Solar Roadway Prototype

Yes, in concept a solar roadway would be amazing, but I see a few problems with the idea. First, these roads could almost only be installed in countries where there is no snow and where the temperature doesn’t get too cold. Oh, the road’s surface could be heated, but wouldn’t that cost more energy than […]

What is a “static kill”?

BP’s name may be mud in environmental circles, but that’s also its latest tactic in the plan to permanently end the biggest accidental oil spill in history. The company is today beginning efforts to stem the flow of oil, which has so far released the equivalent of 4.9 million barrels of liquid, through a technique […]

How Memories are Made [Pic]

[Via Reddit]

C.R.A.B. – Cybernetic Remote Autonomous Barricade

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d like to see these things roam around my home town. Somehow, it reminds me of the ED-209 droid that went defective early in the first Robocop movie. Policing has been revolutionised with the introduction of the C.R.A.B. robotic sentry system, due to soon be trialled […]

Apple jailbreaking verdict: what happens next?

As we reported earlier this week, a revised interpretation of copyright laws means it is now legal to jailbreak an iPhone: that is, to modify it so it can run any software, including apps not approved by Apple. But the real question is what difference it will make. From a legal standpoint, the answer appears […]

A $35 Tablet PC?

And we thought the iPad was cheap(ish) at $499! Well, the Guardian and the Associated Press are both reporting that India has produced a prototype of a $35 tablet laptop which, the country hopes, could eventually go as low as $10. They plan to get the device on the market by 2011. Of course, it […]

Apple Poised to Top Microsoft This Quarter

Consider this a headline I never would have expected 10 years ago. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve used Apple products exclusively over the last decade, and it’s been an intriguing journey to say the least. But according to CNN, Apple is now the world’s most valuable tech company. While that fact in and of itself […]

Packs of Killing Robo-Quadrocopters [Video]

Yeah, I have to admit, I went a bit over the board with that headline. These packs of quadrocopters aren’t killing anything… yet. Apart from flying in packs, GRASP Lab’s autonomous flying bots can also perform all sorts of extremely complex maneuvers at high speeds. Check it out: I, for one, welcome our new robo-quadrocopter […]

AWESOME: Willow Garage’s Beer Fetching Robot

Sure, lots of people have made beer fetching robots in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as effective as this one. I mean, look at the thing! It can even open bottles for you if you don’t have a beer bottle opener handy. Simply awesome. [Via Willow Garage]

Perpetual Flight No Longer a Myth

On Tuesday we reported on an attempt to fly a plane for a full day without a drop of fuel. That attempt was a success – and the designers say they expect to one day fly a similar plane around the world. As the name implies, the Solar Impulse project’s plane HB-SIA is powered entirely […]

Happy Birthday, Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Today marks the 172nd birthday of Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Or, as his full name goes, Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin. You can likely guess what we have him to thank for (and no, I’m not talking about anything related to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page). While airships never quite gained in popularity as […]