Future Tech

  • Engine on a Chip

    Engine on a Chip

    A group of industrious MIT researchers have developed a tiny gas-turbine engine that fits inside a silicon chip measuring about the size of a quarter. The system is said to be able to run 10 times longer than a similarly weighted battery. The engine’s turbines spin at 20,000 RPS to produce 10 watts of power. The researchers expect to start testing the engines in in various electronic devices… Read More

  • TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect to… Read More

  • Kia Hybrid Spotted

    Kia Hybrid Spotted

    Kia, the little car maker that might not, is launching a retooled Rio Pride with a hybrid engine. Not much information right now, but this high-tech dashboard shot makes it look like Luke’s land speeder. It’s very interesting watching hybrids take off even in traditionally “fossil fuels or bust” areas. Anecdotally, the Toyota dealer down the street here in the heart of… Read More

  • Mighty Morphin' Car Panels

    Mighty Morphin' Car Panels

    Joachim Tandler, a car safety researcher in Germany, is working on a project for the first shape-shifting car. The car will use hood-mounted cameras and radar to spot a vehicle that is going to hit your car for a side collision. The camera and radar sends a message to the side of the car once it has calculated that impact is imminent and reinforces the bond between the door and the frame, which is… Read More