Mechanical calculators are opened to reveal their incredibly complex analog innards in a fascinating photo series by photographer Kevin Twomey. The calculators in the series, most of which are from the 1960s, are part of the collection of engineer Mark Glusker. Glusker has amassed about 100 machines since starting his collection in 1995. Wired has more on the photos and the collection.
Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014 (8:04am)
This termite-inspired robotic system is quite interesting. Just like tossing a bunch of construction people onto a job if one of them calls in sick the job will still progress that day. But in a typical robotic assembly line if the robot that does a particular step breaks down the entire line is down until that robot is repaired. Just imagine tossing a bunch of generic robots into an area with a goal in mind but no specific rules as to which robot will do what.
Monday, May 5th 2014 (2:47am) | Thanks: Hacked Gadgets
From the MIT Media Lab.
Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.
Friday, Apr 25th 2014 (12:01am) | Thanks: Jaxon
Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m (0.3 mile) stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.
If you've ever wanted to recreate the cinema in your living room, or wondered what Star Trek's holodeck would really be like, Microsoft may have the answer.
The firm has revealed an astonishing prototypes projector and scanner than can turn an entire living room into a screen.
The IllumiRoom proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research has been shown off playing games in a stunning promotional video.
Wednesday, Mar 5th 2014 (5:15pm)
Wind farms, you now have a safer and more efficient method of producing energy.
Tuesday, Dec 10th 2013 (4:58am)
The Writer is an 18th century humanoid automaton that can be programmed to write short messages with a pen. Created by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the mechanical automaton is made of 6,000 parts and is controlled by wheel that can be programmed with text up to 40 characters in length. You can see it in action in this clip from the BBC documentary “Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams.” The Writer and two other automata by Jaquet-Droz are on display at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Wednesday, Dec 4th 2013 (5:43am)
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Are you tired of your dumb old microwave that just shoots friggin' radio waves at food to cook it? The stupid thing probably can't even play animated GIFs or send Snapchats or download the Fergie. What's the point?
Here is a mod by a developer to bring your microwave into the 21st Century. Warp 8, Mister Sulu.
Wednesday, Jul 17th 2013 (3:15pm)
The Barbarian Group has updated Screenstagram, an animated screensaver that populates using photos from Instagram. Screenstagram 2.0 now supports OSX and Windows and has the option to show only liked photos or pictures with a specific tag. The app is available for download now.
Watch a video of it being installed and run on a Mac.
Tuesday, Apr 2nd 2013 (12:32pm)
We're excited to announce our newest addition to Search: Google Nose. What do wet dogs smell like? Google Nose! How about victory? Google Nose! Try searching on Google for "wet dog" and explore other smells that people sniffed for, or visit google.com/nose to learn more. Happy smelling!
Monday, Apr 1st 2013 (11:00am)
Automatic is an app that tracks, analyzes, and encourages users to improve their driving habits. After the Automatic Link is plugged into a car's data port, the "smart driving assistant" can monitor users' driving habits and prompt drivers when their actions waste gas. The app provides a weekly driving score with information on how to save fuel, and also shows where your car is parked. If your check engine light comes on, the app will notify you and offer possible solutions, and if you're in a crash Automatic will notify 911 of your situation and location. Automatic Links for iOS and Android are currently available for pre-order, the iOS model will ship in May, and an Android version will be available this fall.
Tuesday, Mar 12th 2013 (11:27am)
Please note no effects or sampling was used. What you see is what you hear. An Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound, Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar, 8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass, 3.5 inch hard drive as the gong, HP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals.
Saturday, Feb 16th 2013 (3:27am)
Jason Allemann built this very clever LEGO ball clock that displays time using balls on a series of tracks. Three tiers of tracks are used to display time: the bottom track is hours, the middle track is 10 minute increments, and the top track is minutes. The LEGO Ball Clock is based on the rolling ball clock, a 70s novelty clock that was designed by Harley Mayenschein.
Wednesday, Feb 6th 2013 (1:33am)
Time Twister consists of two LEGO Mindstorms bricks communicating via Bluetooth. The master brick keeps track of the time and handles the minute digits. The slave brick handles the hour digits and the second indicator.
Each digit is made up of five layers with black and white tiles layed out in different patterns. Each layer can rotate 360 degrees before it hooks to the next layer. By twisting the top layer back and forth in a specific pattern, you can arrange the layers so that the desired digit is displayed.
Tuesday, Feb 5th 2013 (4:00am)
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