George Lucas is buying up film rights to dead actors

by Mark R

This is the latest to come down the Hollywood tech pipeline: George Lucas is buying “the film rights to dead actors”. Considering his films set new standards for special effects, I’m certain it wouldn’t be too hard to revive these actors long after they pass away. All he needs is their posthumous permission. There have already been some other films where dead actors have been revived with the help of …

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Volvo Air Motion Canyon Carver is a Wind/Wind situation

by Mark R

Imagine a world where vehicles run on nothing but air. This is Volvo’s Air Motion Canyon Carver concept, which runs on nothing but compressed air. When the driver runs out of air, he or she goes to refuel. These air refueling stations are not just giant tanks of compressed air, but they are air that comes from huge wind turbine generators that are mounted on balloons with flying kites on …

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X-37B automated spaceship returns to Earth after 8 month first flight

by Mark R

We really do live in a very science-fiction age. It would appear that the X-37B US military spaceplane has taken off and landed after seven months in orbit. In all honesty, I don’t understand why this is the first time I am hearing about this. However, this project has been under “top secret” classification, but thanks to leaks (not Wikileaks) we know about it now. It was launched on April …

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Flix on Stix puts your movie rental on a memory stick

by Mark R

I seem to recall that over a year ago that Blockbuster was planning on putting their movies on SD cards from kiosks. This was before they went backrupt, and I never really heard anything about that “test run”. As it were, most people are getting their films through Netflix either by streaming or snail mail. Any kiosk rental is usually done through Redbox. However, Flix on Stix is a company …

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Use the Kinect to surf the web!

by Mark R

This is one of those posts that might be better if you hit the jump and see the video of it before you read about it. Apparently, four young gentlemen from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group have figured out another use for the Microsoft Kinect. Instead of using your body as a controller in a video game, this involves the user’s body becoming a web browser. You will note from the …

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Augmented Reality, now in candy form

by Mark R

We have talked about augmented reality more than once on this site, and usually it is about putting things in front of a webcam to create some interesting 3D graphics that the user can manipulate by moving the object around. This would be the first time that I have seen augmented reality come in the form of taste and not sight. I’m not certain whether you can call it augmented …

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Document Extractor – a monitor, printer, scanner concept we can only hope for

by Julie

Every now and then something comes along that wows you with its practicality, something that just feels right. Something that makes so much sense, you have to wonder how it took so long for someone to come up with it in the first place. The Document Extractor, brainchild of  Byeong Min Choe, marries your printer, scanner and monitor into one potentially perfect device. The monitor, has a touch screen interface …

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Robot is programmed to pick strawberries

by Mark R

This posting should be a warning to anyone who has a career in harvesting fruit. You could be replaced by a robot. This robot has been developed by Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and it has the ability to detect how ripe a strawberry is, and then can cut the stalk without damaging the sweet fruit itself. There is a video of it after the jump so you …

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