This is a wicked cool application from Amnesia Razorfish. With it you can transfer content between your iPhone, iPad, and other devices using a Microsoft Surface table just by sliding things around. It is the most natural way possible for moving around your content. No more "send and receive." No more searching for USB cables. You don't even have to save the files to your DropBox folder. Instead, you just… Continue
Flying robots under the control of a computerNOT a human are no longer the stuff of science fiction. These robots, called quad-rotors for their 4 propellers, are becoming capable of amazing feats. In the video above the robot successfully juggles a ball for several bounces. This is something a human controlled aircraft would have a very hard time doing!
By now you've all heard of the new system for controlling Xbox games: the Microsoft Kinect. You may have even seen one of the videos circulating around of people using hacked Kinect controllers to do some things never envisioned by its creators. If you haven't seen them then prepare to be amazed.
In this video, we see a prototype of using the Kinect to… Continue
This video shows some really forward thinking on the part of the Chevy Volt engineering team. They demonstrate a new app for the Droid phone that let's you search and get directions on your phone then send those directions to the vehicle's navigation system. Pretty cool! This will be MUCH easier than trying to navigate via the phone's GPS while driving. The app also allows you to monitor and control the status of the vehicle. You can schedule charging to occur at a… Continue
Swedish company People of Lava (what a totally cool name!) have announced the first HDTV to be powered by the Android operating system. The television will be a LED-backlit LCD available in 42-, 47- and 55-inch sizes. It includes YouTube and Google Maps apps, along with a Web browser. You can download more apps like Facebook and Twitter from the People of Lava app store (they have not announced whether it will connect to the main Android app store).…
Until I saw this video I thought I was pretty smart. Well Pranav Mistry is now the smartest guy I've ever seen. This talk, filmed last November at TED India, is the most eye-opening thing I've seen in a long, long time. Pranav shows us how to close the gap between the data in our computers and the objects we interact with in the real world. For under $300 in hardware he produced his Sixth-Sense device that will totally blow your mind. Don't even think about… Continue
Apple is not the only company coming out with a tablet format device this year. Many other companies are producing these devices. Some are small, almost pocket-sized, while others are large with 15" screens and full PC capability. Some are focused mainly on multimedia while others seem oriented most towards being an eReader. They all promise to offer us a new paradigm for computing that fits somehow in between our smartphones and our laptops. Here are… Continue
Imagine a birthday card whose candles light when you pick it up then go out when you blow on them. That is completely possible using a new technique for printing electrical circuits developed by Kate Stone, founder of Novalia, a printing firm based in Cambridge, UK. This new technique turns the normal process for creating a printed circuit on its head. In her method a designer first creates an ordinary image on the page. Then an electronics engineer uses special… Continue
This incredible dress was made out of 24,000 extremely thin 2mm x 2mm LEDs, thousands of tiny crystals to reflect the light, and enough batteries to power it for an hour. Called the GalaxyDress it is described as the "largest wearable display in the world". It is on display as the center piece of the "Fast Forward: Inventing the Future" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The museum commissioned the dress for their permanent… Continue
Alice first introduced us to this device in a blog post here. Now a lot more information has come out about this interesting tablet computer. This video shows a great deal more about the interface and uses that the device will support. It looks like a dream machine for anyone involved in creative work. When I was a student I would've killed for something like this.… Continue
At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen is displaying their new L1 diesel - electric hybrid that in testing has gotten 170 miles per gallon. This astounding achievement is made possible by the use of lightweight composite parts and extreme care with the aerodynamics.
The car seats two people in a one-behind-the-other configuration. It weighs only 800 lbs and sits 45 inches high. It… Continue
This video for PayPal imagines a near future where it can be used almost anywhere. Created to announce the opening of their software interface to Third Party developers it shows what might be possible soon. What do you think we'll be doing soon with this type of instant… Continue
In this amazing TED talk Eric Giler actually shows the results of some incredible advances made at MIT. He demonstrates actually powering a television wirelessly from across the stage. He also shows several cellphones including an iPhone powered wirelessly with no batteries in them. This is truly a revolutionary technology that will change the way we operate. It is also completely safe as he explains (and demonstrates by walking directly in front of the… Continue
More and more people are giving up on cable TV and turning to the web. According to a recent study by Parks Associates about 900,000 U.S. homes relied solely on the Internet for TV in 2008. Another survey showed that 8% of adults now view television shows online at least once a week (Leichtman Research Group). The same survey found that 8% of adults who watch video online now watch TV less often.
Mobile Augmented Reality is the name given to a technology being worked on by several groups to bridge the gap betweeen information available online and what you see around you. Imagine turning on your smartphone's camera, pointing it at a building near you, and the phone would tell you something about that building. That's exactly what is happening in the video above.
This app is available right now for phones running Google's Android operating system. It is… Continue
This is a stunning video of a 600 foot long ship moving through the Houston Ship Channel at night. It was made by Louis Vest ("OneEighteen" on Flikr here). Here's his description "... 2000 still images taken by using a Nikon D700 in the "interval timer" mode. The camera was fastened to an outside rail and set to take a photo every six seconds. Quicktime then assembled the photos into a .mov file that plays back at… Continue
This video was produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting as part of the Geospatial Revolution Project. This is an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. This technology touches almost everything in our modern life: how we plan communities, how we find a restaurant, how Obama's election team found likely voters, how we measure climate change, and how we deploy our… Continue