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Inside The Explosion: A Camera Drone Flies Through Fireworks (Video)

Lots of folks in the U.S. enjoyed the fireworks for the Fourth from the ground. That’s how it was meant to be, right? Not so sure anymore. Watch the clip above. A flying drone takes us right into the heart of the spectacle… and the point of view is… spectacular!

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Technology: Arm-Controlled Flying Drone (Video)

Oh yeah! Another superpower (telekinesis or at least make someone a gadget master). Sci-fiction now science fact. Future tech is here now. Next generation piloting via Bluetooth 4.0 from Thalmic Labs. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 in the demo above precisely follows each movement of the pilot’s arm or wrist (wearing the arm band)!

Cool. Very cool.

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Technology: Boeing Is Building America’s First Space Taxi (Video)

Boeing is actually doing it y’all! America’s first space taxi. The video above covers design aspects, features simulations and explanations, and boasts that its taxi drivers (e.g. mini shuttle pilots) can be trained and ready to go in 9 months. Smaller, lighter vehicles. Private space flights. In two decades’ time it will be like catching a cab here and now. Of course, first flights will probably cost a good grip… but the price should get manageable enough to put on your bucket list soon enough after.

(Good. Let ‘em work out the bugs on rich folk. Ha!)

- @ojones1

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Technology: AirDog, A Personal Quadcopter Camcorder System (Video)

95% funded on Kickstarter. This is happening!

AirDog is a personal quadcopter camcorder system designed to automatically follow and film users with a GoPro camera. The AirDog system includes the quadcopter, an AirLeash wireless device used by the quadcopter to track users, a device used to stabilize any attached GoPro camera, software and other enabling technologies (including an optional smartphone app to manually control the quadcopter). The designers’ vision is that the AirDog be used to better record extreme sports.

Why confine yourself to stationary videos, or ground-level perspective? The AirDog takes things to a whole new level!

Check out the video. Exciting visuals, with angles akin to what you would get on television broadcasts.

MORE: AIRDOG (KICKSTARTER)

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Technology: Boeing Is Trying To S.A.V.E. Energy On Formation Flights Like The Birds Do (Video)

Birds flying in formation is a wonder to watch; but the birds don’t do it for you. They save energy flying that way. Boeing’s engineers know that. By getting their ducks in order (e.g. flying in a particular formation) – employing advances in flight software and technique (by Surfing Aircraft Vortices for Energy, or S.A.V.E.) – they channel flying flocks’ methodology. So doing, Boeing has been able to prove it can save 5% to 10% on the fuel it burns on flights. Over 10 flights, it’d seem you’ve pretty much saved enough for an 11th. Nothing to sneeze at…even if you are allergic to feathers. Interesting clip. Watch.

- @ojones1

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VICE: How To Hack A Car (Video)

Really? The damn cars are under attack? Wow. We’re not talking ‘Transformers’ here. Vehicles (probably like yours) are vulnerable to cyber attack…now! VICE brings us the story (via Motherboard).

In this episode of Phreaked Out…Information security researcher Mathew Solnik gave us a first-hand demonstration on how to wirelessly send commands to a car and remotely tell it what to do. With a little over a grand and about a month of work, Solnik found time outside of his full-time job to reverse-engineer a car’s computer system to make it ready for a takeover.

MORE: HOW TO HACK A CAR (VICE)

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Science/Technology: 7 Superpowers You Can Have Right Now (Video)

Yooooo, look at dude’s eye!! Okay…

Human flight, Wolverine claws, cloaking ability (invisibility), mind-reading… Maaann… We post on superpowers (enabled by tech, and in movies) all the time. So, when I come across a gem online, that talks about ‘Superpowers You Can Have Today,’ what do you think I’m going to do.

You #&%damn right I’m posting video. Watch and enjoy THOROUGHLY! Love how they rock out at the end.

- @ojones1

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Science/Technology: Beaming Power To Microimplants Deep Inside The Body (Video)

Electrical engineer Ada Poon has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body. The technology could provide a path toward new medical devices.

