The Immersive Cocoon: Your Very Own Holodeck


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


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.


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]

Cisco predicts the zettabyte era; Elvis offers doubt

According to Cisco there’ll be an average of two internet connected devices per person by 2015. The company also believes there’ll be almost three billion internet users by that date. The stats are part of the company’s latest “Visual Networking Index” forecast, which aims to predict future net use and its contributing factors. The headline […]

World’s Fastest Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot [VIDEO]

Created by students at the Swinburne University of Technology, this robot can solve a fully scrambled rubik’s cube in about 10 seconds, which includes the time it takes to scan each face of the cube. Check it out: [Via]

Language-Inventing Robots


B: “Attack of the Clones was on last night.” A: “Missed it. I watched Two and a Half Men reruns.” B: “I should have, too.” Lingodroids are nifty little robots who create their own language. Ruth Schulz and her group of researchers from the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology developed the robots, who […]

I, For One, Welcome Our New Robotic Juggler Overlord [Video]

This robotic juggler, which can juggle five billiard balls at the same time was designed and built by researchers at the Department of Control Engineering at Prague’s Czech Technical University. The five ball juggling operation is the most difficult to control, because all five axis must be controlled synchronously and the throwing up the third, […]

New “Solar-Sequin” Handbag Isn’t Hideous


Geeks are a picky lot–I can admit this without shame because i’m a choosy geek myself. Anything functional should also be aesthetically pleasing, since any real tech-lover will be using the thing, maybe even in public, on a fairly regular basis. So. Solar-powered bags have been around for a while and for the most part, […]

Commercial Quantum Computers for Sale, Only $10M


The first D-Wave One, a commercially available 128-qubit quantum computer, has been sold to Lockheed Martin. The agreement between Lockheed Martin and D-Wave Systems was announced this week. If you have a spare ten million bucks in your sofa cushions, you too can own the D-Wave One. Rather than relying on transistors and classical mechanics, […]

WANT: Mobile Zombie Apocalypse Shelter [VIDEO]

Holy crap I need one of those in my backyard, like, right now, just in case of, you know, a zombie apocalypse descends upon us in the near future. [Via [H]]