Microsoft: “Excuse us, while we Pinch-the-Sky”

by Mark R

Once again, Microsoft Research is up to something amazing with Pinch-the-Sky. This project is currently a geodesic dome with cardboard shingles, and with an omni-directional projector in the middle that is gesture and speech sensitive. One of the things that this thing can do is show the viewer the universe like nothing else. You can watch the video after the jump and see the user scroll through galaxies and stars, …

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Swing Beginner Concept Car

by Mark R

This is the Swing Beginner concept car. As you can see, even the artistic model is impressed. The Swing Beginner car concept is like nothing that I’ve seen in a car as it relies not on a wheel to steer, but the driver’s leaning. Yes, the driver must lean to go in a certain direction. You might just wonder what the heck this is good for, but as you can …

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Smart Fridge knows how much food is in the fridge, and can make a recipe for it

by Mark R

For those of you who can’t figure out what to make for dinner might really like this smart fridge designed by Ashley Legg. This smart fridge knows what is in your refrigerator, and it can figure out from the food within what recipe you can make. It will then display this recipe on a touchscreen panel mounted in the door.

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Music For Deaf People Collar

by Ally

The first time I learned Beethoven had a bit of a hearing problem, I was baffled as to how he managed to go on with his music career.  It’s been said that he listened through vibrations in the floor to discover different things like to find out if the audience really liked his work.  Using vibrations to “hear” isn’t an entirely uncommon concept for anyone who is deaf, which does …

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Protect 486 puts a protective shell around a scooter

by Mark R

This is from designer Marc Graells Ballve, and, as you may have guessed, it is some anti-theft device for scooters. Clearly, the designer gets his inspiration from nature with the armadillo as the armor can retract like that animal’s armor. I have no idea how heavy this armor is, but it looks pretty light, almost like plastic. I’m guessing that it requires some sort of lock at the bottom so …

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Rolling Superman Simulator

by Mark R

I remember I was at some fair, and they had this metal ball thing that people put me in with straps, and then my friends, including my daughter, rolled me. This looks like nearly the same concept as the Rolling Superman Simulator. There is no rolling upside down on this, but the user’s own weight keeps them level as they roll across the ground. Okay, does anyone else think that …

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This is a hoverboard that really works

by Mark R

Hopefully, you remember the most recent flying car that we reported on, the YEE. I believe that I mentioned how it is almost 2015, and we don’t have all of the cool stuff shown us in Back to the Future II. Flying cars is just one example, and the other is hoverboards. I once heard that before the successful film sequel was released, there was an attempt to start a …

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Spatial Interaction faucet is better than any touch-control faucet, anyday

by Mark R

I cannot stand this ad for these Delta Touch faucets. I have a video of it after the jump so you can see it for yourself. I’d like to think that I am not OCD, but the dirty hands in the commercial are a visual kryptonite. The song is also terrible, and I’m told that the music is by the Count on Sesame Street. Still, I can’t deny that there …

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