Exoskeleton And Electricity Help Man Walk Again

Exoskeletons have long been a thing of fiction, with movies like Aliens showing us large mechs that could move crates and giant aliens with ease, but in recent years people have seen the technology become realistic and helpful, such as homemade exo’s making lifting weights easy or even the army developing exo’s to improve shooting. Now with a little help from electricity they could soon be developing something close to a miracle, letting people walk again.

Mark Pollok was paralyzed from the waist down in 2010, with no control of his lower body he began testing out Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. While an exoskeleton could give people back control of their body they have displayed even greater results by using a process known as “transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation”. This means that by attaching electrodes to Mark’s skin they were able to send jolts of electric to his spine.
All communication in the body is electric charges and by using this process they were able to see results. During the experiment, Mark was able to regain some control over his legs, to the point where he could raise and flex his knees.

Combining these two processes they were able to give Mark some ability to walk again, he was even able to sweat (something that he has been unable to do since the accident in 2010).

Technology can do many things, but sometimes it’s giving people the chance to do what we call simple that makes it amazing.

Thank you Washington Post for the information.

Image courtesy of the Guardian and Mark Pollok.

Meet Elio – The £4,500 Car With Three Wheels

Many have attempted to produce low-cost and efficient forms of personal transport. We’ve seen innovative vehicles like Renault’s Twizy and more personal solutions like the Segway. One new American company believes it has the solution at this year’s CES.

The Elio is a new car-type vehicle, that has three wheels and a very small engine. It is a car though, one safe for road use and one that does 84 miles per gallon.

Yes, gallon. Of fuel. This vehicle is not electric, as many of these things are. It seems that the desginers of the Elio have simply aimed for low cost of manufacture rather than cost of fuel, however it looks like that they’ve attempted to offset that by utilising such a small engine and weight of the overall vehicle.

The car is sort of in production, but there’s a waiting list, with distinctions between refundable and non-refunable deposits towards the car. Those who place a non-refundable deposit get place higher on the waiting list, but with a risk of course.

Source: The Verge

 

Devil’s Canyon, Haswell-E and Broadwell Plans Detailed in Intel’s Official Roadmap

Having AMD release its official roadmap, Intel is apparently not far behind in releasing such information. An official roadmap detailing Intel’s plans for this year has been revealed. The roadmap states that Intel is planning to delay its Devil’s Canyon CPU launch date from June 2nd 2014 to Q3 2014.

Intel will only announce its Devil’s Canyon processors at Computex 2014 in June, where sources indicate it will also hold an overclocking competition as well, where users can test out the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors. It is also said that a few retailers have already listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 CPUs for pre-order. However, they will not start shipping until September. Also, most motherboard manufacturers are holding out until Devil’s Canyon release before they start shipping the Z97 motherboards.

In terms of specifications for Devil’s Canyon, a list and details can be viewed below:

Intel’s Core i7-4790K apparently will be the first 22nm consumer CPU from the Haswell Refresh lineup to come with a clock speed of a staggering 4 GHz and a boost speed of 4.4 GHz, featuring 4 cores and 8 threads. It is also stated to come with an unlocked design, allowing users to overclock the CPU over its limits thanks to its improved thermal design and updated package material. The Core i7-4790K is said to feature a TDP of 88W and feature the latest Intel HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. A price for this chip is suggested by pre-ordering sites at around $359.99.

The Core i5-4690K seems to be the fastest i5 series Intel CPU, with a stock speed of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.9 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 4 threads along with an unlocked design as the i7-4790K, having a similar TDP of 88W and HD 4600 graphics clocked at 1250 MHz. The price specified or this Haswell Refresh i5 is stated to be around $249.99.

The roadmap also seems to confirm the Haswell-E shipping date, planned for September 2014. The Haswell-E is dubbed the true HEDT platform targeted for enthusiasts and overclockers alike, featuring support for next generation 8 and 6 core SKUs based on Haswell’s 22nm architecture and also the first to support the latest DDR4 memory.

The last announcement on Intel’s roadmap features the Broadwell, which is stated to have a launch date set for late Q1 2015. Rumors also speculate of the lineup being pushed beyond the Q1 2015 date to Q2, while the Broadwell Mobility lineup is said to be coming somewhere in Q4 2014. The Broadwell lineup will be Intel’s first 14nm consumer chip heading for mobility platforms late this year and desktop platforms somewhere in the first two quarters of next year.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
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AMD Announces the Specifications for its Upcoming Kaveri Mobility APUs

It appears that AMD has just revealed the specifications of their upcoming Mobility Kaveri APU lineup via AMD’s website, indicating that the company is planning to launch the lineup as soon as possible, having Computex 2014 in June as possible date of launch.

