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The self-guided bullet (via Sandia National Laboratories)   TrackingPoint recently released a series of customizable rifles that features an elaborate compact (for what it is) tracking scope system that allows the shooter to accurately place shots on moving targets (with little training) much like an aimbot for FPS video games. While the TrackingPoint platform will undoubtedly make snipers that much more lethal, a new type of bullet that is self-guided will make them unmatched on the battle ...
Wood based battery concept (via Hongli Zhu & NANO Letter)   Lithium-ion batteries can be found in almost anything from mobile devices to electric vehicles. While they have a lengthy recharge cycle and a reduced loss of charge when not in use, they are not cost effective to produce and are hazardous to the environment as well as humans if damaged. Lithium-ion batteries are designed using an anode typically made of graphite or carbon, a cathode made from lithium-cobalt oxide and an electr ...
An AMD Phenom II X3, a multi-core processor, which could perform much more efficiently in the near future. (via AMD)   Updating software can sometimes be a hassle especially when that software is being used at the time. Some also believe that software updates can bring unwanted bugs such as malware or viruses and as a result simply do not update their software. Not updating can result in a myriad of problems including a slower running machine, freezes and lock-ups or even the dreaded blue s ...
(Left) Dr. Eben Upton helping teach children about programming and the Raspberry Pi. (Right) Dr. Upton speaking at the Alan Turing festival in 2012 (via Eben Upton, element14, Jim Killock and wiki)   Dr. Eben Upton, a co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, received the distinguished Silver Medal award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in June of 2013. The award highlights “outstanding contributions to British engineering resulting in successful market exploitation.” ...
meta 1 device: like wearing a Kinect on your head. (via Meta1)   Virtual reality and gaming have come a long way since the days of Nintendo’s lackluster Virtual Boy. One of the most promising systems set to hit the market is OculusVR’s Oculus Rift, which already has a slew of game companies scrambling to derive support for the device in upcoming titles. When paired with Virtuix’s Omni treadmill the VR aspect is heightened considerably for total immersion in games. To a les ...
MaxLife concept diagram. Lifetime cycles are increased, but not a big improvement in energy density (via TI)   Texas Instruments is one of the most dominant technology companies ever. Behind Intel and Samsung, it is the world's third largest producer of semiconductors. In addition, they are the largest manufacturer of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. Young students may just know of TI as producers of their world famous graphing calculators. However, for the older, more ...
SMARTSD, simplifying and expanding NFC usage, or so they hope. (via SD Association)   Just as IEEE sets many standards regarding electrical technology, SD cards also have their own association for standards. The SD Association is a global ecosystem made up of many professionals, which collaborate with one another to set technical standards regarding SD cards. This is needed due to the more than 400 different companies worldwide manufacturing SD cards, which can come in many different model ...
Flying-bike duing a demonstration (via TECHNODAT, DURATEC and EVEKTOR)   Ever Since Star Wars Return of the Jedi was released back in 1983, people have been looking to create their own hover-bikes. Very few have had some initial success with conceptual designs; others have actually built working prototypes such as group of Czech engineers who have developed their own iteration of hover-bike known as the Flying-Bike. The design is a result of a collaborative effort by TECHNODAT, DURATEC and ...
Maker Center at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Libraries will do whatever it takes to get people in their doors these days. Time to dust off the library card.. (via CPL)   Libraries are a great central hub for those looking to learn and enjoy themselves while engrossed in their favorite literature. Newspapers, magazines, periodicals, fiction, non-fiction and even maps can all be found in most public libraries, however not all libraries are the same. Some feature specialized lear ...
Promo image. No examples of the QR code in action yet. (via MIT)   The MIT Media Lab’s Viral Spaces is exploring many new, innovative ways of communicating using smartphones, peripheral devices and interesting applications. From bartering to communicating with visible light, the Media Lab is transforming the physical space that immerses us to a form that is more useful and ripe for understanding.   A project called Graffiti Codes, is transforming the way we can access data by ...
Soft contact single pixel prototype (via Jang-Ung Park)   Contact lenses come in all styles and colors and provide the extra-added function of helping us see, however that is all they do. Contrary to popular belief, contact lenses are not capable of deploying high-powered lasers to cut through steel; they will not give us x-ray vision or allow us to see into the future. They may incorporate a HUD (Heads up Display) display however sometime in the near future and negate the need of wearing t ...
