Maybe you’ve heard of the Google Glass[es] that are coming out. If you are a frequent reader of this blog site, you KNOW producer/engineer/DJ Young Guru is on it as far as tech goes. So, you might guess that Google Glasses is some cool tech if Young Guru is rocking with them. You’d guess right…
Online. Linked in. Nah, not like you’re thinking. This is waaaay hotter tech than a ‘job networking’ site. Nissan 3E glasses, when development has been completed, will be jacked into the ‘Net AND linked into fellow 3E wearers… transmitting cam footage, sights and sounds in real-time. Person-to-person experiential communication like this will allow you to see (and hear) what I’m saying (and viewing) at the same damn time!
Check out the cool way the prototype will be used at the 43rd Tokyo Car Show. The glasses will take you there, whether you’re there or not.
‘What makes our Phantom 2 Vision unique is its ability to stream live video down to your smartphone.’
- Paul Pan, DJI Representative
And we could stop right there! Some of the coolest tech coming out. DJI Innovations put out a GPS-enabled Phantom quadcopter – the go-to aerial platform for the GoPro HERO actioncam – last year. Now, they got that Phantom 2 Vision coming… with improved battery life, a video-stabilizing platform and an included HD video camera that allows for first-person-view via a mobile device.
Eye-in-the-sky fun for anyone who gets one. Backyard sunbathers beware… hahaaa.
Ever see new tech that LOOKS like the future? Well, you are about to. Just click play above and watch Apple’s video vignette for the roll-out of it’s Mac Pro computer. Highest capacity computing, graphics, and more for about $3,000 retail. In a word: Niiiiiice!
When asked, “What does the world look like in 100 years?” Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore declares:
The answer is in our hands….Our democracy has been hacked…Big Money has now perverted our democracy… to serve the purposes of special interests… Internet-based, democratic forms of communication can re-empower individuals to make their voices heard in numbers that can outweigh the special interests and lobbyists…It’s important to change light bulbs, but it’s way more important to change laws…What’s at risk is truly the survival of civilization…literally, that is the case.
Watch this conversation Motherboard’s Brian Merchant and Al Gore on VICE: Warnings of humanity on the brink, tempered with optimism that we can turn things around. Great clip. Watch!
Conventional combustion engine motorcycles vs. Mission Motorcycle’s electric superbike. Way less mechanical noise with much the same speed, Mission’s RS model (above) is a limited-edition, top-end bike.
The RS’s electric motor produces a huge-but-not-unheard-of 160 horsepower; the 130 foot-pounds of torque puts it at least in the superbike world. Even then, the bike’s lack of a transmission means going from zero to 60, which takes less than three seconds, requires nary a shift. Hitting its limited top speed of 150 miles an hour requires little more than twisting the throttle and holding on.
- Vice Motherboard
For $58,999, you get the best suspension, carbon wheels, and perhaps the most advanced gauge, navigation, and telemetry system available on a bike. It’s worth the money, if you have it. Today’s concept is almost as good as current gas-powered peers… almost…
I’m telling you. If you want something really cool to be invented, get it into science fiction and get the nerds excited about it. Read a story about an Iron Man suit being developed. Want a [combat simulation] video ’bout it? Here it go (above).
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and other groups from business and academia are joining forces to create a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, that “promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Army.
“Dubbed the ‘death watch,’ Tikker has been created by Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting but far from being morbid, Colting calls it ‘The Happiness Watch’ and claims it has been designed to help people make the most of their life and cherish the time they have left.”
- DailyMail UK
The way it works: Users fill out a questionnaire about their medical history before subtracting their age from the results to get their death score. This score is entered into the watch and the countdown begins.
The Gun That Aims Itself: New Smart ‘Robo-Rifle’ Technology Can Turn Anyone Into Skilled Snipers (Video)
Texas-based TrackingPoint Solutions has released the first ever precision-guided firearm (PGF) – basically a long-range, laser-guided robo-rifle. Soon beginners will be endowed with the kill-at-will skill of trained snipers (e.g. one-shot kills at extreme distances) in no time! Talk about taking gun control in a whole other direction! Well… TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble refers to it as a step in the evolution of firearms. Um, yeah.
Watch the video and ask yourself this question: Has killing become too easy?
Can’t celebrate like this on the field nowadays, but there will be no flags thrown as Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon (they’re always clowning) get it in doing a medley of touchdown dances (with their own twist) in this ‘Late Night’ skit. Complete with The Roots on backup.
