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Next models of iPad and iPhone could get a boost in size to go along with improved specs.
While the normal tendency is to make each iteration of a product slimmer, a new rumor suggests that the next generation of iPads and iPhones could actually be a step up in both specs and size.
Citing the site’s “most reliable source,” iLounge has posted some details about the next generation of iPads and iPhones that suggest both product lines will gain a little size when new models are released in 2012.
With the iPad 3, the size increase will only add about .7mm of thickness to the tablet computer. The change is necessary to support a second light bar for the higher-resolution display — rumored to be an impressive 2048 x 1536 pixels. The site indicates that that the iPad 3 could debut sometime in January for a March release.
As for the iPhone 5, the site’s source says the phone will need an extra 8mm to accommodate its new 4-inch display. Upgrades to the phone’s battery could also play into the size increase.
The report suggests that the iPhone 5 will debut sometime in the summer, and that it’s still in the engineering phase (as opposed to early production).
Provided by Rick Marshall
Canada is breeding nightmare-bots. Watch as the 35ft Robo-Titanoboa dances with the car-sized Mondo Spider from Burning Man.
Science is going to need to start inventing superheroes to offset all these creepy nightmare robotsthat are popping up. This year, a large and diverse Canadian team of designers thought it would be a good idea to invent a gigantic robot snake based on the 50-foot prehistoric Titanoboa.
The snake-bot is the vision of Charlie Brinson, who began constructing the 60 million year-old monsters’ replica with his team in the beginning of 2011. Being a replica, the team is shooting for the same weight of 1 Ton and length of 50ft, but presently the machine is at 35ft long. The goal is to have 30 high strength vertebrae (presently at 20) and 5 different modes of motion: Lateral undulation, side winding, slow rectilinear and concertina. Imagine something like that squirming towards you. Other specs for the Titanoboa robo-monster include a scalable Lithium polymer battery system, 60 proportional hydraulic cylinders and 6hp continuous, 18hp peak power.
Oh, and there’s going to be a saddle since it can be controlled by rider or by remote control. Also, they want it to have jaws…
So why bother creating something (nightmares) like this? The team says the project was an excuse to make engineering fun and lure young student minds to participate in the design and manufacture stages. Robo-Titanoboa’s birth created an environment that facilitated technical learning on robotics, controls, mechanical desgin and other areas. Also, the project was “an exercise in alternative forms of propulsion and power applications in transport.” Does that mean we’ll all be riding giant snakes to work one day?
Godzilla fans will enjoy the match up of Titanoboa and another eatArt project; the 1,700lb Mondo Spider from Burning Man. The video from the Titanoboa site is more surreal robo-ballet than monster fight, but still entertaining.
We’ve shown you robots completing various tasks in the past, but this new model, a small hobby humanoid, can ride a bicycle like a human being. It’s not the first of its kind (Murata’s robotand Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot come to mind), but the model that’s pictured on the left costs just US$2,220 in its standard configuration.
Dr. Guero [JP] from Japan modified KHR3HV, a bipedal robot made by Japanese maker KONDO that has been available in many robot stores for years. The humanoid can even stop for a moment and continue riding the bike on his own, which is pretty cool.
PRIMER-V2 weighs 2.5kg, stands 495mm tall and can reach a top speed of 10km/h. This video shows the robot in action: