Anki is a company at the leading edge of artificial intelligence who just happen to make toys, incredible toys. Cozmo is their latest creation and he’s a self-aware artificially intelligent robot, a tiny robotic bulldozer to be precise.
Equipped with a front facing camera Coz scans his surroundings, recognizing faces and interacts with the people he meets. His friendly LCD face is dominated by a pair of large charismatic eyes, eyes capable of portraying emotion. He even snores when he’s asleep on the charger.
Continue reading Cozmo, the Pixar Character Come to Life.
Gran Turismo is back baby. Sony and Polyphony Digital have announced that the next installment of GT called Sport will be available for the PS4 November 16, GT fans say Yeah.
Along with the release date a number of other details were made public with the announcement. The important numbers include: there will be 137 cars split into 4 categories, 19 locations with 27 tracks and 3 game modes, excited yet? The first two game modes, Arcade and Campaign (Formerly GT), will be familiar to GT fans but the third mode Sport is new to all. Sport mode introduces formalized worldwide multiplayer championships that culminate each year in FIA championship finals. Do you want to be the best in the world? Could you be the best in the world? Now you can prove it.
Continue reading Gran Turismo Sport, Seat of the Pants Driving Returns…
In my years on this planet I have come to learn that not everyone has a favorite metal, I do it’s Titanium and it is the best. Famous for being strong, lightweight and impervious to rust, like its Titan namesake, there is also another side to Titanium. When polished by an artisan jeweller this amazing alloy has an almost holographic blue sheen but it is notoriously difficult to work with and expensive so this side is not often seen. Of course claiming something is the best without any supporting evidence is a life of fantasy so its time for a firepower stress test thanks to those gun crazy YouTubers over at Demolition Ranch.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the face off between a one and a quarter inch thick block of industrial Titanium and the best weapons the Ranch could muster, and they save the best for last. Sit back relax and prepare to see the sparks fly.
Continue reading Is Titanium Bulletproof?
Many a great idea has moved from concept to working prototype under the roof of a modern man shed, a fortress of solitude for many. Two very good examples of the creativity that takes place in the shed have recently been demonstrated to the world. Two variations on the always impressive electromagnetic rail gun.
Ziggy Zee and his band of electromagnetic enthusiasts are fist up with their rail gun powered by a series of 9 volt batteries. Don’t underestimate the power of the Duracell however, the heavy weight gun fires chunks of aluminium with 27,000 joules of power. Still not up with BAE’s rail gun that fires with 33 mega-joules of power but it is enough to wreak havoc on pumpkins and mobile phones. Certainly enough power to make you want to stand clear when firing.
Next up Alex Smyth and friends assembled something a little bit different, a rail gun that fires plasma bullets. Instead of using a slug of lifeless aluminium as the projectile the Alex rifle uses a coper sleeve with a capsule of Zeon gas inside. As the Zeon capsule passes through the rail gun it becomes excited and turns into a plasma gas able to piece steel plate. An altogether impressive piece of home-made kit.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the spectacular test firings of two new home-made rail guns. Demonstration videos that highlight the power of a good man shed and some electricity. Sit back relax and prepare to be impressed by the magical power of magnets.
Continue reading Out of the High Tech Man-Shed comes the Homemade Rail Gun and the Homemade Plasma Rifle.
Sound is not often thought of as being a physical force, music may make you move your feet but no one would believe that it could lift you out of your seat. That was until this week when an international team of researchers led by Bristol University demonstrated the latest advancements of acoustic projection that is able to build acoustic holograms that can levitate objects or act as a tractor beam.
While technology that uses projected sound to manipulate physical objects has been maturing in labs for the last few decades the latest technology might just be good enough to escape the lab and actually lead to real products.
Continue reading Levitation and Tractor Beams using Acoustic Holograms, Science Fiction becomes Science Fact.
A TV revolution is well underway, no longer are our viewing habits a prisoner to Free To Air, Network or Cable TV. Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are tuning us into this revolution and streaming devices are key to unlocking the stream. Serving all of your modern media needs streamers are the set top box of the future ready to stream today. Combine these modern streamers with Kodi and you have an affordable way to access unbelievable amounts of content at the click of a button.
This does leave the tricky question of which streamer to hook up to that flat panel display? If like us you use Kodi (formerly XBMC) to stream media on a daily basis then the question becomes a little more complicated and then a lot simpler. The following is our journey of discovery to find the perfect Kodi streamer for around $200.
Continue reading Android TV and Kodi, 2015’s Ultimate Home Theater Streamer on a Budget.
Mega sized human controlled robots have been the dream of science fiction since we began dreaming of a fantastic Utopian future. With two MegaBots now in existence it is only natural that their metal would be tested in the battle arena. Team USA threw out the challenge back in June and Suidobashi Heavy Industries of Japan accepted then upped the ante, lets go hand to hand for some melee combat mega sized.
With only a year until MegaBots go to war Team USA have decided they need to upgrade their Mark II MegaBot and they are asking for our help. Follow the link below to become a part of the Team, buy a T-Shirt or visit the MegaBot, just get involved.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the call to MegaBot arms for Team USA. Jump on-board and get involved, unless of course your on Team Japans side in which case you will need to get with the Suidobashi Program.
Continue reading MegaBot Team USA Kickstarter, Time to Contribute to the Destruction.
The universe as a whole is made of many many layers, the physical world that we recognize is somewhere in the middle with many layers below and many layers above. Stepping down a couple of layers from our physical world is the domain of the subatomic particle, a world of highly strange particles that combine to make atoms which combine to make molecules which in turn combine to make up us.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is an incredible home experiment that will before your very eyes reveal these tiny particles in action. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the incredible world of subatomic particles as viewed from a kitchen bench.
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Spreading the World Wide Web to cover all four corners of our world is no small challenge. Internet penetration has reached 60% of the world’s population in the last 2 decades but the first 60% was the easy bit. Low population density, infrastructure costs and the fact that the world is a really big place will conspire to make the last 40% far tougher than the first 60%.
Facebook this week revealed technology to help bridge the internet gap, the Aquila drone which is now completed and ready for testing. The carbon fibre flying wing is in essence a communications platform that will bring the internet to the hard to get to corners of the world.
Continue reading Facebook Reveals Aquila the Internet Delivering Drone.
Project Ara has gone live, the first public demonstration of a working prototype took place on May 29, 2015 at the Google I/O conference. The day that changed how we connect electronics together.
Project Ara Lead Engineer Rafa Camargo took the helm for the demonstration, happily hands on with Project Ara, snapping into place all of the modules that make a phone a phone. Startup time and operation seemed just like any other phone. Taking a picture of an audience with a phone, now that’s pure Rafa. What makes Project Ara so special then? Its whats on under the surface that makes the difference.
Continue reading Project Ara Goes Live, the First Working Prototype Demonstrated.