Future

  • CARS! OF! THE! FUTURE!

    CARS! OF! THE! FUTURE!

    Blast has a story about the cars of the future, a collection of kickass concept vehicles from all over the world – well, mostly Europe and Japan but there is one Buick. American makers are busy figuring out how to get a cup holder next to the gas pedal. One interesting little car is the Mini SUV with Center Globe. The Globe is a glowing orb that shows most of your GPS and read-out functions… Read More

  • Programmable Matter

    Programmable Matter

    I’ve been stewing in this one all night. Programmable matter. Things that can morph and reshape into other things. Useful things. Imagine working on a connected netbook and then morphing the device into a handheld phone for an incoming call. That’s just the start. Imagine having enough of this matter to morph human size objects. Instead of actually being there, people could eventually… Read More

  • Panasonic’s prototype ‘Eco House’

    Hey everyone, Doug Aamoth here in Tokyo checking in on Panasonic’s “Eco Ideas” initiative. Here’s a video tour of a prototype house containing various environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced features that Panasonic is aiming to make into reality by 2010. Throughout the week, I’ll also be checking out some cool plasma TVs, fuel-cell batteries, smart… Read More

  • Kindle turns heads, upsets industry execs at book show

    Kindle turns heads, upsets industry execs at book show

    The Kindle, she has grown into a beautiful woman. Yup, Amazon’s industry-destroying device appears to have been quite popular at last week’s book industry soirée, where execs complained that the Kindle is going to ruin their livelihood. That is, what happens when people finally realize that it’s easier to carry one Kindle, with X number of books on it, than to carry a bunch of… Read More

  • Multi-touch, the Musical! or The next wave for UI

    Multi-touch, the Musical! or The next wave for UI

    Just the beginning… With all the talk of multi-touch, surface computing, and mobile technology, let’s think, for a moment, where we’re all headed. Given the fact that we are all gadget geeks and give the fact that most of us will use Windows until we’re old and gray, we need to start talking about future interfaces that might supplant the standard OS entirely, multi-touch… Read More

  • Nine Inch Nails confirms album's official release on BitTorrent trackers

    [photopress:ghostsnin.jpg,full,center] Good ol’ Nine Inch Nails officially released its latest album on The Pirate Bay, What.cd and Waffles.fm. An account named “NIN” uploaded the 320kbps, LAME-encoded album on the private torrent trackers and “NINOfficial” on TPB. The band’s rep told TorrentFreak, which has quickly become the go-to source for all my BT news… Read More

  • Another 'one console is better for everyone' editorial

    [photopress:peaceoneconsole.gif,full,center] Add one more vote to the “we’d be better off with a single video game console than with multiple ones.” Colin Campbell over at Next-Gen.biz (and who also hosts a video game podcast that treats its audience like adults… that’s rare) used up several column inches to defend the idea that a single, open video game platform… Read More

  • The random endorsement: e-books (and anyone who disagrees is an imbecile)

    The random endorsement: e-books (and anyone who disagrees is an imbecile)

    This endorsement is by no means random. It is a direct challenge to one of the many well thought out theses put forward by Peter Ha in his terrific Kindle review: I’ll be the first to admit that e-books suck. They’re great in theory, but they’ll never catch on. There’s nothing that screams dork more than an e-book. I, like many others, enjoy the real thing. There’s… Read More

  • The future that was supposed to be today is just plain creepy

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf A friend sent this to me and I’m not exactly sure what to think of it. Part of me enjoys watching old videos like this and seeing what’s come to fruition and what ideas are still being thrown around some 50 years later. Then the other part of me is just creeped out at how subservient the women in this… Read More

  • Car battery-charging stations for all within three years

    Car battery-charging stations for all within three years

    If Al Gore has taught me anything, it’s that the Earth is going to explode any minute now (think Sephiroth’s Super Nova) because we burn too many fossil fuels. So let’s stop burning them. One man has just such a plan. Some guy from Silicon Valley, Shai Agassi, plans to launch a VC-backed system of battery-charging stations. This would encourage the development of battery-powered… Read More

 
  • Water-powered phones by 2010?

