Posts by Category: future tech

It’s coming WHEN?

future tech April 20, 2005 posted by

Holy house mouse.

The Whole House Machine. Yowsers, a machine that builds houses, doesn’t wolf whistle or wear saggy baggy craggy jeans? Whatever next?  In a sunny laboratory at the University of Southern California, a robotically controlled nozzle squeezes a ribbon of concrete onto a wooden plank. Every two minutes and 14 seconds, the nozzle completes a circuit, topping the previous ribbon with a fresh one. Thus a five-foot-long wall rises—a wall built without human intervention…If all goes as planned, Khoshnevis will use…


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future tech April 14, 2005 posted by

Reva-lation.

The Reva-NXG electric car. Launched in concept form in the UK this week. Indian tech from the Simputer people heads West. Silently. Touchscreen dashboard, 125 mile range, 75 mph max speed, 6 hour recharge. Needs a lid to keep out our rain, but doesn’t look half bad from here. [Thanks Dave!]   The car is fitted with a “wireless tablet,” an embedded appliance that integrates into a high resolution single touch-screen display system all dashboard functions such as speed, state of charge, range…


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future tech March 28, 2005 posted by

Shake a volt.

The Kinetic Energy Cell. Get ready to shake yer battery. An interesting Aussie tech which apparently may lead to batteries which generate power from vibrations, such as you’d find in a moving vehicle or even people. So in the future we could dance or jog our way to a re-charge. Picturing a commuter train carriage full of jiggling suits. Oh yes! More here.  A renewable energy device that captures vibration to produce electricity looks set to replace or compliment small conventional batteries…


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future tech March 25, 2005 posted by

Don’t mock MoCA.

MoCA. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance. Home networking done retro. Interesting.  The goal of MoCA is to create specifications and certify products that will tap into the vast amounts of unused bandwidth available on the in-home coax without the need for new connections, wiring… More than 70% of homes in the United States have coax already installed… The technology underlying MoCA provides the vital elements necessary to distribute DVD quality entertainment throughout the home – high speed (270 mbps), high…


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future tech March 21, 2005 posted by

S’nuff?

Apparently researchers are closing in on a cure for smoking. Or rather there are a number of companies developing tools to combat the ‘disease’. From the ‘believe it when you see it dept’.  Then there’s NicVax, a drug that Florida-based Nabi Pharmaceuticals claims could be used as a nicotine vaccine. NicVax triggers the production of antibodies that bind to nicotine molecules, preventing them from reacting with receptors in the brain. NicVax, which was developed primarily with grants from the National Institute…


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cool tech March 10, 2005 posted by

Bodyboard.

The BodyBoard. Wow, the Peugeot Design Competition really throws up some funky concept vehicles, eh?  BodyBoard – the lie-down electric go-kart. The BoadyBoard rider lies head first in a harness, getting a speed sensation blast just centimeters above the tarmac. Propulsion comes via the powerful electric engines inside each wheel that are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The BodyBoard also has the lowest centre of gravity possible – it’s below the axle line. Along with the bird’s eye view and four powerful inside-the-wheel…


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cool tech March 7, 2005 posted by

RedTacton

RedTacton. Human Area Networks get a name and a face. And a pretty orange colour too!  RedTacton is a new Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a safe, high speed network transmission path. – RedTacton uses the minute electric field emitted on the surface of the human body. Technically, it is completely distinct from wireless and infrared…Touching, gripping, sitting, walking, stepping and other human movements can be the triggers for unlocking or locking,…


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future tech February 14, 2005 posted by

Patch work.

The Thinking Carpet is an interesting project. Mind you, I’m not sure just how much more thinking I need from my furniture and environment. [Thanks Andi]  A self-organising network of robust microchips is responsible for the capturing and processing of data in the “Thinking Carpet”. In this case, self-organising means: If a sensor fails for some reason, the neighbouring processors can use their own positioning to look for a new connecting route which circumvents the defective region and maintains functionality….


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future tech February 11, 2005 posted by

YAFUTP.

The CLEVER Project. Yet Another Funky Urban Transportation Project. Are any of these things ever ack-tually going to appear on the streets?  The natural gas engine allows travelling with minimal fuel consumption (2.5 l/100km (111 mpg) equivalent to gasoline for CO2 emissions of 60g/km)…Because of the lack of appropriate infrastructure with natural gas filling stations, the refuelling of CLEVER is possible by the exchange of gas bottles. Two mounted gas bottles offer a driving range of approximately 150 km.


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future tech February 10, 2005 posted by

Cyber tube.

Cybertelly, CyberSky and Byte-Tornado. Watch this one folks, it could be fascinating. At the moment distribution of the beta software has been stopped due to a temporary injunction issued by a German court on 7th Jan this year. [Thanks James!] Cybertelly. P2P television using a small (220kb) downloaded client. CyberTelly is a new technology of broadcasting TV, an Alternative to Cable-TV or Satellite-TV. Instead sending satellites into space or laying a cable into household, we use the internet for signal transmission. Cybersky….


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future tech February 10, 2005 posted by

Third eye.

The folks at ThirdEye Interfaces reckon they’ve come up with an innovative game controller tech which uses the seeing capabilities of cameras like the EyeToy to control on-screen action. Hard to explain, take a look at the video for more meat. The Ferret is not totally convinced, if only because it’s unclear from the rather sparse web site just how flexible the tech will be in the real world. A mere two degrees of motion is not good enough for…


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future tech February 1, 2005 posted by

The Griefcase.

The Griefcase. A courier-safe briefcase which can only be opened by someone who is not the owner or carrier. Not so great for smuggling cheese sarnies and crisps into the library then. [Huh? – Ed]   In order to ensure this accountability, the owner or person carrying this briefcase cannot open it. Only persons other than the owner of this briefcase can open it. Anyone opening this briefcase, whether they be law enforcement officers, customs officials, military police, or private security forces, must therefore be…


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cool tech January 17, 2005 posted by

TiVo tools.

The new TiVo third party toolset announcement looks really ho-hum until you dig deep into the concept, at which point light bulbs start popping. The tools allow anyone with smarts and content like TV programs or music videos, to ‘broadcast’ it directly to TiVo boxes using broadband, i.e. without going through the traditional TV network routes . The Ferret reckons that this is colossal stuff, peeps, ‘cause once broadband is everywhere, all it needs is a widespread deployment of this kind of tech…


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future tech January 10, 2005 posted by

Le Segway, zoot alors!

Looks like the Europeans may be warming to the Segway concept better than the domestic US market. Viz the Oxygen Network – a zero emission vehicle rental station in the city of Lille in France.  The Oxygen Station is located on the Champ de Mars, just Northwest of Lille near a large parking lot. The Oxygen Boutique is located in the center of the city at the Lille Flandres railway station. A total of 16 Segway HTs and 25 electric bikes…


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