Future of Gadgets futureofgadgets.com http://futureofgadgets.com/users/recommendations/Future%20of%20Gadgets en-us Portable Fan Wars <p>These Parrot AR.Drone's are pretty cool but I wonder if they would be best suited as mobile personal cooling units, following you around and keeping you cool on a hot day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then all you would need is your <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/a5bf/">personal theme music t-shirt</a> and you'd be good to go.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/5EjWBsXWTpA&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5EjWBsXWTpA&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Via <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/parrot-ar-drone-gets-dogfight-demo-video-1778024/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+slashgear+%28SlashGear%29">Slashgear</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: General<br />Tags: parrot, drones, fans, personalsoundtracktshirt Jeff Hilford Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:21:00 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1911 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1911 iPhone App Starts Car <p>Crap...did I lock the car?</p> <p>No worries.&nbsp; With the Viper SmartStart you can not only remotely lock and unlock your car but also start it and adjust the climate control.&nbsp; From anywhere.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/AG_zTIRR3cI&amp;NR" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AG_zTIRR3cI&amp;NR" /> </object> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another step forward in the smartphone as remote control for life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: iphone, viper, smartstart, remoteentry, remotecontrol, car, auto Jeff Hilford Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:58:01 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1910 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1910 Incredible Data Visualization of the Allosphere <p>Check out this stunning video of inventor JoAnn Kuchera-Morinis <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/joann_kuchera_morin_tours_the_allosphere.html">demonstrating the Allosphere</a> at the last TED conference.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Allosphere is a 3 story high chamber that allows researchers to stand in the middle of incredible visual and sonic representations of their data.&nbsp; Complex algorithms are powered by a super-computer to bring data to life in breakthrough fashion.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/u-D-zEToJQ4" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="flashvars" value="&quot;vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/dynamic/JoAnnKuchera-Morin_2009-medium.flv&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/JoAnnKuchera-Morin-2009.embed_thumbnail.jpg&amp;vw=432&amp;vh=240&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=516&amp;introDuration=16500&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=2000&amp;adKeys=talk=joann_kuchera_morin_tours_the_allosphere;year=2009;theme=speaking_at_ted2009;theme=presentation_innovation;theme=the_creative_spark;theme=numbers_at_play;event=TED2009;&quot;&gt;&lt;/embed&gt;&lt;/object&gt;&quot;" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u-D-zEToJQ4" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="&quot;#ffffff&quot;" /> </object> </p> <p><br /> One can imagine many uses for this technology and it is a good example of one way the <a href="show/1566-biotic-man-is-weapon-for-speeding-up-drug-discovery" title="scientific discovery process will accelerate" id="vrcz">scientific discovery process will accelerate</a> in the near future.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: allosphere, ted, joannkucheramorin, data, visualization, mapping, supercomputer, sound, art Jeff Hilford Wed, 07 Oct 2009 17:17:17 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1893 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1893 Asimo Controlled By Human Thought (Video) <p>We've already seen thought-controlled avatars, so it comes as no surprise that robotics represents a new frontier for brain computer interfaces (BCIs).&nbsp; Still, the following video of a human controlling Honda's Asimo via BCI marks a profound socio-technological development, offering a glimpse into the future of work, entertainment and security:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/Fa16ewvpunY&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Fa16ewvpunY&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> <p>Isn't it interesting that this didn't make its way through national media channels? Just a few years ago human-BCI-controlled robotics would have been perceived as revolutionary.</p> <p>(this awesome link via <a href="http://www.thefutureisawesome.com/2009/04/16/japanese-already-controlling-robots-with-their-thoughts/" target="_blank">The Future is Awesome</a>)</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: honda, bci, braincontrolinterface, robot, robotics Alvis Brigis Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:05:44 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1759 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1759 AMD's New 3D Immersive Social Media and Digital Browser <p>This baby allows you to navigate all of your content, both locally stored and cloud based, with a 3D immersive application.&nbsp; It also includes a recommendation app that suggests related content (natch).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/FD2X03owJyk&amp;feature" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FD2X03owJyk&amp;feature" /> </object> </p> <p><br />Visual search and browsing applications are starting to come fast and furious as the days of static, 2D text-based as sole option fade in the rearview mirror.&nbsp; The interface revolution is afoot.&nbsp; Should be a fun ride.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/10/amd-launches-3d-media-browser-does-anyone-care/">Via TechCrunch</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: amd, 3d, immersive, search, browser, content, digital Jeff Hilford Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:53:47 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1750 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1750 [Video] MIT Media Lab's Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry Introduce Sixth Sense Wearable Interface <p>One of the hottest talks from this year's <a href="http://www.ted.com/index.php/" target="_blank">TED Conference</a> is a wearable system demonstration from <a href="http://web.media.mit.edu/" target="_blank">MIT Media Lab</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://web.media.mit.edu/~pattie/" target="_blank">Pattie Maes</a> and <a href="http://www.pranavmistry.com/" target="_blank">Pranav Mistry</a> introduce a working prototype aimed at augmenting our world with a '<a href="http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/index.htm" target="_blank">Sixth Sense</a>' layer of information using image sensing and projection systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="326" width="446"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff" /> <param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/embed/PattieMaes_2009-embed_high.flv&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/PattieMaes-2009.embed_thumbnail.jpg&amp;vw=432&amp;vh=240&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=481" /> <param name="src" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p> <p><a href="http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/pattie_maes_demos_the_sixth_sense.html" target="_blank">TED Talk Video</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: General<br />Tags: computing, simulation, sensors, oled, infrastructure, augmentation, metaverse Garry Golden Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:03:29 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1708 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1708 [Video] Could 3D Projection Systems Transform Urban Landscapes? <p>France-based <a href="http://easyweb.fr/indexenglish.html" target="_blank">Easy Web</a> develops 3D video projection systems for 'monumental architecture', but could they be developing new cultural expectations for human-city interfaces where everything becomes a template?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/3FQv_eAxp3c" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3FQv_eAxp3c" /> </object> </p> <p>via <a href="http://laughingsquid.com/3d-mapping-video-projections-by-easyweb/" target="_blank">Laughing Squid </a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FQv_eAxp3c" target="_blank">Youtube</a></p><br />Category: Culture<br />Year: General<br />Tags: design, 3d, metaverse, virtualworlds, virtualreality, augmented, interface Garry Golden Wed, 25 Feb 2009 16:12:19 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1684 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1684 [Video] Impress Touch Project Hints at Post-PC Era Interfaces <p>During the next decade we are likely to see commercial products that will start to define the 'Post PC' Era of smart, networked objects that follow a new path of product development.&nbsp; Users will interact with embedded devices beyond the keyboard and mouse.&nbsp; We know that <a href="search?commit=Search&amp;search=OLED&amp;searchType=articles" target="_blank">OLEDs</a> offer a clear path to flexible, transparent display screens, but what about the combination of sensors and low power chips that make the 'screen' irrelevant for new applications.&nbsp; If it is hard to imagine commercial Post PC applications for <em>enterprise</em> sectors, what about designs for education and entertainment markets based on visions like <a href="http://vimeo.com/3187100">Impress</a> project from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user880305">Sillenet</a> [via <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>]</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3187100&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="302" width="400"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3187100&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /> </object> </p> <p>Via <a href="http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/digital-foam-impress-flexible-touchscreen" target="_blank">TrendHunter</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: General<br />Tags: design, 3d, oled, oleds, nanotech, interface, touch, iphone Garry Golden Sun, 22 Feb 2009 20:34:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1678 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1678 [Video] Google Power Meter translates energy into information flows <p>One of the great efficiency opportunities for the next century is based on the convergence of information and energy flows. The notion of a 'smart grid' is a more reliable and efficient energy web based on the integration of software, sensors and energy storage.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are dozens of '<a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/972-the-future-of-electricity-a-guide-to-the-smart-grid" target="_blank">smart grid</a>' infrastructure <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1515-smart-grid-infrastructure-startups-to-watch-in-2009" target="_blank">startups</a> that service utility companies, as well as more commercial/industrial efforts being pushed by <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1235-ibm-s-vision-of-smart-planet-expects-sensors-and-software-to-launch-era-of-smart-infrastructure">IBM</a>, <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1340-could-johnson-controls-be-the-greenest-company-of-the-future-" target="_blank">Johnson Controls</a>, Honeywell, and <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1599-cisco-offers-smart-energy-solutions-everything-connected-to-the-network-can-be-greener-" target="_blank">Cisco</a>.</p> <p>And for those homes with 'Smart Meters' or Smart Devices, solutions are coming online quickly. Google has now thrown its hat into the ring around the basic idea: '<em>if you can measure it, you can improve it</em>'.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.google.org/powermeter/" target="_blank">Google Power Meter</a> is a software tool integrated into smart meters that helps consumers better understand how they use energy in order to reduce their costs and consumption.&nbsp; Google is a big name, in an expanding space of 'smart energy' startups, like<a href="[Video] An Inside Look at Sentilla's Vision of a Smarter Energy Future" target="_blank"> Sentilla</a> and <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1624-energy-startup-regen-building-bee-swarm-model-for-smarter-appliances" target="_blank">REGEN</a>, who are trying to build demand in the residential market.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/6Dx38hzRWDQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6Dx38hzRWDQ" /> </object> </p> <p><strong>Related Smart Grid posts on The Energy Roadmap.com</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: General<br />Tags: energy, smartgrid, grid, electricity, obama, ibm, cisco, hydrogen, storage, sensors Garry Golden Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:34:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1665 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1665 [Video] MIT Media Lab Demonstrates the Future of Interactive Toys and Learning with Siftables <p style="text-align: left;">MIT Media Lab's <a href="http://web.media.mit.edu/~dmerrill/siftables.html" target="_blank">David Merrill</a> describes at a near term future where we play with smart objects that integrate OLED displays, sensors, and smarter software that adapts to our actions:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="326" width="446"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff" /> <param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/embed/DavidMerrill_2009-embed_high.flv&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/DavidMerrill-2009.embed_thumbnail.jpg&amp;vw=432&amp;vh=240&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=457" /> <param name="src" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: General<br />Tags: sensors, toys, education, learning Garry Golden Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:24:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1644 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1644 2.7 Inch Cubic Projector Hits Market in Japan <p>The latest intriguing mini-projector to hit store shelves (in Japan) is a small cubic, 25 ANSI Lumen LED called the <a href="http://www.aboutprojectors.com/Sanko-Miseal-projector.html" title="Sanko Miseal LCoS Projector" target="_self">Miseal</a>.&nbsp; Manufactured by little-know Japanese comapny <a href="http://www.aboutprojectors.com/Sanko-projectors.html" target="_blank">Sanko</a>, the device is just 2.7in. x 2.7in. x 2.8in. and weighs just over half a pound.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3512/sanko-miseal-1.jpg" alt="sanko-miseal-1.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Sporting a 100:1 contrast ratio, 800x600 SVGA resolution and ability to cast an image up to 16ft. away at a diagonal width of 70in, the Miseal packs a serious punch for something of such wee size.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3514/sanko-miseal-2.jpg" alt="sanko-miseal-2.jpg" /></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: sanko, projector, miniprojector, projection, lc Alvis Brigis Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:22:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1635 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1635 Augmented Reality - Closer Than You Might Think <p>Here are two cool examples of augmented reality apps/prototypes that are already out.&nbsp; The first is a really fun one from GE's <a href="../show/1615-ge-kicks-off-futuristic-eco-magination-campaign-with-elegant-superbowl-commercial">futuristic Ecoimagination campaign</a>.&nbsp; By making a print-out from their site and holding it in front of your monitor it brings the animation out of the box and into your room.&nbsp; Here's the <a href="http://www.thefutureisawesome.com/2009/02/06/first-augmented-reality-marketing-campaign/">Future is Awesome's</a> Duncan Rawlinson demonstrating it with the print out attached to his mobile.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/wN1jUFPced8&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="344" width="425"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wN1jUFPced8&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Here are some other DIY examples that illustrate it further&nbsp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK59Beq0Sew">1</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rCHsAmqzLs&amp;feature=related">2</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnz8l0cOdq4&amp;feature=related">3</a>.<br /> <br /> Another very cool, though early incarnation technology that gives us a hint of how we'll be interacting with information in our physical environments comes to us from the MIT Media Lab - demoed at the recent TED conference <a href="http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/02/ted-digital-six.html">(via Wired</a>).</p> <p>It's "a wearable computer system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen."&nbsp; Definitely has some of that early stage Minority Report feel to it and I think when looking at these two examples it's pretty obvious that this world will be here sooner than most people think.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/1813626064?isVid=1&amp;publisherID=1564549380" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="436" width="404"> <param name="name" value="flashObj" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="flashvars" value="videoId=10280440001&amp;playerID=1813626064&amp;domain=embed&amp;" /> <param name="src" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/1813626064?isVid=1&amp;publisherID=1564549380" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> </object> </p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: ge, generalelectric, mit, mitmedialab, wired, duncanrawlinson, augmentedreality, ecoimagination, augmentation, ebeddedinformation, future Jeff Hilford Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:49:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1632 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1632 [Video] What is the Future of Nanotechnology? <p><span>This mashup video project created by students in a Brown University <a href="http://www.watsoninstitute.org/project_detail.cfm?id=69" target="_blank">Global Media</a> course (2007) integrates various video clips that ask:<em> </em></span><em><span>What is nanotechnology?</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/5UGHY53dsp0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5UGHY53dsp0" /> </object> </p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: nanotech, mems, nanotechnology, future, video, futurism, science, energy, military Garry Golden Sun, 01 Feb 2009 17:23:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1612 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1612 Are micro fuel cells coming out of Hype Cycle? Toshiba's Micro Fuel Cell Battery Recharger <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3482/toshiba-fuel-cell-mp3.jpg" alt="methanol fuel cell" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>Most new technology platforms must walk up the stages of the '<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle" target="_blank">Hype Cycle</a>', and confront our tendency to overestimate short-term change, but underestimate the long term potential.</p> <p>Fuel cells are this decade's poster child for failing to meet expectations of the Hype Cycle. But there are positive signs of progress.</p> <p>PC World is <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/158550/toshibas_fuelcell_charger_is_coming_this_quarter.html" target="_blank">reporting</a> that Toshiba plans to release its first commercial version of a Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) battery recharger by the end of the first business quarter.</p> <p><strong>Micro Fuel cells help you unplug</strong> <br />Micro power applications are widely considered to be the first market application for fuel cells.&nbsp; Dozens of startups and incumbent energy companies are developing <a href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1423-get-a-mobile-fuel-cell-charger-for-all-of-your-gadget-charging-needs" target="_blank">micro methanol fuel cells</a> as portable power solutions that help us 'unplug everything'.</p> <p>Rather than carry around a charger+cord, you could carry a small fuel cell to recharge.&nbsp; Of course the idea of a fuel cell battery recharger is still a strange concept to consumers, and could remain an early adopter niche product. &nbsp;</p> <p>The inevitable step for micro fuel cells is to replace batteries entirely.&nbsp; To arrive at this future, hardware makers must integrate MFCs into products, and consumers must be able to buy small fuel cartridges (e.g. liquid methanol, solid hydrogen) on every retail shelf.&nbsp; Until that day, the 'recharger' concept is the industry's best option. <br /><br /><strong>Batteries &amp; Fuel cells are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, not Oil and Water</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: energy, fuel, cells, fuelcells, electricity, hydrogen, batteries, methanol Garry Golden Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:56:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1609 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1609 The Awesome Water-Powered Jet Pack <p>Well, it looks like you might get your personal jetpack pretty soon after all.&nbsp; The advantages of the water-powered variety vs. the rocket fuel type are that it is way less likely to explode or burn you to a crisp and gets much higher gas mileage (not to mention probably takes regular). The downside is that you'll be restricted to traveling over bodies of water.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object data="http://embed.break.com/656618" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="376" width="464"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="src" value="http://embed.break.com/656618" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>Seems like this might have some use in water patrol.&nbsp; Gives you that birdseye view and would be a lot less expensive and more practical than a helicopter over smaller spaces.&nbsp; Either way, it's pretty cool.</p> <p>Wonder when we'll see the first English Channel crossing with one of these?</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: jetpack, flying, waterpowered, flight, air, water Jeff Hilford Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:17:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1610 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1610 [Video] Sony pushes ahead with next generation flexible OLED displays <p>Sony made recent headlines when it offered the first real commercial OLED (organic light emitting diode) commercial display product.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&amp;storeId=10151&amp;productId=8198552921665327724" target="_blank">11" wide screen</a> is a 3 mm thick, and it only represents the beginning.&nbsp; Now the company is going to a thinner, flexible platform.</p> <p>CEO Howard Stringer recently demonstrated a foldable display screen that is 0.2 mm thick. Sony is not holding back on its vision of future content consumption on displays that will be flexible, transparent and able to be read in sunlight.</p> <p>Meanwhile, researchers <span>around the world continue to advance the field of carbon-based or 'organic' electronics beyond thin film solar, OLEDs, fuel cells and batteries. IBM believes we might see 'spray on' solar within five year! <br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/EUHrC5jszEc" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EUHrC5jszEc" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Video: <span>IDG News Service </span></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: oled, oleds, technology Garry Golden Mon, 19 Jan 2009 21:16:56 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1562 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1562 Microsoft releases awful viral product video, but has solid vision of augmenting creativity <p>Bloggers agree that this might be the worst viral software product video ever to hit the web. But maybe that was Microsoft's plan - generate buzz with cheesy singing and acting to feature its new song-writing software program <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/songsmith/" target="_blank">Song Smith</a>.&nbsp; <strong><br /><br />Augmenting Creativity</strong><br />Microsoft is using its <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/">Research</a> and <a href="http://livelabs.com/" target="_blank">Live Labs</a> divisions to extend the applications of software beyond business environments.&nbsp; Song Smith is not the end game.&nbsp; It is the beginning of a new age of software that augments real-time creativity using complex algorithms and databases of things like sound, rhythm, color, texture, design, et al. Microsoft has also released <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/default.aspx" target="_blank">Kodu</a> a software program that teaches children how to visually program new games.</p> <p>Forget about Microsoft's future operating systems.&nbsp; What is their vision of software for learning and creativity as we enter a Post PC era of touch and voice interfaces, plus networked objects with sensors and microcontrollers?</p> <p>Microsoft's founding vision was 'a PC on every desk'.&nbsp;</p> <p>Is their new vision 'software (or algorithms) driving every creative act'?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/k8GIwFkIuP8" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/k8GIwFkIuP8" /> </object> </p> <p><strong>Shorter 'Coffee' shop version - Below </strong><br /><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/songsmithvideos">Song Smith on YouTube</a></p><br />Category: Culture<br />Year: 2016 Garry Golden Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:47:41 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1547 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1547 50 Million People Can Watch Web Video on their Home TVs as of Today - Jan 15, 2009 <p>Upwards of 50 million people have access to web video through their televisions today thanks to Google, Sony and Nintendo, who have collaborated to bring YouTube videos to the Wii (50 million units sold by March) and PS3 (12 million units sold) through a custom version of the popular site modified for larger home screens.</p> <p><strong>From the YouTube blog:</strong> <em>Currently in beta, the TV Website offers a dynamic, lean-back, 10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of </em><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2176/TVs-315.jpg" height="127" alt="TVs-315.jpg" style="float: right;" width="225" /><em>your remote control. With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Optional auto-play capability enables users to view related videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience. The TV Website is available internationally across 22 geographies and in over 12 languages. </em></p> <p>Many bloggers, including this one, have been anticipating this moment for some time, speculating that 2009 will at last be the year of Web Video on TV.&nbsp; Today's mostrous event clinches that moniker, making it extremely likely that <span style="text-decoration: underline;">by year's end upwards of 100 million game console viewers will have access to YouTube and other web video broadcast platforms</span> through their traditional televisions.&nbsp; (Simply factor in the XBox reaction and ongoing Wii and PS3 sales.)</p> <p>Couple that with the explosion of <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/07/google-enabled-televisions-coming-soon/">TV units capable of playing online video</a> and we <em>could</em> be looking at 150-200 million total devices, a future that Google is looking to <strong>accelerate</strong>:</p><br />Category: Entertainment<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: webtv, tv, television, ps3, playstation3, sony, wii, nintendo, nintendowii Alvis Brigis Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:44:45 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1556 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1556 Website Aims to Map Every Camera That Infringes on Privacy <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3364/berkeley.jpg" height="245" alt="berkeley.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px; float: left;" width="323" />I am pleased to announce the launch of <a href="http://www.projectparanoid.com/">Project Paranoid</a>, a website which hopes to map out the location of every external camera in the world.&nbsp; While <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1505-cctv-nation-security-at-what-cost">some of you might think</a> that a site such as this is unnecassary, there are enough that believe it is.&nbsp; Currently the site only features about 600 camera locations are ound Berkeley, CA (the liberal stronghold) but with user help we hope to expand this all over the globe.&nbsp; London itself has over 1.5 million CCTV cameras, so it's going to be a lot of work.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Currently the site is in a pretty rough form since we're going public ahead of time in order to get support.&nbsp; If you're interested in helping out with designing, writing, programming, cash or even logging cameras, email us at projectparanoid@gmail.com so we can give you some sort of idea on what we're looking for.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">(The image above is a screenshot of what the city of Berkeley looks like currently on our site.&nbsp; Clicking the bubbles will give you a picture of the camera and soon other relevant information about it.)