Ionut Budisteanu of Romania certainly does seem to have a pretty bright future ahead of him, especially after he picked up the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which so happens to be the largest high school science research competition in the world. This would mean that Ionut Budisteanu managed to earn the Gordon E. Moore Award, in addition to a $75,000 prize that was named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist. According to the organizers of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, “Their research demonstrates the value of hard work and creative thinking. All the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists here this week show great promise in harnessing the power of science and innovation to solve problems and create opportunity for our global community.” Just what made Ionut’s work so valuable? Well, he manages to address a major global issue by potentially reducing the cost of a self-driving car dramatically, so much so that it could make such technology affordable to the mainstream folks.
Thanks to an array of 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut has successfully created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car which is smart enough to detect traffic lanes and curbs, in addition to keeping track of the real-time position of the car. The best part of the news is? The entire shebang would cost a mere $4,000, which is a whole lot more affordable that what Google is currently using in their self driving car project.
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Romanian teenager advances self-driving car idea
When it comes to no-nonsense gaming peripherals, you know that you won’t go wrong with the name Razer emblazoned across your device. Well, this time around Xbox 360 owners might want to sit up and take notice as Razer has just announced that beta testing of their Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is over, which means it should be more than ready to hit the market very, very soon. Just what the heck is the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick anyways? This particular Xbox 360 specific peripheral has gone through rigorous testing by some of the world’s best pro-gamers and Fighting Game Community members worldwide, and has been specially built to target modders and tournament gamers. It will carry premium quality Sanwa components to get your game on, sporting 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick so that gamers are allowed to strike instantly without sacrificing on peak performance and reliability.
The Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is an extremely moddable controller, where opening it up is a snap as all it takes is a touch of a button on the outside, Once the innards of the Atrox Arcade Stick is revealed, it is a snap to customize it as you can swap your own personal designs for a unique, one-of-a-kind look, in addition to gaining access to the internal compartments that boasts of a honeycomb structure that paves the way for easy screw mounting. The easily accessible internal compartment of the Razer Atrox would boast of dedicated slots that allows you to stash away an included alternate bat top joystick, in addition to a detachable cable, and a screwdriver for modding.
The Razer Atrox Arcade Stick will retail for $199.99 in the US, although if you so happen to live across the pond in Europe, you would have to fork out €199.99 for it, which is more expensive after conversion. Why not ask a family member or friend living in the US to purchase one for you before he or she drops by for a visit? Those who are interested in bringing home the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick later this month can place a pre-order on Razerzone.com when May 21st rolls around, and folks living in the Land of the Rising Sun will be able to get theirs within this month as well. As for the rest of the world, a wee bit more patience is required, as you will have to wait until June to pick yours up.
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Razer Atrox Arcade Stick announced
Swiss peripherals manufacturer Logitech is not a company that shies away from the spotlight. In fact, they have just announced that they will be, yet again, the official sponsor of the League of Legends Season Three Championship Series by offering their range of mice and keyboards for all of those involved. According to Dustin Beck, VP of esports for Riot Games, “Our fans love Logitech’s gaming accessories, and we’re excited to have them back as a sponsor this year. Plus, they have great rapport with the gaming community, which makes our partnership with them a natural fit.” Sounds like a partnership worth continuing, right?
Just what does this sponsorship mean to gamers, other than supporting exciting and fun eSports entertainment such as League of Legends? Logitech has moved beyond slapping on their company logo on a banner that advertises the event, as the team there have been working closely with Riot over the past few months in order to introduce additional capabilities to the Logitech G range, and summoners out there will be able to appreciate the amount of work and effort that went in. In fact, Logitech is more than pleased to announce a range of hardware features which will now be supported directly in the League of Legends client.
These new features will include the capability of all G-keys (no exceptions here) in Logitech mice, keyboards and headsets being selectable as bindable keys directly in the in-game interface. Not only that, you also have multi-color LED lighting in the new Logitech G510s and G19s keyboards that are capable of switching to indicate the color of your team, and even when you are in colorblind mode, no exceptions will be made. The Logitech G510s and G19s GamePanel LCD will also be able to show off constantly updated statistics that are normally found in the character subscreen, and these will include cool-down reduction, or stats that were not previously available, such as gold per minute. Are you stoked by what is made available?
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Logitech makes a splash at League of Legends Season Three Championship Series
Depending on whether you have a penchant for the Kung Fu Master or the Queen’s Guard, either way, both of them are heroes in the sight of some. We are referring to the £19.99 DIY USB Flash Drive Heroes, where you will be able to choose from a couple of the greatest warriors ever to walk the Earth – at least within their respective courtyards, of course.
