Friday, February 29, 2008

Five Science Fiction Movie Ideas that Might come True

These just might happen, Biometric Security, Space Tourism, The Holodeck, Self-Aware Computers, Domestic Robots. I agree with all of these except, Self-Aware Computers. I believe that the ability to be self-aware, will be more of a challenge than they think.
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PC World's 25 Years in Tech

A Desktop Factory
PC World has assembled list of new technology that should be arriving in the next 25 years. I think they have been very realistic in their predictions.
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Today is Power Suit Day: from Real, to Almost Real, to Fantasy, and Transformers

Techno Tokyo: Robot Worn On Your Body Can Increase Your Strength

Military Exoskeleton to Increase Your Strength

Troy Hurtubise's Trojan Exoskeleton Body Armor Suit

Walking Robot Vehicle

40ft Robot Elephant

A Robotic Piece of Art

Almost Real Transformer

Nissan's Dualis

More of Nissan's Dualis

Nissan X-Trail Transformer

Boeing 747 Transformer

Republic of Sinapore Navy Transformer

Get Power from just Walking

This is a great idea. Even if it costs around $1000 right now. Scientists at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have created a knee brace that is a power generating device. Full Story The research group founded a startup called Bionic Power. They say the knee brace generates 7 watts of power, enough to operate 14 mobile phones. Click on picture to see a video of it working.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

L95 in all its Glory!

Inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, L95 as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope 160,000 light-years from Earth. Click on the picture to get the full impact of this amazing shot.

Crashing LCROSS to Find out how much Water Ice is in the Moon's South Pole

Next February 2009, the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) will release LCROSS (Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite), which will make two impacts in the moon's South Pole. The first impact will be the Centaur spacecraft. And, after flying though the plume sent up by Centaur, the Shepherding Spacecraft will be the second impact. Full Story

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How to be a Space Trillionaire

Not only will mining an asteroid make you rich, it will open up the world to a space economy.
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Scientists Film One Oscillation of an Electron's Wave

Scientists at Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in filming the path of one oscillation of an electron's wave. They were able to accomplish this with a breakthrough technique that uses attosecond pulses of laser light. Full Story

Android, not Data (Star Trek), but Open Source Phones

The Android platform is basically an open source operating system for cell phones. It will change the way phones are used. Anyone can write an application for it. Google has also created The Android Developer Challenge, which will award $10 million to developers who create great apps for Android.
Android site

Monday, February 25, 2008

Photosynth, it builds virtual spaces from pictures

This is an amazing product, and it's even from Microsoft. Full Story

Maitreya Buddha Project

Even though this is primarily an artistic project, it is going to be a great engineering project as well because the bronze statue will be 550 ft. high. Full Story

Maitreya Project

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Google's Lunar XPrize

Goggle's Lunar XPrize now has ten teams competing for a 20 million dollars grand prize to build, launch, and control a rover on the moon. But, they have to do it by Dec. 31, 2012. If no one wins the prize by 2014, the game is over. Full Story , The 10 Teams

Abengoa Solar Power in Arizonia

This new power station named Solana will go online in 2010. Abengoa's 280 MW Solena solar plant will use molten salt to store heat energy. With 280 MW it could power 70,000 homes. Full Story

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jetpack with a 10 Mile Range

Jetpack with a 10 Mile/19 Minute Range Available Soon for $226,000
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Jet Pack International H2O2

Hydropolis, the Underwater Hotels to be built in Dubai, and the Islands in Dubia

They have not broken ground, but so many other amazing things have been done in Dubai, it probably will happen within a couple of years.
Check out Hydropolis

Check out The Palms Site
Along the same lines are the Palms: Jumeria-Done people living there,

Jebel Ali-Almost done,

and Deira-just started.
Check out The Palms Site

As well as The World--Islands done, handed over to owners to develop. Check out The World Video.
You can also use Google Maps or Google Earth to zoom down and look at the islands for real.

Friday, February 22, 2008

New Mexico Spaceport America

It is great that the Spaceport is still on the way.

Here are a couple of images to tide you over until we can see it in the flesh.
Spaceport America Site

Disappearing Car Door

This is the future. My friend Joey was right, this is way cool. I want one on my next car.
You can watch the video here.