It sounds like science fiction, and perhaps it is: Researchers have found a way to generate invisible 3-D shapes in the air that can be felt by human hands. The technology, whose main use case is letting surgeons physically “feel” anomalies such as tumors in CT scans, could also revolutionize everything from advertising to architecture.
First 3-D printed car
The Urbee has been an Automotive X Prize candidate and will be on The Discovery Channel’s Canadian flagship Daily Planet. The car, designed by Kor Ecologic of Winnipeg, Canada, is an electric / liquid-fuel hybrid that will get the equivalent of over 200 mpg on the highway and 100 MPG in the city.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson host of the NOVA scienceNOW PBS program
From a half billion kilometers away, the message was powerful. In 1994, fragments of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet slammed into Jupiter. The earth-size fireballs ejected into space were captured and relayed back to be seen again and again in Internet replay. The message: we need a foothold in space if our species is to survive.
SaskWater is once again sponsoring Street Art, an art form popular in Europe for centuries and only starting to make its way into North America. Internationally renowned 3D artist Edgar Mueller will be coming from Germany to give a workshop to local artists, during which he will create his own vibrant masterpiece on River Street.
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Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards awards in what the publication called The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here’s the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.
The holodeck is still a few years off, but this is an interesting step forward
The ICT Graphics Lab at USC has created a low-cost volumetric 3-D display that brings Princess Leia one step closer to begging Obi-Wan for help. The system projects high-speed video onto a rapidly spinning mirror. As the mirror turns, it reflects a different and accurate image to each potential viewer. (Video)
View high quality 3-D images without special glasses
With the release of a new set of 3-D video screens next week, Philips Electronics is bringing a sci-fi cinema standby a little closer to everyday use. Philips’ WOWvx displays–which allow viewers to perceive high-quality 3-D images without the need for special glasses–are now beginning to appear in shopping malls, movie-theater lobbies, and theme parks worldwide.
By geeks, for geeks. Long live the extreme geeks
This is the nerdiest surfboard ever. The “Shredder” surfboard was designed by a computer programmer named Mike Sheldrake after he decided to replace his old board.