We're learning so much about robotics by mimicking insects. This robot cockroach is amazing in its speed and ability to handle obstacles!
Here's an interesting "mockumentary" about the migration of a plastic bag. Unfortunately, it's pretty much all true including the big floating island of trash in the Pacific Ocean. What can we do? Even if we stop using plastic altogether, that island will outlive all of us. If we were to hypothetically pull all of the floating garbage out, it could cover Texas. I guess we just need to start using less plastic bags and water bottles and recycle more. It's a start...
Awesome footage of a new technology that can kill mosquitos with lasers. Thanks to Bill Gates for funding this!
Sure, Sir Richard Dyson is a bit of a hype and pitch man but his new bladeless fan looks like it's fun but like all Dyson products, it's expensive at around $300 for the 10" and $325 for the 12" model.
No one likes to think about how much radiation their phone puts out, especially if they use it a lot but here's a chart that shows exactly how much radiation is put out by most of today's popular phones.
If you're a Simpsons fan, you're going to love this. TomTom has released a voice package for selected models of their GPS product line. The only downside seems to be that Homer can't say street names. This is too bad because if he mispronounces names, it's funnier than the regular GPS voices.
Looking a bit like a flip phone, the FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger is a great gadget to have for anyone who has an iPod, phone, DVD player, PSP and more. It can recharge its internal battery with its solar panels and in turn power and recharge your gadgets. Awesome! The only downside is that it's a little pricey at $80 at ThinkGeek.
- Solar charger with a built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery
- Battery can be charged using solar cells or USB connection
- Specially designed CamCaddy can charge almost all camera and camcorder batteries
- Compatible with iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, current Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson,
- Motorola cell phones, PSP, portable DVD and MP4 players, more
- Li-ion rechargeable battery capacity: 1600mAh
- Solar cells: 200mA premium quality crystalline
- Impact resistant, rust free aluminum body
- Weight: 174g
- Dimensions: 5.9" x 2.5" x .8" (150 x 63 x 20mm)
- Includes: Freeloader charger, CamCaddy, carrying bag, 10 charging adapters, USB cable, manual
This is an awesome invention but I'm waiting for the full size version which I can ride on and destroy cities with.
The video shows the Cajun Crawler. It was a project that was completed for the Fall 08 semester at the University of Louisiana. The scooter was inspired by Theo Jansen's leg mechanism. Throughout our research, we found no application where Jansen's leg mechanism was used as a weight-bearing application or vehicle. The legs are made of standard 5052 Aluminum. The joints all contain deep-groove ball bearings.
I believe Jerry Seinfeld asked, "If the black box is indestructable, why don't they make the whole plane out of the same material?". Well, Wired has an interesting article about the black box (source - Gizmodo)
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