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May 7, 2006 - May 13, 2006 Archives

  • May 12, 2006
    Andy Green, a British inventor, has created an ultra fuel-efficient vehicle that is capable of traveling 8,000 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. Andy designed the vehicle around a one cylinder four-stroke engine, and the entire vehicle weighs less than 70 pounds, which, the ... / Continue →
  • May 12, 2006
    Designer Peter Van Der Jagt has created an elegant design for the common doorbell. The 'Bottoms Up' replaces the tone bars of a regular doorbell with two crystal wine glasses. When the bell is rung, the hammer lightly strikes the glasses, creating a sound that will announce gues... / Continue →
  • May 12, 2006
    Two students at MIT have spent the past school year transforming their dorm room into an extremely automated living area. The Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System (MIDAS) controls various aspects of the room, including the lights, electric window blinds, text displays, securi... / Continue →
  • May 11, 2006
    German researchers are working on a car that can anticipate a side-on impact and slightly transform its body to better absorb the impact. Side impact accidents occur at the same frequency as front and rear accidents, but cause the most injuries out the three. In an attempt to ad... / Continue →
  • May 11, 2006
    Korean electronics manufacturer Kowon has announced a product that will let you enjoy a nice television show while you attempt to drastically increase your risk of getting hit by a bus. These video glasses let viewers watch television and movies in an experience that's touted t... / Continue →
  • May 10, 2006
    Researchers have recently succeeded in controlling groups of cockroaches with insect-like robots known as "insbots." The insbots are mobile cubic robots around the size of a thumbnail, and they use infrared and light sensors to guide their way. Before they enter the presence of ... / Continue →
  • May 10, 2006
    The Persuasive Mirror, a project being developed by Accenture, displays an age and behavior-progressed representation of the viewer. The image presented by the mirror will be adjusted based on a "series of sensors and data analysis tools" that monitor the viewer's activity throu... / Continue →
  • May 10, 2006
    The Xbox Controller Controller project is an attempt to access and command an Xbox controller over the internet. The buttons on the controller are physically pressed by stiff wire "arms" that are attached to individual servos. The collection of servos is controlled by a Basic mi... / Continue →
  • May 9, 2006
    Researchers at Gifu University's Graduate School of Medicine have developed a robot patient that will provide helpful support for students who are learning to diagnose medical conditions. The humanoid robot is programmed to suffer from one of eight different medical conditions,... / Continue →
  • May 9, 2006
    The Micro.Spheres project invites human visitors into a room filled with 16 autonomous robot balls. The presence of the visitor sets off the sensors in the balls, which move around the room to achieve a new state of equilibrium. If the person in the room is continuously moving,... / Continue →
  • May 9, 2006
    Leave it up to those whacky scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invent another animal robot that has absolutely no use for anyone anywhere ever. The OCTOR (sOft robotiC manipulaTORs) project is focused on both creating tentacle-like robots and ... / Continue →
  • May 8, 2006
    If there's one thing to look for in a peaceful bicycling experience, it's the relaxing sound and exhaust of a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine! The RevoPower "Wheel" is a hub-based bicycle motor that can easily be swapped with the front wheel of almost any adult bicycl... / Continue →
  • May 8, 2006
    The Origami DVD Player is a new concept being developed by Israel-based MagInk. When not playing a DVD, the Origami can be folded down, compressing the screen so it is approximately the size of a portable CD player. This concept relies on a flexible screen, which MagInk plans to... / Continue →
  • May 8, 2006
    If back alley knife fights get in the way of juggling your job and family, you might want to consider picking up the Shocknife. The Shocknife is a training knife that delivers a localized shock of up to 7,500 volts. The blade itself is incapable of cutting, and the shock will de... / Continue →