Spray-on batteries could change device design

We’ve done a great job of producing batteries in ever decreasing sizes, but one limitation is that they still remain fixed shapes: largely cylinders with the occasional disc or rectangular block. That in turn places restrictions on the design of battery-powered devices. Now a new technique could mean flat or even curved batteries that fit […]

Farewell Minitel, France’s forerunner to the web

This weekend, France will close Minitel, a service that has allowed people to access information on computers at home since long before the World Wide Web. The service was the most successful example of videotex, which uses dial-up modems to send information to and from a monitor or television screen. Minitel was launched in 1982 […]

That’s not Fair: A Rock/Paper/Scissors Robot With a 100% Win Rate [Video]

From the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at The University of Tokyo: In this research we develop a janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot with 100% winning rate as one example of human-machine cooperation systems. Human being plays one of rock, paper and scissors at the timing of one, two, three. According to the timing, the robot hand plays one […]

2.5 Terabits Per Second Downloads? Researchers Unveil Fiber Optic Transmission With a Twist!

An international team of researchers have managed to achieve data transmission speeds of 2.5 terabits per second by “twisting” light waves. They believe the same technique could also be used for more traditional wireless transmission. The technique involves controlling the movement of light waves in two different ways: the spin angular momentum (which is already […]

Paper Industry feeling eBook Pressure

Ebooks and Tablets are rapidly bringing us closer and closer to treating reading materials and media consumption to Star Trek levels, and while that is pretty exciting, the paper industry is starting to feel the pinch. The popularity of digital media for books and documents has been accelerating for years, and paper manufacturing is on […]

Push Humanity Forward: The Future is Ours to Create [Video]

The future excites me so much, that is why I made this video. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit. Help inspire others by sharing this video and tagging any interesting content on twitter […]

Teaching Win: Teach with Portals

You can’t help but smile if someone says they’re going to use a video game to teach physics. Of course, with Portal 2, you actually could provide a much more engaging lesson in some of the more dull aspects of one of our core sciences. So Valve software have created an educational GLaDOS – Teach […]

Microsoft Introduces its Tablet: The Surface

Microsoft has stepped into the bloodsport Kumite known as the tablet market and has announced more details for The Surface. With Apple dominating this corner of the world, other manufacturers were quick to develop their own hardware to varying reception. The ever popular Blackberry introduced their Playbook hoping to trump the other projects, but sadly […]

Lazier Householders Benefit from Robot Tech

If you like the idea of a robot vacuum cleaner but think having to walk over to it to get it started is too much work, the creators of one of the most popular models are catering to your whims. The Roomba 790 is the latest in the much-publicized range of robot cleaners. It’s got […]

US Back Atop Supercomputer Rankings

The United States is once again home to the world’s fastest computer. It ends a 20 month American absence from the top spot while first a Chinese and then a Japanese machine was number one. The honor is bestowed by the TOP500 project, which has been putting together a regularly-updated supercomputer list since 1993. It […]

The Spider-Man Machine [Video]

On May 29, 2012, the Ascending Aggies exhibited their award winning device by scaling the west wall of the Dean F. Peterson Engineering Building. The PVAC Design took first place at the Air Force Research Laboratory Design Challenge on April 20, 2012. [Via IHC]

Very Cool: Eulerian Video Magnification Technology [Video]

Our goal is to reveal temporal variations in videos that are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye and display them in an indicative manner. Our method, which we call Eulerian Video Magnification, takes a standard video sequence as input, and applies spatial decomposition, followed by temporal filtering to the frames. The resulting […]