275x250.jpg Believe it or not this woman isn't pretending to make a phone call with her fingers, the gloves she is wearing have a fully functional Bluetooth earpiece built in.

The hi-Call has a speaker and a microphone sewed into thumb and pinkie, meaning wearers can speak on the phone, while being protected from the cold.
Makers say the Inspector Gadget-esque gloves have a battery which lasts for 10 days on standby and 20 hours call time.

They are compatible with all mobile phones with Bluetooth, but obviously you will look a little crazy talking into your hand as you walk down the road.

275x250.jpg A hands-free camera which is worn around the neck and uses a host of sensors to automatically decide what photos to take is set to go on sale.

Autographer uses five on-board sensors and GPS capability to identify the perfect time to take a photo, based on changes in light and colour, motion, direction and temperature, and  then snaps away using a wide-angle lens.

For instance, Autographer might capture an image when the wearer speeds up as they run for the bus, moves from a warm pub to a snowy street or turns around to greet a friend.

All the wearer has to do is put it on and go, and at the end of the day, watch their ‘unseen’ moments unfold through natural, unpredictable images and stop-frame videos, revealing a surprising new take on their world.

275x250.jpg Brits are enthusiastically looking forward to the introduction of 4G mobile phone technology … despite the fact less than a quarter of them know what it is.

A recent survey found that 89% of people say they welcome the new 4G technology, though less than a quarter - just 24% - knew what it actually does.

A further 18% said they welcomed 4G technology but believed that 5G – which doesn’t yet exist – would be ‘significantly better.’

The poll also revealed major technological naivety amongst smartphone and tablets users with 79% stating they would welcome new technology regardless of whether or not they knew what it did and what benefits it offered.

A more cautious one in five (21%) said they would like more technical detail before making a decision on whether the new service was a good thing … but they will probably still be pre-ordering the iPhone 5.

Running robot is faster than Usain Bolt

275x250.jpg Meet The Cheetah, the fastest legged robot in history which has been created by the US military research agency DARPA and is even quicker than Usain Bolt.

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Bolt set the world speed record in 2009 when he ran at 27.78 mph for a 20-meter split during a 100-meter sprint.

The Cheetah was recently clocked at 28.3 mph for a 20-meter split - though it had a slight advantage over Bolt as it ran on a treadmill.

Cheetah is being developed and tested under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program by Boston Dynamics

275x250.jpg It may not have the high-tech functions of the upcoming iPhone 5, but the OwnFone could be the ideal solution for young children or people who struggle to get to grips with technology.

Described as "the world's first personalised mobile phone" the OwnFone does away with a screen and the majority of buttons, instead replacing them with direct-dial buttons and volume controls.

Aimed primarily at children and the elderly, the £55 device is customised to the owner and features buttons with the names of up to 12 people they are most likely to want to call. Pressing the name places a call to that person, incoming calls are answered with an answer button.

Each OwnFone is only the size of a credit card and weighs 40g. Makers say they could also be used in situations you may not want to take your expensive smartphone, like to a music festival or to the beach.

We've all tried throwing rubbish into a bin, only to see it land on the floor. But while you might have brushed it off as a bad throw, a Japanese inventor took it as a professional challenge.

As a result he decided to create a robot bin which moves around the floor to catch rubbish thrown at it.

The Smart Trashbox uses a Kinect-style 3D motion tracking camera to track rubbish thrown at it, while a battery and motorised wheels make sure it's there to catch it.

A video which shows the development of the Smart Trashbox has become a YouTube hit and been viewed by more than two million people.

Some computer games are best enjoyed in multi-player with friends, but we're glad this isn't one of them. Meet GuitarPee … a urinal-based version of games like Guitar Hero.

Guitar Pee is the creation of Billboard Brasil who went to the effort of converting a urinal into a working instrument before sending it on a tour of bars in São Paulo where they hoped to find.

Drinkers were then encouraged to play/pee the best riffs they could and become a 'Urination Hero'. Users could even log onto a website to listen back to their tune.

This video shows the faces (it's okay, just the faces) of some of the full bladdered would-be musicians doing their things … we just hope no-one rocked out too much and got the floor wet.

Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan making an accidental cameo appearance in a Chinese TV documentary.

The pair - who had been strolling through Shanghai on March 27 - were filmed by a crew from China Central Television filming and episode of Chinese Police.

A grinning Zuckerberg can be seen looking at two uniformed officers who are walking in front of him.

275x250.jpg Boffins are creating a buzz for Britain’s Olympic athletes after inventing an electric training suit - which VIBRATES when they perfect a routine.

Tiny sensors are attached to the wearer’s skin which sends a pulse to Olympic hopefuls when they move in the correct way.

A computer tracks the user’s movements in real time which can be monitored by the coach as the athlete practices.

The ‘MotivePro’ suit, pioneered at Birmingham City University, is being used on British athletes to improve their performances in the run-up to this summer’s Olympics.

275x250.jpg A student at New York University has created a camera which prints out text descriptions of what it sees rather than photos.

Creator Matt Richardson said he came up with the idea for his 'Descriptive Camera' after thinking about the metadata cameras produce: date, time and camera settings and wishing they could do more.

But because the technology isn't there yet to produce a text description of a scene his gizmo uploads images to the web and they are described by users on Amazon's Mechanical Turk -- where users are paid to complete basic tasks.

Speaking about his Descriptive Camera, Richardson said: "The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene.

275x250.jpg Some people are only happy if they have the latest technology and the newest gizmo, but not Jason Bognacki -- he enjoys shooting on a 100-year-old camera.

Admittedly Bognacki wanted digital images so has to hack his ageing camera to his DSLR, but it's still a 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folder.

And the results are pretty impressive, sure they have an old-timey feel to them, but what do you expect from an almost 100-year-old camera.

Bognacki snapped some lovely photos of his dog and shots of streets which look like they could have come straight off an iPhone with the Instagram app.

275x250.jpg Online shoppers couldn't believe their eyes yesterday when they saw that Tesco was selling the new Apple iPad for just £49.99 rather than £659.

And it looks like they were right to think it was too good to be true… because despite taking orders, the supermarket giant is now refusing to honour the offer.

Social media websites had been set ablaze when the 'offer' first appeared on the Tesco website, with some people claiming it was a publicity stunt.

But it looks like those insisting it was a glitch were right, because Tesco have since emailed all those who placed an order an told them they won't be getting new iPad.

275x250.jpg There isn't a photographer out there who hasn't found themselves pressing the shutter button just as an unwanted character steps into frame and ruins a good photo.

And while until now we've been left seething behind a smile and and saying it doesn't matter, it appears there could soon be another way...

Swedish imaging firm Scalado have just revealed their 'remove' technology which can be used to delete unwanted objects and people who entered the frame.

The tech -- which is set to be shown off at Mobile World Congress -- takes a series of photos as people move around and then allows you to delete them with the composite photo filling in the missing background.

275x250.jpg It used to be that if you wanted to entertain a cat, you gave them a ball or a toy mouse… nowadays they apparently need an Apple iPad.

The RSPCA in Australia have developed an iPad app for cats which sees them play with a virtual ball of yarn and defend cheese from invading mice.

It's hoped the app could be used to enrich the lives of house-dwelling cats in Oz and promote the organisations 'Adopt a Cat Month'.

RSPCA man Michael Beatty said: "Basically, you place your iPad on the ground, start the game and your cat or kitten can interact with it on his/her own terms.

275x250.jpg 42 percent of all iPhones currently in use in the UK are being used with a broken or cracked screen, it has been found.

A recent study found not all iPhones are kept in their original condition and that 57% have had a cracked screen at some point.

Phone owners who continued to use a broken iPhone handset said it was because the handset ‘worked fine’ despite the broken/ cracked screen or that they didn’t want to ‘claim on insurance’ for the break.

Of those that had broken the screen on an iPhone handset at some point in the past, over a quarter, 27% had done so after owning the handset for less than one month.

In contrast, the majority had broken/ cracked their handset having owned it for just 1-3 months.

Type in "let it snow" into a Google search this Christmas and you'll be treated to bit of festive fun from the internet giant.

After hitting the enter button snowflakes will start to fall from the top of your screen and slowly begin to cover the search results in snow.

Users can then use their mouse cursor to manually brush off some of snow or hit a 'Defrost' button to fully clear the screen.

For some other Google easter eggs, try typing "Do a barrel roll" or "Hanukkah" into the famous search screen.

275x250.jpg Over three quarters of people are 'drunk' in their tagged Facebook photos, it has been found.

A recent study discovered that the average Briton’s Facebook photos were taken when the subject was under the influence of alcohol.

The discovery was made as part of a poll of 1,781 people into the relationship between Brits and the photos they have on social media profiles.

Asked to estimate what percentage of the photos they are ‘tagged’ in on their profile had been taken after/whilst drinking alcohol, the average number was 76%.

And while just a tenth have their privacy settings to limit looking at tagged photos to just themselves, over half, 56%, admitted that they had ‘drunk photos’ on their profile that they would not want their work colleagues to see.

Some people want to swim with dolphins, but for others that's not enough and they want to swim 'like' dolphins... and for those people there's the Flyboard Jetpack.

