Posted by Allison Blackburn

Topaz: The world’s largest solar plant is now running

The world’s largest solar plant is now up and running. The solar plant has the name of Topaz and it is located in San Luis Obispo County in California. It is the first 500 plus megawatt solar farm in the US to get up and running, thanks to it recently completing its final 400 megawatt phase. It also takes the title of being the largest in the world to be online. [Image Courtesy of Center for Land Use Interpretation] First Solar are the company behind Topaz. This is a project costing $2.5 billion and is made up of 9 million […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Amazons Echo is the personal digital assistant for the living room

Amazon have managed to keep something that they have been working on very quiet considering that it is one of their most ambitious projects. They have designed a speaker called Echo that is voice controlled and it is going to be available in the next few weeks. It’s somewhat of a hardware version of Apple’s Siri, responding to simple questions and tasks as well as offering high quality music playback. [Image Courtesy of Amazon] Before you rush out to get your hands on one, Echo is initially going to be made available by invitation only to members of Amazon Prime at an […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

The OIO Amp iPad Air case comes with theatre speakers

While there are many different cases on the market for the Apple iPad not many of them offer something different that sets them apart. All they do is provide protection for the Apple tablet. Now a designer has come up with something new as the case will offer protection for the Apple iPad Air and iPad Air 2 and at the same time it doubles as two theatre speakers. The OIO Amp iPad Air case is a Kickstarter project at the moment. [Image Courtesy of OIO] The Amp comes with two panels which open up to reveal speakers. There is another panel […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Winners of the 2014 James Dyson International Awards Revealed

The grand winner of the 2014 James Dyson International Awards is 23 year old James Roberts, a design graduate from the Loughborough University in Britain. He took first place with his design called MOM, a portable and inflatable incubator. There were also three runners up chosen, QOLO, the powered wheelchair from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, the Suncayr pen from University of Waterloo in Canada and Bruise, a device that shows injuries from the Imperial College London. [Image Courtesy of James Roberts] James Roberts from Loughborough University took the first place for MOM, an incubator with an insulated middle […]

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Kodak’s new GoPro contender offers 360 degree view

Kodak have just revealed it’s new action camera that will go head-to-head with the GoPro series. The PIXPRO SP360 offers a 360-degree view of the action using a single dome shaped lens and films in full HD (1080p), recording at 30 fps with a 16-megapixel MO sensor. The dome lens means that it doesn’t require an array of cameras to be stitched together to produce the 360-degree view. The camera offers 4 different modes to shoot in; Front (212 degrees), Split (180-degree front and rear views at the same time), Dome (214 degrees) and Sphere (360 degrees), providing alternative vantage points. It can […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Smart Cycle lanes could be heading to the UK

You may remember the glow in the dark roads from Studio Roosegaarde that began use in the Netherlands not so long ago. Well now the tech is being taken over to the UK and is being considered for smart cycle lanes in Birmingham and London. [Image Courtesy of Dan Roosegaarde] The first cycle highway will been called the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Light Emitting Bicycle Path and it is set to launch in December, inspired by the Starry Night masterpiece from Van Gogh. Daan Roosegaarde has demonstrated the technology to the necessary authorities in both London and Birmingham. An expert in the automotive […]