It does not matter whether your choice is the Kung-Fu Master or the mighty Queens Guard, either way, both of them will be able to carry up to 8GB of information within, safeguarding it with their lives. Each of these USB flash drives will be made from tactile, water resistant silicone that boasts of multiple moving parts as well as accessories, and surely it puts the word “flash” in the DIY USB Flash Drive Heroes name! These novelty USB sticks will be different from the rest, since you will be able to retain the protective cap, while the techy section remains protected at all times in a Pez dispenser style. You will be able to build yours from the ground up if you have a penchant for all things DIY.
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DIY USB Flash Drive Heroes
I think that the world is divided into two different groups – one that purchases watches as a practical device to tell the current time, while the other group would be one that picks up watches as a form of investment. You know for sure that one loves to invest in watches if you come across someone who truly believes in Patek Philippe’s marketing slant that one does not merely own a Patek Philippe, but rather, looks after it for the next generation. Well, if you do not have the kind of fat bank account to purchase luxury watches for keepsake and hopefully sell them off at a far higher price sometime down the road, then you would do well to check out the new range of watches from Tom Dixon under the Eclectic Collection, and the name of the collection itself is epitomized by the kind of timepieces which were rolled out.
The trio of new watches that were designed by Tom Dixon is extremely unique, due to the fact that each item has been crafted from honest, resilient and heavyweight materials including copper, marble, cast iron, and wood among others. Clearly inspired by British heritage, Tom Dixon has a penchant for choosing his products very carefully, and the Block Watches this time around intend to add an air of excitement to the collection – in addition to value, of course.
The Square Case itself has been stamped from a block of pure stainless steel, using the most minimal of components and yet having a great impact with the assuredness that heads will turn your way whenever you wear one of his timepieces. After all, the square case is a surefire method of attracting attention thanks to its unusual look, with Swiss movement within to make it as reliable as possible. All numerals on the dial have been deep etched, and they remain clearly visible to boot, while the dial itself is encased within a crystal face for clear visibility and protection simultaneously. If you are on the lookout for a truly unique timepiece, then you will not go too wrong with Tom Dixon’s offerings.
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Tom Dixon’s new watches under the Eclectic Collection
We live in a world where just about any mobile device that one carries these days – be they smartphones or tablets, are capable of playing back some music. And the amount of storage that these portable devices hold can reach insane levels, in fact, a whole lot more than your regular hard drive back in 2000. This would mean you would be spoilt for choice when it comes to the amount of songs that you can listen to, and chances are you would not have enough time to go through the entire playlist in a single setting. The thing is, sometimes, you want to share your eclectic taste in music with your mates, and your smartphone’s speaker just ain’t cutting it. Good thing there are alternatives out there like the $99.95 Portable Solar Powered Speaker.
The Portable Solar Powered Speaker not only lets you share your favorite tunes with the general public within an acceptable radius, but as its name implies, it is capable of offering an infinite amount of charging for your compatible power hungry devices – as long as the sun shines, that is. The speaker would pair up with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, or other wireless music player, where audio is played back via a 2.5”, 3-watt full-range speaker which delivers crisp sound. Its rechargeable battery has been rated to deliver up to eight hours of operation from a five-hour charge thanks to its built-in solar panel, and it comes with a rugged, water-resistant IPX4-rated exterior to boot.
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Portable Solar Powered Speaker
When it comes to audio products, you know that you won’t go too far off the right track with audio specialist Sennheiser. In fact, Sennheiser has just announced that they will be rolling out a new range of ‘Universal’ headsets, and the good news is this – all of them will play nice with the latest smartphone devices of today, which happen to hail from a slew of companies such as BlackBerry, Apple, Samsung and HTC. These new headsets will be based on some of Sennheiser’s most successful models, where among them would include the HD 219s on-the-ear headset, the HD 429 around-the-ear headset and the MM 70s ear canal headset.
As mentioned above, these new Universal headsets from Sennheiser will be compatible with just about all smartphone brands and models, and these will include recent hits such as the BlackBerry Z10, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Individual models will offer consumers integrated capabilities in order to manage phone calls, play and pause music, change tracks and adjust the volume, which makes them the ideal tool for listening and communicating while you are on the go.
