music
Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It

MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of decades. And now, it’s dead. The developer of the format announced this week that it has officially terminated its licensing program. Read More >>

health
The First Virtual Brushing Simulator Will Help Revolutionise Toothbrush Design

A lot of products, including toothbrushes, rely on the physical testing of prototype after prototype to help perfect a design. But it’s an expensive and time consuming process, so researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a virtual brushing simulator that promises to revolutionise how toothbrushes are designed and tested. Read More >>

science
New Speech-Enhancing Software Ensures Loudspeaker Announcements Are Always Understandable

When underground, train stations, and airports get crammed full of people, it’s impossible to hear loudspeaker announcements over all the noise. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute developed a new system that listens for when a venue gets loud, and automatically adjusts announcements so they’re always audible. Read More >>

cars
Ultra-Thin Carbon Nanotube Heaters Will Warm Electric Cars Without Draining Batteries

Since all of the electronics in an electric car are reliant on the same battery as its motor, driving around in the winter with the heater blasting can greatly reduce its range. But a new type of ultra-thin, and ultra-efficient, heating panel covered in carbon nanotubes might change that. Read More >>

power
These Fuel Cell Trolleys Can Power an Old Plane’s In-Flight Electronics

Believe it or not, that modern-looking tin can in the sky you’re flying — with its touchscreen TVs at every seat — most likely took flight for the first time decades ago. All of those fancy electronics are upgrades sucking on outdated power systems. That’s why these trolley carts were created to deliver a different kind of juice. Read More >>

fitmodo
Avoid Injuries With Smart Sneakers That Tell You How to Run Properly

A daily run can be great for your health and fitness, but it can actually be harmful too if not done properly. Of course the right shoes are an important part of the formula, especially this sensor-laden pair developed by the Fraunhofer Institute which provide real-time feedback on your running style, and how to improve it. Read More >>

robots
Spiderbot Goes Where Spiderman Can’t, Including Nightmares

The next time you find yourself buried in rubble, your savior might not be a keen-nosed rescue dog but rather this terror-inducing robo-arachnid. Huzzah? Read More >>