Created by Franky Zapata, the Flyboard Jetpack is a bizarre device which users strap onto their feet and is connected to a jetski via a huge hose.

They then hold a pair of hand-guided nozzles which are used to stabilise the flight as water is blasted out letting the user fly like a bird hovering above the water, or swim like a dolphin.

As this video shows, the £4,500 Flyboard (you'll also need a jet-ski to attach it to) allows users to pull a series of impressive stunts… and presumably have some impressive wipeouts while learning to master it.

275x250.jpg A design studio looking for the next big thing in the digital revolution thinks they've found it. Printing customized mini-newspapers.

Berg, from London, have announced the launch of their Little Printer which prints personalised news on rolls of till-receipt style paper.

Makers say the device scours the internet on your behalf, pulls together content you care about, and delivers mini newspapers a couple of times a day.

Printed content -- which includes news summaries, reminders and puzzles -- is configured from a phone app and partners include the likes of Google and the Guardian.

275x250.jpg Okay so you might use Facebook to look at photos of that girl you fancied at school and arrange drinking sessions with your mates

But some people use the mega social network to do things like share interesting news articles.

And now bosses have compiled a list of the 40 most shared articles of 2011, apparently assuming nothing interesting is going to happen this month.

Top of the list -- with a massive 600,000 shares -- was this article showing before and after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Other frequently shared articles included 'What teachers really want to tell parents' and 'No, your zodiac sign hasn't changed'.

275x250.jpg A camera which spent a year at the bottom of the ocean has been returned to its owner after being discovered by a scuba diving wildlife photographer.

Markus Thompson had been diving Vancouver, British Columbia when he came across the submerged Canon EOS 1000D camera.

Despite the apparent state of the camera, Thompson was able to recover 50 images of a family vacation from the memory card.

He then posted the images on his Google+ page and asked if any one knew the people in them so that he could return the camera and their photos. And they did.

We hope wherever Tyler Card is going to spend Halloween is offering a good prize for the best costume because he deserves it.

Not only has he fashioned a impressive camera costume -- complete with hanging lens cap -- but his outfit is also a fully functional camera.

That's because while the body of the camera is mostly made from cardboard, it contains a real Nikon DSLR in the centre.

This camera is triggered from the costume shutter, also setting off a large flash over his head and displaying images on the rear thanks to a LCD display from an old Dell laptop.

275x250.jpgA string of traditionally British words such as 'cripes' and 'balderdash' are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms, it's been found.

Experts found a significant decrease in the use of words which our parents and grandparents would have uttered on an almost daily basis.
73% of people agree language has changed in recent years, with the character limit on Twitter and when sending text-messages believed to be behind the trend.

Other words which have fallen by the wayside amid the LOL generation are 'rambunctious', 'verily', 'salutations' and 'betwixt'.
While a quarter of Brits say they now use text speak like 'lol' only 10% have said 'fiddlesticks' and 25% of people have never said 'oopsy-daisy'.

275x250.jpg If they were granted one wish, more people would ask for an iPad 2 than world peace… a rather depressing study has found.

A poll of 1,200 Brits found that while the most popular wish would be for one million pounds, it was closely followed by an Apple iPad 2.

Wishes for world peace came in third, followed by being famous, cosmetic surgery and a new sports car.

Other popular wishes included, a mansion, meeting a celebrity and owning a designer wardrobe. Less popular ones were 'McDonalds in their kitchen' and an 'unlimited supply of new trainers'.

A piano playing robot has been revealed which can play faster than any human -- but then again, he does have the benefit of having  19 fingers.

Teotronico is said to be the only robot in the world capable of simultaneously singing and playing the piano while judging if an audience is impressed.

Created by boffins in Italy for a cost of £3,000, the musical bot is said to have 19 fingers because it is the ideal number for covering any melody or song.

As he plays, cameras in his eyes allow him to view an audience and interact with them, changing his choice of song if they don't look like they are enjoying themselves.

275x250.jpg Sure it might not be a 52 inch 3D HD flatscreen, but this humble set from 1946 is still going strong after having a digi-box installed for the digital switchover.

Retired TV engineer Steve Farley says his Pye B16T -- one of the first post-war television sets to be built -- is still the picture of health.

Originally bought by his father in 1946, the set was the first in the Midlands to receive TV pictures from London's Alexandra Palace transmitter in the summer of 1946.

Since then the TV has only needed minor modifications to keep it working over the years and even still has its original tube… and now it can pick up QVC, his dad would be so proud.

275x250.jpgA man has reportedly been arrested by police after allegedly planning a mass water fight using the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

It's said the 20-year-old man was trying to organise the even by circulating messages on the service which was used heavily during the recent UK riots.

But while recent years have seen a number of mass water fights organised through social media, it turns out doing it so close to the riots was not a good idea.

As such the Colchester man has been charged with "encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence" under the 2007 Serious Crime Act. Over a water fight.

He's now due to appear before magistrates next month and we'd like to suggest he doesn't take a water pistol with him.

275x250.jpg Scientists in South Korea have created a genetically modified glow in the dark dog which they say can be turned on and off like a light switch.

The glowing beagle was born two-years-ago thanks to a cloning technique which boffins claim could be used to find cures for diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Tegon's luminosity - which can be seen under ultraviolet light - is said to be controlled by adding a doxycycline antibiotic to her food at Seoul University.

While the £2million research could lead to huge leaps in medical science, it's already solved one of life's great questions, are dogs or cats the brightest.

275x250.jpg We've all seen videos of people dancing and singing in an Apple store - but have you ever wanted to know exactly how much you could get away with there?

Comedian Mark Malkoff did, so he put it to the test -- starting off by ordering a pizza to be delivered to him and seeing whether staff had a problem with that. They didn't.

The funny-man then moved on to holding a romantic date - complete with meal, music and dancing - amid shoppers. But again the blue-shirted Apple staff were happy to carry on as normal.

Even when Malkoff dressed as Darth Vader and asked them to fix his iPhone or then took his pet goat in, no-one seemed to mind. So if you can get yourself kicked out of an Apple store let us know what you were doing.

275x250.jpgThe personal computer has now overtaken the family dog as 'man's best friend', a poll conducted by YouGov has found.

A recent survey discovered almost two thirds of us consider our computers as "a more constant companion than a dog" and that this is especially true for younger dog owners.

People are also now spending more time with their PCs than their pooches and with many people having ditched newspapers for online news sites, dogs are being relied on less to perform household tasks.

In fact, only 6% of those polled believe "most people rely more on their dog than they do on their PC" (probably people who need a lot of slippers fetching) while 67% think the opposite is true.

So if you had to do without your pet dog or your computer, which would it be? And remember your dog can't fetch you Newslite.

275x250.jpg The Terrafugia Transition flying car is one step closer to taking to the sky after being cleared by the US National Highway Safety Administration.

Aviation bosses say the off-beat vehicle - which has wings which fold up for use on the road - could get UK clearance as soon as next year.

Makers say the flying car is made from carbon fibre runs on unleaded fuel and can cover up to 450 miles on each tank. On the road it can do 100km/h and 185km/h in the air.

Given it can also transform from car to plane in just 15 seconds it sounds like the ideal way to beat the morning traffic… assuming you have the £130,000 to buy one.

275x250.jpg Robotics engineers in the US have built a lightsaber-wielding robot which uses a Microsoft Xbox Kinect sensor to know where its opponent is and fight them.

The boffins from Stanford University created 'JediBot' in just three-and-a-half weeks and say it was quite a challenge to teach the robot lightsaber skills.

JediBot uses the Kinect sensor to detect objects in three-dimensional space and then react accordingly to opposition switching between attack and defence modes.

Luckily for the future of mankind, this probably isn't the beginning of the robot uprising as the lightsaber is currently just a wooden stick wrapped in foam.

275x250.jpgMore than half of British parents snoop on their children's online activity, a study has revealed.

Researchers found millions of mums and dads resort to checking up on their youngsters' goings-on on Facebook, looking through sent emails and internet history.
A recent study of 2,000 Brits found that 55 per cent of parents 'keep an eye' on a son or daughter by checking their social networking profile.
Four in ten parents admitted to regularly checking their children's social media status updates, 39% use Facebook to see who's been posting messages to their children, and 29% look through tagged images.
The number would probably be considerably higher… if so many parents didn't need to ask their children who to spy on someone online.

275x250.jpg We're not exactly sure why you'd want to, but an adaptor has gone on sale allowing iPhone-wielding photographers to use professional lenses on their phones.

The 'iPhone SLR Mount' costs £160 and allows users who are not happy with the current quality of photo from their Apple iPhone 4 to attach big Canon and Nikon lenses.

This means those using  the aluminium case and mount can take telephoto, wide angle, and macro shot by using their iPhone and current lenses in fully manual mode.

Makers say you'll be using lenses you already have, without having to carry a big SLR camera… though as you'll still be lugging all that heavy glass, it kind of defeats the point, right?

275x250.jpgWe think the grunting of female tennis players is as much a part of Wimbledon as the inevitable disappointment off seeing the last British player knocked out.

But the BBC has announced tennis fans (at least  those listening on the internet) can now turn down the volume of shrieking from Sharapova and Co.

