By Andrew RosenblumPosted 07.11.2011 at 10:14 am 29 Comments
On a rainy weekend last year, Patrick Priebe, a German lab technician and Iron Man fanatic who rewatches the film and its sequel every week, decided to build a compact yet powerful laser inspired by Tony Stark's repulsor-beam weapon. In the U.S., the maximum strength for consumer laser pointers is typically five milliwatts; Priebe's handheld laser is 1,000 milliwatts, enough to instantly blind anyone not wearing special safety glasses.
The XOS Exoskeleton, which was first shown off about two and a half years ago, was the first full-body suit that really evoked the sci-fi and comic fan's dream of donning a suit that grants superhuman strength. Late last week, Raytheon-Sarcos demonstrated the newest XOS suit--the sequel, you might say.
Anthony Le, 25, has been a fan of Iron Man since he was a kid, but when he heard that the comic-book superhero was hitting the big screen in 2008, he was inspired to build his own Iron Man suit. That version was more of a costume, but his new one, finished just in time for the movie's sequel, edges much closer to the real thing. With its dent-proof exterior, motorized faceplate and spinning mock Gatling gun, his take on the movie's War Machine suit could easily frighten a supervillain.
This season's blockbusters prove that great science fiction and futuristic-tech-filled flicks don't need to rely solely on CG tricks—innovative props can still blow an audience's mind. Here are the best examples from this summer's lineup (we'll try not to spoil anything).
Pen and voice input for computers is so early-millennium. Now Microsoft has created a next-gen computer concept that includes touchless gestures and eye-tracking, and has taken the device on a college tour with chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie.
The superhero's suit of armor is pretty cool, but the toys he uses to build it are even more impressive
By Gregory MonePosted 05.07.2008 at 4:27 pm 12 Comments
Yes, there are some great robot fight scenes, nefarious villains, a few human interest plotlines, even characters that seem like genuine people, but the new movie Iron Man is really about the lab, and its ridiculously cool toys.
In our latest episode of Cocktail Party Science, host Chuck Cage and executive editor Mike Haney sit down with Greg Mone, author of May's "Building The Real Iron Man" to learn about the true-life exoskeletons of tomorrow and how they compare to the stuff of science fiction.
From the gadgets in Get Smart to the gamma rays in The Hulk, we rate the scientific jargon quotient of the summer's hottest flicks
By Gregory MonePosted 04.11.2008 at 2:48 pm 0 Comments
Its blockbuster season, and that means mad scientists, angry robots and a certain flexibility with the laws of physics. Heres our guide to movies made especially with PopSci fans in mind. In it, a roundup of the season's best (and worst) geek candy, along with our expected gibberish quotient, so youll know which lines are pure comedy—even if no one else is laughing.