In every age, and on any frontier, an explorer needs his navigational tools. In so much, the technology of exploration has evolved quite radically over the centuries. We went from the cross-staff, to the back staff, from the compass, to the GPS, and so on and so forth. As human beings we have a natural instinct to explore; we want to find new places where there’s cool stuff, and plenty of action. Now, thanks to the digital age, the wireless age, and the digitally witless age, we no longer have to explore alone. There’s an app that connects every pub bar fly, pub crawler, and high end alcoholic and lets them instantly share their discoveries. Its a little marvel of technology called Untappd.
Many different markets have adopted the magic of 3D printing and are now using it to their advantage. Dresses, shoes, jewelry, tools, cars, body parts, jet engines- literally the sky is the limit for 3D printing. Over at Continuum Fashion they are creating eye popping fashion from shoes to dresses to bikinis. RedEye on Demand is currently developing their second prototype called URBEE 2, a 3D printed car said to be ready to hit the road in two years.
One thing we love about Black Friday- all the cool gadgets you can get for cheap. We've compiled a list of some of the best deals in electronics we could find- televisions, laptops and smartphones galore. So get your shopping game face on and go crazy. Tech nerds, enjoy.
This drone captures footage while literally doing 360-degree flips in the sky. It's the only Micro Drone in the world that carries a camera with a swiveling lens to capture all angles. If that wasn't enough to make your inner nerd giggle with joy, then how about getting it for 50% off? You can get this gadget for just $64.99 now!
Planning a night out in the chilly city and don't want to go it alone? The new social network iOS app At The Pool's got the remedy:
Create a Shout or pro-active status update that will allow you to alert people nearby of your plans.
For example: "Anyone wanna go ice-skating?"
View available friends displayed based on proximity and make a connection that is easy and spontaneous. Choose an acquaintance, whether new or old, who are looking to meet up and go ice-skating with you.
Once you’ve meet up with that someone, proceed to the rink and let the fun begin!
LA-based startup At The Pool targets connecting people with nearby friends versus users with common interests.
The video below shows an incredible feat: a man walking up a flight of stairs with a robotic leg as easily as a man with two human legs. The man in the video is Zac Vawter, and he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. But with his new leg, he can move around with little difficulty, because his robotic leg is attached to healthy nerves that run directly to his brain. The limb is entirely controlled by thought, and has a range of motion that is comparable to that of a human leg. This new technology is made possible by a collaboration between Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, designers at Vanderbilt University and Freedom Innovations, a prosthetics company based in Irvine, California. The end result is a substitute leg that is both lightweight and able to provide its wearer with a fuller life experience--no more dragging around a stiff piece of plastic. Zac's new leg allows him to tackle everyday tasks like climbing stairs, but thanks to the ability of rotating his "ankle" he can traverse sloped terrain, making more ambitious goals such as hiking possible.
Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany started the JAMES project aiming to develop core cognitive capabilities that would enable a robot to interact with humans in a socially-appropriate manner. They reviewed how drinks are ordered and placed in a “bartending scenario” and assessed that robots can use auditory signals to interpret when a drink request is being made. In the study, the robot is able to greet customers, listen to orders, and react accordingly.
Ever find yourself stumped, trying to recall the details of a dream you just awoke from? In most cases, by the time your feet hit the ground, you've forgotten what your dream entailed; vague details might make their way to your memories surface, but for the most part, you remain perplexed, and feeling a bit empty.
However, now with the development of Shadow, a new app recently launched on Kickstarter, you may not only be able to keep track of your dreams, but use the data to chart the landscape of your subconscious. While it's still too early to tell for certain, the data that Shadow gathers while we dream may provide greater insight to our habits and behavior. And as an added bonus, the app includes an alarm clock that gradually lifts the user from deep (hypopompic) sleep, disposing the need of the standard alarm clocks that monotonously, and brazenly beep their way into our peaceful calm.