Their 'Wimbledon Net Mix' is a downloadable service which allows listeners to control the volume of various microphone relative to that of commentary.

A BBC spokesperson said: "One of the biggest audio challenges for broadcasters covering sports events is knowing how much of the 'roar of the crowd' to include along with the commentary.

"This experiment lets you mix the sound the way you want it. By downloading our player you can adjust the commentary level relative to the sound of the court: the crowd, base-line grunting and ball."

Japanese boffins have created a robot to help train dentists by flinching and gagging just like a real patient as they are poked and drilled.

But that's not the good bit… the researchers enlisted the help of sex doll makers to perfect the doll's uber-realistic tongue and mouth.

Robotic experts at Japan's Showa University say the "Showa Hanako 2" medical automaton will be used to help train would-be dentists and can sneeze, cough and react to 'pain'.

She even features voice recognition technology to ensure dentists are capable of engaging in conversation while working and reports back on their performance via a computer link… so don't try anything funny.

A video of an elderly couple trying to use a webcam to take a photo of themselves with a birthday cake has become an internet hit after being uploaded to YouTube.

The minute-long clip is said to show the pair, Rita and Frank, trying to take a photo of themselves holding a cake to email to friends for Frank's 84th Birthday.

But the duo are blissfully unaware that they're actually recording a video on their new Mac using the PhotoBooth software, rather than taking a still image.

As a result, we get to hear Rita repeatedly ask "Did you hear a click?" as the pair try to work out what's is going on. All while inadvertently becoming internet stars.

275x250.jpg An Australian inventor has created a hover-bike which he claims could soon be capable of travelling at 170mph and 10,000ft.

Admittedly Chris Malloy's prototype has currently only hovered while tethered to the ground, but the designer is confident about his vehicle's potential.

He says the Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber hover bike will eventually steer like a traditional motorbike and outperform a two-blade aircraft in the air.

Suggested uses including aerial cattle mustering, search and rescue and aerial survey… we think he forgot to mention 'recreating scenes from Star Wars'.

Boffins in Prague have created a juggling robot which is capable of throwing and catching five balls moving at a time.

The team from Czech Technical University's Department of Control Engineering say the machine is an example of how motors can be used for precision tasks.

Dubbed 'Servo Juggler' it uses two mechanical vertical arms mounted on a motor and able to move horizontally to toss over a ball between each other on a parabolical trajectory.

A high-speed camera mounted at the front then detects the movement of individual balls and the system then calculated the ideal catching/throwing point. Sounds like a load of old balls to us.

275x250.jpg The world's fastest Rubik's Cube-solving robot has been developed -- but it's still not as fast as the most Rubik-ly skilled human.

Named Ruby, the robot built by students at Swinburne University of Technology can solve the scrambled puzzle in just over 10 seconds.

While that includes the time taken to scan the initial status of the cube, it's still relatively slow compared to Rubik's fan Feliks Zemdegs, who has a world record of 6.24 seconds.

However, it's considerably faster than the previous Rubik's robot record holder, that took 18.2 second to complete the puzzle in October 2010. And a lot faster than us, we started in 1984 and haven't finished yet.

275x250.jpgOur dream of flying over cars on our morning commute into Newslite Towers with a jet-pack strapped to out back is one step closer to reality today.

That's because makers Martin Jetpack from New Zealand, have conducted test flights during which they cruised to 5,000ft and deployed a parachute.

Bosses at the firm say the success of the test-flight - which was conducted in the sky over the Canterbury Plains - means the £60,000 device could be on sale within 18 months.

In the flight a dummy was attached to the jetpack and flown by remote control from a helicopter to 5,000ft before descending to 2,000 feet and then deploying the parachute.

This means it set new records for the fastest jet-pack climb rate (800ft per minute) highest altitude (5,000ft) and longest jet-pack flight (9:46 minutes)… now where do we sign up for one.

275x250.jpgBritish workers spend a average of five hours every week stressed out -- because of technology, it has emerged.

Slow internet, computers crashing and the printer running out of ink or paper sees workers feeling harassed for an average of 56 minutes each day.
Busy mobile phone networks, constant texts from your other half and even seeing unflattering pictures of yourself tagged on Facebook are also common triggers.
More than one third of workers said technology made their blood boil more than anything else during the working day.
And four out of ten of the 3,000 adults polled said tech issues were more stressful than their love lives, domestic disputes and financial troubles.

275x250.jpg A designer has created what he claims is a perfectly sensible solution to the problem of trying to control a touchscreen phone without a free hand… a stylus for your nose.

Dominic Wilcox says he often found himself wanting to use his touchscreen phone while in the bath, but because his fingers were all too often wet, he couldn't.

But when he realised he could navigate by pressing the phone against his nose, he decided creating a finger-nose stylus would be the logical next step.

After various trial and error he invented this odd-looking device which he says is the ideal way to send a tweet from the bath… should you do something so impressive in the bath you need to tell the world.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits are risking their hearing by listening to music at a volume louder than a pneumatic drill, it's been revealed.

Researchers found one in ten people regularly turn their radio up to a higher volume than a drill on a building site, with another one in six listening to their MP3 player at deafening levels.

One in twenty regularly plug into their music which is more thunderous than a train hurtling past in a station or a car alarm ringing in your ears.

And worryingly, 17 per cent have been left with ringing ears after listening to blaring music for a long period of time.

At least that's what we think the researchers were saying, we couldn't hear they all that well.

275x250.jpgApple iPad users who take their gadget on holiday are being warned it could cost them 1,000 times more than in the UK.

Which? claim users simply checking emails, using GPS to get around, watching videos or updating their Facebook from outside the EU, can rack up huge bills.

That's because networks in some countries can charge users excessive data roaming charges - where it can cost £8 to upload a photo to show your friends back home.

It's said regular phone use on a two week holiday in France would cost less than £40, while it could cost up to £190 in the US... and around £300 from Russia.

And with per MB charges as high as £10 in some countries, it can cost this much to check in with your favourite blog… and even we don't think checking Newslite is worth that.

275x250.jpg While most people get annoyed by fingerprint smudges on the screen of their iPad, a graphic designer decided to use them to learn about how the Apple tablet is used.

New Yorker George Kokkinidis says he was interested in exploring the many different ways people interact with the popular tablet computer.

So the 33-year-old started off by cleaning the screen with a microfibre cloth and using a range of apps before photographing the marks left on the screen.

These were then traced in Adobe Illustrator to enhance them so they could be better analysed… well that's one way to use an iPad, we'd rather play Angry Birds.

275x250.jpg It's hard to believe these stunning image of Britain were not taken with a high-end camera, in fact they were taken with just a humble mobile phone… and a helicopter.

In a bid to show off the photographic capabilities of their latest phone, Nokia commissioned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes to do his stuff using the N8 handset.

Leaving his usual DSLR and array of lenses at home, Hawkes took to the skies above Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, and London armed with the 12MP cameraphone.

And the results are impressive, they're better than any photos we've taken with a mobile phone… his thumb is not in any of them for one thing.

275x250.jpgA T-shirt which can be use as a musical instrument when the wearer plays it air-guitar-style, has been shortlisted for a SXSW technology award.

The interactive 'AiR Guitar' is a t-shirt with a "barcode"-type symbol on the front, which - when picked up via a webcam and augmented reality app - becomes a guitar.

Wearers can them play the virtual air guitar by strumming away in real-time with the relevant notes sounds from the computer.

AiR Guitar was invented by design company FauvelKhan, which was founded by Swansea Metropolitan students, and created for south Wales band The Last Republic.

But after being shortlisted for a SXSW Accelerator award they now hope it could be sold across the music industry… they are not Fret-ing about it though.

275x250.jpg Lifting a house off the ground with balloons looked easy in the animated hit movie Up -- but it took a team of scientists and engineers to achieve it in real life.

This weekend the scientists and engineers, along with two world-class balloon pilots gathered at a airfield east of Los Angeles in a bid to recreate the iconic scene from the movie.

A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building.

Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud.

275x250.jpgLast year more than 17,000 USB memory sticks were left in clothes at dry cleaners and laundrettes in the UK, it's been claimed.

A recent study found that laundrettes are, more often than you'd expect, the place forgotten memory sticks turn up -- all too often inside washing and drying machines,

It's said this is because we absentmindedly slip them into shirt or trouser pockets and then forget all about them, even if they contain important data.

And because USBs are the cheapest and most convenient means of storing private data, it's getting worse, this is four times the amount found in 2009.

We would tell you the other most common ways USBs get lost or destroyed… but that info is on another memory stick and we can't find it at the moment.

275x250.jpg If you're anything like us, you probably spend most of your waking day thinking about how you would survive a zombie apocalypse.

Well now a Google Street View mashup game has been released where you can see how long you could survive if the rise of the undead happened near your home.

After inputting your postcode, you start the Streetview Zombie Apocalypse by looking at the Google view of your own home and have to instantly start dodging and running away from the zombies.

While it's almost certain you will soon become zombified yourself, it's interesting to see how long you would last… and plan for what you will do when it really happens.

275x250.jpg Boffins have unveiled the world's smallest computer which measures an amazingly small one square millimetre.

