future toys

A HUD in your ski goggles? Only in Sci-Fi for now

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/3192.jpg" />It's not that I don't think this is a good idea. It's just that I am absolutely certain that these won't be as cool as you wa

Screw cooking with gas, I wanna cook with lasers

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/cookinginthefuture-1_kb2yw_17621.jpg" />When appliance heavyweight Electrolux has a design contest, you know there's going to be some cra

Flying car/rolling plane makes debut flight

This is one silly-looking machine. Really, if flying cars look like this, who will want one? I guess functionality comes first, then they can make something cool-looking. This flying contraption, call

Augmented reality toys: because regular toys aren't good enough

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/kid.jpg" />I guess it isn't that regular toys aren't good enough, but they <em>could </em>be so much more. This little battle game is cre

Draganflyer: your personal six-rotor UAV

While I personally am a fan of micro-dirigibles as opposed to the (IMHO) wasteful helicopter-type UAVs, this is certainly an awesome version of the latter. Its multi-rotor setup enables some serious a

Future toys: Superconducting MagLev train set

http://www.liveleak.com/e/a0c_1222057090 Now, this isn’t something you’d want to give your kid, becuase the engine is a superconductor cooled to hundreds of degrees below zero by liquid ni

Make dissects the E-Ink Esquire

All right, show of hands: How many of you people have already done this? If I could have gotten my hands on one, I know I would have already torn it to pieces, but we’re not all wired that way.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Chevy Volt production model

I promised myself that the next car I bought would be a real electric production car. Is this my next car? More importantly, can I afford it? Likely not, but that’s not the issue here. Pictures

Wearable, Tron-ish motorcycle concept, looks nice and safe

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1735797252 There’s a reason the “wearable vehicle” concept has only taken off in games and insane stunts. It’s probably that par

The contact revolution will be electronicized (and lubricated)

I have bad vision. Not super bad, but bad enough that I should probably have contacts (I lost my glasses three years ago). But whenever I see contacts in the wild, they’re dry, scratchy, or forg

Don’t forget your phone at the future store

At Germany’s new grocery story of the future (already in use by residents of the present) shoppers can use mobile phones to check out while they shop. The store has created free software for your ph

A holodeck it's not – but this cheap, depth-sensing camera has potential

Although this video mainly convinces me never, ever to try getting into Second Life again, the glimpses you get of the actual technology behind this depth-aware webcam are pretty compelling. I think t

Yes, that is a BIONIC EYE

This is exciting for me; when I was studying Neuroscience I wrote a paper on Vision Substitution Systems. Well, now the Boston Retinal Implant Program seem to actually have a prototype (for a differen

Star Wars-style holograms coming our way

So some boffins at University of Arizona have created a new holographic medium that allows the user to write, and more importantly, rewrite a holographic image onto it. If I understand correctly, the

1.6 terabyte solid state drive drops my jaws

BiTMICRO has apparently forgotten what decade we hare in and gone straight to the Star Trek era of storage. Their Ultra320 SCSI SSD holds a whopping 1,600 gigabytes of data and has sustained data tran

WMG to integrate wireless charging in their smartphones

That’s cool. Wireless Mobile Group will be putting SlashPower wireless power modules in their smartphones so you can just lay the sucker on a pad and get charged on up. Now if we could standardi

Lobster Eye X-Ray Inspection Device: real gadget, real name

You’ll be seeing this at the airport soon, I think. Everyone was concerned when they started saying they would install X-ray backscatter scanners at the security checkpoints, and those things co