This has been on YouTube since 2007 and the video has 40+ million views – but it’s new to us! And it’s really cool:
From our friends at the Department of Homeland Security – who in July of last year were awarded their very first patent:
No matter how many plastic cards currently crowd your wallet, one day you may wish to make room for one more. The Department of Homeland Security(DHS)’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a miniaturized version of a dosimeter, a portable device used for measuring exposure to ionizing radiation, which can provide life-saving early detection in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident or dirty bomb.
We don’t know about you, but we think the most amazing thing about this is that he got the camera to keep Space Shuttle Lego in the center of the frame, and caught some truly dramatic shots. Wow.
Not in a “Satan possessed my tongue-piercing and now controls my wheelchair through it!” way, but in a good way:
‘This device is a wheelchair steering “wheel” in the form of a dental retainer instrumented with sensors that are activated by a tongue piercing. Georgia Institute of Technology engineers devised the Tongue Drive System prototype for people with high-level spinal cord injuries.’
Holy weirdness – is this what the world wants?
Google employees yesterday let is spill that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk (or, heavens preserve us, drive) down the street. The lenses will then overlay information about people, locations, and whatnot directly into your field of view.
So you look at a tree and you’ll get a readout that says, “Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia). Elm species native to China, Japan, North Korea and Vietnam…”?
Yes we can:
It sounds like a particularly suspicious late-night infomercial: Spray your way to a better wireless signal! Improve your range! Save battery! Transmit over great distances under water!
But Chamtech’s spray-on antenna is a real product with some impressive claims. It can be sprayed on almost any surface, even trees and orange barrels. It doesn’t suck up power. It works in a mysterious nanotech way.
Every cruise ship needs one: