Next-generation laptops won’t have hard drives. Instead, they’ll use flash memory—the same found in camera memory cards and iPhones. Flash-based drives are thinner, faster and nearly indestructible
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 03.13.2008 at 4:53 pm 6 Comments
Like a traditional hard drive, a flash-based drive stores information in the computer-readable language of 0s and 1s. But instead of writing data by flipping magnetic poles on a spinning disk, flash memory just shuttles electrons around on a stamp-size microchip.
By Bjorn CareyPosted 03.13.2008 at 4:51 pm 3 Comments
When the GeoEye-1 surveillance satellite comes online this spring, its advanced optics will produce more-detailed images than any commercial satellite, capturing objects as small as home plate on a baseball diamond and filling in the fuzzy spots on Google Earth.
Creating a laser that can melt a soda can in a lab is a finicky enough task. Later this year, scientists will put a 40,000-pound chemical laser in the belly of a gunship flying at 300 mph and take aim at targets as far away as five miles. And we're not talking aluminum cans. Boeing's new Advanced Tactical Laser will cook trucks, tanks, radio stations—the kinds of things hit with missiles and rockets today. Whereas conventional projectiles can lose sight of their target and be shot down or deflected, the ATL moves at the speed of light and can strike several targets in rapid succession.
This HD camcorder packs 12 lenses in a barrel the size of your thumb for vivid, jitter-free video in a pocket-friendly package
By Sean CaptainPosted 03.13.2008 at 4:47 pm 1 Comment
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As cameras continue to shrink in size and weight, an often overlooked side effect is their lack of image stability. Naturally, the heavier the camera, the less your shaky hands move its lens. Via optical image stabilization, the Panasonic HDC-SD5 keeps footage rock solid while maintaining a pocket-size form factor.
The tiniest endoscope yet takes 30 two-megapixel images per second and offloads them wirelessly. See how it works inside the body in an animation
By Gregory MonePosted 03.13.2008 at 4:36 pm 15 Comments
Pop this pill, and eight hours later, doctors can examine a high-resolution video of your intestines for tumors and other problems, thanks to a new spinning camera that captures images in 360 degrees. Developed by the Japanese RF System Lab, the Sayaka endoscope capsule enters clinical trials in the U.S. this month.
The GEnx engine, the powerplant of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, burns 15 percent less fuel than conventional jet engines by using fewer components and lighter composite parts. Flying in 2009, the engine will also be quieter and more durable
By Eric Adams Posted 03.13.2008 at 4:34 pm 4 Comments
In a "high-bypass" turbofan engine like the GEnx, 90 percent of the thrust comes from spinning fan blades in front that draw in massive quantities of air and force it out in a ring around the engine's center, or core. The GEnx's primary innovation is in its fan blades, which have been reshaped to move air more efficiently with fewer blades and are made of carbon fiber to save weight.
What makes Pleo, the long-awaited toy dino from Ugobe, able to respond to its surroundings and learn from its environment? We take a look at his high-tech innards to see
By Sarah Z. WexlerPosted 03.13.2008 at 4:32 pm 13 Comments
Four years in the making, Pleo, from California start-up Ugobe, is a baby dinosaur robot that acts and learns like a real animal, remembering traumatic experiences and friendly owners. We peeled off its skin to reveal more than a dozen motors, six processors and 38 sensors behind its personality.
A plug-in concept from Volvo brings the power inside the wheels for increased efficiency and extra mileage
By Seth FletcherPosted 03.13.2008 at 4:29 pm 28 Comments
The ReCharge, Volvo's concept plug-in hybrid, could squeeze 160 miles from a gallon of gas by tossing out the power-wasting transmission. It packs a small electric motor inside each wheel, so that no power is lost in the drivetrain. Here's a look at the next generation of fuel-efficiency
Our seventh-annual special issue delves inside today's technology on the cutting edge—from an airborne military laser that melts its targets to the most advanced earbuds on the market—to answer the eternal question: How does that work?
By PopSci StaffPosted 03.13.2008 at 3:54 pm 2 Comments
Ever get the urge to rip apart sophisticated machinery to figure out what makes it tick? Us too. Below are the nine devices we tore open this year: