Posts by Category: future tech

It’s coming WHEN?

cool tech February 6, 2008 posted by

Project Better Place – subscription based electric car ownership offers a new deal for the future?

Project Better Place is a new Israeli initiative which aims to augment conventional car ownership with a subscription based service which incorporates a subsidized purchase price with a complete recharging, battery replacement and servicing package across the country.  Despite the subsidized price people will still own their cars, it’s just that the running costs will be subscription based rather like the mobile phone sector. It’s a fascinating idea. The team has raised $200 million in venture backing and intends to start…


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cool tech January 16, 2008 posted by

The 150 mpg Extreme Hybrid SUV – rocket scientists aim to revolutionize hybrid vehicles

A collaboration between a bunch of rocket scientists and car engineers at AFS Trinity Power in California has resulted in a new technology called Fast Energy Storage which will apparently improve the performance and durability of conventional hybrid cars at a relatively low cost. The idea is to install an Extreme Hybrid drivetrain consisting of a set of ultra-capacitors hooked up to a sophisticated computer control system which will make better use of the batteries in a traditional hybrid set…


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Bookmark This! January 15, 2008 posted by

27 electric car companies ready to take over the road – swish, zoom, stutter

VentureBeat has compiled a list of 27 electric car companies who are poised to change the way we travel sometime very soon. Well, as soon as they can get a few things worked out, like price, range, battery disposal, carrying capacity, speed…you get the picture. We’ve featured most of them already over the years, but it’s useful to get an overview for comparison. One of the funniest examples is the VentureOne e50, which has a rabid bunch of supporters who make Apple…


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cool tech December 24, 2007 posted by

Aptera 300 mpg EV gets an outing – we eat a little humble pie

So the Aptera Typ-1 EV vehicle (we hesitate to call it a car) has actually made prototype stage, and with a video? We’re kind of humbled. We’re not eating our hats just yet – because there’s a whole universe between prototype and production (just ask Tesla Motors) – but we’re impressed it’s got this far. Good luck guys. Tags: aptera+typ1, ev, ecological


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future tech December 10, 2007 posted by

Twendy One – Robby The Robot comes closer to real life

They’ve just posted some new videos of Twendy-One, the Japanese robot with the sensitive touch, and it’s quite clear that the developers are aiming to recreate Robby The Robot for real. Which is a tad scary. But not as scary as these robot babies from Yamazaki Educational Systems. Sheesh!   Tags: robots, zeno, gadget


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cool tech December 6, 2007 posted by

XR-3 Hybrid – three wheeler hybrid kit will give 225 mpg…eventually

The XR-3 Hybrid Kit Car is a three wheeled diesel-electric hybrid concept vehicle that will offer up 200+ mpg fuel economy and a maximum speed of 85 mph. Sure it’s a three wheeler with only two seats, but it’s still interesting. I’m calling it a concept because it looks like the project has slipped quite a bit from a planned launch earlier this year, and the idea is that the company will sell kit plans and eventually ready made vehicles….


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future tech December 5, 2007 posted by

OLED Tie – small flexible screens coming to a piece of clothing near you soon?

OLED Tie. I’m trying to work out why you’d want to wear a tie with an embedded OLED screen on it…um…maybe to sell advertising space? Or to broadcast your need for a mate? Anyhoo, it’s an interesting idea and who knows where it might lead. MP3 playing socks?  In the future, applications of flexible display will be expanded to our daily life ranging from a tie, a hat, a wallet and other small lifestyle products. ETRI demonstrated its flexible OLED…


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cool tech December 3, 2007 posted by

Google Sites – new Google collaboration tool promises amazing feature set

So there’s a new Google application due next year called Google Sites, which will be an extended amalgam of the Google Pages web site creator and JotSpot, the wiki app that Google bought a while back. This is interesting from a lot of angles, not least of which is the fact that it potentially introduces real Web 2.0 user generated functionality to business applications properly for the first time ever. One thing I will add is that JotSpot was the only…


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Awesome November 6, 2007 posted by

Nokia perfects the clicky tactile touchscreen – iPhone gnashes teeth, swears revenge

It’s taken them 10 years but Nokia boffins have finally perfected a ‘touch feedback’ touchscreen. Don’t be fooled by simple vibrational imitations folks, this is the real McCoy – you press a key on the screen, and it clicks under your finger with exactly the same sort of fingertip feedback as if you’d pressed a conventional keyboard key. Roope Takala, Senior Program Manager at Nokia’s research labs gave me a demo of the technology in Finland the other day on a…


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future tech November 6, 2007 posted by

Invisible tank draws closer – ooh’er where’s it gone…?

Invisible Tank. Apparently the UK defense industry is close to launching the invisible tank they’ve been talking about for a year or more. The technology has been developed by Professor Sir John Pendry at Imperial College, London and works by beaming images of the tank’s background onto its surface using cameras and projectors. The Daily Mail image above is clearly a goodly Photoshop effort, but nevertheless it’s a pretty unbelievable tech to be reaching this stage, isn’t it? And they’re…


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cool tech November 2, 2007 posted by

Ultra fast broadband over copper – Aussie student smashes through a bottleneck…

John Papandriopoulos of the University of Melbourne – here seen estimating his first potential paycheck – has come up with some nifty technology to reduce crosstalk interference on DSL broadband copper lines and increase speeds to a theoretical maximum of 200 Mbps. That’s just un-chuffin’-believable, considering we thought 56K was the maximum a short few years ago. And what’s even more astonishing is the lab work which suggests that speeds of up to 1–2 Gbps are possible in the future. For now,…


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cool tech October 26, 2007 posted by

The NanoTube Radio – world’s smallest AM radio debuts

Peter Burke and Chris Rutherglen of U.C. Irvine have built a carbon nanotube AM radio. The teeny tiny device is thousands of times thinner than a human hair, which means that we could soon all be listening to our tunes through our follicles. Well OK, maybe that’s a bit far fetched, but why not plait a whole Hi-Fi system into your eyebrows? No, fair enough, that’s pretty silly too. Take a look at the video and see if you can…


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but is it art? September 5, 2007 posted by

Sneaker Power – DIY energy from roller shoes

The Energy Harvesting Sneakers produce power from roller sneakers to drive a small display. It’s part of a Kinetic Shoes art project at the moment, but why not extend the concept and give everyone a chance to produce their own power through motion, or what they call power harvesting? [PDF] Accelerometers, gyros, roller ball mechanisms, even solar panels – parcel them all up into a Personal Power Pack and never have to worry about charging your phone or music player again. Cool. Tags:…


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cool tech August 30, 2007 posted by

Retro Electro Cars – give your Mini an ecological makeover

The folks at Future Vehicles have launched a Retro Electric Car Conversion service which will convert an olde worlde Mini (or other suitable bone shaker like a Citroen 2CV) into an electric vehicle. The entry level priced model will travel at 40 mph and have a range of 50 miles, but you’ll need to stump up £17,500 to experience the joy of such stylish silent motoring.   The classic Mini is an iconic city car, it is lightweight and fun to drive. Converting…


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cool tech August 25, 2007 posted by

Sonex Electric Airplane – hum, crackle, swoop and soar

The Sonex Electric Airplane is a concept plane which runs on batteries. That’s right, you can recharge it from your wall socket and poodle off as and when you feel the need. Clever eh? Two things. First, there’s no way I’d trust any teeny tiny engine like that to keep me aloft at 5000 feet for any length of time and two, a 24 hour charging cycle for an hour’s flight time? Riiight! And it’s significant that while there’s a fancy…


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