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Hexapod Robot “Mantis” is an Impressive Alternative to Cars

The only thing more strenuous than facing the grueling battle of bus tickets, waiting times and passenger queues, otherwise known as the nightmare of public transport, is the hassle that comes with owning a car. The practical, sturdy ones leave much to be desired in terms of aesthetics as most can be described as ‘eyesores’ and the expensive, flashy ones will leave consumers out of pocket in both initial purchase and maintenance cost terms. Needless to say, getting around without much use of footpaths, is quite a difficulty.

Hexapod Robot “Mantis” is an Impressive Alternative to Cars

Enter challenger ‘giant hexapod robot’, because people might not need one to travel, but boy do they want one because who needs a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Maser-whatsit when there’s the option to travel in style via a fully operational mechanical robot.

Of course, Inventor Matt Denton realises that this impossibly cool looking invention would be just that, impossibly cool, but defying the realm of ‘possibility’ altogether, he’s gone and invented it, much to the sheer delight of vehicle collectors everywhere.

Having built miniature hexapods in the past during his time at Micromagic Systems, Denton is actually a specilist in the field of animatronics and special effects, having designed some impressive movie magic in the likes of ‘Lost in Space’ and the more recent blockbuster hit, the Alien-based title, ‘Prometheus’. This invention, called the ‘Mantis’ is actually his first foray into the giant hexapod landscape.

Sitting at 9.2 feet tall, far taller than the average human, man or woman, weighing in at two tons, the Mantis is powered by a 2.2 turbo diesel engine. This mechanical beast is designed to take on any terrain, and it’s unlikely, that with statistics that impressive, that any terrain will be able to stand in its way.

Hexapod Robot “Mantis” is an Impressive Alternative to Cars

The Mantis, which is pictured in an image right at the top of this post, can also be controlled via wi-fi, or, as most people would rather like it can be driven first-hand as there is plenty of room for a driver to take the front seat.
Denton says that while it’s not intended for general sale, people can hire it out for a go, or just to show it off at exhibition if they wish.

Facebook Prepares a New Android ‘Home’ App – Facebook UI

Facebook and their own smartphone. Yes, there is yet another new story in the sea about that unusual pair, and this time we might not have to wait that long to find out whether the “real” device is coming from Facebook or not. Today, Facebook has scheduled an event “come see our new home on Android.” While it is fairly vague of an initiation (as ‘new home’ could be anything, ranging from a home screen to a real device), some details have emerged since the event got scheduled.

Facebook Prepares a New Android ‘Home’ App - Facebook UI

Worth having in mind is the fact that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the popular social network continuously denied that they were working on their own device as it “would not make much sense” for them to do, but that they are certainly working on improving the integration with the existing mobile platforms. Built-in sharing is part of many different platforms and solutions already, so what could Facebook present this Thursday – what could actually be the “new home on Android?” Starting this year, Facebook launched a free calling service for all users of the Facebook Messenger app in the US, so there is definitely a chance to expand in that segment on Android or push it even further.

Some rumors went on to say that there will be an actual device which will push and carry the new Facebook’s software – but most if not all features should be available for the rest of the smartphones on the Android platform soon after. This new home should be an entirely new home screen launcher, filled up with Facebook information user wants to see, according to some sources.

The Wall Street Journal claims that the social network has been working on a special piece of software for Android devices, which would enable the aforementioned home screen. What is not surprising is another piece of info WSJ managed to get, and that is the tight link between Facebook and HTC is still present. Both companies previously had some attempts (or should we say – experiments) with making a Facebook oriented smartphone devices…

Those previous two phones which were “closely integrated” with Facebook were an utter market disaster back in 2011. Advertised as devices for “texting and Facebook integration,” they disappeared quickly from the radar screen of those rare potential buyers. One smartphone had a physical keyboard, and the other one was touch-screen only. Accidental similarities to the ill-fated Microsoft Kin?

Both were manufactured by HTC under names ChaCha and Salsa respectively. Devices had an average set of specifications (800MHz MSM7227 Turbo from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM), and were running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. What made them different from the rest of the HTC’s Android lineup was the little blue Facebook button nested in front, in order to make “sharing of status posts, images or videos easier.”

Facebook, while having more than 650 million mobile users, should not underestimate those potential buyers again – and is therefore making the software available for all Android devices, if we are to believe some sources. Still, it seems there was at least one test HTC device for that particular piece of software Facebook is about to unveil on April 4th. While digging through the system dump of the “Facebook phone,” folks at Android Police have revealed that it is a real deal – although they could not manage to log on into the new software in order to see how it looks like in action, although some fragments have been extracted successfully.

