Category Archives: Tech

Behold the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept Aircraft – a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) short-hop ‘urban aircraft’ concept offering a glimpse of the auto manufacturer’s designs on the luxury aerospace market.

Supported by Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and the Rolls Royce aircraft engine company, the plane has a central propellor providing vertical lift with two smaller engines for horizontal motion.

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MIT’s new and improved Cheetah 3 quadruped robot gallops across rough terrain, climbs debris laden stairs, recovers from impact and leaps onto a desk – all without the aid of any visual sensors.

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Cat Explorer – a virtual reality demo by san Francisco based VR company Leap Motion demonstrating ‘the transformative potential of VR and natural interaction in fields as diverse as education, training, healthcare, and entertainment’.

The motion of the user’s hand allows exploration of the skeleton, vascular system, organs and inner workings of a friendly cartoon moggie.

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A well-lit visual tour by The Atlantic. To wit:

400,000 years ago, humans and Neanderthals discovered fire. This ignited a relationship between people and photons that changed the course of mankind—and continues to evolve to this day.

MORE: The Iridescent History Of Light (The Atlantic)

Sisyphus – a record breaking Kickstarter funded kinetic table consisting of a lit bed of sand upon which a magnetised steel marble traces programmable mandalas, random geometries or custom messages.

The tables are available to pre-order in a variety of finishes in metal (starting from around €1,100) and wood (from €6,200).

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Pawel Zadrożniak’s Floppotron – a musical ensemble made up of old computer hardware – is better suited to some cover versions than others.

Gary Numan’s Cars (1979) is a safe bet.

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Take a high resolution guided tour of the entire moon – North pole, South pole, near side and dark side – courtesy of imagery from  NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.

Full screen for optimal effect.

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