Google Project Ara Smartphone Modules Will Be Hot Swappable

Google Project Ara

Paul Eremenko Head of Project Ara at Google ATAP has this week revealed more details about the new modular smartphone that is currently under development by Google.

During the LCU14 opening keynote presentation it was revealed the modules that combine to create the functions of the smartphone such as the processor, camera, storage and phone can be removed, replaced and upgraded without the need to power down the smartphone.

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New WeIO Platform Launches For Internet Of Things Development (video)

Internet Of Things

Makers, developers and hobbyists looking for a way to make more interactive projects using the Internet of things to expand the functionality of their ideas, might be interested in a new platform called WeIO.

WeIO has been specifically designed for creating Internet of things style projects and allow wireless connectivity, with programming its creators say is as easy as building websites. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the WeIO project and see it in action.

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New Retina iMac Models May Launch Soon

Retina iMac

We have been hearing rumors for a while that Apple has a new Retina iMac in the work, and according to a recent report, Apple could be getting ready to update its iMac range with some Retina iMac’s.

According to a recent report from 9 to 5 Mac, Apple are currently testing their new Retina iMac range with OS X Yosemite, and Apple are expected to launch their new range shortly.

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First 18,000 Kano Raspberry Pi Computer Kits Ship Out (video)

Raspberry Pi

After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1.5 million at the end of last year for the Kano Raspberry Pi computer kit. The company has this week announced it has shipped the first 18,000 kits to Kickstarter backers in 86 countries, fulfilling the demands of its campaign.

To recap the Kano computer kit has been designed for those interested in learning to code and building a computer system using the awesome Raspberry Pi and has been designed to make the single board and mini PC accessible to any age group.

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Ben Heck Builds A Compact Point And Shoot Raspberry Pi Camera (video)

Raspberry Pi Camera

Makers and those of you that would like to or have already built a Raspberry Pi camera might be interested in a new show by master maker Ben Heck that explains how you can make your Raspberry Pi camera even thinner more compact.

The Raspberry Pi single board mini PC has its own camera module available to purchase separately that can be used to record video and photos but can be a little bulky when first put together.

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Portal Flexible Smartphone Is Worn On Your Wrist (video)

Flexible Smartphone

If you are looking for a wearable device that has a much larger screen than the new range of smartwatches recently unveiled and launched by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Motorola and LG. You might be interested in the Portal a flexible smartphone that offers huge screen and is worn on your wrist.

The Portal is shatterproof, water resistant and is also fitted with a flexible screen that size of a smartphone and has been designed to allow you to track your fitness, surf the Internet and more. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Portal flexible smartphone project concept and see it in action.

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KTech Genesis 3D Printer With Wi-Fi Support Launches For €2,200

KTech Genesis 3D Printer

A new 3D printer has been launched this week in the form of the of the new Italian KTech Genesis which provides owners with a print volume of 200 mm length x 200 mm width x 194 mm height or 7760 cm cubic space.

The new KTech Genesis 3D printer is constructed using an anodised aluminium unibody design and is available in either black or grey and is priced at €2,200 and made in Italy.

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Microduino-Joypad 8-bit Open Source Game Console (video)

Open Source Game Console

Some of our readers might remember the Microduino Arduino compatible development board that launched last year over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website. This week the same team at Microduino Studio have now unveiled their new Microduino-Joypad in the form of an open source game console.

The Microduino-Joypad as you can guess by the name and the team behind the project is powered by the tiny Microduino, and has been design to provide a retro 8-bit games console. Watch the video below to learn more about the Microduino-Joypad project.

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Nixie Wearable Drone Can Be Launched From Your Wrist (video)

Nixie Wearable Drone

Nine months ago, Intel started the Make It Wearable (MIW) Challenge that takes the form of a combination between a competition and an entrepreneurial mentorship program, and includes projects such as the Nixie wearable drone.

The challenge was opened to thousands of global participants with the aim of inspiring the next big innovation in wearable technology. Now ten teams of young entrepreneurs and developers have been selected to transfer their ideas into workable prototypes in the final stages, here is more information on on project the Nixie drone.

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TinyScreen Color Display Allows You To Create Your Own Smartwatch And More (video)


Makers and developers that enjoy building electronic projects might be interested in a tiny new colour display that has launched over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website this week aptly called the TinyScreen that has been made for the TinyDuino platform.

The TinyScreen is a color OLED display that measures just 25.8mm x 25.0mm in size and offers a 96 x 64 pixel OLED display with 16-bit color depth. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the TinyScreen project and see it in action.

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HP Slate 17 Massive Android Tablet/Desktop System Spotted

HP Slate 17

HP has this week added a new addition to their range of Android tablets and desktop PCs, in the form of the newly unveiled HP Slate 17, which is fitted with a massive 17 inch touchscreen display and was recently spotted over on the Peru HP website.

It seems the HP Slate 17 has been created by HP to offer a smaller alternative to the already available HP Slate 21 and Slate 21 Pro all-in-one desktops.

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MK902 II LE Ubuntu Mini PC With Rockchip RK3288 Processor Unveiled For $179


Anyone looking for a mini PC capable of running Linux Ubuntu might be interested to know the Rikomagic MK902 II LE Linux Edition mini PC is now available to purchase with prices starting from $179.

The Rikomagic MK902 II was originally designed to provide users with a TV box that is capable of running Google’s Android operating system, but the system can easily be used as a mini PC as well thanks to the Linux version.

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