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This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

by Devin Coldewey / 2日

Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of turbines autonomously, helping keep our green power infrastructure in good kit.

Apple just released the first iOS and iPadOS 13 beta to everyone

by Romain Dillet / 2日

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But […]

The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4

by Romain Dillet / 2日

The Raspberry Pi 4 is here — and it’s an awesome upgrade. Earlier rumors said that it would take a while before a major Raspberry Pi upgrade, but it’s available starting today. When it comes to physical design, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B looks a lot like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, the […]

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 prepares to go sailing on sunlight

by Devin Coldewey / 5日

Among the many spacecraft and satellites ascending to space on Monday's Falcon Heavy launch, the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 may be the most interesting. If all goes well, a week from launch it will be moving through space — slowly, but surely — on nothing more than the force exerted on it by sunlight.

Hasselblad’s new medium format camera is a tiny, beautiful nod to history

by Devin Coldewey / 6日

While mirrorless cameras accelerate into the future, medium format models are hearkening unto the past — and Hasselblad chief among them. Its new digital back fits lenses going back to the '50s, and the tiny 907X camera body is about as lovely a throwback as one can imagine.

Tripping grad students over and over for science (and better prosthetic limbs)

by Devin Coldewey / 6日

Prosthetic limbs are getting better, but not as quickly as you'd think. They're not as smart as our real limbs, which (directed by the brain) do things like automatically stretch out to catch ourselves when we fall. This particular "stumble reflex" was the subject of an interesting study at Vanderbilt that required its subjects to fall down... a lot.

NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet will have a 4K TV instead of a forward window

by Devin Coldewey / 7日

NASA's X-59 QueSST experimental quiet supersonic aircraft will have a cockpit like no other — featuring a big 4K screen where you'd normally have a front window. Why? Because this is one weird-looking plane.

Kano, the kids-focused coding and hardware startup, inks deal with Microsoft, launches $300 Kano PC

by Ingrid Lunden / 7日

Kano, the London-based startup that builds hardware designed to teach younger people about computing and coding, is taking a significant step forward in its growth strategy today. The startup has inked a partnership with Microsoft that sees Kano launching the Kano PC, a new 11.6-inch touch-enabled, Intel Atom-powered computer, its first to run Windows — […]

This $99 AirPower knockoff is available for order now

by Brian Heater / 8日

There are a number of key differences between Apple’s AirPower and lookalike knockoff, AirUnleashed. The most pertinent one, however, is that one of the two is actually available for purchase. Apple gave up the AirPower ghost back in March, after having gone silent on the product for some time, citing an inability to “achieve [its] […]

Roli’s newest instrument, the Lumi, helps you learn to play piano with lights

by Ingrid Lunden / 8日

There has been a longstanding gulf between the consumption music and the creation of it: not everyone has the time or money to spend on lessons and instruments, and for those in school, many music education programs have been cut back over the years, making the option of learning to play instruments for free less […]