Technology - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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Fractal Design Builds "Sleek And Elegant" Home Theater PC Case

With an exterior that will "fit in any space or room", Fractal Design's Node 202 enclosure promises to combine a low-profile, low-noise design with enough room for fast graphics cards. Those who dislike the Corsair Bulldog's aesthetic ought to take a look at this.

Tablet Offers New Light at The End of the Visually-Impaired Tunnel

Meet the world's first braille tactile tablet for the blind that is made without mechanical components. Read on for more about liquid-based technology and how it is improving the everyday lives of the visually impaired.


RGB LEDs Light Lian Li's Dual-Chambered PC-O8 Case

The recent trend of putting RGB LEDs on everything continues. The latest is Lian Li's squarish PC-O8 case. It'll enclose even the most expensive computer you could build, while keeping things reasonably classy with tempered glass panels and the aforementioned LED lighting.

Is Paper The New Metal?

In the development of new high performance materials, there are two highly desirable features: strength and toughness. Unfortunately, these have always been considered mutually exclusive. Now, however, materials scientists may have delivered a solution from an entirely unexpected source: paper.

Corsair Bulldog: Console-Size, 4K-Capable Living Room Gaming PC

With a strong focus on 4K-res gaming, Corsair has brought together their PC case, cooling, and power expertise for their Bulldog DIY PC kit. It'll handle some really high-caliber hardware, all while being small enough and quiet enough to fit into your home theater setup.

Hyperkin Smart Boy Morphs Your Smartphone Into A Game Boy

Time to dust off those old GB cartridges. Hyperkin's Smart Boy smartphone cradle intends to make your iPhone or Android phablet into Nintendo's circa-1989 handheld console, going so far as to include a working cartridge slot.

Bacteria Might Be Used As Live Robot Brains

Scientists published a report this week in which a computer model was used to investigate the possibility of employing bacterial colonies to control mechanical devices like robots. The results were remarkably positive. Read on to find out how this new “living brain” development will impact everything from ecology to medicine.


Where Art Meets Science: Kirigami For Stretchable Electronics

Kirigami is a variation of the more well-known origami, in which paper is both folded and cut. In the right hands, it allows for the creation of remarkably intricate works of art. Now, however, scientists are putting the technique to use for more than just aesthetics. They’ve discovered that cutting electronic materials in a similar fashion allows them to stretch up to 370% without loss of electrical performance. This may be just the breakthrough needed to develop practical and functional wearable electronics.

It’s Fashion; It’s Technology; It’s Wearable Drones!

The merging of fashion and technology is a cultural phenomenon that is bursting at the seams. Meet the drones of the future which can be worn around your neck, on your wrist, on your feet and God knows where else. Check out these amazing devices of tomorrow.


Brain Implant Gives Scientists Wireless Mind Control

Controlling someone’s brain by implanting an electronic device is a common plot element in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Remember the super disturbing The Terminal Man? Or the episodes of Archer where the Russians have put a microchip in his head that leaves him wanting to kill his own mother? Well, now US researchers have developed a remote-controlled brain implant that allows them to choose the path a mouse walks through a maze with just a push of a button. Let’s hope they use their newfound powers for good and not evil.