The new Galaxy Note 4 is a nice upgrade from your Galaxy Note 3. The new sensors (heart rate sensor, fingerprint scanner, UV sensor) are cool and might prompt some interesting new apps. The CPU is a tad bit faster and the 16MB camera is a step up from the Note 3. But what really shines on the Note 4 is the new retina-searing 2,560 x 1,600 Super AMOLED screen (515 PPI) combined with the Adreno 420 GPU which should enable high-end 3D games at super HD resolutions without dropping too many effects. And these eyeball-popping graphic hardware upgrades are what will allow the Gear VR to drop people to their knees.
We just took a giant step closer to Jetsons-like futuristic living. With Amazon and Vox’s newly announced partnership partnership, if you run out of toothpaste, you simply stand in your bathroom, say “Vox, send me toothpaste”, and Amazon will make sure it’s on its way to your doorstep.
Fish on Wheels lets its fish tank occupant steer the tank in whatever direction it feels like going. The prototype tank was built using a standard webcam, battery-powered Beagleboard, and an Arduino controller and uses the contrast of the fish with the bottom of the fish tank to determine the fish’s position in the tank. When the fish moves to the right of the tank, the tank steers in that direction and when it moves left – well, you get the picture.
The folks over at Klemens Torggler’s door in Austria have introduced yet another mind-bending, but functional, door opening design, this time based on a brilliant series of interlocking triangles. Klemens Torggler's door is an invention based on rotating squares or triangles. The special construction makes it possible to move the door sideways without the use of tracks. We give it two thumbs-up.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for automobiles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second.
20-year-old Romanian Lego savant Raul Oaida has created a drivable car, that can travel at 12-17 MPH while carrying two people, entirely out of Legos! The car includes four radial engines with a total of 256 pistons that run off compressed air and was pieced together with 500,000 Lego blocks.
When 60 Minutes broke the well-timed Cyber Monday story that Amazon intended to offer product deliveries with a 30-minute turnaround time using automated flying drones, people wondered, can this be true? Could drones be used to make personal deliveries to our homes? In short, yes, it can, and will be done – and the FAA is already scrambling to define the playing field for commercial drone-based deliveries.
We’re one step closer to mind-controlled zombies! University of Washington psychology professor Andrea Stocca told reporters in a news release yesterday, “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains.” And he went on to demonstrate that it can be done today.
Don't flush that valuable energy source down the drain! Scientists have announced that they have found a way to charge a smartphone using urine. Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory passed the urine through a series of microbial fuel cells, which contain tiny microbes that consume and metabolize the liquid into small amounts of energy (which is then transferred into a capacitor for temporary storage), and were able to successfully charge a Samsung smartphone device. The new process generated enough power to send a SMS text, browse the internet and make a brief call.
The largest building in the world has opened in China this week. At 1.7 million square meters, the glass and steel-frame New Century Global Center took only a little more than a year to build. It stands 18 stories tall and sits above a new subway station in Chengdu, a Sichuan province city of more than 14 million and one of China's fastest-growing megalopolises. Inside you will find a 14-screen IMAX theater, restaurants, hotels, shops, a Mediterranean village reconstruction, and a massive artificial beach that boasts realistic sunsets and sea breezes.
We have to disclose right up front that these two-wheeled beasts will not be made available to the general public - at least not yet. Zero Motorcycles, maker of motorcycles for security and law enforcement agencies, has announced that the US Special Operations Forces may be equipped with stealthy, silent off-road motorcycles, the MMX, that can travel silently, operate underwater in depths up to 3 feet, and peer through the darkness with infrared lighting systems.
The Spanish organization, ANAR Foundation (Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk), recently released a brilliant campaign that makes similarly powerful use of a special form of photography that takes advantage of the process of lenticular printing to send an offer of help to abused children without alerting their abusers, even if they’re walking together. Lenticular printing is a process that allows for different photos to be seen depending on the angle the image is viewed from. When the poster is viewed from the average height of a 10-year-old child, the boy in the picture becomes bruised and the message “if somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you” appears, alongside the foundation’s help line number.
Brilliant Paris Marathon race organizers laid out 82-feet worth of rubber tiles along the route. These cushiony tiles weren't meant to ease the pain on runners but rather are a special electricity-generating tile made by Pavegen Systems that convert kinetic energy from the runners’ footfalls into electricity. The manufacturer claims the tiles generate up to 8 watts per footstep and with 40,000 runners in the event, enough electricity was generated to power screens and signs located throughout the race course.
This newly constructed house, built near Stuttgart, German by German studio J. Mayer H., is shaped like a giant dinosaur head with glazing and railing designed to emulate teeth. The three-story home sits on a sloping site in a suburban area of Stuttgart facing a neighborhood of smaller, older homes, presumably in a bid to promote nightmares for nearby children. The house was constructed from reinforced concrete with an aluminum and glass facade and features a curving concrete staircase, indoor spa, heating built into the walls, and built-in solar panels.
Walgreens pharmacy is building what it calls America’s first “zero-energy” superstore. Located in Evanston, Illinois,, just 20 miles from its corporate headquarters, the store will use more than 800 solar panels, two wind turbines, and geothermal energy to power its superstore. Energy-efficient construction materials and LED lighting will help ensure the store’s energy requirements are met with no additional energy required from the grid (weather permitting of course). The green energy sources are estimated to generate 256,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year while the store is estimated to consume 200,000 kWh. Any excess energy generated will be pushed back onto the grid.