Fall is going to be a little more interesting this year if you're into cars. By then, Mercedes-Benz will have taken the wraps off its race-bred, carbon-fiber-bodied supercar, the SLR McLaren (left, below). At the same time, those lucky few who plunked down enough simoleons on a deposit for Porsche's race-bred, carbon-fiber-bodied supercar, the Carrera GT (left, above), will start to take delivery of their thoroughbreds. Here's a cheat sheet for the on-the-fence supercar consumer.
Porsche Carrera GT Engine: 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V10
Enough has been written about BMW's iDrive to fill a 1,000-page driver's manual. Then again, iDrive owners need a 1,000-page manual to figure out how to use it. Credit Audi for succeeding where the vaunted Bavarian firm failed. After a week driving Audi's new 2004 A8, we can report that the carmaker has created an electronic driver-car interface that is genuinely intuitive. The iDrive was just too clever. The menus within menus, the complex haptic-feedback mouse/knob device, and the labyrinth of subsystems all made easy tasks like changing a radio setting far too complex.
Game Boy gets some competition from Sony and Tapwave.
By Steve MorgensternPosted 07.29.2003 at 4:48 pm 0 Comments
Building on the immense success of the Palm OS for PDAs, start-up Tapwave has developed an impressive PDA/game-playing hybrid that it showed at E3. The device can run the thousands of Palm-based productivity and entertainment titles on its high-res 480- by 320-pixel color screen, and it's powered by a Motorola processor and ATI Imageon graphics chip. What makes this PDA so
By Steve MorgensternPosted 07.29.2003 at 4:45 pm 0 Comments
At this summer's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, new video cards capable of producing more lifelike imagery left gamers twitching with anticipation. ATI displayed the powers of its new Radeon 9800 Pro card ($499) with a demonstration of Half-Life 2, a first-person shooter game, and NVIDIA went with Electronic Arts' Tiger Woods 2004 to show off its new GeForce FX 5900 ($499). Here are some of the technologies that programmers are using to produce sweet eye candy for high-end gamers.
Big events call for big equipment—so on August 27, when Mars will be closer to Earth than ever before in recorded history, a new 14-inch telescope will be the big ticket for examining the Red Planet. Meade's LX200GPS gathers 96 percent more light and has 29 percent greater resolution than a 10-incher. Peering through the new scope, you'll be able to make out Mars's polar ice caps, according to Charles Liu of New York's Hayden Planet-arium.
New video components that make sure your world is highly defined.
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 07.25.2003 at 5:11 pm 0 Comments
The dream of a fully high-definition existence—an admirable vision, to be sure—has long been stymied by the wait for the right equipment. Well, the right equipment is here. Arrayed on these pages is a suite of products that allow you to capture, display, record, and store visual media in eye-popping HD.
What's a little loss of privacy in exchange for a hot date?
By Michael StrohPosted 07.24.2003 at 5:40 pm 0 Comments
When SARS swept through Hong Kong last spring, some jittery citizens turned not just to surgical masks but also to cellphones for protection against the killer virus, dialing up a text-messaging service for the addresses of the closest contaminated buildings.
How tightly can you crop your digital photos and still get great results when you enlarge them?
We spoke with staff photographer John B. Carnett to get to the bottom of this not-so-simple question. Carnett says that it really depends on what you plan to do with the image. Great results for one person might be a grainy image, but one blown up large enough to cover a gaping hole in a bedroom wall. Others demand images that look just like the real thing.
Digital photography has revolutionized how professional photographers and photojournalists capture and document the world around us. Popular Science talked to three award-winning photographers about their switch to digital.
By Cari Beth HeadPosted 07.21.2003 at 5:39 pm 0 Comments
target="popup1" class="sidebar">How he got that shot: Steve Starr
Photojournalist Steve Starr, a 1970 Pulitzer Prize winner, had been contemplating a slow transition away from traditional SLRs before ultimately deciding to simply jump off the pier and into digital photography.
We race the two sims through the Rockiesâ€”which wins?
By Eric AdamsPosted 07.11.2003 at 6:38 pm 0 Comments
On Friday, June 6, Popular Science assistant editor Gregory Mone and I took off in Cessna 172s from Aspen, Colorado, on what should have been easy 20-minute flights to Leadville Airport, 25 miles to the East.
Neither of us made it.
Perhaps it was hubris—when you’re flying over the Rockies, you’d better respect the mountains and know full well what you’re getting into.