I’m sure that you’ve seen a pottery wheel before, if not in real life then in the movies. Anyhow, as you know you use your hands on a piece of clay in order to shape it. It’s quite an old craft and today it has been brought to life thanks to the technology of 3D printing.

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The clever Japanese researchers at the Brain Science Institute (BSI) Toyota Collaboration Center have done something quite incredible once again. Using a wheelchair controlled by brain waves measured using EEG, it’s basically a system that will control the ride using brain waves analysed every 125 milliseconds; therefore the name “mind controlled wheelchair”.

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As you will see in the video to follow, testers using the wheelchair and the EEG cap system have achieved accuracy of up to 95% which is not a bad figure considering a high tech wheelchair like this may be used in place of current manual wheelchairs for patients who have had strokes or other significant mobility impairments.

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Gallery: Rolls-Royce 200EX now official

On February 23, 2009, in Auto Tech, by KLS

Rolls-Royce has released the official details and images of its new and upcoming 200EX. While Rolls-Royce has deemed the Geneva-bound 200EX a concept, expect almost every exterior and interior detail to carry over to the production model when it arrives in 2010. So what is the 200EX going to be like? Think of the best cues from the Phantom and Drophead Coupe and fit them into a decidedly smaller package then you get the 200EX.

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Based off the latest BMW 7 series platform, the 200EX spans 212.6 inches long, 83 inches wide and 61 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 129.7 inches. A new air suspension system hides behind the seven-spoke, 20-inch wheels, with the front hoops wrapped in 255/45 tires and the rears coated in 285/40 rubber.

Gallery after the jump…

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Vicki Butler-Henderson from Fifth Gear takes the all new Ferrari California hardback convertible (yes, Ferrari’s first!) out for a road test. This supercar is powered by a monsterous 4.3L V8 engine providing the California with 453hp, it’s also got the new F1 style 7-speed dual clutch transmission behind the steering wheel.

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Watch the video after the jump…

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