Sunday, December 20, 2009
Glint of sunlight shows lake on Saturn's moon Titan. This is the first glint of sunlight to be seen by human eyes from a lake on Saturn's moon Titan – although it comes to us via NASA's Cassini orbiter. The reflection comes from a sprawling northern lake called Kraken Mare, which spans an area larger than the Caspian Sea. Titan has dozens of lakes, which are thought to be full of liquid methane, ethane and other hydrocarbons that may make a hearty soup for life. Cassini had already confirmed that there is liquid on the moon's southern hemisphere. But until recently, the northern hemisphere of the moon has been swaddled in winter darkness, and this glint of sunlight is the first sign of liquid there. It also suggests 1100-kilometre-long Kraken Mare is the moon's largest lake. The previous record-holder is a 235-kilometre-wide southern lake called Ontario Lacus.
More at New Scientist
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Water-World Found! Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) say they've spotted a super-Earth waterworld orbiting a red type M star some 40 lightyears from Earth. The body - dubbed GJ1214b - is circling dim host star GJ1214 every 38 hours at a distance of just 1.3 million miles. The star's modest surface temperature of 2,700°C, though, means that GJ1214b itself is a balmy 200°C. The planet has a mass and radius of 6.5 and 2.7 times that of Earth, respectively. The density obtained from these figures "suggests that GJ1214b is composed of about three-fourths water and other ices, and one-fourth rock". CfA graduate student Zachory Berta, who first identified the planet, said: "Despite its hot temperature, this appears to be a waterworld. It is much smaller, cooler, and more Earthlike than any other known exoplanet." The discovery was made as part of the ground-based MEarth Project, which uses "an array of eight identical 16-inch-diameter RC Optical Systems telescopes that monitor a pre-selected list of 2,000 red dwarf stars".
Much More at The Register
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Leave your bag unattended in an airport in Israel and this might be the result...
We're not sure if the Mac runs better after the mod, but it's said to make it lighter and certainly looks cool!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
And Part #2 Intel Atom vs AMD Neo
And Part #3 Performance
Much more at Techcrunch
Saturday, December 12, 2009
According to Jenn over at Pocketables, AMD's brass feel the Global VPITG xpPhone should replace iPhone and BlackBerry. (BTW, Congratulations Jenn on the new baby girl!) The exact chip being used in the slider-style MID phone is listed as an "AMD Super Mobile CPU" which can customized with clock speeds above and below 1GHz. The AMD execs thing highly of this new chip (Rumored to be based on the Geode CPU) and as Pocketables reported: "Rick Lisa, Global VP of AMD Embedded Sales, recommend that his colleagues use the xpPhone instead of the iPhone or BlackBerry". "Buddy Broeker, Director of AMD Embedded Computing Solutions Division, thought that "most of [his] colleagues [were] feeling jealous" about his ITGxpPhone. Honestly, the is thing is ugly and huge. I find it hard to really consider it a phone. And if it is based on a Geode chip then I worry that is will be underwhelming.
More at Pocketables as well as where (if your feeling brave) to by it.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Kohjinsha DZ Dual Screen Laptop Unboxing and brief overview. Look for our full review coming in a day or so. Thanks for watching.
CNN Video of the Mysterious Spiral that appeared over Norway
Businessweek's Best and Worst Tech Gadgets of 2009. Business week has a slide show of the best and worst gadgets of 2009. Can you guess what ebook reader was first? I won't even hint at what was last.
Check out their slide show.
Engadget is reporting that Think Electric has started production of their 2 seat electric car after almost going out of business. Based in Norway, Think Electric managed to secure more funding after looking all but dead and is now back on track for a release of its 2 seat electric car by the end of the year!! The initial 2300 unit production run has already been sold as pre-orders destine for Europe. However, Think Electric plans to begin selling the car in the U.S. sometime next year. The also hope to license their electric power train technology to other automakers looking for a ready made option.
More at Engadet
The research appears in the Dec. 9 print edition of the journal Nature Biotechnology and is available online.
This new method has two advantages for the long-term, global-scale goal of achieving a cleaner and greener energy economy, the researchers say. First, it recycles carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. Second, it uses solar energy to convert the carbon dioxide into a liquid fuel that can be used in the existing energy infrastructure, including in most automobiles.
Much More at Physorg.com
The Dynario has two power generating units, a cylindrical lithium-ion battery and two controller boards equipped with a power supply switch and an input-output terminal. The power generating unit is made by sandwiching generating cells between a lattice-shaped stainless steel plate and a resin chassis that works as a fuel feed plate and fixing them with rivets and caulking. Therefore, the cells cannot be taken out without breaking the unit.
The power generating unit is equipped with a fuel valve, a fuel pump and two controller IC chips for controlling them. The controller boards mounted with the power supply and the input-output terminal are used to control power from the power generating units and boot up the power generating units by using the lithium-ion battery.
More at Tech-on
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Onkyo Releases High Speck version of the Dual Screen Notebook by Kohjinsha w/ 2 x 1366x768 screens! Starting at 84,800 YEN (about $965) Onkyo has started selling a higher specked version of the DUAL SCREENED notebook originally made by Kohjinsha. The Onkyo is called the DX series (Kohjinsha calls theirs the DZ) and features 2 upgraded screens that are 1366 x 768 each (The Kohjinsha has 1024 x 600). Other upgrades are 2 GB of RAM, 320GB HDD, and it is available in White. The DX uses the same AMD Neo 1.6Ghz CPU, ATI 3200 Graphics GPU, and Chipset as the DZ. (Max RAM on the GPU is 896MB.) Basically for and extra $60 you can get an substantially better computer from Onkyo with 2 times the RAM, HDD space, and screen real estate. I think the DX will be the big winner of the two . The DX will start selling from December 21st.
More at PC Watch.
Available for pre-order at Conics.net
Friday, November 27, 2009
The computer will be released in Japan on December 11th. No word if it will ever come to the USA.
Conics.net is taking preorders now for English version of the item:
Kojinsha video here:
A direct link the the Kohjinsha website
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
My girlfriend is the PRESIDENT Video Game from Japan with English dubbing. Need I say more?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Available though resellers like Conics.net
PC Watch did a nice write up on it and review in Japanese so grab your translater and check out the link here:
We should have a video review up soon as we will have ours in a few days.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The company expects that the device will be used for browsing electronic books and electronic data. It will be tested with the assistance system for liaison officers at Kansai Urban Banking Corp from the spring of 2010.
The device comes with 13.1-inch touch-sensitive e-paper that can display 4,096 colors. The e-paper has a higher reaction rate than other companies' e-paper and can refresh a 13.1-inch (A4) screen in 0.8 seconds. It has data processing and security functions and is capable of data communication via a mobile phone.
Bridgestone also developed an e-paper device whose e-paper, touch panel, drive circuit board and other parts are all flexible. The company claims it is the world's first flexible e-paper device.
The size of the e-paper is 10.7 inches, and the thickness of the device is 5.8mm.
Bridgestone plans to exhibit those e-paper devices at FPD International 2009, which will run from Oct 28 to 30, 2009, at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan.
More at Tech-on
Thursday, October 22, 2009
More at the Kohjinsha Website.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Dow Chemical has unveiled a residential roof shingle in the form of a solar panel designed to be integrated into asphalt-tiled roofs.Jane Palmieri, managing director of Dow’s Solar Solutions unit, said the Powerhouse thin-film shingle slashes installation costs because it can be installed by a roofer who is already building or retrofitting a roof. “As a roofer is nailing asphalt shingle on roof, wherever the array needs to be installed he just switches to solar shingle,” said Ms. Palmieri, who said the solar singles are similarly attached to the roof with nails.“You don’t have to have a solar installation crew do the work or have an electrician on site,” she added. “The solar shingle can be handled like any other shingle – it can be palletized, dropped from a roof, walked on.”An electrician is still needed to connect the completed array to an inverter and to a home’s electrical system, but unlike conventional solar panels that must be wired together, the solar shingles plug into each other to form the array.
