Fully Charged: 3D printed horseshoes, Sony's bedroom evolution and the iWatch meets the Fuelband

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Australian researchers reckon their new titanium 3D printing process could have an unusual side effect - creating supershoes for racehorses.

Boffins at CSIRO, the government research arm, say their technique could make a winner.

'Any extra weight in the horseshoe will slow the horse down,' said John Moloney, who is leading the project.

'These titanium shoes could take up to half of the weight off a traditional aluminium shoe, which means a horse could travel at new speeds.

“Naturally, we’re very excited at the prospect of improved performance from these shoes."

[Source: CSIRO]

Playstation through the ages

Despite making us feel old, this Playstation video is a superb reminder of just how far Sony has come, and shows a bedroom as it evolves with the console over decades.

The atention to detail is superb, from the Blur posters on the wall to London's changing skyline through the window.

Unsurprisingly, the video culminates with the PS4 - and has whetted our appetite even more for Sony's new superconsole.

HTC holds off on a smartwatch

Don't hold your breath for HTC to join the wearable war anytime soon - as boss Peter Chou thinks they aren't ready for primetime yet.

Wearable technology is “a critical segment for us”, Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive told the FT.

“It’s still too early,” he says, dismissing current products.

“It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. 

[Source: FT, Image: DAWN]

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iWatch meets Fuelband

Apple boss Tim Cook has made no secret of his love of Nike's Fuelband - and has even poached several of Nike's key staff from the project.

So one designer has put two and two together and come up with - well, a slightly odd but surprisingly slick hybrid of the much-rumoured iWatch and the Fuelband.

'After several weeks with my new Fuelband and a disappointing revamp last week, it got me thinking what functions I would love to see in a so-called "smartwatch" like this - not that many actually,' Bogner said. 

'But I really liked the idea of wrapping the Interface around the wrist and have something like the clickwheel rotating around my arm.

'The main problem is, I love the form-factor of the Fuelband but would it be practical to read more text than just "GOAL" or enable interaction with it? What we've seen so far is either ugly, stupid, or both - and the conclusions are going to be: smartwatches are just pricey unnecessary gimmicks, until "somebody" teaches us better."

It's a slick idea - click below to see it in all its animated glory.

[Source: Thomas Bognor]

Get inside Google's Project Loon

The search giant has revealed more details of its project to create a network of internet-giving balloons - giving us a glimpse of what's actually inside a Project Loon balloon.

[Source: Google]

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