Smart Helmet detects how hard you have crashed

by Mark R

This Smart Helmet, developed by Northeastern University researchers, is designed for skiers, even though I never remember skiing with a helmet on. Of course, I never biked with a helmet on either, and I think that is a requirement now. I don’t know about wearing a helm on the slopes. The purpose of the smart helmet is to detect how much it has been impacted. Apparently, a lot of skiers …

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Spiked bench has you pay to sit

by Mark R

While I was in Los Angeles for E3, I was staying at a nice hotel that was located in a poor side of town. I noticed that one of the buildings had, on its outside window panes, spikes. They were not spikes like the ones seen on punk rocker clothes, but they seemed to be part of the architecture itself. I began to realize that the spikes had probably been …

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The Boeing hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye

by Mark R

Just yesterday, when I was discussing the Taranis, I mentioned the Phantom Ray from Boeing. Here is another project that Boeing is working on known as the Phantom Eye. This is a spy plane, but this recently unveiled unmanned aircraft has an interesting twist: it runs on hydrogen. That big round area in the middle is apparently filled with liquid hydrogen, that can somehow power the engine. Now, some of …

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Taranis, the unmanned Stealth Jet from BAE Systems

by Mark R

This is the Taranis, defense contractor BAE Systems’ version of Boeing’s Phantom Ray Unmanned aircraft that we reported about a while ago. I’ve included a video after the jump to show a recent British newscast about it, and they say that there isn’t much they can tell you about it due to confidential military secrets and all. The CG animation of it is quite lame, actually. To be honest, they …

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Robot Bina48 gets interviewed by the New York Times

by Mark R

When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a female version of Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite, but with a blond wig. It is actually a robot. Needless to say, it could “make your wildest dreams come true” about sentient robots. This is Bina48, a robot that is not at MIT or some major university, but the Terasem Movement Foundation in some small town in Bristol, Vermont. I have …

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Liquid armor hardens in contact with bullets

by Mark R

What you see there is a bullet-proof vest, and I’ve just learned that even the best ones cannot completely keep bullets out. However, this one model could change all of that. This model uses “custard-like goo” that somehow makes molecules lock together when it is hit. I’m going to assume that makes it really, really hard. Apparently, these “shear-thickening liquids” have been used by downhill skiers in order to prevent …

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iSound takes a cue from ocarinas

by Ally

I have pretty much given up on ever finding a pair of earphones that I’m entirely happy with.  It’s not that I’m so obsessive over sound quality that I’m never satisfied.  I really just don’t think they’re that comfortable.  They’re either falling out due to being too small or just slowly work their way out over a few minutes.  Either way I really don’t think anyone should have to settle …

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Vibrating Seats Alert You Of Nearby Cars

by Ally

A researcher from Yale University has created car seats that will keep the driver alert and aware of their surroundings.  Instead of giving visual alerts it gives ones by touch.  It’s an interesting concept that may make you feel like you’re playing a video game, but if it helps then it’s worth a try.  Anything is worth cutting down on accidents in an area that is jam packed full of …

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