With only a handful of 3-D channels and titles available, the task of filling the growing number of 3-D TV screens falls to snap-happy vacationers and amateur auteurs. They finally get their choice of 3-D cameras this fall, but the images they produce are not all created equal.
High-risk patients can lose hours and thousands of dollars to in-hospital heart monitoring, but now physicians can regularly check in from afar. German cellphone maker H'andy's Sana 210 needs only 30 seconds to measure heart rhythm and send it to a doctor. When your heart moves, it sends electricity through your body; the Sana uses the same electric sensors as a hospital electrocardiogram (ECG) to record those pulses through your fingertips.
Each month we look beyond the shelves of your local big-box store to dig up the best new ideas in gear. This is the stuff that is better, faster, stronger, and does more than pretty much anything we've seen before it.
Bike-sharing programs across the U.S. are getting an upgrade.
By Jackson LynchPosted 10.13.2010 at 12:37 pm 0 Comments
Urban bike-sharing in U.S. cities. Already booming in Europe, these membership-based services start around $5 a month, saving commuters at least $5,000 a year on average over owning a car.
Smartphone apps allow riders to find bikes quickly, and inexpensive radio-frequency-identification or GPS chips help bike companies track the riders remotely. The chips are linked to riders’ credit-card information, so they won’t be tempted to steal the bike.
By Peter KirnPosted 10.12.2010 at 3:45 pm 0 Comments
Packing features into an electronic instrument - say, adding a recorder or sampler - tends to make for a bulky device with a seriously complicated menu system. Teenage Engineering's OP-1, part of a category of devices musicians call "grooveboxes," bucks that trend. It fits all the bells and whistles into a trim 11-by-4 inch slab that does away with menu-digging. It's a sophisticated, all-in-one noisemaker you can carry, and play, with one hand.
Three motorcyclists competing in the final race of the international MotoGP circuit this month will have extra injury insurance, in the form of wearable airbags. Alpinestars's Tech Air Race suit uses an onboard computer to sense the subtle differences between regular track turbulence and the motion associated with an impending crash, and it fires fall-cushioning airbags on the shoulders and collarbone (an oft-injured area for racers) before the biker hits the ground.
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 10.07.2010 at 2:44 pm 0 Comments
Carmakers have always struggled with the problem of inefficiency. Internal combustion engines quickly convert the chemical energy in fuel into the kinetic energy that moves cars forward, but even the engine in the Toyota Prius, among the most efficient ever built, uses only 37 percent of that chemical energy — the rest goes to creating unwanted heat and friction.
The next generation of Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes make the Web something you surf with a remote, not a mouse.
Because an increasing number of TVs now stream video from the Web, manufacturers are building interfaces to help you navigate this sea of content. The Internet link also allows computer-like interactions, such as searches, alongside videos.