05/08/2012, It seems that the success of Microsoft’s Kinect has driven the company to branch out further into the gesture-related sciences given that one of its latest projects offers gesture control with just a computer’s speakers, a microphone and some inaudible sound waves. The project which has been dubbed SoundWave, utilizes the Doppler Effect which can apparently relate changes in sound frequency to movement and subsequently, detect gestures. If this reminds […]
05/08/2012, One major setback with LED lighting is that if you want a larger output of wattage, you will also have to deal with a larger chip cooling system. Now however, GE has revealed its new line of Energy Smart LED bulbs which have an innovative design for more efficient cooling. Reportedly, it can put out a 100W of power at only a quarter of the energy requirements needed from a […]
05/08/2012, A student from MIT called Charles Guan decided to build a working version of the Mario Kart. The vehicle that he has dubbed Chibikart is built from scratch and it apparently took him three weeks to build right up until its first test drive. Guan describes his cart as, “A (very) small electric kart with 4-wheel direct drive”.
05/03/2012, With all the recent rumors floating around the internet about the next iPhone 5 allegedly coming in a casing made from liquidmetal in addition to all the concept phones various fans have created with the same feature, Atakan Peker who is allegedly one of the inventors of the material, shed some light on the issue during an interview. While speaking to the folks over at BusinessInsider (via 9to5mac), Peker said […]
05/02/2012, Given the legal battles currently going on between Oracle and Google, many interesting tech-related tit-bits have been released such as the original Android phone with its QWERTY keyboard that was to go on sale with a $19.99 subsidized 2-year contract but never did. Of course, Google would be the last one that would want to reveal all the juicy information but it seems to be necessary to fight the case […]
05/01/2012, Lasers produced what can be called almost monochromatic light which means it comes in just one color. By combining 3 single colored lasers, red, green and blue (RGB), it is possible to replicate the whole visible-light spectrum. However, to accomplish this, current technology requires three separate lasers of different color. Now however, a physicist from Brown University called Cuong Dang along with his team of researchers have managed to produce […]
05/01/2012, As fruit matures, it releases ethylene which is a gas that initiates the ripening process. Once the ripening process begins, more ethylene is released and the process accelerates. Currently produce warehouses that store and ripen fruit make use of gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy systems that cost about $1,200 to measure the levels of ethylene which in turn reveals the ripeness of the fruits in storage.
04/30/2012, Earlier this week, the South Korean technological giant was granted a patent for a “dual screen design for a terminal for portable mobile communication”. The patent which was numbered D658,173, was filed last year on April 7 and lists Kim Dong-Hun as an inventor. The design that was filed features two 7-inch tablets attached by a hinge to create a clamshell style dual screen tablet. It also comes with a […]
04/30/2012, In 2009, a designer by the name of Min-Kyu Choi saw his innovation of a folding British plug go viral on Youtube (the video is embedded above for viewing at your convenience). Now a company called Made in Mind has brought an altered version of the product to the British market. The Mu Folding USB Adapter which costs 25 pounds or $40 is a result of him getting frustrated by […]
04/30/2012, After a Mac Mini with its nifty enclosure was certified as dead, the owner of this particular one decided to use the beautiful casing as a base for a colorful LED clock. As you can see from the video above, once you know how to tell the time from the seemingly randomly lit LEDs at first glance it becomes fairly simple. The so-called clock face has been divided into two […]
04/27/2012, A French designer by the name of Matali Crasset created this hanging over-head lamp that is called the Court Circuit. It might look a bit like 5 circuit boards and the reason for that is because it is. The Court Circuit Lamp is one of those devices that embraces its function as its form and this one is made from uncovered circuit boards with LEDS embedded in them. The form […]
04/26/2012, A few students from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering won the attention of the folks over at the National Sustainable Design Expo that was held in Washington D.C. The students’ creation was a bio-hybrid solar panel that replaces the expensive silicon components that are usually used with spinach. The expo was also attended by 44 other university teams but this one was selected to receive a cash injection from the […]
04/25/2012, Introduction When you think about the word LiquidMetal, what immediately comes to mind is the reforming face of Robert Patrick in The Terminator 2 movie. And truth be told, you wouldn’t be very far off. In essence what LiquidMetal along with Vitreloy are commercial names of a series of amorphous metal alloys developed by a research team from the California Institute of Technology. All subsequent discoveries by the team have […]
04/25/2012, The famous some-assembly-required Swedish furniture manufacturer Ikea has come up with a cute looking innovation to commemorate the 2012 Fuorisalone which is a design expo held in Milan recently. In the press kits that were given out to members of the media, Ikea included a cardboard digital camera that is powered by 2 AA sized batteries and equipped with an internal memory card capable of storing up to 40 photographs.