- Stanford University

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Mark Ronson TED Talks About Sampling (Video)

How apropos for Hip-Hop Appreciation Week! Producer Mark Ronson shows and proves… lectures and moves the crowd at TED with his sampling/mixing demo and talk about the history of such. A very enlightening way to spend 15 minutes; learning from a musical scholar!

(You can study more on Mark here.)

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Sci-Fi/Technology: Colin Furze Make His Own ‘Wolverine Claws’ (Video)

Apparently, Colin Furze is this edgy do-it-yourselfer who puts out videos. ‘So, what makes him so different’ is what you’re asking, right? F##K THAT! Dude made his own Wolverine claws!!! They pop out, slash, retract…everything!

The first ever fully automatic wolverine claws that deploy AND retact automaticlly. These beuatiful 12″ stainless steel claws fire out at the touch of a button and bring me as close as anyone has to feeling like they have adamantium claws. I think these are best on the net so hope you like em.
Colin Furze

Dopeness! Watch and ‘Marvel’ at it. Cool thing is, Colin is promising more X-Men themed DIY vids!

- @ojones1

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Smart Technology: A Solar-Powered ‘Liter Of Light’ (Video)

“It is possible to do this without being an electronic engineer.”

Two things the less fortunate among us can appreciate, master and share… to make a lot from a little AND to make treasure out of what we’d call trash. Magnifying a bit of solar light bright enough to light a room at night… a little to a liter… using a plastic bottle otherwise destined for a landfill.

The low-tech technology that enables this is refined constantly. Practitioners build some, use them, improve the design, and build better ones. See a how-to video of one of the latest versions for a basic ‘Liter of Light’ after the jump. Awesome stuff!

- @ojones1


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Education: Math RAPS Is Music To Parents’ Ears. Helps Kids With Their Arithmetic (Software)

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Ah… Saturday. The kids, the tube, maybe a trip to the park and Mickey D’s on the way back home. Lots of wonderful nothing to do on the weekend. You love ‘em, and that’s what you’re supposed to do over a weekend. Prime family time. But how are your babies doing in math though? Those prime numbers and such? Have they hit that ‘new math’ that you cannot even help them with yet? Composite numbers, factors… It can get intimidating. It’s okay, we got you. Explore the unfamiliar terrain with a familiar vehicle…Hip-Hop (that’s right)!

Seriously, there’s a rap app (featuring Dr. Pi) that tutors pupils in math! And before you ask, it’s FREE (bet that adds up, right?). Hit up the App store and get a copy today. Monday’s coming (and that math homework won’t do itself).

DOWNLOAD: MATH RAPS IN THE APP STORE ON ITUNES

- @ojones1

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Technology: Building 10 Houses In One Day With A Giant 3D Printer (Video)

This could upend the housing industry on the whole… including the housing finance industry. Imagine the possibilities for affordable homes if single-story, one-room houses can be built for less than $5,000…in less than a day’s time! If only we had this pre-2008. Cheap housing. Little or no financing needed. Maybe no market meltdown, because there’d be waaay fewer crazy mortgages floated by irresponsible bankers (or buyers/sellers)… wow! Okay, okay. The 3D-printer tech used to accomplish this is incredibly cool, too.

Using a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer a Chinese company is using 3D-printing technology to build cheap housing for modernizing housing conditions in Chinese villages.

Of course, this will still mean another manufacturing industry score for China over the U.S. (e.g. still leaving America a country of consumers instead of producers); but let’s table that rant for now. This is awesome tech!

READ: GIANT 3D PRINTER BUILT 10 HOUSES IN ONE DAY

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Technology: Want Some Chips? You Don’t Need Money. Just Swipe ‘Em (Video)

One day, it’s Monday. Tough enough already, right? And damn if you didn’t leave your lunch on the counter. It’s okay. Just get a bag of chips from the break room vending machine. No change? No problem…if they get PayRange where you work.

