World’s First Manned Flight Aboard an Electric Multicopter [Video]

copter

At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: “The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would […]

HDTV turns 75

bbcalexandra

The world’s first regular high-definition television broadcast took place 75 years ago. Of course it wasn’t 720 lines, but it was arguably the birth of what we know as television today. The broadcast came from Alexandra Palace (pictured) in London on November 2nd, 1936. It came seven years after the first broadcasts aimed at a […]

Boston Dynamic’s PETMAN Moves Frighteningly Like You and Me [Video]

hater

Hey, This guy can even strut haters gonna hate-style. PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by the US Army. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does simple calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test […]

The Future of Productivity According to Microsoft [Video]

future

Here is Microsoft’s vision on what productivity may one day be like… if the Cylons do not exterminate us first, of course. [Youtube]

OmniTouch: How to Turn Any Surface Into a Multi-Touch Screen [Video]

omnitouch

OmniTouch is a wearable depth-sensing and projection system that enables interactive multitouch applications on everyday surfaces. Beyond the shoulder-worn system, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment. Foremost, the system allows the wearer to use their hands, arms and legs as graphical, interactive surfaces. Users can also transiently appropriate surfaces from the environment […]

Now that’s what I call an ARM smartphone

A British man has built the ultimate smartphone dock: his left arm. Trevor Prideaux was born with only one arm and had previously had the inconvenience that using a cellphone (other than on speaker) meant he didn’t have a hand free during a call. But advances in technology brought new problems: now that he uses […]

This Tiny Robot Rides a Miniature Bicycle [Video]

bot

This Kondo KHR-3HV robot was adapted by a guy named Dr. Guero to ride a miniature bicycle. It can pedal at up to 6 mph and uses a gyro to keep its balance. [Via]

Put Realistic Objects Into Your Life with New Software

xteaser.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KwPSSkPC45

Ever wanted to put a million dollar statue on your front lawn to impress your girlfriend’s parents? Well now you can! At least in the photos you send them of your not so swank duplex. Here are some examples of a new photo editing software to be demoed at SIGGRAPH Asia this December. A research […]

How to See Through Concrete Walls [Video]

Screen shot 2011-10-18 at 11.53.42 PM

Like almost all interesting technology, the radar array presented by the MIT students below is being developed for warfare situations–specifically those in urban areas where concrete or stone walls are commonplace. It works well enough to offer a count of people on the other side of a wall, but it can’t show you (yet?) whether […]

Facebook Adding Energy Consumption App

facebookgreen

Facebook has followed the lead of Google and Microsoft in helping users track their energy use. But as things stand, it will largely be a manual operation for many people. From next year Facebook will be launching an app with Opower, a software company that helps utility providers provide clearer details to users about their […]

Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Result of GPS Movement

gps

So, remember about three weeks ago, when some neutrinos traveling between Geneva and the Gran Sasso Lab in Italy arrived about sixty nanoseconds quicker than the speed of light? That was weird.¬†However, on the 14th, Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen at the Netherlands seems to have figured it out.¬† His team calculated […]

Three Days Without Service? There’s an App for That.

bejeweled

The good news for BlackBerry owners is that they’ll be getting more than $100 of compensation for the recent outages. The bad news is that it isn’t in the form of cash or credit, but rather a selection of apps. And customers don’t even get a choice of apps. Instead they’ll be able to download […]