Aston Martin to Equip Race Cars With Solar-Powered Air Conditioning

British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin will soon be keeping race-car drivers cool with solar-powered air-conditioning systems. The company announced a partnership with Hanergy Global Solar Power and Applications Group to equip cars with ultra-thin solar panels that can power auxiliary features, such as air conditioning, without sucking power from the engine. See also: 13 Tech Products That Stood Out in 2013 The FIA, the governing body for world motor sport, requires World Endurance Championship cars to maintain a cockpit temperature below 32 degrees Celsius (90 degress Fahrenheit) to prevent drivers from overheating, according to car-news site Auto Evolution. Normally, air conditioning is powered by a car's internal combustion engine, draining its power and decreasing fuel efficiency. Read more...More about Cars, Racing, Race, Solar Power, and...

How ‘Dynamic Perspective’ Brings 3D to the Amazon Fire Phone

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Amazon phone on Wednesday, now officially known as the Fire Phone, most expectations centered around the long-rumored 3D feature Ending the speculation, Bezos finally unveiled the Fire Phone's 3D technology on stage at the Seattle event, completing the story that was first teased when Amazon posted a video of amazed users fiddling with a mysterious device two weeks ago See also: Amazon's Fire Phone Is Not Friendly to Wearables...Yet Amazon calls its 3D display technology Dynamic Perspective. As the name suggests, the tech will dynamically change your viewing experience depending upon your perspective, as well as how you hold and move the phone. The display is meant to give viewers a sense of looking deeper into the screen (technically called positive parallax) rather than creating images that "jump out" (negative parallax). Read more...More about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Smartphones, Tech, and Apps...

Leap Motion Can Track Your Fingers, Even When It Can’t See Them

Leap Motion, the motion controller that lets you interact with a PC or Mac by waving your hands in midair, is rolling out the next generation of its software to developers. The update is aimed at creating a more intuitive user experience and will be the biggest for the platform since the company launched its gesture-based controller last year. See also: 4 Innovative Ways Startups Are Using Leap Motion Leap Motion's controller tracks users' hand movements so they can play games, read articles and control basic PC functions without ever touching a screen, keyboard or mouse. But its current software has limitations that make it difficult for developers to take full advantage of the platform, says Michael Buckwald, the company's CEO and cofounder. Read more...More about Gadgets, Tech, Gesture Control, Dev Design, and Leap...

9 Resources to Fully Leverage Design Program ‘Sketch’

Bohemian Coding recently released version three of popular OS X design program Sketch, featuring a powerful set of tools for precision design work. The new release means a revamped interface, with new icons, visible search bar, layer filtering, one-click flip transformation, a redesigned inspector, automatic slices, improved exporting and importing, and lots more. Sketch is now a serious rival to Adobe Photoshop, providing power, flexibility and speed in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. As it's built exclusively for the Mac, it takes full advantage of the power of Quartz, Retina screens and usability features like Auto Save and Versions. Read more...More about Sketch, Mac App, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev...

Adobe Shows Off Touch-Optimized Photoshop CC for Surface Pro 3

At Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 launch event, Adobe showed off a sneak peek of a new touch-optimized version of Photoshop CC Michael Gough, the VP of experience design at Adobe, took the stage to show off how Photoshop CC works on Microsoft's latest tablet. See also: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Could Be a Laptop-Killer The big news is that Photoshop is now optimized for touch. Previously, Photoshop CC worked on touch devices — including the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 — but most of that support was limited to the pressure sensitivity for the pen accessory. That's frustrating, especially for users who might see a Surface Pro as an alternative to something such as Wacom's Cintiq or Cintiq Companion, which provide similar capability for creative professionals. Read more...More about Microsoft, Adobe Photoshop, Wacom, Tech, and Apps...