Despite it's diminutive size, the team from the University of Michigan say the device still packs an impressive amount of power.

It contains an ultra low-power microprocessor, a pressure sensor, memory, a thin-film battery, a solar cell and a wireless radio with an antenna that can transmit data to an external reader.

Makers say the tech could one day be used to track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make any object trackable… as long as they don't lose it.

275x250.jpg Sure it looks like a dubious model of a hummingbird which would be at home on a shelf at your granny's house - but this is actually a $4million spy drone.

The mini spy plane has been developed by a major Pentagon contractor over a period of five years and is said to contain revolutionary new technology.

Called a 'Nano Hummingbird' the two-wing, flapping aircraft is capable of climbing and descending vertically, and flying sideways left and right.

It's thought army bosses could eventually use it to spy on enemy positions in war zones without arousing detection… or just use it as a really cool toy.

275x250.jpg A robot walks into a coffee shop… no, not the beginning of a bad joke, but a factual description of an event which recently happened.

Caffeine-sippers in a Californian coffee shop were left wondering if they'd had one too many espresso when they saw a robot walk in.

After queuing up at the till the robot then asked what sort of scones they had and ordered a berry-flavoured one which was slipped into a bag around his neck.

But this wasn't the beginning of the robot uprising, the robot was the virtual presence device of an engineer from a nearby robotics firm who didn't fancy leaving the office.

275x250.jpgA Chinese Canadian inventor who impressed the internet by creating a water-powered jet-pack says it is now due to go on sale.

The JetLev device can power a user 30ft into to air and allows them to travel at 22mph across water by  constantly sucking it up via a hose and then blasting it back down.

Users control the thrust and direction via an arm which hangs over their shoulders from the light weight backpack.

Raymond Li - who spent 10 years perfecting the device - says it's finally ready to go on sale for £60,000 each and sure to become a must-have toy for  fancy holiday resorts

But he also reckons the JetLev could also be employed in search and rescue missions. Unfortunately it won't be any good for your daily commute… unless you're a fisherman.

275x250.jpgIf you are reading this from Railway Hill in Barham, Kent, we hope it was worth the wait -- because you have the slowest broadband in the UK.

Research has found the average download speed there is a paltry 0.13Mb - meaning loading basic page can take ages while streaming video is out of the question.

While the average broadband speed for the UK is 6.21Mb, almost 50 times faster, Railway Hill is not the only place to suffer slow connections.

Other places pages where it will take longer to load include Tewkesbury Road in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and Derwent Avenue, Hertfordshire.

With a download speed of 0.13Mb it would take 48 hours to download a movie… which must be good news for the local movie rental store in Railway Hill.

275x250.jpg A robot uprising has begun and our future mechanical overlords seem to have decided the first stage in their domination should be beating us on TV quiz shows.

In February a robot from IBM called 'Watson' will begin competing against former champions on US TV quiz show Jeopardy to win $1 million.

And looking at this practice round (below) it's only going to end in one way. Supercomputer Watson - represented at the podium by a monitor - was easily able to answer most questions faster than its human rivals.

Experts say they spent four years building the system which rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence… but apparently not teaching it about 'Children’s Book Authors'. 

275x250.jpg A student-built solar-powered car has broken the world record for being the faster ever made, after reaching almost 55 mph.

The team from the University of New South Wales made the run at the HMAS Albatross navy base airstrip with their creation the Sunswift IVy solar car, last week.

Powered only powered by silicon solar cells - the batteries were removed -
professional racing Barton Mawer drove the car to a record 88 kmh (nearly 55 mph).

Students said there was more cloud cover than they would have liked during the three days of testing… they even considered changing the name to Cloudswift.

Amazon patent could mean no more bad gifts

275x250.jpgThe chances are you received a Christmas present this year that you were less than thrilled with. Well it could be the last one.

Scientists working at Amazon have developed a new technology which they claim could mean the end of unwanted presents.

The online retail giant has been granted a patent for a "gift conversion" system which allows users to swap dodgy gifts before they even arrive.

It's said the system would allow users to 'blacklist' friends and family who frequently give bad gifts and set 'rules' for their presents.

This could be an automated exchange for another item, a different clothing size or gift vouchers… all without upsetting Auntie Samantha.

275x250.jpg What is it with nano-scientists and Christmas? Last year they created the world's smallest snowman - this time it's Christmas cards.

Engineers have produced the world's smallest Christmas card which measures just 200 micro-metres wide by 290 micro-metres tall.

In case you don't know exactly how small that is (a micro-metre is a millionth of a metre) the card is invisible to the naked eye and you could fit 8,276 of them on an area the size of a stamp.

Which means if you forgot to send anyone a card this year, you can always tell them you sent them one of these and they must have lost it.

275x250.jpgA designer who creates extravagant technology using rare materials has done it again -- making an iPhone 4 from 65-million year old dinosaur teeth and a meteor.

Stuart Hughes says only 10 of the 'HISTORY edition' phones will be made -- but given he's selling for £40,000 each that's probably enough.

The phone, dubbed the 'ultimate dog and bone', has a blinging 8.5ct IF flawless diamond bezel, platinum plates and a diamond Apple logo.

But this is nothing compared to the finish of the rear, it's carved from a  65-million-year-old prehistoric T-Rex tooth and meteoric stone.

If you don't think having a £40,00 dinosaur tooth and meteor iPhone is quite enough of a statement, remember there's always the £5 MILLION phone.

275x250.jpgThe sonic screwdriver, as wielded by Doctor Who since 1968, could become soon become a real-life tool, claim ultrasonic engineers.

Boffins at Bristol University say technology has already reached a point where a working sonic screwdriver could be produced.

By operating waves at frequencies beyond the realms of human hearing, they claim they could manipulate objects using ultrasonic force fields.

This would mean a sonic screwdriver could be used to dot things like open locks and undo screws.

So, while it might not be much good for fighting off the Daleks, researchers say it could tackle the other big enemy of mankind… furniture from Ikea.

A massive 16-floor hotel has been built in the Hunan province of China in a record time -- under six days.

The impressively speedy build, shown in time-lapse photography, saw the New Ark Hotel rise from an empty space in just 136 hours.

Developer Broad Sustainable Building, who worked until 10pm each night, say the five days and 16 hour construction time is thanks to the use of pre-fabricated parts.

The frame of the 50m building - which is built to withstand a magnitude nine earthquake - took just 46 hours to put together, with the building enclosure taking another 90.

Personally we'd love to see the face of someone who'd gone on holiday for the week and come home to discover the 16-floor hotel in front of their window.

275x250.jpgA seven-year-old girl has racked up a £250 bill for her parents -- after playing a game on their Facebook profile for just one hour.

Paramedic Mathew Fox, from Birmingham, says he was completely unaware daughter Megan was costing him a fortune as she played 'Petville'.

Mathew had let the youngster use his account to play the popular game because he does not think she's old enough to have an account of her own.

But as she bought virtual clothes and furniture for a colourful make-believe pet, he didn't know it was all being charged to his PayPal account.

That was until he received an spate of emails confirming the £250 virtual spending spree… we probably shouldn't repeat the status update he made shortly after.

A photographer has stitched together 7,886 high-resolution images of London to create the world's largest 360-degree photo.

Jeffrey Martin says his 80 gigapixel panorama is so big it would measure 35m long and 17m tall if printed at normal photographic resolution.

It's said the images took three days to take, from the top of the 36 floor high Centre Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, using a DSLR camera with a 400mm lens.

Super-powerful computers were then required to put the images together and the results have been published online for you to zoom in and out of… and believe us, you won't be able to stop yourself.

275x250.jpg Most new mobile phones do all sorts of clever things like shoot HD video, access the internet and work as a sat-nav, but not all… meet the un-smartphone.

Hailed as the world's simplest phone, the £67 "John's Phone" is a "basic backlash" targeting users who don't want to check their Twitter feed or update Facebook.

In fact, all this phone does is make and receive calls, nothing else. There's no colour screen and the face features simply the numbers and a "Hello" and "Bye" buttons.

Well that's not entirely true, users can access an address book and play games… but these are in a paper book which slots into the rear.

275x250.jpgAdverts for mobile phones with video-calling often focus on family members chatting to each other... but we all know they actually get used for phone sex.

And now research has proven this by finding that a quarter of camera phone users have used their video calling facility for steamy phone sex.

A poll of 1,230 also discovered 67 percent had taken a saucy snap of themselves with the phone and sent it to someone else.

However it doesn't always go to plan. 9% say they have accidentally sent a racy picture to a complete stranger -- not that they stayed that way for long.

Have you ever been left red-faced after sending a sexy photo to a stranger (or even worse someone you knew)? Let us know in the comments… though we can do without images.

275x250.jpgEngineering boffins claim they have created the first car ever to have its entire body made by a 3D printer.

The Urbee is an electric hybrid prototype which will be produced using a additive manufacturing processes rather than traditional manufacturing.

Makers Stratasys and Kor Ecologic say the two-seater will do more than 200 miles per gallon on the motorway and 100 miles per gallon in the city.

But it's the manufacturing process which is most interesting - all exterior components were created using Dimension 3D Printers which deposit droplets of a polymer which fuse together.

