The latest innovation to come out of the Boston Dynamics labs is the Petman--a two-legged, upright robot that simulates the walking motion of human beings. And like its quadruped cousin the BigDog, this thing is equally creepy/hilarious (check out the shoes).
If you're an avid rider of bikes, the rough part about traveling is not just going without your set of wheels for an extended period of time, but trying to transport them on a plane--risking damage to the frame and wheels. The AeroTech Evolution bike case seeks to change all that.
Flexible OLEDs are the displays of the future in every sense imaginable--the picture is great, the panels are unbelievably slim, and they bend! They also happen to be incredibly durable, evidenced here by some guy taking a hammer to a Samsung flexible OLED panel.
You might be wowed by the fact that Spring Design's Alex e-reader runs Android, or includes both a 6-inch e-ink display and a 3.5-inch LCD screen. But the best part is that those screens have the ability to work and interact with one another -- kind of like a Nintendo DS.
Imagine reading a news story on the e-ink display that happens to have a video clip associated with it. You could hit a button to play that video on the LCD screen below. Perhaps you want to add a few notes, images or links of your own to a book you're reading. You can tag certain passages with "web grabs." Or maybe you're browsing the web on the LCD screen and you see a story you'd like to read. You can send it up to the e-ink display for a bigger view that also conserves battery life.
Well, here it is. National Geographic has plotted the route of every space mission carried out over the last 50 years onto a map of the solar system, giving a nice visual look at the history of space travel.
Silicon wafers. Quantum computing. Light-based processors. Any way you slice it, scientists say that processor speeds will absolutely max out at a certain point, regardless of how hardware or software are implemented.
Lev Levitin and Tommaso Toffoli, two researchers at Boston University, devised an equation which sets a fundamental limit for quantum computing speeds. According to their studies, a perfect quantum computer can generate 10 quadrillion more operations per second than fastest current processors. They estimate that the maximum speed will be reached in 75 years.
Starting next month, British citizens will be given the chance to watch a number of the country's closed-circuit security cameras in hopes of catching a crime and winning up to £1,000 as a reward. The "game," run by the website InternetEyes.co.uk, lets participants log in online, alerting officials in real time via SMS and/or email.
Norfolk Southern is the latest company to push a piece of heavy industrial machinery into green territory with their 100% electric NS 999 locomotive. The zero-emissions train makes use of 1,080 12-volt batteries that allows it to run for 24 hours on a single charge--all while carrying the same load as a conventional locomotive.
Electron microscopes are great and all, but the problem is that you can't use them to get up close and personal inside a living cell without killing it. That might change, however, as scientists are working to use quantum mechanics to overcome this obstacle.