We’ve all needed to keep the laundry going while we’re out and about. Samsung is looking to help with that and let us in on their plans at yesterday’s presser. The WF457 washer and dryer set houses an 8-inch touchscreen, is WiFi-enabled and can be controlled from inside or outside of the home via the SmartHome app. With your smartphone or tablet, you can choose the cycle, duration and set-up notifications on your mobile device once the job is done. Neither are available as of yet, but rest assured, this will be a neat piece of tech you should consider. Want a demo? Head on to the full post below for a video.


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Microsoft’s Office Division President, Kurt DelBene shared a concept video of how our lives will improve with technology advancements that are just around the corner. He says they create these videos to help tell the story they see unfolding in technology, and how it will impact our lives in the future. The video shows Microsoft’s vision for a future where technology extends and highlights our productive capabilities; it helps us manage our time better, focus our attention on the most important things, and foster meaningful connections with the people we care about.

All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies.


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Intelligent Mobility is the theme for 2011 Electrolux Design Lab and here are the Top 8 designs that made the cut. What’s really awesome about the whole process is that the designers get to present their case in front of an audience and do a little Q&A session with the grand jury. On September 7th, 2011 one innovative designer will be taking home 5000 Euros and paid intern-ship at an Electrolux Global Design Centre.


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Everywhere we look we’re surrounded by “smart” technology embedded into everyday items. Refrigerators have built-in televisions and internet connections, while our phones contain more computing power than a NASA control room from the ’70s. Automakers are also ready to ride the tech-train to tomorrow, and Toyota has provided a glimpse of a new way to give passengers a window to the world.

A car already has such a window, but what if the glass was able to provide both information of the world outside and an interactive tool to view it. Engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design have begun thinking about the future, and it could feature a rather unique option for the rear windows. Touch-screen glass would allow one to see how far objects lie in the distance, pinch to zoom on an area outside and to generally learn more about what’s going on outside.

It’s called the Window to the World concept, and you can experience it by watching the video inside.


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In ancient times, people used to calculate and keep a record by drawing on the ground and walls. Over the years, this took the shape of various tools like abacus, chalkboard, calendar, phone and computers. As technology and science progressed, analogous stuff got swapped into digital forms. These kept refining with each passing day and present products are a fine example of advanced technology. The world is at its digital best and designers are leaving no stone unturned to give it an overhaul. Yoori Koo from South Korea has designed a PC, dubbed as Activator, that seeks to fill the existing gap (if there is any) between the digital and physical world.


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The new 2014 Porsche Panamera S is outfitted with something called ACC InnoDrive. Adaptive Cruise Control and Innovative Drive provide smart cruise control, having a fully mapped-out route and knowing not only the severity of upcoming turns but also elevation changes and posted speed limits. In other words: it figures out how fast it should be going and even stops when it should, letting you go the entire distance without having to apply loafer to pedal — assuming no intersections. Porsche isn’t saying when we might see this technology coming to a dearly expensive options package near you, but assures us its cars never completely drive themselves: “We will not touch the steering, trust us. That hands-on aspect is key to the Porsche experience.”


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This office on wheels is the second-generation business class creation from Brabus tuning studio. The new S600 iBusiness 2.0 is bloated with the latest technology. It offers two iPad2 tablets with built-in WiFi connection and a special iPad app that allows you to easily manage a proprietary COMAND system from Mercedes-Benz, including navigation, music, telephone and options to control the passenger’s comfort.

Small tables are situated right underneath the tablets for your bluetooth keyboards. On top of everything else (literally!), there is a 15.2-inch LCD screen, which hides in the roof.

As for the car specs, Brabus iBusiness 2,0 stands up to its name with 800hp and 1047Nm of torque from a twin-turbocharged V12, accelerating this piece of real estate from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds (with a limiter set to 350 km/h). Brabus also offers a full iBusiness 2.0 package for any S-class – from a modest S350 to S65.


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Festo SmartBird

The geniuses at Festo’s Bionic Learning Network are well known for their fascination with robotic animals, and their latest creation is no exception. Dubbed the SmartBird, this autonomous bionic bird — modeled on herring gulls — graces the sky with its sophisticated two meter-long wings, which utilize a bending torso for lifelike directional control. What’s more, this robot is also capable of taking off and landing on its own, but it can also be controlled and monitored from afar using ZigBee radio. Amazingly, all of this round up to just one pound, meaning the SmartBird can happily float about with moderate flapping. See the video inside for some agile in-flight action, accompanied by an animation detailing the inner workings.


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At the end of last month, OCZ announced PCIe Solid State Discs (SSD) Z-Drive R3 Series, which will replace the flash-based Z-Drive R2. The Z-Drive R3 series, displayed at CeBIT 2011, are aimed at server applications and support the proprietary technology Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA), which allows for even faster data transfers getting closer and closer to the theoretical speed throughput of the SSD interface. The R3 series also support SMART-monitoring and NCQ (Native Command Queuing).

The OCZ Z-Drive R3 RM88 model comes with PCIe 2.0 x8 and has four controllers Sandforce SF-1565. Preliminary characteristics suggest that maximum read speeds could reach up to 1.8GB/s (!) with 1.6GB/s write. Performing a random 4K writes is done at a whooping 200,000 IOPS. Maximum capacity using MLC/eMLC is 2.4TB, whereas with SLC only 1.2TB.


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