As libraries around the world are moving towards the future and digitizing their collections, this has been no easy task. The fastest scanning method up until now involved cutting books up to feed them through a quick scanner, which seems blasphemous to do to rare editions, but the alternative of manually scanning each page would be far too tedious. But low and behold BFS-Auto, a robotic book scanner that can digitize books at the rate of over 250 pages/minute without damaging the book in any way! [Read more...]
For anyone who has had the pleasure of driving through a seasonally cold area in the hot summer time, you were probably treated to one of the funny anomolies of such areas: road signs warning of icing on a hot day. It might be a scorcher outside, but that sign is still warning every car going by to watch out on the next curve… it could be icy ahead. Now, as part of the first prototypes for his ‘Smart Highway‘ project, Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has come up with an interesting solution for alerting drivers of a cold road – and it’s far smarter than the signs of the past. [Read more...]
In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world. [Read more...]
With Google’s Project Glass underway and expected to be released to the public as early as 2014, it’s fun to imagine where technology will take us. For their graduation project from Jerusalem’s Bezaleal Academy of Arts, Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo made a highly entertaining short film showcasing their predictions of what the future will hold. Once we can do everything that we do on our laptops on Google Glasses, the only logical next step would be to have them embedded into our eyes. The students highlight what augmented reality might look like, showing both the benefits and the potential vulnerabilities. [Read more...]
They’re radical, exotic, and they come directly from the imaginations of the best engineers and designers in the world. Unfortunately though, most concept cars never see the production line. They are usually so groundbreaking or “futuristic” that mass production is either unfeasible or impossible. Nevertheless, car companies make good use of them in trying to gauge customer reactions, especially to new, radical designs. These are 25 of the world’s coolest concept cars.
The field of robotics is exploding with new innovation, from the recent hydrogen powered jellyfish robot to a jumping sand flea, but what happened to the idea of creating humanoid robots that look, act, and move like us? Besides a few shining examples of good design, most humanoid robots have been decidedly lacking in realistic human-like movement, placing them a bit at odds with a world designed around humans and making them far less familiar for us to interact with. [Read more...]
Pictured above is an aged, and slightly freaky looking Mark Zuckerberg. Why? Because today we bring you a Ted Talk by Daniel Goldstein that explores the battle between your present and future self, looking at ways we look at the future and how those ways of thinking have power over our lives. We’ve also included a video from Goldstein’s co-author Hal Hershfield talking about wrinkles and your wallet. [Read more...]
Robots have come such a long way in recent years, it seems like it won’t be long before they’re helping out in every household. The idea of having a helper around is pretty intriguing, but we don’t want then to always do the same thing, like a dishwasher or a toaster; we want something smarter, far more helpful and talented. While robots have long been doing things that humans can do by following a set of strictly defined programs, it hasn’t been until recently that they began doing tasks using their own senses and choices. [Read more...]