Ancient Wonder Recreated By 3D Printer

One of the seven wonders of the world has been recreated with a 3D printer. But the new version of the Statue of Zeus is only around an eighth the size of the original. The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta commissioned the new statue to tie in with an upcoming exhibition on the Olympic Games […]

Watch 1,007 Robots as They Dance Simultaneously (Guinness World Record)

At the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China, 1,007 robots bopped and shimmied their way to a new world record for the Most robots dancing simultaneously. All of these robots were controlled by a single mobile device that used a special encryption technology to communicate with the robots, preventing outside interference from other gadgets in […]

Wheelchair Becomes Off-Road Vehicle [Video]

This is the amazing Ripchair 3.0, an all terrain vehicle that can house almost any wheelchair to allow access to even the most rugged outdoor activities. It’s powered by a 27 horse power engine to avoid the need to run down the wheelchair’s own battery (or tire the users arms.)

Learning Tool Automates Colorization

The Algorithmia site, which has a series of machine learning tools, now has a demo for colorizing black and white images. It’s very much a work in progress and does tend towards the sepia with less sharp images, but it will be interesting to see if it does indeed improve over time. (While the site […]

Robot Tattoo Artist Is Terrifying [Video]

Some engineers like to explore what’s possible rather than what’s necessary or desirable. That seems to be the case with Autodesk’s automated tattoo artist robot. The actual tattooing part is relatively simple: the real challenge is accurately scanning the three-dimensional bodypart so it can ink the image on a curved surface. World’s First Tattoo by Industrial Robot […]

How Text Messaging Really Works [Video]

Even if you’re familiar with all the technology involved in sending text messages to and from cellphones, this video from AsapSCIENCE is a great overview of something many of us take for granted.

Megabus Straddles Two Lanes Of Traffic

A bus tested in China this week carries 300 passengers without getting in the way of cars. That’s because it straddles the road leaving a two meter high, two lane gap for cars to drive through. The electrically-powered Transit Elevated Bus is 72 feet long and 25 feet wide and is designed to perform the […]

Wireless Charger Makes Phone Levitate

Bored of your phone lying still on a wireless charger? Now you can have it hover and rotate in the air while it recharges. The pretty, if somewhat pointless, OvRcharge combines the usual wireless charging with magnetic levitation via a special phone case. It’s on Kickstarter and, at the time of writing, was on the […]

Incredible Optical Zoom Takes You To The Moon

This stunning video was made using the Nikon P900 which has an impressive 83x optical zoom. [Via: Gizmodo]

One Step Closer to Skynet: IBM Uses Blu-Ray Tech For Artificial Brain

IBM has created artificial neurons that work in a way much closer to a human brain than previous efforts. It’s a step closer to creating computers that learn in the same way as humans. The project is the latest attempt to overcome the biggest weakness of computers: that in principle a processor can only do […]

Uber To Make Its Own Maps

Uber is to invest in its own set of maps rather than relying on Google. It’s not just a cost issue: the company says a new approach will be needed for autonomous vehicles. While Google does charge for commercial use of its maps, Uber’s move isn’t necessarily a case of cost-cutting. It’s said to be […]

Microsoft Marries Minecraft With Oculus Rift

Microsoft has announced Oculus Rift support for Minecraft. It’s for the Windows 10 version of the game, though whether suspension of disbelief will be possible remains to be seen. The announcement appears to be timed as a last-minute push for the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 that Microsoft says will end today (July 29.) […]