I love press releases for really geeky stuff like image sensors, especially the releases declaring amazing breakthroughs. They're fun because there's usually some really interesting development buried in it, but the people who write the releases have no idea what it is. Ditto for many of the Web sites that write about them. So you end up with some verbatim quotes that are so dense, an electron couldn't tunnel through them. This brings me to today's announcement from Panasonic, featuring a rugged, new image sensor designed to withstand the deterioration caused by weather, heat, and ultraviolet … Read more
Medical imaging specialists Aperio have broken the 4GB file size limit on the TIFF image format by creating their own format called BigTIFF and offering the format into the public domain (an amazing fact in its own right). To showcase the power of BigTIFF image resolution, Aperio has released the first terapixel image. The image shows 225 pathology slides of breast tissue and can be viewed and explored online (it looks surprisingly like a pink version of Google Earth once you start zooming in).
The image's actual file size as a compressed BigTIFF is 143GB, so don't expect … Read more
If you've ever found yourself lusting after a workstation with multiple monitors or other multi-tasking command centers, wait till you get a load of this futuristic creation from Microsoft. The "DigiDesk" literally turns your desk into a desktop with a dual-pane workstation that features touch-screen surfaces to control everything from documents to workflow, according to SlashGear. Alas, it's only a prototype, which the guy in the video says is one of just two in existence. We applaud the concept, but we're still waiting to take it even one step further, throwing entertainment into the mix … Read more
The new Tesla Roadster is getting some buzz. Being built as an all-electric car, Tesla's engineering aims to minimize resource consumption per mile. CNET News.com reporter Stefanie Olsen watched a Tesla engineer answer questions from a roomful of Silicon Valley engineers. He said his Tesla will go 4,900 miles on 1 megawatt of energy while a hydrogen car would go about 1,800 miles because of the energy needed to produce the hydrogen.
The Tesla on display was the second engineering prototype. Last fall, CNET captured video of an earlier prototype.
Tesla has already sold 180 of … Read more
Thanks to Leo Laporte over at This Week in Tech (TWiT), we recently got our heads under the ScottEVest TEC Hat 4.0. Leo doesn't make the hat, but he ordered a run of TEC hats branded with the TWiT logo.
Billed as the ultimate hat for gadgeteers, the TEC Hat helps clear up pocket space normally consumed by keys, change, credit cards, and the like. It has a side compartment roomy enough to hold a small MP3 player (an iPod Nano fits nicely), as well as an under-the-bill pocket for loose change and a key or two.
Two … Read more
This is one of the greatest technological anachronisms I've ever seen. The Victorian aesthetically-driven boys at the Steampunk Workshop have put together a telegraph clacker that sounds out RSS feeds. For those of you who were born after the death of the handlebar mustache, telegraphs were ways to electronically communicate information long before things like "computers" and "modems" were invented. Decades before even the telephone was invented, telegraphs were tapping out important information to important people in Morse code.
Well, it's really a jet. And, it's only a model. But the Hyfish is a model prototype for a real two-person jet aircraft. This particular prototype uses an electric jet motor that gets its juice from a hydrogen fuel cell and was successfully flown in Bern, Switzerland. The Hyfish prototype was developed by a consortium of public and private entities, with the base aircraft built by Team Smartfish and the hydrogen fuel cell system provided by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. Team Smartfish is a Swiss company working on a new type of jet aircraft, called Smartfish, which could … Read more
It's UMPC day at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, and Intel offered plenty of examples of devices that would be built on the just-announced Ultra Mobile Platform 2007. The Fujitsu pictured here, spotted on UMPC Portal, particularly caught our attention: it looks like a consumer-electronics version of the LifeBook P1610 tablet, which has long been a niche product marketed to business travelers. It begs the question: will UMPCs ever move into the mainstream?
I don't think you'll see OK Go dancing on these treadmills any time soon (though, quite honestly, who knows with those guys?) That's because they're built for cars, not people (or cats). Gene Haas, a NASCAR team owner, collaborated with Jacobs Engineering to build WindShear Inc., an indoor road-testing facility that looks like something you'd see at the gym. It has sensors on it that can "read" each wheel, and was designed to eliminate error messages that arise in wind tunnels at high speeds.
See that treadmill belt? It's made of steel. … Read more
Toshiba announced today that it has created a 16GB flash memory chip intended for consumer products such as cell phones and MP3 players. This is the highest capacity NAND flash memory chip to date, doubling the existing ceiling of 8GB. The 16GB chip is set to ship in the fall, just in time to make Apple's flash memory-based 8GB iPhone seem cramped.
The chip is designed around eight 2GB elements and boasts a copy speed of 6MB per second, with a 15MB per second read speed. Expect a wave of tiny 16GB flash MP3 players for the holidays.
Via … Read more