This potentially means never having to go to the garage to have a bump knock out… just print yourself a new door and off you go.

275x250.jpg One of the world's most technically advanced humanoid robots has celebrated it's 10th birthday… with a giant cake it can't eat.

Makers Honda say they started research into humanoid robotics 25-years-ago but that it was only on 31st October 2000 ASIMO was created.

Since then the iconic robot has stayed at the cutting edge of technological developments and learnt how to run and walk on uneven slopes and surfaces and even climb stairs.

Hopefully the developments won't end in a robot uprising and the ultimate end of humanity… just in case I say we get ASIMO whatever he want's for his 11th birthday.

275x250.jpg Sometimes it's reassuring to know we're not the only ones who get lost -- it looks like it can even happen to the Google team in charge of mapping.

This photo - which appears on Google Street View - seems to show the driver of a Google car pulling over in Amsterdam to check where he is on a map.

Taken in the south east of the city, it shows three Google cars, each with a roof-mounted 360-degree camera, pulling over at the side of the road.

One of the drivers is pointing at the map as he talks on his mobile phone trying to locate himself… you'd have thought they could've given him an Android phone with Google Maps on it wouldn't you?

From 5am this morning Manchester Police have been posting live details of every incident they deal with to Twitter.

Bosses say the 24 hour move is part of a bid to show the public the complexities of modern policing which are often not seen.

It is also hoped people might question the sort of thing they contact police about after seeing a list of the numbered calls received by GMP.

Within the first eight hours alone there were more than 1,000 tweets sent, with incidents ranging from kids throwing eggs to serious crime.

Other things people contacted police about included 'Call 686' which reported a man shouting 'you're gorgeous' at a woman and 'Call 674' - a man who said his TV was broken.

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner has been forced to cancel plans to skydive from the edge of space after a legal challenge was launched against his Red Bull Stratos project

The daredevil had been scheduled to complete a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a free-fall jump that would reach supersonic speeds later this year.

But that's now been cancelled after organisers Red Bull received notice that a multi-million dollar lawsuit had been filed against them by another skydiver.

Daniel Hogan claims he "owns certain rights to the project" and that Red Bull stole confidential plans he had developed for the stunt. We bet they now wish they could push him out of a plane.

Real-life cars being rigged to be remotely driven via the internet - it sounds like an idea which could only have been dreamt up for Top Gear.

But Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have got nothing to do with this. It's actually a marketing stunt by car manufacturer Mitsubishi.

The Japanese firm have used a combination of remote control software and hardware modifications to make some of their Outlander Sport vehicles into giant remote control toys.

Using technology similar to that featured in a Top Gear challenge they will soon let members of the public take control of the cars via their personal computers at home.

During the online test drive, users will log-in to control the £14,000 car by using their keyboards as though playing a computer game -- what could possibly go wrong?

SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, has successfully completed its first piloted free flight.

After being taken to an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 metres) over the Mojave Desert, SpaceShipTwo was released from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo.

After successfully gliding for 11 minutes, pilot Pete Siebold and co-pilot Mike Alsbury then landed her on a runway at Mojave Air and Spaceport.

SpaceShipTwo is currently undergoing rigorous testing before being used to carry tourists to space. In the latest test, it did not fire its rocket engine which will be used to climb into space.

It's hoped the six-passenger craft will be fully operational soon -- especially by the 370 people who have committed to each paying £125,000 for a ticket.

Computer games where players control the action by swinging a remote control around are producing a unique brand of injuries, doctors claim.

Medics say using devices like the Nintendo Wii and the new Sony Playstation Move can lead to sprains in feet, shoulders and ankles.

Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say there's a growing number of people admitted to hospital with games-console injuries each year.

But injuries are not limited to those overdoing it with their Wii -- many of the patients were to bystanders who had been clobbered by a swinging Wii-mote.

We are now wondering what game has caused the most injures. If you've come a cropper while Wii-ing let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpg Boffins in Canada have created the first aircraft which flies by flapping its wings like a bird and is powered by a pilot pedalling.

The 'Snowbird' HPO (Human-powered Ornithopter) has become the first man-powered aircraft with flapping wings to fly continuously.

It was developed by a team at the University of Toronto, who were determined to create the device first imagined by Leonardo da Vinci in his 1485 sketches.

After being pulled by a car and launched into the air, the pilot then pumps a set of pedals which are attached to pulleys causing the wings to flap and keep the craft in the sky… until he gets tired.

Pigeon vs Broadband: Which is the fastest?

The chances are you're reading this via a broadband connection and not having had it delivered by a carrier pigeon… but if you were, you might have received it faster.

Broadband campaigners recently pitched the humble carrier pigeon against the latest tech in a bid to highlight connectivity problems in rural areas.

A race was organised to send a five minute video from a Yorkshire farm to a destination in Skegness 120km away and see which was quickest, rural broadband or pigeon.

Ten birds were released with USB sticks at the same time as someone started uploading the 300MB file via a 200 Kbps broadband connection.

By the time the pigeons arrived at their destination only 24% of a 300MB file had uploaded… which is all well and good, but you try giving your digital camera to a pigeon along with directions to YouTube.

275x250.jpgExperts claim action computer games can help make players better at making quick and accurate decisions in the real world.

Researchers from the University of Rochester tested their idea by getting a sample of gamers and non-gamers to complete a series of decision tasks.

They were presented with images of dots and asked to identify the direction of the dots' motion.

It was discovered people who regularly played action computer games were able to complete the tasks faster and more accurately than non-gamers.

Please feel free to print this article out and hand it over to your mother when she tells you playing Halo: Reach for 18 hours per day will rot your mind.

DTV Shredder: The motorised skateboard-tank

A motorised skateboard which looks like a ride-on tank could be the next military must-have, claim army experts.

The DTV Shredder can reach 30mph, travel across any kind of terrain and even be equipped with a machine-gun and other weaponry.

It is the creation of Canadian firm BPG Werks and makers say it's ideally suited to military tasks such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery and mobile surveillance.

The device, which is powered by a Honda 200cc engine and has a turning radius of four feet, recently went on show at Military Vehicles conference in Detroit.

It's not known if the U.S. Army have already placed an order… but you should expect some pretty cool YouTube clips from Iraq if they have.

275x250.jpgAn iPhone app which replicates the tradition doctor's stethoscope is said to be replacing the device in many UK hospitals.

iStethoscope was initially created by Peter Bentley of University College London as a test of the tech.

But now it's been downloaded millions of times and many doctors around the world are using it in place of the traditional piece of equipment.

Docs using the device press the microphone of the iPhone against a patients heartbeat while the phone records the sound and produces a phonocardiograph  and a spectrogram.

However there is one problem -- if the phone rings while being used as a stethoscope it could give the patient a heart attack… at least there would be a doctor at hand.

275x250.jpgA British woman has become the world fastest texter in the world by typing out a 26-word text message in a speedy 25.94 seconds.

27-year-old Melissa Thompson took the record bashing out a predetermined SMS a massive 9.6 seconds faster than the previous record holder.

The none too common phrase was: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human' in just 25.94 seconds."

And Melissa - who used a Samsung Galaxy S phone with a 'SWYPE' key pad - put her speed down to a previous 40-a-day text habit when she used to chat with her boyfriend.

If you think you have got quick enough fingers to rival Melissa let us know in the comments… it's not like it would take you that long is it?

275x250.jpgScientists have revealed a robot called Nao, which they claim is capable of developing and expressing emotions.

A team from the University of Hertforshire say they the robots can express anger, fear, sadness, happiness, excitement and pride.

And they've already successfully programmed Nao with the emotional skills of a one-year-old child.

Computer scientist Lola Canamero says the robot uses a series of sensors to determine how people are interacting with him and act accordingly.

Nao is currently set to become emotionally attached to people who interact with him in a way to helps him to learn… so don't expect him to do your housework any time soon.

275x250.jpgA mobile phone for those with hearing difficulties has been released -- capable of a blaring out an ear-splitting 100 decibel ring-tone.

Makers say the Amplicom M6000 is ideal for anyone suffering from hearing loss because it can ring as loud as a vuvuzela being blown next to your head.

And once users realise their phone in ringing they can boost the in-call volume to a level normally reserved for passing motorbikes.

The £120 handset also features extra-large buttons and an SOS panic button which can be set to call a predetermined number.

In odd news, while the phone is clearly targeted at older users it's also now expected to be a hit with younger concert-goers who can't normally hear calls.

275x250.jpgThe typical mobile phone can harbour up to 18 times more bacteria than the average toilet handle, it has been found.

Hygiene experts working for consumer guide Which? tested a selection of 30 mobile phones to see how dirty they were.

They found seven were covered in high levels of environmental bacteria which could act as a breeding ground for other bugs.

One of the seven was even (rather worryingly) harbouring faecal coliforms and could have given any user a serious stomach upset.

The findings suggest 15 million mobiles in the UK today could be potential health hazards… something to think about next time someone hands you their phone to look at a photo.

275x250.jpgA firm has revealed a set of robotic legs which they claim will soon allow previously wheelchair-bound people to walk again.

Rex Bionics claim their 'Robotic Exoskeleton' can be used by paralysed people and allows then to walk and even traverse steep slopes and stairs.

