Multicopter uses sixteen deadly spinning blades for flight

by Mark R

Sure, you could take a ride in a helicopter with one giant spinning rotor on top, or even go with two. However, why not live on the edge and go with sixteen smaller ones. This is e-volo multicopter from Germany, and even though I would never risk being the pilot, I admire what they were trying to do. Like most new flying vehicles, the first flight was not long. Pilot …

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Microsoft’s new video shows us what the future will look like, again

by Mark R

About a few years ago, I reported on a video that Microsoft made showing what the future could be like. This is apparently the new version of this video. The video, which can be viewed after the jump, is half propaganda for Microsoft and the other half a realistic view of the future. There is a definite emphasis on mobile technology being thinner, as the tablets and mobile phones are …

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Digimo Camera Concept

by Mark R

As you can tell by the headline, this is a concept camera. The Digimo has three cool features, and even one would be enough to sell it on the existing camera market. The first is that it can split in two. This comes in handy for situations where you need to take a picture of something remotely. You can even see a picture of what you are taking, as there …

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Mag Surf makes Hoverboards real thanks to superconductive liquid nitrogen

by Mark R

What you are seeing in the photo and the video after the jump is a demonstration by the Universite Paris Diderot at a science fair. This is the Mag Surf, and it makes our Back to the Future II hoverboard dream a reality. The trick is that the super-cold liquid nitrogen in this board makes it superconductive, which means that it repels the magnetic field on the track. With one …

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Condition One could change movies as we know it, provided you’re watching them on a tablet

by Mark R

Now that the tablet market has taken off with the advent of the iPad, more and more people are watching movies on a touchscreen. A group known as Condition One has decided to take advantage of this trend with a new form of cinematography. Simply put, this new technology allows the user to interact with the movie by shifting the camera angle with a flick of a finger. As you …

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Microsoft OmniTouch gives us what we all want, maybe

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is a project from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University, and it could easily be the future. This OmniTouch has the amazing ability to turn any surface into a touchscreen. All of this is possible with this shoulder-mounted device that is both pico-projector and Kinect. So if you want to use your hand to run applications, just hold it out and the proper buttons will appear. …

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In the future, you can walk on a Passing Cloud

by Mark R

At some point in time, I think we all thought the sky would be full of airships, sort of like the alternate reality seen on the television show Fringe. This is concept known as Passing Cloud, and it is a stainless steel structure that can support spherical nylon balloons that link together to form a bubble cluster cloud. It floats up, and people take a literal walk on the clouds. …

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Raytheon-Sarcos prototype is for heavy lifting

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is a modified Ditch Witch from Raytheon-Sarcos, and it is essentially the top half of a Power Loader from Aliens. As you might have guessed, it gives a user’s upper arms superhuman strength. In case you think you might need crane operator training to operate this, you are wrong. All you need to do is use your own arms, and the metallic arms match. You …

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