Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Robotic Balls

Controlled by a smart phone, these robotic balls (in prototype) from Gearbox have a gyroscope, compass and other cool technology built in so when you tilt the phone, the ball moves in that direction. Hackable, the ball's serial port can be used to control other devices. Fun cat teasing toys.

This startup says "play with our balls, please!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence has replaced his damaged eye with a wireless camera.

Rob Spence

Read more on Cyborg eye gives insight on Stuff and Eyeborg Project.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ultra-low footprint "desktop" PC

Check out this A PC The Size of your Phone Jack? article I stumbled on treehugger.

Powered by the 5V on the ethernet cable, this PC without storage would be ideal for offices (or wired homes with servers).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Falkirk Wheel

Just over a year ago we visited the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. An amazing piece of engineering that has replaced a complex system of locks and has helped to revive canal boat tourism.

A boat entering the bottom of the wheel.

Another boat entering next to ours before we go down again.
The Falkirk Wheel in action.
Using Archimede's principle of displacement, the Falkirk Wheel uses very little energy to lift the boats up and down in rotating balanced tanks.

Read more on Wikipedia.