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April 23, 2006 - April 29, 2006 Archives

  • April 28, 2006
    Scientists are working on a robotic shoe that detects and avoids landmines. The shoe contains six legs that each have a metal detecting base. As the wearer places a foot down, all six of the legs test the ground to determine if a mine is present. If a mine is detected, the leg o... / Continue →
  • April 28, 2006
    Designer Eric Klarenbeek has created new contact lenses that are guaranteed to increase the wearer's ability to frighten small children and animals. Dubbed "Eye Jewellery" [sic], these contact lenses apparently suspend tiny jewels from strands of wire. The jewelry hanging from t... / Continue →
  • April 28, 2006
    If brewing your own bathtub rum has given you more alcohol burns than delicious hooch, you should consider taking a more civilized approach. Enter the WinePod, a product that might actually deserve to have "pod" in its name. The WinePod lets you make your own wine from the comfo... / Continue →
  • April 28, 2006
    Appeal is a new battery charger concept that requires no energy source beyond the simple activity of swinging a rope. The concept charges batteries by tapping the centrifugal force created from swinging the charger around repeatedly in a motion similar to that of a lasso. I'm su... / Continue →
  • April 27, 2006
    MobilRelay, a small midwestern technology company, has developed a technology that can transform your cell phone into a movie ticket. Using an internet-enabled cell phone, customers simply browse to the Mobile Box Office website, choose and purchase tickets for their selected mo... / Continue →
  • April 27, 2006
    With the ever-increasing amount of technology that is trying to get inside your head comes the idea to retrieve passwords directly from your brain. The proposed system is based around using brain-wave signatures as "pass-thoughts," which are supposedly unique to each individual. ... / Continue →
  • April 27, 2006
    Boomer is a new tennis robot that vastly improves on the current tennis ball machines. Instead of just firing balls randomly at its opponent, Boomer has the ability to serve, return, play out a point, call the lines and the score, rate the quality of shots, and even "talk trash.... / Continue →
  • April 26, 2006
    A professor at the Waseda University in Tokyo has revealed his cure-all solution to the nation's growing elderly care problem: a pair of wobbly robotic legs. The two-legged robot is being developed by the university to provide transportation up stairs and inclines for the elderl... / Continue →
  • April 26, 2006
    The New Kitakyushu Airport in Japan is experimenting with robots that carry baggage and people to and from their flights. These 'porter robots' are box-shaped machines that move around the airport under the control of the passengers or on predetermined courses. The robots are cu... / Continue →
  • April 26, 2006
    If your speaker system fails, why not make some new speakers out of a few spare hard drives? The linked tutorial shows you how to do just that, using modified hard drives to produce speaker-quality sounds. The sound is created from the rapid vibrations of the heads and platters ... / Continue →
  • April 25, 2006
    Do you strive to add more consequences to the embarrassment and shame that accompany your constant arm wrestling losses? If so, you might be interested in picking up the Shocking Arm Wrestling Kit. To use the kit, you simply attach the included glove to your wrestling hand, plac... / Continue →
  • April 25, 2006
    Tombstones are about to enter the digital age, my friend. Vidstone is offering the Serenity Panel, a solar-powered 7" LCD panel that can be placed on a gravestone, mausoleum, or columbarium. The Serenity Panel will display a five to eight minute photo slideshow detailing "the m... / Continue →
  • April 25, 2006
    CNN has an article about a new interface that transmits images directly to the brain through a device placed on the tongue. The interface, known as the "Brain Port," has the potential to transfer data from cameras, compasses, sonar, etc. through electrodes on the device and into... / Continue →
  • April 24, 2006
    Verify Location, a UK company that specializes in offering tracking services to the public, is now offering the Sazo GSM. About the size of a matchbox, the Sazo GSM broadcasts its geographic location to an internet site where it can be tracked and monitored. Unlike GPS tracking d... / Continue →
  • April 24, 2006
    Audi has unveiled a car accessory that could make your daily arguments with moody teenage barristas a thing of the past. The WMF espresso machine is a coffee machine that sits firmly between the driver and passenger seat in Audi's latest concept car. Although it appears in a con... / Continue →
  • April 24, 2006
    Crigler-Najjar syndrome is a disorder that inhibits the breakdown of poisonous bilirubin in the body, which can lead to yellow skin and eventually be fatal. To treat the disorder, sufferers are forced to expose their skin to a specific blue light for hours on end, usually in a m... / Continue →
  • April 24, 2006
    Electrical engineering students at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created the world's largest 3D-display. The display consists of 8,000 suspended ping pong balls that each contain a red LED light. It will be used to play games of 3D snake, 3D pong, a... / Continue →