Mobile phones have been out of reach for visually impaired people up until now but not anymore. The world’s first ever Braille phone has been produced by London firm OwnFone and has been released on sale already. How did they do it? Well, according the company behind this revolutionary Braille phone, the front and back were printed off using a 3D printer. This has the added advantage of meaning that it can be customised to suit the individual customer’s needs. In fact, this isn’t the very first Braille mobile phone ever made. However,...

Any speaker inspired by Leonardo da Vinci has got to be worth taking a look at, hasn’t it? In this case, the Vitruvio speaker has been designed by Giorgio Bonagruo and Juan Soriano Blanco. It is based on the famous Vitruvian Man drawing by the artist. The iconic image of a spread-eagled man established the proportions of the male body and was the most anatomically correct drawing of its time. So what’s the speaker all about? Well, the Vitruvian element supposedly comes in with the use of exact proportions that brings da Vinci’s drawing...

The number of potential uses for Google Glass has increased, with surgeons in Devon recently being involved in running a trial on the use of this technology while working. The glasses are voice activated and use a camera and small visual display, which means that they could offer a range of benefits if used in surgical theatres. For instance, it can help doctors who are mentoring other members of staff to explain what is happening in a live setting. Another possible use is to contact experts across the world for advice when carrying out...

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You’re waiting for the Apple iPhone 6 to make an appearance, are you? Maybe your wait is just about to end. Or maybe not. Who knows the actual fabled release date? A few leaks have appeared recently which promised to show us tantalising images or inform us of titillating details of the new version of the phone. First off, some schematics were leaked. These suggested that a new, bigger screen would force the power button to be moved to the side of the device. With a whopping 4.7 display said to be on its way, moving this button to the...

Could a simple USB flash driver be the solution that allows millions of people to revive old computers and get an extremely low cost computing experience? The plan comes from a start-up company called Keepod. The people behind it are called Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi. Their idea is to providing an operating system which comes on a cheap USB stick. Keepod has been launched on the Indiegogo fundraising site. In fact, with just 6 weeks of fundraising carried out the total amount of money raised has now reached close to £25,000. Two Thirds...

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fridge you could talk to? Hey, they’ve got a thing for that now. Up until now chatting to electrical appliances has been a fairly frustrating experience, with the chances of a sensible reply being close to zero. However, that is all about to change thanks to LG. The technology firm has developed a text chat function that lets you talk to your fridge and find out what is inside it. If you are feeling especially chatty you can also talk to the other appliances in your house. The bad news is that at the current...

Spring has sprung and summer is here, which means by now you should be well on your way to sprucing up the old homestead. In my house this means a top to bottom deep clean; including a house full of cream carpets and a rather tatty classic mini. Over the years I’ve tried lightweight cleaners, steam cleaners and even hired out cleaners but this year I’ve gotten my hands on a BISSELL 22K7E Cleanview Lift Off Carpet Cleaner. In the Box (which is fairly large)   1 x BISSELL Cleanview Lift Off Carpet Cleaner 1 x Sample Bottle 236ml...

A new survey has suggested that tablet computers are encouraging more older folk to go online. The annual survey carried out by Ofcom analyses the way Brits spend their time using technology. This year’s report shows that the number of people over the age of 65 going online has risen by more than a quarter, to a new total of 42%. This strong rise has been put down to increased tablet use among more mature users. The number of over 65s using a tablet for going online increased from 5% in 2012 to 17% in 2013. Even so, the over 65s only...

The latest new piece of police technology could be set to cause a fair bit of controversy. Met Police officers in London are all set to start using cameras on their uniforms to capture images from crime scene. The plan is also to use these body cameras to increase levels of transparency and to help get convictions get pushed through more quickly. To start with, 500 of the cameras will start to get used by police officers in 10 of the different boroughs in the capital. It has also been reported that firearm officers will get to use them...

So, it was true after all. We reported last summer than mystery surrounded the burial of a bunch of Atari’s ill-fated ET game in the New Mexico desert. It all seemed a bit far-fetched at the time but a dig at the supposed burial site turned up lots of old Atari cartridges. Yes, our old buddy with the big head and the urgent desire to make a phone call was there along with other games. The discovery was made by a group of people described as “video game archaeologists”. This is a type of career we have never come across before but...