More at the New York Times
Thursday, October 8, 2009
60-foot tall pneumatic cannon shoots pumpkins over a mile! From the Youtube blurb:
Gary Arold of Kingston and John Gill of Hurley built the coolest toy around, a 60-foot tall piece of farm artillery that can shoot bowling ball-sized objects -- such as pumpkins -- up to a mile. On most weekends during the summer and fall, the owners are busy entertaining customers by hurling various calibers of squash at Gill's Farm Market on Route 209 in Hurley. On Tuesday, they fired a few rounds off for Reporter Adam Bosch, Photographer Steve Borland, and Videographer John Pertel.
Video of the new Kohjinsha PA series and overview. This model is well past the prototype stage and is probably in pre-production as there were at least 7 of them on display for anyone to play with and all had Windows product key stickers on the bottom. We expect to see this on sale before the end of the year.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thankfully tossing the Atom cookie cutter mold, the specs include a 1.6Ghz AMD Athlon Neo CPU (MV-40), Max 4GB of RAM, Windows 7, 2.5" HDD, and a Direct X 10 compatible video card.
No word on when this unique notebook will be on sale.
More at PC watch
Video to come soon.
The PA series also comes standard with XP Home, 1.3 megapixel web camera, One Seg TV Tuner, Wifi b/g, Bluetooth 2.o, Micro SD card slot and a 4.8" 1024x600 touch screen.
The stand out features are the nifty optical mouse located in the front of the keyboard which makes using the keyboard feel like a normal laptop as well as scroll, mouse, and left right click buttons located on the screen. This thing is small and measure a measly 161×111×10～26mm. No word on pricing or release date but we predict it to debut for between 59,000 to 69,000 yen.
More info at PC Watch.
We will post Video in about 18 hours.
Friday, October 2, 2009
This power-generating backpack was filmed at the Modern Day Marine trade show in Quantico. Proposed several years ago by Lightning Packs the prototype is now reality. It can generate over 40 watts just by walking at a cost of a candy bar worth of human energy if used all day! The backpack is mounted on rails that it slides up and down on when its wearer walks or runs. The movement generates electricity that charges a lithium ion battery to power your gadgets or the juice can go directly to a device. An added benefit is that the design relieves stress for the wearer. I want one! No word on when the military is getting these or a commercial version.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
But companies are now offering alternatives to these fixed installations, in the less conspicuous form of shingles, tiles and other building materials that have photovoltaic cells sealed within them.
“The new materials are part of the building itself, not an addition, and they are taking photovoltaics to the next level — an aesthetic one,” said Alfonso Velosa III, a research director at Gartner and co-author of a coming report on the market for the new field, called building-integrated photovoltaics.
Companies are creating solar tiles and shingles in colors and shapes that fit in, for example, with the terra cotta tile roofing popular in the Southwest, or with the gray shingles of coastal saltbox cottages.
More at the New York Time
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Video and more data at PC Watch
Will be available in English at Conics.net
Its cell area is 2 x 2cm. Fraunhofer ISE said that it is possible to mass-produce the solar cell, which is one of the most efficient crystalline silicon solar cells and could rival Sanyo and other companies' products.
Crystalline silicon solar cells based on n-type semiconductor substrates have a higher resistance to impurities than those based on p-type semiconductor substrates. Therefore, it is theoretically easier to enhance the energy conversion efficiency of the former solar cells.
However, most of the crystalline silicon solar cells developed so far are based on p-type semiconductor substrates. Specifically, they are made by forming a thin n-type semiconductor layer on a thick p-type semiconductor.
More at Tech-On
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Also available at conics.net
Thursday, September 24, 2009
If processed in mass quantities, the wet moon dirt might provide resources - drinking water and rocket fuel - for future moon-dwellers, scientists say. The water comes and goes during the lunar day. It's not a lot of water. If you took a two-liter soda bottle of lunar dirt, there would probably be a medicine dropperful of water in it, said University of Maryland astronomer Jessica Sunshine, one of the scientists who discovered the water. Another way to think of it is if you want a drink of water, it would take a baseball diamond's worth of dirt, said team leader Carle Pieters of Brown University.
"It's sort of just sticking on the surface," Sunshine said. The discovery, with three studies bring published in the journal Science on Thursday and a NASA briefing, could refocus interest in the moon. The appeal of the moon waned after astronauts visited 40 years ago and called it "magnificent desolation."
Much more at Physorg
More at Pocketables.
