From Princess Leia to Tony Stark: The Future of Holograms is Near

Geeks know better than anyone: the future is holograms. I mean, ever since Star Wars we’ve been dreaming of communication via tiny, rendered, animated graphics beamed across interstellar space. Or at least, I have. Turns out, we’re not the only ones. A team of researchers in the US are working hard to bring this fantasy […]

Electric car takes another step to practicality

A German company has produced a battery pack that allows an ordinary car to travel 375 miles on a single charge. It’s not a record, but is arguably the most impressive overall performance. The record for a single charge appears to be 623 miles, achieved by a converted Daihatsu van. However, that only averaged 27 […]

Search Engines Get More Human with Blekko

Well, aside from the curious name (it sounds like what my son says when he eats something he really doesn’t like) it looks like Blekko has people talking. And talking to the tune of $24 million in funding. What on earth is Blekko? According to TechRadar, Blekko is a search engine with a radically new […]

How I Became a PC: Five Steps from Mac to Microsoft

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve been changing the computer regime over here. It isn’t that I don’t love the shininess of my MacBook. It isn’t that, given the money and all that, I’d just go out and buy a top-of-the-line Mac… because, honestly, I’d consider it. As important […]

Coffee and eggs the recipe for robot technique

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has funded some strange projects in its work to develop new technology for the United States military. But perhaps none quite so strange as using coffee grains to pick up an egg. DARPA provided some of the money for a newly published study involving researchers at universities in […]

Pirate Parties In Space

If you read this article’s headline and were expecting the greatest B movie ever made, I’m sorry to tell you, but you’re in for a dissapointment. It’s in fact a reference to a discussion on a technical solution to the problems of copyright law for those who support filesharing without restrictions. The discussion comes from […]

Another Tablet Has Landed: Samsung Galaxy Tab Available from Verizon November 11

While the iPad has been the mover and the shaker of the tablet world since its launch, there have been many rumors and unanswered questions about other tablets entering the market. Some have come and gone with little fanfare, others have been but speculation. Now, Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab is hoping to rise to the […]

LEDs Get Thinner, Implanted: Geeks Everywhere Ponder the Implications

Pictured above: those are LEDs. On the tip of a pencil. Yep, in this article io9 talks LEDs–thin, bright, flexible LEDs that are so slight they can be slipped under paper, on pencil tips, and, well, under your skin. Just imagine the possibilities. John Rogers of the University of Illinois is the brain behind this […]

ReBoot Gets Rebooted

I remember watching the CGI animated cartoon series ReBoot as a kid and being blown away by the quality of the animation. Of course, by today’s standards, that type of 3D modeling can be done by your average college student. I guess this is one of those “back in my day” type of things for […]

Chess Computers Reach the Next Level

13 years on from Deep Blue beating Gary Kasparov, the idea of a computer beating a champion human at chess doesn’t seem that outlandish. But now a computer has beaten a leading player at shogi, more colloquially known as Japanese chess. Why’s that so impressive? Well, the general concept of the game is similar to […]

MovieReshape: Tracking and Reshaping People in Videos

So, need to lose a few pounds or gain body mass to participate in a movie or a TV series? No need to work out or starve yourself anymore, thanks to MovieReshape! We present a system for quick and easy manipulation of the body shape and proportions of a human actor in arbitrary video footage. […]

Curtain-twitchers recruited for CCTV monitoring

Some people are really really nosy. The police can’t be everywhere at once. Put those two points together and you’ve got a simple, if controversial, solution to low-level crime. Internet Eyes, which is launching in the British county of Devon, allows internet users to monitor CCTV footage from participating businesses. They’ll then get a token […]