Lucas123 writes "Toyota today signed an IP agreement with WiTricity, a Massachusetts-based maker of magnetic resonance charging technology. Toyota has been investing in the company since 2011, but now appears to be planning to use its copper coil wireless charging technology in its 2014 Prius plug-in lineup. "We have also heard from these [Prius] owners, that they would like a more convenient charging operation. In response, we are developing a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an onboard coil to recharge the battery without the fuss of a cable," said Satoshi Ogiso, managing officer for the Toyota. WiTricity's charging technology offers up to 25kW, with the company's systems for passenger cars outputting from 3.3kW to 6kW while systems for fleets and small buses are in the 10kW to 25kW range. WiTricity claims it takes the same amount of time to charge a vehicle wirelessly as it would by plugging it in, which in a passenger car with a dead battery is nominally four hours."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "While it's tempting to upgrade your flatscreen to the latest technology, industry analysts say UHD TVs are still no bargain with top brand names selling 65-in models for $5,000 or more. And, even though 4K TVs offer four times the resolution of today's 1080p HDTVs, there are no standards today for how many frames per second should be used in broadcasting media. Additionally, while there's plenty of content being produced for UHDs, little has been made available. "You can get more for your dollar going with a good LED HDTV from a top brand," said Veronica Thayer, an analyst with IHS Research. "They're coming out with great prices for this holiday season.""Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "Next year, LoJack plans to come out with a telematics system that will allow parents to track their children's cars, auto makers to record vehicle diagnostics and insurance companies to review driving habits as the basis of rate quotes. LoJack said the wireless tracking systems will likely come in several forms, including a OBD II plug-in dongle as well as a factory installable model. The company said it has no plans to sell any information collected through a cloud service connected to the devices, but to only share it with stakeholders — either vehicle owners or businesses that have been given the OK to collect and use the data. Additional features will include the ability for parents to set up geo fences to restrict where their children can drive before alerts can sent as well as the ability to restrict and texting while the vehicle is being operated."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "WD today released the Black Dual Drive, offers laptop users the ability to have both an SSD and a hard drive through a single interface. The company claims the WD Black Dual Drive is 17 times faster than a traditional hard disk drive and costs about three times less per gigabyte than an SSD. The new drive only works with Windows hardware and will retail for $299. Benchmark testing, however, shows the SSD portion of the drive has less than stellar performance with a maximum read rate of 269MB/s and a write rate of 147MB/s. By comparison, the Samsung 840 EVO has a max read rate of 508MB/s and a write rate of 488MB/s."Link to Original Source
minty3 writes "The team used graphene’s mechanical “stretchability” in order to create a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) – an electronic component that can generate an FM signal. The VCO was used to send and receive audio signals of 100 megahertz. The team used pure tones and more complex music signals to tune the VCO’s output and found that both kinds of signals could be “faithfully reproduced” by an ordinary radio receiver."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "Epson and Evena Medical today unveiled a new smart-glass technology that allows nurses to see "through" a patient's skin to the vasculature beneath in order to make intravenous placement easier. The Eyes-On Glasses System is based on Epson's Moverio Smart Glasses Technology, an Android-based, see-through wearable display launched earlier this year that allows users to interact with apps and games. The glasses use near-infrared light to highlight deoxygenated hemoglobin in a patient's veins and capture the images with two stereoscopic cameras. The cameras then project the vein images onto the see-through glass screens. The glasses can store the images and video and transfer them wirelessly to a patient's electronic health record, and they also come with dual built-in speakers for video conferencing."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "From stretch assignments, additional training, to a promotion, IT workers aren't as likely to have the same negotiation experience as their business-side colleagues, But knowing how to negotiate, even for better service and cheaper pricing from vendors, is an important job skill. Computerworld put together a list of 12 negotiation tips, because knowing what you want, preparing ahead of time by doing your homework and choosing the right time to make your request is key to success."
