Posts by Category: future tech

It’s coming WHEN?

cool tech December 20, 2006 posted by

Potenco Pull Cord Power – pull for power without batteries

The Potenco Pull Cord Power System uses good old arm muscles to generate electricity for small devices. It’s sort of like Trevor Baylis’ wind up tech, but instead of cranking, you pull on a cord. It’s apparently been selected for the famous $100 Laptop project, so who knows where this tech might end up. A pull and play iPod, maybe? [Via Gizmag]  Potenco has developed a patent-pending portable power generator that is always powered wherever you go. Simply pull a…


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future tech November 29, 2006 posted by

BluScreen – the real Minority Report

BluScreen is a real life Minority Report type concept application which will beam advertising at us based on preferences stored in our Bluetooth enabled mobile phones. The idea is that we set a preference saying that we like, say, MP3 players and receive a ‘reward’ of a discount if we accept a personalised advert beamed at us any time we pass a relevant shop window display. It’s quite interesting actually, and takes targeted advertising to a whole new level.  Within a ubiquitous environment, market-based approaches can…


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cool tech November 27, 2006 posted by

Electric cars on a charge in China?

Western manufacturers may be dragging their feet over electric cars, or EVs as they’re known in polite circles, but it looks as though the Chinese are taking the whole thing rather more seriously. The rather squat looking thing above is the TEGO from JPJ Consulting, which is just one of a number of Chinese EV products that you can find online. The Smart Elcetric (sic) Motor Car from Jinan Allied Trading has a max speed of 40 km, and a range…


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future tech November 15, 2006 posted by

The Cup Communicator – string & cans redux

The Cup Communicator. Duncan Wilson’s wireless communication device is a modern walkie talkie twist on an old staple – two tin cans and a bit of string. Actually it looks like it could be an OK product, although you’d have to question its portability. Gotta love these designers though!  Tug the cord to activate, squeeze to talk and hold to the mouth and ear. The design of the Cup Communicator is focused around a series of physical actions and gestures…


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cool tech October 30, 2006 posted by

Yamaha FC-me Fuel Cell Scooter

The Yamaha FC-me Fuel Cell Scooter. Yamaha has a commercially available fuel cell scooter available? Really? Who would have thought? It sounds as if it’s in private beta, but still…  The “Yamaha Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) System” uses a liquid methanol-water solution as its fuel, which eliminates the need for a converter and a pressurized (fuel) tank and thus makes it possible to create a lightweight system for a small vehicle requiring power in the 1 kW range without…


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future tech October 30, 2006 posted by

Z-Agon Video Cube – WiFi meets tiny cool

The Z-Agon Video Cube is strictly prototype level at the moment, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Each face of the cube sports a high resolution display, and it hooks up to the content via WiFi. The Japanese developers are working on a 2.5 inch screen prototype, but no idea of time frames. And no, we’re not really sure why you’d want video displayed on all six faces, maybe it’s a multi-tasking kinda thing?   Z-agon is a revolutionary video player in…


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future tech October 28, 2006 posted by

Alltunes MP3 Knob

The Alltunes MP3 Knob is an interesting design concept from Plusminus Design. The player is the volume knob. No more, no less. Attach it with a Velcro fastener or magnetic catch and you can turn anything into an MP3 player. Convinced? Yeah….  You have always been aware that your bag can play music, as well as your kettle. They just lacked a volume control and a Play button. Just attach to them our knob-view device via velcro strap or magnet…


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future tech September 25, 2006 posted by

Motiva reality show healthcare.

Motiva Remote Patient Management System. So while most people will be watching Lost VIII on their slick new HHD flat screens in the future, a goodly chunk of the aging baby boomer generation will probably be more interested in keeping themselves alive using interactive broadband television systems like this one from Philips. The service will let ‘care givers’ (lovely term that, eh?) provide educational material (e.g if you get this rash, call NOW), reminders (take your medicine dufus) and clinical monitoring. It…


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future tech September 21, 2006 posted by

3G Doctor.

3G Doctor. This new service promises to offer people video consultations with registered doctors via their 3G video phones. With payment up front (just in case you croak on the call eh?). Considering that this ‘inexpensive’ telemedicine service is due to start in Q4 of this year, the web site is pretty disgusting. Lots of hospital green and zero bedside manner. Tsk. (Oh and the image above is actually from a pretty cool remote monitoring tech demo developed by Loughborough University which aims to use credit card sized…


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future tech September 18, 2006 posted by

Biofeedback games.

The Science Museum in London is about to open a new fairground ride exhibit called Thrill Laboratory which will monitor biofeedback from users to see how they are reacting to the experience. The idea seems to be that one day video games and arcade rides will alter the experience they give us based on the physical and emotional feedback they receive from the players. Mmm….Check out the ‘Ere be Dragons game prototype for more on this stuff.  Future video games could routinely monitor…


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cool tech August 23, 2006 posted by

The Odor Recorder.

The Odor Recorder. It may not look like much now, but this machine is probably the first smell recorder in the world. Now close your eyes and imagine a world where we routinely transmit smells from place to place. Where restaurants can send you the smell of their menu while you’re ordering a take-out online. The trick apparently lies in digitizing the components of the smell and recreating them at the other end.  The principle of the odor recorder peroformance is as follows….


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cool tech August 18, 2006 posted by

Compressed air car.

The MDI MiniCat Compressed Air Car runs on…ah…air. Well strictly speaking there will be two versions, one which runs on air alone and a hybrid which will use air for urban about town stuff, and an eco fuel for longer distance, more high speed journeys. Priced at around €6,860 and at €1.5 for a three minute refill, a pretty cool option as long as you don’t mind driving atop a compressed tank. 150 km range, 110 km top speed. The Koreans are…


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future tech August 18, 2006 posted by

Big Dog Robot.

This Big Dog Robot Mule  has got to be one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in a long time. It’s spooky in too many ways to mention, especially when someone gives it a kick and it recovers its balance. Check it out. You must.  A nimble, four-legged robot is so surefooted it can recover its balance even … all » after being given a hefty kick. The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime…


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future tech August 11, 2006 posted by

A photo cannot lie. Much.

There’s no question that some interesting technology is coming down the pipe to help produce the perfect photo. First off is the Israeli ‘beauty button’ which makes faces in digital images appear more attractive quickly and easily. Weird stuff? You bet. I fully expect to see an ‘instant Photoshop’ button appear on cameras and/or image editing software before the decade is out. It’s inevitable really, isn’t it? Slightly less controversial is the ‘blur remover’ tech, which was demonstrated recently at…


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cool tech July 18, 2006 posted by

Warm water power plant.

Jeff Sterling and his colleagues at Matteran Energy claim to have designed and built a working power plant which generates electricity and refrigeration from nothing more than water warmed up by hot plates on a roof. No fancy expensive solar panels needed. The implications, if true, are astonishing, but it’s hard not be cynical in this day and age. Maybe some thermo-knowledgeable readers can tell more from the animated demos on the site. There’s apparently a working plant down in Florida…


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