</p><br />Category: Social Issues<br />Year: General<br />Tags: project, paranoid, heylin, john, wulff, privacy, camera, cctv, big, brother, society, site, launch John Heylin Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:42:48 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1546 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1546 MIT researchers advance carbon nanotube films used in 'super' batteries and capacitors <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3326/MITCarbonNanotbues.jpg" alt="MIT Carbon Nanotubes" style="float: right;" />MIT Technology Review is <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/21938/page1/" target="_blank">reporting</a> on a breakthrough in manufacturing thin, dense films of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube" target="_blank">carbon nanotubes</a> that could improve electrodes used in 'super' batteries and capacitors used in portable devices, 'smart grids' and electric vehicles.<a href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/battery.htm" target="_blank"><br /><br /></a><strong>Energy Storage: Batteries, Fuel cells &amp; Capacitors</strong> <a href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/battery.htm" target="_blank">Batteries</a> and <a href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/fuel-cell.htm" target="_blank">fuel cells</a> convert chemical energy into electricity in a controlled circuit.&nbsp; <a href="http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/capacitor.htm" target="_blank">Capacitors</a> hold electrons as a physical 'charge' and are used in applications that require rapid discharge of energy. All of these energy storage devices are going to evolve in the coming Era of Nanoscale Engineering.</p> <p><strong>How do you talk about the Future of Energy?</strong><br />The MIT breakthrough demonstrates the enormous potential of nanoscale design of material components that facilitate energy reactions. It would be a mistake to merely extrapolate our current energy technologies forward based on the disruptive nature of nanoscale energy systems.</p> <p>The MIT breakthrough highlights two fundamental areas to focus our conversation:<br /><br /><strong>New Properties at Nanoscale Carbon<br /></strong>The electrical and chemical properties of carbon (and other molecules) change when you shift design from the 'microscale' (millionth of meter) to the 'nanoscale' (billionth of a meter).&nbsp; In recent years, researchers have demonstrated an incredible capacity for carbon nanotubes to capture photons, store electricity and hold hydrogen. Likewise, the performance of metals (e.g. platinum, zinc, nickel) changes dramatically at the nanoscale.</p> <p><strong>Higher Surface Area</strong> <strong>at the Nanoscale</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: energy, nanoscale, nanotechnology, electricity, fuelcells, capacitors, batteries Garry Golden Mon, 12 Jan 2009 15:00:38 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1531 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1531 IPhone Dreamin' and DIY <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3244/iphone.jpg" alt="iphone.jpg" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>I mentioned in <a href="show/1498-why-twitority-is-a-sign-of-things-to-come">my post</a> yesterday that we were moving towards a time when the powers that be that influence tech Zeitgeist are seeing their reach and effect increase in a profound fashion.&nbsp; One manifestation of this can be seen in the nimble teams of developers that are and will assemble to make a proposed or roughly designed product or prototype quickly.&nbsp; This coincides closely with the trend towards <a href="http://makezine.com/">DIY and making</a>.&nbsp; In this post by leading gadget blog <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5119445/the-dream-iphone-pro">Gizmodo</a>, they lay out a mock-up of a next generation Iphone.&nbsp; The Dream IPhone Pro basically combines the features people would like to see most in today's personal communicators - a Blackberry style qwerty keyboard combined with the full size touch screen beauty and facility of the Iphone&nbsp; (plus a couple of other requisite additions such as wholesale improvement of camera/video).&nbsp; It's a pretty simple idea and one that would satisfy a lot of folks (me included).&nbsp; As a result, there are probably a bunch of people tearing apart Iphones, Blackberry's and Nokias as we speak trying to create a hack.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: General<br />Tags: iphone, iphonedreampro, gizmodo, hacks, diy, prosumers, customerservice Jeff Hilford Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:33:33 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1502 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1502 CCTV Nation — Security at What Cost? <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3252/cctv.jpg" height="290" alt="cctv.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" width="301" />A lot of people keep telling me that if one has nothing to hide, then why worry about wire-taps or security cameras?&nbsp; If you're not planning to rob a bank or kidnap a spoiled celebrity then you should be fine, right?<br /><br />I have to admit, that argument is pretty solid.&nbsp; I don't plan on doing anything like kidnapping rich kids (at least until the economy gets worse) so I shouldn't worry.&nbsp; But the real issue here is privacy.&nbsp; Humans love privacy, and yet we're afraid of just about everything.&nbsp; Finding a balance between the two can be difficult at times and rarely easy.&nbsp; You might not be doing something illegal that would cause you to fear security cameras, but think again.</p> <p>Chances are you've done something that could be construed as illegal and fined.&nbsp; Not coming to a full stop at stop signs lands you a ticket for every mistake.&nbsp; Urinating in public when you're coming home from the bars at 2am could land you an indecency ticket and possible jail time.&nbsp; Any prank you've ever pulled from toilet papering a house to stealing a road sign would be prosecuted (for those that notice these crimes are kinda specific examples, I've never TP'd a house, it's a waste of paper).</p> <p>Someone will <em>always</em> be watching and to think that minor offenses will be ignored is naive since cities are always looking for new sources of revenue.&nbsp; And as it becomes clear that the cameras don't actually prevent any crime (London has 1.5 million CCTV cameras and bombings still happen) people will rely more and more on security cameras which do more.&nbsp; Facial recognition is the next step, following people from camera to camera, tracking their paths.&nbsp; Your entire path from when you leave your house to when you finally return is on record.&nbsp; Great for Alzheimers patients, but I think I'll pass.</p> <p>I prefer a world where I can enjoy anonymity and freedom to do silly things like hit golf balls off my front lawn, or drop water balloons from a parking garage, or streak on campus.&nbsp; Would I like to find out who broke into my car?&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; But not at the cost of killing my privacy.</p><br />Category: Social Issues<br />Year: General<br />Tags: cctv, london, privacy, concerns, facial, recognition John Heylin Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:25:11 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1505 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1505 Japan Launches First Partially Solar Powered Cargo Ship <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3206/aurigaleader.jpg" alt="aurigaleader.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Japan's largest shipping company, Nippon Yusen, has unveiled a cargo ship outfitted with enough solar panels to produce 40 Kilowatts of power.&nbsp; Named the Auriga Leader, the energy comes from 328 solar panels outfitted on top of the ship which set the company back about $1.7 million dollars.&nbsp; While 40 Kilowatts is a huge sum house-wise, it really only produces enough energy to power about 7% of the lighting systems on board.&nbsp; But when one considers the size of the ship (frickin' HUGE) it should save them quite bit down the road.&nbsp; When combined with Nippon's <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1268-new-paint-reduces-boat-drag-developed-from-tuna-and-dolphins">gel-like paint</a>, it promises to save them hundreds of thousands down the road with this ship alone.</p> <p>Honestly, it's surprising this kind of tech has waited this long in this market.&nbsp; Transportation eats up a huge amount of oil, especially things like ships, trains, tractor trailers and planes.&nbsp; And to be honest, any help is much needed help for these behemoths.&nbsp; Japan has its solar panels, China is working on <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/11/solar-sailor-sun-sails-to-be-fitted-to-chinese-cargo-ships.php">solar sails</a> for its cargo ships, and tons of people in America are calling for more efficient big rigs.&nbsp; Now we just need to press innovation ahead faster.</p> <p>via <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/23/auriga-leader-japan-launches-first-solar-cargo-ship/">Crunch Gear</a></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: japan, nippon, solar, cargo, ship, launch John Heylin Wed, 24 Dec 2008 20:26:18 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1490 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1490 I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ten Tech Gadgets that We Want for Christmas <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3204/pacman-xmas-tree.jpg" alt="christmas pac man tree" /></p> <p>Christmas is literally right around the corner.&nbsp; And while it might be too late to get those gifts that the kids and grown-ups are longing for, it doesn&rsquo;t hurt to think about that dream list.&nbsp; So here it is, ten gadgets that we would have screamed for.&nbsp; Maybe they&rsquo;re underneath the tree waiting to be opened on Christmas morning or they&rsquo;re still sitting in-store on the shelf, anyway it&rsquo;s still fun to think of all the tech gadgets that we hope we&rsquo;ll receive.<br /><br /><br />1.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theflip.com/store/MinoHD.aspx" target="_blank">&nbsp;Flip Video Mino HD</a>: The holidays wouldn&rsquo;t be the holidays without capturing memories of the season of giving.&nbsp; Instead of looking back on hazy footage of the kids opening their gifts, why not look back on high definition quality footage?<br />2.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.usbgeek.com/prod_detail.php?prod_id=0711" target="_blank">USB Mini Fridge</a>: It&rsquo;s a long day of sitting at your computer putting together the annual Christmas card.&nbsp; What better way to ease that neck cramp with nice cold can of soda?&nbsp; If the weather too cold for a soda, how bout a nice hot chocolate?&nbsp; With a USB mini fridge, you can keep your drink cold or warm to your specific liking without getting up to get more ice or putting your cup in the microwave.<br />3.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/" target="_blank">Apple iPhone</a>: We all know that iPod Touch is a tease to the iPhone.&nbsp; Sure, you can get the application that allows you to use the Touch as a phone, but you have to have WiFi and a microphone connected.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s just not the same.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: christmas, tech, gadgets christinep Wed, 24 Dec 2008 06:36:20 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1489 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1489 Polishing Teeth With Silica Nanoparticles Keeps The Dentist Away <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3198/teeth.jpg" alt="teeth.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Researchers at Clarkson University have discovered a way to protect teeth from tooth decay by polishing the surface with silica nanoparticles.&nbsp; The teeth are polished so smooth that harmful bacteria, the leading cause of tooth enamel decay, are unable to attach to the surface.&nbsp; "Roughness left on the tooth after the polishing is just a few nanometers, which is one-billionth of a meter or about 100,000 times smaller than a grain of sand."&nbsp; Even if bacteria manage to get a hold of the surface, a simple brushing will brush them off fairly quickly.&nbsp; The polishing method is taken from the method developed to polish semiconductors.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Story via <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081220085436.htm">Science Daily</a>, image via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5116294/nanoparticles-will-make-your-teeth-too-slick-for-bacteria">Gizmodo</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: silica, nanoparticles, polishing, teeth, bacteria, enamel, decay, clarkson, university John Heylin Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:24:58 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1488 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1488 Rumor Mill: Three Months Later And Already A New G-Phone? <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3182/android-wallpaper2_1024x768.jpg" height="199" alt="android-wallpaper2_1024x768.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px; float: left;" width="181" />The Internet is abuzz with people theorizing that a <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10127736-94.html">new Google phone</a> from T-Mobile, the G2, will make an appearance late January on the world market.&nbsp; If true (which it hopefully isn't) this would mean a whole <strong>three months</strong> passed before a better phone from the same maker breaking the previous record made by the iPhone which stood at nine months.</p> <p>Although others say it won't appear until April, the idea that a new phone may just be around the corner has got quite a few people heated especially when it "is expected to have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, VGA camera for video calls, a full touch screen, and Wi-Fi connectivity."&nbsp; Three months later and already all those extras?</p> <p>There's a lot going in to play here.&nbsp; For instance, many thought the T-Mobile G1 was rushed through production even though there was over a half a year of delay in production.&nbsp; That being said, one might consider a January release as a sign that the first phone pushed onto consumers wasn't the right phone but a rush-job, the rumored one being the phone they should have released first.</p> <p>If Google wants to keep all the goodwill and support they have from those in the online community who are trying to support their Open-Source venture into the market, they also need to appeal to the consumers buying their Android-powered phones.&nbsp; If they're smart, they will answer these rumors and hopefully give us a release date somewhere later next year.</p> <p>via <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10127736-94.html">CNET</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: google, phone, android, g2, release, january, april, tmobile, angry, consumers John Heylin Mon, 22 Dec 2008 17:19:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1482 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1482 MIT develops innovative pilot wave power plant in Portugal <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3174/536MITWave.JPG" alt="MIT Wave Power" /></p> <p>MIT researchers are working with a Portuguese group to design a pilot-scale device that will capture significantly more of the energy in ocean waves than existing systems.&nbsp; The pilot plant will generate 750 kilowatts, roughly enough to power 750 homes.</p> <p>Professor <a href="http://web.mit.edu/ccmei/www/" target="_blank">Chiang Mei</a> and his colleagues have developed model simulations that can predict wave forces and guide design decisions to convert the captured mechanical energy to electrical energy.</p> <p>"Given the future of conventional energy sources, we need lots of research on all kinds of alternative energy," Mei says. "Right now, wind energy and solar energy are in the spotlight because they've been developed for a longer time. With wave energy, the potential is large, but the engineering science is relatively young. We need to do more research."</p> <p><strong>Related posts on </strong><strong>The Energy Roadmap.com</strong></p><br />Category: Environment<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: energy, wave, electricity, ocean Garry Golden Fri, 19 Dec 2008 23:38:25 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1475 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1475 Make Your Bike Bright As Hell With Reflective Vinyl Tape <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3168/reflect.jpg" alt="reflect.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">You see it on cop cars and emergency vehicles &mdash; reflective tape so bright you wonder how they got it on nonetheless have it stay clean.&nbsp; Finally a couple guys figured that if can work for emergency vehicles, it can work for bicycles.&nbsp; The result?&nbsp; Bikes coated in reflective vinyl tape which can be seen at night when put in the headlights.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">They bought the engineering grade reflective tape from <a href="http://www.beacongraphics.com/supplies/3M/3m-580.html">Beacon Graphics</a> and began coating their bikes with the stuff.&nbsp; After successful tests they even had a workshop where people brought their bikes in to get them plastered with the stuff.&nbsp; The idea is to increase the visibility of the bike at night when it's most dangerous to ride around town.&nbsp; The great thing about it is you don't have to reflector your bike up like a little schoolgirl, instead you can cover it in black tape.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Check out some sweet videos and the rest of the story at <a href="http://theredproject.com/brightbike/">Bright Bike</a>.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: 3m, reflective, tape, vinyl, bright, bike John Heylin Fri, 19 Dec 2008 19:23:20 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1471 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1471 Google Earth Updates New York to Near Photo-Realism <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3160/afternyc.jpg" alt="afternyc.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The <a href="http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2008/12/new_york_city_in_photorealistic_3d.html">Google Earth Blog</a> announced it has made a huge update to New York City regarding 3D buildings.&nbsp; "Google has completed nearly every building in Manhattan Island for Google Earth. Just fly to "New York City" and turn on the <b>3D Buildings</b> layer in Google Earth."&nbsp; Google engineers tried to keep a lot of user-submitted 3D buildings along with their own updates.&nbsp; Head on over to <a href="http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2008/12/new_york_city_in_photorealistic_3d.html">their site</a> to see before and after pictures of the update, it gives you the same feeling the latest update for Google Streetview gives you&nbsp;&mdash; Awed and creepy.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: google, earth, update, photo, realism, new, york John Heylin Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:35:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1466 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1466 GE Labs Produces the First Ever OLED Christmas Tree <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/KqMXk3mntOQ" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/KqMXk3mntOQ" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">GE Labs, those crazy people who brought us <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1327-ge-labs-make-water-bounce-with-superhydrophobic-surfaces">bouncing water</a>, have put together a nifty holiday greeting using a single band of flexible OLED panels.&nbsp; "The tree is made by wrapping a working 6 inch by 15 foot OLED around a stand."&nbsp; What better way to highlight their breakthrough OLED roll-to-roll producing technology than through a wacky video.&nbsp; Check out photos from the lighting over at the <a href="http://www.grcblog.com/?p=415">GE Blog</a>.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: oled, christmas, xmas, tree, holiday, ge, labs, lab, rolltoroll, roll, greetings John Heylin Wed, 17 Dec 2008 19:58:05 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1459 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1459 Check Out Some Augmented Reality On Your iPhone This X-Mas <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3114/Virtual_Santa_screenshot.jpg" alt="Virtual_Santa_screenshot.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px;" /></p> <p>Been wanting to tinker with Augmented Reality?&nbsp; Now you can try it out with your iPhone.&nbsp; Go to Metaio and try out their <a href="http://www.metaio.com/iPhone">Augmented Reality iPhone App</a> for free (and unlike the <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1419-mini-brings-augmented-reality-into-print-ads">last AR gadget</a> we linked you to, these instructions are in English).&nbsp; You can determine his size, make him run around, even print it out on a holiday card so friends and family can see him.&nbsp; Enjoy!</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: metaio, augmented, reality, santa, iphone, app, application, free John Heylin Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:26:12 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1457 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1457 Top Gear Tests Out the Honda Clarity, Says It Will Save the World <p><a href="http://www.topgear.com/us/">Top Gear</a> recently test drove the Honda Clarity in Los Angeles and proclaimed with certainty that this car will be the most important one in 100 years.&nbsp; The reason?&nbsp; It runs on Hydrogen.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/UDbg9m_DkW8" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UDbg9m_DkW8" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">It looks like a normal car, drives like a normal car, fills up like a normal car, and its only by-product is water.&nbsp; They also go on to say how the car may never have to be serviced since the engine has only one moving part.&nbsp; It's crazy to think how much people are investing in hybrid or electric technologies (meaning plug-in cars) when a hydrogen-powered car will obliterate them all in the coming decade.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Now if we could just find an incredibly cheap way of making Hydrogen at home from air we'd be set.</p><br />Category: Transportation<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: honda, clarity, top, gear, california, hydrogen, powered, car John Heylin Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:30:17 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1453 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1453 Reuters Poll Shows Industry Leaders Believe Mobile Phone Sales Will Shrink <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081216/tc_nm/us_cellphones_market"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3092/phonedeath.jpg" height="233" alt="phonedeath.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px; float: right;" width="195" />Reuters reports</a> that most leaders in the mobile phone industry see sales plummeting in response to the global economic crisis.&nbsp; "On average, the poll of 36 analysts shows global market volumes shrinking 6.6 percent next year and 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter -- traditionally the strongest period for the industry due to holiday sales."&nbsp; The interesting note is that a similar poll in early November saw predictions that the market would grow by 2.6% next year.</p> <p>We all know the economy is going to crap, so it's not surprising that people are going to stop buying things they don't really need.&nbsp; For many, that's a brand-spanking new cellphone.&nbsp; Our culture has become (or always has been) a sort of throw-away culture where if your technology isn't the latest then you're way behind the curve.</p> <p>iPhone after iPhone is thrown away, replaced by a new one ten times better and sexier, only to get replaced less than a year later.&nbsp; This economic jolt might be what it takes to get people to start sticking to their stuff, quell the need for the latest and greatest, and stop shopping smartly.&nbsp; Imagine a phone where you could switch out some of the components instead of buy a whole new product.&nbsp; Like a computer tower, just upgrade the parts instead of buying a whole computer.&nbsp; Honestly though, I see this as unlikely.</p> <p><i>Image: Tim Psych (Flickr, CC-Attribution)</i></p><br />Category: Economics<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: mobile, phone, sales, down, sink, economy, reuters John Heylin Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:25:04 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1451 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1451 Internet Leaders Predict an Increasingly Mobile Internet Experience <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.elon.edu/predictions/"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3060/pew.jpg" alt="pew.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.elon.edu/predictions/">Elon University</a> recently unveiled a series of future scenarios they've compiled from asking industry leaders, analysts and activists a series of questions about major tech advances they expect by 2020.&nbsp; You can find good snippets from the report here at <a href="http://pewinternet.org/PPF/r/270/report_display.asp">Pew Internet</a>.</p> <p>One thing the report goes over is the increasing use of mobile internet as the method of connecting to the World Wide Web.&nbsp; "The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020."&nbsp; The go on to cite various examples such as the increasing computing power of mobile phones, how applications are increasingly easy to use and operate, and of course the cost of phones drop everyday (anyone heard the rumor that Wal-Mart would be selling the <a href="http://news.lalate.com/2008/12/08/walmart-iphone-99/">iPhone for $99</a>?)</p> <p>On one hand I feel bad for those '$100 Laptop' people who tried so hard to make a cheap laptop and have pretty much failed, but on the other hand we have amazing products that do even more for the same price, and they're small.&nbsp; While the idea of a third world student dutifully doing their homework on a cellphone may seem strange, by 2020 we'll be seeing developments of amazing heads-up displays as well as the nearly complete removal of the touchscreen as a device.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1087-your-touchscreen-will-be-old-and-busted">Infrared beams</a> can replace a touchscreen and <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1158-oled-screen-so-flexible-and-thin-it-blows-in-the-wind">rolllable OLED screens</a> will allow for larger displays in much smaller gadgets.</p> <p>Check out the links above for the full scoop.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2020<br />Tags: future, internet, mobile, pew, elon, university John Heylin Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:53:31 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1441 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1441 Key2SafeDriving is a Great Product For Anal-Retentive Parents <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3048/akeytoblockc.jpg" alt="akeytoblockc.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Leave it to people in Utah to invent the most anal-retentive product of this decade so far.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.key2safedriving.net/Default.aspx">Key2SafeDriving</a> is a prototype made by University of Utah researchers that allows parents to disable their kids' cellphones while they're driving.&nbsp; The parents can allow certain numbers to be dialed, and of course 911 is still available, but the kicker is the other functions they hope to add into it.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">They hope to include a "safety score" which will be sent each month to insurance companies to compile a driving record of each user.&nbsp; "The score also could include data recorded via Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites on the driver's speeding, rapid braking or running of lights, which are calculated by comparing the driver's position with a database of maps, speed limits, stop lights and so on."&nbsp; You'll basically have to drive like a saint (usually the most hated person on the road) or else your insurance company will use that one time you went five miles over the speed limit to jack up your rates like crazy.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">I really don't see this gaining ground among the general public.&nbsp; The people I see using this are parents of only children, Mormons, parents who home school their kids, and rich liberal intellectuals who feel their kids will see how much they treasure their life through their over-protectionism.&nbsp; Sorry if I come off as hostile, but this product is so silly it makes me laugh that there might be a market for it.&nbsp; Check out their totally awesome video after the jump (seriously, you have to see it, I'm still laughing).</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: key2safedriving, utah, university, block, cellphone, bluetooth, teens, driving, parents, anal John Heylin Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:54:37 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1430 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1430 Japanese Researchers Close to Recording Your Dreams <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3026/recording.jpg" alt="recording.