Round-Up: the technology you missed this week

Google says computers will be like humans in 15 years

One of Google’s directors of engineering has said that computers will be like humans by the year 2029.

Ray Kurzweil made the bold prediction that the devices that dictate large parts of our lives will be able to read at human levels within just fifteen years.

Source: CNBC

Apple ‘flexing’ solar muscle


In an idea that sounds as potentially brilliant as it does bonkers Apple has patented solar panels which would be built into flexible touch displays.

If the idea becomes a reality then it could see the future of mobile phones and tablets that do not ever run out of battery power.

Source: TechCrunch

You give me that electric feeling


Head of Telsa, Elon Musk, has said that his company are going to release all of their patents to the world in a bid to help the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

It is a move that could help to drive up the levels of innovation in electric cars, which will hopefully increase the number of number of vehicles produced and brought.

Source: BoingBoing

Image courtesy of KarstenH68 via Flickr/Creative Commons Licence 

Blink and you will miss kick

As the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil this week the opening kick was made by a 29-year-old paraplegic using an exoskeleton.

However, in what was a very bad move,  most of the international TV broadcasters didn’t show the first kick.

Source: io9

Factor magazine for iPad: Issue one out now

It’s finally here – the very first edition of the Factor iPad magazine has been launched and you can download it right away from the App store.

In our first issue we are tackling the technology and science that will be on show when the FIFA World Cup kicks off later this week.

The inaugural issue of the monthly magazine looks at how big data is transforming the way sports teams train and perform in matches as well as how it is helping to make our athletes superhuman.

Inside you can engross yourself in the stories behind the World Cup, as well as the latest from the entire world of technology, futurism, science and innovation.


Also in the launch issue we delve into the latest technologies that are allowing athletes to analyse their every move in a bid to improve their performance.

Away from the summer of sport we speak to Outernet, the US company that wants to provide free internet for the world.

We explore the history of 3D printing and a take a retrospective look at concepts from the past.

There are also reviews of some of the biggest and best tech products in the market.

Factor’s website was launched in March, and has been covering the biggest news and reviews from around the world of technology.

Covering topics as diverse as future cities and wearable technology, the website features daily longform news articles on science and technology, all with a focus on the future.

The issue has been released as a fully interactive iPad magazine with easily digestible features, the highest quality images and video produced by the Factor team.

You can get the magazine from the App store today.