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May 14, 2006 - May 20, 2006 Archives

  • May 19, 2006
    Nike has installed a soccer ball vending machine in New York City as part of its Joga3 campaign. The vending machine is located at Chelsea Piers in the city, and the soccer balls are sold for $20 each. Hopefully other corporations will follow Nike's lead, creating a new age of ve... / Continue →
  • May 19, 2006
    Samsung has signed an exclusive deal with MTI MicroFuel Cells to develop fuel cell power sources for cell phone prototypes. Samsung plans to use MTI's patented Mobion direct fuel cell technology to provide extended runtimes and instant recharging capabilities for the new breed o... / Continue →
  • May 19, 2006
    NASA held a luncheon recently to honor technology that has helped ease space travel and reduce space-related problems. One of the technologies honored was a stroboscopic goggle system that helps prevent the nauseating effects of "space sickness." Space sickness symptoms are com... / Continue →
  • May 18, 2006
    Bright Night is a company that provides specially-designed "electroluminescent" jackets for nighttime runners and bicyclists. In addition to the standard reflective fabric common to cycling and running clothes, their jackets incorporate flexible strobe lights that can be visible... / Continue →
  • May 18, 2006
    Peter Bethune, a 41 year old New Zealander, is planning to break the record for circumnavigating the globe in a speedboat. The catch? His 78-foot speedboat is powered only by renewable fuels. Still not satisfied? The boat will also be powered by fat drained from his ass. That's... / Continue →
  • May 18, 2006
    Students at the University of South Florida have created a computer-powered scarecrow to protect fish farms from predatory birds. The scarecrow uses an internet-enabled camera and imaging software to scan for the presence of birds, and if any are found, it will sound alarms or fi... / Continue →
  • May 17, 2006
    Goldvish is selling an extravagantly designed and jeweled cell phone for the everyday low price of one million dollars. The phone is covered in over half a pound (120 carats) of diamonds, and it features most of the amenities of a regular, non-jeweled "high end" phone. If you'd... / Continue →
  • May 17, 2006
    Haile is a robot drummer designed to accompany regular drummers as they lay down rhythm. Designed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the robot sits across a "Native American powow" drum from a human drummer and begins detecting the rhythm, loudness, and pitch... / Continue →
  • May 17, 2006
    NASA finally has an explanation for a crash that took place between a robotic NASA spacecraft and an orbiting satellite. The DART spacecraft was attempting to demonstrate the simplicity and accuracy of "Autonomous Rendezvous Technology" when it crashed into a defunct Pentagon sa... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2006
    The Hit-Air is an airbag vest and jacket line that's designed to protect horseback, motorcycle, ATV, and camel riders when they are thrown from their animal or vehicle. The vest is tethered to the vehicle or animal by a coiled wire, and when the rider and vehicle/animal are separ... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2006
    What do you get when you combine electricity and water? A radical suntan! The IDROLUX is a deluxe shower system that incorporates panels of tanning lamps into the shower walls. Laboratory tests have confirmed that the combination of water and the UVA light emitted from the panels... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2006
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues to wow and amaze with some of the most ludicrous technology announcements out there. Today's discovery is a "controllable launcher" that can propel a human payload dozens of feet into the air. The launcher is a simpl... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2006
    LG has released the 71PY10, a 71 inch plasma television that is coated with four pounds of 24-karat gold. The 71PY10 includes a 600W home cinema system, and the entire setup goes for approximately $132,000. If that price is slightly out of your range, LG is releasing a sleek bl... / Continue →
  • May 15, 2006
    Scientists who are desperately trying to put electronics into your body have developed a power source that works off of body heat. Thermoelectric generators create electricity when a temperature difference exists between the two ends of a circuit that are made from two types of m... / Continue →
  • May 15, 2006
    This year's "Michelin Challenge Design" asked designers to create vehicle concepts targeted at the "California market." The treaded off-road racer Baal and its accompanying two-seater Hyanide top the list as two of the most interesting entries. The Baal's flexible rubber track ... / Continue →
  • May 15, 2006
    OFRO is a new mobile robot that will be patrolling and monitoring the grounds of this summer's World Cup. Using a 360° rotating "thermo camera" and two ultrasound distance sensors, the robot will record any suspicious activity and transmit the footage back to a security con... / Continue →