GHz mobile processors do.

Anti-Cancer Medicine Found Within Frog Skin

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, have been awarded the commendation at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards in London. The team discovered a medicinal extract from frog skin that can be used to cure cancer tumors.

The skin contains two specific proteins known as peptides, that inhibit the branching of blood vessels, which would stop the supply of nutrients and oxygen to cancerous tumors.

Hybrid Tractors Reduce Fuel Consumption By 50%

Heavy duty machinery, such as tractors have been used for mining and agriculture for a very long time. When these heavy duty machines are used, not only do they use up a lot of fuel and produce byproduct carbon emissions, but they are used for hours on end- usually to get some type of job done.

Fortunately, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have taken the success of hybrid technology from cars and implanted that knowledge to build hybrid machines. The heavy duty hybrids use both combustion and electric engines, cutting fuel consumption in half.

Solar Charge Any Device As Quickly As A Wall Outlet

A company called Suntactics has started to ship the sCharger-5, a solar charger for the iPhone, iPad, and Droid devices. How does it work? Users will need to plug the USB cable into the charger and the iPad 2 or iPhone will begin charging. The light weight, and small size allows anyone to use the solar charger, fairly intuitively.

The sCharger-5 isn’t limited to just iPads and droids however, consumers are also able to hook up their portable gaming systems such as the Nintendo DSI up to the solar charger when batteries run low.

Acer’s First Mango Phone: W4

Acer has just revealed its first Windows Phone Mango at Computex 2011. The smartphone is expected to hit consumers later this year and will be dubbed the Acer W4 (nice and simple, isn’t it?) The windows phone will feature a 3.6″ WVGA screen and offer a viewing resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The device comes with a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus, allowing you to take the clearest of snapshots while staying within budget.

The Mango phone will offer HSPA (850/1900) or (900/2100) AND GSM quad band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) Support. What powers the device, you ask?