Sanyo Electric realized the thinness while lowering conversion efficiency by only 0.2% (See related article). The company has not yet decided when it will start volume production of the cell.
"We can now reduce the amount of silicon used for HIT solar cells," the company said. "Silicon accounts for half the cost of those cells. So, we paved the way for lower-cost HIT solar cells."
Lower cost high efficiency solar sells are always good news.
Much More at Tech On
Monday, September 21, 2009
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Much More at Science Daily
Monday, September 14, 2009
The key to the discovery lies in the way in which the algae, Cladophora, produce a unique type of cellulose with a very large surface area (approximately 80 square meters of surface area per gram of material).
By coating this algal cellulose material with a thin layer of a well-known, conductive polymer, called polypyrrole (PPy), the team has “succeeded in producing a battery that weighs almost nothing and that has set new charge-time and capacity records for polymer-cellulose-based [non-metallic] batteries,” according to Gustav Nyström, a doctoral student in nanotechnology and one of the main researchers.
More at Gas 2.0
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Grant Ryan, launched his YikeBike at the Eurobike international trade show in Germany last night.
The "mini-farthing" is being marketed as the world's smallest electric bike and can be folded down into a bag the size of the front wheel.
At total 10kg bike was designed for flat city trips of up to 9km, with a top speed of 20kmh, and takes only about 20 minutes to charge to 80 per cent power.
more at YikeBike.com
Friday, August 21, 2009
This thing is bigger than a 1980's cell phone at 6.06" x 2.95" x 0.91" and really should not be considered a phone. A hint to MIUTech, just make a smart phone smarter. It is unlikely people would be seen in public putting this pig next to to their ear. While the redesign looks better than the previous concept, the device still looks confused, complicated and the keyboard would probably be a total pain in the butt to use having to reach in to use it.
More at Pocketables.
10 minute video of the Yuneec E430 the world’s first commercially produced ‘Electric Aircraft. Be warned, the music is terrible. From the companies website:
"The E430 is a twin seat, single engine, LSA class aircraft designed to be simple to use, easy to fly and with virtually zero vibration, it's very smooth.
Low noise, no emissions, no fuel, extremely low maintenance and best of all. . . . . it’s environmentally friendly. Electric flight, once seen as futuristic, has arrived and with E430’s flight times of between 1.5 and 3 hours (depending on configuration) electric flight now becomes a realistic power source for sport aviation. Charging times of 3 hours for as little as $5 make electric a really low cost way to fly and with only 2 main moving parts in the motor (the bearings) the reliability and maintenance are like nothing seen before. Add to that the delight of smooth, quiet powered flight or silent using its 25:1 glide ratio - the E430 is in a class of its own.
Pricing should start at about $85,000 USD.
Than can someone please make an ebook reader that can read PDFs, Word Files and in general just have an open format. (coping be damned!)
Much more at Tech-on
Thursday, August 20, 2009
AVweb has a great story about Jessica Cox, the first person with no arms to be granted a light sport pilot license by the FAA. Look Ma, No Hands! Amazing story of Jessica Cox makes all your excuses look lame.
More at AVweb
Windows XP Home
Intel® Atom™ processor Z520 (1.33GHz)
1GB RAM [DDR2-533] no upgrades :(
60GB Hard Disk
Keyboard: Japanese International (84 keys)
GPS / Bluetooth: no
WLAN : IEEE802.11 b/g/n, 100Mbit LAN
7" touch screen (1024x 600)
no TV tuner
3M pixel +300K pixel web camera (two cameras)
analog VGA out (for projector etc)
Mic (mono, internal) and phones (stereo jack)
2x USB, 1x SD (SDHC complaint), 1x ExpressCard/34 slot
100-240V ac adapter (world voltage)
size : 193mm x 132mm x 21.6 - 30mm (H)
700g weight with battery
battery: 7.4V 2300mAh
Price will be from 49,800 yen [$530 USD / 370 Euro]
Ships world-wide from "end of August"
Compare with the Gigabyte T1028X which is a similar device...
Kohjinsha's pricing for the high end model will start at about 69,800 YEN. There is a low end model which starts at 59,800 yen without Bluetooth or fingerprint reader, Available at Conics.net at the end of August.
