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Ever since the fictional hoverboards in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II children (and adults) have dreamed of scooting along six inches from the ground, safe from the rough terrain and water which would stop a normal skateboard in its tracks.
But now a Californian startup claims to have cracked it and developed a working prototype, although there are several catches: the battery only lasts seven minutes, it will only float over smooth metal and it costs $10,000.…Continue
The "smart" adjective seems to suit all kinds of products, including suitcases. The claiming to be the "first smart and connected suitcase" the world exists and is campaigning to raise money over the Internet.
Call BlueSmart, she presents a series of technological resources. The user connects the suitcase to a smartphone application to close and open without locks, find out the weight and location, and receive notifications if you leave the suitcase behind.
There is also a battery capable of recharging a smartphone six times and the bag has compartments that protect and facilitate access to gadgets. In the future be released until an app for smart watches for key controls stay on the wearer's wrist.…Continue
This Smartwatch was developed after Gierad Laput, a PhD student, asked “how do you make a watch bigger without actually making it bigger?” The reason he asked such a question was that the rather small screens of smartwatches certainly limit the ways in which users can interact with them. The virtual buttons are projected on to the wrist of the wearer and infrared proximity sensors are used to determine whether or not they are being pushed. Part of the problem is that the user obscures most of the screen when inputting data, and part of the problem is just a lack of freedom for UI designers. This solution widens designer freedoms and moves the input to the sides of the watch; very clever.Continue
The soft robots, with flexible bodies, have shown an interesting option due to its movement’s simplicity when talking about locomotion. Michelle Yuen and her colleagues from Purdue University in US are trying to amplify even more the potential of this new class of devices.
The idea is to improve the concept of “elastic technology”, that would allow to fabricate wearable exoskeletons that might provide more firmness and strength to people, robots with sensorial skins and clothing for pilots and astronauts which could neutralize the G-Force suffered by them.
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Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday, 15, an important technological advance that , according to the company, enables the use of nuclear fusion for power generation. The first reactors, which have the size of a trunk of a truck, can be ready for use in the next decade. The use of nuclear fusion is considered the Holy Grail of the energy sector, and allow huge advances in the industry.
The Works Stunk group of researchers has been working on this project for four years, but only now decided to make progress in the field of nuclear fusion, this public because the company is in search of partners.
The proposal is for a reactor with a power of 100 MW in size from two feet by three feet, which is ten times smaller than today's reactors. In a statement, the corporation also states that due to the compact size you can build and…Continue
Called the Air Umbrella, the concept removes the plastic top from the umbrella and replaces it with a wind shield. The design of the Air Umbrella calls for air to be sucked through the bottom, then shot out of the top in a pattern that mimics the standard canopy. Power and canopy size controls reside toward the bottom of the shaft, providing users with the ability to strengthen the force of the air and widen the canopy in order to adjust for heavier rains. Not only would these features protect against storms when a standard umbrella normally may not, but the air curtain has a better chance to survive strong winds than a flimsy nylon covering. Removing the canopy also dispenses with minutes shaking all of the water off before you bring it inside.
Bandai Namco has announced a new Star Wars game that will be an arcade exclusive, and it sounds very cool, and is sure to eat tokens like candy. The game is called Star Wars: Battle Pod and it’s one of those big games you sit down inside of. It has a large curved screen that encompasses the player’s entire field of view.
The game will let you fight in some of the coolest battles from the original Star Wars trilogy. Players will get to fly and drive vehicles like X-Wings, snowspeeders, speederbikes, the Millennium Falcon, and TIE Advanced fighters. Battles will take place on Endor, Hoth, Death Star II, and Yavin among others.
A common way to create a custom PCB at home is to do what is called the Toner Transfer Method. In this process, the trace layout of the board is printed out on a piece of special toner transfer paper that allows the ink to come off in the following step. The toner transfer paper is then put print-side-down on a copper clad PCB blank, heated and pressed with an iron. The heat and pressure from the iron transfers the toner from the paper to the copper. The exposed copper then is chemically removed, the previously applied toner protects the copper in the pad and trace areas. The toner is then removed using paint thinner.
That is a long process with many critical steps. [mlerman] wondered why no one was printing the toner directly to the PCB. He has been tinkering with printing…Continue
Researchers are developing new types of robotic systems inspired by elephant trunks, octopus arms and giraffe tongues. These flexible, maneuverable "tentacle robots" could have a variety of space applications, from inspecting hard-to-reach gear on the International Space Station to exploring crevices on Mars, scientists say.
"What we want to do is something rather different than a conventional robot," said Walker . The goal is to develop "something that can adapt its shape more completely down its structure, and to be able to adapt to…Continue
The 16Lab ring has a lot of features packed into it’s chunky titanium casing. It can interface with a variety of devices as a gesture-based mouse, work as a keyboard for Google Glass users, serve as an electronic wallet, act as a no-touch key, and serve as the locus of power for an evil necromancer issue alerts from other devices. The battery is supposedly good for 20 hours per charge, and about three years of nightly recharging.
There’s no word at this point if or when the 16Lab ring will hit the market, or how much it will cost, though the company plans on selling a developer kit in the coming months.