Design of Future Flying Robots Possibly Based on Dragonflies

Scientists sometimes look to nature for inspiration and for flying robots the likely model seems to be the lowly dragonfly. The research is being conducted by a team from Duke University in cooperation with another group from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The aim is to better understand the intricacies of how the insect manages flight and from there possibly derive insights for designing future robotic airborne machines or vehicles.

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Enhance Your Home Security Via Webcam and Mobile Apps

Something fairly complicated and costly comes to mind when the talk is about home security with video surveillance capabilities. It is entirely possible however to set up a system that can provide adequate security on your own and without resorting to specialized service. All it takes is your home computer’s webcam and some phone camera apps.

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Philips Vital Signs App Uses Your iPad 2 Camera To Measure Your Heart Rate And Breathing (video)

It does sound a little far fetched, but Phillips have created and this week launched a new iPad 2 application called Vital Signs Camera. Which has been designed to monitor your heart rate and breathing remotely, by just using the iPad 2’s camera.

The new Vital Signs application is able to measure your heart rate by just using the colour of your face, and measure your breathing by monitoring the motion of your chest.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 Headed To Vodafone And O2 UK

Earlier this week RIM announced its latest BlackBerry smartphones, one of those is the new BlackBerry Bold 9790, and it looks like it will be headed to at least two mobile carriers here in the UK, O2 and Vodafone.

According to the guys over at Unwired View the Bold 9790 will be available to enterprise customers with Vodafone and will be available to everyone on O2 some time in January next year.

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SwiftKey X Keyboard Android App Updated With Multitouch Typing Support

SwiftKey has today rolled out a new update for its SwiftKey X Android application, which brings with it support for multitouch typing. Together with full language support for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, now making 35 languages fully support by the SwiftKey X application.

Other new features include updates to its Fluency engine, which have been tweaked to reduce memory load and provide more efficient and faster response times whilst typing.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Headed To AT&T?

It looks like the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus could be headed to mobile carrier AT&T in the US, as the device has turned up at the FCC with HSPA+ bands which suggests it will be landing on AT&T.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and comes with a 7 inch multi-touch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

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Deckstool : Furniture Created From Broken And Recycled Skateboards

If you are looking for something a little more original to sit on, you might enjoy these Deckstools, created from broken and recycled skateboard decks.

Unfortunately broken skateboards are part of skateboarding and are usually destined for the landfill. But Deckstool use and recycle these unwanted broken pieces in to, high quality furniture and other creations, and even uses the old trucks as anchors in between.

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iPhone 4S Owners Reporting SIM Card Problems

There have been a number of problems reported for the iPhone 4S since it was launched, and also some for other devices including the iPhone 4, with iOS 5, the main one being the battery problems reported by a number of users.

Now it would appear that there may be another problem, although from early reports this one is exclusive to the iPhone 4S, some users have reported that their handset has stopped recognizing their SIM card.

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Nintendo Builds Full Size Mario Carts (video)

Nintendo has this week unveiled two full size Mario carts its had made by West Coast Customs, to promote the launch of its new Mario Cart 7 game which will launch in December.

The two cars consist of the classic Mario Standard kart, complete with glider attachment, and the Luigi Bumble V kart, equipped with a rear propeller just incase you need to navigate underwater.

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iBuyPower Chimera 4 Gaming PC Announced

iBuyPower has added another high end gaming PC to their range with the launch of the Chimera 4, which comes with a choice of Intel Core i4, i7 and AMD FX-4100 processors.

Other specifications include up to 64GB of DDR 3 RAM, a choice of multiple AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards and enough room for 8 internal hard drives, with up to 24TB of storage.

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