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Is Tilt the future of crowdfunding?

November 27th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

Tilt is a platform for people to receive money from a group of friends or colleagues. Reports of the crowdfunding revolution have been greatly exaggerated.James Beshara, chief executive of a crowdfunding company, acknowledges that the crowdfunding revolution has been greatly exaggerated. “The amount of attention it gets far outweighs the number of people using it,” […]



rHEALTH diagnoses hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood

November 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

rHealth Device This month, the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The global competition was aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning device is called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) system. It can potentially […]



Evacuated Tube Transport Technology (ET3) is 50 times more efficient than rail

November 24th, 2014 at 2:17 pm » Comments Off

Evacuated Tube Transport Technology Evacuated Tube Transport Technology is magnetically levitated capsules in vacuum tubes.  Propulsion energy required is 100,000 times less than required by a car. ET3 will achieve 50 times more transportation per kWh (or ton of CO2) than electric cars or trains.  The cost is ten times less. They calculate they can […]



Micro-scallop robots can swim through your blood, eyeballs

November 21st, 2014 at 3:34 pm » Comments Off

A micro-scallop robot is only a fraction of a millimeter in size. Simplicity is important when designing robots on the micro or nano scale (like, small enough to fit inside your body). There just isn’t room for complex motors or actuation systems. There’s barely room for any electronics whatsoever, not to mention batteries, which is […]



Bionic Bird: A flying bird-shaped drone controlled with your smartphone

November 20th, 2014 at 4:49 pm » Comments Off

Bionic Bird Bionic Bird isn’t a bird or a plane. Bionic Bird is a bird-shaped drone. This new mechanical bird, due to land this December, will be app controlled, using a Bluetooth 4.0 link to support 100 meters of remote controlled flight from your smartphone or tablet. (Videos)    



The Krossblade SkyCruiser flying car transforms from helicopter to plane in mid-air

November 20th, 2014 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

Krossblade SkyCruiser A new flying car, the Krossblade SkyCruiser, is not like any other flying car.  While folding wings are pretty common among these car/plane prototypes, the SkyCruiser has a Transformer-like power to reconfigure itself in mid-air. (Video)  



How the NFL uses Zebra Technologies’ RFID chips to track everything on the field but the ball

November 19th, 2014 at 7:30 pm » Comments Off

RFID tags can be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are usually used as security tags on clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra […]



Lowe’s introduces robotic sales assistants to help customers

November 18th, 2014 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

The robots have been dubbed OSHbots. Robots are coming to Lowe’s. The company is testing whether new robots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. (Video)    



Slovakia’s AeroMobil unveils a flying car

November 15th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

AreoMobil At the Pioneers Festival in Vienna last month, AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled the thing that we have all been dreaming about since we saw that first episode of the Jetsons while still wearing diapers: The flying car. (Pics and video)    



Futuristic windowless plane would let passengers see the world around them

November 14th, 2014 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

A concept image of the interior cabin of a windowless plane. If a window seat on a flight makes you nervous,  you might want to avoid a new kind of plane that could fly in as soon as a decade. (Video)    



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