The AMD Mobility Kaveri APU lineup is said to come with the most basic features compared to the desktop Kaveri lineup launched in January, arriving in a variety of SKUs such as A-series, FX and Pro A-series APUs. There is also information of technologies such as Dual Graphics, Face Login, Eyefinity, Gesture Control, Wireless Display, Quick Steaming Technology and Start Now which would be available on the models.

In terms of specifications, the FX-7600P, which is also said to be the mobile platform APU, will feature 4 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores, while the x86 Steamroller would be clocked at 2.7 GHz stock and 3.6 GHz while in boost, having a 4 MB L2 cache and displaying a GCN graphics of 512 stream processors operating at 686 MHz with a TDP of 35W. The APU is also said to support 32 GB DDR3 memory having speeds of up to 2133 MHz.

The A10 Mobile Kaveri APU series includes the A10-7400P, having 4 CPU cores and 6 GPU cores, while the x86 Steamroller APU will be clocked at 2.1 GHz stock with a boost speed of 3.3 GHz. Looking at the cache, the L2 will present the same 4 MB cache as the FX version previously mentioned, while the GCN graphics will boast 384 streaming processors working at 654 MHz with a TDP of 35W. The amount of memory and frequency support is similar to the FX model, having a 32 GB DDR3 memory limit with up to 2133 MHz operating frequency.

The more business-oriented Pro model includes the A10 PRO-7350B, featuring 4 CPU and 6 GPU cores. The x86 Steamroller is said to be clocked at 2.1 GHz stock and 3.3 GHz in boost, while boasting a 4 MB L2 cache with a GCN graphics of 384 stream processors working at 553 MHz with a TDP of 19W. The APU will support 32 GB DDR3 with a working frequency of up to 1600 MHz.

The rest of the Kaveri Mobility lineup can be viewed below:

A few benchmarks have been made with the lineup, and the results show that AMD is gaining some ground in terms of gaming performance, since the retail FX-7500 is currently ahead of the ULV Maxwell and even the A10-7300 is showing its power ahead of Intel’s i7-4500U, i5-4200U and i3-4010U. The 3DMark11 and PCMark8 benchmark results can be viewed below:


In addition to the above, it is said that there is also a small chance of AMD along with its OEM partners will introduce the Crystal Series-based notebooks along with the mobility APU launch. Information about the new Crystal Series GPU also mention some enhancements including GCN 1.1 architecture, with a probability of offering Dual Graphics support along with the Kaveri Mobility lineup. A list of the latter GPUs can be viewed below:

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
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R.A.T. Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac Announced By Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive announced the R.A.T. Tournament Edition, a new mouse designed for the professional and competitive gaming community. Expected to ship early 2014 for PC and Mac, the R.A.T.TE has been designed to appeal to the e-sports professional. With a newly developed Phillips Doppler-laser sensor, the R.A.T. Tournament Edition provides reference quality tracking with speeds up to 8200 DPI.

Each feature of the R.A.T. Tournament Edition has been engineered for mobility, performance and precision. Weight has been reduced to decrease inertia; speed and resolution have been radically improved for faster reaction times, and programmable button mapping has been optimized for popular e-sports games. In addition, customizable attributes such as ‘Lift-Off’ height calibration and dynamic surface detection have been added to create the ideal mouse for professional gamers.

“We launched our original R.A.T. line of gaming mice four years ago, and we’re pleased to continue expanding this highly successful range with the announcement of the Tournament Edition model,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.TE is another example of our ongoing commitment to building high performance hardware for the passionate gaming community.”

Thank you Mad Catz for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Mad Catz

Nexus 4 Gets A Chassis Update

Since the Nexus 4 was released late last year, trying to get hold of one of these sought after handsets has been in some cases a case of waiting. I would know – I waited three weeks for the handset to become available on Google Play after which it seemed to be only in stock for a day or so before all the handsets had been claimed. This goes to show that even though there are newer handsets such as the Galaxy S IV on the market, the Nexus 4 still holds a strong following amongst Android users.

Since it came out however, there does seem to have been one point in its design that many users have pointed out, including myself. Both sides of the handset are covered in glass and this sits slightly higher over the plastic frame that goes around the LG made handset. Whilst this itself is not a bad thing and it feels great to hold onto, it appears that the shiny glass back is well too shiny and as I’ve found out for myself, if you place the phone on a surface that is not totally level, its slick glass back starts to let the phone slide off the surface its sat on.

As this point has been mentioned by many users, LG have made a little revision to the design and new users will now find a series of little raised nubs on the back of the phone that lift the glass of the surface that its sat on just a fraction to stop the sliding. This is not all though as by raising the back up a little will also prevent to glass from getting scratched as easily and will also give better sound quality by opening up the rear mounted speaker a little more.

It just goes to show that given feedback, phone manufacturers do listen and respond to what the consumer wants, in this case a simple method of stopping the phone sliding. After all Google and LG don’t want sales of the popular Android handset to drop because its ‘too slick’.