Posts by Category: future tech

It’s coming WHEN?

cool tech July 11, 2006 posted by

Skystream Personal Wind Generator.

The Skystream 3.7 Residential Wind Generator. At last, a way to stick it to those utility company blowhards. The press release talks of $80,000 $8,000 purchase price, to supply 40–90% of an average home’s energy needs. Waddya think, true or a lot of hot air? Stick one of these on your rose garden, add a glob of solar panels on the roof and you’ll soon be bigger than Enron. And twice as rich.  Skystream’s low cost and low profile provides homeowners an affordable energy supplement…

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cool tech July 6, 2006 posted by

Smart Retina.

The Smart Retina project is pretty cool. Basically a gesture based computer interface, but one that actually seems to work, at least in lab type environments. Not sure how long it would last in an office full of idiots all flailing around like Kermit the Frog. Check the video with the Google Earth demo.  The above video demonstrate how Smartretina can be used as a navigating tool combined with Google earth. SmartRetina (working on the black laptop on the right)…

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Bookmark This! June 29, 2006 posted by

Crowdsourcing comes of age? OK, so they’re Canadian, they’re trying very hard, and they appear to be full of the kind of earnest integrity that is missing from many other current start-ups. What’s the beef? It’s basically an ideas incubator a la Open Source with cash prizes, and there are a couple of very cool twists. First the community decides on whether an idea goes forward, and then, if it gets to market, everyone who has helped out along the way (i.e. inventor, copywriter, coder, logo designer etc) gets a…

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future tech May 26, 2006 posted by

The X1.

The X1 Electric Concept Car. What happens when you take one Arial Atom chassis, and combine it with a 3 phase AC induction electric motor? Er…you get 0–60 in 3 seconds, 170 mpg equivalent, a top speed of 112 mph and 100 mile range. Now that’s what we call ‘lean, mean and green.’   The X1 prototype is a concept car, and a test platform. It is not a production car, and never will be. It’s a proof-of-concept vehicle that will…

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future tech May 15, 2006 posted by

Road warrior.

The Baal All Terrain Off Road Bike Concept. Finalist in this year’s Michelin Challenge design contest, features hands and feet steering, a 500 ccm ATV engine and a big rubber track instead of sniffy things like wheels. Aren’t concept designs fun?   It is based on a bendable rubber track that guarantees maximum traction as well as freely changeable directions. To make the handling more comfortable and interesting, the vehicle is steered by hands and feet. Being intelligent and ground adopting…

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cool tech April 27, 2006 posted by

StarRotor engine.

The StarRotor Engine. OK, so it’s a bit rocket science, but the tech looks very interesting nevertheless. A kind of jet engine for your car. But an efficient, quiet, cheap and green one. 120mpg from vegetable oil anyone? Wonder how well the development is going?   By simply replacing conventional engines (15-20% efficiency) with a StarRotor engine, fuel economy will double or triple. For example, a conventional luxury car getting about 25 mpg on the highway would get about 75 mpg. A…

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cool tech April 26, 2006 posted by

Modec Zero Emission Van.

The Modec Zero Emission Van. Carry two tonnes for up to 100 miles at 50 mph an hour. All from a single charge. We’ll believe it when we see it. [via Gizmag]  It is the first zero emission van that is comparable in economy and performance to diesel equivalents making it a real and viable urban delivery vehicle. The van has been designed with large fleets in mind and talks are currently underway with a number of organisations including Ocado….

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Awesome April 4, 2006 posted by

Android dawn.

Well it’s almost here. The age of the android. No, it’s no use you protesting, pretending that it’s still science fiction, turning your face to the wall. Take a look around. At the Japanese, at ReplieeQ2, the latest generation of android from Osaka University. Sure they’re still primitive in many ways, but so were calculators back in the sixties, now look where we are. You’re excited by Robosapien? Pah!

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future tech March 27, 2006 posted by

Self Parking BMW.

The Self Parking BMW car (video). Hmm…not long now before we see more of these self parking vehicles littering the streets. And not long after that before the first lawsuits when puppies get run over or whatever.

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cool tech March 20, 2006 posted by

VW Eco-Racer.

The Volkswagen Eco-Racer. Why oh why, if car manufacturers can seemingly churn out these 100 mpg sports cars with top speeds of 230km/hr at the drop of a motor show, do we not see more 100mpg + vehicles on our road right now? You have to start suspecting hidden agendas, don’t you?  This sports car is powered by a 100 k/w turbo diesel engine of the next generation and stands for a trend setting synthesis of rock-solid economy and an abundance of…

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cool tech February 27, 2006 posted by

The Loremo 150mpg car.

The Loremo LS sports vehicle. Weight 450kg, 150+ mpg turbodiesel, single forward opening ‘gate’ door (incorporates steering wheel), 100mph, GPS, MP3, onboard computer and air-conditioning. Priced at less than €11,000. But you’ll have to wait until 2009, sorry. [Via Metafilter]   Loremo feels like a sports car, nevertheless consuming only 15 litres on its way from Munich to Rome. Its sliding roof flooded with sun gives rise to the summer feeling at any season. Its unique appearance is a confession to…

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cool tech February 10, 2006 posted by

The Infinity Transmission.

Laird Gogins, believes that he has invented a transmission system that will increase mileage in cars by 20 or 30 mpg. Serious claims backed up by 23 patents and some initial order interest. Go dude, go!  Today’s four- and five-speed automatic transmissions need torque converters with coolant, radiators and hoses — all of which cause loss of power and efficiency. Gogins invented a transmission that needs none of those parts. Gogins’ transmission has two identical cams 180 degrees across from…

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future tech January 18, 2006 posted by

Right SED Fred.

Apparently the next chapter in flat screen technology is called Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display or SED. So look out for it on a shelf sometime in the 2007s. What’s good? Well it combines the contrast, responsiveness and image sharpness of conventional CRT with the power efficiency, larger sizes and slim shape of LCD or plasma. Sigh. Start saving now. More here.

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future tech January 10, 2006 posted by

Smart Cycles.

The Smart Cycle from the Sakai Industry Club incorporates self-correcting steering to make it harder to fall off. Perfect for the elderly or those tired and emotional riders who have trouble navigating their local hi-ways and by-ways. In test and prototype form only at the moment, more’s the pity.  A sensor to detect the lean of the bicycle is placed under the seat. A device attached to the frame picks up signals from this sensor and automatically turns the handlebars…

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