Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Lit Motors' C-1 electric motorcycle will stand up for itself

The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle
The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle

As any avid biker will tell you, motorcycles have a lot of advantages over cars - they use less fuel, accelerate faster, are more maneuverable, can be parked in more places, and don't incorporate the weight of extra seating for passengers who are non-existent on solo commutes. As many other people will tell you, however, motorcycles also leave their occupants open to the rain and cold, and can potentially tip over and scatter those occupants across the road. That's where Lit Motors' C-1 comes into the picture. It's a proposed fully-enclosed two-passenger electric motorbike that uses an electronically-controlled gyroscopic stabilizing system to stay upright when stopped, or even when struck from the side in an accident.
Lit Motors is based out of San Francisco, and is headed up by industrial/automotive designer Daniel Kim. The idea for the C-1 came to him after he had traveled around the world for a year, seeing the transportation challenges and innovations in developing nations. "I met thousands and thousands of people, and learned how cultures function and how people get around," he told us. "It was an amazing experience. That's basically what informed me, for the rest of my life."

The vehicle

So far, Kim and his team have developed an operating model of the C-1's flywheel-based stabilization system, along with a full-scale fiberglass mock-up of the vehicle itself. They are now working on a hand-built steel uni-bodied working prototype, which should reportedly be complete within about three months. Plans call for an initial run of production vehicles to be available at a price of about US$24,000 by late 2013, with that price going down to $16,000 once full production gets under way in 2014.
The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle
Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack, while a model intended for developing nations will be rated at about 4-6 kWh. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge, depending on the exact size of the battery.

Harvesting energy

While the C-1's light weight, aerodynamic shape and low rolling resistance should allow it to get decent mileage, KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology will also help in that department. As is the case with the self-balancing Thrustcycle SRT, kinetic power that would otherwise be lost in the braking process will instead be used to assist in spinning up the flywheels. Along with providing stability, those wheels will also deliver power back to the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating, giving the battery pack a break.
The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle
The flywheels will be located beneath the vehicle's floor, and should generate over 1,300 lb/ft (1,763 Nm) of torque in the final, commercial model. Although previous attempts at gyroscopically-stabilized vehicles such as the Gyro-X were rumored to be tippy when cornering at high speeds, Kim assures us that a patented system will keep that from being the case with the C-1.

Keeping connected

As with many existing newer cars, the vehicle will also utilize various connectivity protocols to stay in contact with the internet. This will allow its driver to be continuously aware of factors such as traffic, construction, and adverse weather conditions - where applicable, alternate routes will be suggested.
Some fairly big names have become interested in the project. While Daniel was first developing the C-1 as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, it caught the attention of Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service - she has since become "a huge proponent" of the vehicle. The MIT Media Lab also provided assistance in its design. More recently, Jason Hill, lead designer with the now-defunct Aptera Motors, signed on to work on the final design of the C-1.
The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle

Should you want one...

Lit Motors is now accepting US$250 refundable deposits, from people interested in becoming early adopters of the vehicle. Approximately 25 deposits have been made so far, mainly from Europe. When and if it hits the market, the C-1 may face some competition from the E-Tracer, a fully-electric version of the Monotracer cabin motorcycle made by Swiss company Peraves. Unlike the C-1, however, the E-Tracer lacks a gyroscopic stabilizing system - instead, its driver must manually deploy retractable outrigger supports when slowing down or coming to a stop.
"We're creating a safe motorcycle, and that's never been done in the way that we're doing it, where it's also incredibly efficient" said Kim. "We're trying to open up safety to a huge market of 200 million motorcyclists, daily in the world. We have a huge market, and I think we could have a lot of impact."
The video below shows how the C-1 might operate in the real world

GOOGLE GLASS .................... COOL


Google Glass logo

Also known asProject Glass
TypeAugmented reality (AR),Optical head-mounted display(OHMD), Wearable technologyWearable computer
Release dateDevelopers (US): February 2013[1]
Consumers: 2014[2]
Introductory priceExplorer version: $1500 USD
Consumer Edition: $300-500
Operating systemAndroid[3] (4.0.4[4])
PowerLithium Polymer battery (2.1 Wh)[5]
CPUOMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core[5]
Storage capacity16 GB Flash total[5] (12 GB of usable memory)[6]
Memory1GB RAM (682MB available to developers)
DisplayPrism projector, 640×360 pixels (equivalent of a 25 in. screen from 8 ft. away[6])
SoundBone conduction transducer[6]
InputVoice command through microphone,[6]accelerometer,[6]gyroscope,[6]magnetometer,[6] ambient light sensor, proximity sensor
Controller inputTouchpad, MyGlass phone app
CameraPhotos - 5 MP, videos - 720p[6]
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11b/g,[6]Bluetooth,[6] micro USB
Any Bluetooth-capable phone; MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher[6


