Human-powered helicopter breaks record with a four-second flight

by Mark R

It seems like human-powered flight is becoming more popular, with the flight of the ornithopter in September of last year, and now a flight of a human-powered helicopter. What you see in the picture is Judy Wexler, and this is her in the Gamera, a flying machine created at the University of Maryland. She managed to keep it in the air for about 4 seconds with hand and foot pedals, …

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Willow Garage’s PR2 robot being trained as a cashier

by Mark R

I worked a for few years at Wal-Mart, and it’s very weird to shop there when you have worked there yourself. With only one exception, I can tell that the cashier doesn’t want to be there any more than I wanted to. I think we all know that jobs that can be done by machines are usually done by machines, and I believe that cashiering is a job just waiting …

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Fujitsu’s Touchpad keyboard concept

by Mark R

I think Fujitsu’s concept devices have figured out what consumers really want. Last week, we reported on the hybrid notebook/tablet that can fold into quarters, and now this touchpad keyboard. Clearly, customization is key for this touchpad keyboard. Some users prefer that ergonomic keyboard with the split diagonal setup, while others prefer the traditional method. This allows the user to pick the type of keyboard that he or she wants. …

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This ride gets more thrilling as you get more scared

by Mark R

So what is it that we are looking at here, some sort of swing that doubles as a torturing device? You are close. Imagine if there was a thrill-park ride that got more thrilling as you were thrilled. I realize that there was way too many variations of the word “thrill” in that last sentence, but here is what people at Nottingham University are attempting: These rides are essentially controlled …

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Japanese Researchers working on this Aero Train

by Mark R

I always liked how those maglev trains can hover on the tracks, and Japanese Researchers are working on another type of floating train with this prototype that you see here. I realize that this prototype looks more like a plane than a train, but this uses air and several plane wings in order to levitate like it does. You can watch the video of how it hovers after the jump. …

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Fujitsu hybrid notebook/tablet folds into fourths

by Mark R

I have always envisioned a world where there is a portable device that works like a laptop, but has the portability of a cell phone. I believe I have shared my story of how I tried to report from CES 2011 on my Droid X. The smartphone is just too small a device, but I don’t like lugging around a laptop or notebook. Fujitsu might just have the solution to …

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Charge your Cell Phone – With Sound

by Julie

It happened again, I was 50 miles from home with a million things that needed to be done, when I got a flat tire, and my cell phone was dead. I didn’t have a charger, I was in the middle of nowhere, and I had to get to a dentist appointment AND I pick my daughter up at school. Why is it the phone never goes dead while I’m texting …

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This Touchscreen lets you feel your touch on the other side

by Mark R

Some of you might remember yesterday when we reported on the PaperPhone, and how it could be the new touchscreen for mobile devices. Today, it is another concept touchscreen that could change mobile technology as we know it. This touchscreen from Japan’s University of Electro-Communications is meant to be used on one’s palm, and then interfaced with the other hand. When the user touches the screen, it can actually be …

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