Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Temple University, have discovered a new class of magnets that swell in volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting. Continue Reading »
No it is not a Fruit Roll-Up, it is actually a new flexible material from Ricoh that creates electricity from pressure and vibration. Continue Reading »
One of the barriers to using graphene on a commercial scale – fabrication size limits - could be overcome using a new method developed by researchers at theDepartment of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL). Continue Reading »
A new artificial photosynthetic system has been invented by a team of scientists. This new system could one day reduce industry’s dependence on fossil fuel-derived energy by powering it with solar energy and bacteria. Continue Reading »
For around $120, anyone can can buy a headset that reads the electrical activity of their brain. It’s called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, a devise that reads the electrical activity of their brain, and you can use it to control devices with the power of your mind. But there are some drawbacks: they don’t work when the wearer is moving and they look silly, so no one wants to wear them. Continue Reading »
Microsoft was granted a patent last week by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of glasses that can detect a wearer’s emotional response to what they’re looking at.
Feelreal VR Mask
The Feelreal VR Mask is going to make the world of virtual reality a little more real and smelly. The mask attaches to the bottom of headsets like the Oculus Rift and adds other sensory experiences, like hot and cold air, water mist, and smells. Feelreal is also making a helmet, called Nirvana, which can fit the VR Mask and a smartphone. Both projects seek funding together on Feelreal’s Kickstarter, which is looking for $50,000.
EXACTO self-steering bullet.
The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) is a self-steering bullet program announced by DARPA that passed a developmental milestone this past February. According to DARPA, and the video below, experienced and novice shooters alike were able to strike moving targets. And, in the case of expert shooters, able to hit actively evading targets as well.
Body Labs 3D body scan.
Manhattan-based startup Body Labs wants to 3D scan human bodies. But unlike scanning a piece of furniture, your body changes, and a scan today won’t be exactly the same as a scan made three weeks ago. That is exactly what Body Labs is counting on. Body Labs is exploring just one of its technology’s applications to build a happier, healthier you by tracking your body’s subtle changes.
Engineers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have created a 4D printer. Not a printer that can print in the 4th dimension, rather, it means they are building objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used. Continue Reading »