Round-Up: the technology you missed this week

No more cables


They’re a source of frustration for anyone who has ever used a computer, or virtually any type of technology, but now Intel wants to get rid of all PC cables.

The ambition plan aims to utilise wireless technology and make sure that cables are a thing of the past by 2016.

Source: CNET

A spare pair of arms

 There are times in everyone’s day when you could really benefit from a second pair of hands – it turns out that their development is well underway.

 MIT researchers have been developing robotic arms that can help you to do things you wouldn’t be able to achieve without them. 

 Source: IEEE Spectrum

Landing on a comet

It’s pretty unbelievable but a spacecraft launched from Earth is about to land on the surface of a comet.

The probe, from the European Space Agency is going to orbit the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko before it lands on its surface to study it.

Source: Nasa

Scientists were probably wrong 


It was heralded as one of the biggest scientific discoveries of all time but it has now emerged that those who thought they had detected echoes of the big bang probably didn’t see echoes of the big bang.

It has turned out those who spent three years validating their findings may have seen the effects of space dust rather than the big bang.

Source: The Guardian

Amazon’s smartphone?


On June 18th Amazon are set to launch a new product – announced in a YouTube video that has been clouded in secret.

It is being strongly rumored that the video is showing the company’s first smart phone.

Source: Tech 2 

Image courtesy of Alexander Supertramp /

In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


Dragon V2 Manned Space Capsule

On Thursday SpaceX, the private space company founded by Elon Musk, unveiled its new and improved Dragon V2 space capsule, which will be used to shuttle astronauts and cargo between Earth and the International Space Station. The capsule offers improvements over its predecessor, including an autonomous docking system and a helicopter-style landing system.

Image courtesy of SpaceX.


Bubble Air Dome

Designed by London-based architecture firm Orproject, this is a proposal for a bubble filled with clean air for people living in Beijing, a city notorious for smog problems. Plants growing inside the bubble would maintain the air quality, making the space a kind of enclosed park for residents to come and breathe freely.

Via BBC News.


Strooder 3D Printing Filament Extruder

3D printing is the hot new thing, but plastic filament makes the whole process an expensive business. Enter Strooder, a nifty plastic filament extruder that is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Pour inexpensive plastic pellets into the hopper at the top and the machine turns it into 3D printing-ready filament.

Via Kickstarter.


BMW Motorrad Roadster Concept

This futuristic roadster concept from BMW is a one-off design unveiled at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este, a yearly motor show renowned for its showcasing of historic and concept cars alike. The roadster has a 1,170cc boxer engine and a light tubular frame, and boasts an impressive 123 horsepower at 7,750rpm.

Via DesignBoom.


MiCoach Smart Ball

Tech and football are getting ever closer, and this training ball by Adidas is a classic example. Packed with sensors to identify how players interact with the ball, the MiCoach sends data to a paired iPhone via Bluetooth. The ball features some clever design touches, including a charging pad to negate the need to a cable to power it up.

Via Silicon Republic.