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Sony and Lego research leads to DualShock-controlled minibots

Worried it might lose younger block-buying customers to video games and computers, Lego has teamed up with Sony to bring the two closer together. <i>PCWorld</i> reports that researchers at Sony's Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo have already started working on a number of experimental Lego products — …

Company develops new fiber-reinforced wood, concrete ink for 3D printing - ExtremeTech

By on May 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Even though 3D printing is an …

NASA funds 3D food printer, to combat hunger in space and on Earth - ExtremeTech

By on May 21, 2013 at 11:10 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Many astronauts have PhDs, perhaps a …

High-quality inkjet-printed graphene circuits: One step closer to foldable computers - ExtremeTech

By on May 21, 2013 at 7:20 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at Northwestern …

Teenage girl creates tiny device that could charge a smartphone in 20 seconds - ExtremeTech

By on May 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>When you’re out all day, it’s a huge …

Polytron Unveils World's First Fully Transparent Smartphone

Taiwanese firm Polytron Technologies has revealed the world's first fully transparent smartphone prototype. As you can see in the pictures above and …

3D printed 'bionic' ear combines cartilage with an antenna

A strange combination of tissue and electronics could help us repair — or someday even replace — human ears. Researchers led by Michael McAlpine, an assistant engineering professor at Princeton, have created a prototype artificial ear from an antenna and 3D printed cells. McAlpine has worked for …

X-47B makes historic carrier launch

The unmanned aircraft was flung into the air from a catapult on the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush this morning for a 65-minute transit back to dry land.<p>The X-47B prototype on Tuesday flew off an aircraft carrier and into the history books.<p>Today's achievement, the first-ever catapult …

Military

HP SlateBook x2 review: A fine tablet not quite worth its asking price - CNET

MSRP: $479.99<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>HP SlateBook x2</b> tablet includes a physical keyboard hub, dual batteries, full USB and HDMI ports, and two storage expansion slots.<p><b>The Bad</b> The screen has a constant yellowish tint, apps take their time to load, the keyboard is cramped, and the tablet's ridges are distracting …

Gear & Gadgets

Audi RS 5 is a brute in a suit (pictures)

2013 Audi RS 5 is a brute in a suit<p>Hunker down<p>V-8 FSI engine<p>Seven-speed transmission<p>Quattro all-wheel drive<p>Sports active differential<p>Sport suspension<p>Rear spoiler<p>20-inch wheels<p>Interior<p>Steering wheel<p>Audi MMI Navigation plus<p>Audi MMI controller<p>Instrumentation<p>Keyless entry and start<p>Nvidia-powered …

Audi

Tesla's path to the upgradable car

At a press event on Tuesday, Tesla shared how it took advantage of Nvidia GPU technology to make a car ready for continual upgrades.<p>At Tesla's sunny headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., I asked CTO JB Straubel when to expect the next model upgrade for the Model S. He quickly dismissed the automaker …

Tesla

Quantum computer finally proves its faster than a conventional PC, but only just - ExtremeTech

By on May 9, 2013 at 7:35 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>A computer scientist at Amherst …

Exoskeleton turns plants into faunaborgs so they can autonomously seek sunlight and water - ExtremeTech

By on May 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If you don’t have a backyard — or have …

Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade, will begin public beta testing on June 26 - ExtremeTech

By on May 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Microsoft has announced that Windows …

Terrafugia TF-X: The vertical take-off flying car - ExtremeTech

By on May 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Terrafugia, the Woburn, MA, company …

Play$tation 4: Sony announces the PS4 won't be sold at loss - ExtremeTech

Play$tation 4: Sony announces the PS4 won’t be sold at loss<p>By on May 10, 2013 at 11:00 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Ubuntu Touch will be stable by the end of May - ExtremeTech

By on May 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Canonical announced Ubuntu for phones …

GM turns your old Chevy Volt battery into a whole-house UPS - ExtremeTech

By on May 13, 2013 at 9:23 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>When your plug-in hybrid or electric …

Their Ghosts Still Haunt The Place: How Four GM Motorama Show Cars Were Saved from the Scrap Heap

Twenty-five years ago, these gems were disinterred from Warhoops auto salvage yard.<p>An old-school junkyard, Warhoops Auto and Truck Parts squats on 15.5 acres of dirt speckled with the detritus of our throwaway culture. A Cadillac propped against a tree exposes its Northstar to the sky. Bent buses …

Classic Cars

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche recasts this whole hybrid business in a most amazing way.<p>Funnyman Louis C.K. does a widely known bit summed up by a phrase uttered early in the performance: “Everything is amazing and nobody’s happy.” (Go ahead and Google it now, but promise you’ll come back to us. Beware the YouTube …

Facelifts

Airbus Pulls Covers Off New Composite Airliner

Airbus pulled its newest airliner, the A350 XWB, out of the paint booth this week and may well be the big story at the upcoming Paris Air Show.<p>The …

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …