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While the pupil may be the opening in the eye that lets light through to the retina, the iris is the tissue that opens and closes to determine the size of the pupil. Although mechanical irises are already a standard feature in cameras, scientists from Finland and Poland have recently created an autonomous artificial iris that's much more similar to those found in the eye – it may even eventua
Life should be a little easier for buyers of the upcoming new Nissan Leaf, as Nissan has confirmed that the car will feature ProPILOT Assist technology. Although it should eventually offer advanced functionality, for now the system reportedly "reduces the hassle of stop-and-go single-lane highway driving."..Continue Reading It's official: New Nissan Leaf will be semi-autonomousCategory: Autom
Timex has something of a reputation as a middle-of-the-road, play-it-safe, value-for-money watchmaker, but the company is stepping out of its comfort zone to partner with France-based SilMach and create a new electronic watch movement. Using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technology, the pair are developing the first MEMS-powered watch movement to create a more flexible, compact anal
Former Grand Prix rider Katja Poensgen only signed on to ride for the resurrected Indian brand on June 10, but in the following week she has taken two spectacular wins and generated more race-winning publicity than the brand has had in Europe for a century. And just to add flavor to the story, the 39-year-old mother's Nitrous-Oxide-burning 185-hp Indian Scout motorcycle is named "Miracle Mike
Adding a third dimension to sketches with a 3D printing pen can bring a whole new layer of fun to doodling. But as we discovered for ourselves last year, it's not as easy as company reps make it look. Despite a number of variations on the theme over the years – including pro models, kid-safe cordless pens and slimmed down flavors – all of these creative tools have had one thing in common, a s
Americans might love their trucks, but they aren't the only ones. The folks Down Under are partial to a good pickup at the moment, and Ford would argue the range-topping Ranger Wildtrak is the best pickup you can buy. With a luxurious interior, plenty of off-road gear and a ruggedly handsome face, it certainly looks good on paper. But does it deliver in the real world? ..Continue Reading Ford
A patent filed by Amazon outlines the company's vision for vertical drone delivery hives that could be destined for urban centers. These tall, multilevel cylinders would receive truck freight at the ground level, with robots then loading up delivery drones that would leave and return through dozens of windows dotted up the sides of the structure...Continue Reading Amazon envisages drone-deliv
Deflating tires are at best an inconvenience and at worst a real danger, but often a leak doesn't reveal itself until much of the pressure is gone. That's why we have recently seen a few tire pressure monitors that ping your smartphone when air begins to escape. But a new solution from car accessory maker Nonda promises to fill in yet more of these blanks, with what it says is the first tire
Plenty of time and effort has been dedicated to reducing the number of car accidents caused by smartphones, but drivers aren't the only road users susceptible to distraction. To keep cyclists focused on the road, Dutch telecom company KPM has teamed up with the Dutch Traffic Safety Association to develop a smart bike lock that disables the rider's phone while on the move...Continue Reading Du
One of the easiest ways into virtual reality right now is through the 360-degree videos pushed by the likes of Facebook and YouTube, spherical movie balls that you sit inside and peer around in. Now Google wants to offer an even simpler format for content creators and viewers alike: VR180...Continue Reading Google makes virtual reality easier for viewers and creators with new VR180 format Cat

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