They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Such was the case with Dropbox, the cloud storage solution.
One of Silicon Valley's most prestigious backers of new start-ups - Y Combinator - were prepared to take a gamble on Mr Houston and Dropbox, but there was one catch - they demanded that he get a business partner.
Their argument is that new companies are far more likely to succeed if they have more than one founder, more than one person to make decisions and cope with the workload.
Sunday, Jul 22nd 2018 (12:01am)
Here's a relatively long video (about 25 min) but you should come back to it when you can. Fascinating technology, albeit not high technology, going on here.
How one man can accomplish building a castle by himself, if you understand a lot of electrical and mechanical engineering techniques. It's a shame that his techniques had to be reverse engineered to determine how he did it rather than he taking a wife and having kids to pass on his knowledge to or even taking on some apprentices instead. In those days he probably was retired living on his past earnings so likely couldn't have afforded to pay for an understudy. But doing it himself is how he was able to engineer his machines to do things automatically. This is the 1930s version of robotic innovation.
Monday, Jul 16th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Rick
An entirely new kind of robot has been developed by researches at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
An ivy-like plastic tentacle moves by growing and is capable of vastly expanding in size and overcoming difficult terrain.
Friday, Mar 30th 2018 (11:13am)
3D printing might be revolutionized by a new technique where a polymer is injected into a gel. The result can be large pieces of furniture produced in minutes, not hours or days.
Wednesday, Mar 28th 2018 (12:00am)
Bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a real threat to humanity. Most of our fruits and vegetable require pollinators. But bees are dying off at an alarming rate.
Technology to the rescue! You might think this science fiction, but it's science fact.
Now if only someone would invent a flyswatter to keep these little drones away from me.
Friday, Feb 23rd 2018 (2:39am)
Barbara Simons believes there is only one safe voting technology.
You might think this is about politics, but it's really about the risk of certain technologies. Yes, even a pencil and paper are technology (albeit not high technology).
“Our democracy is in peril. We are wide open to attack.”
Sunday, Feb 11th 2018 (12:02am)
Remember when it came to doing heavy lifting, the guy who always got the job done would tell you "It's all about leverage." Well, he was right, but it also helps to have some hydraulics as well.
Meet the Makinex Powered Hand Truck PHT-140, which allows a single person to safely lift up to 309 pounds.
Thursday, Jan 4th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Cathy
The year is 2016. Driving home from a day’s work in the engineering office, I am greeted with a sight familiar to any suburban dwelling Australian — hard rubbish. It’s a time when local councils arrange a pickup service for anything large you don’t want anymore — think sofas, old computers, televisions, and the like. It’s a great way to make any residential area temporarily look like a garbage dump, but there are often diamonds in the rough. That day, I found mine: the Ricoh Aficio 2027 photocopier.
Friday, Sep 15th 2017 (12:00am)
New York-based company Construction Robotics has developed a semi-automated brick-laying robot called the Semi-Automated Mason, or SAM, that is capable of laying more than 3,000 bricks a day, compared to the 1,000 bricks laid by the best human masons.
Friday, Sep 8th 2017 (12:00am)
Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him this already locked safe as a gift with no combination. Weird present, but he loves a good challenge. So he built a safecracking robot. RT 4:15.
Wednesday, Aug 23rd 2017 (12:02am)
Back in the days of Cold War espionage, foreign intelligence agencies used to communicate with agents on the field via shortwave radio. Radio transmitters placed at secret locations around the world would broadcast coded messages usually in the form of an automated voice reciting a string of numbers or letters. The message often began with a melody, or a set of beeps, or a buzz, followed by the actual coded message read aloud by a voice. Anyone with a radio receiver tuned into that frequency could hear it, but only the intended recipient with proper decoding instructions could decipher the message. For the rest of the listeners, they were just a string of random numbers. Ham radio operators, who frequently stumbled upon these secretive transmissions, called them “number stations”.
Saturday, Aug 12th 2017 (5:54am)
By 2030, rapid technological improvements and dramatic cost efficiencies in self-driving electric vehicles (EV) will sweep away the energy and economics of oil-powered cars; and with it, global oil demand will plummet. This is the verdict of a new report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries, published in May from independent research group, RethinkX.
This is fascinating. In an old abandoned warehouse in urban Newark, NJ... pesticide-free and environmentally correct agriculture is taking place. Not hydroponics, aeroponics.
Friday, Mar 31st 2017 (1:12am)
Here is a good project for anyone with a 3D printer. In this project as described in the first episode of the Mojoptix podcast and video series, we see a demonstration of how to create a 3D printed sundial that can display the time in digital format without electronics.
The sundial works by allowing light to pass through a carefully arranged array of "tiny tunnels" that turn the individual pixels of the display off and on as the Sun moves through the sky.
For anyone interested but unable to 3D-print the parts themselves, kits are available for purchase that come with all the parts needed to assemble the device.
Wednesday, Sep 28th 2016 (12:02am)
Just when I thought Send Me To Heaven was the best prank ever dealt to mobile phone types, Apple nixes the headphone jack and someone comes along to exploit the void. Bravo, you internet wag. Bra-VO.
Tuesday, Sep 27th 2016 (12:50pm)
Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported on Thursday that Funai Electric Company, Japan's last manufacturer of VHS video cassette tape recorders, will end production on the recorders this month. According to Nikkei, the company is halting production due to a declining market, and difficulty in obtaining the supply of parts.
Final Countdown, The (1980)
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