Tiny personal helicopter for those with a death wish

A video of an extremely small personal helicopter has surfaced. You just sit on a little chair under the helicopter and it takes you into the skies. Although it looks incredibly fun to fly, the sound and look of those rotors right above your head means we won’t be getting on one anytime soon. Some […]

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Researchers create world’s fastest internet connection

French researchers announced recently that they have been able to transfer data optically at a speed of 16.4Tbps (that’s terabits per second, or about 17 billion kilobits per second). Yes, that’s over 11 million times faster than today’s DSL connections. At these rates they were able to transfer 2.05TB or about 100 HD movies every […]

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Kitchen Sync concept, cookbook meets computer

The Kitchen Sync concept by Noah Balmer combines computers and online recipes with old-fashioned cookbooks for the perfect way to cook in the 21st century. It features a small, flexible, washable screen with a dock. The Kitchen Sync allows you to view recipes online and follow links to buy whatever products you may need to […]

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Wiperless windshield created, powered by nanotech

Italian car designer Leonardo Fioravanti (of Pininfarina fame) has developed a prototype car with a windshield that doesn’t need wipers. It can brush away water and dirt all by itself. The car, dubbed Hidra, uses a special aerodynamic design along with four sophisticated surface treatments to the windshield to keep the driver’s view clear. The […]

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Absolut Quartet – rubber ball-powered, music-making contraption

The Absolut Quartet has to be one of the coolest toys we’ve played with on the ‘net in a long time. First, let’s dive into what the thing actually is. The Absolut Quartet is “a multi-instrumental music-making machine combining art and technology to create the equivalent of a classic human quartet. With a twist. It […]

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The Tactile MP3 player

Designer Bomi Kim has just come out with a new MP3 player referred to as the “Tactile MP3 player”. The player has no screen, and is controlled entirely using a braille-like system. The controls are raised bumps that you can use to perform all the regular interactions one would have with an MP3 player. It […]

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Vista SP1 coming, possibly on February 15th

Following hot on the heels of an OS X 10.5.2 update to Leopard announcement, it seems that the Windows Vista SP1 (Service Pack 1) might be released on February 15th. Thanks for the (day late) Valentine’s Day present, Microsoft! Although this is just a rumor without any confirmation by Microsoft (which is simply sticking with […]

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Canon files patent application for eye-based biometric photo watermarking

According to Canon’s new patent application, we could be seeing cameras that automatically watermark images soon. The filing details a “Registration” mode on cameras that would take a snapshot of your iris and use that unique information as a watermark. The photographer would select this mode, look into the viewfinder for a moment so that […]

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Looking at the world through a window… with definitions

Designer Mac Funamizu has created a gadget showing what he thinks the future holds for mobile devices. The “near” future, he claims. It includes a touch screen, built-in camera, scanner, WiFi, Google Maps and Google search support, and even an image search, all in a tiny and beautiful package. Although the concept is pretty far […]

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