• Will anybody give a damn about your burnt DVDs 1000 years in the future?

    A Utah company claims to have developed a DVD that will last 1,000 years under normal, everyday conditions. (You don’t have to be a professional archivist, in other words.) And while that’s an impressive achievement, if it is indeed true, there’s one small problem: what are the odds that, 1,000 years from now, Future People will derive any value at all from said discs? Read More

  • The tweest display in all the land

    This display, smaller than a dime, has 600×480 resolution, ensuring that when our species branches into the elfoid form we will be able to create an iPod Touch for our miniature brethren. You could also chain a number of these together to create a 1080p smaller than a postage stamp, potentially creating a 2048 x 2048 pixel display the size of a matchbook. Read More

  • Niche Mag Publisher Future Launches Dozens Of News Aggregator Sites Under DailyRadar

    The future of media is algorithmic aggregation, at least that is the approach Future US is taking. The U.S. subsidiary of Future PLC, and publisher of such niche magazines as Nintendo Power, Guitar World, and Maximum PC, is adopting a different approach online than simply putting its print articles on the Web. Instead, it has launched dozens of news aggregation and discovery sites called… Read More

  • Hearst tries to revive dying magazine business with electronic reader

    All I have to say to Hearst is “Good luck, bro.” The flatlining publisher, which produces magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, has revealed that it’s working on an e-reader. The idea, of course, is to cut down the cost of creating a magazine—all that paper, ink, storage, delivery, gas, etc. adds up, especially in an environment when ad sales… Read More

  • Within 10 years, we'll have TV inside our contact lenses

    You’ve seen that commercial for Hulu, right? The one with Alec Baldwin sashaying around a futuristic office promising TV everywhere, TV that turns your brain into mush? Take that idea—TV everywhere—and apply it to your biology. That is, how does TV implanted into your contact lenses sound? Really great, or just great? Absolutely horrendous, or just horrendous? Read More

  • I want my flying car – kitchens of the future

    Remember when they said we’d all have flying cars by now? Food would be in pill form, and we’d all have wristwatches that we could watch TV on? Well “they” also predicted that kitchens would be all fancy and technological too. Check it out. Read More


    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… Read More

  • 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • 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. 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… 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