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Researchers at the <a href="http://www.cns.atr.jp/dcn/">ATR <span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1228973344_0">Computational Neuroscience Laboratories</span></a> have succeeded in partially translating brain activity in humans into images.&nbsp; "While the team for now has managed to reproduce only simple images from the brain, they said the technology could eventually be used to figure out dreams and other secrets inside people's minds."&nbsp; They honed the computer to each tested individual by showing them over 400 different images and recording how their brain reacted.&nbsp; While successful tests have been run so far, the images used in the tests have been fairly simple ones such as the word "neuron."</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Anyone who saw the movie <i>Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within</i> has to remember how the main character was able to record her dreams for later viewing.&nbsp; And, true to fashion, the images were somewhat cluttered and fuzzy, an excellent representation of where the technology might be in 20 years (due to the erratic nature of dreams and the speed at which they occur, we may never be able to record a dream like we see it sleeping).&nbsp; And while it may lead to reading minds entirely, the "secrets" the team refers to, this technology is universally wanted by gadget-hounds everywhere.&nbsp; Controlling things with the mind will always be the end goal for all of these BCIs.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">via <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081211/sc_afp/sciencejapanbrainoffbeat_081211052641">Yahoo!</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: bci, brain, japan, controlled, recording, dreams John Heylin Thu, 11 Dec 2008 19:31:29 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1424 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1424 Get a Mobile Fuel-Cell Charger For All of Your Gadget Charging Needs <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3024/mobionrf.jpg" alt="mobionrf.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">MTI MicroFuel Cells, a division of MTI, has a prototype portable fuel cell battery which it hopes to release by the end of 2009.&nbsp; "<span class="reg" xmlns:fmi="http://www.futuremediaonline.com/fmi">This compact and light weight fuel cell charger comes with a removable cartridge that can be swapped for a new one when depleted. Each additional cartridge gives consumers another 25 Watt-hours of power."&nbsp; </span>25 Watt-hours of power translates to 10 cellphone charges or 100 hours of video on a portable video player like the iPhone.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The device itself runs on 100% <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol_fuel">methanol fuel</a> which isn't surprising since you can buy methanol for .47 cents a gallon.&nbsp; The Mobion chip used in the device has a new design architecture that "<span class="reg" xmlns:fmi="http://www.futuremediaonline.com/fmi">embodies a reduction in the size, complexity, and cost of fuel cell construction."&nbsp; With fuel cells currently available at astronomical prices, it will be interesting to see how much they've cut the cost off their product.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span class="reg" xmlns:fmi="http://www.futuremediaonline.com/fmi">Full MTI press release <a href="http://www.mtimicrofuelcells.com/news/article.asp?id=348">here</a>.<br /></span></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: mti, fuel, cell, portable, microfuel, methanol John Heylin Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:54:14 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1423 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1423 Need WiFi On That Roadtrip? Bring it Along With MiFi <p>You've got a laptop, a cellphone, a digital camera and at least one other gadget in your arsenal.&nbsp; Sadly, only your phone gets internet which costs about $60 a month.&nbsp; You thought about getting mobile internet for your laptop but that was another $60 plus the cost of the USB drive.&nbsp; You're tired of hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop looking for internet on trips.&nbsp; What do you do?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3020/novatel-mifi.jpg" alt="novatel-mifi.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.novatelwireless.com/">Novatel</a>, a company specializing in mobile information technology, will soon release MiFi, a mobile WiFi system run through cellular phone lines.&nbsp; MiFi acts as your own personal WiFi system which you can link to from any of your mobile gadgets.&nbsp; On a road trip you can carry it along for any of your passengers to latch onto.&nbsp; With a 4 hour life-span or 40 hours on standby, business trips might be just that more bearable.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: novatel, mifi, wireless, mobile, hotspot, linking, phone, laptop John Heylin Wed, 10 Dec 2008 19:39:05 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1421 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1421 MINI Brings Augmented Reality Into Print Ads <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/31v9MO3lhWI" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/31v9MO3lhWI" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">In the video above you are seeing the making of an augmented reality print ad.&nbsp; If you print out the PDF file <a href="http://mini-cabrio.ar-live.de/res/anzeige.pdf">here</a>, go the their website <a href="http://www.mini.de/de/de/webcam/index.jsp">here</a> and launch your webcam, a highly-detailed MINI Cabrio should appear on the page which you can manipulate and zoom by rotating the ad.&nbsp; You'll need to download 3D plugins for the program to work which is daunting enough, but persevere and you'll get a 3D car on your paper.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">You may have read a past article we did on <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1363-augmented-reality-pop-up-books-for-the-kids">augmented reality pop-up books</a> for kids where people were working towards creating a commercially viable product involving augmented reality.&nbsp; Although they said development would be years away, seems like MINI has gone ahead and shortened the deadline. There have even been cases where <a href="http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=digitally-augmented-reality">cellphones</a> have been used to display augmented reality projections.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Using print ads and a webcam is just the first step, next year we'll be seeing goggles which will make the whole experience that much more exciting.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: mini, cabrio, augmented, reality, webcam, german, 3d, car, ad, paper, magazine John Heylin Wed, 10 Dec 2008 18:52:03 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1419 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1419 Self-Healing Polymer Coatings to Keep Your Stuff Like New <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/3002/ipodscratched.jpg" alt="ipodscratched.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; float: left;" />Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on developing a synthetic polymer which would hopefully self-heal scratches and cracks on items that get constant human and environmental exposure.&nbsp; "Applications range from automotive paints and marine varnishes to the thick, rubbery coatings on patio furniture and park benches."&nbsp; In other words, when someone dings your car door it can be good as new in just a few minutes or hours depending on the weather.</p> <p><b>How does it work?</b></p> <p>The self healing polymers are made up of two components: a catalyst and a healing agent.&nbsp; These chemicals are stuffed into small spheres about 100 microns in diameter and put onto the surface of an object.&nbsp; When scratched, the small spheres break open and mix, forming a healing agent that repair the surface.&nbsp; In tests with a steel beam where a scratch was delivered by a razor blade, the steel coated with the polymer was found to be fine while the one without rusted.</p> <p>Self-healing products of course have a vast array of possibilities that are useful.&nbsp; Anything metal rusts, wood gets scratched or chipped, and hard drives can rack up some serious wear and tear if you're not careful.&nbsp; Self-healing coatings on products could extend the life of your goods for years longer than they should have lived.&nbsp; Combined with a <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1351-new-nano-fabric-allows-you-to-dunk-clothes-in-water-without-it-getting-wet">superhydrophobic surface</a>, our gadgets will look years from now just as good as the day you bought them.</p> <p>via <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-12/uoia-npc120908.php">EurekAlert!</a></p> <p><i>Image: re-ality (Flickr, CC-Attribution)</i></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: nano, tech, self, healing, surface, cars, polymer, gadgets, screen, scratched, scratch John Heylin Tue, 09 Dec 2008 20:39:52 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1413 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1413 Hovering Multiple Kill Vehicle Will Scare You To Death <p style="text-align: left;">If there's one thing that is guaranteed to make people crap their pants, it's a hovering hunk of machinery that shoots stuff.&nbsp; Introducing the MKV-L by Lockheed Martin.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/OO67Yha_03g" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OO67Yha_03g" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Luckily for bad guys this isn't for hovering into bunkers and obliterating everything in the house, but for knocking out incoming projectiles.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">"The MKV-L mission is to destroy medium through intercontinental-range ballistic missiles equipped with multiple warheads or countermeasures by using a single interceptor missile. During an actual hostile ballistic missile attack, the carrier vehicle with its cargo of small kill vehicles will maneuver into the path of an enemy missile. Using tracking data from the Ballistic Missile Defense System and its own seeker, the carrier vehicle will dispense and guide the kill vehicles to destroy any warheads or countermeasures."</p> <p style="text-align: left;">During the following test the MKV-L was able to hover under its own power, adjust to the target it was tracking, and transmitted video and flight path information to computers on the ground.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Not much to say on this, just 'holy crap' really.</p><br />Category: Security<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: lockheed, martin, multiple, kill, vehicle, mkvl, video, test, prototype, incoming, missiles, projectiles John Heylin Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:47:05 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1410 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1410 HP and ASU Develop a Cheap Flexible Electronic Display <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2994/flexibleoled.jpg" alt="flexibleoled.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" /></p> <p>HP and the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University announced their first prototype of a flexible screen that is both easy to produce and affordable.&nbsp; Made almost entirely out of plastic, the displays hope to revolutionize the size of our electronics such as laptops, phones and televisions.&nbsp; The amazing thing about it is their prototype consumes 90% less material than traditional displays of the same screen size.</p> <p>It's been difficult for flexible screens to break into the mass market due to their cost and complicated design, but with recent breakthroughs like this we can expect flexible displays start to show up in our everyday lives by next year.&nbsp; I mean, if they can <a href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/1041">build a plant</a> that can crank out thousands of feet of thin film solar fairly quickly, it would make sense they could use the same type of production to mass-produce flexible displays.</p> <p>via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/08/hp-and-asu-demo-bendable-unbreakable-electronic-displays/">BusinessWire</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: flexible, display, arizona, state, university, hp John Heylin Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:46:49 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1408 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1408 Commuters to Generate Electricity From Walking Into Train Station <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2976/electric-generating-mat-panel-Japan-01.jpg" alt="electric-generating-mat-panel-Japan-01.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">A train station in Tokyo, Japan has put up a demo LED display which is powered by pedestrians stepping on a spring-board type power generator.&nbsp; "A person weighing 60kg (132 lbs) can generate 0.5W by stepping on the panel twice."&nbsp; The small panel you see above generates enough power for the LED screen to light up and display how much power has been generated so far.&nbsp; Although it will be removed by the end of the year, it still shows the potential power we can generate from the human body.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2980/img_photo1.jpg" height="146" alt="img_photo1.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; float: left;" width="181" />The greatest thing about this demo is it's sheer practicality in the real world.&nbsp; So many have been talking about solar panel highways or body-heat generating mobile devices, but not so much about kinetic energy.&nbsp; The energy-generating springboard has the additional benefit of being comfortable on the feet and back, something cement and pavement clearly lack.&nbsp; If these were installed in every pedestrian zone (heck, even on roads) it would feel like walking on a basketball court which are in themselves springy.&nbsp; If it proves to be more beneficial instead of developing a solar asphalt, it may just take over ground-level solar production.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">via <a href="http://www.digitalworldtokyo.com/index.php/digital_tokyo/articles/pedestrians_generate_electricity_at_shibuya_station/">Digital World Tokyo</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: power, generating, stepping, kinetic, energy, commuters, station, train, tokyo, japan John Heylin Mon, 08 Dec 2008 18:26:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1406 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1406 Apple Aplies for Mysterious Patent, OLED Touchscreen On The Way? <p>A while back I reported on Microsoft's prototype called the <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1087-your-touchscreen-will-be-old-and-busted">SideSight</a>, a cellphone which uses infrared sensors to determine your hand movement.&nbsp; Now it turns out Apple has applied for a patent on just that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2948/apple.jpg" alt="apple.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Sure, the image isn't too clear, but what you see is a possible infrared sensor array using LEDs or OLEDs as the sensor.&nbsp; You'll be able to rotate displays with just a wave of your hand if you bring it close to the screen.&nbsp; It doesn't stop there too.&nbsp; Apparently they're looking into the same technology for a possible OLED iPhone that will feature these sensors.&nbsp; Now THAT would be awesome.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">via <a href="http://www.oled-display.net/apple-eyes-multi-touch-patent-with-a-oled">OLED-display.net</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: iphone, apple, patent, oled, ir, infrared, touchscreen, led John Heylin Fri, 05 Dec 2008 18:22:44 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1396 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1396 Robotic Tank Built by Two Guys In Maine For Only $1 Million <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/tlcenWPzsUU" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tlcenWPzsUU" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">What you're looking at is a robotic tank that is capapble of ruining your world.&nbsp; Built by twin brothers in Maine, the <a href="http://www.howeandhowe.com/ripsaw_ms1.html">Ripsaw MS1</a> is capable of speeds up to 60mph, can perform maneuvers that would leave a crew bruised and battered, and can be outfitted with a remotely operated machine gun.&nbsp; On top of this, it's extremely rugged, easy to fix, and can caarry a payload of up to 2,000 pounds.&nbsp; This is one mean machine.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The crazy thing is that this was built by two guys in Maine for about $1 million dollars.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">via <a href="http://hackaday.com/2008/12/05/ripsaw-ms1/">HackaDay</a></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: ripsaw, ms1, maine, brothers, howe, robotic, robot, tank John Heylin Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:48:42 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1395 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1395 20 Movie Technologies That Should Have Been Invented By Now But Haven't <p>Movies sometimes have some pretty fantastical devices which we find hard to believe.&nbsp; There's the DeLorean from <i>Back to the Future</i>, the deneuralyzer from <i>Men in Black</i> and of course the holodeck from the <i>Star Trek</i> franchise.&nbsp; But some movies contain nifty gadgets and technology that seem simple enough to build or develop with current technologies.&nbsp; I mean, it's almost 2009 for christsake.</p> <p><b>1.&nbsp; Safety Foam from <i>Demolition Man</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2884/demoman.jpg" alt="demoman.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; vertical-align: middle;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><b></b></p> <p style="text-align: left;">In the movie <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition_Man_(film)"><i>Demolition Man</i></a>, Stallone's character John Spartan gets into a high-speed car accident during an electric car chase through the future streets of San Angeles.&nbsp; Instead of smashing to tiny bits, a foam fills the car and solidifies, saving his life and leaving him totally unscratched.&nbsp; It would seem easy enough to create such a foam (there might be problems with people inhaling it as it expands) so why the heck isn't it in cars yet?</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><b>2.&nbsp; Cold Fusion from <i>The Saint</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2886/saint.jpg" alt="saint.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">In <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saint_(film)"><i>The Saint</i></a>, Simon Templar steals notes from a scientist which, when arranged properly, show how to make cold fusion work.&nbsp; While research into cold fusion technologies is progressing, it's kind of surprising there hasn't been a breakthrough yet in the field.&nbsp; You'd think someone could at least prove that it can or can't work by now.</p><br />Category: Entertainment<br />Year: General<br />Tags: movie, technologies, gadgets, 20, best, invented, not, yet, gattaca, demolition, man, starship, troopers, robocop, list John Heylin Thu, 04 Dec 2008 21:59:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1391 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1391 RoboClam — Revolutionary New Anchor Mimics Nature <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2874/roboclam-540x380.jpg" alt="roboclam" /></p> <p>RoboClam.&nbsp; The name merely conjures up an image of a robotic clam skidding along the ocean floor at top driving speeds.&nbsp; But upon closer examination, this couldn&rsquo;t be farther from the truth.&nbsp; Picture a ship anchor in the shape of an oblong razor clam the size of a cigarette.&nbsp; According to Anette Hosoi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,&nbsp; &ldquo;it turns out that clams are actually very fast diggers.&rdquo;&nbsp; Seems like researchers are increasingly finding answers in nature.<br /><br /><b>How does it work?</b><br />The <a href="http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/12/02/roboclam-anchor.html" target="_blank">RoboClam</a> uses its namesake to embed itself in the sand which enables the anchor to hold it&rsquo;s place.&nbsp; It vibrates in order to turn surrounding mud into liquid.&nbsp; Its jaws then spread open, allowing a mechanical "feeler" to push down further into the ground.&nbsp; The hope is to eventually build one which can dig down up to three feet.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: anchor, ship, clam, mit christinep Thu, 04 Dec 2008 15:52:22 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1387 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1387 Cyborg Creatures Already Exist as Bugs, Birds, Rats and Sharks <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/dSCLBG9KeX4" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dSCLBG9KeX4" /> </object> </p> <p>If there's one thing that could creep you out this morning, it's that cyborg creatures (bugs, rats, birds and sharks) already exist.&nbsp; Researchers have been working heavily into cyborg creatures in order to reduce the cost of developing miniature robots.&nbsp; "The motivation is simple: why labour for years to build robots that imitate the ways animals move when you can just plug into living creatures and hijack systems already optimised by millions of years of evolution?"&nbsp; DARPA has heavily funded research into this kind of field, possibly hoping for a bug which can buzz around a room, spying on inhabitants.</p> <p>Cyborg creatures feature heavily in science fiction movies, and not just for spying.&nbsp; Often cyborgs are touted as superior to robotic creatures since they combine real intelligence with robotic structure.&nbsp; It's weird to think of, but we may well be seeing rat-brain powered personal robots before robotic intelligence gets good enough to take over.&nbsp; Your dog can be taught to fetch the paper and all other sorts of tricks, why not more complicated tasks if given a better body?&nbsp; Fido, go do the laundry!</p> <p>Check out the full article regarding cyborg developments at the <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19726461.800-the-cyborg-animal-spies-hatching-in-the-lab.html">NewScientist</a>.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2015<br />Tags: cyborg, bug, robot, robotic, contol, darpa, shark, new, scientist, video, flying, moth John Heylin Thu, 04 Dec 2008 16:46:40 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1389 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1389 Purchase a Holographic 3D Television in 2018 <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2858/3473DTV.jpg" height="248" alt="3473DTV.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; float: right;" width="188" />The <a href="http://abdn.ac.uk/mediareleases/release.php?id=1621">University of Aberdeen</a> in the UK has declared that a fully-holographic television (like in Star Wars, yes) is entirely possible by 2018.&nbsp; They base this conclusion on research of their own on holograpic technologies as well as emerging 3D-like televisions that promise to go on sale in the next three to four years.&nbsp; "Whilst the ultimate 3D experience, using fully interactive floating holographic images - similar to that which is seen when Princess Leia appears in front of Luke Skywalker as a hologram in Star Wars - could be on the market by 2018."&nbsp; The team came to this conclusion after recieving $350,000 in funding to study timelines, possibilities and possible applications of a fully holographic television.</p> <p>The question I find myself asking (other than why someone would still use "whilst" in a sentence) is why someone would even want a holographic television.&nbsp; In every view of the future we see, holograms aren't used for television, but for interactions and display.&nbsp; It will be interesting to see how the public will react to holographic televisions, and how long it will take for them to give way to holographic commmunication and fake girlfriends (Sixth Day).&nbsp; If anything, expect at least five months of Princess Leia parodies once this comes out.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: fully, holographic, television, aberdeen, 2018, 3d John Heylin Wed, 03 Dec 2008 16:46:10 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1383 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1383 Build Your Own Rear-Projection Touchscreen Interface <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y7uLuYG62sY" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y7uLuYG62sY" /> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It seems that once a technology is created and shown to work, it's not too long before someone creates a similar product in their basement for a fraction of the price.&nbsp; Here's TradeMark Gunderson of the <a href="http://evolution-control.com/index.php">Evolution Control Comittee</a> showcasing his rear-projection touchscreen he threw together using some LEDs and two WiiMotes.&nbsp; Hope it inspires you to build your own since the Microsoft Surface <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/howtobuy.html#section=How%20to%20Buy">costs about $12,500</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">via <a href="http://hackedgadgets.com/2008/12/02/mashup-mixing-using-a-wiimote/">Hacked Gadgets</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: evolution, control, committee, trademark, mark, gunderson, wii, rear, projection, demo, video, led, tracking John Heylin Tue, 02 Dec 2008 16:17:05 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1377 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1377 Emotiv Systems Hits Roadblock, Delays Release Until 2009 <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2838/project-epoc-wireless-mind-reading-headset.jpg" height="188" alt="project-epoc-wireless-mind-reading-headset.jpg" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; float: left;" width="204" />John Callaham over at <a href="http://news.bigdownload.com/2008/12/01/emotiv-epoc-brain-wave-pc-controller-delayed-until-2009/">Big Download</a> reports that <a href="http://emotiv.com/">Emotiv Systems</a>, the company that was expected to release a brain-wave controller by the end of the year, is delaying its release due to issues of it actually working.&nbsp; The press release where it was unveiled at the Game Developers Conference may be a sign.&nbsp; "The public demo didn't go as planned; the device simply didn't work in front of the media who attended the press conference."&nbsp; And while the company later explained that the product didn't work properly due to "interference from wireless transmitters," it's probably safe to say that the product didn't work because it simply isn't working.</p> <p>I guess we all should have seen it coming.&nbsp; A Brain Controlled Interface which is good enough to control video game characters seemed too good to be true for a 2008 release, and I guess it was.&nbsp; What Emotiv probably found out was that technology as specific as this, much like Google's Voice Recognition software, takes a lot of time to perfect.&nbsp; Google 411 has been working for years, using hundreds of thousands of voices to finally make a viable product.&nbsp; Emotiv needs more time to do just the same.&nbsp; The real question is how long will it take?&nbsp; 2009?&nbsp; Let's hope.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: emotiv, systems, delay, release, brain, controlled, interface, bci John Heylin Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:53:25 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1376 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1376 Honda's New Fuel-Feedback System - Behavior Modification Applied to Real-Time Driving <p>As sensors and computers continue to spread throughout the world they quantify our environment and offer the opportunity of real-time feedback.&nbsp; Case in point is Honda's new "<a href="http://world.honda.com/news/2008/4081120Ecological-Drive-Assist-System/" title="http://world.honda.com/news/2008/4081120Ecological-Drive-Assist-System/" target="_blank">Ecological Drive Assist System for Enhanced Real World Fuel Economy</a>", a sensor/display system that learns your driving style and conditions you to become a more ecologically conscious driver.</p> <p>Here's what the interface will look like:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2798/Honda_500.jpg" alt="Honda Ecological Drive Assist System for Enhanced Real World Fuel Economy" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br />And here's Honda's description of the new system:</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><i>TOKYO, Japan, November 20, 2008&ndash; Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the development of the Ecological Drive Assist System, which combines three functions to enhance fuel economy: the ECON Mode utilizes harmonized control of the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and engine to support more fuel-efficient driving; the guidance function uses speedometer color to provide real-time guidance on fuel-efficient driving; and thescoring function provides feedback about current driving practices, as well as feedback on cumulative, long-term fuel-efficient driving. <br /></i></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: honda, car, transportation, realtimefeedback, feedback, sensors, quant, quantification Alvis Brigis Thu, 27 Nov 2008 05:37:33 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1360 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1360 Linux Kernal on the iPhone — Does Android Dominate the Mobile Future? <p> <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE" /> <title></title> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="OpenOffice.org 3.0 (Linux)" /> <style type="text/css"> &lt;!