Category Archives: SCIENCE

Holocube makes human-size 3D projections

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(image credit: Holocube) HOLOCUBE 3D Projection | US$PoA | www.holocube.eu

marvel at the sight of what could possibly be the forerunner of holographic technology. although the latest presentation projection, simply called HC70, from Holocube isn’t actually a hologram but it certainly will put a smile on creative people and marketeers face. how else to differential your presentation better than a 3D projection? the HC70 is essentially a six-foot tall box with 70″ screen allowing for full-sized human projections.

the projector in question has a brightness of 600 cd/m2 and a HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. each Holocube is equipped with a 40 GB hard disk drive and is capable of storing up to 18-hours of compressed video at a bit rate of 4 Mb/s or 8-hours of compressed video at 9Mb/s. Holocube is designed to be a dedicated machine in which it will performs its specified operations without any intervention from human. in the event of power interruption, the Holocube will reboot itself and continue to carry out its duty faithfully. it is said to be immune to virus which curb any chances of virus infection when new presentation is loaded via the USB interface.

at the heart of the Holocube is a computer running on a 2.8 GHz Intel Dual Core processor with Windows 7 as its operating system which should be more than ample since it will do nothing other then its specific duty. as a dedicated machine, its functionality and reliability shouldn’t be of any issues. same rationale as our PC – install less softwares, less chances of the PC screwing up, and probably last longer too. check out the video of the HC70 in action. pretty amazing.

via Yanko Design

this is probably the best kinect-controlled Android

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(image credit: Watani Yohizaki/Asura)

yet another Kinect-hack that controls an android but this time, Watani Yohizaki of Asura Engineering took it further with the Asura’s code that allows to robot to keep adjusting itself automatically to compensate the motions it makes to prevent itself from being thrown off balance and fall. articulations are not restricted to just the arms, the legs are completely articulated and balanced as demonstrated in the video, all thanks to power of the code. the robot in question is in the guised of HPI GR-001 which turns out to be a standard edition machine which requires no modding. wow. i totally impressed. Continue reading this is probably the best kinect-controlled Android

contact-less charging would be perfect for world of EV

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our recent post on Blink Network of EV charging stations prompted us to wish for a wireless or contact-less charging alternative in the market. not that we own any of those EVs at this moment but the prospect of handling high current electricity scares us off (we are simply afraid of electricity except for those we use in the house). contact-less charging for small gadgets is already a reality, so why shouldn’t it be adapted for EV? our wish has been answered in the form of HaloIPT‘s Inductive Power Transfer or IPT. Continue reading contact-less charging would be perfect for world of EV

a Titanium Oxide coated dress that purifies the air

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(image credit: Catalytic Clothing)

we have been talking about how to conserve energy, reduce pollutions and congestions etc. it’s time to stop talking and get down to action. for ladies, here’s an experimental dress, dubbed ‘Herself’, that can literally purify the air while wearing it. designed in an evening gown style, ‘Herself’ textiles are sprayed with a concrete mixture containing titanium oxide and when exposed to the sunlight, the textile will absorbs airborne pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. apparently, if forty ladies donned in such dress in a 1-meter area is able to purify 2-meter of airspace. i don’t seems to get it. how to fit forty person in a 1-meter area? perhaps, not all at the same time? silly me.

‘Herself’ is part of a bigger project called Catalytic Clothing, which is a collaborative project between University of Sheffield, London College of Fashion and University of Ulster. Catalytic Clothing attempts to explore how clothing and textiles might be use to purify the air around us. excellent idea, but we would need some men’s clothing lines as well. as we men, also need an opportunity to clear the air around us.

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via Discovery News

meet the world’s first glasses-free eye-shuttering 3D

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fancy watching 3D without glasses? before manufacturers make that a reality and at a less-than-ridiculous price, here’s an unorthodox solution as demonstrated by French director Francois Vogel. so how’s glasses-free eye-shuttering 3D even possible? well, simple. just bat your eyelids at super fast speed. can’t bat your eyelids fast enough? no worries. attach a pair of electrical devices to a person’s forehead, turn it on and the electrical current “excites” the wearer’s eyes thus shuttering the eyelids at a super fast speed.

check out the video after the jump. looks kind of torturing to me, though. it is definitely something that i will not and never do. just imagine having your eyelids batting at super fast speed for a full two hours. that is just so uncool. besides, along with the glasses-free, it will almost certain to be packaged with potentially harmful side effects. how’s that glasses-free for you?

via Crave

autonomous robot car available for purchase in Japan

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(image credit: ZMP RoboCar MEV) ZMP Electric Robot Car | from ¥2.8 million

this is amazing. a real working autonomous robot car that money can buy. announced recently by ZMP – who are not new to electric robot car – this new generation single-seater robot car has a newly developed autonomous system. the ZMP Robot Electric car is capable of driving itself with the help from stereo camera, inertial measurement unit or IMU, speed sensor and of course, laser range finders. Continue reading autonomous robot car available for purchase in Japan

breaking down the water to power your portable devices

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Horizon MiniPak Handheld Fuel Cell Charger | US$99.00 | www.horizonfuelcell.com

hydrogen fuel cells and biofuel seems belittled by pure electric powered stored in lithium-ion batteries. over the years, we have heard less of the the two former technologies. however, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is set to bring back this technology, this time to the palm of your hands and it even has a desktop, home refueling system called “HydroFILL” to complement the portable pack, dubbed the MiniPak.

