Cell Phones in 1986 [Video]

“It’s a cross between a beeper and a car phone.” Oh my grok. And it’s only $3300!! [via]

JetLev Water-Powered Jetpacks Going On Sale

Apparently, that water-powered jetpack we reported on about 2 years ago is about to go on sale to the public, but behold, if you want one, it’ll cost around 136 grands. It’s taken over 10 years for its Canadian inventor, Raymond Li, to realize his dream and see his jetpack go on sale, but judging […]

Smartest Machine on Earth to Take on Jeopardy! Grand Champions

This week, an episode of NOVA covered Watson, the IBM supercomputer designed to interpret and understand natural human language, with all its ambiguity: wordplay, puns, double-meanings, intuitive differentiations and subtlety. Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is the result of the DeepQA Project, the goal of which is to create a computer system […]

The “Solar Wind” Bridge Design Harnesses Energy Two Ways

Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino, a trio of Italian designers, have come up with an ingenious way to generate energy without consuming valuable real estate. Between the pillars of a long-expanse bridge, a multitude of turbines capture wind energy from the faster-moving high-altitude currents. In addition, the (currently theoretical) road is paved with a […]

Sneak Peek: The airpenPocket by Pentel

Coming February 12, 2011: The Pentel airpenPocket, a digital writing device that promises handwriting-to-text data entry as well as drawing-to-image capabilities via Bluetooth. Though similar devices have been on the market for some time, Pentel’s advantage is the Bluetooth capability, which allows transmission of text and image data to PC as well as smartphones, tablets and […]

ICANN haz new IP address? (No)

The Internet has finally run out of addresses. Well, sort of. As we noted last year, the issue involves public IP addresses, which points to a physical computer or server that stores a website, rather than the domain names (such as geeksaresexy.net) that most human users type in. The current system, Internet Protocol version 4 […]

Space Tech Anniversary: Luna 9 Lands on the Moon

February 3, 1966: The first spacecraft to land on any non-Earth planetary body, the Soviet Union’s unmanned Luna 9 reaches the Moon. Equipped with radio and television capability, heat control system, power sources and a radiation detector, the payload touched down in Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”). Immediately thereafter, the four-panel seal opened and Luna […]

What is “Internet” anyway?

This video popped up on YouTube last month, but has been making the blog rounds in the past few days. It’s a clip from a 1994 episode of The Today Show, featuring Brian Gumbel trying his best to wrap his head around this “Internet” thing (and that weird little @ symbol). “What, do you write […]

IBM Centennial Film: 100 Years of IBM [Video]

A short film featuring one hundred people, who each present the IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born, from the oldest person to the youngest one. Enjoy! [Via Reddit]

Apple Awarded Patent for Time Machine. Product Launch Scheduled for 1985

by Derek Clark Contributing Writer, [GAS] Remember as a kid how you’d dream about all the cool stuff you’d one day enjoy in the future? Well, you probably don’t have a pink hoverboard or self-lacing sneakers just yet, but chances are, Apple has already patented it. Recently, Mashable.com reported that Apple was granted 563 patents […]

Android in orbit: Google phone headed for space

British researchers plan to send a cellphone into orbit to discover if it will still work. If it does, it could mean major changes to the way satellites are used. The project, run by the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited will involve sending a satellite named STRaND-1 into orbit. The 30cm-long satellite […]

Construction with Quadrotor Teams

First, you saw them doing all kinds of crazy acrobatics (here and here), and then, they began working in team. Some of them have even gone to the point where they developed an artistic flair. Now, they’ve started to build things. Next step? Self-Replication? Ladies and gentlegeeks, I’m sorry to say this to you today, […]