The brains behind the giant gizmo are a pair of Scottish guys who are now living in New Zealand and have spent £5m developing it since 2006.

Richard Little and Robert Irving say the REX device will go on sale later this year for £100,000 each and that users can master control within a couple of hours.

While we think allowing previously wheelchair using people to walk is a great thing, let's just hope this doesn't speed up the impending robot uprising and cataclysmic destruction of mankind.

275x250.jpg A £143 million prototype of an unmanned combat aircraft which could be capable of attacking targets in another continent has been revealed by the Ministry of Defence.

The futuristic-looking Taranis craft - named after the Celtic god of thunder - is the creation of BAE Systems who say it's the future of unmanned flight.

They claim the device - which began development in December 2006 - will provide the UK MoD with "critical knowledge" about the capabilities of Unmanned Combat Air Systems.

Stealthy, fast and able to carry a number of weapons, Taranis could even be controlled by trained troops operating at a safe distance… let's just hope they don't get the report mixed up with their PS3.

275x250.jpg A solar-powered plane has completed a record breaking 26h flight using batteries to fly at night.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA set off yesterday from the Payerne airbase in Switzerland before  ascending to an altitude of 8,500 metres.

During the day 12,000 solar cells along the massive 7-foot (63-meter) wingspan harnessed solar energy which was used to fly the plane while also recharging batteries.

This allowed pilot Andre Borschberg to stay in the air when it got dark -- however it also meant there wasn't enough spare power to keep his iPhone charged.

275x250.jpg A solar powered plane - which makers hope will soon be able to fly around the world - has begun a 24-hour test flight.

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is being tested by pilot Andre Borschberg to see if it can fly at night using energy stored from solar cells in its wings.

It took off from the Payerne airbase in Switzerland at 6.51am and will ascend to an altitude of 8,500 metres, while charging its batteries in preparation for the night flight.

Andre will then slowly descend through the night, aiming for a dawn landing… but he won't  have travelled too far, the plane currently has a top speed of just 28mph.

275x250.jpgA car which also doubles as a plane will go into production after getting a classification exemption from the FAA.

The Terrafugia Transition 'flying car' will now be classified as a "light sport aircraft" despite being heavier than is normally allowed.

Makers claimed they would not be able to fit safety features, like airbags and crumple zones while adhering to the normal weight limit.

The plane/car runs on unleaded fuel, can cover up to 450 miles on each tank, and when not flying drivers can fold up the wings and go on normal roads.

Because of the FAA exemption they will also only need 20 hours flying time to get a light sport pilot’s permit… unfortunately they will still need £130,000.

275x250.jpgApple iPhone 4 users have been given official advice on how to deal with a problem of dropping signal -- "don't hold it like that.'

After the new phone launched yesterday many users complained they lost signal strength when holding it by the bottom left corner.

The problem is thought to be because holding the £500 in this way connects two parts of the case which also act as antennas.

Particularly bad for left-handers, the signal reduction can even mean the iPhone 4 stops working as a basic phone.

But when one users emails Apple boss Steve Jobs for advice he wasn't expecting the blunt reply which simply said: "Just avoid holding it in that way."

275x250.jpg A car which does the equivalent of 300 miles per gallon and produces water instead of exhaust fumes is set to be trialled in Leicester.

Makers say that if all goes as expected in the 12-month test, they will start production of around 5,000 of the eco-friendly vehicles per year.

The Riversimple car is a two-seater which has a range of 240 miles on each tank of hydrogen and accelerates from 0-30mph in 5.5 seconds.

In tests, 30 of the cars will be made available for drivers in Leicester to rent… presumably the test being how many people point an laugh.

275x250.jpgA pair of wellington boots which can charge your mobile phone by converting energy from the heat in your feet, have been revealed by boffins.

Makers say the eco 'Power Wellies' use a unique power generating sole which creates a electrical current to charge portable gadgets.

Thermoelectric modules are connected electrically forming an array of multiple thermocouples, which are sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers.

When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

The charge is stored and at the end of an average day it's said your phone will have an extra hour of talkative… unless you've been dancing, in which case you may have a couple of hours.

A Japanese magician who has started using the Apple iPad in his street show has become an online hit.

Shinya uses a mix of pre-programmed clips and props in his tricks which include producing a pigeon out the the tablet device.

Filmed outside a Apple store in Tokyo, he also creates smoke from the screen and then 'connects' with a friend who bends a fork via the power of the iPad.

A video of his his tricks - based around a theme of communication - has already been viewed over 700,000 times online.

But no matter how hard he tries, Shinya will have not be able to improve on the Steve Jobs trick of getting people to pay £429 for an iPad.

275x250.jpg A French artist has unveiled a working hoverboard as his latest creation - and revived the childhood dreams of men everywhere.

Nils Guadagnin says his creation - a copy of the hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future II - was created with the help of a Dutch firm of levitation experts.

The life-size model has gone on show in a number of galleries and uses an electromagnetic system in the board and plinth to levitate, while a laser system stabilises it in the air.

Unfortunately the hover board is not powerful enough to support the weight of someone standing on it... so your ideas of recreating any Marty McFly moments will have to be put on hold, for now.

275x250.jpg A UK man has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus - and he did it himself, intentionally.

Mark Gasson contaminated a computer chip which had earlier been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and implantable devices.

The the University of Reading scientist had been implanted with the RFID chip to do things like access buildings, unlock his mobile phone and be tracked.

But then he infected the implant with a virus to prove that (he) could then pass on the virus to other computers.

275x250.jpgA video has been uncovered by film buffs which appears to show the worlds first ever mobile phone… all the way back in 1922.

Archivists at British Pathé say they stumbled on the silent film - titled 'Eve's Wireless' - in their archives, and could't believe what they saw.

The clip shows two well dressed women in New York carrying the hefty-looking device which they connect to a fire hydrant via a long cable.

An umbrella is then erected, which appears to act as an aerial, and the pair to use the phone to make a call.

They are then shown chatting to an operator who then plays a gramophone record for them… kind of like a rudimentary Spotify.

275x250.jpg A British driver has set a new lawnmower land speed record (yes, it exists) by reaching 87mph on his trusty grass cutter.

Don Wales smashed the previous 80.792mph lawnmower land speed record at Pendine Sands, in west Wales with a verified time of 87.833mph.

To set the record Don - whose grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record in 1924 - had to complete two timed runs, just after cutting a patch of grass.

Project RunningBlade converted a regular ride-on mower into the speedy vehicle by using a more powerful engine, stripping the machine of extra weight and adding new wheels… and Don can now mow his lawn in 14.7seconds.

275x250.jpg The biggest inflatable airship in the world has passed its first tests -- after a massive six hour inflation.

Measuring 76-metres long and 20-metres in diameter, the Bullet 580 airship is designed to carry payloads of almost one tonne to 20,000 feet.

Makers say the £5.5million helium-powered craft will travel at 80mph and offers a cost-efficient alternative to fixed-wing aircraft for carrying cargo.

The Bullet 580 will be used for homeland security and disaster relief -- if they can get people to stop laughing the fact that it looks like a giant inflated condom.

275x250.jpgThe Apple iPhone has been voted a more important invention than the combustion engine and space travel.

A study of 4,000 Brits also placed the iPhone ahead of things like the car, camera and flushing toilet in the list of 100 most important inventions.

While the wheel came top - followed by the aeroplane, the lightbulb and the worldwide web in fourth - the iPhone figured surprisingly high.

In fact, the Steve Jobs special came in as the eighth most important invention in the world, just behind computers, the telephone and Penicillin.

At least it didn't come above Penicillin, because as far as we know there's not yet an app for curing diseases… though some iPhone users like to think otherwise.

A robot has been used to conduct a wedding ceremony in Japan -- well where else was it going to be?

The i-Fairy robot, according to makers Kokoro Co the first non-human ever to lead a wedding, costs £45,000 and has flashing eyes and plastic pigtails.

Yesterday the programmable 4ft tall robot led a wedding in central Tokyo between bride Satoko Inouye and groom Tomohiro Shibata, in front of 50 guests.

During the ceremony the i-Fairy directed the couple to exchange vows and even said in a tinny voice "Please lift the bride's veil," before asking the pair to kiss.

When the inevitable robot uprising happens, we will no doubt look back at moments like this an question why we didn't see it coming… until then enjoy the cute video.

275x250.jpg A designer has taken the already pricey Apple iPad and given it a high-end makeover before offering it for sale -- at £130,000.

Katherine Hughes from Liverpool started off with a 64GB Wi-Fi & 3G Apple iPad before replacing the aluminium back for one made of solid gold.

Weighing 2,100 grams the 22ct gold has added to the heft of the device, but Katherine didn't stop there. The Apple logo on the rear is mad from 25.5 cts ‘I'F' Flawless diamonds, 53 in total.

Only ten of the gold £129,995 iPads will be made… so if you like your tech gaudy and expensive, you should probably act fast.

275x250.jpg Aircraft makers Boeing have revealed a futuristic spy plane called the Phantom Ray, which can cruise at 614mph, can't be tracked by radar and doesn't need a pilot.

