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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Walmart WAVE concept. It’s incredibly fuel efficient, and looks like Optimus Prime 2099.