This week in “solutions to problems we didn’t know we had,” software engineers at NEC have developed a fruit recognition system. That’s right: snap a quick cell phone pic of that papaya in your hand and the system will provide you with everything you want to know about it all the way back to where it was picked.
We've all been there, angrily jabbing the remote control at the cable box in a futile attempt to change the channel. When remote control batteries die, my sanity often follows closely behind. Well, soon that will be a problem as quaint as running out of whale oil for a lantern, thanks to a new remote control that charges itself with the energy from its buttons.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.