While such planes would normally be built to specification for a customer like the US military, Boeing say the Phantom Ray is their "test bed" for new technologies.

The sleek-looking plane - based on a prototype the firm made for the US Air Force - has a 50ft wingspan, measures 36ft long and has a gross weight of 36,500lbs.

Bosses say the unmanned airborne system (UAS) will operate at an altitude of 40,000ft, with initial test flights scheduled for December… prompting countless UFO reports.

275x250.jpgPatients undergoing operations at a Scottish hospital are being given the option of watching DVDs rather than receiving anaesthetic.

Docs claim watching a DVD like of Only Fools And Horses during an operation can distract patients from pain, meaning they need less anaesthetic.

Dr Nick Pace of Gartnavel Hospital had idea after being tasked with trying to reduce the number of people having knee surgery who opted for a general anaesthetic.

It's now suggested patients are numbed from the waist down and watch a portable DVD player to distract them from the surgery sights and sounds.

About half of patients now opt for watching a movie and a spinal anaesthetic rather than full body anaesthetic… but if they started offering popcorn they could get that number up.

275x250.jpgSilent electric cars could soon be fitted with Star Wars-style sound effects in a bid to warn pedestrians where they are.

The European Commission is worried the silent operation of electric cars could mean they become a danger on the road with pedestrians.

As such it plans to bring in rules that manufactures must make a minimum volume noise in place of the 'warning' sound of an engine.

But rather than simply replicate the sounds of an engine some makers are looking at using signature sounds more akin to Star Wars.

A spokesperson for Lotus Engineering says the new Evora 414E Hybrid even makes a sound similar to the Millennium Falcon… but you don't have to dress up as Han Solo to drive it, unfortunately.

275x250.jpgCar alarms and the dreaded PC egg timer have been voted the most irritating pieces of technology ever invented.

The screeching sirens, which often start in the middle of the night, just beat the 'loading' egg timer which appears on computer screens, for the top position.
Computers in general came third in the poll of 5,000 people while speed cameras were fourth.
Unhelpful and illogical automated phone systems which leave Brits confused and send them round in circles, came fifth.
It was also found that bits of technology drive us mad an average of four times a day… we are guessing it was more if you're a Windows user.

275x250.jpgIt was launched as the world's cheapest car, but the Tata Nano could soon sell for prices normally associated with a Ferrari or Porsche.

Makers of the basic £1,400 car say they will produce bespoke versions of the 3.1-metre car which could sell for around £140,000.

While the basic shape of the car will remain the same, the engine will jump from 624cc to 1600cc and the Mumbai-based firm will be adding "a lot of tech wizardry" inside.

The rear seats will also be stripped out and larger wheels fitted. The top speed will double, to 124mph.

However, even with the increased muscle under the bonnet we don't think Jeremy Clarkson will be putting it at the top of the Top Gear Cool Wall any time soon.

275x250.jpg A computer scientist has used a humble desktop computer to calculate Pi to a record 2.7 trillion digits.

Fabrice Bellard says it took his computer 131 days to make the calculation which beats the previous record - set using a supercomputer - by 123 billion digits.

He used a custom program on his PC to work out the gargantuan number which takes over a terabyte of hard disk space to store.

Apparently the number is so long that if you were to recite it at a pace of one number a second, it would take more than 49,000 years… but it would still be more interesting that Celebrity Big Brother.

275x250.jpgA man tried to purchase a CD-ROM which was mis-priced on Amazon.com for $3billion (£1,800,979,540) -- just to see what would happen.

Brian Klug says he was browsing the online store when he came across a copy of the Discovery Channel's 'Cells' CD-ROM.

Nothing too exciting there you might think, but the CD was priced at a massive $2,904,980,000 (+ $3.99 postage) and it clearly intrigued Brian.

The brave/foolhardy man from the US, assumed there was some sort of error but wanted to see what happened if he clicked to buy it - so he entered his credit card details.

Luckily for Brain (and his bank account) he soon received an email stating that they were unable to complete his order,  meaning he doesn't have the sort of debt many countries would be jealous of. 

275x250.jpg Hackers have inserted a photo of Mr Bean onto Spain's official EU presidency website… because their Prime Minister looks like the slapstick character.

It has been a running joke for a number of years that Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero looks like the bumbling Rowan Atkinson creation.

But today users of Spain's official EU presidency website were confronted with an image of Mr Bean when they accessed a page which was meant to show Zapatero.

Between their laughs, Spanish officials confirmed the site had been hacked, but insisted that no information on the site had breached.

275x250.jpgA UK hypnotist who planned to put users of Facebook and Twitter into a trance live online had to abandon his attempt because of legal worries.

Chris Hughes had planned to use a live web-stream to simultaneously hypnotise over 10,000 people who had signed up on social networks.

But just before the event - which promised to leave people stuck to their chairs and unable to open their eyes - was due to begin, Chris announced it had been called off.

He said legal warnings meant he couldn't go ahead with the web broadcast and offered a MP3 download instead, meaning he couldn't set a new world record.

However there is alway the chance he could still appear in the next world record book… if he managed to hypnotise adjudicators.

275x250.jpgA dating website only for attractive people says it has axed over 5,000 members -- because they put on too much weight over the holidays.

Bosses at BeautifulPeople.com claim they have kicked out many members seeking love, after they'd piled on the pounds during the holidays.

The newly chubby were apparently caught out after posting images of themselves celebrating Christmas and the New Year - revealing they have let themselves go.

Managing director Greg Hodge said as they no longer met the exacting standards of the community on the site, they had to reapply for membership, only a few hundred have so far been voted back in.

Interestingly Hodge didn't specify how exactly how many mince pies he had eaten this Christmas... or send us a photo of himself.

275x250.jpgAustralian lifeguards will soon get text messages when Great White sharks swim near the beaches they are patrolling.

Researchers are electronically tagging the man-eating predators with GPS units which will constantly monitor their movements.

If the sharks then get too near to a beach a satellite receiver will automatically send out emails and text messages to wildlife officials and lifeguards.

Currently 74 white sharks have been tagged and there are 20 communications-equipped monitoring stations have been installed off the Perth coast.

Bosses say they hope the network will "provide timely alerts of tagged sharks' presence close to beaches" -- obviously this is unless the lifeguard is busy playing a game on his phone at the time.

275x250.jpgExperts claim that wallpaper which emits light could replace lightbulbs, within the next five years.

A Welsh firm has just been given a £454,000 grant by the Carbon Trust to develop their eco-friendly OLED technology.

Bosses at Lomox claim their designs can be used as a thin film to coat almost any surface and light up when a small electric charge is passed through them.

It uses only a fraction of the power of traditional lightbulbs and could be to make almost any item glow and change colour with a natural looking light.

Eventually the lighting OLED film could be used to put TV screens on any surface… and mean you can change your wallpaper at whim.

Safari-goers to use night vision goggles

275x250.jpgVisitors to a South African safari have started using military-style night vision goggles to watch animals into the night.

Bosses at Londolozi Game Lodge in South Africa are issuing tourists the equipment - normally associates with combat - to get a better look at the animals.

They say it not only allows guests to stay out longer, but also get closer to the lions, hippopotamus and buffalo than ever before.

A spokesperson for Londolozi said: "Imagine sitting in the dark with a pride of lion hunting. The lights are off but you are seeing and hearing just like the lions."

We tried imagining it... then we had to imagine changing our trousers

275x250.jpgA Japanese engineer has set a new record for the longest flight with a paper-only plane.

Using a specially designed 10cm long paper plane, Takuo Toda's origami flight in a  Japan Airlines hangar near Tokyo's Haneda Airport lasted 26.1s.

While just short of the world record 27.9 seconds, it was a new record for a paper-only plane -- the world record (also held by Toda) was set by one with tape on it.

Toda - head of the Japan Origami Airplane Association - said he was pleased with the record but hopes to achieve a 30 second flight soon.

Check out his world record breaking flight after the link and find out how to make a Sky King paper plane -- we guess the reasons to click are twofold.

275x250.jpgRather than listening out for the sound of the bells on his sleigh, children can now follow Father Christmas's progress on Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps.

The US military's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa for over 50 years - thanks to their radar system and satellites.

But this year, children around the world are receiving live updates since Santa set off at 11am (GMT) and seeing his movements plotted live on online maps.

NORAD say they are able to do this because Rudolph's nose gives off an infrared signature, which their satellites can detect… remember these are the people keeping America safe.

275x250.jpg77% of Blackberry owners won’t get a proper break from work this Christmas and many will even check their work emails on Christmas day.

A study of over 1,000 smartphone owners found that the vast majority of workers will check their mobile over the festive season, with two thirds doing it on a daily basis.

45 percent said they will keep their work Blackberry on them at all times - in case something important crops up - and 26 percent said checking emails is a habit they are unable to break.

All of this is despite the fact that 49 percent expect their Christmas Blackberry use to prompt a fight with family members... presumably via email or text.

275x250.jpgResearchers have developed the world’s first motor-powered bionic finger.

The £35,000 'ProDigits' can bend and move like a real finger, and are controlled by the brain signals sent to the nerves and severed muscles.

Makers Touch Bionics say the realistic-looking fingers can allow help partial hand amputees do basic things like point and pick up small items.

The fingers are attached to a silicone skin, designed specifically to fit around a patients hand, and are connected to a wrist strap which provides power and communication.

Patients who have tested the device have given it the thumbs up (sorry) saying it has allowed them to do things they never thought they would be able to do again … like pick their nose.

275x250.jpgDaredevil inventor and pilot Yves Rossy has crashed into the ocean after trying to fly from Africa to Europe with a winged 150mph jetpack.

It is thought a malfunction with his jet wing caused Rossy - dubbed Rocket Man - to crash land in the Straits of Gibraltar shortly after his launch.

Rossy had leapt from a plane at 6,500ft before extending his eight-foot carbon fibre wings and engaging his four-cylinder jet pack.

This should have propelled him to 150mph for the 15 minute journey which would have landed him a place in the record books as the first person to make a intercontinental crossing using Jet-powered wings.

But after about 8 minutes, cameras lost contact with him and the next thing anyone knew was that he had parachuted into the ocean.

275x250.jpgDesigners have created a supersonic car which they claim will be able to reach speeds of 1,000 mph breaking the current land speed record.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car will essentially be a rocket with wheels and attached to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine.

It will measure 12.8m-long, weight 6.4-tonne and be capable of travelling faster than bullet fired from a handgun. It will accelerate from 0-1,050mph in just 40 seconds.

The first attempt at breaking the 1997 record of 763mph will take place in 2011 -- after that they might test their bullet hypothesis.

275x250.jpgIt is easy to think that everyone watches TV on 42 inch LCDs or on their computer nowadays.

But 30,000 people in the UK still tune in to the X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing on a black and white set, it has been claimed.

TV Licensing has revealed that almost 30,000 Brits still use old tech televisions rather than newer flat screens or the online services like the iPlayer.

Despite BBC1 and ITV started broadcasting in colour 40 years ago, these people have continued to watch everything in black and white -- which probably means they are not snooker fans.

They will also have saved thousands of pounds by not upgrading with evert tech advance, it puts you need for a new 50 inch HD LCD TV this Christmas into perspective doesn't it?

Harry Potter invisibility cloak could exist

275x250.jpgScientists say a Harry Potter invisibility cloak could soon be real after they were given the go-ahead for a £4.9 million project.

Boffins from Imperial College London have been given the money by the Leverhulme Trust after proving that metamaterials can bend, control and manipulate light and other kinds of electromagnetic waves.

They will now work to create these materials - which lie at the border of physics and materials science - which are believed to be the key to invisibility.

It is claimed such a device would grab light as it approaches and forces it to flow smoothly around the cloak instead of striking it - rendering the object concealed beneath it invisible to the human eye.

While we don't pretend to understand the science behind this, we can't wait to be able to spend our days sneaking around under the cover.

275x250.jpgWhen you think cutting edge physics, pop-up books may not be the first thing that spring to mind.

But that hasn't stopped the boffins behind the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva from releasing a pop-up book about their experiment.

The 'Voyage to the Heart of Matter' book by Emma Sanders aims to explain the science behind the experiment in which protons travelling at nearly the speed of light collide 40 million times a second within the heart of particle detectors.

Pages detail how big the 27km tunnels are in relation to Geneva, how the particle detectors were built and readers are even able to build their own ATLAS device - one of the six particle detector experiments at LHC - albeit a non functioning paper one.

Men don't read gadget instruction manuals

275x250.jpgIt won't come a much of a surprise that men quickly discard the instruction manuals for their gadgets without ever looking at them.

But a study of 75,000 calls to a gadget helpline has found they should probably take a look - 12 percent of calls come from men who have forgotten to plug their gadget in, just seven percent of women make the same mistake.

But then again, the women are more likely to read the instruction before calling for help, 76 percent compared to just 36 percent of men read the manual first.

Personally we think the really odd news here is that 36 percent of men read the manual rather than just poking their gadget till it starts working.

Ford set to launch inflatable seat belts

275x250.jpgA car company had revealed a range of inflatable seat belts which they claim will reduce head, chest and neck injuries.

Ford, which will debut the belts in their new Explorer, say the inflatable device spreads crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts.

This means that it reduces pressure on the chest in an accident and helps control head and neck motion, which can cause injury. Upon sensing a crash the belt inflates in just 40 milliseconds filling a tubular air bag.

Cold compressed gas, flows through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder housed below the seat to inflate the belt… just make sure you aren't wearing anything too spiky.

275x250.jpgBoffins have created a piece of software which can tell why a baby is crying - after listening to it for just five seconds.

But that's not all, that have now released it as an iPhone app meaning you can just hold your phone near the baby and find out whether it is hungry, tired, bored, stressed or angry.

Biloop Technologies in Barcelona say that in clinical tests their £5.99 'Cry Translator' app had a 96 percent accuracy level in correctly deciphering the meaning of a baby’s cry.

Maybe that other four percent were crying because their parents kept waving an iPhone over their head rather than giving them a teddy.

The hat which forces you to smile (Video)

A design student has created a hat which is guaranteed to make you smile -- because it will poke a spike into the back of your head if you don't.

Lauren McCarthy's "Happiness Hat" is described as a wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not.

While it looks like any other wooly hat, it hides a sinister secret, an arm which reaches down your face detects if you are smiling and if your not it inflicts pain.

If the smile sensor detect your smile is turning into a frown it send a message to a battery-powered servo motor which moves a metal spike into the back of your head.

The less you smile, the more painful the spike is said to get - so this is how Santa keeps his elves looking so happy. 

275x250.jpgThe X-ray machine has been named as the most important scientific invention by the London Science Museum.

A poll of over 50,000 people found that nearly one-in-five opted for the 100-year-old machines ahead of other innovations.

It beat off competition from the likes of the Apollo 10 capsule, Stephenson's Rocket and the Pilot ACE Computer which museum bosses had expected to do well in the vote.

But medical inventions took the top three slots with Penicillin and the DNA double helix coming in second and third place.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "X-rays have radically changed the way we see and understand our world - our bodies in particular." Yeah and they sure beat a photocopier for drunken scanning at the office Christmas party too.

World's largest cinema screen at Pinewood

275x250.jpgBosses at Pinewood Studios have announced plans for the world’s largest cinema screen which will measure a massive 73.1 metres wide by 18.3 metres high.

The screen - normally home to a under water filming facility - will be revealed this weekend with the movie Mission Impossible.

If successful, it will take beat the current record held by Norway's Spektrum in Oslo which held a screening of Independence Day which measured 40.24m in width in 1996.

Tickets for the outdoor drive-in screening start from £35 -- but with a screen that size you will probably be able to see it from miles away.

275x250.jpgA competition has just launched in the Mojave Desert for teams planning to build an elevator to space… yes you read that correctly.

For the next couple of days Space Elevator Games will see robotic machines climbing a 1km high cable (held by a helicopter) and will be powered by laser beams.

The idea is that if this can be achieved, the technology could develop into a fully fledged Space Elevator like that in Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise."

If a space elevator could one day be attached to a mass in geosynchronous orbit, it would offer much cheaper space travel than rockets… and give Starbucks somewhere else to open a branch.

275x250.jpgBoffins have created a robot which sits on you dashboard and tells you the best route, when you are running low on petrol and even when to do the shopping.

AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Agent) has been created by experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to change the way we interact with our cars.

They say that rather than acting like your GPS, the AIDI robot learns about your routines and even adapts depending on your mood - picked up by cameras assessing your facial expression.

It then communicates with the driver through a expressive robot 'face' and will tell you when you need to go to the supermarket or fill up with petrol… sound's like my wife.

275x250.jpgGlasses which 'hear' a foreign language and automatically translate what's being said, before beaming it onto the lens, have been revealed.

NEC say their Tele Scouter glasses will let a wearer see exactly what people around them are saying, even in other languages.

It features a microphone and camera which record foreign languages before converting it to text and running it through a translation computer worn on the wrist.

The translation is them beamed onto a tiny retinal display for the wearer to read what was just said - the entire process happens in a fraction of a second.

Does this mean Brits will just start reading slower and louder? 

Mac users have 'different' brains

Psychologists claim users of Apple Mac computers have a distinct mindset that predetermines their responses to and interpretations of situations.

A study of 7,500 people found that Mac users are more liberal, less modest, and more assured of their own superiority than the population at large.

The boffins from Mindset Media say that as such, Mac users are also more likely to seek varied and novel experiences, believing that imagination and intellectual curiosity contribute to a life well lived.

Black is the new black

Boffins have developed a new shade of black  30 times darker than the current benchmark for the colour.

For years a carbon substance has been kept by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology as the international guide for black, but now scientists have created one so black it absorbs 99.9 percent of light.

Normal black paints, by contrast, only absorbs around 90 percent of light - meaning that most of us can hardly imagine the darkness of the new black.

Shopping trolley tells you what to buy

A new intelligent shopping trolley which tells you what you should be buying and navigates you around the supermarket so that you can find it, has been launched.

The MediaCart, which was designed with Microsoft, monitors your shopping habits before suggesting items, recipes and providing you with money off vouchers.

It will even act like a Sat-Nav telling you where to go in the store to find the items you are trying to buy.

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