DaVinci. The Wright Brothers. And now…‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy shows us that man was meant to fly… all it takes is a dream, the vision, relentless work at design, and awesome tech! Check out what, in effect, is one giant step closer to pure human flight. The tech is his Carbon Fiber Jet Wing; and it is AMAZING!
And if you think the view from the ground during one of Yves’ flights is impressive, think about what the guys flying the planes are witnessing (like ‘how is he doing that without a plane?’).
Check out the incredible footage above! Shout out to my cousin Joe (love you man!) for shooting me the Wired piece on this.
To be played loudly up to and through the release of the new ‘Call Of Duty: Ghosts’ video game. This is Eminem’s new song “Survival” off the game’s soundtrack. Produced by DJ Khalil. Feature vocals from Liz Rodrigues. This is the version exclusively for the video game. Em will have another version for his own project.
(After the jump: Extended video game trailer for ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’)
Now this is kinda cool! All too often, we see fantasy tech played out on screen with CGI, but check this real, in-person… um… in-robo tech out. The Wired Mech debuted at Comic-Con, and the people were dazed and amazed! Nowadays, the word is that the Mech is doing the morning show circuit. Nine-foot-five-inches of robo star power baby!
Check out the above clip on the Mech’s debut as the result of the work of dedicated designers, engineers, and staff… bringing unique tech experiences on (and now off) the movie screen.
‘[T]he crew from Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects reflect on a job well done. From concept to unveiling at Comic-Con, this was a labor of love, representing 2000+ man hours of work. Rest up guys, because next year … we are bringing the Mech’s BIGGER BROTHER to the show.’
The above clip is the final, Part 7, of a Wired series that relates the story of the Mech’s development and launch. Check out Parts 1 through 6 after the jump.
Not all the news on drone tech nowadays is scary. Remember that UK pizza delivery drone post on here? Well, how about beer… delivered! Hey, it’s what South African concert goers had available. A beer order is placed, a drone is loaded and deployed with beer, the drone flies over the location of the order and delivers the payload via parachute drop… and a crowd cheers. Nice!
‘At the moment it is hand guided, but it will eventually fly on a GPS grid.’
- OppiKoppi TV
According to NY Daily News, the drone already flies delivery by GPS grid. OppiKoppi came up with the concept. Darkwing Aerials took it from concept to prototype. Want to see it work? Here we go (above).
Bigelow Aerospace is designing inflatable modules for space storage/work/living that will be more durable than today’s rigid modules. The company uses several layers of vectran, a material twice as strong as kevlar. In theory, (1) flexible walls of (2) stronger material should be able to sustain micrometeoroid impacts better. Ground-based testing has borne that out. Bigelow’s design will sustain impacts and other problems as much as 24 hours to remedy them before they become fatal. Better than today’s space tech. Good stuff!
‘[NASA] contracted with Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, to build new crew quarters that will be attached to the International Space Station in late 2015. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will travel within an unpressurized cargo hold. At the space station, the module will be attached to an air lock and then inflated to its full size of 13 feet long and 10 feet wide (with 560 cubic feet of space).’
Cyclists wearing helmets doesn’t guarantee them 100% protection against head injury, but 88% ain’t bad. However, it’s helmets’ cumbersome, unappealing, unfashionable design (not the less than 100% effectiveness) that has a lot of folks riding helmet-free. Industrial designer Anna Haupt, who, with partner Terese Alstin, decided to tackle the dilemma of making head protection safe without sacrificing the sexy.
They came up with the Hövding Invisible Bike Helmet. When sensors on a detachable collar—packed with a deployable hood-shaped air bag—detect the sudden, abnormal movements that occur during an accident, a helium gas burst inflates the air bag in 0.1 seconds.
‘Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human… and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat’s tail.’
Mankind’s advances in science and technology are incredible… and kind of weird. Why would anyone want to exert psycho-kinetic control over a rat’s tail? Because that is a HUGE step in achieving telekinetic communication between humans and animals. That’s kind of cool. Like Tarzan without all that hollering and ‘un-gow-wa’ talk. BUT… science must ALWAYS be checked by intense moral consideration. We hope that insiders are talking about the morality of things like developing mind control capability… or even what we might learn if we start understanding what animals really think. Will we allow an animal to refuse to participate in further experimentation once we understand their wish to do so? Yeah. It can get deep.
Beyond hoping that science’s advances are balanced by morality, we know that we should (at least) be aware when stuff like this is on the horizon. At what point in time would you not want to know that folks are trying to gain [more] control over your mind?
Watch the demo vid above. Fair warning: It’s kind of creepy.