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Concept art for the "On-Demand Satellite" from Darpa (via DARPA)   DARPA is currently talking with contractors to produce disposable satellites to assist in military operations planning. The program is called SeeMe (Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagement) and looks to allow satellites to orbit around Earth for 60 to 90 days and provide reconnaissance within 90 minutes of deployment.   Unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) such as military drones presently provide much of location ...
Planon ScanStick SK600, for all your spy needs. (via Planon)   Companies and businesses are consistently trying to reduce costs when it comes to just about everything, but more so when it comes to office supplies. Factoring paper alone, the US runs through roughly 70 million tons per year (due to books, magazines, newspapers as well as Post-it notes), however this number is falling due to mobile devices and eBooks. To put that into perspective, the Department of Homeland Services spends ro ...
The Ampli-tie in action. (via adafruit)   Adafruit Industries, founded in 2005, has been supplying the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) community with the necessary components and parts for projects of all skill levels since Limor “Ladyada” Fried began her venture. In addition, they also provide kits to create unique projects that can be helpful for learning about electronics or just fun to create. For example, on Adafruit you can find a section for young engineers which features kits such ...
Patent concept block-diagram. Right most image shows how the RFID tag will be embedded into the pages. (via USPTO #8403232)   RFID tags certainly don’t seem to have anything to do with delicious food. But soon, the technology may come in handy when trying to create a recipe. A patent filed by LG uses RF tags to digitally expand the pages of a conventional cookbook. The project is aimed at assisting regular cooks in discovering or experimenting with a wider variety of foods.   T ...
PhD candidate Bum chul Kwon shows off his work on the ReadingMate: an enabling technology that allows multi-taskers to exercise their minds and bodies simultaneously by reading as they run. (via Purdue)   As more information becomes available to the human population about health, the importance of exercising both the body and mind consistently becomes an intrinsic necessity. Multi-taskers, busy students in particular, might find themselves brushing up on their class notes prior to an exam ...
Wallet sensor in its "final form." (via hack-a-day http://hackaday.com/2013/03/08/quick-wallet-hack-adds-pickpocket-alarm/)   Caleb Craft was searching the web when he noticed references to a small group of people who can pickpocket just about anybody. Being the clever hacker he is, he decided to integrate an alarm into a wallet that would sound off if someone ever tried to swipe it. There are currently solutions to this problem already available, however, and as Caleb points out most of t ...
  We have seen the Microsoft Kinect used for many things besides gaming. However, the latest use of the Kinect, which comes from a Japanese clothing store, United Arrows, may create one of the creepiest advertisement schemes yet. Using the Kinect along with a specialized motor and 16 strings, the store's mannequin mimics potential customer's movements from outside the store. The idea is to get people looking at the store's products, which will be outfitted on the mannequin.   The Ma ...
Atlas, a Boston Dynamics creation (via DARPA)   As robotic technology increases more and more emergency civil agencies, first responders and military units incorporate them into their respective arsenals. Doctors will soon be able to use remote imaging robots in situations where they cannot get to the patient. Firefighters will soon be able to quickly image an internal structure and find those trapped in burning buildings using a robotic ROV and factories will be able to use robots that can ...
  Tired of cruising from place to place on your typical 4-wheeled transportation machine? Have you already seen all that the sky has to offer high above on your private jet? Or maybe your private yacht isn’t quite meeting your adventurous expectations anymore. Don’t know what else to spend loads of your money on? Well then I believe Spymaster’s new underwater mode of transportation is for you.   At the recent Harrods Technology 2.0 showcase, Spymaster made a dazzlin ...
Volvo’s new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection System monitors the distance between pedestrians and vehicles while also tracking their movement path. (via Volvo)   Motor vehicle related accidents make up a large amount of preventable injuries and fatalities that occur in heavily populated, urban environments around the world. With the recent advances in remote sensing technologies, the ability to prevent such incidents is at an all time high. For example, Volvo, who first introduced a ...
Squito, toss this camera for eyes on a dangerous location (via serveball)   Photographers know how difficult it can be to get those perfect shots. More so if there trying to capture images during extreme conditions such as fires, foreign insurgent uprisings or ejecting out of a fighter plane traveling at over 400 knots (ok maybe not so much that last one, but it could happen). Some photographers go to great lengths to capture images that they’ve been known to construct intricate raili ...
"oh, small helicopter... why can't we fly away?" Micro-helicopter, Nano-Falcon, wows audiences at the Tokyo Toy Show (via CCP)   Everyone has an inner child no matter how old one becomes. Some things we grow up playing with as children can be just too fun to ever really stop playing with them. Some things we may have never had the chance to experience while growing up are readily available today thanks to technology. For instance, toy helicopters and drones. Just a few years ago, toy helic ...
(Left) A face getting squished by the Keio University's rolling pin. (Right) It does not roll like a regular kitchen tool, but houses a series of rollers and sensors to track what the user wants to do. (via Keio University)   Have you ever felt like smashing someone’s face? Here is yet another application for Microsoft’s Kinect camera that may virtually satisfy that kind of daydream.   A team of researchers lead by Yasuaki Kakehi from Keio University used the shape and i ...
  Technology is changing and shaping our culture in so many ways that it should not come as a surprise to see robots playing music. Music is a large part of all cultures. It has been with us throughout history from the good times to the bad. Whether people are gathering to celebrate or marching off to war, music has always been there. In addition, in today's younger society techno and electronic music is becoming more popular. Therefore, to add a little more technology to that mix, a coupl ...

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