"Programmable matter" is such a far-out concept that it’s difficult to imagine it even existing outside the movies. But, thanks to some creative work done by scientists funded by DARPA (who else?), it might actually become a reality, creating materials that can be programmed to alter themselves at the molecular level into various shapes and then disassemble to form entirely new ones.
Are you reading this on your laptop? Are you ready to roll that laptop up and put it in your pocket? As we told you the other day, scientists revealed flexible coatings filled with e-ink that will turn just about any surface into a screen. Now other components of computers are breaking free from their silicon backbones and getting stretched. Next up: memory chips.
Tomorrow's cruise ship will sail through the air, not the water
By Joshua TompkinsPosted 02.05.2006 at 2:00 am 18 Comments
This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms.
Peugeot's ultralight 20Cup concept presents a radical vision of the automotive future
By Matthew PhenixPosted 12.08.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Talk about a dream job. A handful of lucky engineers just outside Paris earn their euros creating wild concept cars for Peugeot, and their only imperative is to advance the state of automotive design. While dreaming up their latest project, they hit upon a radical way to skim weight: ditch the vehicle's rear end. Specifically, they eliminated one of the wheels and all the accompanying components, including suspension, brakes, and the actual body around it. The result, dubbed the 20Cup ("two-oh cup"), is a 1,279-pound three-wheeler that carries just 20 percent of its weight in the rear.
Your dashboard speedometer shows more than velocity. That little dial also measures optimism. Speed is all about getting where we want to go, certainly, but it's also about enjoying the ride. Our hardwired impulse to pull ahead at every turn inspired the question: How can we find fresh ways to incorporate speed into our everyday lives?