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)
if machines could even slightly surpass human intellect, they could improve their own designs in ways unforeseen by their designers, and thus recursively augment themselves into far greater intelligences ... it would become better at becoming more intelligent, which could lead to a cascade of self-improvements and a sudden surge to superintellignece (or a singularity).
Wednesday, Dec 26th 2012 (4:15pm)
The hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity. What's more, it's been around a long, long time. "It is the natural, renewable version of a carbon nanotube at a fraction of the price," says Jeff Youngblood of Purdue University's NanoForestry Institute in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Tesco Homeplus in South Korea has opened the world's first virtual store today in the Seoul subway to help time-pressed commuters shop on the go using their smart phones.
The walls of the Seonreung subway station in downtown Seoul came to life today with virtual displays of over 500 of the most popular products by pasting posters of stocked shelves onto platform walls with QR coads and turned the place into a 'virtual supermarket' through which customers can scan the barcode and shop by using the Homeplus app on their smartphones and The contents of the shoppers' 'virtual baskets' were later delivered to their homes.
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. "This means traditional packaging for batteries has given way to a much more flexible approach that allows all kinds of new design and integration possibilities for storage devices," said Ajayan, Rice's Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry.
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