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Posted by Lara Lopes

PS4 or Xbox One? Why not both with the Playbox

It’s a question that divides friends and separates the gaming community (not you PC gamers); PS4 or Xbox One? Gamers find themselves having to chose between Sony or Microsoft’s offerings as their main gaming console but what if you could have both in one? Well, if the idea of having both, and being portable, excites you then you might want to check out the Playbox. [Image Courtesy of EDSJunk] Edward Zarick, a hacker of Playstation and Xbox consoles over at EDSJunk blog, has managed to cram an Xbox One and a PS4 into a 22″ Laptop form factor. The size of […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Cuttlefish robot swims quietly, efficiently and agile

The latest in underwater robotics has taken inspiration from the undulating motion of the cuttlefish, rather than conventional methods such as propellers and solid fins. Previous attempts at fish like robotics have produced decent mimics of fish motion, however, they have always been rather limited in terms of agility and precision. Researchers from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich are set to change this though with their four finned cuttlefish inspired Sepios robot. Sepios carries a 20,000mAh battery, which is good for as much as 90 minutes of dive time with a top speed of 1.8 km per […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Disney Beachbot autonomously draws large art pieces in the sand

Beachbot is a little robotic turtle developed by a team of electrical and mechanical engineers that can create giant sketches in the sand of beaches by dragging around a little rake. Developed by Paul Beardsley from Disney Research Zurich and his colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the wheeled robot can recreate a drawing sent to it from a phone or tablet. Photo: Disney Research Zurich/ETH Zurich Beardsley said in IEEE Spectrum that he wanted to build a robot that could keep creating new artwork. He wanted a less permanent medium. “Sand drawing is perfect because it’s an […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Rio Mobility Firefly turns wheelchairs into powered tricycles

Getting around in a wheelchair is not an effortless matter. Even popping to the shop or walking the dog can be quite the chore for those less able. An attachable from Rio Mobility called the Firefly looks to take a load off getting around by fixing onto a wide range of wheelchairs in no time at all, turning them into powered tricycles. As you fix the Firefly on to the wheelchair the two small front wheels are raised from the ground. The powered front wheel can then pull your wheelchair along at speeds up to 18 km/h (11 mph). This wouldn’t be possible […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Ever wondered why a Rolex was so expensive? Watch this…

If you’ve ever wondered why a Rolex was so expensive you may want to watch this demonstration of a Rolex Submariner being disassembled, showing the intricacies involved in the time piece in exquisite detail. The demonstration is of course performed by a professional watchmaker, who meticulously picks apart the watch with great skill. Although back in the 50’s, they weren’t as expensive. A brief history in the video description states: “First revealed to the public in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was a diving watch for everyone. Appealing to both professional and hobby divers, the Submariner set the standard for the […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Jake Dyson Aerial Light with 40 year life expectancy to debut in May

Jake Dyson, son of the well-know inventor Sir James Dyson, has been working on creating a light that lasts a lifetime for the last 4 years and his company, Jake Dyson Products, have finally unveiled the curtain on Ariel, a sleek, suspended light which lasts 40 years before anything – even the bulb – needs replacing. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Designing lights since 2006, Dyson became frustrated with the stagnant state of lighting, where beautiful lamps are sold for a high price yet designed with little attention to the function. “LEDs have the ability to last for life – […]