Archive for July, 2010
Panasonic has aready launched a number of HD camcorders (including Panasonic HDC-TM700K and Panasonic HDC-SD60K) but recently it presented the world’s first high-definition camcorder able to record in 3D.
In order to benefit from the speeds of up to 4.8Gbps, TRENDnet launched a USB3.0 adapter with a 2 port Express Card Module (TU3-H2EC) for laptop computers and 2 port PCI-Express adaptor (TU3-H2PIE) for desktops.
It is worth mentioning that the new USB3.0 adapter can be plugged into any Express Card slot on your Windows-running laptop.
The TU3-H2EC also comes with a power adaptor that can be used to power your USB 3.0 devices.As for the windows-based desktops, you will be able to connect the adaptor to any free PCI-Express slot on the computer.
It would be interesting to note that the TU3-H2EC is backwards compatible to USB 2.0, which means that your older USB devices will still function.If you want to buy a TRENDnet TU3-H2EC USB3.0 adapter for laptop, you will have to spend $ 62.99 and if you want a TRENDnet TU3-H2PIE USB3.0 adapter for PC, then prepare to spend $ 50.99.
The popular secondary display company called Mimo has recently presented its latest gadget – a USB monitor called iMo Monster. It is worth mentioning that among other touchscreen monitors from Mimo, this is now the largest in the company’s submonitor class. The company’s new device has a 10-inch touchscreen display that boasts a 1,024 x 600 resolution panel. Mimo’s device weights only 1.77 pounds. It also supports both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.In addition, through USB connection you can recharge the monitor and easily connect other devices to it. Thus there will be no need for additional VGA cables or video cards.The iMo Monster also features a stylus and a 4.5-inch USB 2.0 cable. Mimo’s gadget provides sharp graphics and a wide range of business applications
This table is just 2mm thick and 4 meters long. It is both tough and light due to the fact that it is fully made of carbon fiber, which is widely used in the F1 industry. The designer of this table is John Barnard, who creates furniture using high-tech materials.
The exhaust pipe of a Formula 1 car is made from a lightweight material able to resist the heat produced by the engine. While creating the Mars Lander engineers used the same lightweight material, which is perfect for protecting the spacecraft as it screams through the atmosphere of the red planet from space.
In 2006 NASA launched its Hinode satellite with the goal of gathering important information regarding the way the activity of the Sun influences our planet. The technology used in the satellite was also developed by F1 engineers, who provided their help in developing a 3-metre-long telescope. They were able to make the telescope lighter and worked on the development of a housing which was strong enough to protect fragile tools from the shock of blast off.
In the picture you can see a spinning flywheel that is able to accumulate up to 600 kJ of energy for later use. It is worth mentioning that in 2009 F1 cars will use these flywheels to accumulate energy generated during braking. This idea is currently being investigated by different commercial car manufacturers, who look forward to reduce the use of fuel on roads.
In order to decrease the level of bouncing on even surfaces, scientists use hydraulic dampers in F1 vehicles. A team of engineers at car builder McLaren managed to use the same technology in a lightweight knee brace, which has already been tested on US marines. It is worth mentioning that the marines quite often get injured when they stand in fast-moving inflatable boats that slam down quite hard after jumping waves. Thus, one’s knee must absorb the level of energy similar to jumping off a 2.5 meter wall every couple of seconds. This shock absorber is able to control the bending of the knee and realign the person’s leg prior to the future impact. The device can also be used to hold up injured knees after surgery.
Mike Spindle is a British designer who developed this wheelchair. It is worth mentioning that before starting working on this innovation Mike Spindle accumulated years of experience creating F1 parts, including suspension, wheels and chassis. This wheelchair is world’s first commercial product of its kind to feature a monocoque design, which in fact means that its power comes from the external skin and not from the chair’s internal frame. With the help of this technology, the designer managed to develop a chair that is both lighter and stronger. The chair features a smart dynamic braking system. The user slows down and steers with the help of two hand levers, which can also lock the device when stationary. There’s also an attachable automatic umbrella hidden on the back of the wheelchair. Without wheel the folded chair weights 9kg.