future toys

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

    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 want them to be. Think about it. If it’s projected on or inside the goggles, it’s covering up the slope — and at any rate you’d get a headache switching focus between it and the real world. If it’s projected onto your… Read More

  • Screw cooking with gas, I wanna cook with lasers

    When appliance heavyweight Electrolux has a design contest, you know there’s going to be some crazy stuff coming out it. This year is no exception, as designer Ludovic Peperstraete has come up with his “Cooking in the Futur” design, which suggests that 90 years from now we’ll be using laser beams to cook food instead of gas or convection ovens. Do you hear me? Read More

  • 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, called the Transition, is made by a company called Terrafugia. The idea is obviously that you have a plane you can land and then drive right out of the airport. Not sure there’s a big market… Read More

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

    I guess it isn’t that regular toys aren’t good enough, but they could be so much more. This little battle game is created by Frantz Lasorne, a French designer whose Master thesis is about augmented reality toys using a head-mounted display. The functionality you see is real, although it’ll be some time before the components for a display are affordable (and durable enough… Read More

  • 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 agility, as you can see in the videos. If you’re filming, you might need some serious image stabilization, although it’s easily good enough for recon or aerial photography. There… Read More

  • 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 nitrogen. And you thought the tire swing sounded dangerous! Still, if you’re the proud mom or dad of a budding physicist or materials engineer, this might be the perfect supervised plaything. Read More

  • 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. At any rate MAKE sure is and they’ve taken pictures of the whole process so you don’t have to. Anyone else disappointed by this so-called “display”? The… Read More

  • 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 and info after the bump. Read More

  • 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 part where there’s heavy machinery attached to your body and if you take a turn wrong, it’ll tear your limbs off. Let’s hear what the creator has to say about the death machine… Read More

  • 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 forgotten overnight; do I really want to endure that, or am I okay with my 20/50-ish vision? Well, new developments coming down the pipes from some optics-boffins may convince me to take the… Read More

  • 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 phone that allows you to use your camera to capture barcodes as you shop. Once finished, just press a button and all your purchases come up as a single bar code. Slide your phone under the… Read More

  • 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 the accuracy and responsiveness need some improvement before it’s ready for mass consumption, but this isn’t meant to be a finished product, simply a demonstration of basic… Read More

  • 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 different kind of blindness, but still) for a retina replacement device. Basically, it’s a freaking bionic eye. The device is really cool, and it has to be waterproof, durable enough to last ten… Read More

  • 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 material is photoreceptive at 532nm, at which an electrical field is created that changes the refractive index of the material at whatever point got shined on. The material will hold an image… Read More

  • 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 transfer rates of 230MB/sec. That’s Star Trek, people. Too bad this thing is going to cost Star Trek prices too; a terabyte will run you about $250 now when you’re buying platters. Solid… Read More

  • 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 standardize these things so all our phones used the same charge station, as well as iPods, rechargeable AAs, etc, that would eliminate a lot of cabling from my apartment. One mouse-pad sized station… Read More

  • 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 couldn’t move. Now we’ve got a similar (to laypeople) technology in a mobile, pointable form. Sounds great! These things work by emitting X-rays and analyzing the reflections; they… Read More