A small computer vision lab on Mars

To avoid the delays associated with transferring data between Earth and Mars, NASA scientists have developed software that allows the rovers roaming Mars to analyze on the fly.The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA built a platform called Onboard Autonomous Science Investigation System (OASIS). OASIS allows the ...

Inside the Hyperloop: the pneumatic travel system faster than the speed of sound

The “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table” will deliver passengers between US cities faster than the speed of sound. The history of transport is replete with dreamers who have concocted such schemes for getting people from A to B in previously unimagined haste.

Blood-sucking robot could treat fatal brain haemorrhages

US researchers have built a robot that they claim could suck blood clots out of previously inoperable parts of the brain.The device created at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee enables surgeons to use information from a CT scan to guide a steerable needle through a small hole in the ...

Android BitCoin wallets vulnerable to theft

What are your thoughts about BitCoin – “a new form of money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions, rather than relying on central authorities”?Well, watch out with your BitCoin wallet on Android. T3 is among those reporting a warning from BitCoin developers about an Android ...

Now you can buy a 3D printed titanium watch for $600

Now you can buy a 3D printed titanium watch for $600 3D printing provides designers with the ability to make some pretty neat things. rvnDSGN, a boutique watch brand established in 2011, has designed and created timepieces that are the first of their kind, completely built using the ...

Build a Milk Jug Igloo

I don’t know what it is about kids and confined spaces.My son loves to crawl into any area that’s just big enough to hold him.Whether it’s under the beds or inside a simple couch cushion fort, he’s happiest when he’s snug in a little space of his own.The ...

Hacking Sensoria, the smart sock

Sensor-meets-sock product “Sensoria” won’t hit the shelves for a while, but [Andrew] managed to snag a Sensoria Gaming SDK and has hacked the smart sock to control an inexpensive toy helicopter. Seldom do we see projects this rugged yet clearly effective. The sock sends data via its companion ...

Raspberry Pi Camera Module Review and Tutorial Guide

The Raspberry Pi Camera Board has finally landed after many months of anticipation. The module aims to inspire thousands of custom photo and video based projects from makers around the world.Personally I have been waiting on my module ever since it was first announced. Fortunately being a member ...

Smartphone Breathalyzer Sniffs Out Fat-Burning Exercise

Huffing and puffing during exercise could feel less torturous if you got instant feedback showing that you were burning calories. A Japanese wireless carrier aims to deliver that health-monitoring satisfaction with a portable breathalyzer that, when connected to a smartphone, can sniff out the evidence of fat-burning when ...

When wearable tech makes you smarter -- by zapping your brain

The Focus headset for gamers uses trace amounts of electrical current to stimulate the prefrontal cortex, producing positive short-term effects in playing ability. Wearable tech can track your sleep patterns, give you walking directions that float above your eye, and measure your heart rate using the shirt on ...

Save the Windows Laptop by Designing Tablets

Is ‘Windows’ Microsoft’s biggest problem when it comes to being relevant in a world of computing that’s mobile, fun, social and always-on.The laptop, for example, is still viewed by most people as a place where you work. No social, no gaming and a 5-minute wait until the laptop ...

Small wallet hack sounds an alarm on pickpockets

Caleb Craft was searching the web when he noticed references to a small group of people who can pickpocket just about anybody. Being the clever hacker he is, he decided to integrate an alarm into a wallet that would sound off if someone ever tried to swipe it.

Dual extruders in the space of one stepper motor

The new hotness in 3D printers is – and has been for a while – dual extrusion. With two extruders and the requisite filament supply, it’s possible to print objects in two colors or two different materials. There’s a problem with this setup, though: each extruder requires a ...

3D printed mini swimming-pool made by Laybrick filament

You can print your own swimming pool - yes it´s possible, with 3D printing filament Laybrick, a sandstone-like filament suitable for models in architecture. Laybrick, created by Kai Parthy, is a mixture of milled chalk and harmless co-polyesters. The result of combining this unique mixture into a 3D ...

When you're being tracked by a smart trashcan, shouldn't you have to opt in first?

Are you being tracked by a recycling bin? If you’re a smartphone user who traverses certain parts of London, that rather insane proposition is actually reality. And telling the bin to stop tracking you isn’t a straightforward affair.In the run-up to last year’s Olympics, 100 recycling bins with ...

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies

The front page of Lavabit announces to its users its decision to shut down rather than comply with ongoing US surveillance orders 

Controlling real world objects from your lucid dream for $15

[darknemesis25] tipped us about his first electronics project, a cheap and smart sleep mask that uses a vibration sensor to detect rapid eye movements.As some of you may know, REM sleep is the part where you dream the most vividly and actively. If some external stimulation (sound, movement) ...

A two ton turbo diesel hexapod you can drive

The term mad scientist gets thrown around quite a bit, but in the case of one Matt Denton it most certainly applies. His company, Micromagic Systems, has been working steadily over the past four years to design and build a walking robot that's big enough to carry a ...

China’s First 3D Bio Printer

Printers are quickly becoming standard apparatus in biomedical engineering labs across the globe. To keep up with this trend, researchers at the Hangzhou University of Electronic Science and Technology have created China’s first domestically produced bioprinter.The Hangzhou team, led by Xu Ming-En, built their bioprinter to operate using ...

Microsoft to sell MakerBot 3D printers in USA stores

Microsoft has become the first US retailer to sell MakerBot's desktop 3D printers on the shop floor for customers to take home on the same day.Microsoft has partnered with 3D printing manufacturer MakerBot to offer customers the chance to buy their own MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer ...