Stuff Office Cat’s Diary – 21/05/13

Step powered shoes, sweat-collecting shirts and vintage robots catch Office Cat's eye in today's news round-up

Sweat-free clothing

Some moist scientists at the University of California have managed to create a material that gets rid of sweat while staying totally dry. Using hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating) fibers the potential-clothing attracts water from the body and expels it into the air – leaving the clothes dry. While Office Cat only sweats through the paws, and only wears tweed, he can see the appeal.

Source: Gizmag

Yahoo has revamped its Flickr photography service, with a redesigned website, a refreshed version of its iOS and Android app, and 1TB of free storage for every user. That's 218,453 16MP cat pictures for each and every one of you.

Acetrax Movies is no more

From June 21 the Acetrax Movies video-on-demand service will be no more. Sky bought it in 2012 and is opting to rely on its Now TV service alone. Say your goodbyes now.


Leap Motion Windows shown off

Leap Motion has released a new video showing off how the gesture-control device will work with Windows 8 – you'll be able to flick, swipe and pinch-to-zoom your way around Microsoft's tile-based interface. Check out our Leap Motion hands-on video for more uses right here.

Engineering students at Rice University have created shoes that use gears to convert a heel-step into power. The plan is to create a source of power for robo-hearts but they say a belt battery pack could be used to charge mobile devices too.

Vintage robots up for sale

Got loads of cash? Love vintage geekery? Christie’s is putting a 1950s robot called Cygan and 149 other ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale items up for auction. This bot is 2.4m tall, weighs a whopping 453kg and ran for 4.5 hours on a 28-volt battery moving 10 feet per minute. Expect to pay around £6000 to £8000 for the privilege.

Source: Gizmag 

Mobile Android gaming platform WildTangent Games has announced that it's launching on Asus tablets. WildTangent lets you play premium games for free – with in-game advertising – and rent games for cheap once free play expires, using WildCoins virtual currency.

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