Prototype UAV glider can land on wires

by Mark R

Some of you might remember the Zephyr, a solar-powered UAV that can charge itself with the power of the sun. Some researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a plane that can charge in a very unconventional method. This would be a smaller plane, and possibly not hold a passenger. This autonomous glider would have the ability to land on a wire, just like a bird. Not …

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Driverless vehicles to go from Italy to China

by Mark R

Imagine a long drive that starts from Parma, Italy and ends in China. Now imagine this drive happening without drivers. This is exactly the project that is planned to take place. This proposed trip wouldn’t be about sending a Knight Rider type car to make the trip all by its lonesome, but with four vans. One van will be in front, with the two robot vans in the middle, followed …

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Computer graphics go holographic, thanks to new technology

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is a hologram, but unlike most holograms, it is not based on a real three dimensional object. What you see there was made in a computer. This is some new technology being developed at Kansai University in Osaka, and it could easily be the next wave for holograms. Granted, the CG images have to have a resolution of up to 128K x 64K. I have …

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Autom robot helps you lose weight

by Mark R

As someone who is trying to lose weight, I have quickly learned how tough a fight it is going to be. I believe the Autom robot was designed to help out the user with their diet. It is up to the user to enter in the details of their diet, such has their fitness level. Just think of it as a WiiFit, except the white rectangle talks to you. The …

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ThruVision TS4 scanners

by Mark R

I think that this age of personal security demands full-body scanners, but X-rays have that whole harmful radiation thing going on. Thruvision TS4 is able to see through your body without any radiation. It doesn’t use the X-ray vision lens that we reported on a while ago, but it scans body heat. These body heat scanners would be able to detect a weapon or other type of contraband as a …

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Giant Laser blasts 300mph aircraft

by Mark R

In case you thought that the pain gun was the only real-life science fiction weapon that Raytheon was up to, then you haven’t heard about this real-life laser. This Laser Close-In Weapon System was recently unveiled in an airshow in England, and it has recently made history as the first time a laser has shot down an aircraft in flight. This demonstration took place last May, and I don’t know …

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Hopscotch Hero, probably not coming to video consoles anytime soon

by Mark R

I don’t think my Source for this story says that London design agency Tinker actually calls its latest creation Hopscotch Hero. Considering it is a digital representation of a game that probably involves light up areas to keep rhythm, what else would you call it? Yeah, you might as well name it after the successful video game franchise of Guitar Hero. That seems quite natural, but it feels unnatural to …

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Raytheon pain gun gets set to Afghanistan, then sent back

by Mark R

It has been a while since we have reported on the Raytheon’s pain inducing gun. The military has been working on this device for years for “a more broad application for crowd control and interdiction which is known as the Active Denial System. Capable of inflicting limitless, unbearable pain, the ADS can unleash a wave of agony upon a force or crowd from a distance of over 250 meters.” This …

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