technology: September 2012 Archives

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

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