Windows XP Home
Atom N270 [1.6GHz]
945GSE Express chipset
DDR2-533MHz RAM [1 or 2GB]
11.6" touchscreen [1366x768]
86 key, 17.5mm pitch JP international keyboard
160GB 2.5" sATA 5400 rpm HDD
DVD multi burner
Bluetooth ver 2.0+EDR
Express card 34
Dual camera (front+back)
Stick pointer (on side of screen)
Rotation, shutter and multi-rocker buttons
Track pad pointer
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x SDHC, 1x microSDHC
1x analog VGA out
size: 300 x 231.5 x 26-33.8 mm
weight with battery: 1.7Kg
battery: 2600mAh [14.8V]
Price from 59,800 yen
[ $635 USD / 445 EURO]
Ships world-wide from "end of August"
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
it's all black, and we like it!
Display Size (inches) 10.4 XGA (1024x768)
HDD Size 500GB (as tested) / or SSD
Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.6 GHz
RAM 2-4GB, DDR2 PC2-5300
O S Windows Vista (Business) / XP Pro
Battery (max) 8hrs
Friday, July 24, 2009
Traditional rockets burn chemical fuel to produce thrust. Most of that fuel is used up in the initial push off the Earth's surface, so the rockets tend to coast most of the time they're in space. Ion engines, on the other hand, accelerate electrically charged atoms, or ions, through an electric field, thereby pushing the spacecraft in the opposite direction. They provide much less thrust at a given moment than do chemical rockets, which means they can't break free of the Earth's gravity on their own. But once in space, they can give a continuous push for years, like a steady breeze at the back of a sailboat, accelerating gradually until they're moving faster than chemical rockets.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Scientists have discovered a remarkable, unexpected and cheap way to store hydrogen fuel– using carbonized chicken feather fibers.
Enter scientists at the University of Delaware, who while researching the potential of keratin derived from chicken feathers to improve the performance of microcircuits, unexpectedly discovered that by heating the keratin fibers they could strengthen its structure enough to compare to the strength of nanotubes. In other words, the hydrogen storage capacity of the strengthened keratin was essentially equivalent to that of carbon nanotubes, but using nothing more than chicken feathers as raw material. In addition to hydrogen storage, the new method could turn chicken feather fibers into a number of other eco-products like hurricane resistant roofing, lightweight car parts, as well as the aforementioned bio-based computer circuit boards. Furthermore, utilizing this technology would be recycling at its best. Previously, there has been no major use for all the feathers leftover from chickens in the poultry industry.
More at Clean Technica
The MDI AIRpod is a concept vehicle designed to run solely on compressed air as means of transportation, though no production models had been released. As the AIRpod nears actual production, MDI has begun inviting journalists to take a whirl in a prototype model. The first thing you might notice is that the AIRpod doesn’t much appear to look like a car. You enter through the front of the pod via a hatch that opens up-and-over the vehicle. As I mentioned earlier, you steer with a joystick rather than steering. The concept originally also used the joystick for propulsion, but the system proved awkward so instead there are small pedals for acceleration and stopping. Though there is seating for four full-sized adults, three of them have to enter through a rear hatch and sit on a rear-facing bench seat. You also probably noticed that instead of the typical four-wheel layout, the AIRpod is set up more like a tricycle. Everything is designed to conserve weight, and the AIRpod manages to tip the scales at just 485 pounds. The MDI makes a whooping 6 horsepower and 11 ft-lbs of torque. With one person in the AIRpod, the top speed hovers somewhere around 30 mph (production cars should go as fast as 50 mph, according to MDI) and also has a range of between 90 and 125 miles.
Much More at Gas 2.0
More at New Scientist
More at Science Daily
AMAT showed off a tandem-type thin film solar panel using an 8.5-generation, 5.7m2 glass plate. Ulvac announced the "CIM-1400," plasma CVD equipment for tandem-type solar panels as the existing production line for thin-film solar cells enables the line to manufacture tandem-type panels. Oerlikon Solar announced a tandem-type panel with a conversion efficiency of 11%. And finally, Sharp, displayed a tandem-type thin film solar panel that is 1,409 x1,009mm in size. It features a module conversion efficiency of 9% and a power generation capacity of 128W.
Much More at Tech-On