Glowing plant history (via Antony Evans & kickstarter)   A team composed of University of Cambridge and Stanford graduates is embarking on an ambitious project to replace light bulbs with genetically modified bioluminescent plants. The Glowing Plants project has successfully funded this project via Kickstarter but not before raising concerns by some critics of the pioneering project.   The Glowing Plants team includes Kyle Taylor, Plant Guru/PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from ...
User at Makerfaire trying out the CastAR (via Technical Illusions)   Augmented reality has been around since its dawning in many science fiction novels, writings, and movies, presenting us with an imaginative take on technology that may await us in the future. Much like Jules Verne’s early sci-fi works that inspired the design of submarines, AR (augmented reality) tech is just about in the hands of anyone thanks to its rapid innovation through entertainment based gaming technology. ...
Temporal Cloak, hiding an event in time. (via A temporal cloak at telecommunication data rate)   The ideas of Einstein and his predecessors are still making waves today and now, researchers at many universities are using space-time duality, along with metamaterials, to bend light waves and time in a way that destructively interfere. This interference, due to the good old Talbot effect, can result in a “hole in time” and realization of a sci-fi lover’s dream; time cloaking ...
  Since September 11 2001, the US government has given a broad range of power to most three-letter agencies when it comes to sniffing out potential threats within the United States (and virtually unlimited power outside the US). This includes detaining individuals indefinitely without legal representation, seizure of personal/private banking accounts and warrantless wire-tapping regarding both landlines and mobile devices (Patriot Act, 2001). To make matters worse it was recently disclosed ...
Artist rendering of Terrafugia’s TF-X flying hybrid car concept (via Terrafugia)   With so many ongoing advancements in the electronics tech domain, automotive enthusiasts may begin to ponder when the arrival of a legitimate, futuristic flying vehicle will occur. Terrafugia, a Massachusetts start-up, is known for the development of ground & aviation Transition vehicle now expected to be available to the public around 2015. Just as the Transition begins to move into its production ...
Fairphone. Fighting exploitation in the Congo. (via Fairphone)   Most consumers who purchase Android smartphones know what features it has, the hardware that is at its core, how fast it runs - and that in a few months it will be obsolete. Some consumers however, don’t know what is involved with actually manufacturing the mobile devices and what impact it may have on the environment or that the rare-earth minerals needed for manufacturing has fueled the fires of war in one African nati ...
Broadcom looks to unify devices down its road to the Internet of Things (via Broadcom)   Are you in the market to acquire new mobile devices, TVs or PCs with integrated high-speed Wi-Fi access? Then Broadcom has good news for you as the company has recently announced that they are set to release three new chips for everything from tablets to desktop PCs. Sure everybody wants to have a high-speed connection for their electronics but sometimes a wired connection just will not cut it, which is ...
The honeycomb structure of graphene can soak up laser light, release it on command (via wiki)   Lately it seems that there is no applications in which graphene cannot be used to make a better product. It has already proved to be a superior material for conductors, solar cells, transistors, ultra-capacitors, and a variety of other applications. Now it appears scientists have just used graphene to produce ultra short laser pulses. In addition, scientists suggest that their experiments show t ...
(Left) ARKYD prototype, smaller than I expected. (Right) Example of a "space selfie," marriage proposals space-bound! (via Planetary Resources)     The Hubble space telescope captured some of the most astonishing pictures of the cosmos. It could see significantly further than any other telescope on Earth, due in part to no atmosphere getting in the way. The company Planetary Resources has launched a Kickstarter to fund a space telescope that could deliver new images of space and its o ...
(Left) Söder Torn on Södermalm in Stockholm (Right) Concept render of the same building featuring (via Belatchew.com)   It may look like a huge scrub-brush but the design of a new proposal by architect firm Belatchew Arkitekter would actually harness wind energy instead of washing giant pots and pans. The building, known as Soder Torn was initially supposed to be 40 floors high but ended up reaching only 24 because of compromises with the buildings original architect Henning Larso ...
Smart to Future Cites, London, June 11 & 12. Stand 3. Freescale’s Tim Summers, Networking Products Group Manager, EMEA, will be talking about Connected Health on June 11 from 12.15 p.m. Hear all about some real world examples of connected health in action. You can also meet with Freescale’s M2M experts and see the demonstration of CO² Monitoring on our stand. Register for the conference today: http://smarttofuture.com/ ...

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