soon to release, the MiniPak integrates a passive air-breathing fuel cell and a metal hydride storage unit, where hydrogen is stored. power is delivered via its micro-USB port with different cable options and the portable charger itself, comes with a handy LED flashlight built-in. inside the MiniPak are the solid-state HydroSTIK batteries, a battery similar to the current alkaline battery in form factor, which can be purchase when more are required.

another option is to recharge the HydroSTIK yourself, right at your home. this is made possible with the home refueling system, HydroFILL which is touted as the world’s 1st personal hydrogen station. the science of breaking water into its H and O happens within this HydroFILL, all you need is to stick the HydroSTIK in the HydroFILL, add water and plug in to the electrical wall outlet. beside wall outlet, this charging station can also accept power supplied from solar panels, or power generated by wind turbines. HydroFILL is capable of topping up one HydroSTIK per hour.

Hydrogen tends to scare people off with its usual high pressure storage but the consumer-grade HydroSTIK turns the usual high pressure gas into solid-state form, stored in the metal hydride alloys and discharges them at low pressure. each HydroSTIK can store 11 Wh of energy which is equivalent to 10 disposal AA batteries (at 1W of continuous power consumption). the MiniPak retails at $99 while the HydroFILL will set you back at $500.

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via DVICE

generating electricity from wind power need not to be expensive

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(image credit: WINFLEX)

typically, a wind turbine would cost millions of dollars to construct and that’s not including the cost of the operations yet. an Israeli company, WINFLEX, is set to change this with this low-cost Winflex Inflatable Turbine. on the wind harvesting end, the Winflex Inflatable Turbine’s rotor is an inflatable wheel with pressure within being maintained by a central inflationary system.

the rotor has sail-like blades that spanned from the inner circumference of the inflated wheel to the center hub. constructed out of light, flexible composite material, this wind turbine is inexpensive to manufacture and install unlike the typical wind turbines we have today.

harnessing the wind energy might be a common thing in near future with this low-cost wind turbines where previously, the prohibitive cost for a modern day steel structure wind turbines has forbid us from doing so. very soon we could be seeing these wind turbines popping everywhere, and probably not a very good news to the grid, isn’t it?

as an affirmation of their innovation, Winflex was one of Innovation Award Winner in GE’s Ecomagination Challenge.

via Core77

‘transparent cement’ might be a solution for energy saving

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if you had been to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, you might have noticed the awesome Italian Pavilion. looks aside, it was what they used to clad this building that was (somewhat) magical. apparently, the Italian Pavilion walls are not your usual bricks and mortars, and it wasn’t cement either. when viewed at a certain angle, the walls looked like it was concrete but it was really an unique material which actually allows light to pass through them.

developed by an Italian firm, Italcementi Group, the trademarked “transparent cement” is named as the i.light. what is it with the “i” in front of a word, anyway? in anyway, what’s in the i.light is a trade secret and what was known is that it’s “an innovative cement and admixtures mix design.” we shall spare ourselves the torment of technical details.

no words on the i.light availability commercially but using such materials in future buildings could potentially cut down on electricity in terms of day time lighting. not to mention a more bright and lively environment. you know? future doesn’t have to be all dark and creepy like Dark City. the future is indeed bright, isn’t it?

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via Gizmag

C-Water – water purification has never been this easy

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(image credit: Chao Gao)

there are so much talk about solar energy, wind energy and i think it’s high time somebody starts thinking about water conservation – which is also an important resources that we can’t live without. with the ocean covering 70 percent of the earth, water purification could provide us with clean, drinking water from this abundant resource. not to mention, places that do not have access to clean drinking water.

at least this is what designer Chao Gao has in mind with the portable water recycle device, dubbed the C-Water. sea water, C-water. get it? or maybe not. it could be just a coincidence or simply means ‘see water’? nah. anyway, C-Water employs really simple method of distillation by means of evaporation.

the C-Water is a slim device and several of it can be combined together to create a larger C-Water system. power to the C-Water is bestowed by the sun. there’s not even a single electronic or battery involved. you couldn’t get anymore environmental friendly then this. C-Water is light weight enough to be able to float on any calm water surface.

the operation of the C-Water is completely idiot-proof, hence we wouldn’t want to bother elaborating how it works. just check out the images below. they are really, ridiculously simple and self-explanatory. basic science at work. however, there are no details on the rate of water purification at this point. from the little knowledge i had on science, it’s going to take quite a bit of time. then again, if you are out in the wild, this could be a life saver gadget.

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via Yanko Design