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } A:link { so-language: zxx } --&gt; </style> </p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2324/android.jpg" alt="Android" style="border: 2px solid black; margin: 4px; float: left;" />The Linux community could be described as a group of people across the globe with the best of intentions, but even within the Linux community there are still splits and divisions.</p> <p>While the idea is to create community-based software that is free to everyone, getting quality software can be hard since instead of working on one program which can, let's say, edit video, there are multiple programs out there to perform this function.&nbsp; This has always surprised me about the Linux community.&nbsp; I always figured there would be just one program developers would work on to make the best instead of wasting their resources by working on multiple programs that perform the same function.</p> <p>Why are there tons of media players when there should just be one?&nbsp; Why are there various operating systems when there should be just one?&nbsp; Even Ubuntu has multiple off-shoots which is understandable since people want to gear their computer towards gaming or speed specifically.&nbsp; But a media player?</p> <p>But now it seems we might be seeing one platform dominating a field where previously there had been <a href="http://tuxmobil.org/phones_linux.html">over 50 varieties</a>.</p> <p>Android has made Linux users happy with their Open Source Operating System.&nbsp; You can tell by looking through many of the different forums or sites Linux users use.&nbsp; Just about anytime you see a reference to a mobile phone operating system, Android is referenced in spades.&nbsp; A team of developers recently put the <a href="http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/2008/11/linux-on-iphone.html">Linux kernal onto the iPhone</a>.&nbsp; The reaction?&nbsp; People couldn't wait to try and put Android onto the iPhone.&nbsp; And while Apple has tried its best to keep the iPhone from being re-programmed, it may prove futile in the end.</p> <p>The only hope Apple has now of avoiding the loss of its operating system (and becoming only a hardware manufacturer) is if it too opens up its programming to users and generates support from the community.&nbsp; As of now the iPhone is a novelty that, once Android is able to replicate or exceed, will eventually wear off.&nbsp; Then again, it may already be too late for Apple.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">&nbsp;</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: iphone, linux, android, on, open, source, future, program, google, apple John Heylin Mon, 01 Dec 2008 18:40:35 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1369 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1369 IBM Gives Us a Look At The Future With Their "Five In Five" <p> <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE" /> <title></title> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="OpenOffice.org 3.0 (Linux)" /> <style type="text/css"><!-- &lt;! @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } &gt; --></style> </p> <p>IBM held its Third Annual "Five in Five" which looks at emerging trends as well as what IBM itself is developing in their own labs around the world.&nbsp; Here's the vid.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="350" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/86RpIwNTGvI" width="425"> <param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/86RpIwNTGvI" /> </object> </p> <p>While previous predictions given by these "Five in Five" releases can be somewhat fanciful (like mind-reading cellphones for instance), this latest list has the refreshing feel of being very near and very possible.</p> <p><b>Solar technology will be built into everything</b></p> <p>IBM states that within five years we could be seeing thin-film solar technology built into everything around us.&nbsp; This includes sidewalks, driveways, paint, windows and even clothing.&nbsp; Their belief is that thin-film solar will get so cheap that it can be applied everywhere in our lives.&nbsp; It's ability to be flexible also makes it easy to wrap around our daily devices which could benefit from a little extra power boost.&nbsp; It's interesting to think that while some people are clamoring for white asphalt and roofing tiles to reflect the Suns energy and save on lighting, another faction will emerge that will want solar film instead.&nbsp; Of course the question remains: are you going to want to hook a battery up to your clothing?</p> <p><b>Your health can be pre-determined</b></p> <p>Mapping DNA keeps getting faster and cheaper as the years go along.&nbsp; It only makes sense that very soon people will begin to use that genetic information to look for hereditary traits that could impact your health.&nbsp; In finding out you have a high chance of becoming diabetic, you may try and change your diet to avoid or delay its effects.&nbsp; Basically, it's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48-hnujqpoA">the movie GATTACA</a> without being able to actually alter the DNA before birth.&nbsp; I wonder how you'll take the news when they tell you that the junk food you so love is literally killing your body and taking years off your life.</p> <p><b>Surfing the Web through speech</b></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2013<br />Tags: ibm, five, in, future, technology, prediction, forecast, voice, recognition, solar, film John Heylin Mon, 01 Dec 2008 16:58:34 -0500 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mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} --> <!--[endif]-->There are a few specialty engineering firms that have built high performance wheel based electric motors, but Michelin has the potential to bring &lsquo;scaling&rsquo; to this disruptive technology.<span>&nbsp; </span>The company has integrated the system into the new Venturi Volage which premieres at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.&nbsp; There is also the new <a href="http://www.michelin.co.uk/michelinuk/AfficheServlet?Rubrique=20061224112323&amp;Langue=EN&amp;news_Id=23763" title="WILL ">WILL</a> built through a partnership involving Heuliez, Michelin and Orange.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>Change the Wheel, Reinvent the Factory Floor<br /></b><b><i>A New (more effective) Message: Greener cars = Leaner cars </i></b></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2016<br />Tags: energy, transportation, electricity, hydrogen, batteries, fuel, cells Garry Golden Mon, 01 Dec 2008 15:14:01 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1365 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1365 Toshiba Unveils 16GB MicroSDHC, Bright Future for Computer-phone Interactions <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2790/PR16GB_uSD_8_16_C6.jpg" alt="PR16GB_uSD_8_16_C6.jpg" /></p> <p> <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE" /> <title></title> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="OpenOffice.org 3.0 (Linux)" /> <style type="text/css"><!-- &lt;! @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } &gt; --></style> </p> <p>Toshiba recently announced that they would start producing a 16-Gigabyte MicroSDHC in January of next year.&nbsp; "Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), a leading innovator in memory card technologies and solutions, and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), its subsidiary in the Americas, today reinforced their memory card line-up with the launch of a 16GB microSDHC card offering the largest capacity available in the market."&nbsp; Although the smaller chip only transfers at 6Mps instead of the faster 20Mps, the fact that 16 Gigabytes can be crammed into such a small area could mean huge changes in the computer/smartphone environment.</p> <p>The bridge between phone and computer has been constantly blurring with the increase of mobile internet use among smartphone users.&nbsp; The ability to link the phone and the computer so far has been relegated to files and applications both share.&nbsp; The increased space on the phone could be used for more files, but it could also be used as a back-up for your computer.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: toshiba, micro, microsdhc, card, 16gb, 16, gigabytes, production John Heylin Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:37:35 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1359 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1359 OLED Is Now Where LCD Was 10 Years Ago: Tiny, Expensive, Awesome <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2762/sony.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Sony is finally selling the worlds first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) television. At 3mm wide (imagine a stack of three credit cards, that&#8217;s how thick) it boasts an HD display, an aspect ratio of 16:9, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, and a contrast ration of one million to one. The greatest feature I feel is the ability to turn off the pixels in areas of the screen that are meant to display black — too often a black screen glows annoyingly making colors seem blurry. This set is sharp.</p> <p>And while this amazing beast is going to eventually kill off old power-hungry <span class="caps">LCD</span> televisions over the next few years, right now it is tiny and expensive as Hell. How much you say? With a screen size of 11-inches (diagonal) and costing $2,500 on the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sonystyle.com">Sony site</a>, it gives one pause.</p> <p>I remember the first <span class="caps">LCD</span> computer screen I ever bought in 2001. It cost an arm and a leg, but it beat those old 40-pound monoliths everyone else was sporting those days. I showed it off to all my friends, laughing when they had to move their belongings from apartment to apartment, lugging their computer monitor like a dead weight everywhere they went. I enjoyed this feeling for about a year or two before my world came to an end with even thinner <span class="caps">LCD</span> monitors costing half the price of mine. I wept silently.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009 John Heylin Tue, 25 Nov 2008 17:10:34 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1353 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1353 New Nano-Fabric Allows You to Dunk Clothes in Water Without it Getting Wet <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2756/dn16126-2_300.jpg" style="float: right;" /> I wrote a few days ago about <a href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1327-ge-labs-make-water-bounce-with-superhydrophobic-surfaces" target="_blank">GE Labs creating a surface</a> so hydrophobic that water could literally bounce off it, but Swiss researchers at the University of Zurich have gone ahead and done it with polyester fabric. By coating polyester fibers with millions of tiny silicone filaments, the fabric is made so hydrophobic that you could literally put your jacket into a bucket of water, let it sit for two weeks, pull it out and it would be dry as a bone.</p> <p><b>How did they accomplish this?</b></p> <p>Researchers managed to create this amazing fabric through the use of silicone nanofilaments which are very highly chemically hydrophobic. &ldquo;The spiky structure of the 40-nanometre- wide filaments strengthens that effect, to create a coating that prevents water droplets from soaking through the coating to the polyester fibres underneath.&rdquo; Lead researcher Stefan Seeger went on to explain it was like a &ldquo;like a fakir sitting on a bed of nails.&rdquo; Took me a second to figure out exactly he meant by that but luckily I read a lot of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin" target="_blank">Tintin</a> when I was a kid and it finally paid off. Applying the coating is easy &mdash; a silicone gas is released which condenses onto the fibers of the fabric.</p> <p><b>How could this be useful?</b></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2015<br />Tags: nanofilaments, nano, silicone, hydrophobic, superhydrophobic, waterproof, polyester John Heylin Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:20:53 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1351 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1351 DARPA Not Satisfied With Regular Submarine, Wants a Flying One <p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to develop a plane capable of flight as well as submerging underwater. &#8220;The objectives issued by <span class="caps">DARPA</span> are for a vehicle that would have an airborne tactical radius of 1,000 nautical miles, a low-level flight radius of 100 nautical miles (which may leverage surface effects), and a submerged tactical radius of 12 nautical miles.&#8221; The hope is that it could carry up to eight people and a 2,000 pound payload (check out their full proposal <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=5bc436ac4a4724b165cf6b49f58cae12">here</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2748/submrge.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The problem with developing a submersible aircraft is that air flows around structures differently than water. Developing a body that is efficient through the air as well as water will be incredibly difficult. It may be so daunting that the cost of developing and building working prototypes would render it un-obtainable. The funny thing is, the Navy has wanted something like this for over 60 years. &#8220;The U.S. Navy had begun contemplating the merger of aviation and submarine technologies into a single vehicle as early as 1946.&#8221; Even the Russians tried to dabble in submersible airplanes (video after the jump).</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2015<br />Tags: darpa, submersible, aircraft, plane, submarine, flying, concept, proposal John Heylin Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:25:50 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1346 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1346 Foldable OLED Displays For Your Cellphone Are Already Here <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/G2SCZvU8sGU&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/G2SCZvU8sGU&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>The grainy video you see above is footage of the new Samsung concept phone. While much is not known about it, the video itself is quite amazing simply because it&#8217;s the first time a real physical phone has had a flexible display incorporated into it. The best part (for me) was when the phone folded and the keypad was on the other side, gives it a sort of realism to it, like it&#8217;ll be available soon.</p> <p><strong>When can you expect it?</strong></p> <p>Again, not much information is given about the concept phone, but chances are that you will be seeing it by next summer, winter at the latest. The real question though is whether or not the display is touch-sensitive — a large screen won&#8217;t do you much good if you can&#8217;t interact with it.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/24/samsung-concept-phone-unfolds-to-hypnotize-onlookers-with-flexib/">Engadget</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: samsung, foldable, oled, display, concept, phone, cellphone John Heylin Mon, 24 Nov 2008 14:39:02 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1345 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1345 New Breakthrough Allows Electronics To Dance The "Twist" <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2734/5-researchersm.jpg" alt="" /> You&#8217;ve heard about electronics that can <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1158-oled-screen-so-flexible-and-thin-it-blows-in-the-wind">bend</a> and even <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1201-heated-carbon-nanotubes-produce-sound-may-make-conventional-speakers-obsolete">stretch</a>, but a team at Northwestern University has managed to make electronics that can withstand any configuration, including twisting.</p> <p>This breakthrough could help in developing gadgets that are located on the human body which is itself highly flexible (except mine). &#8220;This emerging technology promises new flexible sensors, transmitters, new photovoltaic and microfluidic devices, and other applications for medical and athletic use.&#8221; Flexible electronics have the potential to change how we view visits to the doctors office, how we talk on the phone, even interacting with people.</p> <p>Imagine being able to wrap an X-Ray machine around your leg at the emergency room to see exactly what the break looks like and where it&#8217;s located. Or having a 40-inch screen folded into the size of a pack of cigarettes. Why not incorporate your music into your winter beanie? The possibilities are already amazing and we haven&#8217;t even scratched the surface.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.physorg.com/news146333347.html">PhysOrg</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: flexible, electronics, screen, twist, bendable, northwest, university John Heylin Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:06:44 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1339 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1339 Despite Your Skepticism, Lasers Are Being Used By The Military <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12502799">The Economist</a> reports that a Humvee-mounted laser is already being used in Iraq to detonate roadside bombs which have plagued the military over the years. And yes, it&#8217;s named after the Greek God of lightening.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2732/Zeus_system.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The Zeus laser (I am inclined to say cannon for all you Final Fantasy fans out there) possesses a range of 300 meters (just shy of 1,000 feet) and has been successfully used in Iraq. Although they only possess one Humvee equipped with the laser, plans are in effect to make more.</p> <p><strong>Why is the military laser-crazy?</strong></p> <p>Lasers are the dream weapon for the military. You can fire them from incredible distances with pinpoint accuracy and have the potential to be a game-changer in any battle. Advanced lasers could be used to detonate RPGs or missiles before they get to the target, they can punch through walls, and could potentially blow up ICBMs before they get too far off the ground (Reagan&#8217;s infamous Star Wars plan). There&#8217;s no ammunition concerns, just power, and despite being totally un-serviceable in the field, the lack of moving parts makes the possibility of breaking very slim.</p><br />Category: Security<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: military, lasers, laser, humvee, testing, star, wars John Heylin Fri, 21 Nov 2008 20:35:17 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1338 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1338 Who Doesn't Want Their Own Personal Flying Watercraft? <p>Flying planes has been the sort of thing that, to most, seems daunting enough to avoid entirely. Pilot&#8217;s license, cost of the plane, upkeep, runway dues, etc. Luckily for us, there&#8217;s a company out there which designed a small airplane that&#8217;s cheap, easy to handle, and drives like a car. Meet the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.iconaircraft.com/"><span class="caps">ICON A5</span></a>.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2724/FishingD.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Designed for the budding sport-flying enthusiast, the A5 is more affordable than most small aircraft (it will cost an estimated $139,000) and is incredibly easy to operate having taken much of its cockpit design from cars. Its carbon fiber body ensures that it will be lightweight, durable and corrosion resistant to water. The wings also fold back for easy transportation.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2726/RoadD.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>What does a product like this mean for me?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: icon, a5, flying, aircraft, boat, watercraft, personal John Heylin Fri, 21 Nov 2008 19:22:04 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1337 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1337 Korean researchers use 3D silicon material to improve lithium ion batteries <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2706/240siliconlionbattery.gif" alt="" /></p> <p>It’s very hard to build a better battery. The chemistry is just bad. Pulling together the right combination of elements is either expensive, toxic or the ideal performance is short lived. The long view favorite for portable power systems remains micro fuel cells, but until that day arrives it is likely to be <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery">lithium ion batteries</a> that dominate the market share for micropower.</p> <p>Rechargeable lithium ion batteries power everything from cell phones and laptops to digital cameras. But they have failed to keep up with the pace of development in high performance, power hungry consumer electronics. iPhone owners struggle to get through a full day of use without running out of juice. And laptop carrying road warriors scramble inside airports, and geek freelancers position themselves in cafes just to find a plug. But hope for lithium ion batteries may be on the horizon!</p> <p><strong>What happened?</strong><br> A Korean research team led by <a target="_blank" href="http://nemp.hanyang.ac.kr/professor.htm">Dr. Jaephil Cho</a> at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hanyang.ac.kr/english/">Hanyang University</a> has demonstrated a novel 3D silicon material used as a lithium-ion battery anode that greatly improves performance.</p> <p>Li-ion batteries charge by transporting lithium <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion">ions</a> from a positive cathode to a negative anode usually made of carbon (graphite). The energy charge is stored on the anode side of the unit, until needed by the device. Researchers try to expand performance by increasing the amount of energy that can be stored. Switching from carbon to silicon based materials is one path towards better performance.</p> <p>Materials scientists have been exploring silicon as an anode material but, until now, have been unable to overcome its main barrier: maintaining its structural integrating after repeated charging and discharging.</p> <p>A solution? Cho’s team of researchers have created a 3D porous silicon material that appears to hold its own and avoids collapsing on itself.</p> <p><strong>Why is this important to the future of energy?</strong><br></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: energy, batteries, fuel, cells, micropowersystems Garry Golden Fri, 21 Nov 2008 01:16:23 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1330 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1330 Socially Assistive Robots: The Psychology of Robotic Helpers <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2704/Maja_mataric.jpg" alt="" /> Socially assistive robots&nbsp;— robots that help care for the disabled, elderly or injured — will be a primary part of the coming robotics revolution, argued <a href="http://www-robotics.usc.edu/%7Emaja/" title="Maja Mataric" id="zvwx">Maja Mataric</a> founding director of the <a href="http://cres.usc.edu/Home/" title="USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems" id="jb-v"><span class="caps">USC</span> Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems</a> at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.robodevelopment.com/">Robo Development Conference</a> in Santa Clara on Tuesday.&nbsp; But because of subtle psychological factors, they need to be carefully designed.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: sociallyassisitverobots, majamataric, health, aging, elderly, disabled, healthcare, psychology Mielle Sullivan Thu, 20 Nov 2008 23:31:08 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1329 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1329 [Video] Honda reveals hydrogen fuel cell electric sports car <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2690/536hondasportscell.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>[<a target="_blank" href="http://www.laautoshow.com/index.html">2008 Los Angeles Auto Show</a>] Honda has revealed the FC Sport design study model- a three-seat sports car concept hydrogen powered electric car based on Honda&#8217;s V Flow fuel cell technology already deployed in the Honda Fuel Cell (FCX) Clarity sedan.</p> <p>The lightweight sports car design has an ultra-low center of gravity, powerful electric motor performance and zero-emissions. The design study concept is inspired by supercar levels of performance through low weight and a high-performance, electrically driven fuel cell powertrain.</p> <p><strong>Hydrogen cars are electric cars!</strong><br> While many journalists and bloggers are getting this story wrong and asking is the future <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1302-what-powers-the-car-of-tomorrow-batteries-or-hydrogen-fuel-cells-hint-both">&#8216;battery or fuel cell&#8217;</a>- &#8211; the answer is both. Hydrogen fuel cell cars <span class="caps">ARE</span> electric powered cars! Hydrogen converted in a fuel cell produces electricity to power electric motors.</p> <p>Pure battery vehicles are based on first generation energy storage systems. But cars are not iPods and <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1272-the-future-of-the-us-auto-industry">next generation high performance electric vehicles</a>- will combine batteries, fuel cells and capacitors!</em> Not one device rules them all, and Honda understands this engineering reality!</p> <p>Now for some futuristic sports car eye-candy!!</p> <p>Video via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/autoshows/losangeles/2008/hondafcsport.html">Edmunds Insider</a></p> <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/A6IP1SCY-CE&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/A6IP1SCY-CE&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Music Video &#38; Images #2</p><br />Category: Transportation<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: car, cars, electriccars, transportation, fuelcells, batteries Garry Golden Thu, 20 Nov 2008 15:11:36 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1322 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1322 Ecobee's Smart Thermostat Comes to America <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2702/235ecobee.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>By <a target="_blank" href="http://memebox.com/futureblogger/public_blog_post/amisampat">Ami Sampat</a></p> <p><strong>What happened?</strong></p> <p>Ecobee, the makers of the Smart Thermostat <a target="_blank" href="http://news.prnewswire.com/ViewContent.aspx?ACCT=109&#38;STORY=/www/story/11-13-2008/0004924924&#38;EDATE">announced</a> new sales offices opening in California and New England. The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ecobee.com/">Smart Thermostat</a> allows for the consumer to save time, energy, and money by controlling the thermostat of their home through touch screen programming and a personalized web portal.</p> <p>Interest in Ecobee&#8217;s newest offices is taking off. &#8220;Our Regional Sales Managers on both coasts have been very busy due to the company&#8217;s phenomenal start,&#8221; says Ecobee <span class="caps">CEO</span> Stuart Lombard.</p> <p><strong>Why is this important to the future?</strong></p> <p>Ecobee&#8217;s products symbolize a new wave of the future of appliances where we actively manage our energy appliances. With the Smart Thermostat, consumers have greater awareness and more control of when systems are used, for how long, and at what cost. This type of awareness, knowledge, and control over energy systems is fundamental in making an environmental and energy-centric change.</p> <p><strong>What to Watch</strong></p> <p>Keep a look out for appliances to be &#8216;smarter&#8217; in the near future as companies integrate sensors, microcontrollers, and web-based software to create new levels of control that helps costumers save energy and money. The booming pre-sales of the Smart Thermostat is a positive indicator that people are thinking in the direction of a change.</p><br />Category: Environment<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: energy, gadgets, microcontrollers, sensors amisampat Thu, 20 Nov 2008 21:00:51 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1328 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1328 GE Labs Make Water Bounce With Superhydrophobic Surfaces <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-mvrqFvNTIY&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-mvrqFvNTIY&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>The video you see above is from a high-speed camera shoot where water is bouncing off a superhydrophobic surface. Posted at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.grcblog.com/?p=364">GE Global Research Blog</a> (nicknamed &#8220;Edison&#8217;s Desk&#8221;), they have three videos which show surfaces repelling water to different degrees, even managing to have water bead up right on top of it without getting wet. Some of you may recognize it from the concept phone Nokia dreamed up in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs">this video</a> (go to 2:55 minute mark).</p> <p>Superhydrophobic surfaces could help us out in more ways than just being able to keep your car clean year-round. Applying them to wind turbines, airplanes and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/1268-new-paint-reduces-boat-drag-developed-from-tuna-and-dolphins">ships</a> could help reduce corrosion, a huge problem with water. Being able to coat a dock, boat or car with this could ensure your property will only die of old age, not rot.