Some of the features the Facebook Home software has is the ability to spawn windows that remain on top of all other windows, probably in order to make chatting more convenient, it has the permission to turn off the lock screen or activate as soon as the phone starts up, it is able to monitor the status of other applications on the phone, and so on…

Facebook Prepares a New Android ‘Home’ App – Facebook UI

Whether the device will see the light of the day or just remain as a prototype unit remains to be seen. Specs of that device codenamed HTC Myst are once again average, carrying a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 from Qualcomm, paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. Myst is supposedly running the Android 4.1.2.

Lens with maximum zoom ratio – Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6

Nikon has released new DSLR lense – 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR has the world’s top zoom ratio of any DSLR lens – 16.7x. The past champ in this area was Tamron’s 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3, so it’s amazing that Nikon has managed to increase 30mm of range while really improving on the aperture at the telephoto end. Sales start in June for $999.95.

New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display

Good news for fans of Apple – company is beginning to produce notebooks with Retina displays, which means there are so many pixels on the display.

New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display
The negative information is that Retina displays not cheap. The first laptop from Apple with this display will be a 15″ MacBook Pro with a starting price of $2199.
That big price isn’t only for the display screen. The new MacBook Pro additionally has a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT650M graphic card, 8 GB of 1600MHz RAM and 256 GB HDD. Case that measures only 0.71″ thick and weighs less than 4.5 lbs. Battery life
- 7 hrs.

 

New Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display

Sony Xperia Ace phone concept

Sony Xperia Ace – concept with a 1.4 GHz CPU, a 4.2 ” S-LCD screen, a 14.1 MP camera with LED flash and Exmor R sensor, Bluetooth 3.0 and multitouch.

Sony Xperia Ace phone concept
The phone supports 24x digital zoom, thickness  9.2mm, weighs 109 grms. It does high definition video recording in 1080p quality and has 1.5 GB of RAM. Android 4.0 is the OS of choice here, 16 GB of internal storage. The Sony Xperia Ace is dirt and water proof and its display uses the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine technologies.

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

The Asus PadFone is generally only an Android smartphone with a 4.3″ screen and 1,5 GHz CPU. However what sets the PadFone apart is the method anyone may add a series of optional doc-stations to convert the smartphone into a tablet-PC or a notebook.
Only put your phone into a docking station and the PadFone becomes of PC with a 1920×1200 display.
You’ll need to connect a keyboard and computer mouse, because the display dock doesn’t have a contact panel. The fine info is that the display with 4 USB-3.0 slots.

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

ASUS monitor with docking station for the PadFone

Nike Coach – gadget for athletes

Jeong Yong presented the Nike Coach – digital gadget that works in conjunction with a bluetooth bracelet to display athletes general physical condition to improve the method of monitoring progress. A big selection of apps and a nice style make it the ideal assistant.

Nike Coach - gadget for athletes

Nike Coach - gadget for athletes

Nike Coach - gadget for athletes

Nike Coach - gadget for athletes

Nike Coach - gadget for athletes

Acer Iconia W700 tablet

Acer introduced a collection of tablets-PC working on Windows 8 at the Computex 2012 conference.
It’s an 11.6- inch tablet-PC Acer Iconia W700 with a Full HD touchscreen display. It can dock with an suggested cradle which may store the tablet-PC horizontally, vertically or tilted up to seventy degrees, and may be combined with a keyboard to convert it into a desktop computer.

Acer Iconia W700 tablet

Dell present new Ultrabooks – Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell present new Ultrabooks for budget sector – Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z. On the surface, they look much the same:  The Inspiron 13z is thinner and lighter at 3.81 lbs, with several flexible port covers for its a few USB-3 sockets, High-Def 1.4a and Ethernet ports. The Inspiron 14z has a little more height and weight – 4.12 lbs, DVD drive, Radeon HD 7570 graphics and a 32GB SATA drive for solid state caching.
To decrease prices, each come with a 1.4 GHz Core i3 CPU and 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, Skullcandy speakers, Waves MaxxAudio processing, and 1366 x 768 quality displays.
Start selling: June 19th
Prices: Inspiron 14z – $699.99, Inspiron 13z – $599.99

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

Dell new Ultrabooks Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 13z

New Ultrabook – Acer Aspire S7

Acer now presents its latest Windows 8 ultrabooks – the Aspire S7 Series. Accessible in 2 sizes, 13.3″ and 11.6″. Both feature a modern metallic body style.
With the aluminum style, the Aspire S7 Ultrabooks are thin and light, however for everyday use. The 13.3″ product gives up to 12 hrs of battery life, whilst the 11.6″ unit can work for up to 9 hrs.. To create the ideal of the effective parts, Acer created its progressive Acer Twin Air air conditioning system to make effective cooling and give the finest thermal comfort.
Acer’s S7 Series additionally characteristics a light-sensing keyboard, which instantly detects changes in lighting conditions and changes the keyboard backlight lighting.

New technologies - Acer Aspire S7

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