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Augmented Reality is highly anticipated in the gaming world and while new AR gaming glasses are expected to hit the market soon, AR technology is also being used to make the world a safer place. For example, it is being incorporated into military tanks and headsets to improve vision and it won’t be long before motorcycle helmets also feature the technology. We are getting closer to Tony Stark’s world every day.   Meta One (via MetaOne)   The first new AR gadget comes ...
Aero-X, sure to be popular at Burning Man in the near future. (via Aerofex) Get your lightsabers ready, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Aerofex just announced that its long-awaited hovercraft is nearly ready to hit market. They are available on preorder now for $80,000, plus a $5,000 refundable deposit and all the lint in your pocket.   Aerofex is a California-based company that released video of its functional hovercraft protoype in 2012, and then it went off the r ...
Ian Burkhart, aged 23, makes history by moving his hand using Neurobridge technology at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (via MedicalCenter)   In June 2014, Ian Burkhart's life was altered as he was able to move his hand for the first time since a car accident which left him a quadriplegic in 2010.   Due to a collaboration with truly talented doctors, at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, and engineers from Battelle Memorial Institute, hi ...
Internal of the EXACTO round. (via DARPA) Sure, in the Matrix Neo exhibits telekinesis power to stop bullets in mid flight; and, similarly, Star War’s Yoda uses the force to the same effect.  . Well, now everyone can use “the force” with the help of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Hold onto your hats boys. The military has developed a bullet that locks onto targets like missiles. Enemies of the state beware - this is about to get serious. & ...
RoboSimian may be helping humans in future disaster recovery missions (via JPL-CalTech) DARPA held a Robotics Challenge in late December and this beautiful Spider-like robot, shown above and created by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), competed. It is called the RoboSimian and is meant to aid humans in disaster recovery operations. While many teams have been working on robots to aid recovery teams, JPLhas taken its design to the next level – that is actually making something that m ...
Pekka Väänänen's Quake on an oscilloscope (via Pekka Väänänen) Not only was December the season to be jolly, but it was also apparently the season for awesome! This holiday season, Pekka Väänänen decided to take up the challenge of playing Quake on a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope. Luckily for others, he put out a report on how he solved some buggy issues and improved his gaming experience on an oscilloscope. So, for those of you that want to try th ...
Research team leader, David Glanzman, holding his research subject (via UCLA)   A recent study by neuroscientists at UCLA may signal a paradigm shift in the study of long-term memory formation and storage. For a while now, brain scientists have believed that long-term memories are stored in the synapses (connections between neurons that facilitate chemical and electrical communication between the cells). However, the UCLA research team, led by David Glanzman, offers a radically different v ...
Movpack's rundown of how their skateboard backpack works on their Kickstarter campaign (via kickstarter) Movpack is a new Kickstarter Staff Pick that is receiving quite a bit of attention because – let's face it – this skateboard backpack gives America yet another reason to be lazy.   The Movpack is a remote-controlled skateboard that is attached to a backpack so it can be easily carried or ridden to work, school, and beyond. The backpack has a battery inside that is used ...
The IAAC robots in action creating a structure using printied building materials (via IAAC) A team of architects from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) have created a team of robots that aim to take over the construction industry... well, kind-of.   Their team of tiny drones works together to build architectural structures using 3D printing technology. They use three types of drones to build structures far greater than their size: a foundation robot, a grip ...
  Drones continue to grow in popularity. New materials and smaller technologies are making it easier than ever to build your own drone and take aerial videos or photographs with the latest cameras. In fact, the public can now buy drones equipped with cameras out of the box. This has been a popular feature for hobbyist and enthusiasts as of late and has caught the attention of many media outlets.   Media outlets are reporting that drones with cameras can represent an invasion of priv ...
The Bistro smart cat feeder (via Bistro)   The Bistro is the latest high-tech gadget for pet lovers who want to keep a close eye on their cat’s eating habits. The Bistro is advertised as a premiere way to catalogue the food intake and weight of the feline friend who has poor eating habits due to sickness or pickiness.   It is also thought to be an excellent way to track a cat’s health and to ensure they are not too obese or too scrawny. Alternatively, it is a good option ...
As I huddle by a plain white electric heater, I write about this - The Hot Art space heater disguised as a piece of art atop the mantelpiece (via brzbrands and kickstarter) Hot Art is a 24” by 40” space heater that is disguised as a painting that can be placed virtually anywhere in your house or office – well – anywhere near a power outlet. The heater uses far infrared heat to heat up a room efficiently without getting hot to the touch, which would ruin its painting ...
(All pictures via UralVagonZavod) Russia may have lost the Cold War but the country won’t be denied a spot as one of the most innovative world powers. The superpower recently unveiled its newest tram design – and it looks like it came right out of the movie Tron.   The new tram, dubbed the Russia One, was designed by UralVagonZavod and seeks to be one of the most comfortable and technologically advanced trams on the tracks. Not only does it provide music and Wi-Fi for pas ...

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