Soon, your iPad could last 100 hours…

Imagine having an iPhone or an iPad with a 100-hour operating battery life. The dream isn’t too far away. Scientists have developed a battery with a capacity up to 10 times as large as current batteries. How it works Most batteries currently use graphene to handle the transfer of electrons. This new technology utilizes silicon, [...]


Mmm, tasty… The $345,000 burger

Guess what? A very special burger has been made, and it looks like it costs $345,000 to make. What makes it so special? It is 100% lab grown. That’s right. With the power of science, lab technicians have grown their own burgers. What does “lab grown mean?” “Lab grown” does not mean they raised a [...]


Students and universities dream of digital books, but will it happen?

Tablets have been in every vision of the future I’ve seen. Imagine replacing your 20-pound textbook-loaded backpack with a 1.3-pound tablet. Digital textbooks will make this possible. Digital textbooks also offer a world of potential beyond just words and pictures. Students everywhere have been dreaming about this. It’s time to make the dream come true. [...]


Three steps to make digital textbooks a reality

The iPad and the Kindle have been around for quite some time now. Why haven’t publishers released digital versions of their textbooks? Can digital textbooks ever replace real books? The answer is yes. They can and should*. But they haven’t yet. Why haven’t they? It’s extra effort for publishers Normal textbooks bring in enough money [...]

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The power plant of tomorrow… is no power plant: A different take on the future of energy.

Justin Hall-Tipping explains how to go off the grid in a unique presentation on alternate energy. (Watch on TED) What separates it from the rest? It seems attainable, albeit in the somewhat distant future. Here are three ways he plans to conserve significant amounts of energy: Improved temperature control = significant energy savings Carbon nanotubes, [...]


How digital textbooks will shape the future

As a student, I’ve thought a lot about what the future of education will be like. Brilliant online learning resources like the Khan Academy and Lynda.com exist, but what about textbooks? Here’s what the future may hold for digital textbooks. There is an incredible amount of potential. Search Writing a paper but can’t remember where [...]


Pico projectors are going to be big (and small). What are they?

The pico projector is a gift from the gods. A small and portable version of the traditional projector, it is no longer chained to walls and ceilings, and gives you the ability to watch whatever you want, wherever you want. Pico projectors are slowly gaining traction, so I want to lay out some of the [...]


Project a movie onto your arm. Why? Because it’s awesome.

Pico projectors are beginning to change the world. Here are some creative ways that they might edge their way into future products. Cameras already exist that have a projector built-in (like the GE PJ-1), but pico projectors allow for creative applications beyond watching movies in the forest or on the ceiling. Gaming Perhaps my favorite [...]

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Opening the fridge is so passé – Microsoft’s vision of the future

Microsoft just released a video of what they consider to be the ideal future. It’s an interesting view of the future, strongly focused on displays that are thinner, smarter, and more interactive. They aren’t pulling these ideas out of thin air. Along with each prediction of the future, I will reference existing research and technology [...]

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This Exists: A Pair Of Glasses That Includes Augmented Reality

The NEC telescouter is for those of you who just can’t get enough time staring at a screen at home, at work, or on your phone. The battery only works for 4 hours, but that should be enough to get you from screen to screen. What separates this headset from others? It’s not just a [...]

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