Robotic Spiders Have Been Designed For Hazardous Missions

If you don’t like spiders this might be your worst nightmare, but the Fraunhofer Institute have unveiled their new spider robot which has been designed to be highly mobile and uses hydraulics and bellow system to force fluid into its legs to enable it to scurry about.

A number of versions of the spider robot have been created by the Institute and some have even been designed to jump. The spider robots have been created to be able them crawl into small tight spaces inaccessible by humans to check for leaks and problems.

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Swiss Engineers Create Worlds First Gold Coated Thread

If you enjoy a little bling in your clothes you will be pleased to hear a team of Swiss engineers have now been able to create the world’s first 24 carat gold coated silk. Enabling fashion designers to be even more extravagant with their creations in their next fashion show.

The thread is coated with nanometre thin layer of pure gold which can now be created thanks to a new process developed by EMPA. As you can see by the photo below its already been applied to make bowties, handkerchiefs and ties even more snappy.


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Amazon’s Augmented Reality iPhone App : Flow, Allows You To Easily Compare Prices

Amazon have today unveiled a new iPhone application called Flow which uses augmented reality to enable you to quickly check items in-store against prices on Amazon’s website.

Simply pick up the product you see in a retail store and point your iPhone at its UPC code and all the information you could possibly need is then magically displayed on your iPhone including pricing, customer reviews and related products.

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Motorola Xoom 2 And Xoom 2 Media Edition Tablets Announced

We have been hearing rumors for a while that Motorola has been getting ready to launch the new Xoom 2 tablet, it is now official and Motorola has just announced two new Android Honeycomb tablets, the Motorola Xoom 2 and the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Tablet.

First up is the Motorola Xoom 2 which features a 10.1 inch HD display with Gorilla Glass and it comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a dual core 1.2GHz processor, plus 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage.

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GameChanger Combines Apple’s iPad With Traditional Board Games (video)

If you miss playing traditional board games now that everything seems to have gone digital. A new gaming accessory called CameChanger has been designed for the iPad which allows you to enjoy both digital gaming and the more traditional boardgame style in one.

GameChanger comes supplied with 2 games Animal Mania and Magic Schoolbus and can be played by two to four players of ages six and up. Both games combine education and entertainment and use the 48 pressure sensitive feels that are embedded into the gaming board.


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Android Now Makes Up 43 Percent Of US Smartphone Market

According to research firm Neilsen, Google’s Android OS now accounts for 43 percent of the US smartphone market for quarter three of 2011, and increase from the 39 percent share in the second quarter.

Apple’s iOS device are apparently in second place with a 28 percent share, around what it was in the previous quarter, whilst RIM’s BlackBerry has dropped down from 20 percent in quarter 2 to 18 percent in quarter three.

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HTC Flyer Tablet Lands On T-Mobile

The HTC Flyer tablet has been available for a while, and now US mobile carrier T-Mobile is offering the HTC Flyer on their network when you sign up to a new two year contract for $299.99.

The HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, the display features a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels and it comes with Android Gingerbread, processing is provided by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor.

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379,000 Copies Of Steve Jobs Biography Sold In First Week

The Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson went on sale just over a week ago, and it is already top of most of the bestseller list and is expected to be one of the most popular books of 2011.

Details have been released on how popular the book has become, and it would appear that a total of 379,000 copies of the Steve Jobs biography were sold in the first week in the US alone.

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Raspberry PI $25 Computer Coming In December

The last thing we heard about the Raspberry PI was that the company behind the device was getting ready to launch it now and it would appear that the PI will go on sale in December.

The Raspberry PI is a low cost computer that will retail for $25, and it is designed to make access to computers affordable for schools and people in developing nations, and it looks like the first ones will ship next month.

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Libratone Live AirPlay Cashmere Covered Ribbon Speakers Launched

You might remember the cashmere clad Libratone Live AirPlay speaker from back in July when they were first unveiled. Well if you had set your heart on one and were waiting for them to arrive in stores you will be pleased to know they are now available to purchase for around $700.

The wireless Libratone Live ribbon speakers support Airplay and have been designed to provide the sound of an an “acoustic instrument filling the entire room with sound.”  Reflecting the sound off the walls, to provide a  360° sound.

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