The Beer Can Robot [Video]

The Transformers: beer cans in disguise! [Youtube]

EDWARD – Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping

Students from the University of Adelaide’s School of Mechanical Engineering have build a pretty cool human operated diwheel as a school project, and I must say, the thing looks REALLY fun to drive, even though it might make me a bit nauseated after a while. Check it out: This project by students in the School […]

Introducing the PS Vita [Video]

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Armed with dual analog sticks, front- and rear-mounted cameras, a multi-touch backing, 5-inch OLED touchscreen, sixaxis motion sensor, wifi, 3G (through AT&T, which sent a round of boos through the audience), and a slew of games designed to utilize its multiple control systems, the PS Vita is a packed-to-the-gills next-gen for the PS3. Retail price […]

Tech Start-Up Offers New Hires Free Beer, Skinny Jeans

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Maybe before this week no one had heard of Hipster, a San Francisco company that lets people post queries and answers to others in their geographic area using the Web and a mobile phone, but with their new-hire incentives, everyone is talking about them. If you are hired by–or if someone you recommend is hired by–the […]

Space Age Designs from the PopSci Archives

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Years before Sputnik launched and even longer before The Jetsons debuted, Popular Science was tracking Space Age trends in automobiles, appliances, architecture and interior design. Check out the PopSci gallery of Space Age-design articles from 1951 – 1968, which include everything from rocket-shaped cars to a lunar-base summer camp. [PopSci]

Asteroids! Moons! Planets! CASSINI MISSION Film Has It All

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“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan This is the quote designer and director Chris Abbas recalls when discussing CASSINI MISSION, the film he created using stills from the NASA image archives. Abbas’s love for space is evident in his treatment of the footage (isn’t the soundtrack perfect?), but his statement on […]

The Solar-Powered Bikini: Because Why Not?

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New York-based designer Andrew Schneider spends about 80 hours each week stitching photovoltaic mini-panels into bikini forms with conductive thread. If you think you’d like an iKini (that’s right–an iKini), be prepared to drop about $200 for the custom-fitted swimsuit. Each suit comes equipped with four hidden pockets for carrying anything from a cell phone to […]

The Immersive Cocoon: Your Very Own Holodeck

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That giant, shiny black hamster-ball up there is the Immersive Cocoon, and geeks, it is a brilliant concept design. Taking all the best features of what used to be fake science and applying them to a room-sized spherical theater… well, it’s indistinguishable from magic, really. Imagine having a personal Holodeck. Aside from all the pervy […]

Solar-Cell “Super Skin” Is Better Than Yours

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Stanford University chemical engineering Professor Zhenan Bao has developed a flexible, stretchable solar cell, which she envisions as a future component in artificial skin for robots, human prosthetic limbs, or even clothing. The film stretches up to 30% from its original size along two axes without losing function or resulting in loss of elasticity. That kind of […]

The Star Accessory by Satarii: Make your Camera Follow your Every Move

  As the camera quality improves on cellphones and handheld devices, the need for better hands-free accessories becomes more apparent. The two guys who make up Satarii have a great idea–the Star Accessory, which was successfully funded through donations in an Indie GoGo campaign.   The video pretty much shows you everything you need to […]

Planning a Weekend Trip to Mars? Get This Tent.

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The problem with setting up permanent encampments on extraterrestrial bodies is simple: Earth is the only place we’ve found that supports life–at least the kinds we know about. Every force of nature works against us when it comes to building a home away from our planet.  The logistics of providing a team of space cowboys (and […]

Martin Jetpacks One Step Closer to Reality [Video]

The folks from Martin Jetpack have finally tested their personal jetpack outside; they flew a unit up 5000 ft. in the air, landing it later via a commercially available ballistic parachute. Check it out: [Via]