MojoKid writes "Microsoft has lifted the embargo on full reviews of the Xbox One and it's clear the system is more than just a game console. Of course, the Xbox One plays games—really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined controllers, new Kinect sensor, and strong developer support, the Xbox One is an excellent gaming platform. However, Microsoft’s incorporation of a hypervisor that allows the Xbox One to run the Xbox OS and Windows 8 kernel simultaneously opens up a world of additional possibilities. Essentially, you’ve got a device that’s equally as adept at running a cutting-edge game as it is playing back HD video, browsing the web, or video conferencing. The Xbox One's specifications read like a mainstream game PC. At the heart of the Xbox One is an AMD-built, semi-custom APU, featuring 8 "Jaguar" x86-64 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.75GHz and a GCN-based GPU with 768 stream processors, clocked at 853MHz. The APU also features a 32MB eSRAM cache. The APU is paired to 8GB of DDR3-2133 memory and the storage subsystem features 8GB of flash, a 500GB hard disk drive for game installs and bulk storage, and slot-loading Blu-Ray drive. The Xbox One also sports USB 3.0 supports, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a dedicated audio off-load processor. Xbox One games that are being shown thus far were expectedly a mix of bold and bland. The hottest titles like Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct are likely to sell a ton of consoles. They simply look good, play well and will provide lots of fun. Ryse and Forza in particular look impressive."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "Google just announced it is investing another $80 million in six new solar power plants in California and Arizona, bringing its total investment in renewable energy to more than $1 billion. The new plants are expected to generate 160MW of electricity, enough to power 17,000 typical U.S. homes. They are expected to be operational by early 2014. With the new plants, Google's renewable power facilities will be able to generate a total of 2 billion watts (gigawatts) of energy, enough to power 500,000 homes or all of the public elementary schools in New York, Oregon, and Wyoming for one year, it said. Currently, Google gets about 20% of its power from renewable energy, but it has set a goal of achieving 100% renewable energy."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "Autonomous robots programmed to scan city streets with thermal imaging and robotic equipment carriers created to aid in transporting ammunition and other supplies will likely outnumber U.S. troops in 10 years, according to robotic researchers and U.S. military officials. 5D Robotics, Northrop Grumman Corp., QinetiQ, HDT Robotics and other companies demonstrated a wide array of autonomous robots during a display at Ft. Benning in Georgia last month. The companies are already gaining traction in the military. For example, British military forces, use QinetiQ's 10-pound Dragon Runner robot, which can be carried in a backpack and then tossed into a building or a cave to capture and relay surveillance video. "Robots allow [soldiers] to be more lethal and engaged in their surroundings," said Lt. Col. Willie Smith, chief of Unmanned Ground Vehicles at Fort Benning, Ga. "I think there's more work to be done but I'm expecting we'll get there.""Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "The ATF has been testing 3D printed guns over the past year and, not surprisingly, has found that depending on the thermoplastics, 3D printers and CAD designs used, some can explode on the first attempt to shoot them. The ATF published videos this week of the tests on YouTube showing what looked like a Liberator model of a 3D gun exploding upon being fired. Another model, created with the popular ABS polymer and an advanced printer, could fire as many as 8 shots. The tests were published at a time when a law passed in 1988 banning the sale of plastic guns made entirely of plastic is set to expire next month."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "The ATF said this week it has been testing various models of 3D printed guns, and depending on the type of materials and printers used, the guns can explode, even after firing just one shot. The ATF published videos of its tests showing the guns blowing up as well as others showing models that were capable of firing up to 8 shots."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "While the price for 3D printers have declined dramatically over the past few years, even those for hobbyists or “makers,” will typically run north of $1,500 (and sometimes more than $2,500). 3D printer “kits” tend to be the least expensive models, but they require assembly. There are some 3D printers on the retail market that are below the $1,000 mark, but a very few under $500. Still, there are several models on Kickstarter expected to ship between December and next spring. Keep in mind that they are prototypes. Here are five options for inexpensive 3D printers, both assembled and unassembled."Link to Original Source
McGruber writes "The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senior-navy-civilians-investigated-in-alleged-scheme-to-defraud-military-for-16-million/2013/11/12/74383ffa-4bbb-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html) reports on the latest example of how the US is being overrun by hoodlums in suits and uniforms: three Navy officials, who oversee highly classified programs, arranged for a hot-rod auto mechanic in California to build a specially ordered batch of unmarked and untraceable rifle silencers and sell them to the Navy at more than 200 times what they cost to manufacture.
None of the three Navy civilian intelligence officials who arranged the deal have been charged in the investigation. However, auto mechanic Mark Stuart Landersman, 52, of Temecula, Calif was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to transport unregistered firearms. Landersman paid $8,000 to a machinist to produce 349 "small-engine mufflers”, then resold the devices as silencers to the US Navy for $1.6 million.
According to a court document, auto mechanic Landersman is the brother of "Conspirator #1", David W. Landersman, the senior director for intelligence in the Navy’s directorate for plans, policy, oversight and integration intelligence."Link to Original Source
Lucas123 writes "Researchers have already built robots that can use microorganisms to digest waste material, such as rotten fruit and vegetables, and generate electricity from it. This time, a group of scientists has taken that concept to a strange, new place: urine-powered robots. The scientists from the University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Bristol constructed a system in robots that functions like the human heart, except it's designed to pump urine into the robot's "engine room," converting the waste into electricity and enabling the robot to function completely on its own. The researchers hope the system, which can hold 24.5 ml of urine, could be used to power future generations of robots, or what they're calling EcoBots. "In the city environment, they could re-charge using urine from urinals in public lavatories," said Peter Walters, a researcher with the University of the West of England. "In rural environments, liquid waste effluent could be collected from farms.""Link to Original Source