Alarm clock literally starts the ball rolling

by Mark R

We have reported on many cool alarm clocks here, and many of them involve making the user do some activity in order for them to get up in the morning. For example, the Flying Alarm Clock, which has a propeller device on it that you are going to have to catch and place back on the clock itself, should you want any Snooze time. This one is merely a concept, …

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Raytheon Sarcos XOS 2 exoskeleton

by Mark R

I thought I would celebrate the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD and Blu-ray today by reporting on a real-life iron man exoskeleton. This is the XOS 2 from Raytheon Sarcos, and it is a lot more bulky than the armor from Mr. Tony Stark. It actually reminds me of the power loader suit that Ripley wore in Aliens. The suit is able to boost the user’s strength. You …

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LED Escape Light shows you exactly where to go, emphasis on exactly

by Mark R

Emergency lights are quite necessary in case of a fire or power outage, but it isn’t always clear which way you should run. This is a concept known as the LED Escape light, and it allows the victim of an emergency to actually see where to run. It has a “portable LED electric torch which will feature an integrated projector to project a map so that you can find your …

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R2-D2 Vacuum Cleaner

by Edwin

They say that a picture speaks a thousand words, and what you see on the right hand side is just about right. We’re looking at what looks like everybody’s favorite astromech droid at first glance, the venerable R2-D2. Well, upon closer inspection, you might notice that Artoo (as he is affectionately called) has a vacuum cleaner attachment connected – what does it all mean? The answer is pretty simple as …

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Windoro robot can do Windows

by Mark R

Sure, many people have Roombas and other related products for cleaning up their floors, but very few robot products do windows. In fact, this Windoro product could be the first of its type that I have ever seen. It was developed by South Korea’s Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics (PIRO), and it was shown off at IFA Berlin 2010. Windoro uses both water, detergent, and rotating pads to clean the …

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Park Spark lights park lamps with dog waste

by Mark R

Remember when we reported on that Geneco VW Beetle that can run on human waste? Yes, there were a lot of great jokes made on that one, the best ones in your comments. This one particular project also sounds like a joke, but it is an experiment by conceptual artist Matthew Mazzotta. This is a way of powering lamps at parks by one thing that parks have way too much …

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This faucet tells you how much water you’re getting from it

by Mark R

We have covered a lot of interesting faucet concepts in the past, such as the spacial interaction one, the one that requires not touching to turn on. This is another concept known as the “No More No Less”. It allows the user to specify the amount of water that you get before you even turn it on. So you know how you have recipes that call for certain cups of …

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Skylon spacecraft uses internal engines and rocket fuel

by Mark R

This is the Skylon, and I fully realize that sounds like a Cylon from Battlestar Gallactica. I’m sure that you are looking at this spacecraft and thinking it is something out of science fiction. However, this is just one of several vehicles that I have seen designed for the apparent boom in space tourist industry, which is set to come about at some particular date in the future, I would …

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