Our pick of the best technology news in pictures from the week up to 17th August.
Ex-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates talks to soon-to-be-Ex-US President George Bush at the Beijing Olympics on 11th August. The opening ceremony of the games attracted controversy when it turned out that coverage of a spectacular fireworks display had been enhanced with CGI. (Getty Images).
The Aresline Xten ergonomic office chair, from the designers of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, was created at the cost of $1.5 million. The chair, which is went on sale in the UAE this week includes dynamic fabric utilized by Olympic athletes for durability, Technogel that forms to the contour of the body and Dynamic Synchronized Tilting so that the back and the seat adjust independently of one another at complimenting angles.
A Tokyo University researcher displays an elastic sheet containing carbon nano tubes which conduct electricity (black part) and a robot. Researchers say they have developed a rubber that is able to conduct electricity well, paving the way for robots with stretchable ‘e-skin’ that can feel heat and pressure like humans. (Getty Images).
Former gymnast Alison Carroll, was named as the new face of computer game character Lara Croft on 11th August. The latest Tomb Raider game ‘Underworld’ is due for release later in the year.
Dell launched a major revamp of its Latitude and Precision laptops on 12th August. The E-Series was inspired by the company’s collaboration with nearly 4,000 professionals and end users, and includes low power consumption, enhanced security and a rugged ‘All Terrain Grade’ model, pictured here. (Getty Images).
Hong Kong hardware manufacturer JoinTech made its bid for the title of ‘Cheapest laptop in the World’ on 13th August, announcing that its JL7100 notebook would go on sale in the UAE with prices as low as $99. The low price is only for bulk orders, with normal retail price of $149 for the Win CE-powered machine.
Pilots from the Collaborators formation aerobatic team, sponsored by Oracle, practice over Chicago on 14th August. (Getty Images).
Wind turbine blades at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, ready for installation at the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm. The wind farm, in the Solway Firth off the coast of England and Scotland, will have 60 turbines that will produce 180mw of electricity which is enough to power 117,000 homes. (Getty Images).