    Water-powered phones by 2010?

    New development on the liquid-powered battery front. Samsung’s apparently "developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on H20." Metal and water inside the phone bump uglies to produce hydrogen, which is supplied to a small fuel cell where it bumps uglies with oxygen. After all is said and done, you’ve got about three watts of power. That’s enough for… Read More

  • The fall of Japan's tech hegemony

    The fall of Japan's tech hegemony

    Don’t you people have anything better to do? I had a few days to think over the malaise I felt on attending CEATEC and wandering the streets of Tokyo last week. I had last been to Japan in 2003 and I left feeling that they had their fingers firmly on the pulse of the future. They had cool phones, cool laptops, and MP3 players smaller than grapes. Their cameras were slim and sexy and their… Read More

  • How Much Longer Can Newspapers Survive?

    How Much Longer Can Newspapers Survive?

    Fasten your seat belts, ladies and germs, for the Wall Street Journal‘s Andy Kessler is going to tell you how to fix the so-called dying newspaper industry. Wait, as a matter of fact, it’s not dying. Newspapers, because they’re harder to copy and pirate à la music and video, will be here for a little while longer. Great! Why hop online to get all my news, from numerous… Read More

  • HP's Point and Search

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf Ok. Maybe I can wrap my mind around this demo. It’s basically a PDA with GPS and wireless that knows where you are and lets you “point” at buildings for reviews, maps, information, and phone numbers. There’s another video after the jump, but both of them are squonky for me on OS X so let me know what you think. Read More

  • 3D Printers Let You Print Out 3D Objects

    3D Printers Let You Print Out 3D Objects

    They’re called three-dimensional printers and they’re mainly used in the industrial design industry—car and airplane manufacturers. for example—to test out designs before mass production. Us normal folk can look forward to using printers to create items that we need or want after downloading the plans from the Web. Did your pesky child see a toy advertised on toy? Download… Read More

  • Video: Intel Imagines Our Future, Will Be Run By UMPCs That Let Me Be Me

    This is Intel’s vision of the future, a future where it powers UMPCs that run our lives. In this truly Orwellian vision, meetings can be changed at a moment’s notice, we can get directions while driving to Some Place (while still listening to Beethoven, since there’s been no authentic cultural developments in the future) and check all the late breaking developments while at a… Read More

  • When Robots Attack: What Does the Future Hold?

    When Robots Attack: What Does the Future Hold?

    Truth be told, robots have never really revved my engine so to speak, but the Daily Mail (where else am I going to get my EPL news?) has a fine piece on just what the human-robot relationship might end up becoming. It touches on recent proposed legislation that would grant robots “human rights” (which is insane), nursing home robots and whether or not they’ll go Cuckoo’s… Read More

  • Apparently, AT&T Thought The Future Would Be Like Robocop

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/NQNhq253PPWkUciv4 Way back in the early 1990s, AT&T put out a series of videos showcasing what its idea of a technology-filled future would be. The above video, which is part six in the series, shows two women ordering lunch from Ronny’s (the cobb salad is to DIE for), shopping for dresses with virtual mannequins, and seeing how they’d look in dresses… Read More

  • New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    New York Braces Itself For The Taxi of The Future

    There’s some sort of automotive trade show going on in New York right now and one of the highlights is an exhibition showcasing taxis of the future. It’s called Taxi 07 and includes various concepts and prototypes of what you might see on the streets of New York one day. Lots of the concepts focus on improving accessibility for the disabled, while others try to be as environmentally… Read More

  • Ikea Prefab Housing: The Instruction Manual is Four Pages Long

    Ikea Prefab Housing: The Instruction Manual is Four Pages Long

    While I’m not sure if they’re including a hex key and cheap screws with these houses, it’s an idea whose time has come. Looking around right now I notice almost 90% of our furniture is from Ikea and, if given the land mass, I’d build and install one of these BoKlok housing cubes in a second. Unfortunately, you don’t pick these up out in Elizabeth, New Jersey and… Read More