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The first live video call from a smartphone at the peak of Mount Everest has been made by British explorer Daniel Hughes, as part of his effort to raise money for the Comic Relief charity. The call, made with an HTC One, is not the first mobile call made from Everest’s heights — but it’s the first video call to be made using a smartphone. Speaking to the BBC, Hughes said that “as you can see, this is the world’s first live video call, never been done before, from the rooftop of the world.” To complete the call, Hughes used Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network service, which has previously assisted other climbers in making phone calls from the mountain’s dramatic face. Despite the impressive effort, the stunt has so far raised just…
Google I/O is always full of surprises, and we came across yet another elusive bit of hardware on the show floor today: Google Glass “prescription edition”. No, it’s not actually called that (we made up the name), but what you’re looking at is definitely Glass that’s been neatly integrated with a pair of prescription glasses — in fact, it looks a lot like the version of Glass that Google recently mentioned on its blog. We don’t really know anything else about this device, but we’ve reached out to Google for comment. Is this a custom design built by combining Google Glass Explorer Edition with off-the shelf eyewear? Is this a Glass prototype that’s designed specifically for people who wear prescription spectacles? Share your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to check out the gallery below.
Update: Google’s confirmed it’s a prototype the company’s experimented with that uses the same software as the Explorer Edition but slightly different hardware on the outside.
Brad Molen contributed to this report.
Most approaches to capturing 3D models of real-world objects involve multiple cameras that are rarely cheap, and are sometimes tricky to calibrate. The University of Glasgow has developed a method that ditches those cameras altogether. Its system has four single-pixel sensors stitching together a 3D image based on the reflected intensity of light patterns cast by a projector. Reducing the pixel count lowers the cost per sensor to just a few dollars, and extends the sensitivity as far as terahertz wavelengths. Real-world products are still a long way off, but the university sees its invention as useful for cancer detection and other noble pursuits. Us? We’d probably just waste it on creating uncanny facsimiles of ourselves.
Via: New Scientist
Source: University of Glasgow
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Now You’re Just Bragging: Lamborghini Makes A One-Of-A-Kind, Jet Fighter Looking Lamborghini For Itself
This is the Lamborghini Egoista, a 5.2-liter V10, 600-horsepower supercar that can hit 0-60 in under two seconds. It was designed as a one-of-a-kind to celebrate the carmaker’s 50th birthday. For my 50th? I dunno, maybe somebody will come scatter flower petals at the site of my failed spaceship launch.
To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the dome with an electronic command, stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the left-hand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle. At this point they can set their feet down and stand up.”
“It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone.”
A car nobody can possess, huh? We’ll see about that! *making phone call* Hello, Lamborghini? I’ll give you $ 7,500 for it — final offer. Hello? HELLO? Dammit, it looks like they really are playing hardball.
Hit the jump for shots from all angels and a video of the cockpit closing and engine starting.
When Slacker launched its big software overhaul in February, many were skeptical that a refresh could bring it back to prominence. Apparently, all that doubt was misguided: Slacker says it’s racked up 6 million new listeners in the past three months, 3.5 million of which are on mobile. They’re more involved, too — there are 100,000 new paying customers, iOS installs have tripled and members of all kinds tune in for an average of 25 percent longer. And did we mention that Slacker may even benefit from the rush? Where some peers face a constant fight to stay above water without enough premium customers, Slacker says both its ad-supported free radio and paid on-demand service are profitable. While there’s no guarantee the company will hold on to those bedazzled new users, it’s good to see renewed competition in a field with fewer and fewer participants.
It’s no wonder people are interested in exoskeletons. Not only do they tap into our lust for the technology of science fiction movies, but among other applications, can make a significant impact on the lives of those living with disabilities. While many offer leg support, a team from University of Pennsylvania recently took silver in an engineering competition for its TitanArm prototype, a powered upper-body exoskeleton that, as the picture above shows, allows you to out-rep anyone at the gym.
Designed to be lightweight and cheap to produce, the robotic bicep upgrade uses a (mostly) aluminum frame, battery-powered DC motor, cable drive system, racket braking and thumbstick controller for movement, with a BeagleBone board supervising the electronics that pull it all together. The group at UPenn imagines TitanArm could be employed as a lifting aid, but more importantly, in healthcare applications like increasing mobility or physical therapy — sensors and other data from the exoskeleton could even allow docs to monitor patients remotely. More info on the project can be found at the source link, while a video below shows TitanArm in use and outlines the hardware that makes those heavy hammer curls a cinch.
After taking a few shadowy pictures for the scientific world’s paparazzi, the atom is now ready for its closeup. Today, a team of IBM scientists are bypassing the big screen to unveil what they call the “world’s smallest movie.” This atomic motion picture was created with the help of a two-ton IBM-made microscope that operates at a bone-chilling negative 268 degrees Celsius. This hardware was used to control a probe that pulled and arranged atoms for stop-motion shots used in the 242-frame film. A playful spin on microcomputing, the short was made by the same team of IBM eggheads who recently developed the world’s smallest magnetic bit. Now that the atom’s gone Hollywood, what’s next, a molecular entourage?
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Microsoft has announced a sweeping international expansion of Surface Pro availability. Until this point, Microsoft’s top-tier Windows 8 tablet has only been for sale in the US, Canada, and China. But by the end of next month, that’s going to change in a big way; Microsoft says Surface Pro will reach the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland by the end of May. In June, the international tour will continue with availability planned in Russia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The company’s base Surface RT product has already seen much wider availability overseas, but Microsoft plans to…
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My vehicle’s steering wheel has taken a beating since of the all the lousy drum fills I’ve banged out on it over the years, and at least one business owner thinks that experience could utilize a bit of renovation.
Gregor Hanuschak (who, in a previous life, worked for NASA) has actually put together a Kickstarter job for the Smack Attack, an in-car gadget that lets individuals make those steering wheel drum solos a bit more substantial.
Here’s the task in a nutshell: the Smack Attack system includes two different components, a steering wheel cover and an app for the iOS gadget of your deciding on. When that wheel cover is linked to your iDevice by means of Bluetooth, wannabe Ringo Starrs out there can cause preloaded drum samples in the app thanks to eight stress sensors that are snuggled neatly inside the textile of the cover. Naturally, you’ll likewise be able to personalize the samples that get triggered so you can exchange out that snare drum for a Wookiee bellow (because, you understand, why not?). Oh, and in the event you’re not traveling alone, the app permits for various other prospective drummers to jam at the exact same time … which could spell disaster for your trip depending on how talented your companions are.
As downright ridiculous as the project seems (just have a look at this early Smack Attack promo, for paradise’s sake), Hanuschak is really trying to take on a genuine issue — that propensity for drivers to area out throughout long stretches at the wheel. By giving motorists something right in their hands to concentrate on, Hanuschak hopes that the Smack Attack will keep them from making some potentially deadly errors. Obviously, one could say that sticking a musical toy on a wheel presents some security concerns of its own, so it goes without stating that the Smack Attack isn’t the right device for everybody. Hanuschak is looking to raise a massive $ 200,000 to bring the steering wheel cover/app combination to market by the end of the year, and (assuming you’re a responsible motorist) you’ll have the ability to declare your very own in-car music maker for $ 149.
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