Posts tagged with ‘the future

Glow in the dark highways make their debut in the Netherlands

Yeah, reflectors marking the edges of the lanes are great and all, but this is the 21st century… why not take things to the next level and make the lane markers glow in the dark. And this is just the beginning— eventually Netherlands will have smart highways that display icons for road conditions, such as big blue snowflakes if the road is icy.

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Super fast magnetic micro robots are the future of manufacturing

Controlled by magnets and sometimes by wire, these teeny tiny robots can be programmed to perform thousands of incredibly precise manufacturing tasks without any expensive, bulky and constraining larger machine set up. Just program them, put them down and let them go.

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Google Glass sale may extend beyond just today. How many of you have gotten yours?

Today was the day where Google sold Glass for one day only, $1500 a pop. But the selling was so frantic, Google said it’s probably going to keep the sales open to the public for a little while longer. How many of you fat cats have gotten your Google Glass yet?

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Needy robotic toaster will sell itself if it feels neglected

If this is the future, I opt-out. 

Brad is the star of ‘Addicted Products,’ a design experiment recently named Best in Show at the 2014 Interaction Awards. As a connected toaster, he’s in constant contact with other connected toasters like him — and thus keenly aware of how much action they’re getting. If he’s not being used as much as his friends, Brad gets upset. He’ll wiggle his little handle to get your attention, begging you to make some toast or at least to give him a reassuring pat on the side. Ignore him long enough, and he’ll take a more drastic measure: pinging a network of potential owners to find a new home.

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North Korea’s year old space agency has a new logo. Yes, it’s called NADA, as in “What are the chances of North Korea ever having a real space program?”
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North Korea’s year old space agency has a new logo. Yes, it’s called NADA, as in “What are the chances of North Korea ever having a real space program?”

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Stealth tank? Stealth tank! Poland just built the world’s first stealth tank!


Poland’s new PL-01 “concept” tank is covered in radar-absorbing materials and features temperature-controlled cells on the outer body that can match the surrounding temperature and make the tank invisible to infrared.  On top of that, the heat they give off can be modified to make the stealth tank look like a car, a motorcycle, or even a person to enemy radar.

Production of the PL-01 is set to begin in 2018, with export to NATO countries beginning in 2022.  You can see more photos at Gas 2.

Afternoon nightmare fuel: This dancing animatronic robot is pure terror

It’s supposedly cutting edge because it can dance to music on its own, but shit I used to have a battery powered flower that could do that and it wasn’t a fraction this horrifying. If this is the future of robot strippers, no thank you.

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Electric Hoveround + M1 Abrams Tank = DerZiesel All-terrain Wheelchair

This go-anywhere, do-anything offspring of a drunken three-way between an electric power chair, an ATV, and an M1 Abrams tank isn’t just a concept. You can buy one right. Freaking. Now.

If you have $30K to spend on a power chair, that is … here’s what it looks like in other colors.

Full specs and more photos at Gas 2.

In the future, prisoners could be forced to feel like they served a thousand year sentence in eight hours

With future biotechnology, prisons could one day carry out sentences on individuals that only occur in the mind. As in, someone is sentenced to multiple life sentences, or in cases of military torture, the unlucky recipient would have their brain tricked into thinking they’d been imprisoned for a thousand years when it’s only been eight hours. Well isn’t that just wonderful.

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NASA study concludes civilization as we know it only has a few more decades

According to anew study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, civilization as we know it is destined for collapse on a global scale in just a few decades. Why? Basically, the same reasons all major civilizations have collapsed— not one thing, but the entire system goes out if balance as populations explode, resources become scarce, the rich slowly start hoarding resources for themselves, widening the gap between rich and poor and eventually the wheels just come off.

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Android Wear, functional Smart Watches people may actually want.

Google officially announces their leap into the wearables world with Android Wear, the new OS designed to provide contextual information in the smartwatch form factor. The article has a couple videos showing proof of concept, but regardless, it couldn’t possibly be worse than the Galaxy Gear Samsung unveiled last year.

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Daily Discussion: Tech innovations that blew your mind as a kid

For my dad, living way out in the boonies when he was a kid, he got a television just a couple years after indoor plumbing, and for the time and place, both blew his mind. When I was a kid, TV had long existed and it was just there. For me, the tech innovations that rocked my world when they first appeared in the house was the home computer (a TI-99), our first VCR, and later down the line, the first time my dad brought home a laptop— it weighed a ton and it had an awful black and white LCD display, but holy shit, it was a computer that you could carry around with you. What tech innovations blew your mind as a kid when you first saw them in person or when they first showed up in your house?

Stabilized spoon helps those with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders eat without mess or embarassment

Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a benign trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk, are heavy burdens in their own right.

But add to that the moments when sufferers try to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The frustration attendant with being unable to keep food on the fork or spoon becomes another consequence of the disorder.

Now a San Francisco startup called Lift Labs is selling a piece of assistive technology that counters hand tremors and lets users have a meal without embarrassment or annoyance. The device, called Liftware, mounts utensils on an active stabilizing platform that diminishes uncontrollable jerking movements. 

This month, Lift Labs is matching donations to its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to send Liftware to people in economic hardship. The company will send the devices to the International Essential Tremor Foundation for distribution to those in need. Click through to see the campaign video.

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