Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.
The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, is Apple Computer's first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The result was a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to the fact it was essentially a complete Apple II computer setup (minus display and power supply) squeezed into a small notebook-sized housing. Now, we have the ultra slim MacBook Air. Continue reading for more.
Similar to IllumiRoom, Microsoft's RoomAlive basically turns your living room into a giant Xbox game. Simply put, it uses Kinect and projectors to create an augmented reality experience that enables you to reach out and hit objects from a game, or simply interact with them by touching walls, etc. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Approximately 3.4-million-people die each year from water-related diseases across the world. WATERisLIFE teamed up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia to do something about it. Costing just a few pennies to manufacture, "The Drinkable Book" both teaches water hygiene and serves as an advanced filter that kills deadly bacteria as well as diseases. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Scientists at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have successfully passed information from light into matter, using the teleportation of the quantum state of a photon via optical fiber cable to a receiving crystal located over 25-kilometers (15-miles) away. This experiment entailed generating a quantum entanglement of two photons using a laser, and then sending one of those entangled photons down an optical fiber while simultaneously sending the other to a crystal. The crystal basically acts as a memory store for the quantum information contained on the transmitted photon. Continue reading for the video news report and more information.
Love homemade pizza, but hate the preparing everything? Meet Foodini. This 3D food printer is designed to automates some of the tedious cooking preparation process. For example, it can print individual ravioli instead of the cook having to make the dough and fill and assemble each individual piece themselves. Sure, it's not fully-automated, but it definitely speed things up to say the least. Continue reading for more.
Israel-based StoreDot has just received $42-million in funding for its device that promises to charge mobile devices from 0% to 100% in 30-seconds or less. Unlike traditional batteries, which uses an electrolyte to generate electrons, the StoreDot battery uses a quantum dot nanocrystal solution that is approximately five times more powerful. The current prototype is approximately the size of a standard mobile phone and slightly thicker. When the production model is released in 2016, StoreDot says that it will be more portable and cost just $30 USD. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when Disney meets a tasty cake and high-tech projection mapping.
Vertu's latest handset isn't made of solid gold, but it will still set you back a hefty $6,900. Available in six different models, this Android 4.4 KitKat handset features a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 13.0-megapixel Hasselblad rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front facing camera, 64GB of built-in storage, and a brilliant 4.7-inch 1080p display (473ppi) protected by the ultra durable sapphire crystal. Additional features include: Dolby Digital Plus surround sound decoding, Qi wireless charging and a large 2,275mAh battery claimed to provide up to 15.5-hours for talk time - 380 hours on standby. Think of this phone as the AMEX black card of smartphones, since it comes complete with concierge service - six-month subscription included - that offers 24-hour worldwide assistance for recommendations and priority bookings for shows, restaurants and just about anything under the sun. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when LEGO meets DOOM.
The Hiller VZ-1 Pawnee (above) was basically a unique direct-lift rotor aircraft, using contra-rotating ducted fans for lift inside a platform upon which the single pilot shifted body weight for directional control. The platform, touted as the world's first flying hoverboard, was developed starting in 1953 under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) contract to Hiller Aircraft Corporation, and flew successfully, starting in 1955. Due to aerodynamic effects in the duct within which the propellers rotated, the platform was dynamically stable, even though the pilot and center of gravity of the platform were fairly high up. In testing, the prototypes flew well, but the U.S. Army judged them to be impractical as combat vehicles as they were small, limited in speed and only barely flew out of the ground cushion effect. Continue reading for more.
Most people use LEGO bricks to either build a set model, or just smaller things that don't take up too much time, but 20-year-old Raul Oaida, a self-taught brick master, has built the world's first functional life-sized LEGO car. He used approximately 500,000 pieces and has "four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons." Despite its top speed being 20-30 km, it'll still get you from point A to B, albeit a very slowly. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real homemade backpack flamethrower.