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: superhydrophobic, super, hydrophobic, water, repelling, corrosion, ge, labs, edisons, desk John Heylin Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:26:02 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1327 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1327 Cryo-Pet™ Ensures Your Animals Won't Mind Extended Travel <p>Worried about how Fluffy will handle being in the cargo hold at 35,000 feet? For just $1,780 you can purchase a Cryo-Pet™ which uses the latest cryonic technology to put your pet into a gentle slumber.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2692/Cryo_Pet_Chamber_Small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Although the operation of such a device may seem rather daunting, Cryotranz™ hopes that by combining their newest cryo-breakthroughs with eye-appealing design that cryonics will move past the image the industry has of <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2008/11/14/eleventh-hour-they-only-freeze-the-heads/">just freezing the heads</a> of the rich and break into the mass consumer world.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong></p> <p>On the side of Cryo-Pet™ you&#8217;ll find a &#8220;Pre-Cryo Preparation Kit&#8221; which contains all you need for putting your animal into a suspended state.</p> <p>First, a breathing nozzle is used to deliver two different chemicals to your animal. One is a drug which will knock your pet out for easy handling, the second is a chemical which enters into the blood stream and begins slowing the metabolism of your animal. The effects only last for about thirty minutes in case you change your mind.</p> <p>After your animal is asleep, place him or her into the chamber and close the door. A button will light when the door has been locked and his or her metabolism and breathing has stopped. Cryo-Pet™ is then ready to begin the freezing process.</p> <p><strong>What happens during the freezing process?</strong></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: cryogenics, cryo, pet, cryopet, freezing, metabolism, animal, transportation, travel, agent, freeze John Heylin Thu, 20 Nov 2008 19:21:17 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1325 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1325 Turning VR Inside Out <p>Instead of trying to create reality virtually, what if we embed virtuality into reality?</p> <p>Crossposted from <a href="http://superconcepts.blogspot.com">Super Concepts.</a></p> <center><object height="344" align="center" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jtiJaX6q1i0&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jtiJaX6q1i0&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p><span style="font-size:100%;">This video shows how <span class="caps">RFID</span> can help improve control over stock inventory both in real world and virtual world situations. With the current state of virtual reality, it&#8217;s unlikely that virtual supermarkets will take off. They&#8217;re just too&#8230;<i>clunky.</i> However, one distinct possibility is a reversal. Computer controlled <i>reality.</i></p> <p><span class="caps">RFID</span> will play a large part in this. The data it will provide will change the way we look at reality. By reporting and recording our locations and activities, it will digitise us &#8211; turning us into real life avatars.</p> <p>In virtual reality, everything we do can be recorded. The software can record our every movement and interaction. This will soon be possible in real life, thanks to <span class="caps">RFID</span> and our interactions with computer interfaces.</p><br />Category: Metaverse<br />Year: General<br />Tags: virtual, reality, vr StuartDobson Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:03:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1320 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1320 Chinese Armored Brigade Runs Into Technical Glitch, Loses Fake Battle <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2684/armor.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In a recent mock battle between two armored brigades (&#8220;Red&#8221; and &#8220;Blue&#8221;) in the Chinese Army, the Red Army was the victim of a virus attack which erased all their orders for re-supply.</p> <p>&#8220;During the exercise, the Red Army basic command post, command and control station, received information from the main attack force that 3/4 of their ammunition had been depleted. A resupply order was immediately sent to the rear command post. However, after transmission, the order form appeared blank.&#8221;</p> <p>Follow-up requests for ammunition were answered with the response that the request had been processed. The Red Army eventually lost the exercise once their ammunition ran out. It makes one wonder if all the money we&#8217;re pouring into the latest military gadgets could be compromised by a programmer working on a virus that would cost a few thousand.</p> <p>It&#8217;s crazy to think that an army could be waylaid by a computer virus, but with our increasing reliance on technology for better and more efficient armies is was only a matter of time. You may have heard about how when Russia invaded Northern Georgia they preceded the attack by <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/08/georgia-under-o.html">hacking Georgian systems</a> as well as flooding Georgian government sites, shutting them down. There&#8217;s no doubt that cyber attacks are now a part of a nations battle-chest. This is the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/799-the-future-of-war">future of war</a>.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedarkvisitor.com/2008/11/pla-armor-brigade-exercise-fails-due-to-computer-virus/">The Dark Visitor</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: china, chinese, army, virus, military, brigade, russia, georgia, future, war John Heylin Wed, 19 Nov 2008 21:08:13 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1318 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1318 Google Voice Recognition Having a Tough Time With British Accents <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2682/2261895256_533415db43_b.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Although Google <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1295-google-creates-awesome-iphone-app-apple-gives-google-the-finger">finally got approval</a> for its voice recognition upgrade released earlier this week for the iPhone, it has run into some snags overseas. Not downloading problems, but more of a language barrier.</p> <p>Although there has been some amazing feedback to the voice recognition feature here in the US, people in the United Kingdom have some serious issues with the update. Mainly, the fact that it can&#8217;t understand their thick accents. &#8220;The free application, which allows iPhone owners to use the Google search engine with their voice, mistook the word &#8220;iPhone&#8221; variously for &#8220;sex,&#8221; &#8220;Einstein&#8221; and &#8220;kitchen sink,&#8221; said the Daily Telegraph.&#8221; It seems that the accents of those in the UK are responsible for limiting voice recognition technology. It makes one wonder if people will have to develop a North American accent until voice recognition is able to deal with the varied British accents.</p> <p><strong>Will there be a Universal Voice Recognition Voice?</strong></p><br />Category: Communication<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: british, accents, iphone, google, voice, recognition, software, understanding, tough John Heylin Wed, 19 Nov 2008 19:29:06 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1316 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1316 Dubai to build the Middle East's largest solar panel manufacturing plant <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2674/240_solar-panel-1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>By <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/public_blog_post/amisampat">Ami Sampat</a></p> <p>The Middle Eastern city of Dubai is in the process of creating the region&#8217;s largest photovoltaic manufacturing plant.</p> <p><strong>What Happened?</strong></p> <p>A recent article in Dubai&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.solartechnologies.net/g_khaleej_times-oct25.jpg">Khaleej Times</a> discusses the city&#8217;s plans to create a photovoltaic manufacturing plant. The plant, made by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.solartechnologies.net/about.html">Solar Technologies <span class="caps">FZE</span></a>, will be 93,000 square meters, and able to produce solar panels of 5.7 square meters, making it the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Middle East.</p> <p>The plant will generate 130 megawatts of power annually and will go into production in the last quarter of 2010.</p> <p>Solar Technologies <span class="caps">FZE CEO</span> Dilip Rahulan states, &#8220;The mission of Solar Technologies is to accelerate the adoption of solar photovoltaic by rapidly expanding the manufacturing capacity and significantly reducing the cost of solar modules through innovations and manufacturing excellence.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Why is this important to the future?</strong><br> The building of the solar panel manufacturing plant is just one of the results of Dubai&#8217;s newest program, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.greendubaiworldforum.org">Green Dubai 2008</a>. It also includes the green building initiative to be used in all buildings from now on as well as advances in sustainable development.</p> <p>Managing director and <span class="caps">CEO</span>, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, says &#8220;We have explored alternative energies, namely wind power, solar power, and tidal power- we are conducting a feasibility study for other cheaper proven sources of energy.&#8221; Dubai&#8217;s city-wide initiative to create a green environment is the first in this part of the world.</p> <p><strong>What to Watch</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: solar, energy, electricity, middle, east amisampat Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:25:54 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1311 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1311 Wonderful Goodies From the Floor of RoboDev '08 in Santa Clara <p>Here you&#8217;ll find some videos shot from the floor of the RoboDev expo floor. Enjoy!</p> <center><embed src="http://www.veoh.com/veohplayer.swf?permalinkId=v16664623C5RwS7Xe&#38;id=17228183&#38;player=videodetailsembedded&#38;videoAutoPlay=0" allowFullScreen="true" width="410" height="341" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed><br/><font size="1">Watch <a href="http://www.veoh.com/videos/v16664623C5RwS7Xe">MobileRobots.com displays stereovision system</a> in <a href="http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos.html?category=category_technology_and_gaming">Game Videos</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;|&nbsp;&nbsp;View More <a href="http://www.veoh.com/">Free Videos Online at Veoh.com</a></font></center> <p>The video you see here is of a robot made by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mobilerobots.com/">MobileRobots.com</a> using the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mobilerobots.com/MobileRanger.html">MobileRanger</a> Stereo Vision System. &#8220;MobileRanger stereovision systems are top-of-the-line instruments for measuring depth for demanding applications such as mobile robot navigation, people tracking, gesture recognition, targeting, 3D surface visualization and advanced human computer interaction.&#8221; You can see how objects at different ranges are represented by different colors (see my hand?). Very cool.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2672/IMG_0653.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>Above you see a photo from the display <a target="_blank" href="http://www.boston-engineering.com/">Boston Engineering</a> had. What you see is a robotic fish they hope to build in the near future (sorry, no prototypes yet). I&#8217;m going to stay in contact with these guys on the project since it&#8217;s a pretty cool concept that could be built fairly quickly with the latest technology (the fact that they&#8217;re basing it off a Tuna fish is proof alone that this thing will be fast and powerful).</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: goodies, robo, dev, robodev, santa, clara, velodyne, lidar, radiohead, boston, engineering, mobile, robots, stereovision John Heylin Wed, 19 Nov 2008 04:40:49 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1309 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1309 Self-Driving Robotic Cars Incredibly Hard to Make But Necessary <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2670/img_0636.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Dr. Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where he directs the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, went over the steps his team has made in developing a self-driving vehicle at RoboDev in Santa Clara today. He showed some incredible video of cars smashing into obstacles (sometimes even seeking other cars out to smash into) but ended with videos of their latest vehicle successfully navigating slowly around other moving cars.</p> <p>The great thing about his presentation was his appeal not to the side that wants self-driving cars, but to a side we can all agree with — saving energy, lives, and time.</p> <p><strong>Saving Energy</strong></p> <p>In saving energy, Dr. Thrun explained that 22% of the Nation&#8217;s energy consumption is used by cars. You also only use your car on average during about 10% of your day, making it useless the other 90%. If self-driving cars could be developed, one car could be used by multiple people. &#8220;You could be dropped off at work and then send the car back home to pick up your wife.&#8221; Added safety will also increase gas mileage since removing the extra weight of safety features (airbag, reinforced steel) would increase fuel efficiency by 30%. (It should also be noted that convoys reduce energy consumption by 11%-17%)</p> <p><strong>Saving Lives</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2019<br />Tags: sebastian, thrun, dr, self, driving, selfdriving, cars, vehicles, ten, 10, years, robodev, robo, dev, santa, clara John Heylin Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:03:18 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1308 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1308 Robo Dev Kicks Off With Free Breakfast and a Speech From Microsoft's Tandy Trower <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2660/img_0625.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Robo Dev 2008 has kicked off with a free breakfast (yay!) and not free Wi-Fi (son of a&#8230;). Yep, in the heart of Silicon Valley and I had to shell out $13 to get internet for the day. But I&#8217;m not bitter (I&#8217;ll slash some tires on the way home today).</p> <p>The first speaker of the day is <a target="_blank" href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/robotics/aa731523.aspx">Tandy Trower</a>, General Manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group. He started off by saying &#8220;It&#8217;s hard for me to answer what exactly a robot is.&#8221; His presentation is about collaborating with parters in order to develop software to run robots on.</p> <p>He showcased the <a target="_blank" href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/robotics/default.aspx">Microsoft Robotics Studio</a> which is a downloadable program that lets people design and program virtual robots. &#8220;Virtual robots are programmed the same way physical robots are.&#8221; His hope is that designers and programmers will build robots on their computers which can then be built in the real world.</p> <p>By the way, although Tandy said he didn&#8217;t expect to see robots like the one above for another ten years, he says that you can expect to see it on the market next year for around $3,000. Anyone have spare pocket change?</p> <center><object width="425" height="349"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/j0iSmXke9eQ&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/j0iSmXke9eQ&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="349"></embed></object></center> <p><strong>Interesting Robot Fact</strong></p> <p>1. It&#8217;s wheels have other little wheels around it, allowing tires to move in any direction regardless of position.</p> <p>2. It runs on Windows XP and dances to Britney Spears (ha).</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2662/img_0628.jpg" alt="" /></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: robo, dev, robotics, microsoft, tandy, trower, speech, robots John Heylin Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:41:31 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1306 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1306 Future of Gadgets Will Be Live-Blogging Robo Dev Tuesday <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2654/robodev.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For those interested, Mielle Sullivan and I will be live-blogging the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.robodevelopment.com/">Robo Development Conference</a> and Expo tomorrow (Tuesday) in Santa Clara. Check the site for latest breaking robotic news as well as photos and vids from the conference. Also check out our Twitter updates under usernames <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/jheylin">jheylin</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/mielle_s">mielle_s</a>.</p> <p>See you tomorrow!</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: robo, dev, conference, santa, clara, robotics, coverage, twitter, stream, live, video, blogging John Heylin Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:39:06 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1303 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1303 Google Creates Awesome iPhone App, Apple Gives Google the "Finger" <p>Look! A great new App is here for the iPhone! Google has incorporated voice recognition capability into their search, allowing users to speak what they want and get results through their phone. Check out the vid below.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/y3z7Tw1K17A&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/y3z7Tw1K17A&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Seems pretty cool, eh? Oh wait, there&#8217;s a problem.</p> <p>Turns out that although Apple approved the App for a Friday release (Nov. 14th), it remains to be seen. You&#8217;d think that this application, which is coming out first on the iPhone and created by the mega-giant Google, wouldn&#8217;t run into any problems. You&#8217;d be wrong.</p> <p>Apple really screwed the the pooch on this one. Although Google decided to release it first on the iPhone, this snub could cause some ramifications down the line between the two companies. Sad thing is, this technology is amazing. The fact the application was able to pick out &#8220;Fahrenheit&#8221; shocks me (I have a hard enough time spelling it myself). And combined with all the other issues developers of iPhone Apps have been facing, Apple seems to be becoming the &#8220;bad guy.&#8221;</p> <p>Apple, what&#8217;s your deal?</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/16/update-on-google-iphone-voice-recognition-app-look-for-it-on-monday/">TechCrunch</a></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: google, app, application, iphone, snub, delay, friday John Heylin Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:09:54 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1295 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1295 Using Veins as Identification Protects Your Identity No Matter What <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2644/H1-Finger_unit.gif" alt="" /> If there&#8217;s one thing movies have shown us, it&#8217;s that identifying people through biometrics can be flawed. Blood can be faked (<em><span class="caps">GATTACA</span></em>), eyes can be removed for retinal scans (<em>Demolition Man</em>), voices can be recorded (<em>Sneakers</em>) and fingerprints can be used from the guard you just used the Vulcan neck-pinch on (<em>Spaceballs</em>).</p> <p>But have you ever thought of using your veins as an identification device?</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hitachi-eu.com/veinid/">Hitachi Vein ID</a> bounces Infrared Light from multiple angles which is &#8220;partially absorbed by hemoglobin in the veins and the pattern is captured by a camera as a unique 3D finger vein profile.&#8221; Veins are believed to be even more unique than fingerprints — even twins have different vein patterns.</p> <p><strong>Are veins the answer to biometric data theft concerns?</strong></p> <p>The great thing about veins is that, since they are located within the body and are invisible to the naked eye, they are incredibly hard to forge. One would have to have a scan of your vein structure and build a replica, something even crazy evil scientists might have a problem with. On top of this, if someone were to chop off your finger to access your data, the blood would drain out of your finger making vein identification useless (no blood, skinny veins).</p> <p><strong>What can we expect in the future?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: hitachi, vein, scanner, mapping, map, ir, infrared, atm, light, beams, biometric, data, secure, spaceballs John Heylin Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:21:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1293 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1293 3G Networks Already Old and Busted In Russia (Go USA! Oh, Whoops...) <p>We here in the US have fallen so far behind the rest of the world in ground-breaking technology (<em>cough</em>! Large Hadron Collider, stem cells, cloning <em>cough</em>!) that even Russia is kicking our butts. Evidence? Here&#8217;s a nifty video from our Siberian <del>rivals</del> friends.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/w6FK2cSszeI&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/w6FK2cSszeI&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>What you saw there was the video of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.htc.com/www/default.aspx">HTCs</a> MAX 4G, a smartphone capable of download speeds up to 10Mps on Russia&#8217;s Yota Mobile WiMAX network. &#8220;The <span class="caps">MAX 4G</span> will support the Yota Video network and the device is capable of displaying up to nine TV channels simultaneously.&#8221; On top of the usual bells and whistles (bluetooth, WiFi, <span class="caps">GPS</span>), it also sports a five-megapixel camera and even an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1264-with-hi-tech-devices-radio-doesn-t-have-to-be-a-dying-medium">FM radio</a>.</p> <p><strong>So when can you expect to see it?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: htc, 4g, max, wimax, russia, radio, sprint, smartphone John Heylin Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:27:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1291 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1291 "Minority Report" Interface Brought to Life by Oblong's g-speak <p>This video by <a target="_blank" href="http://oblong.com/">Oblong Industries, Inc</a> will amaze you.</p> <center><object width="530" height="298"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2229299&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2229299&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="530" height="298"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://vimeo.com/2229299">g-speak overview 1828121108</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user922585">john underkoffler</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</center> <p>What you are seeing is a literal replication of movie magic come to life. Dubbed &#8220;g-speak&#8217; by its developers, it uses a &#8220;combination of gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels brings the first major step in computer interface since 1984.&#8221; They believe this method of computer interaction will be far better suited to the &#8220;data-intensive&#8221; work people are increasingly doing with their computers (the fact that more than one user can operate a single machine speaks volumes towards this belief).</p> <p>The tie-in with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwVBzx0LMNQ"><em>Minority Report</em></a> is no coincidence. One of the founders of Oblong worked as a science advisor on the set of that movie and incorporated many of his earlier work at <span class="caps">MIT</span> into the set. You can see similarities in the design like having a dedicated room, wearing special gloves, even specialized hand gestures that give it an almost Tai Chi-like feel to it. You could Zen out while doubling your productivity.</p> <p><strong>How close are we to this kind of design?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: minority, report, display, oblong, industries, interactive, video, interface, gspeak, steven, speilberg John Heylin Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:44:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1290 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1290 DNA Can Double As Fiber Optic Cables, Self Assemble Themselves <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2634/171512923_db492e5a97_o.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Bo Albinsson at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, has figured out a way to use <span class="caps">DNA</span> as a nano fiber optic cable. They accomplish this by combining <span class="caps">DNA</span> strands with a <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromophore">chromophore</a> called YO which has a strong attraction to <span class="caps">DNA</span> molecules. By wedging itself into areas of <span class="caps">DNA</span>, a 3nm diameter fiber optic cable is born (these fibers are self-assembling).</p> <p>Fiber optic cables have become more commonplace in the world and are expected to take an even bigger step into the solar energy business by improving photo voltaic cells. <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_computer">Optical computers</a> could also benefit greatly from photon-specific nanowires.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16029-dna-strands-become-fibre-optic-cables.html?DCMP=ts">New Scientist</a></p> <p><em>Image: Diego Cantalapiedra (Flickr,CC-Attribution)</em></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: fiber, optic, cable, dna, solar, cell, nano John Heylin Fri, 14 Nov 2008 18:56:44 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1287 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1287 Philips iPill Targets Medicine at Specific Areas, Measures Acidity <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2606/ipill-02-370.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Although camera pills have been around since 2001, Philips recently unveiled the next generation of swallowable gadgets. Called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.research.philips.com/newscenter/backgrounders/081111-ipill.html">the iPill</a>, it is able to deliver medicine to specific areas of the intestinal tract as well as measure the acidity levels of its environment. &#8220;In the form of an 11&#215;26 mm capsule, the iPill incorporates a microprocessor, battery, pH sensor, temperature sensor, RF wireless transceiver, fluid pump and drug reservoir.&#8221; It&#8217;s also small enough to pass through your intestinal tract without causing any issues. </br> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2608/ipill-01-180.jpg" alt="" /> </br> Although it determines its location by measuring PH levels (which is accurate enough already), Philips expects iPills to get more accurate when combined with medical imaging devices such as MRIs or CT scans. The iPill could come in especially handy when Crohn&#8217;s disease or colitis is involved — typical medicine for sufferers involve lots of steroids and has many adverse side-effects. The direct delivery of medicine with the iPill means medicine levels can be lower, reducing unpleasant side-effects.</p> <p><strong>How will this affect me?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: philips, ipill, delivers, medicine, crohns, disease, colitis, intestinal, tract, direct, delivery John Heylin Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:15:57 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1280 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1280 SF Artist Sends Out Plea for Recordable Prosthetic Eye-Camera — Open Source? <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2604/extremeclsupshell1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Tanya Vlach lost her left eye in a car accident in 2005, now she&#8217;s appealing to the online community to build her an eye capable of recording video. &#8220;I am attempting to recreate my eye with the help of a miniature camera implant in my prosthetic / artificial eye.&#8221; She gives the dimensions of her current prosthetic and what she wants inside of the replacement.</p> <p>She believes that it&#8217;s possible for the technology of today to construct her an eye that can can record video, take pictures, have a small power source and have a remote trigger (check out the full list <a target="_blank" href="http://tanyavlach.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/call-for-engineers/">here</a>). But it&#8217;s not the product she wants which caught my eye (I believe it can be built with current technology) it was her plea to the online community instead of through hospitals. Tanya&#8217;s is the first case I&#8217;ve heard about where an individual has tried to petition the world to make something that is technologically superior to what&#8217;s currently on the market.</p> <p><strong>Can the online community accomplish this?