Cars of the Future are Closer Than You Think

Mitsubishi unveiled the EMIRAI at Tokyo Motor Show last week. This concept car’s sleek design is one step away from flying! [via DigInfo]

Safety agency calls for total driver cellphone ban

A federal agency has urged state legislatures to introduce a flat-out ban on any cellphone use by drivers, except in genuine emergencies. Previous proposals at both state and federal level have varied in scope, with some states banning texting or handheld use of phones by drivers. Now the National Transportation Safety Board is going a […]

Next-gen GPS ready for testing

The first prototype of a new generation of GPS satellites has arrived for testing at Lockheed Martin in Colorado. It’s designed to increase accuracy, even in unfavorable conditions, as well as expanding the range of satellites available for consumer use. The satellite will be part of the Block III system, which will increase location accuracy […]

Cops Hope Rioters See the Light [Pew Pew Pew]

A British police force is planning to trial a laser gun that would temporarily blind large groups of people. The £25,000 (US$40,000) device, the SMU 100, emits a three-meter square “wall” of light. It’s not designed to cause damage to eyesight, but is painful to look at. Manufacturers Photonic Security Systems liken it to the […]

MorpHex: A hexapod robot that can transform into a sphere shape and back [Video]

A hexapod robot that can transform into a sphere shape and back. Still under construction… Featuring 25 servos. 12x 5990, 13x 5645 Hitec servos, Basicmicro ARC-32 board, XBee, 2S 5000mAh LiPo, Turnigy 8amp regulator. Thanks Erik!

Chemical “Carving” Reaches Nano-Scale

A Spanish research facility has shown off a technique for “carving” nanoparticles into complex shapes. It could have practical uses in both medical testing and drug delivery. A nanoparticle is a self-contained object that has at least one dimension smaller than 100 nanometers: that is, a stack of 10,000 would be just one millimeter wide. […]

Impressive: Projection Mapping on the Manhattan Bridge [Video]

Holy crap that was impressive… With equipment and technical support sponsored by Senovva, Inc., we set out to create a one of a kind public art experience, a projection mapping installation for multiple surfaces and multiple dimensions. Unfolding like an animated modern Botticelli painting, flowing above our heads and spreading outwards in every direction, “As […]

This Amorphous Crawling Robot Will Freak You Out [Video]

Harvard researchers have inspired themselves from various animals such as starfish and worms to create what can only be defined as one of the creepiest robot we’ve ever seen. This particular robot (which comes from George M. Whitesides’ lab at Harvard) distinguishes itself by being capable of several unique gait styles including walking, crawling, and […]

New Toyota creates “waku waku doki doki”

Toyota has shown off a new car design where the entire exterior is a video display. The car also has an augmented reality display on the inside of the windshield as well as an internet connection for the passengers. Sadly the car is merely a demonstration model: it’s not likely to be on sale any […]

A Geek Girl’s Guide to Holiday Shopping

by Meredith Placko While millions of Americans fought tooth, nail, and pepper spray to get their hands on some mighty deals, this geek girl somehow managed to avoid the annual contact sport known as Black Friday. While sitting in my office, pouring over YouTube videos of people at their very best in Holiday cheer (and […]

Researchers Shine Light on More Efficient Chips

Researchers at MIT believe they’ve taken an important step in developing the next generation of silicon chips. The photonic version would use light beams rather than electrons, greatly increasing speed and efficiency as well as boosting communications. The aim of the research was to avoid the current wasteful process by which data transmitted by fiber […]

E-Mail Becomes Eye-Mail

University of Washington researchers have created a technology that could allow users to have e-mails beamed directly to their eyeballs, just like in Torchwood: Children of Earth (and Terminator before it). But in its current form, users will need to be able to decipher morse code. The technology, which can display (or not display) an […]