Milan Šurkala

Author has a long-term experience with computers, digital cameras and programming. His job as a journalist began in 2002 and was focused on computer technologies since 2005 at Svethardware.cz. Since 2008 he started to review digital cameras and lenses at Digimanie.cz. Later he started to review printers, scanners, memory cards and other products. Nowadays he also works as a programmer at technical university on projects for automotive industry. His specialization is the digital image analysis. 

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85): Review

Panasonic Lumix G80 (G85): Review

Panasonic has just released the new mirrorless camera Lumix DMC-G80 (DMC-G85, DMC-G81). It has 4K video mode, second generation of Dual IS system, 3.5mm jack for stereo microphone and it is also dust and water resistant. How did it perform in our test?
9/19/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Fabric generates electricity from sunlight and motion

Fabric generates electricity from sunlight and motion

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of fabric that is able to convert sunlight and various types of motion to electricity. That can be used to power small electronics and wearables.
9/15/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Fisker Karma reborn, new hybrid Karma Revero

Fisker Karma reborn, new hybrid Karma Revero

Hybrid sports car Fisker Karma is back but it has changed its name and some other properties. Now, it is called Karma Revero. It has slightly larger battery, there are minor changes in design and it can reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds only.
9/13/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Electric Mercedes-Benz Vision Van with delivery drones

Electric Mercedes-Benz Vision Van with delivery drones

The car maker Mercedes-Benz has just presented a concept of the future van transportation. The Vision Van has an electric engine, it is controlled with a joystick and there are two autonomous drones to deliver a cargo. 
9/9/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Water-resistant Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with RAW capture

Water-resistant Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with RAW capture

Long-awaited smartphones Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 are here. Both smartphones are water-resistant with IP67 rating, their cameras were improved and got RAW capture and dual lens in iPhone 7 Plus case. Apple has also removed 3.5mm jack but that is not all.
9/8/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
European Space Agency found the lost Philae module

European Space Agency found the lost Philae module

In 2014, European Space Agency reached the Comet 67P, but its space robot Philae was lost after three days only. ESA managed to get contact with the robot and finally find its location after two years. Now, the reason why the robot was lost, is known too.
9/7/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Stealthy warship USS Zumwalt to test its weapons

Stealthy warship USS Zumwalt to test its weapons

USA is preparing a new stealthy warship DDG 1000 (USS Zumwalt). Soon, it will undergo so called ship activation process that includes testing of its weapons assembly of various systems. The ship is less visible to enemy radars thanks to its shape.
9/6/2016, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
Carbon nanotube transistors faster than silicon

Carbon nanotube transistors faster than silicon

Silicon is starting to achieve its physical limits and it has to be replaced with a different technology. Carbon nanotubes are one of the promising technologies and the researchers managed to outperform silicon for the first time.
9/5/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
Autonomous farming is coming, Case IH's concept tractor

Autonomous farming is coming, Case IH's concept tractor

Autonomous transportation technology is not coming only for truck delivery, buses and taxis but the Case IH company also wants to change the farming vehicles. It has presented a new concept tractor.
9/2/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Notebook Acer Predator 21X with 21" curved screen

Notebook Acer Predator 21X with 21" curved screen

Acer has just unveiled really extreme gaming notebook Predator 21X. It has a huge 21-inch curved IPS screen, new Intel Core processor and two graphic cards in SLI configuration for the best gaming performance.
9/1/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
New 3D battery technologies for electric vehicles

New 3D battery technologies for electric vehicles

Researchers are trying to develop better batteries that can safely store higher amount of energy. Scientists at Penn State University developed special 3D nano-composites that are able to do that and to withstand higher temperatures.
8/31/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Old Russian lens provides 400MPx resolution. Proved!

Old Russian lens provides 400MPx resolution. Proved!

Manufacturers are releasing new cameras that have very high resolution sensors, but are camera lens capable to provide such high amount of details? We tested old Russian Helios-44M lens and others on theoretical 400MPx+ full frame sensor to find out the truth.
8/30/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
NASA's Juno finished the first flyby of Jupiter

NASA's Juno finished the first flyby of Jupiter

In the beginning of July, NASA's Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit and it finished its first close flyby on this Saturday. The probe was only 2600 miles (4200 km) above Jupiter planet.
8/29/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Domino's delivers pizza using drones in New Zealand

Domino's delivers pizza using drones in New Zealand

Domino's Pizza and Flirtey companies are allowed to deliver pizzas using drone robots in New Zealand. The successful demonstration of the flight was also attended by local aviation authorities.
8/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Harvard introduced an entirely soft 3D-printed robot

