7/19/14

Vantablack - The World's New Blackest Black Material


The super black material named Vantablack absorbs 99.96% of light that falls on it. It is manufactured by UK based Surrey Nanosystems through their low-temperature carbon nanotube synthesis process.

The process deposits vertically aligned nanotube arrays (VANTAs) repeatedly and accurately on various temperature sensitive and light weight materials like aluminium. The VANTA black coating is chemically inert, environmentally safe, resists shock and vibration.

For wide range of applications, Surrey NanoSystems patented process can also deposit these black coatings precisely on either flat or three dimensional (3D) structures.

Vantablack's ultra-low reflectance finds applications in space and terrestrial calibration instruments, infra-red detectors and stray light suppression in optical instruments. It can be coated on internal components such as apertures, baffles, cold shields and Micro Eelectro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).

The super-black material has been extensively tested and characterized by UK National Physics Laboratory (NPL) and EnerSys’ ABSL Space Products Division.

 “We are now scaling up production to meet the requirements of our first customers in the defence and space sectors, and have already delivered our first orders.”, says Surrey NanoSystems' CTO Ben Jensen.

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12/17/13

Making the Most of your Living Room this Christmas

Making the Most of your Living Room This Christmas 

The Living room, one time considered a mainstay of family life, and was the one room that on a daily basis brought you all together to reflect on the interesting anecdotes each member had experienced in their respective day to day lives.

Unfortunately the living room has been forgotten in recent years, instead family members opting for various gadgets to keep them enthralled and entertained, rather than watching the TV communally, you’d be on your mobile phone/tablets as individuals. Well no longer! The living room is making a comeback in a big way, it is fast becoming a family staple once more thanks to the following unique, interesting and brilliant gadgets below.



Touch Screen Tables




Why have a table when you can have a table that’s also a tablet?! If your answer was anything other than price then products like this just may save your living room from an agonizingly slow and painful death.

The beauty of a tablet table is that it can be utilised by multiple users, whether you want to play a game such as the one above with your children or you want to blow ol’ gran’pappys mind. With Lenovo recently releasing a, “Budget” version of the Tablet Table it is becoming more affordable than you think (whilst I still can’t afford one at this moment in time) it’s not hard to see the prices continuing to fall in the next few years to encourage family purchasing.



 Xbox One / PS4




It’s hard when mentioning either of these two rivalling mammoths in the console industry not to get dragged into an argument about which is the superior console. In recent times console manufacturers have tried to reach a wider demographic than just the hard-core gamers of the 90’s.
Today they’re trying to appeal everyone, they realise that gaming doesn’t have to be a niche or taboo hobby. More importantly something that everyone can enjoy. Grand children and grand parents alike now have universal platform on which they can explore virtual landscapes from the comfort of their own homes.

Utilities that scream excitement and involvement such as The Xbox Kinect (Included in the Xbox One package) and the PS Eye are relatively cheap add-ons considering the amount of fun each encourages.



 Perfect Sound & Picture



With a host of other entertaining gadgets on offer for the family it is all too easy to forget about the audio visual experience that having a good TV/surround sound system can offer, and with the average household doing more than five hours viewing per night it’s hard to understand why.
As a family unit, you’re more than likely going to spend a great deal more time together viewing than anything else whilst in the house. So it’s important not to forget why you fell in love with the television in the first place. And the reason is, it immerses your mind body and soul into a Technicolor dreamscape. You feel what the protagonists of the film are feeling, you’re there during their ups and their downs. During every twist and turn, every cliff-hanger.

The TV has long been the hallmark and focal point of any respectable living room. So it’s important not to neglect the power of cinema. Don’t forget about surround sound. Once you purchase quality speakers, they last decades, plus it really compliments the cinema experience to no end. Utilizing one more of the human senses is a must if you’re thinking of revising and reinvigorating your living room in the near future.

11/29/13

10 Visually Appealing Windows Themes For You This Winter

Welcome this winter with these beautiful windows themes on your device. From frozen gardens to snow covered mountains and glaciers, all to make you feel the every moment of winter.

Winter is the most exciting season for everyone who loves snow and it might not be very comforting for some. Since my childhood days, year after year I always waited for the winter to arrive. 

I never witnessed snow fall in my city were I grew but I felt winter days are beautiful. I could hardly wait for early mornings to witness birds singing, dews on plants, cold breeze and fresh air. Now its time for you to feel the icy weather on your windows device!

1. Winter theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
Includes amazing scenes of snowy landscapes.

2. Glaciers panoramic theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
Stunning icebergs and glaciers are featured in this panoramic theme.


3. Swedish Winter theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This theme features winter landscapes and stunning beauty of winter in Sweden.


4. Snow Panoramic theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This panoramic theme features the beauty of snow covered landscapes and also looks stunning on dual monitors.


5. Winter Garden theme DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This theme features frost covered leaves, berries and branches with great quality by photographer Hayley Elizabeth.


6. Majestic Mountains panoramic theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This panoramic theme features magnificent snow covered mountain ranges and is also designed to span on dual monitors.


7. Frost Macros theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
Frost leaves, grass showing crystalline ice and make you feel the freshness of nature.


8. Frozen Formations theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This theme features naturally formed ice patterns and frozen scenes displaying nature's artwork.


9. Snowy Night theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This theme features warm lights, wooden cottages and snow covered towns welcoming winter on your device.


10. Ice Castles theme - DOWNLOAD - Theme page
This theme features ice sculptures, castles and ice walls taking you to wonderland.

To check out more windows themes for your device, visit windows personalization gallery.

Which one is your most favourite theme? Do you know a better theme? 
Please share with us below in comments.

11/27/13

New AIRO Wrist Band Takes Health Monitoring To The Next Level

Image source: AIRO Health

The AIRO wrist band from the startup AIRO Health automatically monitors your nutrition intake, stress patterns, daily exertion and sleep quality. What makes it stand out from other traditional health trackers is that combines sleep, exercise, stress tracking along with your calorie intake.

How does it track your nutrition?
The AIRO makes use of a special built in spectrometer that is embedded on it to track your calories consumed and quality of your meals. The information will be displayed on AIRO app installed in your device.

What is a spectrometer doing in a health tracker?
Nutrients have different light properties. When human body breaks down the food during and after meals, the spectrometer will detect the amount of light that passes through the bloodstream based on green, red and infra-red patterns. If you ate a candy, the wrist band will show an increase in sugar intake. Not just sugar intake, it also displays protein, fats, carbohydrates.
How does it track your stress?
AIRO monitors your stress levels based on your heart rate. If the band senses you are in a high stress level, it will vibrate to alert you. The AIRO app will suggest you to take breathing exercises or some sleep whenever required.

How does it monitors your exercise?
Like it monitors stress, it makes use of your heart rate along with calories burned and counting steps to monitor the intensity of your workout. If you worked out too much, the app will suggest you to take rest for you to get back on track.

How does it monitor your sleep?
AIRO tracks your circadian rhythm and can see distinct sleep cycles. The band will wake you up at the right time when required by vibration. The app shows the hours you slept along with related information.

The AIRO not only warns you but also provides recommendations to deal with it. Slowly AIRO gets smarter by learning your health patterns. AIRO will be available sometime in 2014. To know more about when it will be available, visit their website.

Source: AIRO Health

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