Sony Concept N Headphones

Sony shows off futuristic Concept N headphones designed to be worn around your neck

By on March 14, 2016 at 9:50 PM.

Sony shows off futuristic Concept N headphones designed to be worn around your neck

Thanks to Future Lab, Sony’s new R&D offshoot, the Tokyo-based company took some time at South by Southwest this past weekend to unveil an interesting new headphone design that may not be as crazy as it appears at first glance.

Sony calls its new pair of headphones Concept N, and it’s an interesting concept to say the least. The headphones are designed to wrap around a user’s neck, which admittedly isn’t something we haven’t seen before. But what makes Concept N unique and arguably intriguing is a specially designed speaker system that promises to direct sounds upwards towards a listener’s ears. As a result, the headphones promise to let wearers enjoy whatever they happen to be listening to without missing out on sounds from the surrounding environment.

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Arx Pax Hendo Hoverboard 2.0

Finally: A hoverboard that actually hovers

By on March 14, 2016 at 8:55 PM.

Finally: A hoverboard that actually hovers

The hoverboards that are being sold right now have a big problem, and we’re not just talking about their tendency to explode. You see, the things that are being called hoverboards right now don’t actually hover and instead rely on wheels. However, a company called Arx Pax has been working on a genuine hovering hoverboard and has just unveiled its prototype for the new Hendo Hoverboard 2.0. More →

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Microsoft Surface Book Commercials

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

By on March 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

Microsoft this week stepped up its somewhat curious advertising attack on the Mac. Following up on four commercials highlighting the advantages Windows 10 PCs have over the Mac, Microsoft this week rolled out two brand new ads featuring wildlife photographer Tim Flach explaining all of the tasks that his Surface Book can accomplish that his Mac can’t.

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DARPA VTOL X-Plane Phase 2 Design

DARPA’s crazy plane design could allow for vertical takeoffs

By on March 4, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

DARPA’s crazy plane design could allow for vertical takeoffs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped develop a lot of wondrous technology over the years, including most notably the Internet. This week, the U.S. government agency released a concept for a new kind of plane that would be a hybrid of a plane and a helicopter and could enable vertical takeoffs. DARPA’s new VTOL Experimental Plane has been designed to fly at speeds of up to 400 knots while also having the agility to hover and even fly backwards if it needed to. More →

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google-boston-dynamics-atlas-robot

Google robot opens doors, picks itself up after getting knocked over in crazy video

By on February 24, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Google robot opens doors, picks itself up after getting knocked over in crazy video

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that Google bought back in 2013, has routinely wowed the world by releasing videos of robots that are growing ever closer to resembling the humanoid robots we see in science fiction movies. The company this week released what might be its craziest robot video yet that shows its next-generation Atlas robot opening doors on its own, walking through snowy terrains, and picking up 10-pound boxes. This is the move impressive robot design I’ve seen from Boston Dynamics yet, which is really saying something. More →

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Mitsubishi Floating Virtual Display

Mitsubishi developed a floating virtual display straight out of the future

By on February 19, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Mitsubishi developed a floating virtual display straight out of the future

If you take a look at movies that set out to depict the state of technology in the future, one common thread seems to be an abundance of floating virtual displays. But as opposed to some futuristic technologies from Hollywood that will likely never get off the ground (we’re looking at you, hoverboards), floating virtual displays may be arriving on the scene sooner than you think.

Earlier this week, Mitsubishi issued a press release announcing that they’ve developed the requisite technology needed to make floating visual displays a reality. According to the company, the resulting image appears to float mid-air and measures about 56-inches along the diagonal. Mitsubishi believes that their invention will have a wide array of commercial applications and anticipates commercial adoption sometime in 2020.

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Apple Product Failures

Apple’s biggest product disasters of all time

By on February 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM.

Apple’s biggest product disasters of all time

Apple today is primarily known for the iPhone, but it’s easy to forget that the company has a long and storied product history that stretches back nearly four decades. In that timeframe, Apple has of course had more than its fair share of success with the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, but it’s also had a number of products that quickly became commercial failures.

While Apple’s product lineup today is relatively streamlined given its massive bank account, Apple’s history is nonetheless littered with examples of the company venturing out into new product categories and falling flat on its face, often with alarming and embarrassing immediacy.

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Shape Memory Material Weight

New shape-shifting material can lift 1,000 times its weight

By on February 10, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

New shape-shifting material can lift 1,000 times its weight

There’s a new material in town that might turn you into a superhero in the future by giving you the power to lift 1,000 times its own weight. However, the newly invented polymer is not really meant to turn us into superhumans, and might be used for various medical purposes once it’s commercially available. More →

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Steve Jobs NeXT Unveiling

Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

By on February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Full video of Steve Jobs introducing his biggest product failure surfaces for the first time

The arc of Steve Jobs’ career, and in particular his off and on-again relationship with Apple, is well established and widely known at this point. In brief, Jobs in 1985 worked at Apple and was growing increasingly frustrated by his diminished role and influence within the company. In September of that year, following a failed coup d’état, Jobs told Apple’s board of directors that he was leaving to start a new company and that he was taking a few key executives and engineers along with him.

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Motorized Standing Desk

Someone finally released a motorized sit-to-stand desk that people can afford

By on February 9, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Someone finally released a motorized sit-to-stand desk that people can afford

Everything is bad for something, but findings over the past few years have uncovered the latest troublesome behavior that’s going to kill us all: sitting. Researchers have found that sitting at a desk all day, every day can lead to serious health problems and even death. To help prevent all of these problems that might arise, companies have begun to sell things like standing desks and treadmill desks. Of course, no one wants to stand all the time while working, so there are motorized desks that accommodate sitting and standing positions… if you can afford one.

As it turns out, there’s a new motorized standing desk that just about anyone can afford and it’s available right now. More →

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