Category Archives: SCIENCE

Disney Built A Room That Keeps Your Phone Charged When You Are Inside

It was said Nicola Tesla once dreamed of a wireless powered world. Obviously, that didn’t quite pan out and the closest we get today is the wireless charging pads which are anything but perfect. For starter, wireless charging pad is not quite wireless as the pad still needs to be hooked up to an outlet and the device has to be physical placed on it to begin transferring of electricity. Furthermore, any misalignment in placement may result in non-charging and so, it looks like we are stuck at this point as far as wireless charging goes, but not if Disney can help it. Continue reading Disney Built A Room That Keeps Your Phone Charged When You Are Inside

China’s Anti-Drone Gun Looks Like A Weapon Fit For Sci-Fi Movies

What you see here is China’s Wuhan law enforcement officer showing off the police’s new toy: a non-lethal drone-killing gun. Details on this unnamed device is sketchy at best, but the concept behind it is not so much different from DroneShield and Battelle’s iteration we saw last year in that the gun uses some sort of radio waves to cut signal between the operator and the infringing drones (more like hijacking it, actually), thereby forcing the drone to land. Though it is not known if the process will actually fry the drone entirely, thus making it drop out of the sky or if it will force it to land in a controlled manner like the two other makes we wrote about previously. Continue reading China’s Anti-Drone Gun Looks Like A Weapon Fit For Sci-Fi Movies

Robotic Bird Of Prey Plays Scarecrow In The Sky To Keep Birds Away

Folks, this is Robird, a robotic bird (or drone, if you will) that’s intentionally designed to look and fly like a bird, or to be more specific, to look and fly like a Peregrine Falcon or an Eagle, and what this means is, it flies by the act of flapping its wings, like a real avian creature does. You must be thinking, “with today’s drone technology, why would anyone need a drone with flapping wings?” Well, as a matter of fact, we don’t, but if you are going to chase away pesky birds in areas like farms and airports, what’s better than to have those avian creatures’ natural prey hanging around? Continue reading Robotic Bird Of Prey Plays Scarecrow In The Sky To Keep Birds Away

What..?! Even Grenade Launcher And Its Ammunition Can Be 3D-Printed???

When 3D printing was introduced years ago, we knew it is going to be the next big thing for consumers, but what we did not anticipate is, it will be the next big thing for the military too, such as rapid prototyping a heavy-hitting weapon like a grenade launcher in months, load and ready for test firing. And that is exactly what U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program did. Continue reading What..?! Even Grenade Launcher And Its Ammunition Can Be 3D-Printed???

High-tech Bin Aims To Cultivate Bin-The-Trash Habit With Fun And Games

Why people choose to throw their trash everywhere on the streets is beyond me. I don’t know about you. I always feel strange if I were to dirty a place. Hell, I even clean up my table after eating in a public foodcourt. Anyways, for perpetual litter bugs, perhaps they just need a little encouragement/incentive to not to anyhow dump their trash as they move around the city, and for the rest of us who has some civic consciousness left in us, we can use a little visual entertainment to alleviate the boredom of putting trash in its rightful place. The TetraBIN, a brainchild of startup out of Urban-X, Sencity, is exactly the trash bin that will do the aforementioned. Continue reading High-tech Bin Aims To Cultivate Bin-The-Trash Habit With Fun And Games

Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

Last month, we saw the supposed leaked video of the newest Boston Dynamics’ robot, Handle, and today, we are treated to an official footage and a little technical bits of this nightmare-inducing robot. That said, we shan’t repeat ourselves; instead we will fill you in with some of the ‘missing details’, including some technicalities. Actually, there’s really not a lot of information to go round, but one thing for sure, Handle is a lot less scarier than we first thought. Granted, it can move pretty quickly, but ‘only’ at up to 9 miles an hour (14.5 km/h!), which happens to be around the person’s average running speed (not sustained though). So, if you run like Usain Bolt, you are safe. Continue reading Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

Meet The Straw, A Straw That Lets You Drink From Two Layers In One Suck

Tech innovation is hardly something you will associate with fast food chain, McDonald’s, but every once in a while, it happens, like for example for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day, McDonald’s has came out with a new minty shake called Chocolate Shamrock Shake. Why, of course, it is shamrock! But no, the innovation isn’t in this cold, sludgy beverage; it is in the straw. That’s right. The Straw. I know right? Just when you thought this sucking tube needs no further innovation, it had one and it had a fancy name too, called Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal which, not surprisingly, arrived to the acronym STRAW. Ingenious? Maybe. Continue reading Meet The Straw, A Straw That Lets You Drink From Two Layers In One Suck

Jaguar And Shell In-Car Payment System For Fuel To Kick Off In The UK

Well, what do you know? It looks like Jaguar has beaten Honda to making in-car payment for fuel a reality. This Jaguar and U.S. oil and gas giant Shell announced the launch of the first payment system by a car last week (February 15) and as part of this in-car payment, new Jaguar models will get the Shell app that will enable the in-car payment. Like Honda’s concept, Jaguar and Shell in-car payment allows car owners to simply drive up to any pump (in this instance, any Shell service station) and via the vehicle’s touchscreen, indicate how much fuel to top up and subsequently make the payment using PayPal, or Apple Pay. Android Pay will be added later this year. Continue reading Jaguar And Shell In-Car Payment System For Fuel To Kick Off In The UK

Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

We are well aware of how all Jurassic Park movies ended: crazy amount of deaths and destructions, and if anything, we learned that dinosaurs in modern day where helpless homo sapiens roam freely equals to bad news. But of course, those fictional scenarios won’t deter researchers from Harvard University from trying to play god. And if you are thinking: “god no, they are going to recreate dinosaurs from a fossilized mosquito?” Well, the good news is, there’s no mosquito to draw DNA from, but yes, they are indeed recreating an extinct prehistoric creature. Continue reading Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

BYU Developed An Origami-style Ballistic Barrier That Deploys In 5s

Ballistic barriers used by law enforcement agencies haven’t quite change since medieval times. Sure, the materials may have changed, but the design didn’t quite. Up to this day, it is still a clunky piece of flat or curved board that serve to protect only one person. However, that will soon change with an ingenious origami-inspired bulletproof shield developed by Brigham Young University (BYU). With BYU’s creation, the ballistic shield is formed from 12 layers of bulletproof Kevlar and uses a Yoshimura origami crease pattern to allow its relatively lightweight 55 pounds form to fold down to an easy to carry, compact form that can be stowaway in the trunk of say, a police car. Continue reading BYU Developed An Origami-style Ballistic Barrier That Deploys In 5s