“Click to open the app, swipe-to-pay, enjoy. It couldn’t be more simple.”
PayRange

Cool, huh? Watch the clip above. I peeped this in Businessweek.

- @ojones1

READ: PAYRANGE (BUSINESSWEEK)

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Cover Story: 15-Year-Old DJ Focus Built A Radio Station From Scraps And His Message Has Reached MIT And The World (Video)

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in this youth’s hands, it’s an opportunity to create something incredible!

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

David Sengeh, an MIT student and fellow native of Sierra Leone, met Kelvin in a Summer Innovation Program he ran there. His heart and mind, Kelvin’s heart and mind… and this story… will touch and inspire you. Guaranteed!

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Car Culture: T.I. shows off the Vehicles in his Car Collection (Video)

To coincide & promote the upcoming film ‘Need For Speed’, VEVO ‘let it ride’ with Atlanta emcee & thespian T.I. and convinced him to show off his current car collection for the cameras.

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Technology: 3D Print Your Dinner With ‘Foodini’ (Video)

Hungry? Bet you are. Why not help yourself to chocolate treats. You can get them over there… off the printer!

Wait wha-?

Yep. Of course, this ‘printer’ is not a regular printer. This 3D printer is not too much unlike Cody Wilson’s 3D printer for guns (earlier post here). There is one glaring difference: what comes out of the Foodini is meant to go into your mouth. What comes out of the printed gun…nah.

Very interesting (and tasty) application of 3D printing tech.

- @ojones1

READ: FOODINI 3D PRINTS YOUR DINNER

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TECHNOLOGY: “DJ” Dr. Kate Stone Gives A TED Talk On Her New Turntables & Fader Made Of Paper (Video)

The work of my team and myself is the realization of my childhood fascinations. We put electronics into paper, and paper is all around us.
Dr. Kate Stone

Physicist and former sheep herder (what?) Kate Stone has spent the past decade working to combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates onstage. See her TED talk video above demoing all that. Now, she is going to make you wait for it. But trust, once she starts playing the instruments she has made possible… you’ll realize the wait was worth it!

Paper Bass. Wow… and we thought ‘Paper Tablet Computers’ were something (well, they ARE)!

TECHNOLOGY: NEW PAPER TABLETS ARE FOLDABLE COMPUTER DOCUMENTS

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VICE: Kim Dotcom, Founder Of Megaupload, Speaks on Internet Freedom from His New Zealand Mansion While On House Arrest (Video)

On house arrest in the Dotcom Mansion, big-crazy-rich-guy-who-does-crazy-things Kim Dotcom (founder of Megaupload) is still, a year later, in the wake of the storm unleashed by enforcement agencies of the United States and Australia; waiting on possible extradition and trial. His case, from his point of view, is about Internet freedom (and fighting government infringement and takeover). Flash video, cell-phone video-conferencing… all to Kim’s credit. So, the pioneer/businessman is not lying down.

“I’m f*cking tired of this nonsense. Someone needs to stand up…”

- Kim Dotcom

Not lying down; but in the meantime, laying down some music at the mansion (in Auckland, New Zealand). Nice. Tim Pool (interviewing Kim for VICE) got to lay down some backup vocals for Kim’s upcoming EDM album – and ride his Segway cycle – while talking about online surveillance, file-sharing, gaming, Kim’s controversial case, and more.

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Science: Japanese Scientists Levitate Objects With Sound Waves (Video)

Using a refinement of the existing technology of sound wave management, bubbles, a screw and a tiny piece of wood were airlifted and moved around in all direction within the experiment’s confines.

We considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimeter-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localized ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays…

Stop stop STOP! Hold up with all the scientific talk for a minute! People, they are moving sh!t without touching sh!t! Acoustic manipulation… On some X-MEN sh!t! Excuse my ‘French’ (or don’t hahaa) but this is really dope science fiction fact!

READ: SOUNDWAVE 3DVOLUTION

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