Friday, 20 September 2013





Sony has launched its lens-style cameras, the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and the DSC-QX10 in India for Rs. 24,990 and Rs. 12,990 respectively. Both the newly launched lenses from Sony will hit the stores In India on Wednesday. The lenses can be attached to smartphones and tablets for an enhanced imaging experience or used independently. Both lenses were launched at IFA.The rumor that once seemed too wild to be true has just become an official reality with Sony's announcement of the new QX Smart Lens series of smartphone accessories. These so-called lens-style cameras contain almost all the hardware you'd find in a Sony point-and-shoot — a zoom lens, image sensor and processing chips, a battery, stereo microphones, and even their own memory card slots — but omit the inclusion of a viewfinder. That role is to be performed by your smartphone, which connects via Wi-Fi and is used to control the Smart Lens and share the resulting images out to the world.
Today's introduction is led by the bulkier QX100, which will retail for $499 / £400 near the end of September. Lest that seems too steep a price, consider that this is essentially an LCD-deprived RX100M2, our favorite point-and-shoot camera, which costs $750 in its fuller form. The QX100 matches it with the same 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, same Carl Zeiss optics, and same BIONZ image processing. It's almost literally an RX100M2 attachment for your phone. Which might just be worth the high price.
For more frugal cameraphone enthusiasts, Sony has the $250 / £180 QX10, which should be out on the market at the same time as the higher-end model. The QX10 has an advantage over the 100 in stepping up the zoom from 3.6x to 10x, but sacrifices image quality with its smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor and less prestigious Sony G Lens. It also has a lower maximum light sensitivty, topping out at ISO 3200 versus the QX100's ISO 6400 limit.
Both camera modules will pair with your phone via NFC, if you have it, and will then transfer data over Wi-Fi to Sony's PlayMemories app. The QX Smart Lenses are compatible with Android and iOS devices, will accept microSD and Memory Stick storage cards, include optional clips for attaching to the back of a phone, and also have tripod mounts for those users who want to get really serious with their mobile photography.
Although made out of simple plastic, both QX Smart Lenses feel precisely and durably built. They also have their own shutter triggers and zoom controls, allowing for operation while detached from a smartphone. I'll admit, strapping one of these onto a phone makes for a distinctly weird experience, and if you judge them as phone peripherals, they really make little to no sense. But viewed as cut-price point-and-shoot cameras that require a bit of smartphone help, the QX Smart Lenses seem like a win-win proposition for both Sony and its fans. My first experience with the QX100 was fun, though I couldn't help noticing a few extra delays in processing and transferring data relative to more conventional shooting. Apart from those niggles and the disorientation that results when you start waving the camera around, I can't see too many downsides to Sony's bold new product category. Maybe we can come up with a catchier name though, eh?
Very innovative technology . Easy to carry. But this can cut SONY's camera sales .  Very costly





  •  NOKIA LUMIA 1020   


LUMIA 1020
To review the Nokia Lumia 1020 is to review a compact camera that happens to have some phone features tacked onto it. Essentially, you would only buy this thing for its 41MP PureView camera with Xenon flash. If you weren't already a Nokia fan, why buy Windows Phone 8?
When we first heard about the 41MP smartphone camera in the Nokia PureView 808, our initial thoughts were, "What a shame to put such a nice camera on a Symbian device." Now that the camera is coupled with a marginally better platform, we can breathe a small sigh of relief.
If you're familiar with the Lumia line of phones, the 1020 shouldn't look that foreign to you. Its curvature and overall shape are reminiscent of the Lumia 920, and the smaller Lumia 820.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

On the face of the device, you'll find a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen display. The left edge of the device, if you're facing the screen, is clean and free of any buttons or ports. The right side has a volume rocker, power/standby button and a dedicated camera button.
At the base of the device you'll find the micro-USB charging port and speaker/microphone. Up top, there is a SIM card tray, 3.5mm headset jack and another microphone for noise cancellation.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

The back of the device is perhaps the most noticeable, with its large camera module, Xenon flash, LED light and camera lens. It protrudes enough from the device that it never lays flat on its back.
Even without the bulky camera, it's a substantial device as far as modern smartphones go. It's not the slimmest or lightest by any means, but it is somehow slightly slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 920.
To give you an idea of its dimensions, this Lumia phone is 130.4mm tall, 71.4mm wide and 10.4mm thick and weighs 158 grams. As you can see, it's pretty wide and bloated by today's smartphone standards.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

Despite its size and weight, you eventually get used to maneuvering your way around the device. It's the camera that makes it tricky to hold. Do you keep your fingers around it, or grip the phone right over the camera? Decisions, decisions.
Our review model came in matte black, and it's slightly more slippery than its glossy predecessors. The Lumia 1020 also comes in yellow and white.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

For those of you interested in internals, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage and a 2,000 mAh battery.

Interface and performance

Windows Phone 8 resides inside the Nokia Lumia 1020, and if you've ever used Windows Phone before, it will be incredibly familiar to you.
This version of Windows Phone 8 is called Amber, available only to Nokia devices, and it's the latest version of the Microsoft platform. It adds a few nifty new features to the software, but it's not a major overhaul of the platform or anything.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

You can do new things with the Amber update like double tap the display to turn it on, or flip your phone over to silence it. And if you love customizing your device, there are a handful of new wallpapers added.
Otherwise, it's just plain old Windows Phone 8. The live tile system works pretty nicely to give you app updates and any other relevant info you might want to see. The tiles are also customizable in size, so you can make them large or small and arrange them into clusters when you shrink them down.
If you swipe to the right from the main screen, you'll see a list of all your apps, including the settings. It's a mostly intuitive platform, but what it's seriously lacking is third-party app support.
Most of the big-name apps are on Windows Phone 8, like Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Foursquare and more. But it's also missing incredibly popular apps like Instagram and Vine. This lack of app support is what usually turns people off from adopting the Windows Phone platform.
Another sorely missing feature is a centralized notification system. With iOS and Android, you can see all your notifications and updates in a drop-down pane, whereas Windows Phone 8 leaves you guessing with the live tile system. If you get a notification for an app that isn't immediately within view of the display, you have to scroll around just to make sure you haven't missed anything.
In terms of everyday performance, I experienced no lag or hiccups at all. Well, other than the camera, but we're going to cover that issue. Scrolling through the home page or within apps is smooth, unlike the Android experience on some handsets. The apps and tiles have cool animations, too, when you're opening or closing them or watching your notifications


In terms of the camera, we can't say this will replace your point-and-shoot or compact camera. However, if you're looking for incredible smartphone camera photos and the flexibility of huge image files while making a few concessions by switching to Windows Phone 8, we might be able to recommend this phone for you. Except it's $299 on contract and that's just a tough price point to justify for the Lumia 1020.


  1. Best camera ever on a smartphone
  2. Excellent mannual camera controls
  3. Solid construction
  4. Tough and durable battery life


  1. Big 
  2. Expensive
  3. Hard to get a full sized photo
  4. A niche device

According to me if you have enough money and you are a big fan of WINDOWS interface go for it.
If you want a camera phone SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM is good for users convinient with ANDROID or else if megapixels issues do for SAMSUNG GALAXY CAMERA

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - The Most Awaited Phone of the Year. Features, Price and Release Date.

Finally the most awaited phone of the year is officially released is going to available in the market from 1st October on selected network companies. AT&T has already started taking orders and it is going to available at $300 of 32 GB model with two year contract while T-Mobile will start just day after that. Verizon also announced about its availability from 10th October with same $300 of 32 GB model with two year con
tract. You can also pay $300 extra to get Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to accompany your Galaxy Note 3. Some carrier networks may provide Galaxy Gear smartwatch for free with Note 3 contract. If you wish to buy without contract then it may cost USD $700.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Technical Specifications

Screen and Size

This phablet has dimensions of 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm weighing around 168 g. It has super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of size 5.7 inches and supporting 16M colors with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. It has pixel density of ~386 ppi which more than recent phablet by Sony, Xperia Z Ultra (~344 ppi).

Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Hardware Configurations

Galaxy Note 3 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 for LTE model / Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 for 3G model which sums up to eight core and  integrated with 3 GB RAM. It has Adreno 330 graphic card. All this together make this smartphone fast enough to process all the applications and games developed so far without getting stuck. It comes in two models based on internal memory: 32 GB and 64 GB. It has microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 64 GB.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in White
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in White


Galaxy Note 3 has 13 MP camera with 4128 x 3096 pixels with LED flash. It supports Dual shot, parallel video and image recording, panorama and HDR. It records video with 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30fps which is not been seen in any smartphone till now. The secondary camera has 2 MP which also records video in 1080p@30fps.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 paired with Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 paired with Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Operating System

With Galaxy Note 3, Samsung will also introduce latest version of Android, 4.3 JellyBean. May be Samsung was waiting for Note 3 to accompany Android 4.3. But yet there are no news for upgrading it to Androidd 4.4, KitKat.


Customers will get choice to select from three different colors: Black, White and Pink.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in different colors
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in different colors

Other Features

Galaxy Note 3 comes with other common features such as Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, NFC enabled, Infrared port, USB Host, Stereo FM with RDS, Air gestures and sensors such as Accelerometer, proximity, temperature,  compass, gyro,  barometer, humidity. It also provides 50 GB free Dropbox storage. Last but not the least; it will come with Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery for long lasting usage of the phone.