The HD 219s would come in the form of on-the-ear universal headset for $79.95 a pop, where it delivers vibrant sound and punchy bass. Sporting a closed back design that blocks outside noise in order for you to hear both music and calls without interference, the HD 219s’ high-output neodymium magnets help deliver the perfect combination of precise stereo sound and a powerful bass response, while its in-line remote control, make taking calls a snap.
Then there is the around-the-ear HD 429s universal headset that is going for $99.95, virtually allowing you to enjoy Sennheiser sound quality regardless of where you are without having to miss a call at all. The HD 429s offers outstanding audio performance with a smooth bass response. Last but not least would be the $99.95 MM 70s that was created based on one of Sennheiser most popular ear-canal models. You get a pair of neodymium magnets which will assist in delivering lifelike sound, in addition to a noise isolating design. Any takers?
Sennheiser announces new Universal range of headsets
So, you have got your spanking new smartphone, and there is nothing quite like making sure everyone else who drops by your home knows that you have the latest addition to your collection of gadgets, and here we are with the £19.99 Smartphone Time Lapse Turntable. Just what the heck does it do? For starters, it is capable of delivering the perfect platform for shooting panoramas or sweeping 360° time-lapse movies, not to mention doubling up as a kitchen timer.
The Smartphone Time Lapse Turntable will also play nice with larger cameras as well as professional tripods, so you know that this is not going to be a one-shot accessory right from the get go. In addition, it will play nice with the rest of the time-lapse and panoramic apps on the market, making it the ideal addition to any amateur photographer’s kit bag and is also a shoe in for smartphone snappers. It boasts of smooth, clockwork movement to deliver a steady panning action, paving the way for precise timing/distance settings. Not only that, it also prevents you from experiencing any kind of unexpected lapse-based injuries. Budding videographers and directors, this could very well be right up your alley!
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Smartphone Time Lapse Turntable
When it comes to quality audio devices, then you know for sure the name Bang & Olufsen will be able to evoke a sense of awe and wonder. B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen has proudly announced a couple of new headphones that will arrive later this July, although we will only concentrate on one – that would be the BeoPlay H6, where this is a super soft, flexible over-ear headphone that offers a sound performance which will elevate audio to another level.
In order to deliver the best possible sound experience for the masses, the folks over at B&O PLAY conducted extensive studies in the shape and curves of the human ear so that they are able to discover the right geometries which will minimize sound leakage, while revealing all the fine details in the music regardless of the current volume level. The BeoPlay H6 will offer a truly natural and authentic sound performance with focus on getting a clear midrange and a balanced bass and treble performance. It has been specially designed around 40 mm custom designed drivers that are accompanied by neodymium magnets which are perfectly angled in order to obtain the best distance and sound direction into the ears. The BeoPlay H6 would also feature an internal bass port that delivers a well-balanced bass performance within a closed headphone design.
The BeoPlay H6 is made out of anodized high-grade aluminium, which would also make it extremely robust and scratch-resistant. The BeoPlay H6 also boasts of anodized aluminum on the adjustable slider arm and cover plate in order to complete the design with a final vibrant touch. The clever use of solid cowhide leather on the BeoPlay H6 headphones that hails from New Zealand is another masterstroke in craftsmanship, as cows there roam in controlled pastures and only the very highest quality hides are selected. You can be assured that each leather product is completely natural, and the leather is dyed with a tanning process which offers colors in rich and warm tones.
The asking price for the BeoPlay H6 would be $399 a pop later this July if you are interested.
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Bang & Olufsen delivers BeoPlay H6 headphones
I am quite sure that you have heard of musical chairs before, but what about the Musical Ruler? Now that is definitely something worth looking into, don’t you think so? The $12.99 Musical Ruler with Songbook is the latest tool from ThinkGeek that helps make learning more fun, although you might find it to be a tad irritating when your little one has fallen head over heels for it. The Musical Ruler has been tuned to the key of C, where it comes in a closed hole student model, with a guide/songbook thrown into the mix for good measure.
No longer do you need to feel as though you are the odd one out whenever your musically inclined friends start to talk about notes and other kinds of stuff associated with music. For those who have this feeling that there is a song deep inside of you dying to get out, why not give the Musical Ruler a go before that? Each Musical Ruler’s accompanying songbook will help you get started right out of the box, where you can play a bunch of basic tunes as well as check out the history of those songs. Since this musical ruler was developed in the UK, it measures in centimeters only. All you need to do is move it to the corresponding mark on the ruler and give it a “twanggg!” for the desired note, and you should be holding your own concert anytime soon.
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Musical Ruler with Songbook