E&T news weekly #77 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the year 2015

Friday January 15 2016  Vitali Vitaliev, features editor Cheat-proof activity trackers expose couch potatoes Couch potatoes, beware: your days of blissful procrastination are coming to an end. From now on, if you want to claim compensation for a sports injury, claiming it was inflicted, during a marathon run to join a Boxing Day sale queue at your nearest supermarket and not as the result of you stumbling over a bath mat while getting out of the shower, you will be exposed as a cheat by the all-seeing scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago and – like a blood-doping athlete – … Continue reading E&T news weekly #77 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the year 2015

What was hot at #CES2016 – show highlights, standouts and trends

With CES officially over for another year and the Nevada desert dust finally settled as the world’s tech-hungry masses beat a retreat back to their myriad homelands, we can look back at the madness of the past week and assess the show’s impact on the gadget landscape for 2016. As E&T sits listening to the hailstones pinging off the windows in our English office, the dry air, bright sunshine (at least when it wasn’t raining), gaudy neon and all-round sensory overload of Las Vegas and CES sure seems now like a strange and borderline-hallucinogenic dream. Did all that really happen? … Continue reading What was hot at #CES2016 – show highlights, standouts and trends

Virtual reality, immersive experiences and drones in flight at #CES2016

Two of the most popular show areas at CES 2016 are virtual reality – be that immersive and/or augmented – and drones. Inevitably, Oculus Rift dominated the VR space – literally, given the size of Oculus’ enormous two-level exhibition stand – and the lure of the most famous VR headset for show attendees was apparent in their willingness to queue for two and a half hours just to be able to try it for themselves. Of course, Oculus Rift is not the only VR game in town. Other VR projects, such as Google’s Cardboard, are broadening the technology’s reach and … Continue reading Virtual reality, immersive experiences and drones in flight at #CES2016

Hearing the C word at #CES2016

If there’s one constant thread underpinning almost everything at CES, it’s the question of being connected. Not in a 1940s Vegas Mob sense, you understand, but in the sense of any new device not being enough of a draw on its own if it can’t also chit-chat with other devices and thus offer additional, enriching functionality. Sometimes this additional functionality can seem somewhat arbitrary – such as the Wilson X Connected Football, which is a regular American Football equipped with a built-in smart sensor to measure distance, speed, spiral efficiency and catch/drop ratio – but there is a clear convergence … Continue reading Hearing the C word at #CES2016

The ‘genius’ of smart devices at CES Unveiled 2016 #CES2016

The convergence of devices and technologies to produce connected solutions for people of all ages, from preschool children to the elderly, was on display at CES Unveiled 2016, the pre-show exhibition of new products and innovations at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Wearable technology, fitness trackers, wireless audio solutions, drones, kitchen sensors, smart children’s toys, object trackers and sleep monitors were some of the major trends presented by over 150 companies, ranging from well-established companies to young start-ups with products on display, to companies still crowdfunding the finance for their idea – via such sites as Kickstarter and … Continue reading The ‘genius’ of smart devices at CES Unveiled 2016 #CES2016

Our pick of things to do in January

No excuses for sitting around indoors this month. Whatever, the weather, there’s something going on that’ll give E&T readers and excuse to get out and up to speed with the latest in technology. CES 2016 Las Vegas, 6-9 January Leading up to this year’s consumer tech fest, organiser the Consumer Electronics Association has been highlighting technology that is improving everyone’s quality of life. Its ‘Tech Changing the World’ campaign runs throughout the event, demonstrating how tech on the show floor like 3D printing, unmanned systems, health, smart homes and safe driving benefits people globally and can address some of the … Continue reading Our pick of things to do in January

Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin

By Jade Fell “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry From their humble beginnings, balanced on the noses of monks and scholars in the 13th century, eyeglasses have undergone a fantastic transformation. The handheld lorgnette donned by ladies in the 19th century gave way to the inexpensive pince-nez of the early 20th  – but It was not until the latter half of the century that eyeglasses were transformed from a mere medical necessity to something more. In Design Meets Disability, author Graham Pullin … Continue reading Book Review: Design Meets Disability – Graham Pullin