The US Navy has officially unveiled "Ghost Swimmer", an underwater drone that looks and swims like a real shark. It measures 5-feet-long, weighs nearly 100-pounds, and can operate in water depths ranging from 10 inches to 300 feet. Practical uses include security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections. Ghost Swimmer is capable of operating autonomously for extended periods of time due to its long-lasting battery, but it can also be controlled via laptop with a 500-foot tether. "Ghost Swimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe," said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering's Advanced System Group. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized Star Wars Christmas lights on a house.
Jaguar Land Rover has just unveiled a new technology called "360 Virtual Urban Windscreen", which consists of screens embedded into the two pillars around the car that work with cameras placed around the vehicle to project images normally obscured. At the flick of an indicator, the pillar becomes transparent and projects what's in the blindspot from the camera. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Another year, another batch of cool gadgets. Starting off, we have the Coolest Cooler, which not only keeps things cool, but packs an 18-volt battery-powered blender, a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker that provides up to 3 hours of playtime on a single charge, a built-in bungee system and even an integrated flashlight built right into the lid. Plus, there's also USB ports to ensure your gadgets never run out of power. Continue reading for more.
Texan-based gadget hacker Ryan Craven doesn't have access to secret technology nor a contact from the future, just four gutted leafblowers, a sheet of plywood, and some gorilla tape. That's right, those were what he used to create a working hoverboard, Sure, this may not be the quietest hoverboard out there, but this will get you lots of glances at the skate park or where you decide to use it. Continue reading for a video.
It may sound like something straight from a movie, but DARPA has unveiled and tested EXACTO, a self-guided .50-caliber projectile that can change its flight path in mid-air. The EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance) project aims to develop "more accurate military artillery that will enable greater firing range, minimize the time required to engage with targets, and also help reduce missed shots that can give away the troops' location." The new .50 BMG gun and improved scope could employ "fire-and-forget" technologies including "fin-stabilized projectiles, spin-stabilized projectiles, internal and/or external aero-actuation control methods, projectile guidance technologies, tamper proofing, small stable power supplies, and advanced sighting, optical resolution and clarity technologies." Its estimated availability is 2015.Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.
We may still be decades away from Star Trek-like teleportation, but researchers have successfully teleported the quantum state of a photon, a particle of light, over 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) of optical fiber to a crystal 'memory bank,' making it the furthest distance of its kind yet. This could lead to breakthroughs in cryptography, which involves transmitting information securely, including communications between Earth and spacecraft. Continue reading for a video on quantum teleportation and for more information.
Researchers in Peru have created an innovative billboard that turns humidity in the air into potable drinking water. Located northern edge of the Atacama desert, the city of Lima and its surrounding villages receive only 0.51-inches of rain annually. The capital city has relied on drainage from the Andes mountains and runoff from melted glaciers for its drinking water needs, but due to climate change, the supply has been on a steady decline. The world's first billboard that generates water from thin air consists of five primary components: it captures the humid air, runs it through an air filter into the condenser, to create water, which then passes through a carbon filter into one a central holding tank. All you need to do is turn on the faucet at the base of the billboard for a clean glass of water. It's capable of producing up to 100 liters of potable water a day . Continue reading for more.
The Cicret Bracelet, designed by a Paris-based design company, takes wearable technology to the next level with a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. They tout it as "like a tablet...but on your skin," projecting the interface of a remotely connected mobile device onto the forearm or inner wrist. Users will still be able to use hand gestures, such as swiping, tapping, and pinching, for everything from replying to emails to answering calls while your phone is on the other side of the room. Continue reading for a video of it in-action, more pictures and additional information.
The US Navy has unveiled an all-new Laser Weapon System that's currently installed on the USS Ponce naval ship in the Persian Gulf. Experts say that it can also be used as a surveillance tool. The prototype builds upon the previous Laser Weapon System (LaWS), and integrates six commercial 5.4 kW fiber lasers with a beam combiner. Sailors use a video game-like controller to control the laser, including power output, etc. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.
You could either take a speedboat to your private island, or the Hydros HY-X. Created by Switzerland-based Hydros, the HY-X, is essentially a scaled-down prototype of will eventually become a 41-foot yacht offering two boating, and one floating, luxury experiences in one. They collaborated with French firm JMKoncept, and what you see above is the result. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.