The Amazing Candle Cannon


Baking a cake to celebrate 20 years in business wasn’t enough fun for sub makers Erbert and Gerbert, oh no— they decided to build a man-sized air vortex cannon to blow out its candles. What’s an air vortex canon, you ask? It’s one of those big gun-like toys that fires puffs of air surprisingly far across the room. Watch the video of it blowing smoke-rings that would even impress Gandalf: you’ll be blown away.


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The Floating Magnetic Levitation Haptic Interfaces


A computer controller levitated by magnets provides a new way to physically experience virtual objects.

The “maglev” system has benefits over more mechanical haptic controllers – computer interfaces that stimulate the user’s sense of touch – and its inventors are now working to commercializing the technology.

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DARPA’s Amazing Military Transport, the “Crusher”

DARPA has nearly finished work on the Crusher, a six-wheeled robot that rolls through ditches, walls, streams, other vehicles and almost anything else that gets in its way.
“This vehicle can go into places where, if you were following in a Humvee, you’d come out with spinal injuries,” Stephen Welby, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, told the military-oriented Stars and Stripes newspaper. “Usually vehicles are set up to protect humans. Here, we didn’t have to worry about that.”

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Digital Rubik’s Cube

Andrew Fentem is a cutting-edge electronics engineer in research and interface development. The primary aim of his research work has been the creation of intellectual property relating to the design of electronic entertainment devices. Of particular technical significance are the pioneering research-based advances in the fields of multi-touch touch screens, multi-object-tracking, kinetic surfaces, and RFID hardware.
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Les Paul – Guitar Legend, Inventor Hall of Fame


Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915 – age 92) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He is a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible.” His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such as “sound on sound” and tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording. In 2003, he was named the 46th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Hansen Robotics Pushing Robotics to the Next Level


Jules is a Conversational Character Robot designed and built by David Hanson. Jules is Ai, made with a light weight material called Frubber™ , which enables his/her face to be mobile and expressive. Jules runs on batteries and was commissioned by the UWE with a statistically perfect androgynous face.

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Introducing Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope


Science educator Roy Gould and Microsoft’s Curtis Wong give an astonishing sneak preview of Microsoft’s new WorldWide Telescope — a technology that combines feeds from satellites and telescopes all over the world and the heavens, and weaves them together holistically to build a comprehensive view of our universe.

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Neil Gershenfeld: The Promise of Personal Fabrication

Just when you thought you knew a thing or two about the future, a person like Neil Gershenfeld comes along and makes you feel like you’ve been living in ancient Egypt. This is truly amazing.

In this video MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab — a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It’s a simple idea with powerful results: His Fab Labs, set up in communities around the world, let people build eyeglass frames, toys, computer parts – anything they need and can imagine. As Gershenfeld explains, this kind of empowerment leads to education, to problem-solving, to job creation and then to invention, in a truly creative process.

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