This blows our minds: a team from the Koike Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications have developed a prototype for a projection system that uses milky, soapy bath water as the surface for an interactive touchscreen interface. The liquid screen works by detection of fingers and hands via Kinect (yes, that Kinect). It looks crazy.
While we’re talking about exorbitant prices for a ticket to go into space, a company based in San Francisco is now offering the opportunity of, er, the end of a lifetime, to get a space burial for a wallet-friendly US$1,990. The memorial spacecraft carrying a ‘symbolic portion’ of the cremated ashes will orbit Earth for […]
This is by far the lightest keyboard we’ve ever encountered. The Laser Virtual Keyboard is a functional full-size QWERTY keyboard that can be projected onto any flat surface via a modestly small device. It can also be used with any bluetooth-enabled device (no USB connections there, duh), such as tablets and smartphones. Versatile.
Designed by Michael Strain, Ramerio Diaz and Brandon Hartley, the Levitation bicycle is an eco-friendly powerhouse that charges gadgets via a USB port using energy generated from zealous pedaling. It can even serve as a WiFi hotspot as well. The unusual angular design really gets us.
Could this be the world’s most minimalistic sex toy ever? Hello Touch, the silicone fingerpad vibrators “optimized for both internal and external stimulation of all and any erogenous zones”, are the brainchild of San Francisco-based manufacturer Jimmyjane. It comes with a wristband dock and has decent battery life too, lasting up to 6 hours on […]
What trickery is this? Oh, Hamilton Beach’s breakfast sandwich maker for lazy people to waltz through homemade brekkie, that’s what. It comes with a bottom layer to toast the bottom half including your bread, while an egg layer cooks an egg right inside your sandwich. The top plate toasts the bread on top and holds […]
This poor guy was trying out the Oculus Rift virtual reality roller coaster ride, which is incredibly realistic. Jacob, the victim, is terrified of rollercoasters, so his friends did what any good friends would do; they strapped him into the simulation. It does make for quite an hilarious video, but it also demonstrates how realistic […]
So, showers. They’re either handheld or rain showers, right? Wrong. The Viteo Shower designed by Danny Venlet is an outdoor shower that shoots jets of water from the ground. To activate the shower jets, all you need to do is to step on it, then witness these jets shooting up and meeting over your head […]
If you’re squeamish, this new device isn’t for you. Industrial design student Katharina Unger created this fly-breeding machine that traps larva to use as a sustainable food source. She hopes that her invention will help increase the planet’s food supply by adding larva to Westerner’s menus. The sleek device allows for the fly’s life cycle […]
Can you truly get away with fibbing? It depends. A bunch of Taipei researchers from National Taiwan University have been experimenting on one such tooth-implanted device that recognizes jaw motion patterns and can eventually be small enough to fit into a cavity or crown. This sensor potentially has uses in dentistry such as assessing the […]
A talking teddy? Don’t know about you, but haven’t we seen this in Seth MacFarlane’s film, Ted? True, you can get one of these Ted soft toys to deliver ready punchlines like ‘I wuv you’, but the Supertoy teddy, which is now appealing for funds on Kickstarter, actually lets you have a conversation with it.
To find out if false memories can be fabricated, American and Japanese researchers set out to do just that — and successfully implanted false memories into lab mice that led the latter to believe they once received electrical shocks in a chamber… when they did not. As they said in their published report in science […]
I had the pleasure of catching Sealion at a local basement show last weekend. He is one of the founding fathers of the coastal Noise scene. Most of his equipment and ideas come from using basic micro-chip boards contected to frequencey nobs to create ‘noise’. This technologival equipment has been sought after by groups such […]
There’s a certain ick factor tied to drinking water that comes from sweat, but hey, water is water, yes? Mattias Ronge is the mastermind behind the sweat machine that transforms sweat from clothes into drinkable water. Ronge got Andreas Hammar to make the device from washing machine parts, a coffee percolator and a water filter. […]
Take a cold, hard look at the picture. Yep, that’s what a stress molecule looks like; or to be more precise, that’s what the 3D structure of the protein receptor that mediates our fallible response to stress looks like. The detailed structure was captured by a bunch of researchers from a drug company using an […]