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It’s coming WHEN?

future tech March 21, 2014 posted by

Beaming solar power to Earth could become a reality someday

It sounds like something from a Robert Heinlein book but it may well be a glimpse of our renewable energy future. The U.S. Navy says it has an idea that could collect solar energy in space and turn it into solar energy they beam down to Earth. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) spacecraft engineer Paul Jaffe has created two prototypes of space solar modules. The “sandwich” design has one side receiving solar energy with a photovoltaic panel; electronics in the…


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Beaming solar power to Earth could become a reality someday
cool tech March 6, 2014 posted by

Quadcopter Tennis Anyone? Is this a pointer to a possible future of ball sports?

We stumbled across this little beauty the other day and our nostrils twitched immediately. Was that really a quadcopter which had been programmed to work out how to hit a ball back to a human target? Well it sure looks like it. In fact this is part of a research program from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, which is looking into what they call ‘trajectory generation’. What we see is a future where competitive sports get **really** interesting.


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Quadcopter Tennis Anyone? Is this a pointer to a possible future of ball sports?
future tech February 14, 2014 posted by

Neurocam – the emotion controlled camera that will scare some, delight others

The mind mapping folk at Neurosky – known for the MindWave range of entertainment products – have come up with another clever product based around EEG brain wave recognition. The company’s last product was Necomimi brain triggered cat ears, but now they’ve moved onto much more serious things.


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Neurocam – the emotion controlled camera that will scare some, delight others
Awesome January 24, 2014 posted by

Immunity Project – are we moving towards a new era of crowdfunded medical research?

A strange thing just happened. A group of Harvard, MIT and Stanford university ‘scientists and entrepreneurs’ have emerged from their shadowy labs somewhere deep in the heart of the Californian jungle, to register a project to fight HIV and AIDS. What’s interesting is the fact that the Immunity Project, as it’s called, has not only signed on with the prestigious YCombinator startup incubator scheme, but it’s also gone straight to the people to ask for funding for a crucial part…


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Immunity Project – are we moving towards a new era of crowdfunded medical research?
future tech January 20, 2014 posted by

Myris – because unlocking your PC with an eye scan is just too cool for school

Tired of thinking up the most bizarre and difficult passwords to protect your data? There are, of course, a fair number of more secure alternatives like fingerprint scanners to give you an extra layer of security. However, if you’re really looking for the hack-proof method then an iris scanner could be your saviour.


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Myris – because unlocking your PC with an eye scan is just too cool for school
future tech December 2, 2013 posted by

Amazon Prime Air – an incredibly cool idea which is also a disaster waiting to happen

The mighty Amazon (and no we don’t mean the river) has been flaunting a possible future service which could provide local deliveries of small packages (up to 2.6kg in weight) using automatic flying drones. The company has thoughtfully provided a video to show how it might work, and it looks amazing.


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Amazon Prime Air – an incredibly cool idea which is also a disaster waiting to happen
future tech November 27, 2013 posted by

Virtual Taste Simulator – Because looking at photos of food is no longer enough.

There’s food all over your computer (hurry! go clean that up). We see sweet treats that would be good to eat on commercials, cooking shows, and even in virtual reality worlds and video games… and that’s not even counting all the food pics shared by friends, family, and total strangers on social media. Wouldn’t it be great to taste all those goodies? Wouldn’t it be even better if you could taste them without having to worry about gaining any of…


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Virtual Taste Simulator – Because looking at photos of food is no longer enough.
cool tech November 22, 2013 posted by

Volocopter VC200 – world’s first electric hovering thingy shows a clean pair of heels to Harry the Helicopter [Video]

There’s something going on in the world of rotor flying. Maybe it’s the fact that electric motors are now hitting almost commodity prices, and lightweight materials are also plentiful, but suddenly everyone wants play around with ‘copters of all shapes and sizes.


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Volocopter VC200 – world’s first electric hovering thingy shows a clean pair of heels to Harry the Helicopter [Video]
Awesome October 30, 2013 posted by

HOSPI-R Drug Delivery Robot – Is a bedside manner programmed in?

The hardest working people in the hospital are the nurses, who are constantly delivering meds, updating charts, talking with hospital visitors, assisting doctors, and giving shots, along with a ton more of work that gets done behind the scenes. I get tired just from thinking about. However, one of those previously mentioned duties might get passed down to the newest member of the medical team.


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HOSPI-R Drug Delivery Robot – Is a bedside manner programmed in?
future tech October 25, 2013 posted by

Got a storage problem? – million year discs to the rescue

There’s a LOT of information stored on computers right now. Probably more data than you could comfortably fit into the back seat of a BMW sports wagon. Which is all fine and dandy, until you realize that it’s mostly stored on magnetic media of one sort or another, which will only survive for something like a 10 to 15 year lifespan. How on earth are we going to make sure this information is still around in the future when our…


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Got a storage problem? – million year discs to the rescue
cool tech October 7, 2013 posted by

The Ocean Garbage Harvester – project aims to remove the trash and plastic from the world’s oceans

How often have you heard anyone say that they don’t want any publicity because their project is not ready and they want to make sure it works first? Yeah, not many. Which is what makes us think that Boyan Slat and the team behind an ambitious plan to clean up the planet’s oceans may be worth watching.


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The Ocean Garbage Harvester – project aims to remove the trash and plastic from the world’s oceans
future tech September 14, 2013 posted by

Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret

Scientists at Cornwell University have managed to create the world’s thinnest sheet of glass, but don’t expect it to feature in your smartphone any time soon. Heck, if and when it does, you might never know, because it would play a role behind the scenes where your eyes can’t see. From what we understand, this sheet of ‘graphene glass‘ measures two atoms thick, so you wouldn’t want to drop it, nor would you want to drop anything on it, yourself…


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Scientists create world’s thinnest sheet of glass at only two atoms thick, insurance companies fret
cool tech June 26, 2013 posted by

Grandma’s guide to Google Glass

We don’t normally do infographics, because they’re generally naff and tasteless, and quite frankly pretty useless. But in this case we’re going to make an exception, because the result is pretty cool. The graphic lays out in straightforward terms exactly what Google Glass is, what it does and how it might be used in the future. Of course this is all subject to the fact that people buy the product, which is not guaranteed at all. Show it to your…


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Grandma’s guide to Google Glass
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