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: prosthetic, eye, video, camera, tanya, vlach, recording, build, open, source John Heylin Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:27:37 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1279 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1279 US Military Fights Toxic Weapon Labs with Incendiary Fireballs <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2602/2252039492_e2936c548b_b.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The Pentagon is being very hush-hush about it, but a secret weapon we posses in the US military is a solid rocket-fuel incendiary fireball. Meant to take out chemical weapons labs or underground bunkers, these fireballs burn up anything located inside the structure without blowing it up. &#8220;These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno.&#8221; If there&#8217;s one thing that could ruin a persons day, it&#8217;s a bunch of solid rocket-fuel fireballs bouncing around in a small area.</p> <p>Due to the secretive nature of the new weapon, not much is being said, but <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/11/secret-rocket-b.html">Wired</a>, who initially reported the story, says that it&#8217;s quite possible the fireballs (named &#8220;CrashPAD&#8221; and &#8220;Shredder&#8221;) have been put into some sort of <a target="_blank" href="http://atk.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=118&#38;item=576">low-rate production</a>. One wonders if this was the secret military weapon <a target="_blank" href="http://memebox.com/futureblogger/show/860-bob-woodward-u-s-has-deployed-revolutionary-secret-tech-in-iraq-and-it-s-working">Bob Woodward</a> was talking about a few months ago.</p> <p><strong>Does this have a future in the US Military?</strong></p><br />Category: Security<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: rocket, fuel, fireball, pentagon, atk, weapon, development, future, incendiary, device, bounce John Heylin Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:51:39 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1278 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1278 Glowbots Learn What You Like, Use It to Overthrow the Human Race <p>If there&#8217;s one thing scarier than a robot, it&#8217;s a robot that can adapt its design to be more appealing to people. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.viktoria.se/fal/projects/glowbots/index.html">Glowbots</a> do just that.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/A5Dezt5HJ3s&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/A5Dezt5HJ3s&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>These little guys go through various random images in order to attract a human to pick them up. When picked up and given a shake, they lock in that image and then spread the likable image to other Glowbots so they too can be attractive. If they run into another Glowbot that has a differing likable image, they meld the two together to create a totally different image that the user will hopefully like.</p> <p>The scary thing about this is that if robots can learn our likes and dislikes, how will that affect our lives? Will animals give way to a smartphone <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furby">Furby</a>? Or maybe someone could use the data stored on your robot to know exactly what to get you for your birthday. In fact, you could connect it to your online profile, allowing people to see what restaurants you like, clothes you find attractive, even what you like to do in your spare time. And this is all done through a personal robot.</p> <p>Do we need to worry about something like this? Probably not. Robots becoming more friendly is the way of the future (even <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/811-deadly-armies-of-robotic-children">deadly ones</a> will seem friendly) and learning your habits is just part of the whole picture.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/11/12/glowbots-robots-that-learn-what-you-like/">CrunchGear</a></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: glowbots, glowbot, personal, robot, learn, likes, dislikes, adapt, teach, infect John Heylin Wed, 12 Nov 2008 22:58:25 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1270 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1270 New Paint Reduces Boat Drag, Developed from Tuna and Dolphins <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2588/2766002792_ab7f908e4d_b.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nipponpaint.co.jp/index_e.html">Nippon Paint Co.</a> has developed a new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.digitalworldtokyo.com/index.php/digital_tokyo/articles/ship_hull_turns_to_gel_slashes_drag_from_pesky_ocean/?phpMyAdmin=9f2c47d95a10t463e8aa4&#38;phpMyAdmin=GfpbiiC0yOKLccB%2C1ajOK9%2Cvwa0">gel-like paint</a> to coat ships in order to reduce the drag they face on the water. The substance, developed with tuna and dolphins in mind, promises to improve fuel efficiency by 4%. That&#8217;s a considerable amount when you consider how much fuel the average tanker uses in an ocean crossing.</p> <p>Not only does the gel-like paint reduce drag on the boat, it also fills in small imperfections in the hull that may be small but still have the overall effect of causing drag. Although the paint is three times more expensive than regular paint, the savings made over a year in fuel costs more than offset this investment.</p> <p>Transportation is trying really hard to save money while saving the environment. One wonders if we&#8217;ve gone past the point where companies stop worrying about PR (does a shipping company need PR?) and just want to help out the environment. On top of gel-paint for hulls, you may have read about how the largest shipping company in China (COSCO) has signed a deal to develop <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/11/solar-sailer-ch.html">solar sails</a> for their tankers in order to reduce fuel usage by 20-40 percent. With Obama and Biden moving into the White House, the hope is that Biden (a huge supporter of trains) will help the train industry here in the US to greater heights as well.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.digitalworldtokyo.com/index.php/digital_tokyo/articles/ship_hull_turns_to_gel_slashes_drag_from_pesky_ocean/?phpMyAdmin=9f2c47d95a10t463e8aa4&#38;phpMyAdmin=GfpbiiC0yOKLccB%2C1ajOK9%2Cvwa0">DigitalWorldTokyo</a></p> <p><em>Image: get directly down (Flickr, CC-Attribution)</em></p><br />Category: Transportation<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: nippon, paint, marine, hull, gel, drag, dolphins, tanker, tuna, japan John Heylin Wed, 12 Nov 2008 16:51:12 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1268 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1268 "C3 Loops" An Interesting Touchscreen, May Make You Dizzy <center><object height="302" width="400"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2206215&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2206215&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="302" width="400"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://vimeo.com/2206215">C3 Loops demo at NordiCHI&#8217;08</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/peterbennett">Peter Bennett</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</center> <p>The C3 Loops touchscreen, developed by &#8220;Rikard Lindell&#8221;, uses an interesting way to zoom in and out — by using circles. The user draws their fingers around in circles clockwise to zoom in, counterclockwise to zoom out. Much different than the accepted way of zooming in and out by spreading hands apart or pinching them together. In fact, you might say this guy has circles on the brain, especially when you see his website.</p> <p>Lindell believes that circles are the key to just about any design and bases most of his research around them, calling it ConCentric <span class="caps">CRAFT</span>. &#8220;From experience we know that users want to work and collaborate content centric in an unbroken activity flow.&#8221; For some the idea of a circle being incorporated into the design might give the user a Zen-like feel to their interactive experience. Or it could make you dizzy.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: circular, touchscreen, concentric, craft, rikard, lindell, circles John Heylin Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:36:19 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1266 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1266 With Hi-Tech Devices, Radio Doesn't Have to be a Dying Medium <p><a target="_blank" href="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2582/cc-witness.jpg"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2582/cc-witness_thumb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>The Mp3 format has defined the digital age. No more are the days of people carrying their Sony Walkman listening to the ubiquitous morning show or crazy afternoon DJs during those long commutes. Pretty much the only time people listen to radio now is when they are stuck in their car. Today people have their earphones plugged into their iPod, drifting around and ignoring the world around them.</p> <p>What if those people you see aren’t listening to an iPod?</p> <p>The person pulls out the pocket-size device and starts to fiddle around with the buttons. You catch a glimpse of it and wonder: “Some crazy company still makes radio gadgets?” Apparently, yes there are.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: radio, amfm, mp3, ipod christinep Wed, 12 Nov 2008 07:30:22 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1264 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1264 Hydrogen Fuel Cells — What's Good For Your Car is Good For Your Phone <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2580/scaledimg_6195.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Although there has been much discussion about developing a hydrogen fuel cell for vehicles, a crazy company called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.myfc.se/index.html">MyFC</a> has decided what&#8217;s good for the car is great for the cellphone. They went ahead and developed a flexible hydrogen fuel cell only 3mm thick which can fit snugly under your battery cover (pictured above). This means you could potentially power your devices with good clean energy (and who knows how long the charge could last, maybe days).</p> <p><strong>When can you expect to see this?</strong></p> <p>Although <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/11/11/bendable-ultra-thin-fuel-cells-coming-soon/">CrunchGear</a> reports that the fuel cell is &#8220;amazingly close to production,&#8221; actual support and implementation of such a device could be years away. <strong>Here&#8217;s why:</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: hydrogen, fuel, cell, flexible, phone, cellphone, myfc, fuelcellsticker John Heylin Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:26:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1263 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1263 Credit Card Has Touchpad, Three Year Battery Life <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2576/it_photo_74379_33.jpg" alt="" /> Visa Europe is working hard for your money, and in doing so they have come up with a credit card capable of switching around your security code everytime you enter your <span class="caps">PIN</span> on its touchpad. &#8220;An alpha-numeric display and keypad is built directly into the card. When making a transaction online, customers type their <span class="caps">PIN</span> into the card, which creates a one-time security code.&#8221; Visa is working with four major banks, including Bank of America in the UK, to develop this card. Videos of how it works can be found <a target="_blank" href="http://lab.emue.com/videos/scenario1_2.wmv">here</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://lab.emue.com/videos/scenario2_2.wmv">here</a>.</p> <p>This is quite amazing. Having a touchpad on your credit card ensures that the code on the back of your card (that little number, usually three digits, on the back) could never be compromised without a thief knowing your <span class="caps">PIN</span> number. I wonder though if the numbers you press would look worn, making it easy for the thief to determine what you <span class="caps">PIN</span> is.</p> <p>Although it&#8217;s kind of unnerving to think that your credit card has a battery life, the fact that it can run for three years could help boost confidence. You could possibly even charge it at your local bank every year on a simple flat tray. Of course, someone hacking into it within a few days is possible but by then hopefully you&#8217;d have canceled it. All we need now is a credit card that can take your fingerprint.</p> <p>Check out more at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.itpro.co.uk/608112/visa-tests-cards-with-built-in-pin-machine"><span class="caps">ITPRO</span></a></p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://gizmodo.com/5083380/techie-visa-card-features-buttons-and-screen-to-generate-ccv-dynamically">Gizmodo</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: credit, card, touch, pad, touchpad, pin, number, changing, code, visa, europe John Heylin Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:53:42 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1261 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1261 Portable Nuclear Reactor to Set Up Shop in Your Neighborhood <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2572/mini_nuke.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If the 10-year timeline of building a nuclear reactor has got you worried about clean energy today, a smaller and simpler solution could be only a few years away. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hyperionpowergeneration.com/index.html">Hyperion Power Generation</a> has a great website which professes the practicality and usefulness of their van-sized nuclear reactor.</p> <p>Given that the population of some areas are too low to warrant a full-sized reactor, Hyperion mobile reactors are more fitted for rough terrain and smaller communities. &#8220;Hyperion produces only 25 MWe — enough to provide electricity for about 20,000 average American sized homes or its industrial equivalent.&#8221; Reactors can also be teamed together for larger communities or areas with higher energy usage. This could be very useful to third world countries where populations are growing but the availability of power is incredibly limited.</p> <p><strong>But is it dangerous?</strong></p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: 2013<br />Tags: mobile, hyperion, nuclear, reactor John Heylin Tue, 11 Nov 2008 19:31:07 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1260 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1260 Miniature Electric Generator to Power Your Heart and Body Sensors <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2570/zinc_generator_top.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you&#8217;re worried how all that implantable technology you&#8217;ll have in your body is going to power itself, the answer may lie with Georgia Tech. &#8220;Georgia Tech researchers used zinc oxide wires that scratch against an electrode to generate a current, clearly showing potential for use within the constantly moving body.&#8221; The zinc wires rubbing had previously caused serious wear and tear in former experiments (not to mention the fact that zinc dissolves in water aka your body) so the team developed a more &#8220;robust&#8221; version of the device with added packaging film to protect the zinc wires.</p> <p>Although the size in the photo is quite large, they believe it will be easy to scale the wires down to the much smaller size of three to five microns in diameter and 300 microns in length (the dot at the end of this period is about <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pacpress.com/level3/micron.htm">615 microns</a> wide). The only thing they&#8217;re waiting for is for production to begin and possibly some hefty investments I&#8217;m sure.</p> <p>The development of body-powered energy devices has been on fire this last year. It seems that the future of devices are in the human body itself. Heat and movement can all be converted to energy to power all the little gadgets we get into our hands, from cellphones to body monitors. Having an implantable power generator makes the most sense in that batteries wouldn&#8217;t have to be replaced, and at least maintenance of such devices would be at a minimum.</p> <p>How far are we from implantable self-powered devices? Some would say we&#8217;re almost there and I&#8217;d have to agree. The next few years may see implementation, maybe two years before we start seeing it in the consumer world.</p> <p>Check out more on this device over at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theenergyroadmap.com/futureblogger/show/1254-tiny-piezoelectric-devices-convert-motion-into-electricity">Energy Roadmap</a></p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2008/11/tiny_electric_generator_may_replace_batteries_in_implants.html">Medgadget</a></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: nano, wire, zinc, self, powered, device, gadget, human, heat, movement, georgia, tech, researchers John Heylin Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:47:59 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1258 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1258 Hands-Free Photography Concept Not Very Hands-Free But Still Awesome <p>We&#8217;ve thought about it over and over — Why can&#8217;t I just take a picture with my eyes? In this latest concept from <a target="_blank" href="http://petitinvention.wordpress.com/">Mac Funamizu</a>, you can almost do just that.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2562/photo.jpeg" alt="" /></p> <p>In this concept, you wear a pair of sunglasses capable of taking photos from the perspective of the user. It tracks the movement of your hands, allowing you to frame the picture, and snaps the photo with a signal from your left eye (being the shutter). Although information on the concept is limited, one assumes that the sunglasses would use the focus of the eye to determine which items the photo will focus on. Reminds me of the movie <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yaXPx6xWEQ">Strange Days</a>.</p> <p>Although wildly fantastic, it&#8217;s still a product that is capable of existing in the near future. Hand-tracking technology is getting better seemingly every month while the amount of mega-pixels you can cram onto a pinhead is skyrocketing (Ericsson expects to have a cellphone capable of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1238-ericsson-expects-cellphones-with-hd-video-capability-by-2012">recording HD video</a> by 2012 as well as taking 20 mega-pixel photos). But the one thing we&#8217;re learning more and more is that the future of technology isn&#8217;t going to be a bunch of specialized devices, but of a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1187-the-iphone-of-2015-promises-flexible-screens-and-contact-lens-displays">single device</a> capable of doing the work of everything else.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://asia.cnet.com/crave/2008/11/10/conceptual-hands-on-photography/"><span class="caps">CNET</span> Asia</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: sunglasses, frame, pictures, concept, hands, free John Heylin Mon, 10 Nov 2008 21:15:58 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1255 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1255 Man Recieves Titanium Femur Bone, Sadly Cannot Kick Through Walls <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2556/term.jpg" alt="" /> An 81-year-old man had his femur bone replaced with a titanium alternative in a surgery that bypasses his need for an amputation.</p> <p>The surgery happened just outside of Chicago at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.weisshospital.com/">Weiss Memorial Hospital</a> on Gene Johnson, an elderly man whose femur bone had broken during surgery to repair his artificial hip. The efforts to mend his broken bone proved futile — despite 20 screws and two metal plates his leg gave way yet again. It was then they decided to replace the bone with a titanium one.</p> <p>Bone replacement surgery has been around for almost four decades though it is &#8220;more typically used in patients who suffer from rare bone cancers.&#8221; This surgery is unique due to its level of complexity during the surgery which alone took over five hours in arranging the muscles, tendons and veins around the replacement bone.</p> <p>With people living longer and longer, these kind of drastic actions in order to improve the life of the elderly will become more commonplace, especially as the Baby Boomer generation starts to hit their 60&#8217;s and 70&#8217;s. The ability to keep people mobile is out there, we just need to start experimenting more with the implementation of such technology. This way when all of us get past our golden age we can still enjoy a stroll around town.</p> <p><em>Image: The Kozy Shack (Flickr, CC-Attribution)</em></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: titanium, leg, bone, bones, replacement John Heylin Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:51:16 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1253 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1253 Unmanned Helicopter Can Dodge Obstacles on Ground, Rescue Your Ass <center><embed name="flashObj" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/980795828" flashvars="videoId=1906856465&#38;playerId=980795828&#38;viewerSecureGatewayURL=https://console.brightcove.com/services/amfgateway&#38;servicesURL=http://services.brightcove.com/services&#38;cdnURL=http://admin.brightcove.com&#38;domain=embed&#38;autoStart=false&#38;" height="412" seamlesstabbing="false" width="486" base="http://admin.brightcove.com"></embed></center> <p>A large problem with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is that they cannot avoid objects such as power lines or bridges. It is for this reason UAVs are not allowed in civilian areas here in the US. That could change with new technology being developed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. &#8220;Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have modified a commercial civilian <span class="caps">UAV</span> helicopter made by Yamaha to be able to see obstacles it encounters.&#8221; The ability to dodge objects is crucial for UAVs expecting to fly low to the ground.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">UAV</span> can run off of maps pre-programmed into its system, or it can generate its own map by using a laser scanner built into it. This allows the prototype itself to fly up to 36kph at an altitude of 5 meters around objects in recent trials.</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for robotics?</strong></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: robot, flying, helicopter, navigate, low, laser, scanner, scanning John Heylin Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:58:54 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1249 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1249 Dean Kamen Unveils Stirling Engine Powered Hybrid Car, Stuns Us All <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2540/n0908car_275px.jpg" alt="" /> Dean Kamen has jolted the world yet again with his latest contraption — A Stirling engine hybrid car.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_engine">Stirling engine</a>, for those in the dark, is an engine which derives its power from an external heat source. The amazing thing about it is that the heat source can be just about anything, even your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DBktwPf3rk">own body</a>. Kamen&#8217;s car, dubbed &#8220;REVOLT,&#8221; can run on any conventional fuel, from biodiesel to natural gas.</p> <p>Despite the practicality of such an engine, development of the Stirling engine in the world has been trying at best. Weird to think that an engine, which runs on heat and was invented in 1816, could <a target="_blank" href="http://www.futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/952-dust-off-those-notebooks-treasure-abounds">fall to the side</a> all these years. But we&#8217;re starting to see the Stirling engine pop up more and more these days, especially in <a target="_blank" href="http://pesn.com/2005/08/11/9600147_Edison_Stirling_largest_solar/">large solar arrays</a>.</p> <p><strong>So when are we going to see this in production?</strong></p><br />Category: Environment<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: dean, kamen, stirling, engine, car, hybrid, powered, deka John Heylin Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:11:22 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1247 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1247 New Bionic Hand Gives Us Glimpses of Star Wars, Bionic Bodies <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2526/1184613626ihand_2_Small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.touchbionics.com/professionals.php?section=5">Touch Bionics</a>, a &#8220;leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics&#8221; has just made Time&#8217;s list of Top 50 inventions of 2008 (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1852747_1854195_1854132,00.html">coming it at #14</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2528/1184528818Key_Cosmesis_Small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>What&#8217;s so amazing about this invention?</strong></p> <p>For starters, each finger is powered by its own motor. This allows the wearer to individually move their fingers for more accurate manipulation of objects. It&#8217;s made of a high-strength plastic resulting in a prosthetic that is lightweight as well as appealing to the eyes. Maintenance of the hand is also very simple. &#8220;The modular construction of the i-LIMB Hand means that each individually powered finger can be quickly removed by simply removing one screw. This means that a prosthetist can easily swap out fingers that require servicing and patients can return to their everyday lives after a short clinic visit.&#8221; This way you can still have use of the hand while part of it is getting repaired.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: ilimb, bionic, hand, prosthetic, controls, invention, time, year, list John Heylin Fri, 07 Nov 2008 21:29:52 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1242 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1242 "Prototype This!" Shows Us a Cool Way of Tracking Body Movement <p>If you haven&#8217;t put <a target="_blank" href="http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/prototype-this/prototype-this.html">Prototype This!</a> onto your Tivo account yet, do it. In one of their latest episodes, some of the team try out tracking body movement using camera recognition of symbols instead of that silly looking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theonering.com/images2-8756/AndySerkisinhisMotionCaptureGollumSuit">Gollum suit</a> we&#8217;re so familiar with.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pnDZsXK1X9Y&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pnDZsXK1X9Y&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>The amazing thing about this is not only is the technology and software needed very simple compared to a lot of motion capture tech today, but if programmed right it could track you by your clothing. And while currently you might need to wear a suit covered in patterns the computer is already programmed to follow (maybe a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tronguy.net/">Tron Guy</a> suit?), eventually it could detect places on our bodies and use them as markers. That mole on your arm? Plaid pajama bottoms? Earring? All will help identify your position and aid in tracking your movement.</p> <p><strong>This could be a big deal for the gaming and cellphone industry.</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: motion, capture, technology, symbols, recognize, programming, cellphone, gaming, tracking John Heylin Fri, 07 Nov 2008 19:48:43 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1240 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1240 Ericsson Expects Cellphones With HD Video Capability by 2012 <p>Ericsson, one of the largest companies in Sweden, unveiled their plans for a revolutionary new cellphone capable of 20 Megapixel photos and true HD video recording capability.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2516/2012.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>At the press conference, Ericsson representative Jonas Lundstedt said they see the cellphone of the future as more of a &#8220;mobile terminal&#8221; than just a cellphone. With the capability to replace objects in our lives with just one great device, Ericsson is following the way of some of the other major players in the cellphone industry by combining services and devices into one simple object.</p> <p>The day is coming where the cellphone could possibly no longer be called a cellphone, but a terminal like Lundstedt mentioned. When the cellphone can function as a phone, camera, video camera, map, credit card, etc, can we even call it a cellphone anymore? With AT&#38;T recently <a target="_blank" href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10083957-37.html">approving the tethering</a> of the iPhone to other devices such as televisions and other household appliances this forecast isn&#8217;t too far off. The all-in-one device may only be a few short years away. Maybe call it a Universal Remote?</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20081107/160903/">TechOn!</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: ericsson, mobile, phone, terminal, tethered, hd, video, camera, 20, megapixel John Heylin Fri, 07 Nov 2008 19:09:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1238 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1238 Robotic Jellyfish Could Pave the Way to a Better Robot <p>Bump into a jellyfish in the Ocean? Sure it was a real one?