Tech and Gadgets Archive

May the Fourth Be With You

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Or actually in Pinewood Studios, and only a couple of years ago… Anyway. A small droid was born, ready to take R2D2’s spot as the world’s cutest robot. He appeared on our screens in a teaser trailer...

Is Hyperloop the future of high-speed travel? – BBC News

“Yeehaw!” cries the rocket-engineer as he drives the all-terrain buggy hard over the rocks and scrub of the Nevada Desert. With his big hat and moustache, he looks like a cowboy riding out over his territory. The chap in the borrowed bright-orange quilted jacket, hanging on for...

Biotech tattoos: the reality and the future in 2016

From fitness trackers like FitBit and Jawbone to the numerous available smartwatches, wearables have become an important part of many people’s daily routines. It’s easy to see why — they’re functional, convenient and often aesthetically pleasing. But how can you bring wearables closer to the people that...

Is your home about to get a lot smarter?

You’re driving home from work. Your connected car pings your estimated time of arrival to your smart home, which springs into life. The thermostatically controlled heating comes on; your chosen lighting scheme glows welcomingly; the oven begins warming up the casserole you cooked the night before. When...

The Smartwatch Wars: How Switzerland Fought Back

The hands of time are moving in mysterious ways. To be precise, they’re moving in opposite directions at once. The hour and minute hands of the reassuringly heavy, stainless-steel Frédérique Constant Horological Smartwatch that I’m holding — plus the two smaller hands on a secondary dial at...

Still need a halloween costume? Build Your Own Set of Wolverine Claws

  The kind folks over at Make, in association with Advancer Technologies, recently posted an awesome step-by-step tutorial encompassing how to build your own wolverine claws to celebrate the launch of their fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare. The MyoWare has its own Kickstarter campaign, set to run until...

“Great Scott!” Back to the Future is now in the past

26 years ago a sequel graced our screens titled Back to the Future II, Doc and Marty McFly were off on another adventure and this time to the future; to October 21st 2015. Yep today. So we should have a variety of gadgets, including hoverboards, yet  some...

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

In the 1800s it was the Luddites smashing weaving machines. These days retail staff worry about automatic checkouts. Sooner or later taxi drivers will be fretting over self-driving cars. The battle between man and machines goes back centuries. Are they taking our jobs? Or are they merely...

LeanChair Is the Standing Desk That Lets You Kick Back

The hazards of sitting in front of our computers all day include back pain, circulation problems, and even heart disease. One solution is the standing desk, but even that puts pressure on your knees and feet. Another solution is the new LeanChair, a recent Kickstarter project that...

Power beamed to camera via ambient wi-fi signals – BBC News

Wi-fi signals have been used to beam power to a surveillance camera. The battery-free camera was modified so it could scavenge power from ambient wi-fi signals, store it and then use it to take photos. The experiment was one of several by US researchers looking at ways...