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It seems we're constantly hearing about breakthroughs in battery technology, and though some of today's laptops and tablets boast all-day battery life, we're still waiting for the killer technology that will enable days, if not weeks and months of run time. A new lithium-ion battery developed by German scientists won't get us any closer to that goal, but it could be a big deal for electric vehicles. Using materials that exclusively originate from German companies, scientists at Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW, from here on out) created a Li-ion... Read more...
Researchers are still searching for the Holy Grail in battery technology that will ultimately hold a charge for much longer than what's currently available and be affordable to the masses. One that has promise is a new all-solid lithium-sulfur battery developed by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The research team, led by Chengdu Liang, claims the lithium-sulfur battery has around four times the energy density of conventional lithium-ion technologies found in today's devices, and it's pretty cheap to boot. "Our approach is a complete change from the... Read more...
If you've ever told someone, "I'm not as think as you drunk I am," then you may benefit from a sobering pill that reduces the blood alcohol content in your system. Hold your horses -- before you run off to the local five and dime, understand that no such pill currently exists. Sure, there are remedies that claim to sober you up, but none of them are truly effective. No matter how much coffee you gulp down, time is the only real remedy. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are hoping to change that. Lead researcher Yunfeng Lu, a professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering,... Read more...
Physicist Stephen Hawking is revered as one of the most brilliant scientific minds this world as ever seen, and Intel's not taking that for granted. Despite having a degenerative motor neuron disease for the past 50 or so years, he has used technology in order to help him communicate and connect. In recent years, however, his condition has been failing, and he's only able to communicate at around one word per minute these days. Now, Intel is reportedly working on a new system that would use his "cheek twitch as well as mouth and eyebrow movements to provide signals to his computer." The study could... Read more...
We've covered a number of high-profile Kickstarter projects on HotHardware in 2012, and there's good reason for that. The online crowd funding site had a busy year, one in which more than 18,000 projects were successfully funded. Over 2.2 million people contributed hard earned dollars to various projects, pledging a combined $319.78 million. "From groundbreaking projects to inspiring stories, 2012 was a year of many memorable moments on Kickstarter. To celebrate the year that was, our team put together this look back at some of our favorite projects and moments," Kickstarter stated on a special... Read more...
Hey, good news everyone! After we're done ravaging the natural resources on this rock we call Earth and have turned it into an uninhabitable wasteland, there's another planet the human race can relocate to and nary skip a beat. Unfortunately, that planet is 12 light years away, which puts a small kink into our relocation plans. The planet in question is one of five rocks orbiting Tau Ceti, a far away star that resembles the Sun, according to Science. It's a single, bright G-type star, so there's no second ball of flames and gas to pull planets away via gravity. All five planets are said to lie... Read more...
You can certainly make the argument that tablets didn't catch AMD or Intel "flat-footed" (and we in fact did make that argument), but at the same time, you have to give companies like Qualcomm credit for being well prepared for the mobile boom that we now find ourselves in. To wit, Qualcomm is now the world's third largest semiconductor player, behind only Samsung (another mobile player) and Intel. According to IHS iSuppli, it was an overall miserable year for semiconductors with seven of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers seeing a decline in revenue. Qualcomm bucked that trend, and did... Read more...
Yes, it's true machines pose a serious threat of human extinction (a group of Cambridge researchers thinks so, anyway), but they're so darn adorable, which is what might ultimately be our downfall. Until then, you might as well enjoy what our mechanical creations have to offer, like the real-life Pixar lamp that swings around and doesn't like to be turned off. The lamp's actual name is Pinokio and it was build by Victoria University of Wellington students. It wields a webcam, 6 servos, and an Arduino processor. "Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioral potentials of robotic... Read more...
You've probably heard the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," but did you ever equate it to being prepared for the inevitable robot uprising that will threaten the human race? Probably not, but that isn't stopping a group of Cambridge researchers from at least entertaining the idea. "Many scientists are concerned that developments in human technology may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole. Such dangers have been suggested from progress in AI, from developments in biotechnology and artificial life, from nanotechnology, and from possible extreme... Read more...
At a time when consumers are trending towards mobile products like smartphones and tablets, Texas Instruments has decided it can flip a bigger profit by focusing its energies elsewhere. As such. TI is planning to slash 1,700 jobs as it scales back its mobile processor business and transitions to other areas, like cars and smartphones. The planned layoffs add up to almost 5 percent of TI's global workforce and are part of a broader cost-reduction effort. "We have a great opportunity to reshape our OMAP processor and wireless connectivity product lines to concentrate on embedded markets. Momentum... Read more...
In the future, we'll all be cruising in flying cars and wearing computers on our heads. Or, just the latter. If you don't believe it, then check out what Motorola's been up to. When not building smartphones and tablets, Motorola's engineers are working on funky gadgets like the HC1 Headset Computer, which is precisely what it sounds like. The HC1 is a post-PC era device if there ever was one. It's actually built by Motorola Solutions, which provides business- and mission-critical communication products and services to enterprises and governments. Staying in line with that objective, the HC1 slips... Read more...
The Internet is abuzz this evening after Reuters ran an exclusive report claiming Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) had hired J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to "explore options," including a potential sale of the company. You can imagine the sullen faces on AMD fans far and wide, and also those who favor healthy competition in the market place. There's just one problem -- AMD isn't shopping for a buyer, not for itself or for any of its assets, or so the chip maker says. Reuters based its report on un-named sources who said a sale of the company wasn't necessarily a priority, but it was definitely looking... Read more...
Cars have already learned how to drive themselves courtesy of Google, and now Toyota is testing a technology that will allow automobiles to communicate with one another. Does anyone else see this as a possible premise for a sci-fi movie, one in which tons of steel and metal rise up against mankind? Perhaps Michael Bay can direct the flick. Lest we get carried away, Toyota isn't grooming vehicles into becoming sentient beings. The idea is to make driving safer by outfitting vehicles with sensors that allow them to send and receive data to transmitters installed on streets, using that information... Read more...
Exercise is important, there's no disputing that. It's especially critical if, like us, you spend hours each day plopped in front of a computer screen hammering out hardware reviews, TPS reports, or whatever. Activity is key to a healthy lifestyle, but how do you know if you're doing enough? In the old days, a mirror and scale would keep track of your progress. And today? Healthy living monitor gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand are finding an audience among the health nuts, nouveau techno-geeks, and the upwardly connected set. But what you may not realize is that, as cool as these gadgets purport... Read more...
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