</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HSTJVnf5nyA&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HSTJVnf5nyA&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>A German company called Festo threw these guys together using some pretty amazing technology that they hope will be useful for future production sites.</p> <p>&#8220;Each is coated with conductive metal paint that draws the robot to a nearby charging station. It also has <span class="caps">LED</span> illumination, integrated pressure, light and radio sensors, and 11 infrared light-emitting diodes used for jelly-to-jelly communication.&#8221; &#8211; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2008-07/undersea-intelligence">PopSci.com</a></p> <p>The key is getting the jellyfish (there&#8217;s one that floats in the air too) to work together to accomplish tasks. Already they can swarm together and avoid collision through communication, but the real hope is that they can eventually work together.</p> <p>Building objects with robots requires an assembly line which, if the swarming technology gets refined, will soon be outdated and inefficient. In getting multiple robots to work together to build a single product or structure, you not only save production time but also space. You could build a thousand cars in a warehouse that today only has a hundred car capacity.</p> <p>If anything, at least you could put them in your fish tank and enjoy the show (Dr. Evil might attach laser beams to them).</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/11/more_robot_jellyfish.html"><span class="caps">MAKE</span></a></p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: robot, jellyfish, swarm, ocean, water, air John Heylin Thu, 06 Nov 2008 20:27:21 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1228 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1228 New Structure Re-Defines the Term "Mobile Home" by Walking On Legs <p>Some crazy smart people over at <span class="caps">MIT</span> collaborated with a Danish design group to make a house that moves on legs.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CvxIB83Y0PA&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CvxIB83Y0PA&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>The house, which reportedly can move up to five kilometers per hour, comes equipped with all the necessities for a personal dwelling. &#8220;The house is ten feet high, powered by solar panels, and is outfitted with a kitchen, toilet, bed, and wood stove.&#8221; What makes this different than a traditional motor home is that it can pass over objects where a tire might have a problem. It can reportedly &#8220;turn left and right, move forward and back, and even change height as needed.&#8221; In a sense, a true mobile home.</p> <p>The hope is to eventually create a dwelling capable of climbing hills and navigating over rough terrain. They even hope to build a model which could also float on water for both land and sea adventures.</p> <p><strong>But is this a practical invention?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: mobile, home, mit, walking, house, legs, moving John Heylin Thu, 06 Nov 2008 18:50:26 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1226 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1226 Exploding Bike Lock Ensures a Safe Bike and an Awesome Lawsuit <p>There&#8217;s two things an exploding bike lock will get you – a safe bike and a lawsuit.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eieKug-blh4&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eieKug-blh4&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Mike Lambourn, a product designer out of London, has built himself an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mikelambourn.com/smartlock.html">exploding bike lock</a>. Not exploding as in fire, but as in liquid. Inside the bike lock is compressed air and liquid which, when the wall is breached by a device such as a bolt cutter, shoots all over the place. As you can see from the video above it&#8217;s quite a spray, getting all over the bike, the ground, and especially the thief.</p> <p><strong>Why would you want to spray liquid all over everything?</strong></p> <p>It&#8217;s what&#8217;s inside the liquid that counts. &#8220;A bike that has been stolen will be covered in coloured dye (the dye renders the bike undesirable and therefore unsellable ) as well as transluscent Smartwater &#8211; an invisible forensic property marking liquid.&#8221; The hope is that the dye will mark the bike as stolen and UV scanners could pick up the invisible dye on thieves for police to arrest.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: exploding, bike, lock, smartlock, mike, lambourn, london, spray, uv John Heylin Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:40:51 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1225 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1225 Portable Food-In-A-Pill Helps Soldiers and Civilians in Emergencies, Will Metabolize Your Own Fat <p>For those emergency situations where food might be scarce (or even destroyed by enemy fire) comes the Meal Ready to Take (MRT), a device loaded with enough food pills to sustain life for a week. Depress the top button for a full-sized meal.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2502/Food_Pill_Dispenser_Small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Although we are told it time and again, not very many of us prepare for disasters. Likewise, soldiers in the field trust that they&#8217;ll have enough food in their backpack or vehicle to last them the duration of the mission. So how many water bottles do you have in your place in case of emergency? A half gallon at best? And food? It&#8217;s for this reason the <span class="caps">MRT</span> is essential to any disaster preparedness kit and in the field of battle.</p> <p>Inside each pill is enough vitamins and nutrients to constitute about half a meal for a person on a 2,000 Calories a day diet. While it may not feel like you&#8217;re eating a meal due to the size (your stomach will still gnaw at itself), you&#8217;ll still notice a difference in your energy levels. Your stomach may be empty but your body is still getting the sustenance it needs to survive.</p> <p><strong>Where does the rest of the meal come from?</strong></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2020<br />Tags: food, pill, meal, ready, take, soldiers, disaster, kit, prepardness, war, dispenser John Heylin Thu, 06 Nov 2008 16:18:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1224 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1224 3DIcon Develops True 3D Imaging with Dual Infrared Lasers <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2496/hologram.jpg" alt="" /> Tulsa, Oklahoma company 3DIcon has made an astonishing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.3dicon.net/technology/prototype.html">3D imaging breakthrough</a> with their prototype CSpace.</p> <p>&#8220;CSpace creates a virtual moving screen display that contains a variety of particles suspended within its volumetric image space. When these particles are excited by two different infrared lasers, they illuminate to generate a 3D image.&#8221;</p> <p>The two infrared lasers combine to form an image in a &#8220;volumetric image space&#8221; (something like a clear cube). The breakthrough made is in the technology as well as the display quality. Not only can the 3D image be viewed from any angle, but it also displays an incredibly high resolution. On top of this, the whole prototype requires no moving parts. So far they&#8217;ve only been able to create green 3D objects, but the hope is to eventually create full-color 3D images.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: 3d, imaging, cspace, 3dicon, oklahoma, volumetric, display, infrared, lasers John Heylin Wed, 05 Nov 2008 22:12:30 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1218 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1218 LCD Screen Can Monitor UV Levels and Take Your Fingerprints <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2488/auo1.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://auo.com/auoDEV/?ls=en">AU Optronics Corp</a>, one of the top three manufacturers of <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AU_Optronics">thin film</a> Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs), have developed a <span class="caps">LCD</span> screen which has the ability to take your fingerprint or monitor UV levels on the environment (the UV thing is kinda weird, they hope to market it to women worried about too much skin exposure to UV rays).</p> <p>The <span class="caps">LCD</span> screen is able to scan a fingerprint due to the high amount of sensors built into the pixels themselves. &#8220;The <span class="caps">LCD</span> panel is mounted with optical sensors and a detection circuit. Each pixel is equipped with four sensors.&#8221; The high pixel to sensor ratio allows it to scan a fingerprint only a few seconds after a finger is placed on it.</p> <p>The scariest issue about all of this is the fact that surfaces, which we thought were simple, are becoming even more complex. This is a huge issue when you consider biometric information (fingerprints, <span class="caps">DNA</span>, iris scan) can easily be gained by technology that used to just make thinner TVs possible. It makes you wonder how decades from now people are going to protect their identity when the technology around them records everything about them.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20081104/160690/">TechOn!</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: lcd, screen, prototype, fingerprint, scanner, uv, levels, monitor John Heylin Wed, 05 Nov 2008 19:31:11 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1217 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1217 Nanobama made of carbon nanotubes <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=8037.php">Nanowerk</a> has reported on University of Michigan Professor John Hart&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nanobama.com/">Nanobama site</a> featuring nanoscale designed faces of Barack Obama. The carbon nanotube faces consist of millions of aligned nanotubes, and shown via a scanning electron microscope.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2460/530nanobamas_by_john_hart.jpg" alt="" /></p><br />Category: Government<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: politics, nanotechnology, carbonnanotubes Garry Golden Tue, 04 Nov 2008 22:15:22 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1207 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1207 FCC Frees Up White Spaces, Signals a Wireless Revolution (Google is Very Happy) <p>On the eve of the election, the <span class="caps">FCC</span> approved the use of the wireless spectrum left void by the national switch to digital television (commonly referred to as &#8220;white space&#8221;) for tech company use.</p> <center><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2482/google.jpg" alt="" /></center> <p>&#8220;The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted a Second Report and Order (Second R&#38;O) that establishes rules to allow new, sophisticated wireless devices to operate in broadcast television spectrum on a secondary basis at locations where that spectrum is open. (This unused TV spectrum is now commonly referred to as television “white spaces”). The rules adopted today will allow for the use of these new and innovative types of unlicensed devices in the unused spectrum to provide broadband data and other services for consumers and businesses.&#8221; &#8211; <a target="_blank" href="http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-286566A1.doc"><span class="caps">FCC</span> Website</a></p> <p>Google, a long proponent of developing the strong white space spectrum for wireless internet, is ecstatic. Having lead the fight to free up the white space spectrum with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wirelessinnovationalliance.org/index.cfm?objectid=A25E1FC0-F1F6-6035-B3635EA7D5386BE0">other partners</a> such as Dell, Microsoft and HP, Google must be feeling like they&#8217;re <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wirelessinnovationalliance.org/wia_thankyou.pdf">on top of the world</a>.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: google, fcc, spectrum, white, space, free, up, approve, approval, use, government, alliance, dell, hp, larry, page John Heylin Wed, 05 Nov 2008 18:16:52 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1215 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1215 Mintpass Promises to Give The Nano a Run For Its Money <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2470/mintpass.jpg" alt="" /> While you were pounding a few beers back last night, a Korean company unleashed a product into the world that may give the iPod Nano a run for its money. Dubbed the <a target="_blank" href="http://product.mintpass.co.kr/p_mp100_desi.asp">Mintpass</a>, this little guy (only the size of your palm and weighing only 3.2 ounces) has Wi-Fi capabilities, plays music, can chat, blog, function as a post-it and even surf the internet. Did I mention it has a 1.3M camera? Or a speaker and microphone? How about video capability and 4GB of space (on top of an 8GB microSD slot). Think of it as a Nano on steroids. Demo video <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ9XU1UW250">here</a>. <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2472/mintpass3.jpg" alt="" /></p> </p> <p>Will we be seeing it anytime soon?</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2009<br />Tags: mintpass, nano, ipod, camera, korea, korean, competition, iriver John Heylin Wed, 05 Nov 2008 17:12:06 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1214 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1214 It Hurt the Music Industry, But Can Apple Kill the Gaming Industry? <p>Arik Hesseldahl at Business Week wrote a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2008/tc2008113_963033.htm">very interesting article</a> about how the iPhone and iTouch could possibly compete with the big-wigs of the gaming industry.</p> <p>&#8220;For the last few days I&#8217;ve been sampling some of the games available from the iTunes Store on the iPod Touch, and I&#8217;ve been stunned at how elaborate and involved they are. On the iPod Touch I&#8217;ve played a version of Gameloft&#8217;s Real Soccer 2009 that rivals the version of the game on the Nintendo DS, and I didn&#8217;t even miss the buttons.&#8221;</p> <p>And it&#8217;s true, the gaming experience on these mobile devices has gotten so good that people are able to play networked games such as Quake 3 on them.</p> <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kvci1vTXyUo&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kvci1vTXyUo&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>But the fact of the matter is, like video, playing games on a screen the size of a pack of cigarettes isn&#8217;t going to do much damage to the gaming industry. It&#8217;s going to be years before the iPhone can reach the same processor capability to match, for instance, the <span class="caps">XBOX 360</span>. The gaming consoles themselves are also much cheaper than an iPhone and are capable of streaming High Definition to colossal TV screens.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2018<br />Tags: iphone, itouch, gaming, developers, business, week, arik, hesseldahl, xbox, nintendo, quake John Heylin Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:36:51 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1206 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1206 Virtual Skylight Makes It Easier to Live In Cramped Cities <p>Some great science fiction movies have depicted the protagonist sitting in front of a beautiful landscape with chirping birds and incredible gardens (Aliens, Total Recall, etc). Spooky Science Fiction has yet again struck close to reality.</p> <pre><code><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2454/virtualskylight.jpg" alt="" /></code></pre> <p>Called the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theskyfactory.com/index.php">SkyCeiling</a>, it uses high resolution imagery on embedded image tiles to give the looker a true 3D experience. Some of the technology they use in developing the SkyCeiling is used currently to treat seasonal depression. It provides &#8220;daylight-balanced light (the same light used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder) for rich color rendition and recognition as &#8216;natural&#8217; daylight.&#8221; The hope is that the product would help sooth and calm people in hospitals who are unnerved by the white and sterile environment.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: skyceiling, virtual, skylight, light, hospitals, health, seasonal, disorder John Heylin Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:04:37 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1205 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1205 Intel CTO Rattner: Wireless Power Likely to Produce Devices that Run Infinitely <p>Intel <span class="caps">CTO</span> <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Rattner">Justin Rattner</a> paints a scenario in which humans have access to &#8220;computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely&#8221;, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality.</p> <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/F9wv-0uy_C0&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/F9wv-0uy_C0&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power &#8220;in a number of ways&#8221;, first from this notion of &#8220;scavenging free energy &#8230; from the environment to power all sorts of sensing devices&#8221; that broadcast data as they filled up with sufficient energy, but more recently through &#8220;injecting energy into the environment &#8230; particularly at this idea of coupled magnetic resonance circuits as a way to transmit power in a perfectly safe way.&#8221;</p> <p>With such a heavyweight company devoting real-deal R&#38;D dollars to wireless power one has got to wonder when well start seeing some serious breakthroughs and if, eventually, pervasive power that enables always-on pervasive computing, sensing, and production could become a human reality.</p><br />Category: Energy<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: wirelesspower, intel, intelcto, justinrattner, rattner, beams, beamedpower Alvis Brigis Tue, 04 Nov 2008 10:30:27 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1195 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1195 Kids Get Hydrogen Powered Remote Controlled Car, Adults Still Waiting <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2450/H2GO.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.horizonfuelcell.com/index.htm">Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies</a> has a spiffy new remote control car that runs on hydrogen. It uses solar power to convert water into hydrogen which the user then empties into the car. Platinum plates then compress the hydrogen to get the needed electricity from it. While the car can only run for about four minutes, it&#8217;s a step toward making our toys and gadgets that much more energy efficient.</p> <p>Horizon itself is a very interesting company. They started out with the intention of being specialists in everything hydrogen and pretty much did just that. they offer a wide variety of products from small hydrogen fuel cells to portable ones for camping trips. The one that caught my attention was their development of a hydro-bike (video below) with puts a small fuel cell on a bicycle in order to power it. I want.</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/td4xwmDa9Yo&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/td4xwmDa9Yo&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nerdgrind.com/h2go-remote-control-hydrogen-fuel-cell-car/">Nerd Grind</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: hydrogen, fuel, cell, remote, control, car, toy, solar John Heylin Tue, 04 Nov 2008 18:22:59 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1203 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1203 Heated Carbon Nanotubes Produce Sound, May Make Conventional Speakers Obsolete <center><embed name="flashObj" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/980795828" flashvars="videoId=1896781336&#38;playerId=980795828&#38;viewerSecureGatewayURL=https://console.brightcove.com/services/amfgateway&#38;servicesURL=http://services.brightcove.com/services&#38;cdnURL=http://admin.brightcove.com&#38;domain=embed&#38;autoStart=false&#38;" height="412" seamlesstabbing="false" width="486" base="http://admin.brightcove.com"></embed></center> <p>Chinese researchers have discovered that by sending current through sheets of carbon nanotubes they can create sound.</p> <p>&#8220;Shoushan Fan and his research team at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, working with colleagues at Beijing Normal University, created a thin sheet by roughly aligning many 10-nanometer-diameter carbon nanotubes. When they sent an audio frequency current through the sheet, they discovered it acted as a loudspeaker.&#8221; -<a target="_blank" href="http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn15098-hot-nanotube-sheets-produce-music-on-demand.html">New Scientist</a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube">Carbon nanotubes</a> have been touted the world over as invaluable in many technological projects such as efficient solar cells, localized medication delivery and even in larger structures such as the planned <a target="_blank" href="http://dvice.com/archives/2008/09/japanese_resear.php">space elevator</a> if that ever takes off. But this is the first experiment in using nanotubes as a replacement for traditional speakers.</p> <p>Why would you make the switch?</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: Beyond<br />Tags: nanotubes, carbon, acoustical, properties, heat, speakers, noise, stretch, thin John Heylin Tue, 04 Nov 2008 17:41:21 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1201 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1201 World's First Fully Artificial Heart Could Set You Back a Bit <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2446/9557_large_artificial_heart_2.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>French scientists unveiled the world&#8217;s first <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailytech.com/Worlds+First+Fully+Function+Artificial+Heart+Costs+192000/article13338.htm">fully functional artificial heart</a> at the cost of about $192,000 a unit. The heart, which gets some of its design from modern aerospace research, consists of two pumps which help regulate flow.</p> <p>The reason this is called the first fully functional artificial heart is that, unlike other hearts currently made, it comes equipped with sensors which can increase or decrease blood flow depending on the persons level of activity. &#8220;The same tiny sensors that measure air pressure and altitude in an airplane or satellite are also in the artificial heart. This should allow the device to respond immediately if the patient needs more or less blood.&#8221;(<a target="_blank" href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/10/29/artificial.heart/index.html"><span class="caps">CNN</span></a>) Current models require an outside regulator to adjust blood flow to the body (and only consist of one pump).</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: artificial, heart, french, scientists, aircraft, fully, two, pumps John Heylin Tue, 04 Nov 2008 16:28:44 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1200 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1200 Snowball Launcher Dominates Any Winter Battlefield <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2438/schneeball20.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you&#8217;re constantly on the losing team during snowball fights, this nifty hand-held gadget from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hammacher.com/publish/76244.asp">Hammacher Schlemmer</a> could ensure your survival. &#8220;This toy blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 50&#8217;, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations.&#8221; It also packs it&#8217;s own snowballs, you only have to cram the snow into it. It works using a slingshot-like launcher so there&#8217;s no need to use batteries or worry about decreased performance. The best thing about it is that it&#8217;s pretty basic technology so it keeps the cost down.</p> <p>We&#8217;ve all dreamed of being able to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/snowball_fight/index.html">launch snowballs</a> like Will Ferrell in the movie <em>Elf</em>. All we need now is a snowball turret for snow fortresses and possible buckets of ice slush in lieu of boiling oil.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nerdcore.de/wp/2008/11/01/schneeballpistole/trackback/">Nerdcore</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: snowball, launcher, hammacher, shlemmer, winter, fight John Heylin Mon, 03 Nov 2008 21:57:47 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1192 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1192 Futuristic Scooter Touches on Concept Motorcycle Technology <p>If there&#8217;s one thing people desire, it&#8217;s a simple mode of transportation that doesn&#8217;t make them look like a total dweeb. Packing this onto a scooter is hard enough, but <a target="_blank" href="http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_file.asp?sort_by=1&#38;portfolio_id=975866&#38;individual_id=136819">designer Sarah Park</a> may have done just that.</p> <pre><code><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2426/sarahpark.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2428/sarahpark2.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2430/sarahpark3.jpg" alt="" /></code></pre> <p>The most striking thing about this concept, besides the Bat Pod-like angles of the thing, is that it incorporates four tires into its design. Some of you may remember this kind of setup from Dodge&#8217;s incredibly fast <a target="_blank" href="http://www.allpar.com/cars/concepts/tomahawk.html">Tomahawk</a>. The parallel tires angle themselves depending on the angle of the vehicle — this allows the vehicle to have four tires instead of two for greater stability and balance.</p> <p>Also equipped with headlights and taillights, a device such as this guarantees if you&#8217;re caught riding around on it you won&#8217;t get the laughs the Segway does.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?individual_id=136819">Coroflot</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2012<br />Tags: scooter, electric, sarah, park, concept, four, wheels, 4, tomahawk John Heylin Mon, 03 Nov 2008 19:05:11 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1188 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1188 The iPhone of 2015 Promises Flexible Screens and Contact Lens Displays <p><em><a href="the%20next%20generation%20Mac%20Mini" target="_blank">Leaked photos</a> of the next generation Mac Mini suggest that Apple is committed to steadily shrinking components and appears to be on the road to something that may look a lot like this vision of the iPhone 2015 that we published last November: </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2408/iscrollfeatures.jpg" alt="" /> Sometimes it&rsquo;s hard for people to get an accurate sense of what the future holds for certain technologies. For instance, could the average person three years ago have imagined that something like the 3G iPhone could exist now?</p> <p>It is for this reason I present this vision of the iPhone circa 2015.</p> <p><strong>Contact Lens Display</strong></p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/memebox/uploads/2412/POV.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The most interesting feature of the iPhone 2015 is its first generation Contact Lens Display System. If there&rsquo;s one thing that iPhone users believe themselves to be, and that Apple stresses all the time, it&rsquo;s that people who use Apple products are independent and unique. It is for this reason that an eyeglass display was thrown out. No iPhone user would be caught dead wearing the same glasses as over ten million other iPhone users. The fact is, glasses are cumbersome. They gather dirt, get lost easily, and make sports rather difficult.</p> <p>In 2007, <a href="http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleid=39094" target="_blank">development of a contact lens display system</a> began at the University of Washington, Seattle. &ldquo;Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.&rdquo; In the time between now and 2015, the cost involved in the production of a contact lens display will likely reduce in price, meaning the loss of one won&rsquo;t reduce you to tears in case of loss.</p> <p>The problems associated with contact lenses (protein build-up, 8-hour wear limit, annoyance of constant inserting and removal) will be lessened with oxygen-permeable lenses. <a href="http://www.o2optix.com/" target="_blank"><span class="caps">O2OPTIX</span></a>, a company currently specializing in such breathable lenses, already sells a lens capable of week-long wear without removal. &ldquo;O2OPTIX is made with a revolutionary silicone hydrogel technology allowing up to 5 times more oxygen through the lens than the leading traditional 2-week lens, to help protect from the signs and symptoms of corneal oxygen deficiency.&rdquo; It only makes sense that seven years from now a lens will be developed which can last even longer making wearable contact lenses less of a pain.</p> <p>Of course there always is the option of <a href="http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2004/09/64803" target="_blank">implanting the lens</a> permanently into the eye, but who would ever go under invasive surgery for first generation technology?