judgecorp writes: "Fuel, a keyring-sized battery designed to charge a phone for an extra 30 minutes talk-time, has passed its $20,000 funding goal on kickstarter. The creator, Devotec, describes the device — styled like a fuel can — as the "world's smallest cellphone charger" and says it will hold a charge for at least a month, and deliver it over micro-USB. It will cost $25 when it goes on sale, but Kickstarter funders can get one for $18, Other crowd funders can get their name down for the planned iPhone version."
judgecorp writes: "Scientists from the University of East Anglia have made significant steps towards generating electricity from bacteria in so-called "bio-batteries. The process uses the ability of bacteria to transport electrical charge through cell membranes, and uses a synthetic version of a marine bacterium called Shewanella oneidensis. Active proteins were put into a lipid capsule which had the ability to transfer electrons with an iron electrode"
judgecorp writes: "With Samsung and (reportedly) Apple already making smart watches, Google has now joined the party. The Google Watch is apparently being made by the Android group, and could have some synergy with Google's other wearable tech — the Glass spectacles. The distinctive thing in Google's patent seems to be having two displays — one for public data and a flip-up one for more private stuff. ."
judgecorp writes: "The first Raspberry Pi Awards have picked the best projects built by schoolchildren using the Raspberry Pi. The winners included a team of 8 to 11 year olds, who built a door-answering machine for elderly or disabled people, and a team of 12 to 16 year olds, who made an automated pill dispenser for forgetful patients. Other categories included adults, who built a wireless home power consumption system."
judgecorp writes: "The first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, worth £1 million, has been shared by five founders of the Internet and the World Wide Web. As well as Sir Tim Berners Lee and Vint Cerf, the other recpients are Cerf's colleague Bob Kahn, creator of the Mosaic browser Marc Andreeseen, and a much less well known Frenchman, Louis Pouzin, aged 82. Working at Bell Labs, Pouzin invented the datagram protocols on which Cerf and Kahn based the TCP/IP protocols. The judges originally planned the prize for a maximum of three winners, but that had to change, thanks to the collaborative nature of the Internet. All the recipients praised their colleagues and pointed out that engineering is always a team effort “Fortunately we are still alive," joked Pouzin. “It is forty years since we did the things for which we are being honoured.” Awarded in the UK, the prize is an international effort to create an engineering counterpart to the Nobels. The judgesconsidered entries from 65 countries."
judgecorp writes: "ARM, whose chip designs are in virtually all phones and tablets, seems to do most things quicker than Intel, and that includes changing,leaders. Intel is taking six months to replace Paul Otelline, who announced he would stand down last November. By contrast, ARM announced today that its boss Warren East would stand down — and had the successor, Simon Segars, already lined up."
judgecorp writes: "Raspberry Pi, the cheap learning machine now has a cheaper version. The Raspberry Pi Model A has no Ethernet, only one USB port and only 256M of RAM compared to the Model B's 512MB. It's designed to use less power, so could be used for solar or battery-powered applications."
judgecorp writes: "The Weightless Special Interest Group has launched, proposing a technology as the standard for White Space radio. Version 0.9 of the spec will be on the Weightless site later today, and the group promises to offer it royalty-free, as a basis for machine-to-machine communications over the licence-exempt white space spectrum not used by radio and TV broadcast services. Backers include Cambrdige UK technology companies ARM and CSR, as well as Neul, the creator of the Whitespace technology."
judgecorp writes: "An update of the Raspberry Pi computer increases the on-board memory to 512MB, The 512M Model B is already in stock and will be able to do more interesting things — including running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android."
judgecorp writes: "each generation of smartphones actually has more dropped calls and worse battery life than the last, because antena design has fallen behind. says Edinburgh-based Sofant Technologies. The firm has made a tunable, steerable RF antenna using micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) which it says will change all that. It's based on research from Edinburgh University and is designed to get the best our of LTE/4G."
judgecorp writes: "Artist Dominic Wilcox has made a pair of GPS-enabled shoes which point the way home when their heels are clicked together. Inspired by the Wizard of OZ, they feature LEDs to point the direction, as well as a progress bar to indicate the distance to one's destination."