Our Bionic Future: 5 Amazing Revolutions in Biotech

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Though the term “Bionics” conjures an image of futuristic cyborgs and questionable ethics, it’s actually a pretty benevolent science. From better prosthetics to the restoration of once-irreplaceable body parts, Bionics are, for the most part, here to help. And it gets better every year, with yesterday’s advancements becoming either reality or obsolete in the face of even better...

SMELLIT Stinks Up Your Home Theater

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Does watching TV leave your sense of smell feeling neglected? Or perhaps your own couch potato-induced stank isn't satisfactory enough for a truly immersive TV watching experience.  If you're nodding "yes," hope that designer Nuno Teixeira's SMELLIT concept finds a way to market. The device uses DVD information to trigger one of its 118 aroma cartridges and wafts them out with a fan, though...

Busted: 10 Awesome Technology-Assisted Police Cases

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With all due respect to crime solvers around the world, sometimes a badge and a quick wit aren’t enough to sniff out lawbreakers. Sometimes you’ve got to rely on the stuff we at GearCrave obsess over – computers, gadgets and the latest scientific advances. Move over, Greatest Police Chases; here are the greatest moments in technology-assisted crime solving.  Crime doesn't pay if it does...

Laser Wall light could replace traditional traffic lights

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Who needs a traffic light when you can have a laser wall?  This concept would replace your traditional traffic light with a laser wall. the wall would use “plasma laser beams” to protect people walking though oncoming traffic (although not literally protecting them- more visually). The idea behind the device is that drivers would be more likely to stop for giant digital humans than you...

Solar Tree: Cool Product, Dumb Name

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Despite the glaring need for a more creative, interesting name, the Solar Tree is a great solution for all you casual green enthusiasts that aren't keen on fully converting your home to solar power. Throw it in your backyard, unfold it to get a little r & r in the shade,  and harness the power of the sun to provide electricity to your home. The Solar Tree was designed by Gurdeep...

After Obama Inauguration, Local Cops Want Wireless Jamming

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On the rare occasions when federal authorities use cell phone signal jammers, it's to prevent remote control bombs and other coordinated attacks at high security events -- like Barack Obama's inauguration, for example. It's also a privilege only the feds enjoy, and only after seeking a legal waiver. Now, state and local authorities want some of that action. State prisons say their inmates are...

For a Safe Super Bowl, Thank Microsoft

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No disrespect to Tampa's finest, but running security at the Super Bowl can't be left to the locals alone. Authorities all the way up to the federal level were involved in over a year of planning, but more pertinent to our discussions here, Microsoft lent some heavy-duty technology to the operations. The company's multi-touch, multi-user Surface device displayed the entire region on a Virtual...

More Cash Coming for Flexible Displays

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Good news for people who dream of wearing their computers on their sleeves: Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center, which is developing bendable, super thin and energy-efficient screens, will get $50 million in funding from the U.S. Army. This is on top of the nearly $44 million the Army has invested since 2004. Wired has a thorough explanation of the technology, but in short, the...

SpaceShipOne Cockpit Looks Like Fun

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Here's a view from the cockpit of SpaceShipOne, which of course made history in 2004 as the first private manned spacecraft to break the edge of the earth's atmosphere and hit space. No idea why this is surfacing now, but we can't complain. There's just so much to enjoy in this photo, from the clipboard in the pilot's lap to the rudimentary-looking clock and dial in the top left corner to the...

Media Vehicle Is All About Immersion

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Need a nag shield while you're trying to get your video game on? Perhaps the Media Vehicle will be of some interest. While sitting inside, a spherical display shows video, and a track under the feet allows for at least a little bit of movement. It can only hold someone of 132 pounds or less in its current prototype state, but hopefully this virtual reality cocoon of the future will grow to...

i-LIMB Bionic Arm: Tech Lends a Helping Hand

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[youtube PMFrL7xt7kI 570 380] No one goes around hoping that they lose an arm, but when something unfortunate does happen that makes someone lose one or both of their arms it can be difficult to figure out how to do a lot of the things the rest of us take for granted. Technology luckily is advancing in this particular area, with bionic limbs starting to be more commonplace for those who need...

Panic Time: We're in Need of More Electricity

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In a report on the state of the  U.S. energy infrastructure, an advisory committee for the Department of Energy said the current system "will be unable to ensure a reliable, cost-effective, secure, and environmentally sustainable supply of electricity for the next two decades." This may sound obvious, given our ever-increasing thirst for energy, but the DOE report sounds some serious alarms,...

MOTU Volta: a Synth Wizard's Dream

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If blips and bleeps, buzzes and hums are words in your native language, you might be a bit excited about this news from the people at Mark of the Unicorn.  MOTU has developed a software system called Volta that allows electronic musicians to control their hardware synthesizers from their Macs.  For the layman, what Volta offers is a software system that generates an electrical signal that...

Great Adventure 2009: London to Timbuktu in a Skycar

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Neil Laughton has a big day ahead of himself today, January 14th.  He's departing from the city of London on a trip to Timbuktu, Mali in what will become one of the strangest adventures of this young century.  Laughton will be driving -- and flying -- a biofuel-powered dune buggy on this 3,600 mile trip.  Laughton's Parajet Skycar will carry him by land and by air as it is both street legal...

The future of aviation in pictures

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This past week we saw what the future of consumer electronics will look like for the next few years- now NASA is releasing some concept pictures of what they think the future of aviation will look like. Some of the pictures look a lot like flying saucers, while others look like cargo planes and massive aircrafts that could double as ships. Some of the images are pretty interesting to look at....

The History of the Robot Voice: From Kraftwerk to Kanye

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Man's obsession with robotics has made quite an impression on the world of music.  From "Mr. Roboto" to "More Bounce to the Ounce", synthetic vocals have been celebrated by artists like Kraftwerk, Roger Troutman, Peter Frampton, Kanye West and many others.  When did the use of robotic voice in music begin?  How far has it come as the technology has evolved?  Here is the history of that...

LG Powered Up at the Starting Gate of the Slimmer Than Slim LCD Race

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Editor's Note-- here's the third and final big announcement from LG for today.  We'll keep you posted on the latest and greatest breaking news as it hits CES 2009 in Las Vegas. The race toward the world’s slimmest TV is clearly underway. One of the latest contenders out of CES is LG’s LHX series which weighs in at a mere .97-inch width. On your mark…. The...

GE Holographic Storage: the Next Optical Frontier

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Americans always want bigger and better. Think Blu-Ray is the last frontier? Think again, Spock. Holographic discs may be the next breakthrough for storing information. Instead of being etched with patterns only on the surface, a holo-disc saves data throughout its interior. When the first holographic discs hit the market next year, users will need to buy expensive systems (the early adopter...

The GOCE Satellite: Peeking Below the Earth's Crust

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Gravity is not the same everywhere on Earth. It is influenced by geological formations and varying density of materials beneath the surface. To map these gravitational differences, the ESA (European Space Agency), has built GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer). To be launched in early 2009, this craft will circle 155 miles above the planet to measure the differences...

LG Announces LCD for Both Outdoor and Indoor Use

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LG plans on revolutionizing adaptive backlight displays. They've been working on a new LCD technology that involves transmissive and reflective illumination. Dubbed Backlight Data Signal Switching, the screen will offer optimum visibility no matter if you're inside or outside in natural light, should consume 75-percent less energy than traditional displays and promises to prolong notebook...