This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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Last year BMW scored 2-minute laps at Luguna Seca with the click of a button. This year BMW is back with new and improved technologies. When BMW hot lapped their 3 series at Luguna, they relied on radars and cameras to get the car to do what they wanted it to do. That wasn’t good enough for BMW, so they pushed the enveloped to have an autonomously-run car on the Autobahn, a road that has no speed limit. In order to execute this feat, BMW relied on ultrasonic scanners and lasers to read the road, traffic, and lanes. The system executes the necessary tasks and keeps with the flow of traffic. You can see the 5 series in action after the jump!
Though it is too early to see if this system will make it into production anytime soon, the technology is something manufactures have been dreaming of since the 50s. For now, BMW will be equipping some vehicles with a new Traffic Jam Assist system, aimed at helping you deal with traffic more efficiently.
Read More | Autoblog
Think your webcam is small? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed a camera that's no larger than a grain of salt. The "microcamera" (shown below next to a syringe) has the potential to re-invent medical cameras used to navigate surgeries as well as some aspects of cars and consumer electronics.
"At 1x1x1 millimeters, this camera is as small as coarsely ground grain of salt—the smallest camera that we are aware of," Stephan Voltz, CEO of image-sensor developer Awaiba, said in a Fraunhofer press release.
Part of the challenge for creating effective microcameras is the manufacturing process, which requires that image sensors be created in bulk on a single wafer, then separated and attached to individual lenses. Fraunhofer says it's found a way to mount lenses in bulk on top of the sensor wafer, simplifying—and cheapening—the process, at least for this microcamera.
Dutch sweetheart Sylvie van der Vaart joined shoppers in Munich's famous Karlsplatz to create a breathtaking piece of interactive, art inspired by Kinect. State of the art technology allowed shoppers to take control of the iconic Stachus gate, bringing the ancient medieval structure to life by jumping, dancing, waving and gyrating. Definitely a cool sight to behold.
Germany based Navigon is leaving the PND market in North America. CEO Egon Minar says that they are downsizing their Chicago office but will still take care of their existing customers with map updates, etc. Apparently they were losing money to more basic, cheaper GPS devices. Instead, they will concentrate on its mobile division by offering its technology to smartphones. They recently signed a deal to equip T-Mobile in Germany, so perhaps they will extend themselves to the states.
Read More | GPS Business News
At the recent Musikmesse 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom unveiled its Q3. The mini-camcorder has a 2.4-inch (240x320) LCD display and can record up to an hour of video with a built-in 2GB SD card. At a size of 128 x 56 x 31.5mm, it looks pretty much like most of the others in its class, but we do like the built-in condenser microphone with adjustable left and right levels.
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Be careful when you text message. A German man was fined $2,300.00 for accidentally passing on an SMS hate message right before Germany defeated Turkey in the Euro 2008 soccer tournament. The message said, “by opening this SMS, you have killed a Turk.” Accused with inciting racial hatred, the man claimed that the only reason he was caught was because he accidentally forwarded it to someone whose house was searched by police. We figure texting something like that in the first place would be about the same as saying the “b” word in an airport.
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Tired of people beating you to a parking place? Joachim Schoeneich bought a British built Fox tank in Germany to solve the dilemma. The vehicle has a baby seat for the family’s 2 year-old and the 30mm gun has been disarmed. Schoeneich claims it’s still tough to find a parking spot but that he always gets the right of way. The purchase price for the tank was £24,000 (~$47,000.00) and the 4.2 liter engine gets a whole five miles per gallon.
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Bots recently competed in Germany as part of the RoboCup to be held in July in China. A sub-competition, RoboCup Rescue, allows robots to practice on dolls in such critical situations as chemical spills and other disasters. Robotic teams must go through a maze and scores are based on how well they can navigate and generate a 3D map of the course. A Manipulation Challenge gives extra points for delivery of radios or water bottles to victims. Currently, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to scan the area and the same amount of time to create the image, but that should decrease as the bots become more advanced.
Read More | New Scientist Tech
Germany’s s’Baggers Restaurant has been up and running for a while now and is apparently expert at what they do as they have captured the attention of even the BBC. The brainchild of Michael Mack, the first automated restaurant features color coded seating, a touchscreen TV for ordering, and food prepared by chef in the kitchen on the roof that comes down an assembly line. While waiting, the diner can catch up with e-mail, send an IM, or read about the ingredients in their selected dish. While we may not be able to visit s’Baggers right away, we cannot wait to partake of their very special Suckling Pig & Carp Night.
Read More | BBC
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