As dreamy as it might be to combine renewable energy sources with storage batteries, there’s a problem: those batteries are expensive. It might take you years to recoup the costs. You’ll be glad to hear, then, that Stanford scientists have a way to make those batteries more cost-effective.via Liquid metal battery could lower cost of storing renewable energy
UPS has revealed sleek new electric trucks that look like they’ve rolled straight out of Pixar’s Cars series. The company revealed it’s working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles.via UPS has new electric trucks that look straight out of a Pixar movie
This is not the hover-board we were promised. (via ‘Snowstorm’ personal flying machine lifts off in Singapore)
To bridge the growing analog-digital divide, Polaroid experts The Impossible Project (TIP) crowdfunded an instant photo printing kit back in 2012. The idea was simple: you took your smartphone, opened a photo and placed it face down at the top of the machine. The light from the display would then shine through the Instant Lab’s underlying lens and down the tower to expose the Polaroid film, creating a new print.
I really love the idea of this. Turning a cell phone snap into a physical instant print via chemistry. The $250 price is way to high for me.
The Pocket Operator (PO) series is a set of three miniature battery-powered synths, all priced at $59. There’s the PO-12 “Rhythm” drum machine, the PO-14 “Sub” bass synth, and the PO-16 “Factory” melody unit. All three have 16-step sequencing and a selection of 16 sounds to choose from, and also offer 16 additional effects.
Some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009
This will go not be investigated because the GOP is too busy being outraged by Obama’s fictional abuses of power.
Juggernaut Bike via Engadget
That qualifies as espionage.
Mountain view’s secret lab stitched together 1,000 computers totaling 16,000 cores to form a neural network with over 1 billion connections, and sent it to YouTube looking for cats.
This might make it easier to find videos of cats on YouTube. About time.
CEO Elon Musk has triumphantly tweeted (it was a busy night) that the car has passed all crash testing for a five star rating. The upshot, other than assuring prospective owners of their safety even if their limited edition ride gets dinged, is that cars can be built for sale and the first customer deliveries are scheduled for June 22nd — just ahead of the original July projections.
I’ve only seen a few Tesla Roadsters on the road out here and can’t wait to see the first S in the wild.
Really scary looking ballon filled with sharp looking turbine blades. Doesn’t look like it should work. And I wouldn’t want one floating over my home.
Vibratron plays impossible music with ball bearings.
this is our first actual glimpse of Google’s new unbranded “Cr-48,” the very first Chrome OS laptop. Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta. You actually have to apply to join the program, and there’s going to be a limited number of the laptops available — retail Chrome OS models from Acer and Samsung will be available in the middle of 2011.
This might be a netbook game changer. I can imagine a future where laptops, netbooks and even desktops have a web mode where they load a slim OS that is just a browser running in a restricted sandbox.
Researchers in Mono Lake, California have discovered a microorganism (pictured) that uses aresnic instead of phosphorous to thrive and reproduce. The latter, as far as human life is concerned, is a buildng block of life along with carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, integral to DNA and RNA. Arsenic, meanwhile, is generally considered toxic to life as we know it. In other words, NASA’s proven that life can be made with components different than our current assumptions — both locally and beyond the stars.
Amazing news. Wonder what the ID folks will make of this.
The Media Computing Group — otherwise known as the dudes and dudettes responsible for making multitouch hip again — is back, and some might say better than ever. The BendDesk is an outlandish new concept workspace for the future, relying heavily on a curved multitouch display to bring the wow.
Amazing. Still think it would suffer from the Gorilla-arm problem.
A recent article from Brian Krebs highlights a new trend in ATM skimmers: by using parts from cut-rate audio players and spy cams, criminals are able to construct something called an audio skimmer that records the data from the magnetic strip for later playback
As William Gibson mentioned in the 1980s: technology, no matter how advanced, almost immediately falls to the level of the street. The street finds its own uses for things.