Harvard introduced an entirely soft 3D-printed robot

Future robots do not need to be rigid anymore. Hardware researchers have created an entirely soft robot (octobot) that is powered by chemical reactions. They have used a 3D-printing technology to manufacture it.
8/26/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Batteries that can be eaten to power ingestible electronics

Batteries that can be eaten to power ingestible electronics

Team at Carnegie Mellon University is developing new type of batteries that can power very small ingestible electronic devices that monitor blood levels and other. The batteries are non-toxic.
8/25/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Electric Tesla Model S P100D is the new world's fastest car

Electric Tesla Model S P100D is the new world's fastest car

The new Tesla Model S P100D is the fastest accelerating production car in the world that can be bought today. Acceleration 0-60 mph is the task that will take 2.5 seconds only in Ludicrous mode.
8/24/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Autonomous Uber Volvo taxis coming to Pittsburgh

Autonomous Uber Volvo taxis coming to Pittsburgh

Large fleet of autonomous cars is coming to Pittsburgh. By the end of this year, driverless taxis developed in cooperation of Uber and Volvo companies will start to drive passengers through the city.
8/23/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Carbon nanotubes for stronger and lighter aircrafts

Carbon nanotubes for stronger and lighter aircrafts

Aircrafts are usually made of advanced composite materials that are very light and relatively durable. Even though the durability is fine, researchers are trying to develop materials that are even better. Nanotubes can solve that.
8/9/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Toshiba presents 7.68TB SSD drive

Toshiba presents 7.68TB SSD drive

Toshiba just presented enterprise SSD drive with one of the largest capacities. Its new ZD6300 provides 7.68 terabytes for data. Such a capacity is comparable to the highest capacities of ordinary hard drives.
8/8/2016, Computers, Milan Šurkala
1st commercial Moon landing in 2017, Moon Express approved

1st commercial Moon landing in 2017, Moon Express approved

Private companies were allowed to fly only to Earth orbit but no further. It is changed now. Moon Express is the first commercial company that is allowed to fly to the Moon. And it is going to be very soon.
8/5/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Columbia University develops a 3D food printer

Columbia University develops a 3D food printer

There is another area where 3D print can be used and you would not probably think about that. Columbia University is developing a special 3D printer for cooking. Frozen ingredients are converted into eatable things.
8/4/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
F-35A Lightning II fighter jet is ready for combat

F-35A Lightning II fighter jet is ready for combat

US has a new fighter jet coming. It is F-35A Lightning II and it was officially declared as being ready for combat. Nevertheless, it is still going to be developed and will receive many software updates that should improve its capabilities.
8/3/2016, Advanced weapons, Milan Šurkala
Broad wavelength spectrum solar panels improve efficiency

Broad wavelength spectrum solar panels improve efficiency

Ordinary solar cells convert only a small portion of light wavelengths into electricity. That causes the problem of small efficiency. New solar panels should be able to convert much broader spectrum of light and be more effective.
8/2/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
Inventor is building a flying car and testing it in a desert

Inventor is building a flying car and testing it in a desert

A flying car is a dream of humans for a long time. California engineer Dezso Molnar is trying this dream to come true. The first part of a new prototype with motorcycle engine was tested in Mojave desert.
8/1/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford and MIT test autonomous shuttles in MIT's campus

Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created three autonomous electric shuttles which are going to be tested in MIT's campus. They will use LIDAR and cameras to navigate among pedestrians.
7/29/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Daimler released electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Transportation of the near future will use electricity for propulsion systems. Therefore, Daimler has presented a new 26-tonne Mercedes-Bent Urban eTruck with modular battery concept and 250 kW of engine power.
7/28/2016, Transportation, Milan Šurkala
UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

UK permitted Amazon delivery drones tests

Amazon wants to test its delivery drones but is not very lucky in US because of very strict rules given by F.A.A. On the other hand, United Kingdom is more tech-friendly and permitted testing procedures of these unmanned aircrafts.
7/27/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-air batteries improved, the future of electric cars?

Lithium-oxygen batteries seem to be an interesting replacement of Li-Ion batteries but they have many drawbacks too. Now, a huge improvement was presented. We can expect much better stability and other properties.
7/26/2016, Nanotechnology, Milan Šurkala
3D-printed skulls to be used for endoscopy training

3D-printed skulls to be used for endoscopy training

Medicine can greatly benefit from modern 3D-printing technology. University of Virginia Health System is going to use 3D models of a human skull to train young doctors how to perform nasal endoscopy.
7/25/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala