Okay. Full disclosure. Kindle can bring you more books faster than you could check them out of the library. Truth. But damn if this is not much, much more geek-chic cool. I mean… It’s a book train! LOOK!
The New York Public Library announced they have completed its conveyor system for requested media. The $2.6 million system uses 24 carts to truck books through the library’s 11 levels to the Rose Reading Room. Here’s how it works, and what it’s like to ride inside one.
– Tech Insider
Now this looks like some action movie spy, James Bond, futuristic stuff! The Bionic Bird looks as much like a living bird that you would not give a second look. Watch this video of it flying above the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Seems easy to launch, easy to use. Check it out.
Don’t tell me that tech is wimpy or that futurism is ‘nerdy.’ Well, you can but eff what you say… I will be too busy riding out in my sick futuristic whip, the BladeGlider!
Nissan has introduced its idea of the future of sports cars. The Nissan BladeGlider is impossibly thin, because only the driver’s seat is in front. The new design is much more aerodynamic, and the electric engine gives off zero emissions.
– Tech Insider
Dope AND great for the environment. Science!
More smart programming produced by PBS Digital Studios. Brilliant insights in this vid on what ants have to teach us about building efficient traffic networks. Such simple solutions, but many seem impossible. Because they are? NO.
Just watch, and maybe remember this the next time you’re stuck in that road jam downtown.
Yeah, yeah. Call us nerds or geeks or whatever, but this sh!t is cool as… as… Transformers in REAL LIFE! Nothing cooler than that. This is sci-fi tech gone wild in the best way.
Turkish company Letvision recently unveiled “LETRONS,” a BMW that can turn into a giant robot. The company said it took a team of 12 engineers and four technicians at least eight months to create the transforming BMW.
– Huffington Post
Now, not saying this beats our battle robot stories BUT it’s dope nonetheless. A long way from those ‘pop up’ transforming funny cars at the tractor pulls at the Georgia Dome way, way back in the day. No shots. Just saying…
This shizz iz craZy! Know how they say don’t bring sand to the beach – like not bringing a date because it will ruin your hump-around chances? Well, imagine bringing this monster baller boat around… where you are not bringing sand to the beach… you are bringing a yacht near shore… and the yacht has its own damn beach! WHAT!
(All good until Jaws comes through to ‘belly up to the beach’ for some human hors d’oeuvres. Hahaaaa! Just listen for the horror scene music and you’ll be a’ight… you tough, right?)
Stanford University’s Experiment Shows Writing Via Speech Recognition Is Now Up To Three Times Faster And More Accurate Than Typing (Video)
You’ve watched the Star Trek shows, or any number of sci-fi programs or movies where people talk to computers in natural language… and the computer UNDERSTANDS and responds QUICKLY? Well, in the real world, we are getting there fast! Stanford ran an experiment that compared the speed and accuracy of computers producing the printed word from voice sources (e.g. people speaking) vs. typing.
In a recent experiment, Stanford researchers found that Baidu’s speech recognition software composes text messages three times faster and is more accurate than human typists.
You’ve heard, “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel,” before, right? Well, maybe we don’t NEED to; but Goodyear is damn sure doing it. Full disclosure: This ‘reinvention’ is actually a reimagination of the vehicle tire concept. Introducing Goodyear’s Eagle-360. Think ‘wide tread’… the widest ever… spherical! Amazing – a tire of the future! Watch.
Traveling can be stressful. These futuristic pods will put you at ease and to sleep!
Right now, in the Abu Dhabi International Airport, weary travellers are getting a chance to get a nap. Think about that long layover, or missing that connector flight and having to wait many hours… but not quite a day… for the next. If you could find a quiet, secure place to relax & recharge at the airport, wouldn’t that be everything? Well, these airport sleeping pods are… EVERYTHING! Check ’em out, and keep your fingers crossed that they make their way to your terminal next botched flight.
With Parrot Swing, you have the stability of a quadrocopter and the power of a plane!
Parrot Swing is the only mini-drone allowing you to pilot a supersonic plane with surprising ease. It’s also the only plane with autopilot and a vertical take-off and landing mode. With the Parrot Flypad controller, discover ultra-precise control to pilot like a pro. Transform the sky into an unbelievable race track!
Truth. But what’s even doper than the model/drone/toy is the possibilities for real-life. Imagine combining the great speed and efficiency of a plane with the ability to take off and land from small platforms, rather than long runways. Of course, the military would jump on this first. But imagine the search and rescue possibilities. Mobilizing quickly for tough terrain rescues, where planes cannot go but copters cannot be sent quick enough… disaster relief for that matter… Think about unmanned vehicles getting materials in and/or people out of places where the roads are impassible or non-existent.
You see… it’s not the size of… Nah, #$%! that, homies. That Airlander 10 is a big azz airship; the biggest that ever took to the skies! Why’s any of this matter? Well, check this out:
The ship is part helicopter, part blimp and at 92 meters (301 feet) long it is the largest aircraft in the world. Though its maiden flight was only 15 minutes, flights when it enters normal operations could be as long as five days and night with passengers or up to two weeks at a time when controlled remotely and unmanned.
Technology: Transparent Solar Cells Designed To Turn Invisible UV Rays Into Renewable Energy Gains We Can See (Video)
Research at Michigan State University has yielded designs for a transparent solar panel capable of capturing solar energy. Professor Richard Lunt, MSU assistant professor and head of the research team, believes that the panel can be used in a variety of ways – like on tall buildings with lots of windows or mobile devices. The ultimate goal is to harvest solar energy via surfaces in such a way that people do not even notice (according to a press statement from Lunt).
Most solar panels capture visible spectrum light, letting invisible ultraviolet waves – the bigger portion of the spectrum – go to waste. The transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) doesn’t capture visible light, but non-visible ultraviolet waves are absorbed by the device, converted, and sent to the edge of the concentrator, where photovoltaic (PV) solar cells convert light energy to electricity.
One caveat: Right now the TLSC is performing at around 1% efficiency, but the MSU team believes that 5% optimization is achievable. Currently, non-transparent luminescent concentrators (current tech) max out at 7% efficiency.
But before you get pessimistic about the low numbers, compare them to using ZERO percent of the abundant untapped energy that we are being drenched in daily!
Okay. Looks like you can get really productive, really comfortable, or both with this new generation uber-ergonomic tech-integrated work desk.
Altwork introduces its new integrated workspace, the Station, designed to be a multifunctional piece of furniture that gives you more flexibility with respect to how you interact with your computer.
Of course, all this could take a lot of getting used to – the concept, getting comfortable with going from collaborative, to standing, to seated, to lying prone Station positions, computers and peripherals hanging around and above you. Oh, and the price is nothing nice. Get out your black card and slide it for about $7,000 player!
(Still looks cool though.)
The future is now. Next level television!
Well, it’s Not TV… It’s Holovit TV… an apparatus that presents as just a clear screen showing moving images. You know, as in 3-D IMAGES!!! No clunky projection systems required, the compact Holovit works with devices without the requirement of a projector or special equipment. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs … any 3-D images it projects to HoloVit are shown floating in the screen. IndieGoGo funding is underway (until September).
Check out the Holo-Dance after the jump. Haaa!
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Researchers Are Developing Implantable Sensors As Small As A Grain Of Sand That Can Monitor Vitals (Video)
Medical professionals have got to know that among the things that suck about what they do for us patients is the discomfort due to invasive procedures to even figure out what’s going on in those they treat. Well, looks like someone up the line has been working the problem. Maybe we will get that Star Trek medical tricorder where docs don’t have to even touch you to diagnose one day. This tech right here though, coming soon.
University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.
The so-called neural dust, which the team implanted in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats, is unique in that ultrasound is used both to power and read out the measurements. Ultrasound technology is already well-developed for hospital use, and ultrasound vibrations can penetrate nearly anywhere in the body, unlike radio waves, the researchers say.
“I think the long-term prospects for neural dust are not only within nerves and the brain, but much broader,” said Michel Maharbiz, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and one of the study’s two main authors. “Having access to in-body telemetry has never been possible because there has been no way to put something super tiny superdeep. But now I can take a speck of nothing and park it next to a nerve or organ, your GI tract or a muscle, and read out the data.”
NASA Puts Its Money Where It’s Satellite Is: Burning Up ABillion-Dollar Probe To Protect Alien Life (Video)
Once again, Star Trek gives science the blueprint. Remember the Prime Directive (prohibiting Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations? Well, NASA is following that in purest form and intention!
NASA’s Juno probe successfully began orbiting Jupiter on July 4. The spacecraft has 37 orbits to go before it burns up on purpose — to protect potential aliens.
Holy self-destruct, NASA! We don’t even want to risk exposing any potential alien life to our Earth germs. And before you grumble about that being billion-dollar overkill, Google how ill the Native Americans got shortly after being ‘exposed’ to
European explorers ALIENS waaaaay before Star Trek.
Yoooo! Okay, we posted on the Concorde from back in the day and how it was designed to make supersonic travel a reality. Three-and-a-half hours to hop the Atlantic. Impressive. But how about a new jet concept… one that blows that trip time out the water (so to speak)? We’re talking going from NYC to London in 30 Minutes! Maaaaannn, you could barely get started on that pizza you ordered to enjoy while peeping our posts on here.
Okay, pump your air brakes a bit though Canadian engineer Charles Bombardier’s concept will likely roll out for military purposes before commercial; but still…DOPE! Watch.