</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2015<br />Tags: iphone, 2015, iscroll, oled, flexible, screen, solar, cell, skin, heat, powered, contact, lens, display, system John Heylin Mon, 03 Nov 2008 18:01:26 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1187 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1187 Trackball-like Hamster Cage Interesting but Falls Short of Progress <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/BmwjrZbWrzE&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/BmwjrZbWrzE&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Dubbed the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.virtusphere.com/index.html">VirtuSphere</a>, this giant ball hopes to deliver a true virtual reality experience by giving people the ability to explore their environments on foot. &#8220;The VirtuSphere platform consists of a large hollow sphere that sits on top of a base and allows the sphere to rotate 360 degrees. Wearing a wireless, head-mounted display, users can step inside the sphere to fully interact in immersive virtual environments.&#8221; It claims users can run, jump, crawl, even roll inside the sphere.</p> <p>This is new technology, meaning it&#8217;s also beta technology. From the looks of it, the idea that a user could actually run in that thing is a little far-fetched. Not only is the ground curved, but without a more accurate virtual image on the heads-up display users might find themselves a little off-balance. It also looks like the sphere cannot help move the ball in the direction you are moving — if you&#8217;re running at full speed and suddenly stop, you might end up eating virtual pavement as the ball continues its momentum.</p> <p>The key to these devices is really going to be in flat ground. Balance is easier, it&#8217;s more familiar, and it allows for non-wireless tech to be included such as more powerful headsets and maybe a support harness. Maybe an omni-directional treadmill which can tell which way you are going and move accordingly?</p> <center><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/BQw1tsgrJOs&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/BQw1tsgrJOs&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999&#38;border=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Maybe if we can get those white boxes from the <a target="_blank" href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2220051284564804475">Beijing Opening Ceremony</a> we could incorporate vertical as well as horizontal movement (skip to the 42 minute mark).</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: virtusphere, virtual, reality, directional, ball, sphere John Heylin Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:03:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1180 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1180 EyeClops Night Vision — A New Reason to Fear Your Children <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2402/eyeclops.jpg" alt="" /> For a measly $60, your kid can become a Rainbow Six operative with these sweet night vision goggles. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eyeclops.com/">EyeClops</a> allows the user to see up to 50 feet in pitch dark conditions using real infrared technology for its display. And while it&#8217;s a power-hog (the five AA batteries last about five hours), night vision has been the dream of just about any boy out there who&#8217;s parents accidentally let him watch the movie <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Games_(film">Patriot Games</a>).</p> <p>Is this a future trend? Military technology making its way into the home as a much friendlier version?</p> <p>Of course it is. The military has fascinating gadgets — it only makes sense they&#8217;d eventually find their way into the hands of our children. BB guns (weapons), remote-control airplanes (Unmanned Aeriel Vehicles), and of course fireworks (explosives). The real question is, what military tech today could wind up in the hands of the next generation?</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: eyeclops, night, vision, cheap, military, technology, patriot, games John Heylin Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:41:00 -0500 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1181 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1181 Halloween Costumes You Might Be Wearing in Ten Years <p>Bionic Exoskeletons? <span class="caps">OLED</span> Haunted Houses? Holographic Masks? Check out some of the Halloween costumes we have in store for us ten years down the road. And while that Ninja Turtle costume you wear every year is still pretty sweet, the best costumes really are the ones that incorporate the latest technology into their design.</p> <p>Happy Halloween everybody.</p> <center><strong>Holographic Mask</strong></center> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2382/Halloween_2008_-_Hologram_Mask_6.jpg" alt="" /> <p>Looking to make people literally crap their pants? The Hologram Necklace allows users to pick pre-programmed faces which are projected around their faces. An easy on/off switch means you won&#8217;t have to worry about walking around blind and since the code is open source you could theoretically make your own custom mask. While current holographic technology is limited to areas that involve multiple mirrors, by 2015 a portable one is more than likely.</p> <p><br /> <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/gpKmOBcR0vk&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/gpKmOBcR0vk&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <br /> <br /> <br /> <center><strong>Invisible Cloak</strong></center> <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2396/Halloween_2008_-_OLED_Cloak_2.jpg" alt="" /> <br /> <br /></p> <p>I&#8217;ve <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/801-invisibility-cloak-what-for-art-thou">talked before</a> about the idea of having regular consumers buying invisibility cloaks and how they could only lead to mischief. Well, that&#8217;s what Halloween is for, causing havoc. Besides scaring the Hell out of people, you could steal candy, TP a house, even gradually pick off a group of kids one by one (that sounded creepy). But be careful, remember you&#8217;re invisible because moving vehicles won&#8217;t see you. <br /></p> <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oQ2FhX-BtEw&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oQ2FhX-BtEw&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2015<br />Tags: halloween, costumes, gadgets, technology, invisible, cloak, oled, house, panels, bionic, suit, robot, implantable, holographic, mask John Heylin Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:45:44 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1178 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1178 Ten Retro Tech Toys that Resurrect Your Childhood <p><a target="_blank" href="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2316/1317028944_e88b96f99d.jpg"><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2322/old-video-games-530.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><span class="caps">VHS</span>, tape decks, wood paneling, oh my! The past conjures up warm memories that are greatly associated with chocolate-chip cookies and watching Saturday morning cartoons. These gadgets should be able to bring up a memory cloud a la Wile E. Coyote. So whoever thought that <span class="caps">VHS</span> tapes would just disappear into the night, they were sadly mistaken.</p> <p>1. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20080612/the-very-retro-m21-flat-panel-tv/"><span class="caps">M21</span> Flat Panel TV:</a> With the mixture of old-school flair and modern technology, this Brady Bunch-esque flat screen TV will be a highly coveted tech toy among the retro and TV fans alike. You could watch your favorite Brady Bunch episode, hint &#8211; the episode where Greg and Marcia were both running for class president, on a TV that highly resembles said time period.</p> <p>2. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.retrothing.com/2006/03/the_touchscreen.html">Touch Screen Boom-box PC:</a> Do you remember hanging out after school? All of your friends sitting around the boom-box after basketball or volleyball practice listening to the four at four. It was just the thing to do. The boom-box revolutionized a generation and now it has been integrated into the digital-age. This 80’s staple features an <span class="caps">LCD</span> screen and runs a Linux/Windows dual boot.</p> <p>3. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zerosign.net/?p=5"><span class="caps">NES TV</span> Remote Control:</a> Growing up, the Nintendo system was the must-have system for every video-game enthusiast. This <span class="caps">NES</span> controller turned TV remote is a retro-gamers’ dream. It combined their two true loves, old-school video game systems and tech toys.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: General<br />Tags: childhood, tech, toys christinep Tue, 28 Oct 2008 06:25:50 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1149 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1149 World's Soon-To-Be Fastest Car Unveiled in London <p>You may have thought that beating the land speed record was old news — with people focusing on the race to space these days land can go fairly unnoticed — but a British team is looking to break their former record of 760mph (made 11 years ago) by hoping to reach speeds over 1,000mph.</p> <center><embed name="flashObj" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1137883380" flashvars="videoId=1873839224&#38;playerId=1137883380&#38;viewerSecureGatewayURL=https://console.brightcove.com/services/amfgateway&#38;servicesURL=http://services.brightcove.com/services&#38;cdnURL=http://admin.brightcove.com&#38;domain=embed&#38;autoStart=false&#38;" height="412" seamlesstabbing="false" width="486" base="http://admin.brightcove.com"></embed></center> <p>Dubbed the Bloodhound <span class="caps">SSC</span>, it measures about <a target="_blank" href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jO8O57XwMvjSUg-p0Za4C9rxd63w">41 feet long</a> and weighs in a little over seven short tons (14,109lbs). &#8220;To achieve its aim of adding more than 200 mph to the existing record, the car will need to be as tough as a submarine, withstanding 12 tonnes of force per square metre.&#8221; And with a bill of about $16 million dollars, the team is hoping sponsors will pick up the tab.</p> <p>Construction on the vehicle is expected to be finished by next year with the record being broken in 2011. Check out the Bloodhound <span class="caps">SSC</span> site <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/">here</a>.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: bloodhound, ssc, land, speed, record, london, british, team John Heylin Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:37:21 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1103 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1103 Virtual Strip Search Deployed at Airports, U.S. Border Checkpoints and in Iraq <p>The future is now for see-through technology. Airports around the world are slowly switching to a new type of x-ray machine which allows them to see underneath your clothes. Yes, underneath.</p> <center><script src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/js/2.0/video/evp/module.js?loc=dom&#38;vid=/video/us/2008/10/20/lawrence.xray.border.check.cnn" type="text/javascript"></script><noscript>Embedded video from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video"><span class="caps">CNN</span> Video</a></noscript></center> <p>EU and American civil liberty groups are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/10/22/eu.airport.body.scanners.ap/index.html?eref=rss_tech">already fighting</a> the implementation at airports in the US and EU for fear that use of the x-ray scanner will become commonplace instead of just for special situations. We wouldn&#8217;t strip search everyone that went through the airport, so why do it through technology?</p> <p>While we all thought the x-ray in Total Recall was pretty awesome, none of us want to experience that level of radiation on a daily basis (plus, I&#8217;d rather let people see my skeleton instead of me naked).</p><br />Category: Social Issues<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: xray, scanner, airport, strip, search John Heylin Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:29:57 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1092 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1092 Your House Key Can be Duplicated With a Cellphone <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2356/keys.jpg" alt="" /> <strong>&#8220;UC San Diego computer scientists have built a software program that can perform key duplication without having the key. Instead, the computer scientists only need a photograph of the key.&#8221;</strong></p> <p>Next time you leave your keys on the counter, or even take them out of your pocket, they are in danger of being copied. The program uses digital images of keys to map out the exact shape of the key for later copying. While before people could do this with high-resolution photos, now it can be completely automated.</p> <p>How many photos have you taken with your keys? Any on the Internet? It might be a good idea to blot those out. You could also switch to an entirely keyless entry system where all you&#8217;d need was an <span class="caps">RFID</span> chip (much like cars today). In the meantime? Keep them away from prying eyes.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.physorg.com/news144519246.html">PhysOrg.com</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: photos, keys, keyless, entry, digital, copy John Heylin Wed, 29 Oct 2008 22:31:53 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1165 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1165 Spyer Prototype May Be the Last Thing You Hear Before You Die <center><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4IZ5eAeneWk&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4IZ5eAeneWk&#38;hl=en&#38;fs=1&#38;rel=0&#38;color1=0x3a3a3a&#38;color2=0x999999" height="344" width="425"></embed></object></center> <p>Jason Dorie, self-proclaimed <a target="_blank" href="http://jasondorie.com/WordPress/?page_id=2">geek,</a> managed to build himself a quad-rotor flying contraption. Each propeller has three blades allowing for the &#8220;motors to respond a little faster&#8221; than his previous 2-bladed Spyder. When this thing takes off it sounds like an angry swarm of bees looking to ruin your day. He hopes to be able to make it fly itself as well.</p> <p>It seems like more and more, regular people sitting in their workshops at home are able to build things some think only the military should be able to do. I guess that&#8217;s why contests like the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.memebox.com/futureblogger/show/1132-x-prize-ceo-peter-diamandis-announces-the-formation-of-a-singularity-university">X-Prize</a> have such fierce competition. Makes you wonder what a person in their garage could build in ten years.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/10/flying_vehicle_the_spyder.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890">Make Magazine</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: spyder, jason, dorie, flying, rotor, quad, remote, controll John Heylin Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:16:15 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1161 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1161 LEDs Help LCD Monitor Cut Power Consumption by 72% <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2344/ledscreen.jpg" alt="" /> Using 160 white LEDs to backlight the <span class="caps">LCD</span> screen, Eizo Nanao Corp managed to <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20080912/157874/">cut power consumption</a> by 72%.</p> <p>When you consider that a <a target="_blank" href="http://howtosaveenergy.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-much-energy-does-dell-19-lcd.html">simple 19-inch <span class="caps">LCD</span> screen</a> uses about 34W in it&#8217;s average daily use, dropping it down to about 9.5 is an incredible step down. It&#8217;s like if next years model of your gas-guzzling <span class="caps">SUV</span> came out with a minor addition which made its <span class="caps">MPG</span> jump from 18 to 31. It also comes with another great energy-saver. &#8220;The monitor also features an &#8220;Auto EcoView&#8221; function that automatically adjusts the backlight&#8217;s luminance in accordance with the external brightness detected by the luminance sensor equipped on the bottom of the monitor.&#8221; This way the screen will always be bright enough to see, but not so bright that it will melt your eyeballs along with the polar ice caps.</p> <p>Although it may be more difficult to position LEDs into big-screen <span class="caps">LCD</span> TVs (due to the increased area), I wouldn&#8217;t be surprised to see some hitting the market in the next year or so. Especially <a target="_blank" href="http://ezinearticles.com/?Energy-Cost-Considerations-to-Running-a-Big-Screen-TV&#38;id=1077241">when you consider</a> &#8220;a newer 20-cu.-ft refrigerator cost approximately $50 annually to run, and a 50-inch 1080p plasma set costs approximately $110 annually.&#8221; Our appliances need to reduce power consumption down just as much as our cars do.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: lcd, led, monitor, computer, energy, efficient, release, consumption John Heylin Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:26:48 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1159 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1159 Good Things Come to Those Who Waited for the Android <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2324/android.jpg" alt="" /> You&#8217;ve heard it time and again, &#8220;good things come to those who wait.&#8221; But you&#8217;ve also heard &#8220;the early bird gets the worm.&#8221; Who are you supposed to listen to? If it involves the Google Android smartphone, you probably should have waited.</p> <p>&#8220;T-Mobile currently sells the G1 for $179.99 with a two-year contract, but Wal-Mart will offer the device for $148.88 to new customers or current subscribers who are eligible for an upgrade.&#8221; -<a target="_blank" href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10077054-1.html">Bonnie Cha, <span class="caps">CNET</span></a></p> <p>That&#8217;s right, Google&#8217;s Android which came out about a week ago, can already be found for about $30 cheaper. Jump the gun? Everyone did. But don&#8217;t let this get you down, if Android behaves a lot like the iPhone, a newer and better generation of Android will be out by next summer (and you&#8217;ll have a whole new reason to kick yourself).</p> <p>It really just comes down to the battle between patience and the desire to be cutting-edge. Grab it early and you&#8217;ll be sorry, grab it too late and you&#8217;ll be a dinosaur.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: android, cheaper, walmart, waiting, price, best John Heylin Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:11:36 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1152 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1152 Bat Drones to Aid US Military with Bat Vision <p>The US Military is currently trying to obtain <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/BAT10278.xml&#38;headline=Bat-Inspired%20Tech%20To%20Aid%20Flight%20Along%20Streets&#38;channel=defense">bat-sized drones</a> capable of finding enemy combatants in rough terrain like tight streets or valleys. &#8220;Aurora Flight Sciences plans to demonstrate a vision-based guidance system that combines optical and sonar sensors and allows a micro air vehicle (MAV) to navigate through a cluttered urban environment.&#8221; Their goal over the next few years is to make it small enough (able to be stored in a 6 inch tube) so that soldiers can carry them around with them, able to deploy them whenever needed at the drop of a hat.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re one of the two people who didn&#8217;t manage to see <em>Dark Knight</em> this year, you&#8217;re going to have a hard time conceptualizing what the display might look like. (Since we can&#8217;t display <em>Dark Knight</em> video without getting sued, here&#8217;s the next best thing I could find, go to the 1:00 minute mark)</p> <center><embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://blip.tv/play/AaGSSYfwYQ" allowscriptaccess="always" height="270" width="320"></embed></center> <p>As with all military technology, you wonder if there will be local uses for such a technology. Being able to tell exactly where in the room a hostage-taker is, searching for lost hikers in the wilderness, even finding the exact trajectory of baseballs for later analysis and perfected training.</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: bat, military, drones, sonic, sounds, optical, radar, personal, handheld John Heylin Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:49:42 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1171 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1171 Electronic Nose to Detect if You Ate Nachos For Lunch <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2352/retrieve.jpg" alt="" /> Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nist.gov/"><span class="caps">NIST</span></a>) have developed an electronic nose which not only can sense pre-programmed scents, but also create categories for new scents it finds. <em>&#8220;Much like people detect and remember many different smells and use that knowledge to generalize about smells they haven’t encountered before, the electronic nose also needs to be trained to recognize the chemical signatures of different smells before it can deal with unknowns.&#8221;</em> The hope is that these devices would be able to warn people of disease, biological attacks, or even aiding in space exploration (yes, searching for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/techbeat/tb2001_10.htm#Space">other life</a>).</p> <p>Just imagine the implications a device like this could have on the regular world. A device around your wrist could hum lightly when your body odor got to be too strong. The next time you&#8217;re walking around and smell something awful, it could tell you what it is. Uoi could even tell if food in your kitchen has gone bad or not.</p> <p>But of course with any new technology there are concerns too.</p> <p>&#8220;Body odour can smell pleasant and specific to the individual, and can be used to identify people, though this is more often done by dogs and other animals, than by humans.&#8221; (<a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_odor">Wikipedia</a>) With the cheap availability of electronic noses, you&#8217;re basically giving each officer their own police dog. If you&#8217;re detained, they could tell exactly what you&#8217;ve been doing, if you&#8217;ve been near illegal drugs, even track you to the place you just left.</p> <p>All in all, pretty cool yet scary stuff.</p> <p>via <a target="_blank" href="http://www.physorg.com/news144512744.html">PhyOrg.com</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: electronic, nose, nist, police, disease, toxins, sniffers John Heylin Wed, 29 Oct 2008 21:23:52 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1164 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1164 OLED Screen so Flexible and Thin it Blows in the Wind <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2342/OLED.jpg" alt="" /> Samsung shocked some crowds at the <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/fpd/2008/english/topics.html"><span class="caps">FPD</span> International 2008</a> this year by displaying a .05mm thick <span class="caps">OLED</span> display. Oh, and did I mention there just &#8220;happened&#8221; to be a fan nearby that caused it to flap around? Because there was.</p> <p>Called the <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20081029/160349/">Flapping Display</a>, Samsung really outdid itself. In fact, one staffer at the event mentioned &#8220;It is technically possible to make the panel thinner. However, it is difficult to further reduce the thicknesses of the flexible substrates and circuit components around it.&#8221; Way to be modest. I wonder how long before <span class="caps">OLED</span> screens start appearing everywhere — on the sides of cars, in our phones, even on a future high-end Kindle.</p> <p>One thing is for sure, <span class="caps">OLED</span> is going to change everything.</p> <p>info from <a target="_blank" href="http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20081029/160349/">Nikkei Business Publications</a></p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2008<br />Tags: oled, display, flapping, wind, fan, samsung, thin, mm, 05, flexible John Heylin Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:38:08 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1158 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1158 Interactive Mirror Touches on your Love of Fingerpainting <center><object height="225" width="400"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1867956&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /> <embed allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1867956&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" height="225" width="400"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://vimeo.com/1867956?pg=embed&amp;sec=1867956">Interactive Mirror</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/litstudios?pg=embed&amp;sec=1867956">Alpay Kasal</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com?pg=embed&amp;sec=1867956">Vimeo</a>.</center> <p>If there&#8217;s one thing guaranteed to to touch your child side but also appeal to your geek side, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.interferenceinc.com/">Interference Inc</a> has done just that. This fully interactive mirror allows users to design, paint, and even read text on a touchscreen mirror. The most amazing thing is vast array of colors at the users fingertips — whites, blues, red, and an incredible neon green.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t expect to see these in your home for another year or two (and only if you happen to have a wad of cash hanging around). It will be incredible to see these displays used in a more consumer sense as far as personal computing or even retail. The mirror allows for you to virtually try on different articles of clothing right there in the store. A unit at home will allow you to literally &#8220;surf&#8221; the web, the sensation being that you can push your way through the Internet with touches. When can I get one?</p><br />Category: Gadgets<br />Year: 2011<br />Tags: mirror, interactive, touch, interference, inc, marketing John Heylin Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:12:44 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1170 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1170 Infrared Sensors to make your Touchscreen Obsolete <p>Tired of mucking about with your touchscreen? Constantly having to worry about scratching the screen in your pocket? Wiping the face of it with your t-shirt to get your greasy finger marks off it? Microsoft may have an answer. <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2204/sidesight.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.gearlog.com/2008/10/microsofts_sidesight_something.php">SideSight</a>, a prototype by Microsoft, uses Infrared proximity sensors to determine which way you want to spin or expand the screen of your smartphone. &#8220;The sensors can read inputs up to 10 centimeters away, just through reflected infrared light.&#8221; This way you can browse through your phone without having to worry about mucking up your screen.</p> <p>While this technology is limited (for instance, you need a flat surface for the sensors to work), it shows some amazing potential for future phone interactions. By placing sensors all around the phone, you will be able to use your hands directly in front of the screen in order to shuffle through images or browse sites. Being able to tell exactly where your hands are gives you the added bonus of being able to control the interface with individual fingers or your hand position itself, something the touchscreen can only do through physical contact.</p><br />Category: Technology<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: ir, infrared, sensors, touchscreen, smart, phone, interaction John Heylin Tue, 21 Oct 2008 22:03:48 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1087 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1087 UK Doing its Best to Become Dystopian with Mobile Fingerprint Scanners <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com:/memebox/uploads/2310/policestate.jpg" alt="" /> The UK police are implementing a new policy which has civil liberty groups in an uproar. Called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/oct/27/project-midas-fingerprint-scanner-liberty">Project Midas</a>, it aims to put small Blackberry-like fingerprint scanners in the hands of police within the next two years. This will allow police to confirm the identity (7.5 million prints on record and climbing) of people they detain.</p> <p>Officials claim that the fingerprint records will only be used for identification and all fingerprints obtained by the device will be erased. But after reading about the British <a target="_blank" href="http://gizmodo.com/5065872/brits-set-up-fake-laundromats-with-bomb+sniffing-washing-machines">bomb-sniffing laundromat</a> I have my doubts.</p> <p>In fact, the UK Police are notorious for invading the civil liberties of their people. With an <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-circuit_television">estimated 1.5 million</a> security cameras around London alone (along with a probable 4.2 million country-wide), it&#8217;s no wonder the British people are feeling a little perturbed.</p><br />Category: Security<br />Year: 2010<br />Tags: uk, police, state, dna, fingerprint, monitoring, big, brother, scanner, scanning John Heylin Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:15:02 -0400 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1144 http://futureofgadgets.com/futureblogger/show/1144